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Mar 02 2008 12:02am
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The Meta Report Classic Ed. # 3

 
Welcome back Classic enthusiast for yet another Meta report. This Sunday things got off to a shaky start with only twenty four people in the event. A far cry from the Sunday before when we managed to launch with thirty three people. While I did not expect the tourney to launch with quite as many, I would have never guessed we would have issues launching on time. While I enjoy any time I get to play organized Classic, with such a small field of play your pairings dictate more than they probably should. With any luck next week we will have enough players to have six rounds. On a bright note “a suboptimal list as some would call it” of RG Aggro piloted by Ace of Drafts managed to take home the top spot. Congratulations to Ace of Drafts and the rest of the players who managed to pilot their decks to a pay day.

Lots of noticeable changes this week the most notable is the lack of RDW in Sunday’s event. I did not see a few players I know usually play the deck so I would dismiss this as just a fluke. More than likely they where just unable to attend the event. I guess we shall see next week if it becomes a trend. Next week should have a few more players and defiantly a good showing of RDW.

Another change although it was an expected on was the rise in Desire decks in the event. This we owe to Winston Smith’s fine performance the week before. I find when a deck comes in and takes a respectable placing the next week you are bound to find a few people riding the coat tails of that success. Over all I think the deck is too slow with out better acceleration for it in the format right now, even if it did manage to place two weeks in a row. It appeared the silver bullet for this storm of Mind's Desire was the ultra fast Aggro builds of this format. There is no doubt this was a good call the last two weeks how ever I feel next week it may be a quick tourney for these guys especially if there is a larger showing of RG Aggro, Goblins, and Zoo next week. 

There also seems to be a huge surge in Combo decks this past Sunday. TEPS, Flash, Dredge, and Sensi Sensi made up nearly 38% of the field. The surge of Desire decks no doubt had a big role in this, but we also saw a jump in Dredge decks this week. This could explain why the Aggro decks did so well on Sunday. I do not feel these combo decks are that huge of a threat until they get some better enablers. With Tempest we will see Lotus Petal which should have a huge impact on these Combo decks and how well they fair in this tipsy Meta Game. 

There is a lot of feeling that the state of things right now has this Meta Game being nothing more than a free for all. In some cases that is so, but it all boils down to pairings and match ups. The only thing I can tell that is wrong with the format right now is the low attendance lately. Larger numbers will give us the rounds to make the match ups work in favor of the decks with the best match ups. Currently there are a lot of viable decks which is actually great for the format all around. It makes entry into Classic relatively painless for new comers. This hold true especially for the extended players, right now your TEPS, Goblins, Affinity, RDW, and a few other decks only need a few modifications in order to be competitive in classic. If you are thinking of getting into the format please check out Thinking Long Term as it will prepare you for the calibur of cards you will face.  There is no better way to work on your game play than to play in a fast paced format like Classic. Below you will find the top decks since October 21st.
 
DECK

1ST

SLIT

2ND

4TH

8TH

# TOP 8'S

PRIZES

LANDSTILL

3

2

2

3

7

17

228

THRESH

 

 

5

6

4

15

186

RDW

1

 

 

4

7

12

114

FLASH

 

 

1

5

4

10

102

DREDGE

1

1

1

1

4

8

99

GOBLINS

1

2

1

 

1

5

90

RGB AGRO

1

 

 

1

3

5

54

ZOO

 

 

 

2

3

5

42

BOMBERMAN

2

 

 

1

 

3

60

DESIRE

 

 

1

1

1

3

36

 Data goes back to October 21 2007
 
 
From what we can see from this chart Thresh and Landstill appear to be the best performing decks right now. Since the end of October they have taken nearlythirty percent of the Top eight spots. Although quite a few decks are on the rise including RG Aggro, Goblins, and Desire.  I really do not expect them to be able to knock off these two power houses. Both are always present in good numbers and have some of the best match ups in Classic at this time. The decline in Landstill decks was more than made up for with a showing of five Thresh builds last Sunday, so they will defiantly be around next week. I still have yet to see a Bomberman deck return. It surprises me since this deck was so dominant for a few weeks. It could be someone is just waiting for this deck to fall off the radar and bring it back with a bang. That is just speculation though and the deck is rather intense to play causing carpel tunnel with one PE .
This week we saw a Top eight consisting of RG Aggro, two Goblins, Zoo, Desire, Landstill, Thresh, and Dredge. All of which are on the chart above so we can see which deck tend to win regularly. My point being if you concentrate on these Top ten Decks you should be ok going into next Sunday’s event. I would imagine there would be at least one of each of these decks in next week’s event with exception of Bomberman. As it is these ten decks made up 79% of the field on Sunday and I would not expect that to change. 
Rather than list the complete match up chart I have chosen a few of the top 10 decks to display thought and there data vs. the top decks in Classic right now.

Desire #10

 4 Brainstorm  3 Mind's Desire 1 Null Profusion 
 4 Cabal Ritual  3 Mystical Tutor  4 Ponder
 1 Chain of Vapor  1 Sins of the Past  3 Thoughtseize
 4 Chrome Mox  1 Tendrils of Agony  3 Bloodstained Mire
 4 Dark Ritual  1 Vampiric Tutor  4 Polluted Delta
 3 Duress  1 Empty the Warrens  1 Steam Vents
 1 Infernal Contract  2 Infernal Tutor  3 Watery Grave
 4 Lion's Eye Diamond  2 Lotus Bloom  1 Island

Sideboard    
 3 Bottled Cloister  1 Echoing Truth  2 Pyroclasm
 4 Defense Grid  2 Hurkyl's Recall  3 Tormod's Crypt

Desire is an Extended powerhouse and recently been a good call in Classic. I just do not see it as being a continuous winner in Classic. Even with all the hand disruption this deck is vulnerable to a lot of hate and has a slower clock than most of the decks in this format. Especially when a Flash deck can go off on turn one or two. This deck also does not fair well with the fast Aggro that runs rampant in this format. Maybe when Tempest arrives this deck will be more reliable. Before you attack me say well it did well the last two tourneys, look at the match ups the deck had. Not to mention the other two Desire decks fell short of making the top eight.

Landstill

RDW

Flash

Thresh

Dredge

Goblins

RGAggro

Zoo

56%

na

na

50%

20%

0%

50%

20%

These decks represent 79% of the playing field from Sunday

Bomberman #9

 4 Auriok Salvagers  4 Ponder  4 Crystal Vein
 4 Brainstorm  4 Spell Snare  6 Island
 4 Force of Will  4 Swords to Plowshares  2 Plains
 4 Impulse    4 Polluted Delta
 4 Lion's Eye Diamond    4 Hallowed Fountain
 1 Pyrite Spellbomb    
 3 AEther Spellbomb    
 4 Pact of Negation    

Sideboard    
 3 Chain of Vapor 4 Hydroblast   1 Threads of Disloyalty
 3 Demystify 4 Sunbeam Spellbomb  

 
While Bomberman remains in the top ten we have not seen it in weeks. This deck when piloted by an experience player can be a lot to handle. The price tag is a bit much for an entry point as well. This deck probably will not remain a top deck for too long. There is so much grave yard hate right now I can not see it returning victorious. As it is if you sit on an Extirpate and wait for your opponent to combo then remove his or her Lion's Eye Diamond it is pretty much GG. 

There is no match up data for this deck

 

RG AGGRO #7

2x Ball Lightning 3x Fireblast 1x Barbarian Ring
2x Blistering Firecat 3x Firebolt 3x Bloodstained Mire
4x Grim Lavamancer 4x Incinerate 1x Forest
4x Kird Ape 4x Lightning Bolt 4x Mishra's Factory
3x Mogg Fanatic 3x Seal of Fire 5x Mountain
4x Tarmogoyf 2x Tarfire 3x Stomping Ground
    2x Windswept Heath
    3x Wooded Foothills

Sideboard    
3x Pithing Needle 2x Sulfuric Vortex 3x Ancient Grudge
4x Pyroblast 3x Tormod's Crypt  

 

While some people may argue this deck is just RDW with a splash of green, I disagree this deck relies more heavily on its creatures to do the dirty work. RG Aggro has been putting ups some amazing numbers the last two weeks. With two top eight appearances it as quickly gained a spot in the top 10. This deck drops early threats on opponents already taking pain from their deadly land bases. When the critters can not finish off an opponent they just burn them out. It will be interesting to see if this deck will be here for the long haul.  This deck has fifty or over match up against five out of eight of the top decks.

Landstill

RDW

Flash

Thresh

Dredge

Goblins

Desire

Zoo

60%

0%

100%

100%

20%

100%

50%

na

These decks represent 79% of the playing field from Sunday

 

RDW #3

4x Browbeat 2x Pyrostatic Pillar 4x Barbarian Ring
4x Lightning Bolt 4x Mogg Fanatic 16x Mountain
4x Lava Spike    
4x Incinerate    
4x Flames of the Bloodhand    
4x Fireblast    
2x Magma Jet    
4x Rift Bolt    

Sideboard    
3x Pithing Needle 2x Sulfuric Vortex 2x Pyrostatic Pillar
3x Pyroblast 3x Tormod's Crypt 2x (Shatering Spre)

 

The ultimate budget deck for newcomers packs a lethal punch. This deck using the pain inflicted by risky mana bases to its advantage. Although a little luck is needed at times when you end up in top deck mode, this deck has hit the top eight quite a bit since October 21st. This deck had no showing last week but will more than likely be back to reclaim a spot in the top eight. There are many version of this deck the one above is the simplest version I could find. I have seen some use more goblins and others that splash black for discard and Leyline of the Void. The match ups for this deck are not so spectacular but its match ups with most of the non top ten decks are very good. This is a solid deck and still very viable right now. 

Landstill

RGAggro

Flash

Thresh

Dredge

Goblins

Desire

Zoo

44%

80%

31%

0%

33%

na

na

na

These decks represent 79% of the playing field from Sunday

I was forced to cut this article short being that I am sick as well as my six month old son.  However I plan to list all ten of the top decks and match up information once a month in the future.  I hope that this article is informative and useful to you in your deck choices for this weekend.  I will be back next week with more information and possibly a complete match up chart provided a few match ups I need fill them selves in.  Have a good week and remember to keep it Classy.

3 Comments

article by Ruben (Unregistered) 74.163.154.207 (not verified) at Mon, 03/03/2008 - 14:56
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um... why does the RDW deck only have 56 cards in it?

article by whiffy penguin (Unregistered) 69.248.1.208 (not verified) at Mon, 03/03/2008 - 13:40
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so i think this is the best article youve done so far buddy. simply great to me.

the only nit pick i had was that you said youd uptade the decklists once a month. i think it would behoove you to get out as many of the top 10 decklists as fast as possible. ie next week when there is no pe. that way you still have something to put in your article and there would be all the matchup data and stock lists of the deck.

your starting to pack quite a bit of data in here and i enjoy it.

last thing could you make it possible to have a frank kasrstenesque deck o pedia link on your articles seeing as you plan on getting at least the 10 most dominanate decks into your data.

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