Deck Tech: BUG with Tony Chu
It might have been a surprise to see Tony Chu playing Bayous on the SCGLive stream this morningâ€”he's known for his success with Stoneblade, after all. Tony's testing told him that Stoneforge+Mystic wasn't going to cut it this weekend, however, and he found himself searching for greener pastures.
Tony Chu fans the BUG cards he's playing this weekend.
Tony came with a few options, but planning on one particular deck. â€œI was really set on RUG Delver for a lot of this tournament, but I looked at what people were playing in the Legacy Challengeâ€”a lot of Maverick!â€ Adapting for the deck's popularity, Tony audibled away from RUG and toward a deck that would crush those silly green mages. â€œLo and behold, I've played three Mavericks.â€
That's been helpful so far, and Tony's on 3-1 with his single loss to a Choke that he couldn't handle. But why BUG? Ironically, one reason he likes it is the RUG matchup. â€œI think I have pretty good matchups against the field; as long as RUG Delver doesn't have too good a hand. If they don't have an early Delver or threat you can't deal with, you stand a good chance of winning that match,â€ Tony said. â€œBeing able to deal with all those with removal spells is good enough.â€
It's also his style of deck. â€œIt has a lot of game; being able to outplay my opponents or make them misplay and do the wrong thing,â€ he said. â€œI like grindy decks, and having Force+of+Will in my deckâ€¦ and I get to play the best spell in Magic: Jace%2C+the+Mind+Sculptor! That's like the only win condition in my deck.â€ Looking at the list, it's trueâ€”a few Snapcaster+Mages and a lonely Creeping+Tar+Pit aren't going to cut it nearly as often as the Mind Sculptor's fourth ability.
Tony didn't mess with success; his list is similar to the ones we saw performing at the Invitational. â€œThe sixty is the same as most other lists; in the sideboard, I decided I really wouldn't change anything, either,â€ Tony admitted. â€œDread of Night is really good and Perish is really good, so I just played a couple more counterspells for combo decks. Vendilion Clique is really good out of the board.â€
Last-minute audibles rarely work out successfully, but Tony's Legacy experience and practice made such a switch much easier. â€œI play Legacy every week at our storeâ€”there's usually 35-40 people there. It lets me test and know what to do in all the matchups.â€ In and of itself, that kind of practice gives Tony a big edge on the fieldâ€”will he take it to the top?