Deck Tech: BUG with Tony Chu
It might have been a surprise to see Tony Chu playing Bayous on the SCGLive stream this morning—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. “I was really set on RUG Delver for a lot of this tournament, but I looked at what people were playing in the Legacy Challenge—a lot of Maverick!” Adapting for the deck's popularity, Tony audibled away from RUG and toward a deck that would crush those silly green mages. “Lo and behold, I've played three Mavericks.”
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. “I 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,” Tony said. “Being able to deal with all those with removal spells is good enough.”
It's also his style of deck. “It has a lot of game; being able to outplay my opponents or make them misplay and do the wrong thing,” he said. “I like grindy decks, and having Force of Will in my deck… and I get to play the best spell in Magic: Jace, the Mind Sculptor! That's like the only win condition in my deck.” Looking at the list, it's true—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. “The sixty is the same as most other lists; in the sideboard, I decided I really wouldn't change anything, either,” Tony admitted. “Dread 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.”
Last-minute audibles rarely work out successfully, but Tony's Legacy experience and practice made such a switch much easier. “I play Legacy every week at our store—there's usually 35-40 people there. It lets me test and know what to do in all the matchups.” In and of itself, that kind of practice gives Tony a big edge on the field—will he take it to the top?