Let’s Metagame – SCG Dallas Open (Team Constructed Overview)

Modern season is here in full force! And I’m coming off of a nice Top 8 finish at the SCG IQ in Fort Worth, Texas. But, along with another PPTQ this weekend, it’s time to focus more on a larger upcoming tournament, the SCG Open in Dallas.

Team Constructed is a whole different animal, with having to focus on three formats at once. But, my teammates and I are prepared, and this is what our lineup is (tentatively) going to look like at the Open.


I’m going to be playing in the Modern seat, and I’ve chosen none other than my deck of choice for the past several months: Humans!

Logan Simmons
8th Place at StarCityGames.com Invitational Qualifier on 7/28/2018

Creatures (37)
4 Champion of the Parish
4 Kitesail Freebooter
4 Mantis Rider
4 Meddling Mage
2 Militia Bugler
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Phantasmal Image
4 Reflector Mage
4 Thalia’s Lieutenant
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Lands (19)
1 Plains
4 Ancient Ziggurat
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Horizon Canopy
2 Seachrome Coast
4 Unclaimed Territory

Spells (4)
Aether Vial

2 Gaddock Teeg
2 Auriok Champion
2 Izzet Staticaster
2 Reclamation Sage
2 Auriok Champion
2 Sin Collector
2 Kessig Malcontents
1 Gut Shot

I chose Humans because it’s one of the best decks in Modern right now, and the addition of Militia Bugler made it that much better. This card allows Humans to maintain a boardstate after sweepers, digs for answers, and to just keep the value flowing while shipping unneeded lands and Vials to the bottom of the deck, really filtering future draws very nicely.

I also have the most reps with Humans, and I feel very comfortable about playing it.

Changes I’m considering making before the Open:
-1 Reflector Mage and Meddling Mage for +2 Militia Bugler in the mainboard – Bugler is too good not to play 4 of, the filtering and digging are essential in case games go too long.

-1 Horizion Canopy for +1 Basic Island – this is to allow the casting of Phantasmal Image in the face of Path to Exile and Field of Ruin from U/W Control, as that seems to be the control deck of choice right now. It’s also relevant against Blood Moon.

As for the sideboard, I’m really considering cutting Gaddock Teeg for something a little more useful, in my opinion. I think Teeg is good, its just a little too narrow sometimes. I may end up replacing it for two Grafdigger’s Cage in response to the newer Vengevine deck. Along with Dregde and Hollow One decks around as well, it may come in useful.

Other than those small changes, I’m very content regarding where Humans lines up right now. The deck has only gotten stronger since the edition of Militia Bugler. I think it’s just what the deck needed to get back on top of the format.


As of right now, it’s looking like our Standard player will be playing the fastest deck in the format right now, Mono Red.

Mono-Red Aggro
Abraham Stein
3rd Place at StarCityGames.com Classic on 7/22/2018

Creatures (27)
4 Bomat Courier
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
2 Ahn-Crop Crasher
4 Goblin Chainwhirler
2 Rekindling Phoenix
4 Soul-Scar Mage
4 Hazoret the Fervent
3 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider

Lands (24)
19 Mountain
1 Canyon Slough
4 Dragonskull Summit

Spells (9)
4 Abrade
2 Lightning Strike
3 Shock

1 Ahn-Crop Crasher
2 Glorybringer
2 Rekindling Phoenix
2 Chandra’s Defeat
1 Magma Spray
3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Cut
3 Fight with Fire

With midrange decks becoming more and more prevalent in Standard, the goal is too go under those decks, and fast.

Mono Red Aggro has proven to be the deck that can push an opponent’s resources hard enough to eventually deplete them, then taking over the game with a well place Hazoret, the Fervent or Rekindling Phoenix.

Green decks are on the rise, and it’s hard to beat them in creature combat. Being able to get in fast and hard to force early blocks makes Ghalta, Primal Hunger that much harder to cast. My only hope is that we go heavier on the black mana to have access to better removal like Unlicensed Disintegration. We haven’t locked in a list yet so there’s still time to test with different lists. These next few weeks will tell us if that’s necessary or not. But, Mono Red has, and is still a top contender in the format, and I have no doubts in my mind that it will remain so.


Legacy is in a weird spot right now. With essentially a brand new format since the banning of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe, there’s a lot of debate going around as to what the top deck is now. So, we’re going with a tried and true deck; Death and Taxes.

Death and Taxes
Hunter Krot
12th Place at StarCityGames.com Team Open on 7/21/2018

Creatures (26)
2 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Flickerwisp
2 Mirran Crusader
4 Mother of Runes
2 Recruiter of the Guard
1 Sanctum Prelate
3 Serra Avenger
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Lands (23)
12 Plains
4 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland
3 Karakas

Spells (11)
4 Aether Vial
1 Batterskull
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

1 Manriki-Gusari
1 Ethersworn Canonist
3 Containment Priest
2 Rest in Peace
2 Path to Exile
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Council’s Judgment

What the deck does is in its name. DnT is great at straining opponent’s resources while at the same time putting them on a clock with unblockable creatures with Mother of Runes and punishing removal spells with Flickerwisp and Karakas. Again, we haven’t solidified a list so which variant of DnT we will be sleeving up is still up for debate. But, this deck has answers to everything and I think it is a safe and solid choice for this tournament.


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Good luck to all of you participating in the Pro Tour this coming weekend!

Until next week, this has been your metagame insight, thanks!

– Logan Simmons


While not playing Magic as long as others, Logan strives to be the best he can be. With a preference towards constructed formats, he prides himself in his ability to constantly evaluate and adapt his choices to everchaning metagames. You can find him frequently at Grand Prix and SCG Events alike.

Twitter: @logan_actual
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