Mythic Championship 5, GerryT Interview, Pro Decklists, ELD Constructed

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Glimmers Of Genius: Gerry Thompson

Tchamber5 keeps pulling in top Magic the Gathering personalities to interview. This week, the people’s champion Gerry Thompson speaks about his humble upbringing and rise to prominence in the Magic community. Check out his message of humility and kindness here!

Throne of Eldraine Constructed

Starting today at 8:00 AM PST, this weekend’s special event on Arena is Throne of Eldraine Constructed, with a fairly cheap entry fee of 50 gems or 250 gold. In the event, you will only be able to play with cards in Throne of Eldraine. One thing to keep in mind before when selecting decks is that there are no dual lands in Throne of Eldraine for mana fixing. Only Tournament Grounds can produce more than one color of mana, and that only casts Knight or Equipment spells. Beyond that, for mana fixing purposes, Fabled Passage can help you find that other color. With that in mind, it’s going to be difficult to build a deck with more than two colors. Even knights should probably stick to two colors.

From a power perspective, Green Black Adventures or some sort of Food deck is probably at the top of the list. This is going to be a fun event, and I can’t wait to see what people come up with.

Mythic Championship 5

The fifth Mythic Championship, and second to be played on Arena, is happening today, Friday, October 18th, in Long Beach, California. Competing for $750,000 in prizes, 68 Magic top players and personalities have been invited.

Earlier this week, WotC released every decklist from the 68 competitors. To no surprise, the event will be completely overrun by Golos Field of the Dead lists.

Nearly 43% of the competitors are running some form of Field of the Dead list, including the now-standard Bant version, the Fires of Invention version, or the ‘Four-Color’ list that has two Deafening Clarions in the main.

Just behind Field of the Dead variants are Simic/Bant Midrange decks representing 28% of the field. I lump these together, thought there is a decent variety of threats in them.

I’m a bit surprised to see Golgari (9%) and Selesnya Adventures (4.5%) have become quite popular. I had dismissed these decks as cute early attempts at making the new set mechanics work, and certainly didn’t think I would see them in a tournament with so much at stake.

Other than the previously mentioned decks, there are a handful of Gruul Aggro decks, a few Mardu Knights decks, and a copy each of Jeskai Fires, Jund Midrange, Torbran Cavalcade, and Rakdos Aristocrats.

This is about as far away from a diverse field as I’ve seen in competitive Magic in quite a long time. Even the Hogaak days of Modern still saw people playing a variety of their favorite decks, though Hogaak took up a large portion of the meta.

You can watch the whole thing starting today on twitch!

The Decks

MCV Jund Midrange

from: CalebD

4 Rix Maadi Reveler (RNA) 109
4 Growth-Chamber Guardian (RNA) 128
4 Bonecrusher Giant (ELD) 115
4 Rotting Regisaur (M20) 111
4 Gruul Spellbreaker (RNA) 179
4 Questing Beast (ELD) 171
1 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194
4 Skarrgan Hellkite (RNA) 114
1 Legion's End (M20) 106
3 Collision // Colossus (RNA) 223
3 Embercleave (ELD) 120
4 Forest (ELD) 268
3 Mountain (ELD) 265
1 Swamp (ELD) 259
4 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
4 Overgrown Tomb (GRN) 253
4 Stomping Ground (RNA) 259
4 Blood Crypt (RNA) 245

1 Legion's End (M20) 106
2 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
3 Legion Warboss (GRN) 109
3 Noxious Grasp (M20) 110
3 Duress (M20) 97
3 Lava Coil (GRN) 108

With what looks to be an elegant solution to the Field of the Dead problem, this Jund list from CalebD just goes big. The focal point of the deck is the interaction between Questing Beast and Embercleave. Since Questing Beast starts with Deathtouch and Trample, giving it Double Strike and making it bigger just puts it out of reach of any good blocks. The Zombie tokens from Field of the Dead can’t block it anyway, so it’s getting in for the full 10. Or maybe your opponent is throwing their bigger creatures in its way to soak up one damage each before heading to the graveyard. Embercleave on Rotting Regisaur is gross too.

I absolutely love this deck, and think it’s a great call if you’ll be seeing a lot of Field of the Dead. The sideboard looks like it might be tuned to beat non-existent Simic Flash and control, but there is some help against Adventure and ramp decks. I would recommend rebuilding the sideboard for ladder play.

MCV Simic Food

from: Kai Budde

4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160
4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
4 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
4 Questing Beast (ELD) 171
4 Wicked Wolf (ELD) 181
4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169
4 Disdainful Stroke (GRN) 37
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns (ELD) 197
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
12 Forest (ELD) 268
5 Island (ELD) 255
4 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
3 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255

3 Aether Gust (M20) 42
3 Mystical Dispute (ELD) 58
2 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
2 Lovestruck Beast (ELD) 165
4 Voracious Hydra (M20) 200
1 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228

The Simic/Bant Food decks have come on strong the past few weeks, and are clearly Tier 1. These decks are so strong I think they’re going to completely take over if Field of the Dead is banned. Kai Budde’s list is exceptionally clean all the way up the curve. I love that he’s playing both Questing Beast and Wicked Wolf in the four slot.

The game-plan against Field of the Dead is to hope you can get under it. Use Disdainful stroke on their Golos. Send Questing Beast through their horde of zombies. Hydroid Krasis is a late engine that can save you from aggro decks or break parity in stalled games.

The sideboard here has a few tools against Field of the Dead with Mystical Dispute, to counter their early Teferi, and Ashiok to prevent them from searching. Though with smart play, and a bit of luck, the main deck can take care of most of the threats in Golos decks.

MCV Golgari Adventure

from: Piotr Głogowski

4 Edgewall Innkeeper (ELD) 151
4 Foulmire Knight (ELD) 90
3 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171
2 Order of Midnight (ELD) 99
4 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97
4 Lovestruck Beast (ELD) 165
3 Questing Beast (ELD) 171
2 Rankle, Master of Pranks (ELD) 101
3 Vivien, Arkbow Ranger (M20) 199
2 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169
2 Legion's End (M20) 106
2 Find // Finality (GRN) 225
1 The Great Henge (ELD) 161
8 Forest (ELD) 269
6 Swamp (ELD) 258
2 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
4 Overgrown Tomb (GRN) 253
4 Temple of Malady (M20) 254

1 Legion's End (M20) 106
1 Massacre Girl (WAR) 99
2 Kraul Harpooner (GRN) 136
1 Liliana, Dreadhorde General (WAR) 97
2 Noxious Grasp (M20) 110
2 Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage (WAR) 83
1 Cavalier of Night (M20) 94
2 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
2 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228
1 Thrashing Brontodon (M20) 197

Not every set comes with a mechanic that can spawn a competitive archetype. In recent memory, only the Gates deck after Ravnica Allegiance was able to break onto the tournament scene for a bit.

Throne of Eldraine’s new mechanic, Adventure, has spawned a few decks that have been making an impact on Standard. Most recently at the SCG Classic in Philly there were five adventure decks in the Top 8. Furthermore, a good 13% or more of the field at MCV is made up of Adventure decks.

There are two main types of the Adventure deck, Selesnya and Golgari. The Golgari deck seems to be the one represented most at MCV. Let’s take a look at Piotr Glogowski’s version.

One of the most noticeable things about Adventures is the great mana curve. It should be able to produce a threat every turn on the way to five. My biggest problem with this deck is its seemingly not great matchup against Field of the Dead. But all hope isn’t lost. Questing Beast and Rankle can punch through a horde of Zombies if the game runs long. If you can put enough pressure on early, there will be narrow opportunities to finish the game.

The Wrap Up

There wasn’t much news this week outside of the Mythic Championship decklists.

I have a feeling that Monday’s Banned & Restricted update has already been determined. The results from this weekend’s Mythic Championship won’t actually affect it. I’m fairly confident that Field of the Dead is going to get a ban. WotC doesn’t want a repeat of what happened with Hogaak this summer. Looking at the format as a whole, I also think that Hydroid Krasis is potentially up for a reactive ban. This would be similar to what happened with Rampaging Ferocidon last year. Wizards doesn’t like to make a habit of banning expensive cards, so I’m fairly certain they won’t actually ban Krasis. Though, if any card is on the watch list, it’s that one.

I look forward to watching some of the coverage for Mythic Championship V. The use of Arena, in my opinion, has been incredible for these events. Some people deride the lack of paper coverage, but watching the games happen on Arena is just so much cleaner in my opinion.

Previous Weeks

2019-10-18 (Patch 1.00.02, B&R moved up, Field of the Dead, Azorius Flyers)
2019-10-04 (Patch 1.00.01, Ally Warfield Interview, Win Every Card Event)
2019-09-27 (Client Release, ELD Release, Bant Hero, Torbran Cavalcade)

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