Decks of the Week - 5/31/16

Fairly weak week for new decks in Magic. No major events except GP Manchester. Happens on holiday weekends I suppose. So here are your decks of the week.


•    WG Tokens by Raphael Levy – 1st Place GP Manchester
So the shiny part of this deck is the 2x [mtg_card]Chandra, Flamecaller[/mtg_card] in a deck that doesn’t play Red. The deck gets away with this because it plays 4x [mtg_card]Oath of Nissa[/mtg_card], fixing the issues colored mana with a card that most won’t look to as a target for removal. At the same time, Oath of Nissa acts as protection from [mtg_card]Dromoka’s Command[/mtg_card] for more important cards like [mtg_card]Evolutionary Leap[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Stasis Snare[/mtg_card]. I’m beginning to get curious is Oath of Nissa is a card we could see outside Standard. Anyway, it’s an interesting take on a deck that has pretty much become the de facto net deck of the current Standard format.

•    Grixis Control by Jonas Friberg – 2nd Place GP Manchester
This is a fairly standard deck. The counts may vary, but the core is the same. My worry for a deck like this is that it has the access to a good suite of sweepers, but doesn’t seem to use many. One [mtg_card]Languish[/mtg_card] in the main, 2x [mtg_card]Radiant Flames[/mtg_card] in the sideboard, and a single [mtg_card]Virulent Plague[/mtg_card] for tokens in the board. I’d worry about the matchup against GW Tokens. I’d think about upping the Languish count in the main and Virulent Plague in the board. I know [mtg_card]Dark Petition[/mtg_card] lets you tutor up Languish on as needed, but you may find you need more than one sweeper in your deck.

•    UR Control by Hatthew Hunt – 5th-8th Place GP Manchester
This deck is one that has slowly gotten more play in the format. Plays similar to Monoblue Tron in Modern. A heavy control deck to get to the end game instead of the race to the top some of the ramp decks can be.

•    Rise from the Tides by Martin Muller – GP Manchester
This deck takes a second to read and understand. It starts with admitting this is probably the best use of [mtg_card]Day’s Undoing[/mtg_card] of any deck I have seen. The deck draws cards while using [mtg_card]Engulf the Shore[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Hydrolash[/mtg_card] to cut off it’s opponent’s attack. Eventually it can resolve a [mtg_card]Rise from the Tides[/mtg_card] or [mtg_card]Part the Waterveil[/mtg_card] into a game winning scenario. A quick look makes me think the deck should play maindeck [mtg_card]Thing in the Ice[/mtg_card]. Give the deck a bit more speed, and gives all the draw spells something to work forward to.

No major events.

No major events.