By Niels Viaene
4 different decks made it to the top 4 decks of the last Leaderboard. In the end Rakdos Sacrifice featuring the Cauldron Familiar and Witch’s Oven Combo took the top seed and solidifies itself as a top contender in Gentry right now. The deck has a lot of development space left and Ian said he had ideas for optimizations so don’t just copy his list.
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Is it turning into a tradition not to have a complete sideboard and winning a Leaderboard? It shows these events are still testing grounds for the format and that a good deck combined with tight play has what it takes to take the top spot.
Ian introduces a new deck to the metagame, one that folds to Cry of the Carnarium. Is this the destabilizing shift we will be seeing in the meta?
The story of Alan’s deck is in small optimizations. He kept the Scamperinng Scorcher change from last time but joined the bandwagon on Teferi’s Time Twister. He also dropped the Opts to make room for Scorching Dragonfire in the main deck, giving the deck a way to interact more. Especially in the Cat meta, threatening an Exile effect is very valuable. That freed up space in his sideboard for Unsummon, a tempo Tool that has been becoming increasingly common in wats to fight Gates.
Sander De Quick
Where Alan showed slight evolution, Sander brought the true and tried strategy. Changing only the Oko because it was banned, into a Garruk, Cursed Huntsman and making minor tweaks in his sideboard. The boogeyman is and remains the boogeyman…
Holy moly… Kerem has shown us here that there is a very different way of attacking the metagame. Pack all the answers you need to address the top dogs in the format into one deck and hope you get to crush them all day long. Whether it is Gates you are up against, and you need Exile effects like Prison Realm and Epic Downfall to get rid of Gate Colossus and Planeswalkers, or Exiling sweeper effects like Cry of the Carnarium against Elementals and Cat Oven, you are ready to go. Just hope you don’t run into a steady stream of 3/3’s, a big hexproof Creature, or a deck like UR, that has near infinity rebuild potential.
This edition of the Leaderboard really shakes up the metagame. Cat-Oven Combo is the real deal, and Kerem showed the metagame is ripe for a dedicated Control deck to rise and take matches away from people. In the meantime spoilers have started for Theros Beyond Death, so who knows what is yet to come….
May your innovations be elegant or defining,