PPTQ Albuquerque Top 8 Standard Decklists for Manaleak Birmingham & Newsletter!

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PPTQ Albuquerque Top 8 Standard Decklists for Manaleak Birmingham & Newsletter!

This weekend, an incredible 58 players made the trip to a somewhat sunny Birmingham to play this new Standard format. The Pro Tour in Nashville is still fresh in peoples’ minds as the battle between Cryptbreaker and Aetherworks Marvel continued. In this event, it was Liliana’s horde of zombies that would prove triumphant as both 1st and 2nd place were taken by Black/White variants of the deck (which mostly splash white for sideboard cards and Wayward Servant). Although there were a total of 12 copies of Aetherworks Marvel in the Top 8, they were all taken out by the Zombie hordes.

Taking first place was Archie Owen, who opted to still run Relentless Dead in his version of Zombies. Most players run Binding Mummy as their extra 2-drop (after Wayward Servant), because whilst Relentless Dead is a much more powerful card, Binding Mummy is far easier to cast in a 2-colour deck. That didn’t stop Archie though, who played an extra 2 Swamps in his land base to compensate for the double-black creature and took his build all the way to the top.

Three players made the Top 8 with Aetherworks Marvel as their weapon of choice, including Team Axion member Henry Channing and local hero Robert Whitehouse. Marvel can be a very temperamental deck, as you are essentially trying to win by hitting an Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger in your top 6 cards when you play your first copy of Aetherworks Marvel. However the deck has proven itself to be far more resilient than some of the pre-Amonkhet versions, running a lot more control elements and having access to plenty of ways to win the game without using Ulamog.

Rounding out the Top 8 were copies of Blue/Red Control, Black/Green Energy and Blue/White Flash, 3 decks that could not be more different from each other if they tried. Control proves that Torrential Gearhulk is definitely still a force to be reckoned with, whilst Blue/White Flash goes to prove that you can ban all the Reflector Mages you like, but playing a midrange deck without needing to cast anything on your own turn is still a powerful strategy. Black/Green Energy made the Top 8 of the Pro Tour, despite not being on many peoples’ radars having gained virtually nothing from the release of Amonkhet. However, Bone Picker has been the biggest surprise of all. Supposedly only 4 copies were registered in total, out of all of the constructed decks in the Pro Tour and all 4 of them were in the same deck, that made it all the way to Top 4. Bone Picker is essentially a 1-mana 3/2 with flying, which anyone who’s played with Delver of Secrets will know is a pretty good rate to be getting. And all you have to do to get it is to trade off a creature in combat or cast a removal spell, things that your deck is trying to do anyway. This could certainly be the way we see Black/Green decks continue to be built for quite some time.

Without any further ado, here are your Top 8 decklists. There’s also 1 extra deck at the bottom for you to take a look at which plays a few cards that haven’t been seen in Standard for quite some time.

WINNER – Archie Owen, Orzhov Zombies

WINNER - Archie Owen, Orzhov Zombies
WINNER – Archie Owen, Orzhov Zombies
Creatures: (22)
Crypt Breaker
Diregraf Colossus
Dread Wanderer
Lord of the Accursed
Relentless Dead
Wayward Servant

Spells: (14)
Anguished Unmaking
Dark Salvation
Fatal Push
Liliana’s Mastery
Lands: (24)
Concealed Courtyard
Shambling Vent
Plains
12 Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Anguished Unmaking
Declaration in Stone
Dispossess
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Liliana, the Last Hope
Scrapheap Scrounger
Transgress the Mind

RUNNER UP – Matthew Foulkes, Orzhov Zombies

Creatures: (22)
Binding Mummy
Crypt Breaker
Diregraf Colossus
Dread Wanderer
Lord of the Accursed
Wayward Servant

Spells: (14)
Anguished Unmaking
Dark Salvation
Fatal Push
Liliana’s Mastery
Lands: (24)
Concealed Courtyard
Shambling Vent
Plains
10 Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Anguished Unmaking
Declaration in Stone
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Scrapheap Scrounger
Selfless Spirit
Transgress the Mind

Top 4 – Dylan Summers, Azorius Flash

Creatures: (20)
Archangel Avacyn
Rattlechains
Selfless Spirit
Spell queller
Thraben Inspector

Planeswalkers: (4)
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Spells: (12)
Cast Out
Censor
Disallow
Stasis Snare
Lands: (24)
Irrigated Farmland
Port Town
Prairie Stream
Westvale Abbey
Island
Plains

Sideboard: (15)
Bruna, the Fading Light
Declaration in Stone
Dispel
Fumigate
Gisela, the Broken Blade
Fumigate
Jace, Unraveler of Secrets

Top 4 – Steven Setterfield, Temur Marvel

Creatures: (12)
Rogue Refiner
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Whirler Virtuoso

Planeswalkers: (3)
Chandra, Flamecaller

Spells: (23)
Aetherworks Marvel
Attune with Aether
Censor
Dissenter’s Deliverence
Glimmer of Genius
Harnessed Lightning
Woodweaver’s Puzzleknot
Lands: (22)
Aether Hub
Botanical Sanctum
Game Trail
Lumbering Falls
Sheltered Thicket
Spirebluff Canal
Forest
Island
Mountain

Sideboard: (15)
Appetite for the Unnatural
Confiscation Coup
Dispel
Negate
Sphinx of the Final Word
Sweltering Suns
Tireless Tracker

Top 8 – Henry Channing, Temur Marvel

Creatures: (10)
Rogue Refiner
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Whirler Virtuoso

Planeswalkers: (2)
Chandra, Flamecaller

Spells: (26)
Aetherworks Marvel
Attune with Aether
Censor
Dissenter’s Deliverence
Glimmer of Genius
Harnessed Lightning
Sweltering Suns
Woodweaver’s Puzzleknot
Lands: (22)
Aether Hub
Botanical Sanctum
Lumbering Falls
Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
Spirebluff Canal
Forest
Island
Mountain

Sideboard: (15)
Ceremonious Rejection
Confiscation Coup
Dispel
Manglehorn
Negate
Sweltering Suns
Tireless Tracker

Top 8 – Tommy Hayward, Izzet Control

Creatures: (4)
Torrential Gearhulk

Spells: (30)
Anticipate
Censor
Disallow
Essence Scatter
Glimmer of Genius
Harnessed Lightning
Magma Spray
Negate
Pull from Tomorrow
Sweltering Suns
Lands: (26)
Aether Hub
Spirebluff Canal
Wandering Fumarole
Island
Mountain

Sideboard: (15)
Chandra, Flamecaller
Dispel
Dragonmaster Outcast
Essence Scatter
Glorybringer
Negate
Sweltering Suns
Thing in the Ice
Void Shatter

Top 8 – Rob Whitehouse, Temur Marvel

Creatures: (11)
Rogue Refiner
Torrential Gearhulk
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Whirler Virtuoso

Planeswalkers: (2)
Chandra, Flamecaller

Spells: (25)
Aetherworks Marvel
Attune with Aether
Censor
Dissenter’s Deliverence
Glimmer of Genius
Harnessed Lightning
Negate
Woodweaver’s Puzzleknot
Lands: (22)
Aether Hub
Botanical Sanctum
Game Trail
Lumbering Falls
Sheltered Thicket
Spirebluff Canal
Forest
Island
Mountain

Sideboard: (15)
Chandra, Flamecaller
Confiscation Coup
Dispel
Manglehorn
Negate
Radiant Flames
Tireless Tracker
Torrential Gearhulk

Top 8 – Jethro Sutherland, Golgari Energy

Creatures: (26)
Bone Picker
Gifted Aetherborn
Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
Greenbelt Rampager
Longtusk Cub
Rishkar, Peema Renegade
Tireless Tracker
Verdurous Gearhulk
Walking Ballista
Winding Constrictor

Spells: (13)
Attune with Aether
Fatal Push
Grasp of Darkness
Heart of Kiran
Lands: (21)
Aether Hub
Blooming Marsh
Hissing Quagmire
Forest
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Blossoming Defense
Bristling Hydra
Dispossess
Gonti, Lord of Luxury
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Lifecrafter’s Bestiary
Manglehorn
Tireless Tracker
To the Slaughter
Transgress the Mind

Our bonus decklist today comes to you from local legend Freddie Barber. Freddie has Top 8ed many of our events and if you’ve come to our events in person, you will probably have met him. Freddie is a big fan of linear aggro strategies and especially Black/Red ones, so he chose to bring a Black/Red Eldrazi deck to our event that he’s been fine tuning for quite some time. Starting out with the triple-threat of Matter Reshaper, Thought-Knot Seer and Reality Smasher, this deck backs up this powerful curve with some of the most potent cards in the format: Scrapheap Scrounger and Unlicensed Disintegration. The mana base is great right now, whilst we don’t have the pain lands that rotated with Magic Origins anymore, we do have Aether Hub and Spire of Industry, both incredible cards that can fix both colours AND your colourless mana at the same time. Overall, I like the look of this deck and if you’re looking for something a little bit different from what you usually see, this might be a good deck for you to try out at your next FNM!

9th Place – Freddie Barber, Rakdos Eldrazi

Creatures: (22)
Matter Reshaper
Pia Nalaar
Reality Smasher
Scrapheap Scrounger
Thought-Knot Seer
Walking Ballista

Planeswalkers: (2)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Spells: (11)
Cultivator’s Caravan
Cut /// Ribbons
Heart of Kiran
Unlicensed Disintegration
Lands: (25)
Aether Hub
Blighted Fen
Foreboding Ruins
Sea Gate Wreckage
Smoldering Marsh
Spire of Industry
Westvale Abbey
Mountain
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Fatal Push
Gonti, Lord of Luxury
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Magma Spray
Ob Nixilis Reignited
Olivia, Mobilized for War
Release the Gremlins
Transgress the Mind
Yahenni’s Expertise

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Our PPTQ for Albuquerque!

This past weekend, we hosted the next of our PPTQs, this time for the Pro Tour Ixalan season. 58 people turned out, making it the largest so far in the country. If it stays the largest, that will be 2 seasons running that we’ve held that record, so we’ll have to make it a hat trick with the next one in August!

The overall winner was Archie Owen, playing Black/White Zombies, playing his way through a Top 8 full of Zombies, Aetherworks Marvel, Torrential Gearhulks, Bone Pickers and Archangel Avacyns. If you would like to take part in one of our PPTQs, our next one will be held on Sunday 6th August and will be Modern. We have not published the final details just yet, but be sure to keep an eye out for them in the very near future!

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PPTQ Albuquerque Top 8 Standard Decklists for Manaleak Birmingham & Newsletter!
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