Top 8 Decklists For The Manaleak.com Modern Christmas Super Challenge, by Andrew Quinn

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Top 8 Decklists For The Manaleak.com Modern Christmas Super Challenge

Merry Christmas Everyone!

As a Christmas treat, we put on a Super Challenge for Christmas! With a minimum of 4 booster boxes on the line for making the Top 4, 33 players decided to make the trip to us and play the most popular Magic constructed format. Story of the tournament was probably Steven Walsh, with his 5-colour Slivers deck. Steven crushed the Swiss with an unbeaten record of 4 wins and 2 draws before losing in the Top 8. This sweet brew utilises a total of 12 Sliver “lords” by adding some swamps to the mana base to activate Sedge Sliver. Combined with Modern all-stars Collected Company and Aether Vial, this deck is fast, powerful and clearly took a number of players by surprise. Here are our Top 8 players’ decks:

Top 4 – Kurt Brown, Eldrazi ‘n’ Taxes

Creatures: (29)
Blade Splicer
Eldrazi Displacer
Flickerwisp
Leonin Arbiter
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thought-Knot Seer
Tidehollow Sculler
Wasteland Strangler

Spells: (8)
Aether Vial
Path to Exile
Lands: (23)
Caves of Koilos
Concealed Courtyard
Eldrazi Temple
Ghost Quarter
Godless Shrine
Plains
Shambling Vent
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Anguished Unmaking
Blessed Alliance
Dismember
Ethersworn Canonist
Kambal, Consul of Allocation
Rest in Peace
Spellskite
Stony Silence
Worship
Zealous Persecution

Top 4 – Freddie Barber, Infect

Creatures: (13)
Blighted Agent
Glistener Elf
Noble Hierarch
Viridian Corrupter

Spells: (27)
Apostle’s Blessing
Become Immense
Dismember
Distortion Strike
Gitaxian Probe
Might of Old Krosa
Mutagenic Growth
Spell Pierce
Twisted Image
Vines of Vastwood
Lands: (20)
Breeding Pool
Dryad Arbor
Forest
Inkmoth Nexus
Pendelhaven
Wooded Foothills
Windswept Heath

Sideboard: (15)
Apostle’s Blessing
Dismember
Dispel
Grafdigger’s Cage
Kitchen Finks
Nature’s Claim
Spell Pierce
Spellskite
Twisted Image
Wild Defiance

Top 4 – James Wilson, Jeskai Nahiri

Creatures: (6)
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Snapcaster Mage
Vendilion Clique

Planeswalkers: (4)
Nahiri, the Harbinger

Spells: (26)
Ancestral Vision
Anger of the Gods
Cryptic Command
Electrolyze
Lightning Bolt
Mana Leak
Path to Exile
Remand
Serum Visions
Spell Snare
Lands: (24)
Arid Mesa
Celestial Colonnade
Flooded Strand
Ghost Quarter
Hallowed Fountain
Island
Mountain
Plains
Polluted Delta
Sacred Foundry
Spirebluff Canal
Steam Vents

Sideboard: (15)
Anger of the Gods
Crumble to Dust
Dispel
Geist of Saint Traft
Izzet Staticaster
Keranos, God of Storms
Rest in Peace
Stony silence
Timely Reinforcements
Wear // Tear
Wrath of God

Top 4 – Ilya Kaznacheev, Infect

Creatures: (12)
Blighted Agent
Glistener Elf
Noble Hierarch

Spells: (28)
Become Immense
Blossoming Defence
Dismember
Distortion Strike
Gitaxian Probe
Might of Old Krosa
Mutagenic Growth
Spell Pierce
Twisted Image
Vines of Vastwood
Lands: (20)
Breeding Pool
Dryad Arbor
Forest
Inkmoth Nexus
Misty Rainforest
Pendelhaven
Wooded Foothills
Windswept Heath

Sideboard: (15)
Dismember
Dispel
Grafdigger’s Cage
Kitchen Finks
Nature’s Claim
Spell Pierce
Spellskite
Twisted Image
Viridian Corrupter

Top 8 – Lee Macken, Burn

Creatures: (17)
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Goblin Guide
Grim Lavamancer
Monastery Swiftspear
Wild Nacatl

Spells: (23)
Atarka’s Command
Boros Charm
Lava Spike
Lightning Bolt
Rift Bolt
Searing Blaze
Lands: (20)
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Copperline Gorge
Mountain
Sacred Foundry
Stomping Ground
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard: (15)
Deflecting Palm
Destructive Revelry
Kor Firewalker
Lightning Helix
Path to Exile
Skullcrack
Stony Silence

Top 8 – Steven Morrell, Burn

Creatures: (17)
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Goblin Guide
Grim Lavamancer
Monastery Swiftspear
Wild Nacatl

Spells: (23)
Atarka’s Command
Boros Charm
Lava Spike
Lightning Bolt
Rift Bolt
Searing Blaze
Lands: (20)
Bloodstained Mire
Copperline Gorge
Inspiring Vantage
Mountain
Sacred Foundry
Scalding Tarn
Stomping Ground
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard: (15)
Deflecting Palm
Destructive Revelry
Kor Firewalker
Path to Exile
Relic of Progenitus
Skullcrack

Top 8 – Steven Walsh, SLIVERS

Creatures: (32)
Blur Sliver
Darkheart Sliver
Diffusion Sliver
Galerider Sliver
Manaweft Sliver
Necrotic Sliver
Predatory Sliver
Sedge Sliver
Sentinel Sliver
Sinew Sliver
Spellskite

Spells: (8)
Aether Vial
Collected Company
Lands: (20)
Cavern of Souls
Forest
Godless Shrine
Mutavault
Overgrown Tomb
Sliver Hive
Swamp
Verdant Catacombs
Watery Grave

Sideboard: (15)
Frenetic Sliver
Gemhide Sliver
Harmonic Sliver
Homing Sliver
Sliver Hivelord
Spellskite
Surgical Extraction
Syphon Sliver
Telekinetic Sliver
Warping Wail

Top 8 – Lewis “God” “LSP” Marshall, Lantern Control

Creatures: (2)
Glint-Nest Crane

Spells: (40)
Abrupt Decay
Ancient Stirrings
Codex Shredder
Crucible of Worlds
Ensnaring Bridge
Ghoulcaller’s Bell
Infernal Tutor
Inquisition of Kozilek
Lantern of Insight
Mox Opal
Pithing Needle
Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyxis of Pandemonium
Surgical Extraction
Thoughtseize
Lands: (18)
Academy Ruins
Blooming Marsh
Botanical Sanctum
Darkslick Shores
Forest
Ghost Quarter
Glimmervoid
Inventor’s Fair
Sea Gate Wreckage

Sideboard: (15)
Ancient Grudge
Collective Brutality
Grafdigger’s Cage
Leyline of Sanctity
Nature’s Claim
Pyroclasm
Spellskite
Welding Jar
Top 8 Decklists For The Manaleak.com Modern Christmas Super Challenge, by Andrew Quinn

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