Metagame of the week (CW 29) Standard (T2)

Written by JohnnyBravo on July 24, 2012

Hello everybody and welcome to another edition of the

That’s the week from July 16 to July 22, have been played 18 Tourneys, 2 Trials and 1 Special Swiss Standard, for a total of 256 standard decks. As always decks were arranged in order of attendance, and as always at the end you can find a short Metagame analysis made by me, which as always is an observation on Metagame changes compared with last week. I hope you enjoy it. Last week Rancor was the card of the week, so what will be this time?

UW Delver, as you have seen, reaches first place of attendance above the feared Naya Pod, which was nearly at second win in a row. And as if that were not enough, another type of Naya reaches the podium: Naya Aggro, simply a Naya without Pod. I found that Top 3 of attendance really interesting. Why? Check out the Master of July 15, it was the same Top 3! As if the Master has dictated the Metagame of the following week. Well, if you had a look at that Top 3, you have probably noticed that UW Delver there wasn’t, but there was a Mono Blue Delver, or Mono Blue Wizard or however you want to call it. It is not exactly the same, but the idea of the deck is really similar. Anyway, that is really interesting. As Duodax won that Master (congrats!) with his Naya Aggro, in the following week many players copied and played that list. He calls it Naya Midrange.

Naya Midrange by Duodax
Main Deck Sideboard
4 Razorverge Thicket
4 Copperline Gorge
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Gavony Township
1 Plains
1 Mountain
4 Forest
2 Sunpetal Grove
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Avacyn's Pilgrim
4 Huntmaster of the Fells
4 Blade Splicer
4 Thragtusk
4 Restoration Angel
1 Viridian Corrupter
1 Borderland Ranger
1 Daybreak Ranger/Nightfall Predator
1 Acidic Slime
4 Green Sun's Zenith
4 Bonfire of the Damned
3 Acidic Slime
4 Zealous Conscripts
1 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
1 Sigarda, Host of Herons
2 Sword of Feast and Famine
4 Oblivion Ring

Besides this Naya Metagame, a “new” has the best win rate* this week. GW Aggro with an amazing 76 %. Last week I spent some words on this deck and it was the first deck I tested with M13, it is a really nice deck. It clearly has a better manabase than Naya, and seems to have the necessary cards to be right even without red. Also this deck was started to play after a good win. Indeed many of GW Aggro decks are exactly the same of the winner of the Trial of July 17.

GW Aggro by Nitroks
Main Deck Sideboard
10 Forest
4 Plains
2 Gavony Township
4 Razorverge Thicket
4 Sunpetal Grove
4 Avacyn's Pilgrim
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Blade Splicer
4 Restoration Angel
4 Strangleroot Geist
2 Thragtusk
1 Birthing Pod
2 Sword of Feast and Famine
1 Sword of War and Peace
2 Oblivion Ring
3 Rancor
3 Dismember
1 Gut Shot
1 Ajani, Caller of the Pride
1 Sword of War and Peace
1 Hero of Bladehold
1 Mirran Crusader
1 Celestial Purge
1 Mental Misstep
1 Sigarda, Host of Herons
1 Gideon Jura
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Ray of Revelation
1 Crushing Vines
1 Garruk Relentless/Garruk, the Veil-Cursed
1 Triumph of Ferocity
1 Wolfir Silverheart
1 Day of Judgment
1 Ratchet Bomb

Good attendance of Mono Black Control, but with a negative win rate (39,39 %).  Also good attendance of Wolf Run Ramp, particularly Naya (yet again!), with a really good 65,61 % of win rate (runner-up). Another interesting deck is the Mono White Humans. A deck based of Craig Wescoe decklist, which was started to play after EL_MAGO arrived in the Top 8 at the same master that I mentioned earlier.

Mono White Humans by EL_MAGO
Main Deck Sideboard
3 Cavern of Souls
21 Plains
4 Knight of Glory
4 Sublime Archangel
4 Champion of the Parish
4 Mirran Crusader
4 Grand Abolisher
4 Doomed Traveler
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
3 Ajani, Caller of the Pride
2 Angelic Destiny
3 Faith's Shield
1 Dismember
2 Divine Offering
2 Celestial Purge
1 Grafdigger's Cage
3 Oblivion Ring
3 Hero of Bladehold
1 Tormod's Crypt
2 Faith's Reward

Infect (38,46 % win rate) and Mono Green (52,17 % win rate) lost a lot of positions. But once again green seems to be the color of this Metagame, since that 4 decks of Top 8 of attendance have green. So I’ve decided that the card of the week is Thragtusk, a card often present in all of these decks.

I hope you enjoyed it. See you next week!

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by mishimakaz on 2012-07-24 22:19 CET

We gonna ignore the deck that a kazuyamishima has been doing well on MODO with? ;P

by derflippi on 2012-07-25 11:29 CET


by GreenBear on 2012-07-25 21:12 CET

The MBC stats are obviously distorted by the fact, its still a young deck and people are still playing very bad builds.

by Asukafan2288 on 2012-07-26 21:13 CET

too bad i wanted to see the mbc stats oh will i geast it safe to stay that delver is going storng and staying strong.. oh will thank god for my sb days to beat that deck..

by Sistance on 2012-08-06 19:09 CET

Anyone up for a game of "bizarre meta swing"?

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