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MTGO Metagame Breakdown #1

Hopefully there are a few things you can take away from this column. Most importantly, it should help you keep on top of the metagame, even if you can’t find the time to play yourself. Second, it will be an easy place to find off the wall, or interesting decklists. Finally, you should be able to find out what your opponent on Magic Online is playing just by ctrl+F-ing your way through this article.

Good_Game, 4-0-5cc
had_it, 4-0-5cc
Valyekrin, 3-1-WB Tokens
duotianshi203, 3-1-5cc
Muellermilch2go, 3-1-Combo Elves
Boin, 3-1-Rb
xSlasHx, 3-1-Combo Elves
gooddeelz, 3-1-Naya
beyondTNT, 3-1-Jund
lsv, 3-1-5cc
Mr_Grinch, 3-1-Rb Burn

Nothing all that interesting to see here, except 5cc beating up on a few fringe decks. The re-emergence of WB Tokens? Will that trend continue”¦?

duotianshi203, 4-0-5cc
Kerrick_, 4-0-Grixis Control
petrosapotsos, 3-1-Mono Red
rainin6, 3-1-Combo Elves
Archer., 3-1-UB Faeries
tallandskinnyman, 3-1-Rb
aommyengine, 3-1-Jund Mannequin
benben1981, 3-1-5cc
Maxxtro1980, 3-1-Doran
vv1nc3ntt, 3-1-Jund
rex51515, 3-1-UB Faeries
lord_ra, 3-1-Grixis Aggro

There are two notable decks that were played in this tournament, and both contain 4x [card]Crumbling Necropolis[/card].

Kerrick, Grixis Control

Basically an update of the Demigod deck I wrote about a while back HERE. These days, I would prefer to have Baneslayer Angel and Esper Charm, but I applaud Kerrick for keeping those Demigods swinging.

lord_ra, Grixis Aggro

I remember Mike Flores building a similar deck a while ago, but that deck didn’t have Sedraxis Specter, solid enough mana to enable the splashes, and Lightning Bolt. Either way, it’s certainly a cool deck, regardless of its viability.

Good_Game, 4-0-5cc
lsv, 4-0-5cc
patola, 4-0-Rb
mikev1919, 3-1-Jund
yoel42, 3-1-4c Cascade
jrockne, 3-1-UW Lark
Shalomas, 3-1-UB Faeries
Coloro_1985, 3-1-Jund
tbau, 3-1-Jund
FearFreak13, 3-1-5cBlood
vv1nc3ntt, 3-1-Jund
bolov0, 3-1-Jund
EdB, 3-1-Time Sieve
Judah, 3-1-Rb

5cc still on top, which isn’t a big shocker, although this time, there is a ton of Jund.

duotianshi203, 4-0-5cc
monkeywrenched85, 3-1-Jund Mannequin
majinvegeta6, 3-1-UW UK Baneslayer
genestealer, 3-1-Merfolk
manzi, 3-1-Rb
etJake, 3-1-Jund Mannequin
M E L K O R, 3-1-Merfolk
Good_Game, 3-1-5cc
jamada, 3-1-Jund
END_BOSS, 3-1-Rb

Typical 5c, Jund, and a splash of everything else, except this time Merfolk has returned, and you probably have Adrian Sullivan to blame.

_Batutinha_, 4-0-4c Cascade (no [card]Footbottom Feast[/card]s, sorry Loucks)
vv1nc3ntt, 4-0-Jund
doublegg, 4-0-Merfolk
L1X0, 3-1-Merfolk
neossif, 3-1-UW UK Baneslayer
ElRamuuusa, 3-1-5cc
Archer., 3-1-5cc
yaya3, 3-1-Faeries
Chidorie, 3-1-5cc
J.A.Eliso, 3-1-Jund

Vv1nc3ntt’s Jund deck caught my eye, both for it’s innovativeness and the fact that it struck me as one of the best builds out there.

Vv1nc3ntt, Jund

Anathemancer, Blightning, Flame Javelin, and Lightning Bolt gives Jund a ton of burn that it wouldn’t normally have, so it seems much easier to “steal” games with this version. 13 comes-into-play tapped lands does seem like a bit much though.

patola, 4-0-Rb
J.A.Eliso, 4-0-Jund
sMann2.0, 4-0-5c Cascade
BraveGhostOfYou, 3-1-Jund
lord_ra, 3-1-GiantBaiting
Theodrin, 3-1-Kithkin
kentaro hokori, 3-1-UBr Faeries
Chidorie, 3-1-5cc
L1X0, 3-1-Merfolk
aziekial, 3-1-Merfolk
M E L K O R, 3-1-Merfolk
neossif, 3-1-UW UK Baneslayer
thomazalexandre, 3-1-UW UK Baneslayer
Black_Mamba1, 3-1-Kithkin

More Merfolk! SMann showed up with a crazy 5cc variant and didn’t lose a match.

sMann2.0, 5c Cascade

I like the list, and feel like cascade and land destruction still has a ton of merit in this format, despite Rain of Tears and Boomerang rotating, but this list seems like a mix and match between the two versions. Despite that, I’ve felt like either Broodmate Dragon or Baneslayer Angel would be better than Enlisted Wurm in these cascade decks. Oftentimes you get more value out of a couple 4/4 fliers than you do a 5/5 and random spell.

lord_ra, Giantbaiting

Lord_ra brings us another rogue deck, this time he’s packing Giantbaitings. Bob Baker recently made t8 of a Madison PTQ with the deck, and since then, it’s received a sudden burst in popularity. I would recommend some more dual lands, but other than that, the maindeck looks solid. If you want to beat up on control decks, this is probably the deck you should be playing.

duotianshi203, 4-0-5cc
superchibi, 4-0-4c Cascade
paulrall, 4-0-5cBlood
patola, 3-1-Rb
vv1nc3ntt, 3-1-JundA
nofxdarkside2, 3-1-5cc
eddie112, 3-1-Jund w/ Sedraxis Specter
ztluhcseaner, 3-1-UW Lark
Lucky Czar, 3-1-5cc
Aluisio_Cs, 3-1-Jund Mannequin
Muellermilch2go, 3-1-Combo Elves
bolov0, 3-1-Jund
Chidorie, 3-1-5cc
_Batutinha_, 3-1-4c Cascade
Zenith777, 3-1-Combo Elves
BennyDJazz, 3-1-WG Tokens
gooddeelz, 3-1-Naya

had_it, 4-0-5c Cascade
genestealer, 4-0-Merfolk
Snuffleupogus, 3-1-UB Faeries
BraveGhostOfYou, 3-1-Jund
Jun.I, 3-1-Jund
Good_Game, 3-1-5cc
duotianshi203, 3-1-5cc
Mijae, 3-1-Time Sieve
Boin, 3-1-Rb
1FLY, 3-1- UW UK Baneslayer

JavierLuna, 4-0-GB Elves
vv1nc3ntt, 4-0-Jund
tallandskinnyman, 3-1-Rb
TradewindEmissary, 3-1-Rg
tq_chn, 3-1-5cc
L1X0, 3-1-UBr Fae
czarro_pl, 3-1-Jund
rainin6, 3-1-5c Cascade
janarick, 3-1-Rb
Timthehappy, 3-1-5cBlood
CvK, 3-1-5cc
ingles S15, 3-1-Merfolk

fffreakslittlebro, 4-0-Jund Mannequin
MarcioCarvalho, 4-0-Jund
had_it, 3-1-5c Cascade
DampingEngine, 3-1-4c Cascade
Aluisio_Cs, 3-1-Jund Mannequin
Jonhy.jr, 3-1-Jund Mannequin
neossif, 3-1-UW UK Baneslayer
thomazalexandre, 3-1-UW UK Baneslayer
bolov0, 3-1-Jund
tallandskinnyman, 3-1-Rb
_Batutinha_, 3-1-4c Cascade
FFfreaksgrandmother, 3-1-Giantbaiting
badboylxr, 3-1-5cc

MarcioCarvalho, 4-0-Jund
Timthehappy, 4-0-UBr Faeries
Snuffleupogus, 3-1-UB Faeries
genestealer, 3-1-Merfolk
Lord Corwin, 3-1-Jund
Jun.I, 3-1-Jund
doublegg, 3-1-Merfolk
monkeywrenched85, 3-1-Jund Mannequin
G0D_L1k3, 3-1-5cBlood
t_shrk, 3-1-5cc

Zenith777, 4-0-Combo Elves
rabon, 4-0-UW Lark
speks, 4-0-5cc
blob1, 3-1-5cc
bolov0, 3-1-Jund
acruz, 3-1-Kithkin
itilgor, 3-1-UW UK Baneslayer
aeoncs, 3-1-UK
tradecaravan, 3-1-5cc
seydaneen, 3-1-Grixis Control
L1X0, 3-1-UBr Faeries
Shalomas, 3-1-UB Faeries
vv1nc3ntt, 3-1-Jund
zippy75, 3-1-UB Faeries
benben1981, 3-1-5cc

Nothing much to see in the above tournaments. Standard is clearly wide open and people can play whatever decks they like and win with them.

G0D_L1k3, 4-0-5cBlood
tallandskinnyman, 4-0-Doran
Ivan_Kulbich_aka_Striped, 4-0-Merfolk
acruz, 3-1-Kithkin
duotianshi203, 3-1-5cc
b4sk3tb4ll3r, 3-1-Kithkin
mikeman29, 3-1-Time Sieve
Thejjuggler10, 3-1-Combo Elves
Krazyeye98, 3-1-UBr Faeries
L1X0, 3-1-UBr Faeries
Lord Corwin, 3-1-Jund

More of the usual, except for tallandskinnyman’s Doran deck.

tallandskinnyman, Doran

Oversoul and Stags maindeck could lead to some easy wins. I would consider Putrid Leeches or some more Black filter lands for those Sign in Bloods, but otherwise his deck looks good.

Jun.I, 4-0-Jund
duotianshi203, 3-1-5cc
M E L K O R, 3-1-Merfolk
Incomitatus, 3-1-Giantbaiting
otukaremanbo, 3-1-5cc
refs, 3-1-Combo Elves
Good_Game, 3-1-5cc
genestealer, 3-1-Merfolk

bös, 4-0-Faeries
Ivan_Kulbich_aka_Striped, 4-0-Merfolk
Ace of Drafts, 4-0-Merfolk
thomazalexandre, 3-1-UK
itilgor, 3-1-UK
patola, 3-1-Merfolk
BennyDJazz, 3-1-WG Beatdown
wolly03, 3-1-UK
genestealer, 3-1-Merfolk
_NovA_, 3-1-Jund
Maxxtro1980, 3-1-5cc
Street Spirit, 3-1-GB Elves
superchibi, 3-1-4c Cascade
fifey157, 3-1-UBr Faeries
PrincessNell, 3-1-GB Elves
gaffaflaff, 3-1-Kithkin

Elves, Merfolk, and Reveillark decks? What year is it?

tbau, 4-0-Jund
Ivan_Kulbich_aka_Striped, 4-0-Merfolk
Hot_milk, 4-0-UW Lark
ingles S15, 3-1-Merfolk
cwllc, 3-1-WG Tokens
janarick, 3-1-Naya
Eldarock, 3-1-RB
FFfreaK, 3-1-Jund Mannequin
Coloro_1985, 3-1-Jund
frankenberry22, 3-1-UWR Control
dvv89, 3-1-UK
thomazalexandre, 3-1-UK
rastaf, 3-1-UBr Faeries
MR. T MONEY, 3-1-Rb

At first I thought frankenberry22 simply shared my dislike for Cruel Ultimatum, but as it turns out, he dislikes the color black entirely.

frankenberry22, UWR Control

Millimbar, 4-0-UBr Faeries

mirakurufait, 3-1-5cc
emeng, 3-1-UB Faeries
TOKONA_X, 3-1-5cc
badboylxr, 3-1-5cc
xAshxMoneyx, 3-1-Rb
Kerrick_, 3-1-Grixis Control
Lord Corwin, 3-1-Jund
b228, 3-1-Jund Mannequin

That leaves us with a total of:

5cc – 36
Jund – 33
Merfolk – 20
Jund Mannequin – 10
4/5c Cascade – 11
Rb – 15
UK.dec – 15
Combo Elves – 8
Naya – 3
Time Sieve – 3
UW Lark – 4
WG – 3
UB Faeries – 10
Ubr Faeries – 9
Doran – 2
Grixis Control – 3
UWR Control – 1
Giantbaiting – 3
Kithkin – 6
GB Elves – 4
Rg – 1
RDW – 2
WB Tokens – 1
Grixis Aggro – 1
5cBlood – 5

Or, when we clean it up, it looks like this:

Multicolored Control Decks – 51
Jund – 48
Red Aggro – 22
Merfolk – 20
Faeries – 19
UW “Lark” – 19
Green Beatdown – 10
Spectral Procession Decks – 9
Combo Elves – 8
Time Sieve – 3

As you can see, the format is clearly defined. Whether you play a cascade or normal version of 5cc, your game plan and goals remain largely the same, and the matchups aren’t that much different. Token decks are suffering, while Merfolk and Red decks seem to have taken over their place as the beatdown decks in the format. Faeries is still a force, whether they have a splash or not. Green based beatdown seems like it’s an outside contender that can prey on the right metagame, although not playing with [card]Bloodbraid Elf[/card] should be criminal.

GerryT

8 thoughts on “MTGO Metagame Breakdown #1”

  1. What strikes me most is how untuned some of those manabases are, or at least how untuned they look, but how it just doesn’t matter that much at the moment when it comes to daily events where 4-0 is good enough.

  2. There are defiantly an amount of untuned manabases, but as you mentioned 4-0’s are a good reason why, and of course the fact that we have a format with so many duals/filters/vivids and pools allowing for them to “get by”.

    I will be very interested to see what sort of unbasic lands we will be getting in Zendikar, though with the “spoiler” Landfall mechanic, there is a chance we will get some interesting lands or at the very least cards that will function well with just basics.

    On the other hand, manabases (at least for 3c+ decks) are gonna really matter without a functional “enemy color” filter/dual set due to the rotation of pool/vivids.

    Vv1nc3ntt's Jund deck does in fact steal quite a few games and his build is becoming more popular on MTGO, I’ve been playing around with it and the reach of the burn makes some games end quickly in our favor.

  3. Just to throw another note up there, I built and played some games on MTGO with the Cascade list (sMann2.0, 5c Cascade). And won 18 out of the 21 games played. (Lost 2-0 to Elves! and lost a game to Naya Weenies) (Played a lot of 5cc, so a lot of wins felt like cheating)

    I must say there is a satisfaction like no other when you Cryptic someones 4 drop, bouncing a land, and then Deny another land on your turn landing on another cryptic to bounce another.. (Both vivid). I had some RAGING peeps.

  4. @ Kyle: For someone like me who just recently got into MTGO standard, playing with a suboptimal mana base, and a suboptimal deck is more of a budget call. I’m braveghostofyou from above, playing jund both times with the horrid mana base of the M10 duals + Basics + vivids. The fact is no reason to invest in filters + pools, when you can just wait 2 1/2 months for zendikar online. only trouble is you lose a lot to your own mana troubles =P, i feel like a lot of the jund that appears are budget calls, and not a true dip into the metagame, except for the decks with completed mana bases, like mannequin and the list listed above. Personally I would be playing something with 4 cryptic command in it, probably merfolk since that’s what I’ve been piloting in paper lately.

    The fact is, jund can be piloted by anyone and be relatively sucessful, it’s a simple deck based on good effecient guys(elf,finks/ram gang/leech) that survive or persist through fallout, + cascade(blast+elf), + good removal(blast/pulse/bolt/doom blade)

    The only rares in my Jund are 3x Maelstrom Pulse(I got them at a steal of 9.5x tix each), and some M10 dual lands(I got mine at 2.5 tix each), And Sable Stag(4 tix each), which are all relatively useful going into the unknown format zendikar will provide.

  5. I really like Vv1nc3ntt’s Jund list but it seems like a stretch to be able to beat 5cc, once they resolve a Runed halo or a Baneslayer

  6. GerryT,

    What deck is your current favorite? Or rather, which version of which archetype would you play with given the choice?

    Thanks,

    Andy

  7. Awesome article, thanks for this! I’ve been wishing for a series like this since Frank Karsten stopped writing on the mothership.

    Keep up the good (and often mind-numbing) work!

  8. Andy: I would probably be looking at some sort of 5c variant. I wouldn’t fault anyone for playing any of the good decks in this format though.

    Jake: Seems like you could sideboard to beat those cards.

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