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 [c]Sedge Sliver[/c]. Combined with Modern all-stars [c]Collected Company[/c] and [c]Aether Vial[/c], 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

[d]Creatures:
2 Blade Splicer
4 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Flickerwisp
4 Leonin Arbiter
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Tidehollow Sculler
3 Wasteland Strangler

Spells:
4 Aether Vial
4 Path to Exile

Lands:
4 Caves of Koilos
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Ghost Quarter
1 Godless Shrine
2 Plains
3 Shambling Vent
1 Swamp

Sideboard:
1 Anguished Unmaking
1 Blessed Alliance
1 Dismember
2 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Kambal, Consul of Allocation
3 Rest in Peace
1 Spellskite
2 Stony Silence
1 Worship
1 Zealous Persecution[/d]

Top 4 – Freddie Barber, Infect

[d]Creatures:
4 Blighted Agent
4 Glistener Elf
4 Noble Hierarch
1 Viridian Corrupter

Spells:
1 Apostle’s Blessing
4 Become Immense
1 Dismember
2 Distortion Strike
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Might of Old Krosa
4 Mutagenic Growth
2 Spell Pierce
1 Twisted Image
4 Vines of Vastwood

Lands:
3 Breeding Pool
1 Dryad Arbor
2 Forest
4 Inkmoth Nexus
2 Pendelhaven
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Windswept Heath

Sideboard:
2 Apostle’s Blessing
1 Dismember
1 Dispel
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Kitchen Finks
3 Nature’s Claim
2 Spell Pierce
1 Spellskite
1 Twisted Image
1 Wild Defiance[/d]

Top 4 – James Wilson, Jeskai Nahiri

[d]Creatures:
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Vendilion Clique

Planeswalkers:
4 Nahiri, the Harbinger

Spells:
2 Ancestral Vision
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Cryptic Command
1 Electrolyze
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Mana Leak
4 Path to Exile
2 Remand
4 Serum Visions
2 Spell Snare

Lands:
2 Arid Mesa
3 Celestial Colonnade
4 Flooded Strand
2 Ghost Quarter
2 Hallowed Fountain
2 Island
1 Mountain
1 Plains
3 Polluted Delta
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Spirebluff Canal
2 Steam Vents

Sideboard:
1 Anger of the Gods
1 Crumble to Dust
2 Dispel
2 Geist of Saint Traft
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Keranos, God of Storms
2 Rest in Peace
2 Stony silence
1 Timely Reinforcements
1 Wear // Tear
1 Wrath of God[/d]

Top 4 – Ilya Kaznacheev, Infect

[d]Creatures:
4 Blighted Agent
4 Glistener Elf
4 Noble Hierarch

Spells:
4 Become Immense
3 Blossoming Defence
1 Dismember
2 Distortion Strike
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Might of Old Krosa
4 Mutagenic Growth
1 Spell Pierce
1 Twisted Image
4 Vines of Vastwood

Lands:
2 Breeding Pool
1 Dryad Arbor
2 Forest
4 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Pendelhaven
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Windswept Heath

Sideboard:
2 Dismember
1 Dispel
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 Kitchen Finks
3 Nature’s Claim
2 Spell Pierce
1 Spellskite
1 Twisted Image
1 Viridian Corrupter[/d]

Top 8 – Lee Macken, Burn

[d]Creatures:
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Goblin Guide
1 Grim Lavamancer
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Wild Nacatl

Spells:
4 Atarka’s Command
4 Boros Charm
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Rift Bolt
4 Searing Blaze

Lands:
4 Arid Mesa
3 Bloodstained Mire
2 Copperline Gorge
3 Mountain
2 Sacred Foundry
2 Stomping Ground
4 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard:
2 Deflecting Palm
3 Destructive Revelry
3 Kor Firewalker
1 Lightning Helix
3 Path to Exile
2 Skullcrack
1 Stony Silence[/d]

Top 8 – Steven Morrell, Burn

[d]Creatures:
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Goblin Guide
1 Grim Lavamancer
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Wild Nacatl

Spells:
4 Atarka’s Command
4 Boros Charm
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Rift Bolt
4 Searing Blaze

Lands:
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Copperline Gorge
1 Inspiring Vantage
2 Mountain
3 Sacred Foundry
1 Scalding Tarn
2 Stomping Ground
2 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard:
2 Deflecting Palm
4 Destructive Revelry
2 Kor Firewalker
3 Path to Exile
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Skullcrack[/d]

Top 8 – Steven Walsh, SLIVERS

[d]Creatures:
3 Blur Sliver
2 Darkheart Sliver
3 Diffusion Sliver
4 Galerider Sliver
4 Manaweft Sliver
2 Necrotic Sliver
4 Predatory Sliver
4 Sedge Sliver
1 Sentinel Sliver
4 Sinew Sliver
1 Spellskite

Spells:
4 Aether Vial
4 Collected Company

Lands:
4 Cavern of Souls
1 Forest
1 Godless Shrine
4 Mutavault
1 Overgrown Tomb
4 Sliver Hive
1 Swamp
3 Verdant Catacombs
1 Watery Grave

Sideboard:
2 Frenetic Sliver
1 Gemhide Sliver
3 Harmonic Sliver
1 Homing Sliver
1 Sliver Hivelord
1 Spellskite
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Syphon Sliver
1 Telekinetic Sliver
2 Warping Wail[/d]

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

[d]Creatures:
2 Glint-Nest Crane

Spells:
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Codex Shredder
1 Crucible of Worlds
4 Ensnaring Bridge
3 Ghoulcaller’s Bell
1 Infernal Tutor
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lantern of Insight
4 Mox Opal
3 Pithing Needle
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Pyxis of Pandemonium
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Thoughtseize

Lands:
2 Academy Ruins
4 Blooming Marsh
1 Botanical Sanctum
2 Darkslick Shores
1 Forest
1 Ghost Quarter
4 Glimmervoid
2 Inventor’s Fair
1 Sea Gate Wreckage

Sideboard:
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Collective Brutality
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 Leyline of Sanctity
2 Nature’s Claim
1 Pyroclasm
2 Spellskite
2 Welding Jar[/d]

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

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