World Championship Metagame Analysis
10/07/21 0 comments
In today's article, I analyze the decks that will be played in the World Championship, commenting on maindeck and sideboard choices, as well as delving into the new archetypes that have emerged.Edit Article
The World Championship's Metagame
Izzet Epiphany, which is essentially a Combo-Control that seeks to play a combination of Alrund's Epiphany with Galvanic Iteration to play two extra turns, and in then use Burn Down the House copied with Galvanic Iteration's flashback to create six 1/1 tokens with Haste, or it can also win the game with Smoldering Egg (which is transformed with Epiphany's cost), or Hall of the Storm Giants activations.
Keisuke Sato's deck, who seems to bet less on speed and more on playing an attrition game, using specific cards as one-ofs, and including Smoldering Egg to hold Aggro decks on early game while serving as a late-game wincondition, while the other lists have opted to keep the Dragons package on the Sideboard.
Grixis Epiphany, a variant of Epiphany decks, designed by the player
Gabriel Nassif, who I particularly consider one of the best deckbuilders in the world today. A curious fact to mention is that the four lists are
exactly the same, with the exact same 75 cards, which proves how confident they feel about each card choice. Grixis Epiphany looks like a more grindy version of Izzet Epiphany, focused on winning games against mirror match and against Izzet's main predator, Mono-Green Aggro, and the addition of black makes room for the inclusion of great cards in the current format such as Power Word Kill and Duress, as well as making room for other important cards such as Go Blank on the Sideboard. An interesting point I see in this archetype is the significant amount of one-ofs the list uses: Cathartic Pyre, Cinderclasm, Demon Bolt, Power Word Kill, Prismari Command, Burn Down the House, and Bloodchief's Thirst are all cards used in just one copy, which can be somewhat flawed in the consistency with which the archetype has access to them at the right time, but it also opens up a greater gap between the flexibility of its choices during the game and detracts from the predictability of answers to the opponent, something that would count for much more if the decklists hadn't been leaked. Two cards from this list stand out in my view:
Mono-White Aggro, and in reality, both players are playing with the same list. The archetype was the best deck of the Standard 2022 season prior to the release of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt and apparently continued to compete alongside the format, even in the face of the two powerhouses Izzet Epiphany and Mono-Green Aggro. Its game plan is quite simple: play low-cost threats and cards that interact well with each other to play "under" the Control decks, while evasive threats and the board interactions that some cards offer allows it to do well against Mono-Green Aggro, making it a relatively good option to be “in the middle” of these two decks.
Temur Treasures, which will be piloted by
What about the bannings?
directly linkedto their results in this weekend's event, and it won't surprise me if, if these decks dominate the tournament, next week or the next fortnight, we have a Banned and Restricted update.
October 8 to 10, and you can check out the full coverage of the event live on the official Magic channel. Next week, we will be able to analyze the results of the participants and what this could mean for Standard's future. I close this article wishing the competitors good luck, especially to our countryman, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, which will be competing for his second World Champion title! Thanks for reading!