Decklist Digest: Las Vegas
This is a decklist dessert from the depths of the desert. Feast on some of the most interesting brews from the Las Vegas Standard Open!
Temporal Mastery is an ideal card alongside Primeval Titan. For one, the deck doesn’t mind an Explore. For two, getting Primeval Titan into play guarantees that you’ll be able to Temporal Mastery from the hand on the next turn, and additional Titan attacks are backbreaking against any opponent.
Plus, the addition of blue lets you incorporate Ponder and Frost Titan alongside Bonfire of the Damned. This deck probably doesn’t play so differently from the RUG decks of 2011—minus one broken planeswalker, of course.
Vegas resident and Magic professional Eric Froelich took a break from the tables this weekend, starting off strong with an updated variant of the U/G Delver deck that many players are trying to make work. Magic 2013’s Quirion Dryad and Talrand, Sky Summoner give the deck some potent threats. Eric’s build has the full amount of Gut Shots, which are excellent alongside both of the 2013 creatures, and he even made room for a few Mental Missteps to boot.
Watch out for those sideboarded Spectral Flights—they’ll take your head off!
One of the more exciting decks to pop up on the @SCGLive broadcast, Adam Percy finished the first half of the tournament without a loss to his name. Thinking about it, it makes sense—Craig Wescoe added red to his U/W Delver deck in order to get Bonfire of the Damned into the mix. Why not add Bonfires to the U/W Midrange shell Sam Black built?
Adam took it even further than that, of course. Red gives him card draw and sweepers, plus the Magic 2013 dragon Thundermaw Hellkite. I’ll bet he’s surprised more than a few opponents with that one today!
Tezzeret has just a couple months left to make his last marks in the Standard format, and he’s been heating up online and on the Open Series. More and more pilots are giving Tezz a shot at glory, and some are going so far as to include Trading Post. While it’s been criticized as “one more durdling four-drop,” in reality the Post combines with Tezzeret’s support to create an engine that will ensure victory... assuming you can stabilize the board favorably.
We talked about Chad White’s Mono-Black Control list when I interview him in the Sideboard earlier today, but here’s the full list. While Chad regrets giving Liliana of the Dark Realms a try—he really wishes he just had additional copies of little Lili—the rest of the deck has proven solid thus far. It’s a long tournament, but these Mono-Black builds are starting to perform on the Open Series level. Chad’s doing a michaelj proud today!