Interview with andrw1232 Aether Revolt Standard MASTERS

Written by johnpyp on January 16, 2017

andrw1232 won the Aether Revolt Standard Master on January 15th. The tournament had 30 participants and already applied the most recent bannings of Smuggler's Copter, Reflector Mage and Emrakul, the Promised End. Together with the inspiring cards of Aether Revolt, this meant a completely free to discover Standard format.

After the finals, johnpyp conducted an interview with andrw1232 for our magic-league coverage. The interview was edited for formatting by derflippi:

Hey! Congratulations on winning the MASTERS.  Please introduce yourself!
I'm Andrew and I enjoy playing Magic!!    
As do I! So, what deck did you choose and why?    
I was agonizing over which deck to choose, but eventually I just went for the elephant in the room Jeskai Copy Cat. It seems to be the most powerful deck in an unknown field   

Jeskai Copy Cat by andrw1232
Main Deck Sideboard
1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
4 Saheeli Rai
3 Felidar Guardian
3 Torrential Gearhulk
1 Dispel
1 Negate
4 Disallow
3 Anticipate
4 Glimmer of Genius
4 Harnessed Lightning
3 Shock
1 Fumigate
2 Radiant Flames
4 Aether Hub
2 Spirebluff Canal
3 Inspiring Vantage
3 Wandering Fumarole
4 Port Town
5 Island
1 Mountain
4 Plains
2 Wall of Resurgence
3 Spell Queller
3 Authority of the Consuls
1 Dispel
1 Immolating Glare
1 Negate
1 Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
1 Radiant Flames
1 Fumigate

Right. A turn-4 "Splinter Twin"-esque combo is sure to be powerful.
What are some matchups you expected today and how did you think you would fair against them?    

I expected Aetherworks Marvel, GW Tokens along with GB Constrictor. I faced Marvel once in which he had bad draws and lost but I think that matchup is favorable for them. Constrictor loses to Wrath effects and I play 5 (2 (+1) Radiant Flames, 1 (+1) Fumigate in Maindeck ( + Sideboard)), GW Tokens is in a similar spot to constrictor having a hard time against Wraths but it's a little better at recovering. I faced neither of the latter decks. Of course, I also expected mirrormatches.
Coming into the tournament, were there any matchups you felt were negative?
Also, how did you prepare for the mirrormatch?

UB which I faced once during the swiss and in the finals is probably the worst matchup for the deck. UB Improvise is also really bad for Copy Cat if they have good draws. The mirror is very reminisent of old Splinter Twin mirrors. I Think what's where most people go wrong in the mirror is that they go All-in on the combo and hope that it works, then lose to Torrential Gearhulksand it doesn't work. In the mirror, i board out almost the whole combo for planeswalkers and more counterspells along with Authority of the Consuls if I see they keep the combo in for game 3.   

UB Control by koiuku
Main Deck Sideboard
3 Metallurgic Summonings
4 Torrential Gearhulk
3 Liliana, the Last Hope
4 Anticipate
4 Glimmer of Genius
4 Void Shatter
2 Disallow
3 Negate
3 Murder
2 Ruinous Path
2 Grasp of Darkness
8 Swamp
9 Island
4 Sunken Follow
4 Choked Estuary
1 Submerged Boneyard
1 Lost Legacy
3 Yahenni's Expertise
1 Negate
1 To the Slaughter
2 Dispel
2 Sphinx of the Final Word
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
2 Transgress the Mind

As we saw in the finals, you were able to beat the UB Control deck and you think you have you a bad matchup against it. After playing in this tournament, do you think that deck will continue to be in the format as a counter to Copycat? Do you think copycat will still be a good deck or even the best deck in the format going into the first days of the real format? What other decks do you think will develop?    
In the finals I had the advantage of knowing one of his trump cards, having faced him in the Swiss (and losing to it). Sphinx of the steel Sind is an absolute beast in the control mirror and so with my board plan against other control decks of becoming a control deck and siding out most of the combo it just destroyed me. Knowing about it let me keep in a sweeper to kill them leaving me an out. I think that UB will always be a good deck in the format if not a Tier 1 deck. I also think that it's the "best" counter to Copy Cat decks. But with enough time and testing, I think Copy Cat has a great chance. I think that Copy Cat will be the best deck in the format by a long shot. But I feel like Marvel and Aetherflux along with green white decks still have a lot of room to improve. UB Improvise is also very powerful, but very inconsistent at the moment. Fix that and it could be a major contender.
Once you decided on your deck from this pool of contenders, how did you further prepare for the master?    
I asked around in the chat for people working on the same deck and exchanged decklists, took ideas and built out from there. Huge shout out to darkdinomaster69 who was quite a hard critique and really helped me reevaluate each card choice in the deck. I also ground out some matches in the main room.    
Awesome. Anything else you would like to say about the format, your deck, the tournament or any other shoutouts?    
I think that Copy Cat will have to be banned after the Pro Tour. The deck is just so strong and with Anticipate in the format makes it more consistent along with Sispel making it very easy to protect. Snapcaster-Bolt should get all the credit for the sideboard Wall of Resurgence.    
Wonderful. Congratulations on your win again, and I hope to see you crushing it at the next master too.
andrw1232     Thanks alot, and i'll try to be there!   

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by maddogpc on 2017-01-17 04:13 CET

congrats andrew

by Wobbles808 on 2017-02-09 22:18 CET

Wall of Resurgence Hype :)

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