March 6 Standard Master Top8 Interviews

Written by Hades on March 06, 2016



johnpyp:
Name, Age, Nationality:
Johnpyp, 13, Murican
 
What is your biggest Magic accomplishment?
Day 2ing a GP
 
What deck did you play?
Bluedrazi
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Hardened Scales and really good draws from stubborn abzan players
I faired against abzan 1-1
Hardened Scales I didn't face
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
With my awesome testing team testing here and on MTGO. We did dedicated testing, playing almost 60 games and analyzing all the MU. I'm really proud of my team's accomplishments.
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
Nope, this is the deck. It was pretty great. If there are changes, it would've been to add some number of Hedron Crawlers instead of some number of Eldrazi Mimics, but I'm happy with the list right now
 
What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Best Card MD: Stubborn Denial or Ghostfire Blade || Best SB Card: The 4th Stubborn Denial xD || Worst MD Card: Err... Maybe Eldrazi Mimic but it is essential for the curve
Worst SB Card: Cranial Archive cuz I haven't faced a single rally deck in all my testing
 
What card if any do you think will be banned from the eldrazi deck and why?
Eldrazi Mimic I want, but likely temple
 
Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Shoutout to my AMAZING TESTING TEAM NXT!! We've rose to 7th place after 2 weeks!! its awesome! :D
 

Search1989:
 Name, Age, Nationality:
Sergio, 26, Italian
 
What is your biggest Magic accomplishment?
several d2 at gps, 2 nationals back in the days
 
What deck did you play?
RG ramp
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
worst m-u is atarka red or r/x tokens, i had the luck to play and ramp in no time in g1 clearing the board with fatties and in g2 3 offshoots+ kozilek's retun+flashback of kozilek return gave a strong hit to my opponent's gameplan
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
i tested some many deck starting with rally going through br dragons esper dragons and ramp, i ended playing the most unfair :P
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
i would have liked to play vines maindeck since they are a great problem within all the metagame especially vs rally... i'd wished there was plenty of space in main ='(
 
What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
best maindeck chandra (that's why RG is superior to monoG, worst maindeck oblivion sower.   best SB is reclaiming vines, worst SB is void winnower since is specific against only 1 m-u
 
What card if any do you think will be banned from the eldrazi deck and why?
eye of ugin since it's the most unfair card in the deck, it makes you play many creatures for free in t1 and affects heavily also t2 and t3 while in a late game it has another CA mechanic
 
Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
props to confuchos always by BLTS team's side, to Schiapponetor who is running tons of tests in t2+modern and Blululululu who's growing side-by-side of a monster!!!
 
Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
suggestions: we want the t-shirts NOW !!!!
 

Scuta04:
Name, Age, Nationality:
Koby, 27, American
What is your biggest Magic accomplishment?
Top4 PTQ :( not very accomplished.
 
What deck did you play?
Jeskai Black
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?

Ramp. Didnt play it.
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
Not much prep this time.
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
+1 Chandra +1 Kalitas -2 Gideon.
 
What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Best Main: Jace. Worst Main: Gideon.
Best SB: Disdainful Stroke.
Worst SB: DragonlordSilumgar
 
What card if any do you think will be banned from the eldrazi deck and why?
One of the lands I would bet. Deck is just too consistant.
 
Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Team Titans! Simply Defining Top. Thanks for the bye boys!
 
Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
the ability to easily check lifetime record in each format vs opponents. I'm sure that would be a nightmare to accomplish.
 

Jinete_del_Viento:
Name, Age, Nationality:
Nightwing, 24, USA
 
What is your biggest Magic accomplishment?
Winning a 80something person PTQ 2 years ago.
 
What deck did you play?
Jeskai Black
 
What do you feel is your worst match up?
How’d you do against it in the swiss? I really don't know...BR Dragons? I didn't face it in the swiss.
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
Won a trial and watch Efro play the deck.
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
Nope and nope
 
What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card? Best main: Painful Truths, best sb: Radiant Flames (covers all the awkward mu's), worst main: fiery impulse (didn't see a lot of smaller creatures today), worst sb: Dragonlord Silumgar (didn't have any midrange mirrors)
 
What card if any do you think will be banned from the eldrazi deck and why?
 Eye of Ugin definitely and maybe Thought-Knot Seer. EoU gives the deck the biggest boost in mana and TKS capitalizes the best on that surge of mana by crippling your opponent's hand before they can even cast removal, discard, counters and it powers up those t1 Mimics to 4/4s.
 
Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Efro for continuing to be as controversial as ever.
 
Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
Site rewrite so any judge can run swiss tournaments.
 

Goldenas:
Name, Age, Nationality:
Tomas, 22, Lithuanian
 
What is your biggest Magic accomplishment?
2x time WMCQ TOP8, 1x time PPTQ finalist.
 
What deck did you play?
RG Eldrazi Ramp
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Worst match up probably is Esper Dragons/Control.Atarka Red with Immense+Rage combo hard match up too.
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
I played 1 trial today with this deck, and I liked it.
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
All good.
 
What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
All good.
 
What card if any do you think will be banned from the eldrazi deck and why?
Eye of Ugin will be banned in modern, ~95% Im sure.
 
Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Good job M-L community, keep going!
 

GratefulDad:
Name, Age, Nationality:
Russ, 27, USA
 
What is your biggest Magic accomplishment?
Winning a Standard PPTQ with Abzan Control in Khans Standard; I lost round 1 then went on to win out for the rest of the tournament.
 
What deck did you play?
Abzan Red
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Red-Green Ulamog/Worldbreaker Ramp is my worst matchup. I faced it once or twice in the swiss and won. I really ground out the matches and eked every bit of damage out of my Kholagan's commands, Wild slashes, Crackling dooms, and Siege Rhinos. Then leveraged tokens from Monastery mentor and Mardu charm to scrape through the final bits of damage even when I was on a losing board state. Also, Rakshasa's Secret helped at depleting them of important resources.
Rally is also a bad matchup for me, but luckily I didn't have to face it.
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
I played a bunch of Standard on Cockatrice this past week. I've been out of Standard for a while, but the card Goblin Dark Dwellers really got me excited to play some standard, so I wanted to play a deck built around it.
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
I like my list a lot. I took out a Dark-dweller and replaced it with a Monastery Mentor. I'm wondering if that was the correct move, or maybe even if I should have more Mentors. Also, I'm still undecided on my wild slash/fiery impulse split, as well as how many Duress I should play, or if I should main deck radiant flames. I think ultimately it was right for me to spread out my options; I played one radiant flames, one Monastery mentor, replaced one of my two duresses with the more versatile but more clunky Mardu charm, and decided to split Wild slash and fiery impulse. I thought wild slash would be important against flipped and unflipped Jaces, Nissa planeswalkers, and even just to deal the last 4 damage with an end of turn wild slash into Goblin Dark Dweller.
 
What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Best card main deck was Sylvan Advocate. It is so versatile as a good early game card to exert pressure or provide defense while also being a great late game card. There is nothing like dropping a Sylvan advocate on an empty board and swinging in with a 4/5 shambling vent or 4/2 needle spires.
Best sideboard card was Rakshasa's Secret. It really helps grind out advantage against ramp strategies as well as opposing midrange decks.
Worst main deck card was Roast. Instant speed removal is so powerful in this format and the roast wasn't too necessary.
Worst sideboard card was Cranial Archive. But it was a necessary hedge against Rally, which I didn't face, luckily.
 
What card if any do you think will be banned from the eldrazi deck and why?
Eye of Ugin because it can produce 2-8 mana in one turn. It leads to non-interactive magic that quite frankly is not fun for me to watch.
 
Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Thank you to those who keep this Magic-League running. It's a great way to play Magic when I usually wouldn't be able to, since I'm busy with work.
 
Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
I think it's pretty good as it is.
 

wrinkle22:
Name, Age, Nationality:
Joe Wrinkle, 26, USA
 
What is your biggest Magic accomplishment?
Havent had it yet :D
 
What deck did you play?
4 color rally
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
decks with anafanza and or kalitas, lost to it 1 round
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
Didnt get to, chose deck in the car and submitted it on pc with 15 secounds to spare
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
The list seems solid, maybe some kalitas/anafanza of my own... the 2 drop land land is stronk also, worth considering
 
What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
main deck would probably be coco, it just shines but its a close 2nd wth reflecter mage. sideboard id say dispel or murderous cut. Worst cards idk, didnt use clerics at any points due to no burn match ups
 
What card if any do you think will be banned from the eldrazi deck and why?
if any i think either mime or eye of ugin, they make people rage... i dont think any of it is so bad, everything has its bane
 
Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Amy aka mamy007 love you
 
Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
Promote me so i can fix things lolololol jk



djinx
Name, Age, Nationality:
Ingo, 33, German

What is your biggest Magic accomplishment?
Only national tournaments here in europe. Nothing special. No time for GP / PTQs etc.

What deck did you play?
5c Abzan, it's basically Abzan with Doom, Jace and some modifications.

What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Hard to tell. Rally is preboard some kind of senseless running against creatures with removal that will come back anyway. Anafenza never stays longer than a turn in play. Fortunately didn't saw this MU today.

How’d you prepare for the master?
Eaten a lot of protein, drinking only water for like 2 weeks, sleping at least 10 hours a day and stop shagging my wife for the purpose of the Holy Grail. She understands that (i thiink).

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
Nothing. It's senseless to adjust things now. The whole format will be mixed up soon by SOI.

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
In that order: Crackling Doom. Transgress the Mind. Den Protector. Arashin Cleric.

 What card if any do you think will be banned from the eldrazi deck and why?
Reality Smasher. He's just the capricious thread of the so called "non-control" eldrazi deck. which - imhp - isnt the best eldrazi deck anyway (Displacer for the win).

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
 Yeah let's see. To the guy that invented protein and such food stuff like eggs, fish, nuts etc. Wonderful job man! Keep on going.
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Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
All fine so far. Great work. Thanks.

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Comments:
by Scuta04 on 2016-03-07 00:49 CET

IDK how that fucking Scuta even mustered a top8. Dude is a SCRUB!


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