Magic: the Gathering
End of Penny Dreadful's Season 21 and PD500
We are close to the end of Season 21, and soon we'll have the PD 500, so let's see which decks stood out this season and might show up at the main event!
The Season so far
Weeks until rotation:2
Number of events:49
Number of players:176
Types of decks used:131 With just 10 weeks and an average of 21 players per event, this is one of the shortest seasons on Penny, which is as fun, diverse and challenging as the others. The decks currently to be beat? Azorious Wave and JAC (Jeskai Ascendency). Wave being the second most present deck in tournaments and the champion of crowns, it reached the TOP 8 no less than 67% of the times it participated - 48 tournaments, 32 making it to the podium, 7 of these being first place and 8 second places. Very expressive numbers, even interesting when we look at this deck and see that from these numbers I mentioned, one player stands out:
Ribbonsofnighthas been collecting trophies this season with the deck, from all seven times the deck finished on first place, all were his as well as 7 within the 8 second places. The deck uses Parallax Wave like a Swiss Army Knife, being a toolbox where the main weapon is the creatures' ETB effects. Be careful if your opponent manages to put Parallax with Nevermaker on the field, this will certainly create a lock that is difficult to get around, and depending on the game state, it is even impossible. Its weak point may be the speed and cost of its spells, without Ephemerate the deck starts playing at the 3rd/4th turn, so gain an advantage in this beginning and get ready for a game that can last a long time. But don't think that the deck revolves around Parallax, it also manages to surprise unprepared opponents with Dream Trawler. The second mentioned, JAC, despite being shy in the number of participation, only 18, has been very consistent even in dealing with the sideboard pieces against them. The main mana-generating creature, Sylvan Caryatid has hexproof plus 3 toughness, making it difficult to remove. Fatestitcher works best when coming from the graveyard, so discard or destruction might not be as effective, and even removing the two creatures, the deck manages to go off using Life // Death to turn lands into creatures. Another way to try to stop it is to take the engine off the deck, the enchantment that names it: Jeskai Ascendency. However, even cards focused on taking out commonly used combo pieces, such as Lost Legacy, didn't have the expected effect, as the deck has Fae of Wishes and 1 enchantment on the sideboard. This way, even if they remove the 3 copies from the deck/hand/graveyard, you still have a copy that can be used on the sideboard. That's why the deck, although not very present, has a winrate of 70% and 9 placements in finals (reaching 4 top1 and 3 top2) from a single pilot,
_mojo, who has a lot of experience with the deck. It's also worth remembering that this deck has won events like the PD500 in past seasons. So get ready for tough games if you find these players in the big event! Another deck that is very present is Mono Red. Despite the deck being the most played so far and second with more Top 8s, it has a winrate of only 48%. No one has managed to reach a first place with it yet, and most of the top8 haven't made it to the quarterfinals. This is due a lot to the deck having lost strength with some good cards like Rift Bolt and Ghitu Lavarunner being gone this season.
Mono Wartifacts, which uses Tempered Steel to give an extra power boosts to artifacts. The deck is the third in tournament attendance and also third in the top8, with 20 podiums, with 8 finals (3 top 1 and 5 top 2) with a 60% winrate. Among these main actors we also have the
Dragonstorm, a combo that appeared a lot in weeks 3 and 4, but which has been having fewer representatives in recent weeks, appearing in 4th at top 8 spots, and in 6th in other representatives. With a 59% winrate, it wasn't very consistent like the other combo decks. Other decks that I will also leave the lists at the end of the article and that should appear in the PD500 are
Mono Black Zombies, a strong aggro deck, but not very consistent.
SImic Infecthas been gaining ground in recent events as an aggro/combo deck, we also have Mono Black Control/Devotion, Rakdos Midrange, Mono Blue Cloudpost, Simic Snow, Jeskai Jokulhaups and Azorious Control which are very difficult decks to play against, very well-built and consistent, but not always fast enough to stop the combos or hold the aggros. On the combo side, we also have two decks that shouldn't be underestimated: Dimir Tendrils Storm and Oops all Spells.
PD 500 and the rotation
3rd to 4th60 tix
5th to 8th30 tix
9th to 16th10 tix It's free, and you can sign up on the Gatherling website here. Remember that everyone who has a top1 tournament of the season will start the PD500 with a bye, that is, starts with a win. And about the rotation, we still don't have the bot's link, but you can follow the checks that happen through the official site, which will start on the September 29 and will continue until October 1st, all cards that receive half of the valid checks (84 valid out of 168 checks) will be legal in the next rotation.