Day 2 Metagame Breakdown
All players with 18 points made Day 2, meaning 115 players would return to battle for a shot at Top 8 of the Standard Open at #SCGCLE. And, to the surprise of nobody, the most popular deck in the room this weekend is Esper Dragons. The control deck, that is built around the win conditions of Dragonlord Ojutai and one of the Legendary Silumgars: either Dragonlord Silumgar or Silumgar, the Drifting Death, was all written about ad nauseam by many of the StarCityGames writers, with articles on how to beat it or how best to pilot the deck. Given that the deck has been crowned the current “best deck in Standard”, it goes without saying that many of our players decided to wield the powerful deck, in hopes of taking home a championship.
In hopes of knocking off Esper Dragons from the top spot is Abzan Aggro. Cheap and efficient creatures, like Warden of the First Tree and Fleecemane Lion, backed by a couple of key spells, like Hero’s Downfall and Valorous Stance, was the plan of attack to put the pressure on the slow Esper Dragons deck. Topping off at Siege Rhino, this aggressive deck has been very popular on the StarCityGames.com Open Series and it continues to put players like Andrew Boswell in tournament winning positions.
Red aggressive decks – both Atarka Red and Mono Red Aggro – also showed up in full force. While the threats of these decks are not quite as resilient or big as Abzan Aggro’s, it makes up for it in pure speed with hasty beaters like Monastery Swiftspear, and the ability to finish the game out with burn spells, like Stoke the Flames. The Atarka Red deck is splashing green in order to play four copies of Atarka’s Command, which seems very relevant against a field of life-gaining Foul-Tongue Invocations.
The full metagame breakdown looks like this:
Esper Dragons – 21