By Niels Viaene
The 7th edition of the Gentry Weekly was heavily marked by changes happening to the Corona measures in Europe. It was the second day bars and restaurants were allowed to open and people were allowed to refresh their “bubble” with 10 new people.
Due to this, only 18 people joined the event, but that did not stop it from being the most diverse event in many ways, propelling a winner to the top with a new deck and featuring many new builds to look at.
4-0 Tom De Wael
Mono Green Bogles
Tom decided to cut White completely from the archetype that usually turns to that color for both protection and Finishing power. Instead of All that Glitters, we see Hydra’s Growth. Karametra’s Blessing is no longer needed when your creatures have Hexproof Built in.
Tom did say he has cut the Arboreal Grazer in the meantume, to make room for 2 extra lands and 2 mana dorks.
3-1 Jan Ceusters
No the kind of deck we would usually highlight, but Jan put such an original spin on this deck that we just had to take a look. There are no Crackling Drakes to be found but there is a lot of pay-off for drawing extra cards.
The deck is super pro active in game 1 but can switch into a heavy control focus for post sideboarded games. This gives Jan the option of choosing his angle for attack against any deck and must have given many an opponent head aches, wondering what he would be bringing to the table for the next game.
3-1 Robbe Schildermans
Umori Temur Control
Robbe is back with his trusty Umori naming instants, but this time he has left the black mana we saw last week and decided to play green instead. His main reason to do so was to be able to play Growth Spiral, allowing him to keep open his mana and still developing his board if needed.
I saw Robbe was working on making a Sorcery Umori build next, so it looks like this innovator has not finished wreaking havoc with his uncommon deck choice.
3-1 Niels Kok
Niels brought the beats in a bad bad way, choosing to go for the most finishing power heavy build you can go, aiming to overload all interaction his opponents can muster. The Rhythm of the Wild hiding in his sideboard is an interesting choice, showing he did not expect a strong presence from Control at this event, and it looks he was right.
3-1 Peter Jönsson
Elementals is a deck we usually in temur colors. Peter does not care for the explosiveness red gives with Scampering Scorcher and Cavalier of Flame, instead choosing to go with black, and Yarok, the Desecrated. The inclusion of Parcelbeast as a card advantage buddy for Risen Reef is part of a phylosophy that ends with him playing a copy of Jace, Wielder of Mysteries for an alternate win condition that is sure tho have caught many an opponent off guard.
3-1 Quinten Cauwelier
This deck was hit first by a Gentry nerf, upshifting Zenith Flare to rare status and then by a Standard nerf, essentially making Companions 3 mana more expensive. And it does not matter… The deck still managed to take a seat in the top deck for this event. Savai Thundermane seems to have fitted itself into the uncommon slot that Flare used to take, and with all the draw power this deck has, it manages to find the rare Flare enough to steal away the occasional victory.
The deck seems to be in a healthy place now, let’s hope it stays that way as it is an easy to build and interesting to master deck that really suits a newer player getting their feet wet in the format.
Above we saw ALL decks that made top 3, not just the interesting ones, like I do otherwise. That means, no Control anywhere near to top slots. It was the most popular archetype in this event though, tieing with Elementals at 3 each. Control was the worst performing one, with two players unable to take even a single win off their opponents.
That said, the strong control players were missing in this event, and most expect them to come back with a vengeance this Saturday, when there are actual prizes on the line again in the Gentry Monthly.
Since this event was much smaller than previous ones, and the top of the leaderboard is saturated with people that performed well in bigger events, very little happened as far as changes go. Let’s hope this is due to Covid-19, and that we can go back to the regular attendance soon.
May your brews be spicy and functional,