Magic Origins continues to showcase some of the potential future directions that Standard could take. This weekend Star City Games heads to Richmond to seek out the direction of the new Standard. Let’s take a look at those results, as well as the Modern and Legacy side events that also were reported.
Star City Games Open: Standard (Richmond, USA)
|Abzan Rally||1st||Ray Tautic||Abzan Control||9th||Adonnys Medrano|
|Bant Heroic||2nd||Todd Anderson||U/B Control||10th||Jim Davis|
|Abzan Control||3rd||Christopher Calhoun||Jeskai Heroic||11th||William Lo|
|Bant Heroic||4th||Chris VanMeter||Jeskai Aggro||12th||Harlan Firer|
|Sultai Control||5th||Robert Vaughan||G/R Devotion||13th||Zachary Plott|
|Mono-Red Aggro||6th||Ash Durrbeck||Abzan Control||14th||Thomas Smart|
|G/R Ramp||7th||Adam Bialkowski||Jeskai Aggro||15th||Robert Stanley|
|Abzan Constellation||8th||John Taylor||Mardu Dragons||16th||Justin Moss|
Ray Tautic took down the event with a new brew called Abzan Rally. This deck utilizes the power of [card]Rally the Ancestors[/card] in order to generate advantage from Enter the Battlefield effects at instant speed. The deck also utilizes four [card]Liliana, Heretical Healer[/card] which means that she could be a powerful force in the new Standard if a deck like this places well at the Pro Tour. The deck also utilizes [card]Fleshbag Marauder[/card], [card]Grim Haruspex[/card], [card]Merciless Executioner[/card], [card]Mogis’s Marauder[/card], and [card]Nantuko Husk[/card] as additional ways to generate advantage from Rally and also [card]Collected Company[/card].
Rounding out the Top 8 were two Bant Heroic, Abzan Control, Sultai Control, Mono-Red Aggro,G/R Ramp, and Abzan Constellation. [card]Nissa, Vastwood Seer[/card], [card]Languish[/card], [card]Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy[/card], [card]Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh[/card], [card]Exquisite Firecraft[/card], [card]Herald of the Pantheon[/card], and [card]Starfield of Nyx[/card] all saw play in the top tables. That is a tone of Origins cards that is shaking up Standard! I especially like that someone found a way to make [card]Starfield of Nyx[/card] work since it is definitely one of my favorite Origins cards because we haven’t seen anything like it since [card]Opalescence[/card] (without the confusion!). Even Chandra, rated the worst planeswalker by many players, seems to hold her own in Mono-Red since there are plenty of ways to quickly flip her for profit.
Rounding out the Top 16 were two Abzan Control, U/B Control, Jeskai Heroic, two Jeskai Aggro, G/R Devotion, and Mardu Dragons. [card]Hangarback Walker[/card], [card]Thopter Spy Network[/card], [card]Artificer’s Epiphany[/card], [card]Clash of Wills[/card], and [card]Harbinger of the Tides[/card] are additional Origins cards seen throughout the Top 16. There was also a hearty helping of [card]Ojutai’s Command[/card] being seen in many of the Jeskai decks, since it interacts so favorably with [card]Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy[/card] in addition to being a somewhat decent command. I think we’ve found a home for [card]Ojutai’s Command[/card], at least for the time being. Things continue to be shaken up in Standard, and I like the direction it is going! Wizards is certainly turning up the dial on the number of Standard playables in newly released sets and Magic Origins continues to surprise us as the weeks go on.
Star City Games Premier IQ: Modern (Richmond, USA)
|Grixis Control||1st||David Fulk||U/R Twin||9th||Benjamin Nikolich|
|Elves||2nd||Edward Lates||Storm||10th||Jonathon Mihu|
|Grixis Control||3rd||Kevin Jones||Burn||11th||Michael Fei|
|Temur Twin||4th||Christopher Lates||Burn||12th||Matthew Posey|
|Mono-Blue Tron||5th||Thomas Pendergast||Burn||13th||Phillip Waldrop|
|Jeskai Twin||6th||Eric Craighead||Burn||14th||Brendan Cevasco|
|Grixis Control||7th||Joseph Soto||Jund||15th||Ian Rosenfeld|
|Abzan Company||8th||Bryan Moore|
Mono-Blue Tron made the Top 8 of the Modern IQ. This deck differs from the R/G version by playing spells such as [card]Treasure Mage[/card] (with a package of [card]Platinum Angel[/card] and [card]Sundering Titan[/card]), [card]Condescend[/card], [card]Repeal[/card], [card]Chalice of the Void[/card], [card]Talisman of Dominance[/card], [card]Mana Leak[/card], [card]Mindslaver[/card], and [card]Thirst for Knowledge[/card] in order to control the game and eventually tutor for a win. The sideboard is also interesting since it includes cards such as [card]Ratchet Bomb[/card] and [card]Aetherspouts[/card].
Burn is the story of the Top 16, with four players making it in with one of the quickest decks in Modern. [card]Eidolon of the Great Revel[/card], [card]Goblin Guide[/card], [card]Boros Charm[/card], and of course [card]Lightning Bolt[/card] are all main staples of the deck along with tons of other direct damage to finish off the opponent as quickly as possible by taking advantage of all the fetches and shocklands in the format.
Star City Games Premier IQ: Legacy (Richmond, USA)
|Jeskai Control||1st||Anthony Laflamme||Omni-Tell||9th||Edgar Magalhaes|
|Esper Control||2nd||Patrick Reynolds||U/R Delver||10th||Shun Lam|
|Lands||3rd||David Long||Death and Taxes||11th||Richard Mackay|
|Sultai Delver||4th||John Hottle||Sneak and Show||12th||Jeffrey Kieper|
|Lands||5th||Daryl Ayers||Goblins||13th||Jon Wood|
|Grixis Control||6th||Kemper Pogue||Miracles||14th||Anuraag Das|
|Storm||7th||Richard Johnson||Sultai Control||15th||Matthew Scott|
|Miracles||8th||Sean Park||Shardless Sultai||16th||Roy O’Dell|
[card]Monastery Mentor[/card] continues to make appearances in eternal formats, with two copies being seen in Reynolds Esper Control list. Lands also continues to be seen at the top tables, packing cards such as [card]Mox Diamond[/card], [card]Exploration[/card], [card]Gamble[/card], and [card]Thespian’s Stage[/card] / [card]Dark Depths[/card].
Even [card]Day’s Undoing[/card] is seeing play in Legacy, with one copy seen in Omni-Tell. Other interesting cards were [card]Thunderous Wrath[/card] in Grixis Delver and [card]Krenko, Mob Boss[/card] in Goblins.
That’s all for this week. Keep checking back for more weekend updates!