22 May 2020 | Tournaments Breakdown and Metagame Analysis

By Dunebrood

Tournament Breakdown

On May 22nd two FNM tournaments were conducted in a row. I ran the Eurozone tournament while Prince Phantom hosted the NAzone tournament. Thanks go to all the attendees and the other Tournament Organizers, nashty and Horatius. The following Champions emerged victorious from the Tournament battlegrounds.

Eurozone

  1. BraveJRL on Bant Control
  2. Archermaster24 on Bant Nexus
  3. Linija on White Weenies
  4. Swankishdank on Temur Ramp
  5. Wesley147208 on Jeskai Control
  6. cdgentry 1 on Sultai Reclamation
  7. Bjaaarn on Sultai Lands
  8. gozmit97 on Gruul Stompy

NAzone

  1. Sup on Bant Ramp
  2. ItThatBetrayed on Jund Midrange
  3. Grexar on Esper Control
  4. SirTractor on Gruul Stompy
  5. Denthrass on Gruul Stompy
  6. bushking on Grixis Control
  7. GiantTwinky on Abzan Lands
  8. TheCheeseStandsAlone on Izzet spellslinger

Besides the 8 champions other Gladiators also brought spicy tactics to the table.A special shout out goes to SeismicLawns who successfully piloted Tour de France to a 9th place in the Eurozone tournament.

RankEurozoneNAzone
14 – 0 BraveJRL Bant Control4 – 0 Sup#4292 Bant Ramp
24 – 0 Archermaster24#2326 Bant Nexus4 – 0 ItThatBetrayed Jund
34 – 0 Linija White Weenie3 – 1 Grexar#4345 Esper Control Mark#2
43 – 1 Swankishdank_0904 Temur Ramp3 – 1 SirTractor#3844 Banana.Deck (Gruul Aggro)
53 – 1 wesley147208 Jeskai Control3 – 1 Denthrass Gruul Stompy
63 – 1 cdgentry1#4107 Sultai Reclamation3 – 1 bushking Grixxis
73 – 1 Bjaaarn Sultai Lands3 – 1 GiantTwinky#7825 Abzan Lands
83 – 1 gozmit97 Gruul Stompy3 – 1 TheCheeseStandsAlone G:AS Spells
93 – 1 SeismicLawns Tour de France3 – 1 Cantor Simic
103 – 1 DukeofYork#46401 RDW2 – 1 Swankishdank_0904 Temur Ramp
113 – 1 Tregelen#2173 Bant Blink2 – 2 Sing_O_Muse 5c Control
122 – 1 – 1 Purukogi Sultai Midrange2 – 2 Thedeadking (Discord) Chainer’s a genius(grixis control)
132 – 2 Mordieth#81687 Rakdos Midrange2 – 2 ZackTheCatKing uw FLIERS
142 – 2 GoblinMatron Abzan Midrange2 – 2 JB#2209 “Light” Rock
152 – 2 PrincePhantom Gruul Stompy2 – 2 kevlarscale Medium Red
162 – 2 GiantTwinky#7825 Abzan Lands2 – 2 Monowog#4992 Sultai Re-animator (Ulamog’s return)
172 – 2 EMG#5330 Sultai Midrange2 – 2 Metbol#34105 Spellburn
182 – 2 superjelle Mono Green2 – 2 constellation GW Death and Taxes
192 – 2 liquid_elf Sultai Midrange2 – 2 MagisterSieran Azorius Academy
202 – 2 NickFingertip Gruul Stompy1 – 2 Gurrade #6190 Black Aggro
212 – 2 ThatPoorSod Izzet Tempo1 – 2 Renji#3813 5cHondenControl
222 – 2 l4hlborg Bant Song1 – 1 Brxtn_Wlf Jeskai Control
232 – 2 Desavlos Azorious Control1 – 2 Archermaster24 Bant Nexus
242 – 2 Draconetrix Gruul Stompy1 – 3 SeismicLawns Tour de France
251 – 2 – 1 panamakid Abzan Lands1 – 3 Speedbomber Bant Soul Sisters
261 – 3 Maleval#81830 5c Ultimatum1 – 3 HyperMizutsune Mono Green Midrange
271 – 3 GentlemanRoomba Mardu Pyromancer0 – 1 FunkDoctor Omnisong
281 – 3 Sing_O_Muse 5c Control0 – 1 Yesterdaze Mono Black
291 – 3 Willhell Izzet Midrange0 – 4 SynysterLight Abzan
301 – 3 TheCat Abzan Midrange0 – 1 JRandomHacker#0475 BG Control
311 – 3 Leou Izzet Tempo0 – 1 marvelultimatum azorius control
321 – 1 – 1 Yesterdaze Azorious Control0 – 1 BadWolf#8885 Storm of Song
331 – 2 Dorkmaster Flek#0420 Rakdos Reanimator0 – 3 NicholasStora Gruul Aggro
341 – 2 HydraBroodMaster Sultai Midrange0 – 1 GoblinMatron Black
351 – 4 LittleFXRadio 5c Enchantress
360 – 4 Ksenio Izzet Control
370 – 1 – 1 TheTunnelingCat Azorious Control
380 – 0 gy-be Abzan Midrange
390 – 2 nlght Simic Ramp
400 – 1 Reckcoon#5614 Izzet Control

Archetype and Color distribution 

There will be 3 sets of numbers this week. Eurozone|Nazone|Combined.

Color PairAmountAggroMidrangeControlTempoRampCombo
Bant4|4|80|1|11|0|11|0|100|1|12|2|4
Mono White1|0|11|0|100000
Temur1|1|200001|1|20
Jeskai1|1|2001|1|2000
Sultai6|1|705|1|61|0|1000
Gruul4|3|74|3|700000
5c4|4|802|0|21|2|3001|2|3
Mono Red1|1|21|0|10|1|10000
Rakdos2|0|202|0|20000
Abzan5|3|805|3|80000
Mono Green1|1|21|0|10|1|10000
Izzet 5|2|701|2|32|0|22|0|200
Azorious3|2|50|1|10|1|13|0|3000
Mardu1|0|101|0|10000
Simic1|1|200001|1|20
Jund0|1|100|1|10000
Esper0|1|1000|1|1000
Grixis0|2|2000|2|2000
Selesnya0|1|10|1|100000
Mono Black0|3|30|3|300000
Golgari 0|1|1000|1|1000
Total:40|34|747|9|1617|10|279|7|162|0|22|3|53|4|7
Time White BlueBlack Red Green
This Week3544343548
Last Week3134332529

The meta was of a similar composition as last week’s tournament. Midrange decks are still the most popular archetype represented. There was a slight shift between the Eurozone and the NAzone tourney where the amount of Midrange decks dropped significantly. Unlike last week there were few tempo decks present in the meta, however there was a slight uptick in combo decks. The top 8 also reflected this meta quite well with all archetypes beside tempo being represented even having a mono white deck in it. Omni decks were still largely absent while new combos around Chulane, Teller of Tales, and Primespeaker Vannifar popped up. 

There was a big difference to last weeks color distribution. We can see a rise in decks playing green, while black and white suffered the most in their color share This can be attributed to a down tick of Jeskai and Esper decks in from last week’s tournament, while Bant decks, which were absent last week, started showing up more. Furthermore we can see that Abzan midrange decks and Sultai Midrange decks are what midrange decks are consolidating towards. The data also shows a lack of 4 color decks and a slight uptick in 5cc decks this could just be due to the Honden just being released. However there is also an argument to be made that the difference in strain on the mana base between 4c and 5c decks is minimal, while giving access to a variety of good cards.

Card of the Day is Navigator’s Compass. This small artifact does multiple things for you. It gives you a bit of an early cushion against aggro decks, while also fixing your mana. This of course is not a card that should just be played in every deck, however I believe it should be a staple in 4+ color decks, which often struggle against more aggressive decks and also often have harder Mana requirements, while often also being able to out-value your opponent. It also works great in synergy with Evolving Wilds which just turns into a 5c land instead of making you stumble on your mana. I have been playing this card in my 4 color combo deck, and it has worked wonders against more aggressive decks.

I hope you enjoyed this little write up and gave you some useful insights into Gladiator. If you have any comments, questions or criticism, feel free to contact me on Discord @Dune Brood#0924 or @Ephara#65980.