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[Welcome back to Fact or Fiction! Today, SCG Tour® commentators Matthias Hunt and Ryan Overturf give their takes on five statements inspired by their thoughts on SCG Dallas this weekend. Read their responses and vote for the winner at the end!]
1.Given Dmitriy Butakov's win at the Magic Online Championship, G/W Hexrpoof is the deck to beat at SCG Dallas.
Matthias Hunt: Fiction. G/W Hexproof is the type of deck that wins a tournament when you least expect it. On the flip side, G/W Hexproof is also a deck that goes 0-2 drop when everyone expects it. It was a great metagame call that led to Butakov winning the Magic Online Championship with such a linear gameplan, but I wouldn't expect it to happen again. Add his win to the fact that we also had Dan Ward winning a Grand Prix with the same deck? Too many people are thinking about their matchup against a Slippery Bogle. The fact that one of our five questions this week is about G/W Hexproof should be a warning sign not to play the deck! Expect cards like Spellskite, Back to Nature, and Engineered Explosives to be showing up in sideboards this weekend and stay away!
Ryan Overturf: Fiction. The results of a small, invite-only tournament are almost never going to translate to larger tournaments. G/W Hexproof was an excellent choice for the Magic Online Championship because Bloodbraid Elf Jund was clearly a big winner with the unbans that would be well-represented in the field, with a handful of other players likely to be playing Jace as well. These decks are flush with spot removal, and G/W Hexproof is the sort of deck that has a great matchup against that sort of thing while also not being a deck that players pack much sideboard hate for. The best cards that these decks bring to the table against you are discard spells and Liliana of the Veil, which are all covered by Butakov's maindeck Leyline of Sanctity.
At SCG Dallas, you're going to see a wider range of decks. Decks that kill at a faster clip than G/W Hexproof in addition to decks like Tron that pack more meaningful interaction in the form of Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. Beyond that, G/W Hexproof has always been a deck that I've been generally okay with as a "bad" matchup, as the deck has a long history of losing to itself given that it's trying to draw a specific mix of stuff without having much in the way of card selection. At the Magic Online Championship you're just trying to get lucky a handful of times against a field that you'll have a pretty good read on. Succeeding with G/W Hexproof at an Open is a much taller order.