Manaleak.com Modern SCG IQ Top 8 Decklists (April 2017) & Newsletter, by Andrew Quinn

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Manaleak.com Birmingham Modern SCG IQ Top 8 Decklists (April 2017) & Newsletter

Manaleak.com Birmingham Modern SCG IQ Top 8 Decklists (April 2017) & Newsletter

We’re back! With our second SCG IQ in the books for the year and with 116 players turning up in the end, it’s the biggest event that we’ve ever held. Any bigger and we may have to start finding somewhere else to hold them!

The format once again was Modern, which is still proving to be the most popular constructed format among the competitive players in the country! Recently, all the talk surrounding Modern has been about 2 things: Reprints in Modern Masters 2017 and [c]Death’s Shadow[/c]! The reprinting of huge, key cards for the format, including [c]Tarmogoyf[/c], [c]Liliana of the Veil[/c], [c]Snapcaster Mage[/c], [c]Goblin Guide[/c], Zendikar Fetchlands, [c]Inquisition of Kozilek[/c] and tons more has actually slashed the price of a deck in Modern significantly, making it much more accessible for more players!

The [c]Death’s Shadow[/c] decks that were popular during the summer of last year have resurfaced in the last couple of months as a hot contender for the top deck of the format in the wake of the last additions to the Modern banlist that took out Infect and Dredge as the most popular choices. Last year’s versions had access to [c]Gitaxian Probe[/c], which allowed them to be far more aggressive and more combo-oriented, playing cards like [c]Become Immense[/c] and [c]Temur Battle Rage[/c]. This time around, the deck is much slower but more resilient as a result. There have been tons of different versions popping up in all sorts of different colour combinations, including blue versions that play [c]Stubborn Denial[/c] and white versions that play [c]Lingering Souls[/c] and [c]Orzhov Charm[/c] but by far the most popular version is the one that Josh Utter-Leyton used to win GP Vancouver less than 2 months ago, a Jund version that uses red and green to play [c]Tarmogoyf[/c], [c]Traverse the Ulvenwald[/c] and [c]Kolaghan’s Command[/c] among many others. 2 copies of the deck made it into our Top 8, piloted by David Calf and Silver Level Pro and GP Champion Kayure Patel, both members of Team Axion. They both opted for a very similar list to Utter-Leyton’s, with a few small improvements.

Alas, [c]Death’s Shadow[/c] was prominent but didn’t make it past the Top 8. Our winner, multiple Pro Tour competitor Sam Rolph, opted for a streamlined version of Modern Burn, designed to beat the [c]Death’s Shadow[/c] decks. When [c]Death’s Shadow[/c] itself relies on having a low life total to be strong, all you have to do is wait for them to deal themselves a bunch of damage and then finish the job with a flurry of powerful red spells. His version relegated the usual green splash to the sideboard, making the manabase far more consistent in the main deck. Rounding out our Top 8 we had 2 Merfolk decks, 1 Ad Nauseam deck (piloted by local player Johannes Mohr no less, who also made the Top 8 of our first IQ), 1 Storm deck (using the newly released [c]Baral, Chief of Compliance[/c]) and 1 very surprising deck which we haven’t really seen in Modern for quite some time: Tezzerator! An artifact-based control deck that wins using the [c]Thopter Foundry[/c] + [c]Sword of the Meek[/c] combo. The name naturally comes from the inclusion of [c]Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas[/c]. It seems that the big cards that have made this deck possible however are two new cards from Aether Revolt: [c]Fatal Push[/c] and [c]Whir of Invention[/c]. [c]Whir of Invention[/c] in particular looks great here as it allows the deck to find its combo pieces more efficiently as well as letting the deck play a wide variety of answers to different problems and find them with ease.

This was a great day all round! I am very happy to have seen so many players turn out to play Modern. If anyone who was at the event has any feedback on how we might be able to improve future events, please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending me an e-mail at: info@manaleak.com (FAO: Andrew Quinn).

You can find the photo album for the event here. Please feel free to tag, share and do as you like with them, they’re yours!

If you enjoyed this event then please consider taking part in our Team Unified Modern Super Challenge at Manaleak.com Birmingham! event on June 17th! If you are interested then please do click “Going” on the event asap.

Team Unified Modern Super Challenge at Manaleak Birmingham

Manaleak.com April 10th Newsletter

Amonkhet is right around the corner!

We’re right in the middle of Spoiler Season! Surely everyone’s favourite time of the year! There have been some really nice cards spoiled so far, including some very powerful new versions of Gideon and Liliana, epic new Gods and LOTS of cards that look good enough to shake up Standard just like everyone wanted!

You’ve got just a couple of weeks left to get your Amonkhet preorders in so that they can be shipped as early as possible once the set hits at the end of the month. To preorder anything from sealed product to a playset of the brand new “Gideon of the Trials”, head to our Amonkhet page.

AMONKHET PRERELEASE!

Amonkhet Prerelease weekender event in Birmingham

And on that note, our Amonkhet prerelease is just around the corner too! We are once again going to be running 6 events across the weekend and it is less than 2 weeks away! We have a lot of spaces available but our last 2 events have managed to sell out with days to spare, so we advise that you book your places as early as possible to avoid being disappointed on the day! Our events will be as follows:

#1: Friday/Saturday at Midnight
#2: Saturday at 10am
#3: Two-Headed Giant on Saturday at 4pm
#4: Saturday at 5pm
#5: Sunday at 11am
#6: Sunday at 4pm

As it is possible to go to 5 events in total, you can even register for all 5 events in one go for just £84.99! To register for any of our prerelease events, go to our preregistrations page here. (Please include details of which of our 6 events you want to enter in the comments section of your order)

You can find more information about our Amonkhet Prerelease weekender event in Birmingham here. Please remember to click “Going” if you are interested in attending.


 

And without further ado, here are the Top 8 lists from our event!

WINNER – Sam Rolph, Boros Burn

[d]Creatures:
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Goblin Guide
4 Monastery Swiftspear

Spells:
4 Boros Charm
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
4 Rift Bolt
4 Searing Blaze
4 Skullcrack

Lands:
4 Arid Mesa
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Inspiring Vantage
2 Mountain
2 Sacred Foundry
1 Stomping Ground
3 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard:
2 Deflecting Palm
3 Destructive Revelry
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
3 Kor Firewalker
3 Path to Exile
3 Sudden Shock[/d]

Finalist – Dominic Harvey, Tezzerator

[d]Planeswalkers:
3 Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
1 Tezzeret the Seeker

Spells:
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Ensnaring Bridge
1 Executioner’s Capsule
4 Fatal Push
3 Mishra’s Bauble
3 Mox Opal
4 Pentad Prism
1 Pithing Needle
1 Relic of Progenitus
3 Sword of the Meek
4 Thopter Foundry
2 Welding Jar
4 Whir of Invention

Lands:
1 Academy Ruins
1 Bloodstained Mire
4 Darkslick Shores
1 Flooded Strand
2 Ghost Quarter
1 Inventors’ Fair
4 Polluted Delta
3 Snow-Covered Island
1 Sunken Ruins
1 Swamp
1 Tolaria West
2 Watery Grave

Sideboard:
2 Collective Brutality
2 Damnation
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Liliana of the Veil
1 Metallic Rebuke
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Spellskite
3 Thoughtseize
1 Trading Post
1 Witchbane Orb[/d]

Top 4 – Lewis Marchbank, Merfolk

[d]Creatures:
4 Cursecatcher
4 Harbinger of the Tides
2 Kira, the Great Glass-Spinner
4 Lord of Atlantis
4 Master of the Pearl Trident
4 Master of Waves
3 Merrow Reejerey
4 Silvergill Adept

Spells:
4 Aether Vial
1 Dismember
4 Spreading Seas
2 Vapor Snag

Lands:
1 Cavern of Souls
13 Island
1 Minamo, School at Water’s Edge
4 Mutavault
1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds

Sideboard:
3 Ceremonious Rejection
1 Dismember
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Sea’s Claim
2 Spell Pierce
1 Thassa, God of the Sea
3 Tidebinder Mage[/d]

Top 4 – Jack Lewis, Gifts Storm

[d]Creatures:
4 Baral, Chief of Compliance
4 Goblin Electromancer

Spells:
4 Desperate Ritual
1 Empty the Warrens
4 Gifts Ungiven
2 Grapeshot
4 Manamorphose
2 Merchant Scroll
2 Past in Flames
4 Pyretic Ritual
3 Remand
4 Serum Visions
4 Sleight of Hand

Lands:
3 Island
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Mountain
4 Polluted Delta
2 Scalding Tarn
1 Shivan Reef
4 Spirebluff Canal
2 Steam Vents

Sideboard:
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Blood Moon
3 Dispel
1 Echoing Truth
2 Empty the Warrens
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
3 Lightning Bolt
1 Shattering Spree[/d]

Top 8 – Thomas Stanley, Merfolk

[d]Creatures:
4 Cursecatcher
4 Harbinger of the Tides
2 Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
4 Lord of Atlantis
4 Master of the Pearl Trident
3 Master of Waves
3 Merrow Reejerey
4 Silvergill Adept
1 Tidebinder Mage

Spells:
4 Aether Vial
2 Dismember
4 Spreading Seas
1 Vapor Snag

Lands:
2 Cavern of Souls
12 Island
1 Minamo, School at Water’s Edge
4 Mutavault
1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds

Sideboard:
2 Chalice of the Void
3 Dispel
1 Master of Waves
2 Relic of Progenitus
4 Sea’s Claim
1 Tidebinder Mage
1 Unified Will
1 Vendilion Clique[/d]

Top 8 – Kayure Patel, 4 Colour Death’s Shadow

[d]Creatures:
4 Death’s Shadow
4 Street Wraith
4 Tarmogoyf

Planeswalkers:
1 Liliana of the Veil
2 Liliana, the Last Hope

Spells:
2 Abrupt Decay
3 Fatal Push
4 Mishra’s Bauble
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Kolaghan’s Command
1 Tarfire
2 Temur Battle Rage
1 Terminate
4 Thoughtseize
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald

Lands:
1 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Godless Shrine
3 Marsh Flats
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Polluted Delta
1 Stomping Ground
1 Swamp
4 Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard:
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Collective Brutality
1 Fatal Push
2 Fulminator Mage
3 Lingering Souls
1 Painful Truths
1 Ranger of Eos
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Surgical Extraction[/d]

Top 8 – Johannes Mohr, Ad Nauseam

[d]Creatures:
1 Laboratory Maniac
4 Simian Spirit Guide

Spells:
4 Ad Nauseam
4 Angel’s Grace
1 Lightning Storm
4 Lotus Bloom
3 Pact of Negation
4 Pentad Prism
4 Phyrexian Unlife
4 Serum Visions
4 Sleight of Hand
3 Spoils of the Vault

Lands:
4 Darkslick Shores
4 Gemstone Mine
1 Island
1 Plains
4 Seachrome Coast
4 Temple of Deceit
2 Temple of Enlightenment

Sideboard:
1 Boseiju, who Shelters All
2 Hurkyl’s Recall
4 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Patrician’s Scorn
2 Pollen Lullaby
1 Slaughter Pact
2 Spellskite
2 Thoughtseize[/d]

Top 8 – David Calf, 4 Colour Death’s Shadow

[d]Creatures:
4 Death’s Shadow
4 Street Wraith
4 Tarmogoyf

Planeswalkers:
2 Liliana of the Veil
1 Liliana, the Last Hope

Spells:
2 Abrupt Decay
3 Fatal Push
4 Mishra’s Bauble
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Tarfire
2 Temur Battle Rage
4 Thoughtseize
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald

Lands:
1 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Godless Shrine
2 Overgrown Tomb
4 Polluted Delta
1 Stomping Ground
1 Swamp
4 Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard:
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Collective Brutality
1 Fatal Push
3 Fulminator Mage
3 Lingering Souls
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Ranger of Eos
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Terminate[/d]

Manaleak Birmingham Modern SCG IQ Top 8 Decklists (April 2017) Top 8 winners

If you enjoyed this event then please consider taking part in our Team Unified Modern Super Challenge at Manaleak.com Birmingham! event on June 17th! If you are interested then please do click “Going” on the event asap.

Team Unified Modern Super Challenge at Manaleak Birmingham

You can find the photo album for the event here. Please feel free to tag, share and do as you like with them, they’re yours!

Manaleak.com Modern SCG IQ Top 8 Decklists (April 2017) & Newsletter, by Andrew Quinn
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