Day 2 Metagame Breakdown
All players with 18 points made Day 2, meaning 110 players would return to battle for a shot at Top 8 of the Standard Open at #SCGPROV. While #SCGNY had a Top 8 composed of entirely aggressive decks, last weekend’s Pro Tour has completely changed the metagame. Abzan Control, a deck Marco Cammilluzzi took into the Top 8 of #PTDTK and Ari Lax won a previous Pro Tour with, showed up in force, featuring cards like Siege Rhino and Elspeth, Sun’s Champion to put a stop to many aggressive strategies. Some of the Abzan Control decks featured some new technology in the way of Den Protector/Deathmist Raptor, in order to really grind out a late game advantage versus other control decks.
Right behind Abzan Control is Esper Dragons, a deck that is control deck at heart, but uses Dragonlord Ojutai and Silumgar, the Drifiting Death to finish out the opponent quickly. Played by Josh Utter-Leyton and Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa at #PTDTK, the Esper Dragons deck uses removal spells, like Foul-Tongue Invocation and Hero’s Downfall, and counterspells ,like Silumgar’s Scorn, to one-for-one their opponent until they can play one of their game-finishing Legendary Dragons. It fully takes advantage of only playing Dragons as creatures by using the powerful sweeper Crux of Fate to clear their opponent’s board, leaving only your own Dragons left to kill your opponent.
Aggro decks are still seeing a good amount of play, however, in the form of Atarka Red . The deck played by #PTDTK winner Martin Dang, is a form of Mono-Red aggressive deck, using cheap, efficient threats like Zurgo Bellstriker, Foundry Street Denizen, and Monastery Swiftspear to do as much damage to their opponent as possible, and finishing them off with several burn spells, such as Stoke the Flames and Lightning Strike. The green splash in the Atarka Red deck is for Atarka’s Command, a powerful spell that usually does three damage to the opponent and pumping your entire team to do massive amounts of damage for only two mana.
Finally, many players continue to play the Abzan Aggro deck, that was popular at #SCGNY and that Brad Nelson played to a 9-1 record at #PTDTK. The deck features creatures that start off small, but have some value later in the game, such as Warden of the First Tree and Fleecemane Lion. Additions from Dragons of Tarkir in Dromoka’s Command and Surrak, the Hunt Caller, have seemed to push the deck near top tier status.
The full metagame breakdown looks like this:
Abzan Control – 16