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Decks of the Week - 7/27/16

So it turns out that I got wacked with doing this week’s Decks of the Week article. I don’t mind. I’m not complaining. Not at all. I get to cover the Decks this Week that use the cool new cards from Eldritch Moon. Fun!



Standard

Bant Company by Devin Koepke – 1st Place SCG Open Columbus
Bant Company took out the top slot at the big tournament of the week. Some major changes to this list from what we are used to seeing. No [mtg_card]Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy[/mtg_card]. Instead we have [mtg_card]Spell Queller[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Selfless Spirit[/mtg_card]. Both these cards made a significant showing this week in quite a few decks.

Sultai Control by Ali Aintrazi – 2nd Place SCG Open Columbus
The master of brews brought, well, a brew to SCG Open Columbus. Like most Sultai decks, it’s kinda everywhere when it comes to creature selection and spells. It’s essentially a Delium deck, but plays more control with a wide range of removal instead of [mtg_card]Mindwrack Demon[/mtg_card]. And 4x [mtg_card]Languish[/mtg_card]. Because it’s control.

WB Angels by Ronnie Ritner – 5th-8th Place SCG Open Columbus
And now for my favorite deck to come out of SCG Open Columbus. So starting from a WB toolset of spells and planeswalkers, the deck takes a total turn in the creature list. He looks to be the only player running the [mtg_card]Brisela, Voice of Nightmares[/mtg_card] combo in the top decks of the tournament. To add into this, the deck plays 2x [mtg_card]Thalia’s Lancers[/mtg_card] to help tutor up [mtg_card]Bruna, the Fading Light[/mtg_card] or [mtg_card]Gisela, the Broken Blade[/mtg_card]. But that’s not all. Also in creature list is [mtg_card]Linvala, the Preserver[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet[/mtg_card] to help stabilize along with the raw power of [mtg_card]Archangel Avacyn[/mtg_card] that can either protect your boardstate or blast an opponent’s board. All these powerful creatures also take advantage of [mtg_card]Liliana, the Last Hope[/mtg_card]'s -2 ability to bring back the pain. This is a deck I would look to see more improvement made before become a powerhouse in the standard format.




Modern

4C Human Company by Toshikazu – 5th-8th Place WMCQ Japan
The spice is real in this deck. Before I start getting into the meat of the deck, it should be noted that 4x [mtg_card]Cavern of Souls[/mtg_card] makes this deck possible. Without it, this deck would be impossible to play, as the deck lack the protect from counterspells or the manabase to be playable. So the primary reason for playing 4C in this deck is to get access to [mtg_card]Mantis Rider[/mtg_card], which yes, is a Human. The deck has some super explosive starts. Mantis Rider may seem bad in a format were [mtg_card]Lightning Bolt[/mtg_card] is legal, but when you are backed by [mtg_card]Mayor of Avabruck[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Thalia’s Lieutenant[/mtg_card], it makes it a bit safer. Particularly when they are still worrying about [mtg_card]Champion of the Parish[/mtg_card] bashing their head in.

Mardu Control by Yu Yin – 1st Place WMCQ China
So this deck needs a bit of talking about. The deck main method attack is to kill everything and make the opponent discard everything else. So the question I imagine you ask when looking over this deck is how does it win? Tokens and [mtg_card]Shambling Vent[/mtg_card]. Using [mtg_card]Liliana of the Veil[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Nahiri, the Harbinger[/mtg_card], the deck discards [mtg_card]Lingering Souls[/mtg_card] for massive card advantage. Allows you to still cast Lingering Souls for the Flashback cost and either draw a cards or have the opponent discard. I do think this deck should run a singleton [mtg_card]Emrakul, the Aeons Torn[/mtg_card]. It’s free. Seriously. It’s super free easy win condition.

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