Meta Monday – Xenan Killers

Even though we do not have a crest for the faction yet, Xenan has been getting a lot of attention lately, so we wanted to keep showcasing it’s potential. I have seen some players dismiss the faction because of the lack of crest, but it has been popping up as a force on the ETS and ladder over and over again. SooNo took down the ETS with this list, and BruisedByGod top 4’d in the Last Chance Qualifier with a very similar list. The sideboard is fairly different, but the main board is 74/75 of the same, with SooNo choosing a Xenan Obelisk over the fourth Dark Return.

While AP Mid made an appearance in the ETS this week, I was fairly surprised to see it did not show up at the LCQ. Congratulations to BassoonBuffoon for doing so well with SkyCrag Yetis. This victory really showcases the game’s ability to reward mastery of a strategy. While I think Yetis is most definitely a strong list, it is probably considered by most to be “off meta”, but still very string in the hands of a capable and practiced pilot. It’s these types of victories that keep watching the tournaments interesting (to me, anyway), so kudos to BasoonBuffoon. Big congrats to TeamRankstar’s own Dunkelwerk for qualify for the invitation via Amilli TGP Mid. The four Amillis seem pretty solid, and served Yung Dunk very well. Secondblue thought it would be best to whack people in the face with Duelist’s Blade this weekend, and performed well with their take on JPS Unitless Control. I enjoy decks like this, so I am always happy to see them do well, although games can be glacial some times. The highlight for this event from me was BoostedAnimal’s take on Dark Praxis. This list is like the epitome of a “good stuff” strategy. Similar to the Xenan lists that performed well this weekend, I think this mainboard can be taken card for card onto ladder just fine, and fare well against a lot of the field.

The ETS had a few lists that were cool to see operate in their current forms. Kangbreath’s version of Praxis Mid featuring Praxis Displacer and a SINGLE Twinbrood Sauropod looked good. While most of the deck fits in the this mid point between Big Praxis, Praxis Mid and Praxis Tokens, the Displacer tech and Sauropod fun-of really spoke to me. Last but not least (also second place in the event), hold tight TinMan for their performance and apt naming of Stonescar Aggro. Ever since ThatResolves did their video on the archetype, this deck has been heavy in my laddering rotation, even when Hailstorm was at it’s peak. TinMan leans more toward the “Gunslingers” version of the deck, with Hideout Pistol and Cabal Countess to help clear the way, which worked out very well for them. I am happy to see this list doing well again, and the breadth of variety in aggressive decks opening up again. Seemed to be just Skycrag, then just Rakano, then just Combrei there for a minute.

4 Dark Return (Set1 #250)
4 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
4 Blistersting Wasp (Set2 #202)
4 Vara’s Choice (Set2 #206)
2 Vara’s Favor (Set0 #35)
4 Xenan Initiation (Set2 #44)
4 Auric Interrogator (Set1002 #13)
4 Ayan, the Abductor (Set2 #204)
4 Dawnwalker (Set1 #86)
2 Scorpion Wasp (Set1 #96)
4 Sandstorm Titan (Set1 #99)
4 Xenan Obelisk (Set1 #103)
2 Twinbrood Sauropod (Set1 #113)
4 Predatory Carnosaur (Set1 #118)
6 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
8 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
3 Amber Monument (Set1 #420)
4 Seat of Mystery (Set0 #61)
4 Xenan Banner (Set2 #201)

Hello and welcome to another Meta Monday, I decided to do something a little bit different this week and that was showing how I’d decide what deck I’d play for an event, I jumped into ranked for a few games to see how I felt about each deck.

Staying very much on brand for myself I had Argenport Midrange and an updated Xenan Killers list. I won’t spoil which one I picked of course you’ll have to watch and see for that.

I did make some changes to the Xenan Killers list as I was expecting to play against a lot of TJP on the ladder and in the event so I decided to play the full playset of Blistersting Wasp and try out a few Desert Wasp as a way to deal with fliers.

I really think that Slimespitter slug is the business right now though, and I would recommend trying out Aetherlama Xenan Duskwalker Midrange if you get the chance!

Ultimately I joined the tournament and dropped in round two after realizing how out of touch I was when it comes to sideboards. I feel like this was a real learning point for me and I’m going to focus some energy here so that the next time I’m able to jump into an event I feel fully prepared.

I think the first step here will be setting myself a reminder to actually register for the casual Friday events ran by The Great Parliament, I think this could be a great spot to add in a video relating to the deck I choose for this too!

I have also been working on a new player series that I’m pretty happy about and will be adding a video per week until I run out of new player decks and then revisiting as and when new campaigns and sets release. If you have any suggestions for this then let me know.

Check out Team Rankstar streamers: HeyWhyYou, Magikarp, NotoriousGHP, PlatypusKing and SifuDanny.

ThatResolves, who makes all of the videos for Meta Monday, can be found here and Patreon here!

If you are looking for some tournament “Best of Three” practice, Kaelari has set up a really great resource that is open 24/7 here as well as a Tuesday night tournament here.

Every Friday, The Great Parliament hosts “Casual Friday” tournament now, too!

Don’t forget to let us know what you think via our contact and recruitment page or in our Discord!

-Aphelion and ThatResolves

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