PPTQ Round-Up 2/20

This past weekend I had the pleasure of head judging the 58 player Standard PPTQ at Game Castle, to my knowledge now the largest PPTQ held in state.

This event was very interesting in that it was gigantic compared to what I expected AND it had a ton of great players in attendance. Looking at the top decks after 6 rounds should give us a good idea of some of the decks that work in the current meta, and some of the lists were pretty neat! I don’t want to go through and post up all of the top 8 lists as many of them were pretty standard, but these 3 certainly stood out.

1). 4C Collected Company

Creatures (26)
Bounding Krasis
Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
Mantis Rider
Reflector Mage
Savage Knuckleblade
Stratus Dancer
Sylvan Advocate
Yasova Dragonclaw

Spells (10)
Collected Company
Dromoka’s Command
Roast
Lands (24)
Canopy Vista
Cinder Glade
Flooded Strand
Forest
Island
Lumbering Falls
Mountain
Plains
Prairie Stream
Shivan Reef
Wandering Fumarole
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
Arashin Cleric
Den Protector
Disdainful Stroke
Dispel
Exert Influence
Radiant Flames

I’ve seen plenty of decks featuring Collected Company, but this deck really pushes the “play all of the best 3 drops” angle (if only they could have fit in Anafenza, the Foremost too). Savage Knuckleblade] is actually a very strong card in that it trumps many of the existing creatures due to the threat of pumping. Combined with the super effective tempo plan you have with Bounding Krasis ad Reflector Mage, this deck can really punish opponent’s.

2). Jeskai Black

Creatures (11)
Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Monastery Mentor
Soulfire Grand Master

Spells (23)
Chandra, Flamecaller
Crackling Doom
Disdainful Stroke
Dispel
Duress
Fiery Impulse
Murderous Cut
Painful Truths
Roast
Treasure Cruise
Lands (26)
Bloodstained Mire
Flooded Strand
Island
Mountain
Polluted Delta
Plains
Prairie Stream
Shambling Vents
Smoldering Marsh
Sunken Hollow
Swamp
Wandering Fumarole

Sideboard (15)
Arashin Cleric
Chandra, Flamecaller
Despise
Disdainful Stroke
Dispel
Negate
Ob Nixilis Reignited
Radiant Flames
Ruinous Path
Surge of Righteousness
Valorous Stance

I really enjoyed the inclusion of Monastery Mentor here, which is a card that has seen much less play in standard than I feel it should. If unanswered it creatures a super fast clock, and the deck plays enough cheap spells that it’s not too hard to play Mentor into a spell to create value.

Top 4). Colorless Stompy

Creatures (27)
Hangarback Walker
Hedron Crawler
Matter Reshaper
Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Reality Smasher
Thought-Knot Seer
Vile Aggregate

Spells (9)
Chandra, Flamecaller
Fiery Impulse
Ghostfire Blade
Roast
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker
Lands (24)
Blighted Gorge
Foundry of the Consuls
12 Mountain
Ruins of Oran-Rief
Sea Gate Wreckage

Sideboard (15)
Boiling Earth
Chandra’s Ignition
Eldrazi Obligator
Fiery Impulse
Ghostfire Blade
Roast
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker
Tears of Valakut

This deck was really sweet to watch, and ended up as our top seed deck after the swiss. It was often explosive and the threats that came out ended games very quickly if not answered. Two events in a row I’ve been super excited to see “colorless” decks do well.

That’s all for this time. We won’t see another local event report for quite some time, however, as my next PPTQ isn’t until April. Maybe we’ll see some news out of me after GP Detroit and/or GP Washington DC, but only time will tell.

Chris Wendelboe

Chris is a level 2 judge from Ashland, New Hampshire. He enjoys Scapeshift, modern, and putting on the best events possible.