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By: AndreaFonseca, Andrea Fonseca
May 17 2010 1:38am
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Hey Everyone !

National Qualifiers are going on all around the world, plus the PTQ Amsterdam season going on alson on Magic Online, so we have a full Standard season to work with. Pre-ROE it was a clearly a contest between Jund and UW Control, with both of them being far ahead of everything else in the format. How did Rise of the Eldrazi change this?Or did it at all?


 Going trough 15 PTQs and 120 Decklists , we are able to check out the respective top8 numbers and guess some of the numbers of general metagame battlefield. Jund was the most featured deck in the top8s while UW Control came a close second, followed by Mythic Conscription and the new kid on the block, UWR Planeswalkers. Did it translate into wins?

Mythic Conscription has been the big winner so far , taking 40% of the tournaments home, closely followed by UW control.


Evolving from Mythic bant into the conscription deck is a nice way of killing much much faster than with either Rafiq or Finest Hour. Plus, it gives you a way to fully utilize the Lotus Cobra acceleration into something like a turn 3 attacking 13/12 Lotus Cobra (that also annihilates 2 permanents!).

Noble HierarchBirds of ParadiseLotus CobraSovereigns of Lost Alara

Main decking Dauntless Escort helps out against Earthquake and Day of Judgment/Martial Coup, while the creature plus planeswalkers package can simply overrun a Jund player. Gideon Jura tramps most of the aggro matchups and its also surprisingly good against Red Burn or Rb since most of their damage is dealt trough Hellspark Elemental,Ball Lightning,Hell's Thunder,Devastating Summons and etc, and fogging them for a couple of turns is enough to win you the race, especially with a Baneslayer Angel online. The deck as fairly good matchups all around excluding Red decks, at least game 1, while after board you have 4 x Kor Firewalker , 4 x Negate and Deprive / Bant Charm depending on the builds.

Following closely the Mythic Conscription, UW Control took 4 PTQs , evolving from the earlier Knight of the White Orchid versions to a more controlling Wall of Omens and Gideon Jura.

Uw Control
Phil Napoli 1st Place - New York - New York - 5/1
4 Baneslayer Angel
2 Sphinx of Jwar Isle
6 cards

Other Spells
2 Day of Judgment
2 Deprive
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
3 Everflowing Chalice
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Martial Coup
3 Mind Spring
2 Negate
3 Oblivion Ring
2 Path to Exile
4 Spreading Seas
3 Wall of Omens
24 cards
4 Celestial Colonnade
4 Glacial Fortress
7 Island
6 Plains
1 Sejiri Refuge
3 Tectonic Edge
25 cards

Jace, The Mind Sculptor


After ROE came in, Wall of Omens took its spot in any W based control deck, being able to stop almost everything besides a pumped Putrid Leech or Vengevine.Deprive may also be added as an hard and cheap counter, with the potential of returning a Spreaded Celestial Colonnade back to your hand for increased value. The Deprive numbers can't be too high because you want to be doing your land drops almost every turn.

After winning the Atlanta 5K with the other same deck placing 3rd in the tournament, UWR Planeswalkers rose to the top of player's preference all over the world. With the great power of 4 combined planeswalkers, and missing most of the creature removal of the other decks it can take control of every game and win them out with either Elspeth power or by going for the throat with Gideon Jura.

Ajani Vengeant Elspeth, Knight-errant Jace, The Mind Sculptor 

With a great matchup vs the old Jund versions and vs UW Tapout since they usually only have something like 2 or 3 counters.


This is not your granny's jund. This is a "new" brew coming out of wrapter from ChannelFireball, with all the "useless" not against UW and URW Planes cards such as Terminate and 2 Lightning Bolt. Plated Geopede can get past Wall of Omens alongside Putrid Leech. The sideboard tech of Island + 4 Sedraxis Specter can help out against planeswalkers and Spreading Seas decks since you can cast them "easily" and they flyer over Elspeth tokens and Wall of Omens.You can read a brief report plus some sideboard explanations here.


Then again there's no point in posting a "normal" jund list since you should have seen plenty of them. Coming out of the Japanese PTQs this new jund has also some specific cards. Sarkhan the Mad seems an auto include in the current Jund lists and this one abuses the power of Lotus Cobra to power up some fast Abyssal Persecutor/Bloodbraid Elf or the planeswalker.

1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
2 cards

Other Spells
4 Awakening Zone
4 Explore
1 Garruk Wildspeaker
1 Into the Roil
4 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Negate
4 Polymorph
4 Ponder
4 Rampant Growth
4 Spreading Seas
34 cards
5 Forest
4 Halimar Depths
6 Island
4 Khalni Garden
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Scalding Tarn
24 cards

1 Cancel
4 Flashfreeze
2 Fog
1 Garruk Wildspeaker
2 Into the Roil
2 Jace Beleren
1 Deprive
1 Emrakul, The Aeons Thorn
1 Reality Spasm
15 cards

The last deck I'm going to cover is Polymorph. Kenji Master Tsumura made his comeback into the PT scene winning PTQ Amsterdam with the deck. By putting a lot of tokens into play and with the correct amount of mana you can Polymorph a guy out and protect it with a counterspell getting an Emrakul or Iona into play. Awakening Zone creates a chump blocker every turn or it can just be used to ramp out an Emrakul, besides, it can just be used to create an army of Eldrazi Spawns powered up by a Overrun from Garruk Wildspeaker.

So this wraps up this first part of the PTQ season and I hope its helpful for all of those who want to Qualify for nationals or Pro Tour Amsterdam.

Until then ,

Andrea Fonseca

PS: Bonus decklist that qualified both Mike Flores and Brian David-Marshall for Nationals:

(Joshua's Note: I believe that Brian got there with a version of Naya that GerryT posted before the weekend started. I say this because he mentions Vapor Snare which was in the original list of Gerry's Naya deck. I'm not sure if that is correct or not, but I could not get verification at 1am.)


4 Gatekeeper of Malakir
2 Malakir Bloodwitch

2 Divination
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Spreading Seas

4 Blightning
2 Countersquall
4 Cruel Ultimatum
4 Sedraxis Specter
1 Terminate

4 Lightning Bolt

4 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Crumbling Necropolis
1 Dragonskull Summit
2 Drowned Catacomb
4 Island
4 Lavaclaw Reaches
2 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Swamp

2 Duress
2 Malakir Bloodwitch
1 Sorin Markov
4 Vampire Nighthawk
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
2 Countersquall
3 Terminate


(I know they played with less 1 Cruel Ultimatum , I'm not sure for what.)




Just a minor correction, BDM by AndreaFonseca at Mon, 05/17/2010 - 10:43
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Just a minor correction,
BDM qualified with Naya and not Grixis.

That's why I added a note by JXClaytor at Mon, 05/17/2010 - 11:34
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I was pretty unsure of BDM playing Grixis, so I figured he was on GerryNaya because of Snare

From their twitter I assumed by AndreaFonseca at Mon, 05/17/2010 - 12:41
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From their twitter I assumed they were both playing flores's grixis but then I read some facebook s**** and found out that bdm played the naya deck.