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May 27, 2019

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Mythic Championship Qualifier – Top 8 Decklists and Metagame Breakdown

Here’s a quick breakdown of the decks from the Mythic Championship Qualifier that took place in Ottawa on May 25th. Between 119 players, only one deck had more than 10% representation. Here is the breakdown of the decks in the tournament followed by the Top 8 decklists (representation in the Top 8 are in square brackets).

Mono-Red Aggro 20 [1] – 16.8%

Despite being the largest percentage of the field, only a single copy of Mono-Red Aggro made the Top 8. Fifteen of the decks played 20 Mountains, three had 19, and two played only 18 in the main deck.

One of the biggest debates seen was the number of card advantage cards needed in the main deck. Here’s the division of Experimental Frenzy vs. Chandra, Fire Artisan that saw main deck play.
3 Experimental Frenzy and 2 Chandra, Fire Artisan – 8
2 Experimental Frenzy and 3 Chandra, Fire Artisan – 2
4 Experimental Frenzy and 0 Chandra, Fire Artisan – 1
3 Experimental Frenzy and 1 Chandra, Fire Artisan – 2
2 Experimental Frenzy and 2 Chandra, Fire Artisan – 1
1 Experimental Frenzy and 3 Chandra, Fire Artisan – 1
0 Experimental Frenzy and 3 Chandra, Fire Artisan – 1
2 Experimental Frenzy and 0 Chandra, Fire Artisan – 2
0 Experimental Frenzy and 0 Chandra, Fire Artisan – 2

Jeskai Planeswalkers 11 [1] – 9.2%

One copy of this deck made it into the Top 8. The biggest difference between variants of this deck was whether to play copies of Fblthp, the Lost or not. Only three of the 11 decks decided to go for the full playset of Fblthp, the Lost. Players also seemed to opt away from playing Gideon Blackblade, with only two players placing them in the main deck.

Gruul Midrange 11 – 9.2%

No showing in the Top 8 here. Eight Grull Midrange decks played four copies of Growth-Chamber Guardian, while the others played none. Rekindling Phoneix appeared in every deck but ranged from two to four copies in the main deck. The biggest difference between these decks was the number of Planeswalkers included, with anywhere between zero and nine featured in them.

Izzet Phoenix 10 [1]- 8.4%

One of the only decks to play Narset, Parter of Veils in the main deck made the Top 8. Seven of the 10 decks chose to run copies of Saheeli, Sublime Artificer in the main deck. Most decks ran 12 creatures, though some went up to 14. All but one chose to run between one to three copies of Finale of Promise in hopes of getting some great value.

Esper Hero 10 [2] – 8.4%

The only deck to have multiple copies make the Top 8. With a heavy Mono-Red presence in the tournament, the choice for creatures to help with lifegain was divided. Six players played Elite Guardmage, while two went with Basilica Bell-Haunt. The other two decided to play both in their deck.

4-Color Dreadhorde 10 [1] – 8.4%

The only copy of this deck that made Top 8 decided to go with variety, featuring six different Planeswalkers. Seven out of 10 decks chose to run one to two copies of Massacre Girl in the hopes of clearing out a battlefield full of Mono-Red creatures, and three players decided to main deck Assassin’s Trophy in hopes of hitting those decks with little to no basic lands.

Esper Control 8 – 6.7%
Bant Midrange 5 – 4.2%
Esper Planeswalkers 4 – 3.4%
Azorius Aggro 3 – 2.5%
Dimir Control 3 – 2.5%
Simic Nexus 3 [1] – 2.5%
Mono-White Aggro 2 – 1.7%
Grixis Control 2 – 1.7%
Bant Nexus 2 [1] – 1.7%
Sultai Dreadhorde 2 – 1.7%
Sultai Midrange 2 – 1.7%
Golgari Midrange 2 – 1.7%
Other (9 decks, 1 copy each) – 7.6%

Here are the Top 8 decks from the MCQ! There was quite a lot of diversity with seven different decks between the eight players!

1st Place – Mathew Stein – Bant Nexus

Enchantments (9)
Search for Azcanta
Gift of Paradise
Wilderness Reclamation

Planeswalkers (8)
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Teferi, Time Raveler
Ugin, the Ineffable

Spells (17)
Blink of an Eye
Chemister’s Insight
Cleansing Nova
Growth Spiral
Nexus of Fate
Root Snare

Lands (26)
Blast Zone
Breeding Pool
Forest
Glacial Fortress
Hallowed Fountain
Hinterland Harbor
Island
Mobilized District
Sunpetal Grove
Temple Garden

Sideboard (15)
Carnage Tyrant
Dawn of Hope
Dovin’s Veto
Elite Guardmage
Knight of Autumn
Lyra Dawnbringer
Time Wipe
Ugin, the Ineffable
Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves

2nd Place – Pedram Moazen-Sayad – Mono-Red Aggro

Creatures (20)
Ghitu Lavarunner
Fanatical Firebrand
Runaway Steam-Kin
Viashino Pyromancer
Goblin Chainwhirler

Enchantments (3)
Experimental Frenzy

Planeswalkers (2)
Chandra, Fire Artisan

Spells (15)
Shock
Lightning Strike
Light up the Stage
Wizard’s Lightning

Lands (20)
20 Mountain

Sideboard (15)
Mobilized District
Chandra, Fire Artisan
Tibalt, Rakish Instigator
Legion Warboss
Lava Coil
Chandra’s Triumph
Dire-Fleet Daredevil

3rd-4th Place – Michael Di Piano – Jeskai Planeswalkers

Planeswalkers (18)
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Teferi, Time Raveler
Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor
Saheeli, Sublime Artificer
Sarkhan, the Masterless
Narset, Parter of Veils

Artifacts (2)
Mox Amber

Spells (15)
Deafening Clarion
Spell Pierce
Lightning Strike
Opt
Shock

Lands (25)
Steam Vents
Clifftop Retreat
Hallowed Fountain
Sacred Foundry
Mobilized District
Glacial Fortress
Interplanar Beacon
Island
Sulfur Falls

Sideboard (15)
Lyra Dawnbringer
Dovin’s Veto
Deafening Clarion
Prison Realm
Lava Coil
Legion Warboss

3rd-4th Place – Derek Lansche – 4-Colour Dreadhorde

Creatures (17)
Jadelight Ranger
Merfolk Branchwalker
Wildgrowth Walker
Paradise Druid
Massacre Girl

Planeswalkers (10)
Narset, Parter of Veils
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Vraska, Golgari Queen
Vraska, Relic Seeker

Spells (4)
Bond of Flourishing
Command the Dreadhorde

Lands (29)
Forest
Woodland Cemetery
Hinterland Harbor
Sunpetal Grove
Drowned Catacomb
Interplanar Beacon
Watery Grave
Godless Shrine
Breeding Pool
Temple Garden
Overgrown Tomb

Sideboard (15)
Liliana, Dreadhorde General
Unmoored Ego
Ritual of Soot
Despark
Thrashing Brontodon
The Elderspell
Moment of Craving
Kraul Harpooner
Duress

5th-8th Place – Martin-Eric Gauthier – Esper Hero

Creatures (12)
Hero of Precinct One
Hostage Taker
Thief of Sanity
Elite Guardmage
Deputy of Detention

Planeswalkers (8)
Liliana, Dreadhorde General
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Teferi, Time Raveler
Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord

Enchantments (3)
Search for Azcanta
Oath of Kaya

Spells (12)
Vraska’s Contempt
Thought Erasure
Enter the God-Eternals
Mortify
Despark
Dovin’s Veto
Tyrant’s Scorn

Lands (25)
Watery Grave
Drowned Catacomb
Glacial Fortress
Hallowed Fountain
Godless Shrine
Isolated Chapel
Swamp
Island

Sideboard (15)
Duress
Moment of Craving
Narset, Parter of Veils
Dovin’s Veto
The Elderspell
Honor the God-Pharaoh
Hostage Taker
Time Wipe
Basilica Bell-Haunt
Despark

5th-8th Place – Randall Barber – Izzet Phoenix

Creatures (11)
Crackling Drake
Arclight Phoenix
Goblin Electromancer

Planewalkers (2)
Narset, Parter of Veils

Spells (26)
Lava Coil
Lightning Strike
Chart a Course
Radical Idea
Tormenting Voice
Shock
Opt
Spell Pierce
Finale of Promise

Lands (21)
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls
Island
Mountain

Sideboard (15)
Niv-Mizzet, Parun
Commence the Endgame
Ral, Izzet Viceroy
Beacon Bolt
Negate
Legion Warboss
Fiery Cannonade
Shivan Fire

5th-8th Place – Andrew Noworaj – Esper Hero

Creatures (12)
Hero of Precinct One
Thief of Sanity
Elite Guardmage
Basilica Bell-Haunt

Planewalkers (8)
Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord
Teferi, Time Raveler
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Enchantments (2)
Oath of Kaya

Spells (12)
Dovin’s Veto
Tyrant’s Scorn
Thought Erasure
Mortify
Vraska’s Contempt

Lands (26)
Isolated Chapel
Glacial Fortress
Drowned Catacomb
Godless Shrine
Hallowed Fountain
Watery Grave
Plains
Swamp

Sideboard (15)
Duress
Hostage Taker
Vraska’s Contempt
Enter the God-Eternals
The Elderspell
Despark
Ugin, the Ineffable
Moment of Craving
Dovin’s Veto

5th-8th Place – William Blondon – Simic Nexus

Creatures (16)
Hydroid Krasis
Incubation Druid
Jadelight Ranger
Llanowar Elves

Planewalkers (8)
Nissa, Who Shakes the World
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales

Spells (10)
Blink of an Eye
Growth Spiral
Nexus of Fate

Lands (26)
Blast Zone
Breeding Pool
10 Forest
Hinterland Harbor
Island

Sideboard (15)
Arboreal Grazer
Biogenic Ooze
Negate
Thorn Lieutenant
Thrashing Brontodon