New Meta – New People – Old Includes
How do I start this,
I`ve been on holidays from August 24th until september 2nd in Austria and what a coincidence, there was a HL Tournament on August 29th in the SpielRaum Wien LGS (great LGS with huge offering and nice service and a huge community) *HappyFace*.
What I’m gonna do now is talking about a totally foreign Meta, talking about my Choices of Deck and Singles being played at the tournament and last but not least how the matches did go and if my thoughts were justified.
Before choosing a deck and how to tech, we need to take a look at the local meta.
When Checking out previous tournaments, you will find out that blue based decks are a huge thing in the meta. You will also find out that Matthias aka Thrias keeps up winning with his Underworld Breach combo deck while you also see people adopting the deck in different variants.
So what were my thoughts ? I was thinking at some time the meta will warp around the Breach combo so I`d have to choose a deck, which is good against Breach itself, and decks that are also good against breach. Which decks are usually good against combo ? Tempo and aggressive/taxing decks are usually the way to go. Since you won’t find any dedicated taxing lists in the link, I called a tempo-based meta and maybe some disrupting/discarding decks such as 4c Blood or Sultai Midrange.
Since I possess 2 HL-Decks (4cBlood, UW Control) I got a choice to make.
Which one, also based on experience, is the best ?
UW Control: I think UW (or UWr) are the decks where I got the most experience with.
Pro: Formidable against Tempo / Combo due to its own tempo plays with great endgame. Even against some aggressive strategies.
Cons: Really bad against decks with hand disruption which can stand in the late game (such as Sultai Midrange and 4c Blood).
4cBlood: I also got a high experience level on this kind of deck.
Pro: Quite even against most other “fair” HL-Decks.
Cons: Bad against combo, doesn’t forgive any mistakes.
It was not an easy choice and in the end, my thoughts went a little like this:”If the Meta warped around breach, would it make a lot of sense to run a deck that is also a contender for it ? Would I not rather run a deck that is defeating anything else and just hope not to be paired against this deck and just fold the match ? Can I maybe include cards in Blood good against Breach (decision already made) ? Yes I would.” So Blood it is.
The backbone of my List is taken from the list I went Top8 with in Berlin.
The deck was built to grind. It was about to win against midrange and aggro decks which I expected the most in Berlin and was only defeated by 5c Scapeshift (twice though).
So I need some changes in order to win against… the mirror, Sultai and Tempo (and maybe some outs against breach).Wrenn and Six
Yes I did not play this in Berlin, because I really underestimated its power (and I didn’t have one). Being on the play with this walker in hand is almost always an autokeep. We all (nowadays also myself) know how powerful this card actually is. Nothing more to say.Smuggler’s Copter
My thoughts on this one was that it’s quite good against Tempo and absurdly strong in the mirror: Flying is strong, Looting and increasing card quality is deciding the game quite quickly. Also it makes the typical top-deck Elf still viable to the fact that they can crew the chopper.Thrun, the Last Troll
I think my thoughts on that one are quite obvious. The troll is able to stall a board, pressure the opponent, is the best sword bearer and is really hard to remove. I haven’t played Thrun for 2-3 years but in a meta, that heavy on blue and not much token generating he seemed like a totally viable choice.Aven Mindcensor
I don’t have to say how good this card is, against breach and how formidable against tempo this card is do I? It’s also a nice Sword carrier.Dromoka’s Command
In earlier days I ran this card as a removal with upsides but it got more outdated the more removal heavier decks became as creature removal blanks this card.
But in Austria’s capital it seemed to make sense to include it as it handles Breach and Tempo Creatures as well. Its flexibility within the local meta makes it playable.Putrid Leech
This card is just another baby-tarmogoyf I was about to test.Gavony Township
This is probably the most greedy card in the deck. The main intention was to force the mirror into a bordstall which is broken by this card. It also makes the notorious Topdeck Elf in the late game not as bad as without.
Cards I took out were Zealous Persecution (That was a mistake), Silent Clearing, Collective Brutality, Maelstrom Pulse, Kaya Ghost Assassin, Kaya Orzhov Usurper, Sorin Lord of Innistrad and Tireless Tracker.
So I went more on the Hate / aggressive trip and shifted away from midrange and grind an came out with this list:
4C Blood(ID WINNER), 2020-08-29 SpielRaum Wien
Let’s talk about the Tournament now.
Round 1: Dimir Reanimator 2:0
Game 1 was basically just a Deathrite Shaman game in which he was not able to go around it.
Game 2 was a race Situation (from him to mull down to 5) for his Inkwell against my Restoration Angel with SoFi + Bloodbraid Elf + Bolt in Hand which he lost.
Round 2: Underworld Breach Combo 2:1
Game 1 I mulled to 5 got stuck on Plains and Swamp and I just got annihilated.
Game 2 My Opponent didn’t combo and just found stuff to slow me (bouncing Siege Rhino) while Liliana kept his hand in check and ultimated out his blue mana. Siege Rhino and Restoration Angel closed the game for me.
Game 3 Well… This game was lead by really mean Turn 2 Zenith into Deathrite, Turn 3 Hymn to Tourach hitting Silence and Wheel of Fortune and him playing a Tainted Pact going for Auriok Salvagers with Lion’s Eye Diamond and Chromatic Star at the battlefield. The problem for him was that creature removal was stuck in my hand. Path to Exile did what it was created for and that closed the game with Underworld Breach being exiled in the Tainted Pact. (Also having Dromokas Command as backup in case he reaches for the breach which was gone).
Round 3: Bant Control 2:0
This was just Thruns Time to Shine in Game 1 as my opponent didn’t have outs and he defeated both Teferi and Oko as they cannot handle the Troll.
Game 2 showed the high display of aggression this deck can potentially reach as my opponent was simply overrun by Turn 4 (standing at one life with copter and manland backup).
Game 4: Temur Tempo (ID)
We played the Match though and I would have lost 0:2.
Can’t remember as I was totally tired from the trip and games before.
Ban that stupid Nimble Obstructionist which denied that Wrenn and Six Emblem :(.
Well… my metacall worked out fine and was actually true. But my thoughts on deck building went a bit off my predictions like how did I not play zealous persecution when I expected the mirror and tempo ? How did I put out 3-Mana Kaya against breach and tempo ? Anyway I was quite okay with the deck performance and IMO I did not do too many misplays aside from the temur one.
Also the Austrian Meta is surprisingly different from the one in Halle or at the MGM where controlish decks got out of favor while they flourished in Austria. Also the Meta is by far more blue outside of the control decks and I would actually like to see how the Austrian meta would meet the one in Halle or Berlin where playstyles are anything aside from control (so pls attend CC3). At the end all the new cards I brought up did their job just fine (aside from township which I think is too slow).
Yeah that was my little HL experience in Austria…all Opponents were really kind and the atmosphere was also splendid.
Thanks to the SpielRaum for organizing paper Magic tournaments and letting “foreigners” (I’m actually also an austrian, but living in Germany) participate.
If you got questions in any way you may of course ask me (preferably on facebook).
Thank you for reading this little article about a foreign meta.