Standard Shakeup Event Guide and Decklists
Standard Shakeup is back for the Throne of Eldraine Standard metagame! This event bans the most played cards in the current Standard format, in addition to the ones already on the banned cards. If you need to catch up on Mastery XP, win a couple of card styles and want to play in a fresh metagame, read on for our strategy guide and a variety of decklists that you can use for this event!
- Duration: December 30, 2019 @ 8:00 AM PST – January 6, 2019 @ 8:00 AM PST
- Format: Standard Shakeup
- Entry Fee: 2500 Gold or 500 Gems
- Ends After: You can keep playing, but rewards do not go past five wins.
- Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)
To clarify, you do not have to re-enter the event and you only have to pay the entry fee once. There is no limit on the number of losses (or victories). Play as much as you want for the duration of the event.
- 1 Win: 1000 Mastery XP
- 2 Wins: Flux Channeler Card Style
- 3 Wins: 1000 Mastery XP
- 4 Wins: Escape to the Wilds Card Style
- 5 Wins: 1000 Mastery XP
What is Standard Shakeup?
Standard Shakeup attempts to break everybody out of their comfortable meta decks that they use for climbing the ladder or grinding events, and encourage players to brew and experiment with interesting off-meta decks. Last time Standard Shakeup was around for the Plane-cation Chronicles, it was emphasized that “this is not an indication of any pending banned or restricted announcement … we’ve decided to ban some of the current Standard staples for this event, and this event only“. These are the banned cards for the event this time around, in addition to the current Standard banned list:
- Brazen Borrower
- Brineborn Cutthroat
- Cauldron Familiar
- Murderous Rider
- Bonecrusher Giant
- Cavalcade of Calamity
- Fires of Invention
- Gates Ablaze
- Light Up the Stage
- Runaway Steam-Kin
- Edgewall Innkeeper
- Gilded Goose
- Nightpack Ambusher
- Nissa, Who Shakes the World
- Questing Beast
- Wilderness Reclamation
- Teferi, Time Raveler
- Doom Foretold
- Thought Erasure
- Hydroid Krasis
- Risen Reef
In case you forgot, this is the current Standard banned list which are banned for this event also:
This will be a fun little side event for the next week, where you can test different deck ideas without having to face the usual meta decks, catch up on some Mastery XP, and win two card styles in the process (worth 1600 gems in total).
Our Top Standard Shakeup Decklists
What are the most powerful cards left unbanned in Standard Shakeup? Here are our decks for this event, with a brief description and note on each one. More will be added here as the event progresses! You can also head to our Standard deck section for these as well.
We hope you enjoy the Standard Shakeup event this week, and we look forward to seeing some awesome deck ideas as the event goes on! In case you missed it, we have updated our Mastery Calculator to add the XP gained from these catch up events – so check that out if you are curious on what level you may end up. We also have a Theros Beyond Death Preorder Giveaway going on, and the entries end in a week – don’t miss out!
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