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By: TheWolf, Shane Garvey
Mar 05 2019 1:00pm
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The first Mythic Championship is in the books, and this standard format is beginning to shake out. Thankfully, the format continues to be fun and diverse, with a wide range of decks being able to be competitive. Let's take a look at some of them.

We'll begin with the winner of the Mythic Championship, Autumn Burchett, and their mono blue tempo deck. This deck has been doing the rounds for a while now, but Autumn and several other people played refined versions of it at the tournament. Here's Autumn's deck:

 

 

Up until the Mythic Championship, many mono-blue decks ran four copies of Mist-Cloaked Herald. Autumn decided to drop that number to one, making room for cards like Entrancing Melody and Essence Capture. This obviously worked out well for them, as Autumn piloted the deck expertly to a first place finish in the event. 

Eugeni Sanchez also played well with their version of this deck, which is a little different to Autumn's. Eugeni ended up with a 10-0 record in Standard with their deck, which you can see below:

 

As you can see, Eugeni added an additional Island over Autumn, as well as an extra copy of Mist-Cloaked Herald, leaving out a couple of spells. The sideboard is also much more tightly focused. 

Both of these decks take practice to play well, but it is a rewarding deck to play and one of my favourites in Standard right now.

In the finals of the Mythic Championship, Autumn faced Yoshihiko Ikawa, who was piloting Esper Control. It performed quite well over that weekend and, like Mono Blue Tempo, it also put up a 10-0 record in Standard. It was not Ikawa that did this, though, but Michael Hamilton. The decks were pretty similar; take a look:

 

 

Both decks are very similar, with Michael's list adding in Precognitive Perception and Ixalan's Binding over The Eldest Reborn. The game plan is the same, though: frustrate your opponent long enough to make them cry and wonder why they ever took up the game!

Of course, the most popular deck in Standard right now has to be Sultai Midrange, with MTGGoldfish showing that it makes up 15% of the metagame at time of writing. Interestingly, no one who made the top 8 of the Mythic Championship was on the deck, though Noah Ma did get a 10-0 record with this version of it:

 

This is a pretty stock version of the deck, though this version took out the Ravenous Chupacbra for more copies of Hostage Taker, which personally I feel is the correct move. Having played with this deck a bunch, if you are going to splash blue, you may as well add Hostage Taker, as it nets you more value than the Chupacabra overall. 

Speaking of blue, the Mythic Championship proved that blue is probably the best colour right now, with seven of the top 8 decks including blue, and all four decks that went undefeated in Standard containing blue. We've seen three of these undefeated decks above, so let's take a look at the last one:

 

The scourge of best of one Arena until they banned Nexus of Fate, Yuya piloted this deck to a perfect record. At least this version includes a win condition in Hydroid Krasis, unlike what was happening on Arena. Still, it's a very annoying deck to play against.

Still on the blue theme - and a deck that I expect we will start to see a lot of (and indeed, I already am on Arena) - is the deck Luis Scott-Vargas took to a tenth Mythic Championship/Pro Tour top 8:

 

This is not a new deck; this deck was around during Guilds of Ravnica Standard, before the Izzet Drakes decks took over as being more popular. Luis decided that if Arclight Phoenix is good enough for Modern it's good enough for Standard, and almost took the deck all the way.

Finally, let's take a look at the lone non-blue deck to make the top 8. This deck is still very popular on Arena, and you will face it a lot. What's interesting about this version of the deck is the sideboard:

 

Wizards of the Coast kept referring to the deck as "Gruul Aggro", despite the fact that the main deck is a pure mono red deck. The interesting tech that Alex added to the deck was the green in the sideboard for Collision / Colossus and Cindervines, allowing this deck to deal with problems it normally struggles with. Whether this is the future of mono red remains to be seen, but it is certainly worth thinking about.