Magic: the Gathering
Standard Deck Analysis: Yuta Takahashi's Izzet Dragons
In this article, I delve deeper into the Izzet Dragons deck piloted by Yuta Takahashi to win the World Championship.
Why Izzet Dragons in this championship
Understanding the Izzet Dragons
almost alwayshave some necessary answer or even more card advantage. Memory Deluge is an excellent cantrip, what surprised me was the use of 4 copies in the main deck by Yuta Takahashi. I believe that expecting a field full of slow blue decks, this card is essential because it's a bit problematic to spend a counter against it, but we don't want opponents to look at 4 or 7 cards and put 2 into their hand. Another pillar of this deck's consistency that digs too well for what we need, and the fact that it has flashback is exactly what makes it not so interesting to use counterspells on. The archetype is already well known, and what makes this list different from others (besides that only this one was world champion) are some very well-thought-out techs for the tournament. In the Arena ladder and in tournaments, we see many copies of Burning Hands in the main deck because they are environments with infested with Mono Green and some Gruul, but in the world we had 3 Mono Green and 1 Gruul with splash for Negate. Takahashi preferred 2 copies of Thundering Rebuke to target other Goldspan Dragon, Smoldering Egg, Old-Growth Troll and Lier, Disciple of the Drowned. The card had been used on the sideboard, so what Takahashi did was to pass the Burning Hands to the sideboard and Rebuke to the main deck. The cards that were being little used or did not see play in the deck are:
Let's understand the purpose of each of these cards on Takahashi's list.