By Niels Viaene

Last weekend marked the first edition of the Competitive Gentry Leaderboard event. After 5 rounds of swiss and a top 4 play-off, Kobe Keymeulen secured the first bye for the Gentry Open in April 2020.

Below you can see his decklist and those of his fellow top 4 competitors.

Kobe Keymeulen
Winner
UBRG Gates

Main Deck (60)
Izzet Guildgate
Dimir Guildgate
Simic Guildgate
Island
Gruul Guildgate
Golgari Guildgate
Forest
Arboreal Grazer
Gatebreaker Ram
Gate Colossus
Opt
Duress
Growth Spiral
Scorching Dragonfire
Gates Ablaze
Guild Summit
Narset, Parter of Veils
Mass Manipulation
Ugin, the Ineffable
Garruk, Cursed Huntsman
Liliana, Dreadhorde General
Sideboard (15)
Devious Cover-Up
Negate
Duress
Scorching Dragonfire
Undercity’s Embrace
Return to Nature
Crushing Canopy
Spark Harvest
Healer of the Glade

Yes, it is Gates, the deck that has the most raw power in Gentry right now. It is not surprising to see it take the top slot early in the development of the metagame, but with so much yet to discover, it is yet to be seen if there is a predator for gates lurking, much like White-Black Afterlife was 6 months ago.

Joeri Claes
Finalist
UR Drakes/Draw2

Maindeck (60)
Mountain
Swiftwater Cliffs
Izzet Guildgate
Island
Mysctic Sanctuary
Faerie Vandal
Merchant of the Vale
Crackling Drake
God-Eternal Kefnet
Cavalier of Gales
Niv-Mizzet, Parun
Shock
Opt
Thrill of Possibilities
Radical Idea
Impossible Alliance
Heartfire
Slaying Fire
Flame Sweep
The Royal Scions
Hypothesizzle
Sideboard (14)
Charmed Sleep
Sea
Negate
Shock
Callous Dismissal
No Escape

Joeri brought the new iteration of Blue Red Drakes to battle. It lost Enigma Drake but now has either Pteramander as a replacement or, as Joeri chose to do, add the Throne of Eldraine special that does extra things when you draw a second card each turn. Thrill of Possibilities is the big card here, as it allows you to trigger the effect a second time in your opponent’s turn for the low cost of 2 mana. Knowing it might grow multiple Faerie Vandals, or produce multiple Improbable Alliance Faerie tokens shows how explosive this deck can be.

Alan Schuer
Semi-Finalist
4-Color Elementals

Maindeck (60)
Thornwood Falls
Rugged Highlands
Swiftwater Cliffs
Forest
Island
Leafkin Druid
Creeping Trailblazer
Risen Reef
Overgrowth Elemental
Cloudkin Seer
Thicket Crasher
Omnath, Locus of the Roil
Cavalier of Gales
Cavalier of Thorns
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Opt
Neoform
Applied Biomancy
Sideboard (15)
Healer of the Glade
Sagitar’s Volley
Scorching Dragonfire
Return to Nature
Negate

We have seen Alan play this deck in multiple events before. Since it hardly lost anything from rotation it is not a surprise to see it do well here, the Elemental package with Neoform support is nothing to scoff at, and much like Kobe’s Gates deck, it offers quite the punch.

Sander De Quick
Semi-Finalist
4-Color Gates

Maindeck (60)
Dimir Guildgate
Golgari Guildgate
Gruul Guildgate
Izzet Guildgate
Simic Guildgate
Forest
Island
Arboreal Grazer
Gatebreaker Ram
Gate Colossus
Duress
Growth Spiral
Scorching Dragonfire
Gates Ablaze
Guild Summit
Narset, PArter of Veils
No Escape
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Ugin, the Ineffable
Chandra, Awakened Inferno
Liliana, Dreadhorde General
Sideboard (15)
Healer of the Glade
Disdainful Stroke
Duress
Negate
No Escape
Return to Nature
Spark Harvest
Undercity’s Embrace
Soul Salvage

Sander also brought Gates to the fray and selected the same support color in black as Kobe did. Black gives access to Liliana, Dreadhorde General and Duress, one being one of the best cards to single-handedly win games, and the other the widest answer to threats available. At this point, the metagame is still very unknown and these are safe options to have options against almost every opponent. Considering there was an Elementals list in the top 4, that Chandra, Awakened Inferno seems suboptimal but perhaps I am missing something.

That concludes this brief report. I hope you learned about the current metagame. It looks like the expected top dogs really came through in this edition of the Leaderboard. That makes them a target for the future as people now know what they need to prepare for. The next edition of the Competitive Leaderboard is on November 16th. Will a new proactive deck take the top slot, will it be one of the big three, will an aggro deck break through the ranks or does hard Control have what it takes? Hell, right now some people think Mono Blue mill is the bees knees, others are playing White-Blue artifacts to great success and I am experimenting with various food-oriented strategies. But maybe you have what it takes?

May your brews be optimal,
Niels Viaene

Niels Viaene came into contact with Magic first through the Kazz & Zakk starter set in 1996, but it wouldn’t be until 2000, around the time Prophecy came out that he actually started playing magic thanks to his nephew. Niels’ Magic career has been a roller coaster up to now, including Grand Prix Paris 2009 top 8, Pro Tour San Diego 2010 top 8, becoming a L3 Magic Judge in 2015 and managing the community effort that is the League of New and Beginning Magic: the Gathering Players, the birthing ground for Gentry since 2012. All this comes from a deep love for the game that is far from diminishing.

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