Birmingham Manaleak.com PPTQ Kyoto Top 8 Standard Decklists & Videos (Plus A Couple Of Bonus Lists!)

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Birmingham Manaleak.com PPTQ Kyoto Top 8 Standard Decklists & Videos (Plus A Couple Of Bonus Lists!)

Manaleak.com Birmingham PPTQ Kyoto Top 8 Standard Decklists & Videos (Plus A Couple Of Bonus Lists!)

An unprecedented 68 players made their way to Birmingham this past weekend for our first PPTQ in 2017. Standard was the format, one that seems to have been near enough solved by this point in time. The format seems to be focused on 3 decks: Mardu (W/B/R) Vehicles, B/G Winding Constrictor variants (such as delirium or energy-focused versions) and the Saheeli Rai combo with Felidar Guardian. Staying true to form, our Top 8 was made up of 87.5% these decks, with the final slot going to U/R Emerge in the hands of Usama Sajjad, a deck rising to form on the back of an incredible matchup vs. the B/G decks in this equation.

Our overall winner was Team Axion member David Calf, with the Pro Tour-winning Mardu Vehicles. The deck is capable of incredibly fast starts backed up by Gideon, Ally of Zendikar to give the deck some powerful late game options. This newer version of the deck packs a powerful option out of the sideboard too, bringing in a package of Fumigates and late game bombs to give it more of an edge in the slower matchups that the deck typically struggles with.

Looking towards the B/G corner of the triangle, 3 variations made our Top 8. Although all 3 were playing the full 4 copies of both Winding Constrictor and its best friend Walking Ballista, all 3 were approaching their list in a different manner, featuring different cards such as Bristling Hydra, Grim Flayer and Noxious Gearhulk. All 3 decks are midrange decks utilising powerful threats and removal spells to attack other decks in the format.

The final deck is “4 colour Saheeli”. The infinite combo of Saheeli Rai and Felidar Guardian is fairly well known by now, but which shell does it fit into best? You already need to play white, blue and red in order to play both pieces, so Jeskai might seem like a natural fit, but recently a 4 colour version has been gaining in popularity. This version uses green as a base and plays Aetherworks Marvel as an advantage engine to dig for each of the combo pieces. In addition, Felidar Guardian becomes a lot more powerful in this shell, as it is able to flicker even more cards, such as Rogue Refiner and Whirler Virtuoso.

Finally, rounding out our top 8 is U/R Emerge. Throughout the history of this game, mechanics that end up giving you under-costed spells have been frightfully powerful. Mechanics such as Affinity and Phyrexian mana have resulted in some of the most powerful decks and spells of all time, and cards like Blazing Shoal and Bloodbraid Elf are even on the Modern ban list, because they give you something for free that you should otherwise be paying for. Magic’s latest version of this kind of mechanic is Emerge, allowing you access to powerful 7-8 mana creatures for a massive discount on mana. U/R Emerge combines Elder Deep-Fiend with a package of zombie creatures. Reanimating an Advanced Stitchwing that you discarded to a Cathartic Reunion will allow you to flood the board with your Prized Amalgams. You can then sacrifice one of these creatures to emerge your Deep-Fiend and apply a ton of pressure for very little effort.

Standard PPTQ Kyoto Manaleak Birmingham Feburary 2017
The Top 8 Standard PPTQ Kyoto Manaleak.com Birmingham Feburary 2017

Top 8 Standard Decklists & Videos

WINNER – David Calf, Mardu Vehicles

Creatures: (21)
Inventor’s Apprentice
Pia Nalaar
Scrapheap Scrounger
Thalia, Heretic Cathar
Thraben Inspector
Toolcraft Exemplar
Veteran Motorist

Planeswalkers: (3)
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Spells: (13)
Aethersphere Harvester
Fatal Push
Heart of Kiran
Shock
Unlicensed Disintegration
Lands: (23)
Aether Hub
Concealed Courtyard
Inspiring Vantage
Mountain
Needle Spires
Plains
Shambling Vent
Spire of Industry

Sideboard: (15)
Archangel Avacyn
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Fatal Push
Fragmentize
Fumigate
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Needle Spires
Painful Truths
Release the Gremlins
Selfless Spirit
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

2nd Place – Nathan Hills, 4 Colour Saheeli Combo

Creatures: (18)
Elder Deep-Fiend
Felidar Guardian
Rogue Refiner
Servant of the Conduit
Whirler Virtuoso

Planeswalkers: (4)
Saheeli Rai

Spells: (17)
Aetherworks Marvel
Attune with Aether
Harnessed Lightning
Oath of Chandra
Oath of Nissa
Lands: (21)
Aether Hub
Botanical Sanctum
Forest
Game Trail
Inspiring Vantage
Island
Mountain
Plains
Spirebluff Canal

Sideboard: (15)
Chandra, Flamecaller
Dispel
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Kozilek’s Return
Natural Obsolesence
Natural State
Negate
Tireless Tracker

Top 4 – Usama Sajjad, U/R Emerge

Creatures: (16)
Advanced Stitchwing
Elder Deep-Fiend
Prized Amalgam
Stitchwing Skaab

Spells: (21)
Cathartic Reunion
Fevered Visions
Fiery Temper
Kozilek’s Return
Lightning Axe
Tormenting Voice
Lands: (23)
Highland Lake
Island
Mountain
Sanctum of Ugin
Spirebluff Canal
Wandering Fumarole

Sideboard: (15)
Aether Meltdown
Dispel
Filigree Familiar
Key to the City
Lightning Axe
Nahiri’s Wrath
Negate
Release the Gremlins
Spell Shrivel
Wretched Gryff

Top 4 – Lewis Marchbank, 4 Colour Saheeli Combo

Creatures: (19)
Elder Deep-Fiend
Felidar Guardian
Rogue Refiner
Servant of the Conduit
Whirler Virtuoso

Planeswalkers: (4)
Saheeli Rai

Spells: (15)
Aetherworks Marvel
Attune with Aether
Harnessed Lightning
Oath of Nissa
Lands: (22)
Aether Hub
Botanical Sanctum
Evolving Wilds
Forest
Inspiring Vantage
Island
Mountain
Plains
Spirebluff Canal

Sideboard: (15)
Ajani Unyielding
Baral’s Expertise
Kozilek’s Return
Natural State
Negate
Nissa, Vital Force
Release the Gremlins
Tamiyo, Field Researcher
World Breaker

Top 8 – Rob Beasley, B/G Delirium

Creatures: (23)
Gifted Aetherborn
Grim Flayer
Ishkanah, Grafwidow
Rishkar, Peema Renegade
Tireless Tracker
Verdurous Gearhulk
Walking Ballista
Winding Constrictor

Planeswalkers: (1)
Liliana, the Last Hope

Spells: (13)
Fatal Push
Grasp of Darkness
Murder
Natural Obsolesence
Ruinous Path
Traverse the Ulvenwald
Lands: (23)
Blooming Marsh
Evolving Wilds
Forest
Hissing Quagmire
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Gonti, Lord of Luxury
Ishkanah, Grafwidow
Natural Obsolesence
Natural State
Noxious Gearhulk
Scrapheap Scrounger
Tireless Tracker
To the Slaughter
Transgress the Mind

Top 8 – Gareth Woodhead, B/G Energy

Creatures: (25)
Bristling Hydra
Gonti, Lord of Luxury
Longtusk Cub
Rishkar, Peema Renegade
Tireless Tracker
Verdurous Gearhulk
Walking Ballista
Winding Constrictor

Spells: (14)
Attune with Aether
Blossoming Defense
Fatal Push
Grasp of Darkness
Key to the City
Lands: (21)
Aether Hub
Blooming Marsh
Forest
Hissing Quagmire
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Aethersphere Harvester
Appetite for the Unnatural
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Key to the City
Nissa, Vital Force
Ob Nixilis Reignited
Ruinous Path
Transgress the Mind

Top 8 – Samuel Bodily, B/G Delirium

Creatures: (23)
Gonti, Lord of Luxury
Noxious Gearhulk
Rishkar, Peema Renegade
Sylvan Advocate
Tireless Tracker
Verdurous Gearhulk
Walking Ballista
Winding Constrictor

Planeswalkers: (2)
Liliana, the Last Hope

Spells: (11)
Fatal Push
Grasp of Darkness
Traverse the Ulvenwald
Lands: (24)
Blooming Marsh
Evolving Wilds
Forest
Hissing Quagmire
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Natural Obsolesence
Natural State
Ob Nixilis Reignited
Scrapheap Scrounger
To the Slaughter
Transgress the Mind

Top 8 – Archie Owen, Mardu Vehicles

Creatures: (21)
Inventor’s Apprentice
Pia Nalaar
Scrapheap Scrounger
Thraben Inspector
Thalia, Heretic Cathar
Toolcraft Exemplar
Veteran Motorist

Planeswalkers: (3)
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Spells: (13)
Aethersphere Harvester
Fatal Push
Heart of Kiran
Shock
Unlicensed Disintegration
Lands: (23)
Aether Hub
Concealed Courtyard
Foreboding Ruins
Inspiring Vantage
Mountain
Needle Spires
Plains
Spire of Industry

Sideboard: (15)
Archangel Avacyn
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Cultivator’s Caravan
Fatal Push
Fragmentize
Fumigate
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Needle Spires
Release the Gremlins
Selfless Spirit
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

You can view Archie’s deck in the video directly above vs Sam.

Bonus Decklists!

People are saying that Standard is a Rock-Paper-Scissors format, so I’ve decided to play Spock!

And now a couple of bonus lists for you! First of all, a Grixis deck. This one has been requested by a number of players online, so we decided to share it with you. The player was Alex Roebuck, an old friend of mine from the judge program. When I approached Alex during the day he had this to say: “People are saying that Standard is a Rock-Paper-Scissors format, so I’ve decided to play Spock!” His Grixis control deck took him to an undefeated record of 4-0-1 by round 5, having accepted a draw with his friend Usama, but 2 rounds later he wasn’t quite able to pick up the win that he needed to secure himself a top 8. But, he still clinched 15th place, winning himself £25 of store credit and a free entry to the next PPTQ in May. Here was his list:

15th Place – Alex Roebuck, Grixis Control

Creatures: (4)
Torrential Gearhulk

Spells: (30)
Anticipate
Dynavolt Tower
Fatal Push
Flame Lash
Glimmer of Genius
Harnessed Lightning
Horribly Awry
Negate
Shock
Unlicensed Disintegration
Void Shatter
Lands: (26)
Aether Hub
Choked Estuary
Evolving Wilds
Island
Mountain
Smoldering Marsh
Spirebluff Canal
Sunken Hollow
Swamp
Wandering Fumarole

Sideboard: (15)
Aether Meltdown
Confirm Suspicions
Dragonmaster Outcast
Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
Negate
Painful Truths
Radiant Flames
Release the Gremlins
Shock
Transgress the Mind

A number of players on the day were asking to see this list from local player Janna Goldstein. The list is blue and colourless at its core for the, by this point, typical suite of Eldrazi creatures that we all know and love/despise. Red and Green splashes give access to a package of energy cards, allowing the deck to run Harnessed Lightning, one of the most versatile removal spells in the format. Rogue Refiner in the main deck is a fantastic 3-drop which lets you curve into a turn 4 emerge creature without losing value.

17th Place – Janna Goldstein, Temur Eldrazi

Creatures: (28)
Drowner of Hope
Elder Deep-Fiend
Eldrazi Skyspawner
Matter Reshaper
Metallic Mimic
Reality Smasher
Rogue Refiner
Thought-Knot Seer
Wretched Gryff

Spells: (8)
Harnessed Lightning
Shock
Lands: (24)
Aether Hub
Botanical Sanctum
Evolving Wilds
Forest
Island
Lumbering Falls
Mountain
Sanctum of Ugin
Spirebluff Canal
Wandering Fumarole
Wastes

Sideboard: (15)
Appetite for the Unnatural
Baral’s Expertise
Dispel
Incendiary Flow
Natural State
Negate
Release the Gremlins
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship

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Birmingham Manaleak.com PPTQ Kyoto Top 8 Standard Decklists & Videos (Plus A Couple Of Bonus Lists!)
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