Decks of the Week - 4/19/16

Columbus was filled to the teeth with major events since it hosted a Standard Open, Modern and Legacy Classics, and the all important SCG Invitational. So without further adieu, your decks of the week.


1) Mono-White Humans by Max McVety - 1st Place SCG Invitational Columbus
Big winner of the week is Max McVety who took down the SCG Invitational with Mono-White Humans. He ran a version close to what was run last week that abused [mtg_card]Gryff's Boon[/mtg_card] to get big [mtg_card]Thalia's Lieutenant[/mtg_card]s past people. This deck isn't going away and looks to have many methods to build.

2) RG Eldrazi by Joshua Dickerson - 1st Place SCG Open Columbus
A somewhat shock win in the SCG Open for a very classical Eldrazi Ramp style deck. I don't think many people would have said that the deck could be effective in a format so loaded with aggro humans lists.

3) Bant Company by Daniel Fournier - 2nd Place SCG Open Columbus
Bant Company was out in force at both the SCG Open and SCG Invitational. It took 5 of 8 top positions in the Invitational and 3 of 8 in the Open. This version by Daniel Fournier is probably the standard version, as others try to fit in more removal or [mtg_card]Den Protector[/mtg_card]s.

4) WG Tokens by Andrew Maine - 4th Place SCG Invitational Columbus
I'm going to call this deck the [mtg_card]Westvale Abbey[/mtg_card] deck. I'm curious how often Westvale Abbey won the games he played. I figure close to 80%.

5) Big White/Mono-White Midrange by James Wager - 6th Place SCG Invitational Columbus
Beautiful brew by James Wager here. Uses [mtg_card]Eldrazi Displacer[/mtg_card] with [mtg_card]Knight of the White Orchid[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Thraben Inspector[/mtg_card], and [mtg_card]Archangel Avacyn[/mtg_card] for disgusting level of synergies.


1) Infect by Max McVety - 1st Place SCG Invitational Columbus
Max took down the Modern portion with Infect. The unique part of his deck is the 2x maindeck [mtg_card]Wild Defiance[/mtg_card]. It's fairly uncommon to see it in the maindeck.

2) Zoo by Charles Porges - 1st Place SCG Classic Columbus
Charles Porges won the Classic event playing a popular version of Zoo going around that looks very similar to Naya Blitz during Return to Ravanica block Standard.

3) Lantern Control by Brock Logan - 2nd Place SCG Classic Columbus
Every time a deck plays [mtg_card]Ensnaring Bridge[/mtg_card] to the top 8 of a major event, a kitten dies somewhere.

4) Jeskai Thopter Foundry by David Buccelli - 6th Place SCG Classic Columbus
Most [mtg_card]Thopter Foundry[/mtg_card] decks going around have been WU. David Buccelli added in Red, which give access to more removal in [mtg_card]Lightning Bolt[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Lightning Helix[/mtg_card] along with the underplayed [mtg_card]Ajani Vengeant[/mtg_card]. All buy time to get out the [mtg_card]Sword of the Meek[/mtg_card] combo.

5) Mardu Pyromancer by Joe Jancuk - 8th Place SCG Classic Columbus
This is a top 8 Pyromancer deck that isn't playing Blue. He doesn't even have any [mtg_card]Gitaxian Probe[/mtg_card]s. I think that's a mistake, but may not be with all the life lost to [mtg_card]Dark Confidant[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Painful Truths[/mtg_card]. I spent a good bit of time playing Jeskai Delver, so I find this deck to be amazing. Also, if you have never watched people submit to the awesomeness that is [mtg_card]Monastery Mentor[/mtg_card] with [mtg_card]Inquisition of Kozilek[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Thoughtseize[/mtg_card], you are missing out. If you can't tell, I'm pretty hype for this deck.


1) Grixis Delver by Brian Coval - 1st Place SCG Classic Columbus
Standard Grixis Delver list.

2) UR Delver by Dalton Ozmun - 3rd Place SCG Classic Columbus
This build of Delver is becoming quite popular over the WU versions. [mtg_card]Stormchaser Mage[/mtg_card] is a very good card for these decks. Makes me believe that Stormchaser Mage is underrated for play in Modern.

3) Colorless Eldrazi by Aaron Sorrells - 4th Place SCG Classic Columbus
This is the bane of Modern Colorless Eldrazi with a Legacy manabase. All the explosiveness of that deck, with a far more consistent manabase. I've seen people toy with Eldrazi in Legacy with some success, but this might be the first I've seen that didn't mess with the core creature base of the deck.

4) Canadian Threshold/Temur Delver - 5th Place SCG Classic Columbus
Talk about a blast from the past. Say hi to [mtg_card]Nimble Mongoose[/mtg_card]. Always fun to watch a Legacy top 8 deck play 4x Stifles.

5) Punishing Fire Abzan - 8th Place SCG Classic Columbus
Standard [mtg_card]Punishing Fire[/mtg_card] deck with a Knight of the Reliquary core.