In just a few days, some of the game's best and brightest will be coming to Roanoke, VA for SCG CON Winter. The main event, the Season Two Invitational, a multi-format tournament using Standard and Modern. Players will need to master two different decks in two wildly different formats if they want to stand a chance. And normally, I would be joining those competitors in testing for the event, looking to cement my name in SCG Tour® history and walking away $20,000 richer and with my likeness on a token.
But I'll be paired up [down? - DWest] with Cedric Phillips, broadcasting the event on twitch.tv/SCGTour alongside Ryan Overturf and Matthias Hunt. The festivities will be starting earlier than normal, as the three-day event requires a start time of 11:00am ET on Friday. But while I'm not playing in the event myself, I can certainly bestow upon you the knowledge I've acquired over the last few months from playing a ton of Standard and Modern.
Here's what I would play at the Invitational:
We'll start with Modern, as the last few weeks have produced some highly volatile results. One week, you have Amulet Titan taking both of the top slots. And this past weekend in Baltimore, Arclight Phoenix was all the rage! What is happening?
Long story short, people are going to play whatever they want to play. Personally, I think everyone should just keep playing the same deck for the entirety of a format and hope that the metagame shifts in such a way that your archetype is favorable. Chances are your deck will be very good for one tournament a season. In Modern, I've never seen someone be overly successful by "metagaming" each week. The players with the best overall performance are the ones that pick a deck and become a master of the archetype.