Last weekend, Temur Reclamation dominated: It was the most popular deck and won both Players Tour Online 1 and Players Tour Online 2. With an additional week to figure out how to fight back, where did the Standard deck choices of the 151 competitors in Players Tour Online 3 end up?
Twelve singletons comprised the "Others" category: Azorius Control, Azorius Yorion, Bant Ramp (Yorion), Boros Cycling (Zirda), Forests, Golgari Artisan, Gruul Adventure, Gruul Aggro, Mono-Black Aggro, Mono-Black Devotion, Rakdos Sacrifice (Jegantha), and Temur Flash.
As a note, I made a distinction between Mono-Green Stompy decks with
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Unsurprisingly, Growth Spiral Was the Most-Played Non-Land Card
The most-played non-land cards in Players Tour Online 3 were
What was surprising, however, was that the top spot in the metagame chart was taken not by Temur Reclamation but by Bant Ramp. For reference, here is a sample list as registered by Rivals league member Jessica Estephan.
The consensus belief is that Bant Ramp has a good matchup against Temur Reclamation—the deck that everyone was gunning for after last weekend. This is mainly because
But this wasn't the only way to build Bant. Ten players decided that they'd rather play the game at instant speed rather than at sorcery speed.
Bant Flash decks generally include close to zero copies of
"Classic Bant has to tap out for threats like
Surprisingly, Rakdos Knights Was the Third-Most Popular Archetype
Last weekend, there was only a single player across Players Tour Online 1 and Players Tour Online 2 on Rakdos Knights, but he did perform well against Temur Reclamation. Now at Players Tour Online 3, the deck had jumped to 8.6% of the field.
Dylan Nollen, who had won Grand Prix Portland six months ago with Rakdos Knights, was one of the players who was inspired by Gonçalo Pinto's success in the previous weekend and brought back the deck he knew best.
"I played the past couple days and rarely lost to Temur Rec, so I locked it in," Nollen explained. Indeed, with 12 strong one-drops alongside the game-ending
Several MPL and Rivals Members Brought a Spicy Orzhov Yorion Deck
The breakout deck of the event was a brew unlike any other. I was not expecting to see
Rivals league member Eric Froehlich discovered the idea in a recent Magic Online Standard Challenge, where __Noob__ finished in the Top 8 with
Orzhov Yorion had some decent results in last week's Last Chance Qualifiers as well, and Froehlich spent three days tweaking it together with MPL player Brad Nelson. "We played around with the mana, removal, and Rat numbers," Nelson said. "We added
With 24 hours to go until the deck submission deadline, Seth Manfield from the MPL and Ben Stark from Rivals jumped aboard as well. An additional fifth player, Ben Dixon, independently registered a list that was very close to __Noob__'s original.
The core idea behind the deck is to reuse enters-the-battlefield triggers via
"The deck's engine is great against Bant and Sultai, and the removal is amazing against Rakdos and good against Jund," Nelson said. "Bant and Rakdos both seem well positioned, and this deck is amazing versus them. The deck is 50-50ish versus Temur, maybe behind with perfect information." Froehlich said that others were posting very good records against Temur and Sultai, and overall they felt that the deck was well-positioned against the metagame they expected.
In conclusion, Standard at Players Tour 3 is defined by