Without further ado, I present to you the decks The Peach Garden Oath registered at Pro Tour 25th Anniversary:
- 4 Bomat Courier
- 4 Scrapheap Scrounger
- 2 Glorybringer
- 4 Goblin Chainwhirler
- 2 Soul-Scar Mage
- 3 Hazoret the Fervent
- 2 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
- 1 Pia Nalaar
I heard a lot of whining on Twitter about how team tournaments didn't quite feel like playing on a team, since each individual player stuck to their own format for preparation. I don't have a ton of insight as to how other teams prepared for the Pro Tour, but The Peach Garden Oath was constantly in communication and each of us playtested all the formats and had sway over every card choice in every deck. Reid showing up with Grixis Control in Legacy wasn't just him picking his pet deck because he likes to play grindy matchups and specifically has a bias for card advantage cards like Hymn to Tourach. It's because we collaborated as a unit alongside Genesis and decided it was the best strategy.
As for our amazing Grixis Control list, all the credit goes to Brian Braun-Duin. He showed up to our testing house with it, and without spending time to look at it, I thought it was a terrible choice. I was confident Huey would beat people senseless with Sneak and Show and we would settle on that, but thanks to his diligence in spite of my pessimism, we grinded through all the matchups, and in the end, it was clear that Brian's deck was phenomenal. For the record, I believe Hymn to Tourach is just an incredibly powerful card, and if your manabase can support it, you should maindeck three copies; you rarely want to draw two, but the first one is always brutal. I joked repeatedly during testing:
What better way to celebrate 25 years of Magic than Game 5, Match 3 of the finals of the Pro Tour, we see Reid Duke Hymn to Tourach his opponent's only two lands as they lose to manascrew.
Before I continue, I wanted to take a moment to talk about Temur Delver in Legacy. My thoughts are very straightforward – the deck is horrendous and I believe it has zero good matchups. Nimble Mongoose and Stifle are cards not suitable for competitive tournament play and I can't even believe eleven people at the Pro Tour played it. Compare Nimble Mongoose to Gurmag Angler in terms of what type of payoff you receive for filling your graveyard up with disposable cards quickly. Admittedly, I'm not a scientist, but if I show up with 5/5s and you show up with 3/3s, I think I've got the edge.