It's almost here: The Players Tour Finals begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. PDT. Just 145 players qualified for the Players Tour Finals. In addition to the 24 members of the Magic Pro League, invitations were given out to top Players Tour competitors, MagicFest Online Season Finals winners and finalists, and 2020 Partial Season Grand Prix winners. They will compete this weekend for a $250,000 prize pool and for invitations to the 2020 Season Grand Finals.
The format for all 14 Swiss rounds and the Top 8 is Standard. Let's take a look at the Standard metagame breakdown for this prestigious event.
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Compared to the Players Tour Online events held just over a month ago, the metagame is similar, but with even more Reclamation decks than before. Core Set 2021 added some new options, but the most common route to victory in Standard is still an enormous end-step Explosion.
So how were players planning to beat Temur Reclamation? Well, one way is via
Another approach was trying to go under Temur Reclamation with aggressive creatures. Mono-Green Aggro can come out of the gates quickly with
But I'm even more excited by Mono-White Aggro, which didn't really exist in its current form before Core Set 2021.
Last weekend, the Red Bull Untapped International Qualifier #3 was won by Hoshi Yuki, who brought a Mono-White Aggro deck featuring 16 one-drop creatures, combined with
This deck can easily win on turn four or five, beating Reclamation players before they've had time to set up. Additionally, it dodges
The deck also exploits the fact that most Temur Reclamation players have removed all red removal spells from their main decks, instead filling their flex slots with
The question is: Can Temur Reclamation players swing their aggro matchups after sideboard? On average at the Players Tour Finals, a Temur Reclamation sideboard has about eight anti-aggro cards: 2.3
Quick Deck Overviews
All Players Tour Finals decklists will be published on the Players Tour Finals event page at the beginning of Round 1 on Saturday, July 25. In the meantime, I can provide a quick description of every deck and highlight some of their Core Set 2021 additions.
Temur Reclamation (57 players): Temur Reclamation is the most-played deck by far. It did not gain much from Core Set 2021, other than maybe
Four-Color Reclamation (22 players): It's Temur Reclamation, but with
Bant Ramp (17 players): This is the most popular
Mono-Green Aggro (9 players): This is the most popular aggro deck.
Mono-White Aggro (8 players): As I already explained, I am excited by the simple combination of one-drops and global boosts. This deck will beat down very hard and very fast, potentially topping Temur Reclamation as early as turn four or five.
Jund Sacrifice (7 players): The main sacrifice engine is
Rakdos Sacrifice (6 players): With
Azorius Control (3 players): Control players are still saying "No." to spells with countermagic and "No." to creatures with removal. The most popular version relies on
Esper Midrange (3 players): Three Japanese players registered a brew that is unlike anything I had seen before. It can curve out with
Sultai Ramp (2 players): If you don't want to splash white in your
Mono-Red Aggro (2 players): Curving out with aggressive red creatures and boosting them with
Bant Flash (1 player): When you hold four mana up on turn four, your opponent never knows whether to play around
Four-Color Yorion (1 player): Main deck
Rakdos Knights (1 player):
Four-Color Planeswalkers (1 player): It's always nice to see
Sultai Graveyard (1 player): This is a spicy choice made possible by
Esper Doom (1 player): It's basically an Esper Control deck that can generate value by sacrificing enchantments like
Mono-Black Aggro (1 player): I was expecting to tell you how good it feels to slap
Esper Rats (1 player): It's basically the Orzhov Yorion deck that broke out in the last Players Tour Online weekend, but with a blue splash for—you guessed it—
Mardu Winota (1 player): This deck goes wide with
The Players Tour Finals live broadcast on twitch.tv/magic starts both Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 at 9 a.m. PDT. Tune in to see if Mono-White Aggro can triumph over all the