THE META IS HERE!


By Horatius 17 May 2020

Tournament Report: May 16th‘s 74-person Saturday night Swisses event:

While we had a very wide variety of deck submissions and colors represented in the tournament, there was a clear statement made yesterday as to the strongest deck/archetype in the meta.

A very even spread of decks across the color pie were submitted:

ColourWhiteBlueBlackRedGreen
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But the winning deck lists were noticeably homogenized
These decks represent the top 20% (15/74) of results:

1SirTractor#3844 Gruul Aggro 5 – 0
2TheMuskrat#1493 Big Jund 5 – 0
3Dorkmaster Flek#0420 Gruul Stompy 4 – 1
4PrincePhantom Gruul Aggro 4 – 1
5SpicyDungus#3841 Red Aggro 4 – 1
6Darrak#7937 Sultai Lands 4 – 1
7Mapadabe#2528 Rakdos Aggro 4 – 1
8petiteperson Abzan Lands 4 – 1
9GroomofChucky#0215 Temur Ramp 4 – 1
10TurboLover 5c Lands 4 – 1
11Cboi#3530 Mono-Green Stompy 4 – 1
12Swankishdank Gruul Aggro 4 – 1
13DukeofYork#46401 Bant aggro 4 – 1
14Renji#3813 Sultai Pod 3 – 1 – 1
15SaiaseiGM#8069 Golgari Aggro 3 – 2

Notice Anything?

Almost entirely green creature-based decks that can proactively close a game when curving out. It is clear the early meta predictions are coming to fruition and the under-costed stat-efficient green creatures that WOTC has recently pushed are making the presence known.

29 decks in the tournament (~40%) were some form of Aggro, Midrange, Stompy, Ramp, or Creature Toolbox (pod/blink). And as seen above, the Aggro and Midrange variants performed very well.

It remains to be seen whether a deck arises to target these creature-based decks, or if a single dominant list starts to emerge. But to me, one thing in clear: the meta has spoken, curving out creatures (particularly green ones) is the strategy to beat.

The full deck-lists and results of the tournament are here:
Please let @horatius_alger#7069 know if you want to work any analysis on this or future tournaments. We are happy to work your needed info into the outputs.

SirTractor#3844 Gruul Aggro 5 – 0
TheMuskrat#1493 Big Jund 5 – 0
Dorkmaster Flek#0420 Gruul Stompy 4 – 1
PrincePhantom Gruul Aggro 4 – 1
SpicyDungus#3841 Red Aggro 4 – 1
Darrak#7937 Sultai Lands 4 – 1
Mapadabe#2528 Rakdos Aggro 4 – 1
petiteperson Abzan Lands 4 – 1
GroomofChucky#0215 Temur Ramp 4 – 1
TurboLover 5c Lands 4 – 1
Cboi#3530 Mono-Green Stompy 4 – 1
Swankishdank Gruul Aggro 4 – 1
DukeofYork#46401 Bant aggro 4 – 1
Renji#3813 Sultai Pod 3 – 1 – 1
SaiaseiGM#8069 Golgari Aggro 3 – 2
nanacomehome#6480 4c Aristocrats 3 – 2
crazylegs52#6603 Sultai Midrange 3 – 2
Peyton Stephenson#8080 Sultai Tempo 3 – 2
TheFalconer#0865 Sultai Control 3 – 2
Denthrass Gruul Stompy 3 – 2
Blightning#5514 Jeskai Control 3 – 2
Straight_Cheesin Dimir Midrange 3 – 2
Sup#4292 Temur Ramp 3 – 2
Monowog#4992 Jeskai Superfriends 3 – 2
Croc64#9075 Bant Blink 3 – 2
Tregelen#2173 4C Dragons 3 – 2
SeismicLawns Green Stompy 3 – 2
Decontest#2612 Abzan Reanimator 3 – 2
tetelande#6524 selesnya Elves 3 – 2
MarlKarx#7027 Grixis Control 3 – 2
Tuesday#8282 Mardu Control 2 – 2
Grexar#4345 Esper Control 2 – 2
Swampmist#8370 Abzan Midrange 2 – 2
Discord_WeirsElk#3349 Sultai Control 2 – 3
MajorMineral Esper Manse 2 – 3
Eingya#21825 Selesnya Enchantress 2 – 2
thatguyfrombritland#3587 Simic Tempo 2 – 1
Wendigo#0973 Jeskai Goodstuff 2 – 3
eelaypuff#4316 Jeskai Goodstuff 2 – 3
OmegaUla#5338 Selesnya Enchantress 2 – 3
BadWolf#8885 Sultai Omni 2 – 3
Dune Brood#0924 4c Land 2 – 2
DaSunao 4695 Mardu Prison 2 – 3
notofthisearth59 Grixis 8Rack 2 – 3
kevlarscale#0886 Medium Red 2 – 3
Archermaster24#2326 Bant Nexus 2 – 3
BeingPhage#2330 Selesnya Enchantress 2 – 3
Bjorlam 5c superfriends 1 – 3 – 1
Gurrade#6190 Selesnya Midrange 1 – 2
Yesterdaze Mono-Black Midrange 1 – 2
King Frank#4011 Orzhov Vampires 1 – 4
ItThatBetrayed Golgari Aggro 1 – 3
HackRev#2093 Naya Tokens 1 – 3
Kevmane#6706 Azorius Fliers 1 – 2
nashty Boros Aggro 1 – 3
Silent storm#2661 Mardu Aristocrats 1 – 3
aoaofthefire#9890 Esper Control 1 – 3
ToastedArts Mardu Knights 1 – 3
LittleFXRadio#0962 Izzet Control 1 – 4
notthepenguins#1478 Jeskai Artefacts 1 – 4
Nub-Scrub#6233 Esper Control 0 – 1
willhell#1050 Jeskai Spells 0 – 1
Gaspump Sultai Lands 0 – 2
TheOneTrueBob#37841 Mardu Midrange 0 – 2
TheCat Mardu Aristocrats 0 – 1
Yinos27608 Simic Pod 0 – 1
SteveTheRedShirt#7377 Jeskai Control 0 – 2
ssa00109 Red Aggro 0 – 2
squdnate Orzhov Vampires 0 – 3
ColErr#4168 Abzan Midrange 0 – 2
pokeplays Simic Merfolk 0 – 1
Its#1330 Azorius Fliers 0 – 2
JokerBoney 4cblood Midrange 0 – 3
Synyster#2266 Esper Midrange 0 – 1