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Weekend Magic: 8/14-8/16

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Last weekend brought us GP London so let’s take a look at the Standard action that happened last weekend:

 

Grand Prix London

 

Decklists

 

Abzan Aggro was the story of the tournament! Putting four people into the Top 8, Hangarback Walker  is still a force to be reckoned with. Let’s take a look at some Abzan Aggro card numbers to see where the deck is possibly headed in the future.

 

Abzan Aggro Deck Numbers

 

Land
16x Windswept Heath
16x Sandsteppe Citadel
14x Temple of Malady
12x Caves of Koilos
12x Llanowar Wastes
8x Temple of Silence
4x Mana Confluence
4x Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

 

Planeswalker
6x Sorin, Solemn Visitor
2x Ajani, Mentor of Heroes

 

Creature
16x Anafenza, the Foremost
16x Fleecemane Lion
16x Hangarback Walker
16x Siege Rhino
12x Den Protector
6x Warden of the First Tree
4x Wingmate Roc

 

Instant
14x Dromoka’s Command
12x Abzan Charm
10x Ultimate Price
6x Hero’s Downfall

 

Sideboard
16x Thoughtseize
10x Tragic Arrogance
8x Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
6x Herald of Torment
3x Surge of Righteousness
4x Ultimate Price
2x Unravel the Aether
2x Arashin Cleric
2x Dromoka’s Command
2x Glare of Heresy
2x Self-Inflicted Wound
2x Tasigur, the Golden Fang
1x Sorin, Solemn Visitor

 

Based on those numbers, Hangarback Walker is a new key piece of the Abzan Aggro strategy. Anafenza, the Foremost is another creature that is critical to the strategy. A 4/4 that keeps growing your creatures every turn, with a bonus of being able to shut down graveyard strategies, is definitely a large threat in the deck. In terms of planeswalkers, Sorin, Solemn Visitor should not be overlooked as it can greatly help out against the new U/R Thopters archetype by giving you some lifelinking reach throughout the game in order to survive the critical final turns.

 

The other decks that rounded out the Top 8 were GW Megamorph, Jeskai Tempo, Abzan Midrange, and RG Dragons.

 

Similar to Abzan Aggro, GW Devotion was playing Dromoka’s Command due to its huge versatility in the format right now. Other cards seen were Hangarback Walker (again), Hidden Dragonslayer, and Nissa, Vastwood Seer.

 

Jeskai Tempo is still making good use of Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy however the use of Soulfire Grand Master, Mantis Rider, and Ojutai’s Command should not be overlooked. These cards provide fast and massive amounts of card advantage throughout the game.

 

Finally, GR Dragons was packing the usual Thunderbreak Regent and Stormbreath Dragon along with Draconic Roar, Rattleclaw Mystic, and Haven of the Spirit Dragon.

 

All in all, not an exciting Top 8 it but it does provide us with some data about how Origins continues to shape up the format leading into Battle for Zendikar. Keep tuning in for more weekend updates.

 

 

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Jared Yost

Jared is a longtime Magic player who has been slinging cardboard since Odyssey block (back when creatures came into play). He was introduced to the financial side of Magic during Return to Ravnica block and hasn't looked back since. He is a resident of the VA area located just outside of DC. His favorite MTG formats include Limited, Legacy, and Commander. Regardless of format, he prefers making creature tokens. You can follow him on Twitter: @gildedgoblin.

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Jared is a longtime Magic player who has been slinging cardboard since Odyssey block (back when creatures came into play). He was introduced to the financial side of Magic during Return to Ravnica block and hasn't looked back since. He is a resident of the VA area located just outside of DC. His favorite MTG formats include Limited, Legacy, and Commander. Regardless of format, he prefers making creature tokens. You can follow him on Twitter: @gildedgoblin.

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