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[Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction! This week, Adrian Sullivan and Brad Nelson square off over five questions on the Pro Tour Aether Revolt results, what SCG Regionals means for Modern, and more. Don't forget to vote for the winner at the end!]
1. Mardu Vehicles is the definitive best deck in Standard at this point.
Adrian Sullivan: Fact – in a way. Six Mardu Vehicles decks in a Top 8 is a huge amount of evidence that a deck is a "best deck."
However, one of the important things to think about is that Mardu Vehicles has not yet had the kind of target on its forehead that both Saheeli Rai decks and B/G Winding Constrictor decks have had. I still expect Mardu Vehicles to be in that pack of elite decks that make for the top of a metagame, but it will definitely tarnish a little bit once people work to try to fight against it.
That being said, Pro Tour Aether Revolt was also a Scrapheap Scrounger format. A full 31 Scrapheap Scroungers saw play in maindecks of the Top 8, and while fighting against Mardu Vehicles might be a new goal for many a deck, it is worth noting that the Construct is absurdly resilient to hate. Expect to see people try, but unlike Saheeli Rai, which might fall to something as simple as a Shock or a Walking Ballista, Scrapheap Scrounger is very, very hardy.
Brad Nelson: Fiction. I'm willingly going against the grain by stating this, but I believe the deck I built for Pro Tour Aether Revolt was the best deck in the room. Of course I'm being biased, but I do have the numbers to back it up! Four players piloted the same 75 cards to a 70% win percentage. Small sample size, of course, but strong indeed. Mardu Vehicles may have been the best deck to attack the predicted metagame, but the B/G Energy variant we came with ended up feeling perfect for the actual metagame. Aethersphere Harvester, Glint-Sleeve Siphoner, and Gonti, Lord of Luxury are all amazing cards that have yet to really shine through, but the results so far show it won't take long for them to be our saving light.
And yes, I will be covering this topic in detail later this week, when I discuss my 8-2 finish with the deck in my article.