Standard Tournament Top 8 Review (May 16)

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May 20, 2014 by Hectares

The May 16 ForgeWatch Standard Community Tournament was run on Battlefy with a field of 23 players. A big thanks to tournament organizer SeomanReborn and commentators HolyLlama and Raidrinn for keeping things interesting.

The decklists for the Top 8 are listed by finish below including a brief summary of their main features.

Uterra shows off its relevance in the current landscape, appearing in six of the top eight decklists.

At a glance: 3 AU, 2 NT, UT Yeti, UT Plants, NU Life.

 

griff3nb — 1st

This AU Flex list features triple Battle Tech tech and can make favorable lane trades in any matchup, using its six spells as finishers or board stabilizers. Well played, griff3nb.

3x Alloyin Strategist
3x Battle Techtician
3x Brightsteel Gargoyle
3x Oros, Deepwood’s Chosen
3x Thundersaur
3x Weirwood Patriarch
2x Esperian Scarab
2x Echowisp
2x Gemhide Basher
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3x Ferocious Roar
2x Warmonger Mod
1x Jet Pack

 

cmustewart — 2nd

Some bots, some good cards, some wins. cmustewart showed off his piloting of this AU list taking second place and unfortunately knocking out our teammate evilweevil666 in a mirror match with some small differences in lists.

3x Alloyin Strategist
3x Brightsteel Gargoyle
3x Brightsteel Sentinel
3x Matrix Warden
3x Oros, Deepwood’s Chosen
3x Thundersaur
3x Weirwood Patriarch
2x Gemhide Basher
2x Oreian Justicar
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3x Ferocious Roar
2x Warmonger Mod

 

evilweevil666 — Top 4

Knightbots? This AU flex variant features a minimal robots package with the newly released Aegis Knight included for double Sentinel blowouts. With only five spells and no direct removal, the creatures played are chosen based on a combination of the matchup and the board state, with no single creature having highest priority in the deck.

1x Aegis Knight
3x Alloyin Strategist
3x Brightsteel Gargoyle
3x Brightsteel Sentinel
3x Matrix Warden
2x Nexus Techtician
2x Oreian Justicar
2x Oros, Deepwood’s Chosen
3x Thundersaur
3x Weirwood Patriarch
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3x Ferocious Roar
2x Warmonger Mod

 

Zwaxor — Top 4

Yetis in an NT control deck? Zwaxor is a madman! He took this list to several 4-0s in the constructed queue on his stream, so it was clearly a powerful contender in the current metagame. Between the Warlords, the Dragons, and the deep removal package, Zwaxor was able to top 4 this standard event in style.

3x Ebonskull Knight
3x Zimus, the Undying
3x Byzerak Spitemage
3x Scorchmane Dragon
3x Uranti Warlord
1x Master of Elements
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3x Epidemic
3x Vyric’s Embrace
3x Flame Lance
2x Cull the Weak
2x Dreadbolt
1x Lightning Spark

 

lander — Top 8

Yetis! So many yetis. This deck featured some of the less popular yetis including Heartseeker, Warbringer, and Firefirst, in addition to the staple Icemage/Wallbreaker/Warlord suite.

1x Avalanche Invoker
3x Firefist Uranti
1x Uranti Heartseeker
3x Uranti Icemage
2x Uranti Warlord
3x Wallbreaker Yeti
3x Warbringer Uranti
1x Solstice Reveler
2x Umbruk Lasher
3x Weirwood Patriarch
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3x Glacial Crush
3x Uranti Bolt
2x Ferocious Roar

 

Kleematisse — Top 8

This NU Conjurer/Arboris deck featured 11 cards that can gain life and 10 Nekrium spells to ensure the Crypt Conjurers triggered frequently.

3x Crypt Conjurer
3x Ebonskull Knight
3x Arboris, Grove Dragon
3x Oros, Deepwood’s Chosen
2x Cercee, Hand of Varna
2x Echowisp
2x Glowstride Stag
2x Solstice Reveler
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3x Epidemic
3x Vyric’s Embrace
2x Cull the Weak
2x Death Current

 

SevenAteNine — Top 8

This NT removal package features a diverse spell selection supported by Master of Elements, GGP to take full advantage of removal and punish tokens, and the recently nerfed Spitemage and Phoenix.

3x Ebonskull Knight
3x Grimgaunt Predator
3x Zimus, the Undying
3x Byzerak Spitemage
3x Everflame Phoenix
2x Master of Elements
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3x Epidemic
3x Static Shock
3x Vyric’s Embrace
2x Dreadbolt
2x Flame Lance

 

Technonaut — Top 8

Technonaut decided to show off his green thumb this Standard tournament. This plant tribal deck features Nuada, Leafkin, and the newly released Scatterspore Eidelon and has a mixture of buff and removal to keep the Nuada engine online. Weirwood Patriarch smooths out the decks draws and makes the most of any tokens that don’t get the magical elephant poop to make them grow big and strong.

3x Brighttusk Sower
3x Leafkin Progenitor
3x Nuada, Faith’s Flourish
3x Weirwood Patriarch
3x Wildwood Sower
2x Scatterspore Eidelon
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3x Flame Lance
3x Static Shock
3x Ferocious Roar
2x Savage Oath
2x Botanimate

 

Two Set 2.1 legendary cards appeared in low counts in the top 8 decklists. Since card acquisition is particularly challenging immediately after cards are released, we may see them shine in future tournaments as more players put together playsets.

Some additional information and commentary is available on this SolForge subreddit post.


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