Here it is, the moment you've been waiting for: the breakdown on SCG Cleveland, based on the Day 2 and Top 8 matches. Would it surprise you to learn that Izzet Phoenix is a really good deck? Probably not. But there is more than just Izzet Phoenix to explore from this past weekend!
But still, Izzet Phoenix is really good.
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First, we looked at the Top 8 archetypes that were present in Day 2 of SCG Cleveland. Izzet Phoenix was at the top of the pack but Amulet Titan had a breakthrough weekend, finally popular enough to match the metagame share of the more commonly played, less ostensibly complicated decks like Humans and Mono-Green Tron.
We are currently in the "Matt Nass wins every tournament but no one else is trying yet" phase— Edgar Magalhes (@EdgarMTG) April 8, 2019
It seems like the secret is out: Amulet Titan is a good deck. The iterating happening from Team Titan (Daryl Ayers, Matthew Dilks, and Edgar Magalhaes), along with Piotr Glogowski's iterating on the deck, suggests that we're in a Renaissance period of Amulet Titan. There's still plenty of refining ahead for Amulet Titan players, but we're a big fan of what's happening with the traditional white-based, Sakura-Tribe Scout builds.
For those who have been watching the Amulet Titan iterations over the past few SCG Tour® events, you can see Team Titan solving emerging challenges like Whir Prison. What started off as Consulate Crackdown became Tragic Arrogance, then became this slight rebuild. Piotr Glogowski has been critical of these traditional builds with Engineered Explosives and Walking Ballista, favoring a more straightforward, proactive design, but Dilks's list from this weekend returns to Hive Mind to present a diversity of win conditions.
Midrange (and the midrange-adjacent Grixis Death's Shadow) and control decks round out the most popular deck archetypes, with the Golgari-based stalwarts taking Jund and Golgari Midrange out to middling finishes, along with Azorius Control. This is a fairly typical field for what one might expect from a Modern Open on the SCG Tour®.