This weekend featured the Innistrad Set Championship. The Japanese players continued their recent dominance with a staggering five players in the top eight. You can find coverage, deck lists and results here and here. Now, lets take a look at the updated power rankings.
For a quick reference, here’s how the top decks performed
And here is a matchup matrix how they performed against each other in the tournament
8. Jeskai Control
Jeskai didn’t do particularly well either, but it was not a popular deck at all. Now that the metagame looks quite set, I think we can expect a lot of good players to tune Jeskai to beat it.
7. Indomitable Creativity Combo
A deck that should be good in a field full of creature decks is the Indomitable Creativity combo. The only problem is that you aren’t going to beat Thoughtseize into Dreadhorde Arcanist and Selesnya Humans can go Esper Sentinel into Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, which also means you’re also in trouble.
6. Izzet Control/Epiphany
I suspect the main reason why Izzet Epiphany did well was probably because of Anger of the Gods, which seemed to have been very well positioned in this tournament full of small creatures. Going forward, I’m not sure if it’s the best kind of control deck, but for now Anger should do a lot of heavy lifting.
Everything below this would be my tier 1 for now. If you want to maximize your chances of winning, I would strongly recommend playing one of the decks below.
Humans also didn’t do amazingly, which I think was mainly because it can’t really beat the sacrifice decks, whether or not they’re playing Mayhem Devil. The Heliod Combo can go wide and make a hundred tokens and overpower any kind of sacrifice strategy – Humans just can’t.
The Heliod combo didn’t do amazing, but it has two main things going for it. It seems to have a good matchup against Golgari Food, which I would expect to be the most popular deck in the upcoming days, and there is very little control in the field, which is its natural enemy.
I have a love-hate relationship with Phoenix. I love how smoothly it plays out thanks to all the card selection, but at the same time, I hate how it sometimes feels that all you do is just play cantrips into more cantrips. It’s hard to argue with the results though. Three Izzet Phoenix in the top eight means that this deck deserves a spot at the top.
Our Rakdos Arcanist testing team didn’t put anyone into the top eight, but we had eight players in the top 50. These kinds of consistent results were enough to catapult Arcanist into the top performing deck in terms of win rate. Make sure to check out Huey’s deck guide on the more grindy version and my updated deck guide on the Lurrus list, coming soon!
1. Golgari Food
I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that the Japanese team that put three players with the identical Golgari Food list into the top eight dominated the tournament. Second game of the last finals match where Yuuki Ichikawa attacks for 14 on turn three is a great example of how explosive this deck can be, but at the same time it can also easily grind you out in long games thanks to Trail of Crumbs.
Honestly, that’s pretty much it. I would probably put Auras and Goblins at #9 and #10 if I had to, but everything else just seems quite a bit weaker than the decks at the top now.