Analyzing the Innistrad Championship's Metagame
Today, I present an analysis of the Standard and Historic decks that stood out at the Innistrad Championship!Edit Article
Izzet TurnsSaw It Coming and 1 Negate in the main deck were great, excellent cards on the mirror and reasonable against aggro in game 1. What caught my attention the most were the two copies of Behold the Multiverse, a highly synergistic cantrip with Galvanic Iteration copying the spell to scry 4 and draw 4 for just 4 mana.
Mono WhiteWelcoming Vampire by some players, the only spell that generates card advantage to the deck, in addition to escaping red removals such as Cinderclasm, Burning Hands and Prismari Command.
Mono GreenWrenn and Seven, others had 3 or 4 Snakeskin Veil in the main deck while others only used 1 or 2, some players used Ascendant Packleader and lowered the mana curve, but the core of the archetype remained the same as always, as expected.
The rest of the MategameThe rest of the metagame was irrelevant with few copies of Orzhov Control, alternate versions of Izzet, and random decks like Esper Control, Jund Aggro, Grixis Control, and Jeskai Dragons. I think it's worth mentioning that almost 70% of decks were among the top three archetypes, Izzet Control, Mono White and Mono Green, and we shouldn't see any changes until the next release.
Golgari FoodMayhem Devil, for example. The deck's ability to suddenly deal lethal damage with Ravenous Squirrel is surreal, especially with Cauldron Familiar + Witch's Oven on the board. In addition to the strong synergy between the creatures, Trail of Crumbs is one of the best cards in the format, easily generating advantage from the food mechanic and unbalancing the game. The Meathook Massacre is a relevant part of the combo to deal 2 damage with Cat Oven per activation and best of all, we still have Lurrus of the Dream-Den to get any permanents back on the board. If there was still someone who didn't respect the deck, it's a good idea to spend sideboard slots on it, as we'll see a lot more of the archetype in the coming weeks of tournaments, although Alchemy's cards will likely bring fresh air to the format, especially with the return of Omnath, Locus of Creation.
Izzet PhoenixAether Gust and Mystical Dispute, Kiihne used a more standard list with Stormwing Entity and Sprite Dragon. The list that surprised me the most was Görtzen's, with Delver of Secrets, which I still believe that's pretty bad. Otherwise, slots are pretty standard on the main deck and sideboard.