Standard Gauntlet for the SCG Invitational

Finally, we no longer have to deal with the potential threat of the game ending on turn 4 in standard. Splinter Twin combo and Aetherworks Marvel are gone and we are about to enter a great standard format filled with all sorts of potential new archetypes. This SCG Invitational is going to be a bit of a different tournament than normal because it will be the only major event in a particular format. The prerelease for hour of Devastation is actually the week after the invitational adding many new powerful cards to the format and again shaking it up giving old decks new tools and creating new decks. Based on Magic online results since the banning of marvel, 4 top decks have emerged to be the leaders of standard, but there is also a complete tier 2 list of decks that are right up there in power level to compete at the top. These are the 4 main decks you can look forward to playing against in the standard portion of the invitational or any local events that you might be playing in:

MONO-BLACK ZOMBIES Featured by Gerry Thompson on 2017-06-15 (Standard)

This deck won the last pro tour and will certainly be a force in the new standard. It’s incredibly strong game one but can be beaten with a solid sideboard plan due to how linear the deck is. A key to beating this deck is to have removal spells that exile and board wipes. I would expect to play against this deck multiple times this weekend.

This is an updated list of the deck I won the SCG Classic in Baltimore with, Negates are no longer needed in the main and maybe not at all. This deck is super solid against pretty much everything outside of Mardu Vehicles which has been the deck I have lost to the most playing this.

This deck is also very solid and will be very popular, maybe number one in popularity although I do believe it is the weakest option of the big 4 decks. It’s weakest without drawing Snake and is an easier deck for opponents to play against

Mardu vehicles is extremely strong, but is somewhat weak to zombies, especially in game one. Although it gets significantly better post board. It’s capable of fast nut draws and contains all of the remaining cards that people thought should be banned in standard, Gideon and Heart of Kiran.

These will be the 4 main decks for the Invitational and other standard events this week. I do not think any one of these will be more than 20% of the metagame though, and standard will be extremely diverse and fun. Week one formats like this are always the most fun to play in. A very important tip this weekend is to play a deck that is proactive with cheap interaction and strong threats. Playing decks like U/R control or B/G delirium control will most likely be fatal to whatever tournament you are playing in, because your answers will not line up in ways to combat the diverse field full of midrange aggro decks that you will end up facing.

Here are some other tier two options that I believe are completely viable for this weekend.

I’ve yet to play any games with this deck, but I do believe it to be the fifth option behind the 4 decks posted above due to the success the deck has had on magic online. In theory it seems powerful in going over the top of the midrange agro decks in current standard.

Mono white is capable of extremely powerful and fun things, and has proven itself on magic online the past few weeks. I would not be surprised at all to play against this deck at any event you go to.

Right now for the standard portion of the Invitational I am leaning towards playing Temur Energy in standard because of how well it lines up verses everything that isn’t Mardu and I will be working on that matchup all week. Baral’s Expertise being added to the deck has greatly improved many matchups as well as the sideboard Aethersphere Harvesters. The energy mechanic is another aspect that other decks do not have access to and is extremely powerful as it was the surrounding core of the two recent decks to be banned, 4 color Saheeli and Temur Marvel. I believe zombies is the second best choice followed by Mardu and then G/B with Metalwork Colossus closing the gap as it gets more and more tuned. Another deck that I believe will emerge at some point as a tier deck will be a B/W midrange deck that plays gifted Aetherborn. It’s too early in the format to post a list I’m confident in, I believe it’s too early to know how many of each card to play in the deck because it is reactive and not proactive.

Hour of devastation is closing in and many of the decks that I listed above will remain as strong choices getting new upgrades such as Abrade and Eternal Ammit, I believe Nicol Bolas is the best card for standard spoiled so far followed by Ateral Ammit to improve Mardu, maybe zombies and maybe G/B and then Abrade as a clean answer to so many threats in the standard format.
Standard is destined for greatness now that the toxic cards are now gone. Good luck to all playing this amazing format this weekend.

Matt Tumavitch

Weekly Ward S2 E24 – The Daddy Strikes Back

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Dan & Kevin talk about Peach Garden Oath dominance, what’s good going into the SCG Invitational, and things get a little personal during the final hour.

Weekly Ward S2 E23 – Fidget Spinner

Dan and Kevin recap Vegas, talk Hour of Devastation spoilers, and we’ve all lost that marvel feeling.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! WCQ Regional Results


Top 8

Date: June 10th, 2017
Number of Players: 152
Number of Rounds: 8
Number of Invites to the 2017 NA WCQ awarded: 24

1. Wei Li – Zoodiac
2. Jeffrey Michael Alexander Jones – Zoodiac
3. Jesse Dean Kotton – 60 Card Shiranui Zoodiac
4. Andres U Mora Zambrano – Zoodiac
5. Maximillian John Edward Reynolds – Zoodiac
6. Joseph Earl Bogli – Zoodiac
7. Paul S. Aronson – True Draco Zoodiac
8. Tucker Lau – True Draco Zoodiac

Top 4 Decklists
1st Place – Wei Li – Zoodiac

Monsters
3 Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
1 Droll & Lock Bird
1 Flying “C”
2 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
1 Lunalight Black Sheep
1 Maxx “C”
1 Speedroid Taketomborg
3 Speedroid Terrortop
1 Zoodiac Ramram
2 Zoodiac Ratpier
2 Zoodiac Thoroughblade
3 Zoodiac Whiptail

Spells
1 Book of Moon
1 Dark Hole
3 Fire Formation – Tenki
2 Fusion Substitute
2 My Body as a Shield
1 Raigeki
2 Twin Twisters
3 Zoodiac Barrage

Traps
2 Dimensional Barrier
2 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
1 Zoodiac Combo

Side Deck
1 Abyss Dweller
2 Anti-Spell Fragrance
1 Dark Hole
1 Droll & Lock Bird
2 Flying “C”
1 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
1 Imperial Order
2 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
1 M-X-Saber Invoker
1 Retaliating “C”
2 Unending Nightmare

Extra Deck
2 Daigusto Emeral
1 Elder Entity Norden
1 M-X-Saber Invoker
1 Stardust Charge Warrior
1 Tornado Dragon
1 Zoodiac Boarbow
2 Zoodiac Broadbull
2 Zoodiac Chakanine
2 Zoodiac Drident
1 Zoodiac Hammerkong
1 Zoodiac Tigermortar

2nd Place – Jeffrey Michael Alexander Jones – Zoodiac

Monsters
3 Zoodiac Whiptail
2 Zoodiac Ramram
2 Zoodiac Ratpier
1 Zoodiac Thoroughblade
3 Speedroid Terrortop
1 Speedroid Taketomborg
3 Flying “C”
3 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
3 Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
1 Maxx “C”
1 Lunalight Black Sheep

Spells
3 Zoodiac Barrage
3 Fire Formation – Tenki
3 My Body as a Shield
2 Forbidden Chalice
1 Raigeki
1 Fusion Substitute
1 Instant Fusion

Traps
3 Dimensional Barrier
1 Zoodiac Combo

Side Deck
1 Thunder King, the Lightningstrike Kaiju
1 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
1 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
1 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
2 Twin Twister
2 Enemy Controller
3 Cosmic Cyclone
1 Imperial Order

Extra Deck
3 Zoodiac Driden
2 Zoodiac Broadbull
2 Zoodiac Chakanine
1 Zoodiac Tigermortar
1 Zoodiac Boarbow
1 Zoodiac Hammerkong
1 M-X-Saber Invoker
1 Stardust Charge Warrior
1 Elder Entity Norden
2 Daigusto Emeral

3rd Place – Jesse Dean Kotton – 60 Card Shiranui Zoodiac

Monsters
2 Mezuki
1 Shiranui Spiritmaster
1 Uni-Zombie
3 Shiranui Solitaire
3 Speedroid Terrortop
1 Speedroid Taketomborg
2 Zoodiac Ratpier
1 Zoodiac Whiptail
1 Zoodiac Thoroughblade
1 Maxx “C”
3 Retailating “C”
2 Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
1 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
3 Lonefire Blossom
3 Predaplant Ophrys Scorpio
1 Predaplant Darlingtonia Cobra
2 Fairy Tail Snow
1 Gem-Knight Garnet
1 Jizukuru, the Star Destroying Kaiju
1 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
1 Gameciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
1 Lunalight Black Sheep

Spells
3 Brilliant Fusion
3 Instant Fusion
3 Zoodiac Barrage
3 That Grass Looks Greener
3 Enemy Controller
2 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
2 Left Arm Offering
1 Fusion Substitute
1 Soul Charge
1 Foolish Burial

Traps
1 Needle Cieling
1 Torrential Tribute

Side Deck
3 PSY-Framegear Gamma
1 PSY-Frame Driver
1 Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
3 Flying “C”
1 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
1 Gamaceil, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
1 Raigeki
1 Needle Ceiling
3 Twin Twisters

Extra Deck
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Zoodiac Tigermortar
1 Zoodiac Hammerkong
1 Leviair the Sea Dragon
1 Bujinki Amaterasu
2 PSY-Framelord Omega
1 Zoodiac Broadbull
2 Daigusto Emeral
1 Elder Entity Norden
1 Zoodiac Chakanine
1 Zoodiac Drident
1 M-X-Saber Invoker
1 Gem-Knight Seraphinite

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4th Place – Andres U Mora Zambrano – Zoodiac

Monsters
2 Zoodiac Thoroughblade
3 Zoodiac Whiptail
1 Zoodiac Ramram
2 Zoodiac Ratpier
3 Speedroid Terrortop
1 Speedroid Taketomborg
2 Flying “C”
3 Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
3 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
1 Maxx “C”
1 Lunalight Black Sheep

Spells
1 Instant Fusion
1 Raigeki
1 Fusion Substitute
2 Cosmic Cyclone
2 Forbidden Chalice
2 My Body as a Shield
3 Zoodiac Barrage
3 Fire Formation – Tenki

Traps
1 Zoodiac Combo
3 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning

Side Deck
2 Anti-Spell Fragrance
1 Dimensional Barrier
2 Twin Twisters
2 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
1 Radian, the Multidimensional Kaiju
1 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
1 Gamaceil, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
2 Droll & Lock Bird
2 Retaliating “C”

Extra Deck
2 Zoodiac Drident
2 Zoodiac Tigermortar
2 Zoodiac Broadbull
1 Zoodiac Chakanine
1 Zoodiac Hammerkong
1 Zoodiac Boarbow
1 M-X-Saber Invoker
1 Tornado Dragon
1 Abyss Dweller
1 Elder Entity Norden
2 Daigusto Emeral

Popular Deck Tech Choices From the Event
Stardust Charge Warrior : Get that pesky Flying “C” off your field by normal summoning one of your Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit or Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, Synchro Summon Stardust Charge Warrior, and draw a card.

PSY-Framegear Gamma and PSY-Frame Driver: Hand trap going second, to negate monster effects.

My Body as a Shield: Stop all the destruction effects.

Enemy Controller: Stop an attack, or steal one of their Zoodiacs and make one of your own.

Forbidden Chalice: Stop all the monster effects.

Ghost Reaper and Winter Cherries: No Norden, no Fusion Substitute combo

Droll & Lock Bird: Perfect for shutting down their draw combos

Cosmic Cyclone: Banish their Barrage so it can’t become a material, or banish their True Draco spell or trap so it can’t destroy a card of your own.

Weekly Ward S2 E22 – Dream Celebrity Draft Pod

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In this episode Dan & Kevin go over the Omaha results, look towards Vegas, and choose their dream celebrity draft pod.