Our first standard format with Shadows over Innistrad starts with the SCG Open in Baltimore, MD.
Day 1 started with 624 players.
All players with at least 18 points (6-3 record) made Day 2 for a total of 134 players (21.5% of the original field)
SCG Baltimore Open
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SCG Open Baltimore Winner
17 of the 134 decks on day 2 were Collected Company decks (12.7 %), including Jim Davis’s winning list.
Another prominent deck was W/x based Human Aggro decks (23.9 % of the field on day 2). The deck came in 3 flavors: WU, WG, and mono-W:
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SCG Open Baltimore 8th Place
These aren’t the same weenie decks of old. These decks have a way to fight back in the midgame and can win some long games thanks to Clue tokens and card advantage provided by Knight of the White Orchid.
The field was very aggressive, which usually comes a no shock to those are used to a week 1 metagame in Magic. It is usually much easier to build linear based aggro decks for a new format rather than control strategies. This is typically due to the fact that control decks need to know what the threats are before they can adapt.
Now some players were expecting a heavy aggro field and targeted what they though were the pillars of the metagame with a very well designed midrange / control deck:
This WB deck mixes some of the power Eldrazi cards (Eldrazi Displacer, Thought-Knot Seer) with the best removal in the format in Declaration in Stone and Anguished Unmaking. I admit I was wrong about Declaration in Stone. Usually sorcery speed removal that comes with a drawback (in this case, Clue tokens) ends up being used sparsely or not at all. In this case, the exile effect and the ability to take out more than 1 creature at a time coupled with the ability to hit tokens with no drawback, means that it is the best removal spell in the format.
So what are the pillars of the format?
They all seem to be in White.
Of the 134 decks on day 2, White was in the highest percentage of decks:
91 contained White cards (67.9 %)
58 contained Green cards (43.3 %)
51 contained Blue cards (38.1 %)
49 contained Black cards (36.6 %)
31 contained Red cards (23.1 %)
White was the most played color on Day 2 which is a testament to the power of the color.
So when was the last time that White was the best color in Magic? You’d have to go way back to the Summer of 2000:
So how do we prepare for the Great White Hope?
- Sweepers or spells that deal with multiple creatures at a time, preferably ones that deal with indestructibility via exiling or shrinking
- Ways to deal with non creature permanents as well (enchantments and some planeswalkers to be exact)
Until next time,
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