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Feb 16 2008 1:27pm
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The Meta Report Classic # 1

I would like to introduce my self before I dive into The Meta Report. I have been playing MTGO since Ravnica . How ever I did start playing paper magic around Revised. My goal with this report is to provide some insight to veterans of the Classic community what they can expect to face, and provide those looking to jump into Classic with a starting point to allow for their first experience to be positive. So I hope the information I gather helps you in your deck decisions and sideboard choices.

It was a great week for Classic. The Classic PE actually launched almost with out any problems. Although a server crash did prohibit some users from joining the event, we did end up with a healthy event. The event fired with 24 people, one of which was a no show from round one. We also received news on the long awaited new platform. I think my disappointment will be subsided by the fact we shall get a few more tourneys in before the long pause (life with out MTGO)

The Classic Meta Game is very wide open right now with no one deck dominating the format. Sunday’s event possessed a very diversified field which makes for a better tournament. The strongest showing was made by the ultimate budget deck RDW (Red Deck Wins). This deck has seemed to loose some popularity, but is still a favorite entry point into our eternal format.  Some of the larger showings are really no surprise when you take a look at my compiled Top eight data located below.

From what we see in this chart the current top decks of the format from October 21st to the present. We can clearly see which decks routinely populate the Top 8. The top four are really no surprise each has been very solid in the format since they where first played, even Flash has managed to survive its restriction riding the back of Mystical Tutor. The fast paced and explosive RDW (Red Deck Wins) packs a huge punch for its price tag, and will no doubt be even more prevalent as it is the cheapest entry into the format. 

Thresh is one of the most durable decks in the format right now with its efficient creatures and dominating control elements. The list of all stars for this deck include format giants Tarmogoyf, Force of Will, and Counterbalance. This could be the only reason for this deck not showing up in stronger numbers. The hefty price tag this deck represents keeps it in line, but I would bet it will gain more popularity with those not so light in the pockets.

Landstill is a child of the MED and Tenth Edition man lands appears to be the top leader in packs. This deck using Standstill keeps card advantage while beating its opponent repetitively with man lands, most of the time Mishra’s Factory and Faerie Conclave. Although I have seen some using Nantuko Monastery. I can see hybrids of this deck gaining a lot of ground over the course of the next couple of weeks. Landstill components can easily be mixed with various decks to improve some match ups. Specifically Thresh and Landstill could be combined really easy.

While studying this chart we can also see that some other decks do not appear to be getting played as much. One of which is Bomberman, after winning two events and taking fourth one other time I would expect to see more off them. This deck can be amazing in the hands of someone who has practiced and can handle all the clicking. Some small problems this deck does have though is all the graveyard hate that seems to have a permanent spot in many decks right now to combat Dredge and Flash This deck is vulnerable to Extirpate if you are not careful and keep one of your Lion’s Eye Diamond in play. Also Leyline of the Void will shut this combo down. 
LANDSTILL 2 2 2 3 4 13 186
THRESH     5 4 4 13 162
RDW 1     4 7 12 114
FLASH     1 5 4 10 102
DREDGE 1 1 1 1 3 7 93
GOBLINS 1 2       4 66
ZOO       2 2 4 36
RGB AGRO       1 3 4 30
BOMBERMAN 2     1   3 60
AFFINITY 1       2 3 36
STIFLENOUGHT     1   2 3 30
IDEAL         3 3 18
BGW DEADGUY ALE   1     1 2 27
MONO B RACK       2   2 24
TUTORSTILL       1 1 2 18
DRAGON         2 2 12
BONO B POX         2 2 12
ERATIC EXP DRAGON 1         1 24
GB ELVES 1         1 24
MONO U CONTROL       1   1 12
DORAN ROCK         1 1 6
UNKNOWN         1 1 6
DARK BOROS         1 1 6
MUC         1 1 6
UGB TOG         1 1 6
UG DISCARD AGGRO         1 1 6
DESIRE         1 1 6

 Feb 10 Top 8 are in Red



FLASH 50% 0% 63% 0% 67% 0% 0% 0% 50% 100% 0% 33%
DREDGE 0% 50% 80% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
RDW 50% 20% 50% 0% 86% 0% 20% 100% 0% 0% 100% 0%
ZOO 0% 0% 0% 50% 0% 67% 0% 40% 0% 0% 0% 0%
LANDSTILL 67% 0% 20% 100% 50% 0% 40% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
TUTORSTILL 0% 100% 0% 33% 0% 50% 50% 80% 0% 0% 0% 0%
COUNTERTOP 0% 0% 100% 0% 100% 50% 50% 0% 0% 100% 0% 67%
BG ROCK 0% 0% 0% 60% 0% 38% 100% 50% 0% 0% 0% 0%
POX 50% 0% 100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 50% 0% 100% 0%
SENSEI SENSEI 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
ISLAND GO 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 33% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
THRESH 67% 0% 0% 0% 0% 67% 33% 0% 100% 0% 0% 50%

From this tourney on I am going to be compiling match up percentages. How ever right now with such a small sample the numbers do not really represent what I feel to be good results. Although I will still post it so people have an idea how the match ups when with in this event. Over the course of the next few tourneys this chart should start to become a great indicator of how match ups will go. Right now if a match up has 0% please ignore this as a deck probably was shut out or did not face the deck in this tourney. I only want to use tourney numbers as I feel this represents the most honest and true competitive play.

So that’s all for this week, I hope to be back next week with an updated match up chart. I will also do a comparison chart from week to week on the deck entered in the events. So till then be sure to update your sideboard accordingly, RDW be sure to add your Pyroblast, Flash will be coming to win. Till next week and remember to keep it Classy.



by urzishra (Unregistered) (not verified) at Sun, 02/17/2008 - 15:30
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seemed way way too short.. too much reliance on flashy graphs.. would like to see some alternate ways to combat the metagame (say rouge decks that would work against the major players of the format) a lot of what is covered here iceage does in his oddball roundup.. so make it a little more deviant by including deck lists and rouge decks..

by Anonymous (Unregistered) (not verified) at Sun, 02/17/2008 - 07:42
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some decklists would be nice

by Anonymous (Unregistered) (not verified) at Sat, 02/16/2008 - 21:28
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How did you get hold of every single  deck type during the swiss, with replays disabled ?

And RDW != Mono R Burn, yes the name might not be that catchy, but calling everything with a heavy red base RDW becomes rather irritating.

by DRAGONDUNG at Sun, 02/17/2008 - 11:13
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Next week i will have a few decklist and a walk through of a RBg build me and a freind are working on.  Time was short and i wanted to get it in before today.  As for calling everything RDW rather than Mono R Burn, RDW just has a better ring to it.