This weekend brought us the Invitationals, which includes the 2015 TCGPlayer Invitational (Standard) and the Star City Games Open Series Invitational (Standard and Modern). Let’s see what the best Magic deck pilots are playing these days.
2015 TCGPlayer Invitational (Standard)
|GR Devotion||Chris Fennell||1st|
|Esper Dragons||Paulo Vitor Damo de Rosa||2nd|
|Mono Red Aggro||Anthony Armenio||3rd – 4th|
|GR Devotion||John Dwyer||3rd – 4th|
|Abzan Midrange||Simon Harnden||5th – 8th|
|GR Devotion||Robert Pisano||5th – 8th|
|Mardu Dragons||Yam Wing-Chun||5th – 8th|
|UB Control||Adrian Sullivan||5th – 8th|
|GR Devotion||Seth Mansfield||9th – 16th|
|Sidisi Whip||Jeremy Barbeau||9th – 16th|
|Mardu Dragons||Eric Froehlich||9th – 16th|
|Esper Dragons||Bayani Manansala||9th – 16th|
|Esper Dragons||Sonny Aparicio||9th – 16th|
|UW Heroic||Cody Lingelbach||9th – 16th|
|Red Deck Wins||Tommy Harding||9th – 16th|
|RG Dragons||Timothy Rivera||9th – 16th|
Chris Fennell took down the even piloting G/R Devotion, the deck that is all about ramping up into giant threats in order to overwhelm the opponent. Key cards in Chris’ list include Whisperwood Elemental, Rattleclaw Mystic, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Dragonlord Atarka, and Genesis Hydra.
Rounding out the Top 8 we have Mono-Red Aggro, GR Devotion, Abzan Midrange, Mardu Dragons, and UB Control. Very diverse for a field full of some of the top players in Magic. The most distinct deck of the Top 8 was Mardu Dragons, which featured Goblin Rabblemaster alongside Stormbreath Dragon, Thunderbreak Regent and Kolaghan, the Storm’s Fury with spells Crackling Doom and Draconic Roar.
The Top 16 included decks GR Devotion, Sidsi Whip, Mardu Dragons, Esper Dragons, UW Heroic, and Red Deck wins. Notable decks here are Sidisi Whip and UW Heroic. Key pieces of Sidisi Whip include Sidisi, Brood Tyrant, Whip of Erebos, Satyr Wayfinder, Tasigur, the Golden Fang, Doomwake Giant, and Dragonlord Atarka. Key pieces of UW Heroic include Hero of Iroas, Battlewise Hoplite, Temur Battle Rage, and Ordeal of Thassa. Even though key components of these decks are on the horizon to rotate in the fall, based on these results you should still expect them in the summer months to come!
Star City Games Open Series Invitational – Standard
|Naya Dragons||1st||Ali Aintrazi|
|G/R Devotion||2nd||Chris VanMeter|
|Abzan Megamorph||3rd||Joshua Ravitz|
|Mardu Dragons||4th||Richard Adams|
|G/R Devotion||5th||Christopher O’Bryant|
|G/R Devotion||6th||JB Milo|
|G/R Devotion||7th||Tariq Patel|
|Esper Dragons||8th||Kyle Boggemes|
GR Devotion was the story of the SCG Invitational Standard results, with four of the Top 8 players piloting the deck in the Standard portion of the tournament. Naya Dragons was the choice of Ali Aintrazi, the winner of the Invitational. This features of this deck are Hidden Dragonslayer, Dragonlord Atarka, Dragonlord Dromoka, and Xenagos, God of Revels. Looks like the goal of the deck is to ramp up into either Dragonlord Atarka or Dragonlord Dromoka and finish the game with with Xenagos, God of Revels. Of course, the Whisperwood Elemental backup plan is still relevant along with twelve mana dorks to accelerate victory. Dromoka’s Command is in the sideboard of this deck, but four copies can come in against decks with lots of removal or direct damage.
Star City Games Open Series Invitational – Modern
|G/R Tron||1st||Ali Aintrazi|
|Amulet Bloom||2nd||Chris VanMeter|
|G/R Tron||5th||Christopher O’Bryant|
|Abzan Company||6th||JB Milo|
|Amulet Bloom||7th||Tariq Patel|
|Grixis Twin||8th||Kyle Boggemes|
Looking at the Modern results, Tron put both the finalist Ali Aintrazi and Christopher O’Bryant into the Top 8. Key components of the Tron deck include Wurmcoil Engine, Karn Liberated, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, Expedition Map, Sylvan Scrying, and Oblivion Stone. The runner up Chris VanMeter along with Tariq Patel were on Amulet Bloom, further cementing the deck’s presence in Modern. Key cards from this deck include Primeval Titan, Amulet of Vigor, Hive Mind, Summoner’s Pact, and Summer Bloom.
Jund is well positioned in Modern these days, which I’m sure helped Josh Ravitz along in snagging third place. Key cards here include Dark Confidant, Tarmogoyf, Scavenging Ooze, Liliana of the Veil, and Kolaghan’s Command. Out of the sideboard, Fulminator Mage is important as is Huntmaster of the Fells and Kitchen Finks.
Merfolk allowed Richard Adams to snag 4th place. Key cards here are Lord of Atlantis, Master of the Pearl Trident, Master of Waves, Mutavault, Aether Vial, and Spreading Seas. Out of the sideboard, Unified Will is an interesting choice – I’m not sure I’ve seen that one before! Seems good though against control and combo decks that are running few to no creatures.
Rounding out the Top 8 are Abzan Company and Grixis Twin. Both of these decks have been doing great in Modern recently. Key cards in Abzan Company include Birds of Paradise, Chord of Calling, and Collected Company (along with a host of toolbox creatures of course). Key cards in Grixis Twin include Snapcaster Mage, Splinter Twin, Kolaghan’s Command, and Tasigur, the Golden Fang.
That’s all for this week! Key coming back for more weekend summaries.