By Niels Viaene

With bars and other social events reopening all over Europe and it being a beautiful day to boot, finding players turned out to be a struggle for this edition on the monthly. Even though we did not reach the announced minimum of 17 players to give the prizes, we decided to give prizes to the top 4 after all.

The Metagame

Diversity was the name of the game in this event, with Gruul Aggro and Jund Sacrifice being the only two archetypes that had multiple players on it. Eventually, Izzet Control, Dimir Control, Sultai Elementals and Mono-W Bogles took slots in the play-off and won some of those €40 in card coupons.

Winner Peter Jönsson
Sultai Elementals

Deck (60)
Thornwood Falls
Cloudkin Seer
Frost Lynx
Vivien, Monsters’ Advocate
Ob Nixilis’s Cruelty
Risen Reef
Forest
Yarok, the Desecrated
Swamp
Island
Acolyte of Affliction
Neoform
Healer of the Glade
Dismal Backwater
Jungle Hollow
Meteor Golem
Thassa, Deep-Dwelling
Leafkin Druid
Evolving Wilds
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries
Parcelbeast
Spark Harvest
Sideboard (15)
Ob Nixilis’s Cruelty
Wilt
Negate
Duress
Destiny Spinner
Pharika’s Libation
Suffocating Fumes

Peter will not be a new name to a lot of our players, nor will his deck be. He is currently in the lead on the Leaderboard and has gotten his deck featured in multiple articles already. He chose to add black to the blue green core of Elementals, trading the red explosive finish for a stronger and inevitable late game.

Peter wins €20 in Cardmarket coupons.

Finalist Micky Mattens
Izzet Control

Deck (60)
Opt
10 Island
Omen of the Sea
Ominous Seas
Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor
Shark Typhoon
Fire Prophecy
Mountain
Thrill of Possibility
Flame Sweep
Irencrag Pyromancer
Merchant of the Vale
Mad Ratter
Swiftwater Cliffs
Swiftwater Cliffs
Improbable Alliance
The Royal Scions
Niv-Mizzet, Parun
Cloudkin Seer
Sideboard (15)
Negate
Didn’t Say Please
Flame Sweep
Shock
Quench
Cloudkin Seer
Chandra’s Outrage

Another regular took the finalist slot. Micky chose to forsake Crackling Drake in his version of Izzet, instead opting for the full set of Improbable alliance and Ominous Seas[/s] supported with many cards we have not really seen in the archetype. Whether this direction is objectively better or people are just getting blindsided with them, being used to playing a very different version of the deck does not matter for now, as Micky has shown great proficiency with his deck, and is poised to keep delivering good results.

Micky wins €10 in Cardmarket coupons

Semi-finalist Sander De Quick
Dimir Control

[deck]Deck
1 Ashiok, Nightmare Muse
4 Dismal Backwater
3 Dimir Guildgate
1 Lochmere Serpent
1 Ugin, the Ineffable
2 Chemister’s Insight
4 Omen of the Sea
3 Cry of the Carnarium
2 Narset, Parter of Veils
4 Essence Scatter
2 Thirst for Meaning
7 Island
9 Swamp
3 Murder
1 Liliana, Dreadhorde General
1 Ashiok, Dream Render
2 Mystical Dispute
4 Negate
3 Tyrant’s Scorn
2 Nightveil Predator
1 Mystic Sanctuary

Sideboard
4 Duress
4 Whisper Agent
2 Pharika’s Libation
3 Sorin’s Thirst
2 Devious Cover-Up
[/deck]

If there ever has been a quintessential Control player in Gentry, then Sander would take that crown. Dimir Control is his comfort pick and he thrives in metagames where it is gppd enough.
Well, these days, it is public enemy number one according to many players, and Sander is having a field day. He is sporting a geat win rate with the deck, and is not afraid to adapt and adjust to the metagame. Look for Sander to make subtle changes to the deck as attantion shifts. [c]Nightveil Predator
is a great example of this, dodging many of the answers the metagame have to the card.

Sander wins €5 in Cardmarket coupons.

Semi-Finalist Jacub Puzio
Mono-W Bogles

Companion (1)
Lurrus of the Dream Den

Deck (60)
Alseid of Life’s Bounty
22 Plains
Gods Willing
Karametra’s Blessing
Healer’s Hawk
Sentinel’s Eyes
Glaring Aegis
All That Glitters
Gingerbrute
Solid Footing
Light of Hope
Heliod’s Intervention
Sideboard (15)
Lurrus of the Dream Den
Devout Decree
Grafdigger’s Cage
Hushbringer
Blade Banish
Disenchant
Pacifism
Revoke Existence

Jakub came out of nowhere with this deck. He found the event on mtgmelee, made sure he understood the deckbuilding rules of Gentry and waded right into the top 4 of his first event with a port of a Standard deck that is gaining in popularity. Both his mainboard and sideboard are geared towards the mirror as this deck has favorable match-up against many of the common decks in the format. While definitely not without weaknesses, there are few decks that can see an All that Glitters resolve and live to tell the tale.

Jakub wins €5 in Cardmarket coupons.

Honorable mention Renzo Verkooren
Orhov Midrange

Deck (60)
Grasping Thrull
Swamp
Plains
Scoured Barrens
Orzhov Guildgate
Dire Tactics
Imperious Oligarch
Consecrate
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper
Elspeth, Sun’s Nemesis
Mortify
Ajani, Strength of the Pride
Tymaret, Chosen from Death
Foreboding Fruit
Blade Juggler
Liliana, Dreadhorde General
Healer’s Hawk
Ajani’s Pridemate
Daxos, Blessed by the Sun
Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted
Sideboard (15)
Pharika’s Libation
Suffocating Fumes
Duress
Memory Leak
Revoke Existence
Dead Weight

Renzo brought a scary-looking version of Orzhov, a new contender in Gentry, to the fray. This disruption and answer heavy archetype is something that tends to pop up when metagames settle in clear ways, allowing them to diversify their deck to perfectly fit the puzzle of match-ups. This is a description that fits Blue based Control decks as well, but those tend to feast on creature focused decks, while Orzhov usually has a better match-up against control decks.
This version chooses to shore up the creature matches a lot more than the Control matches, as he has only few answers to Planeswalkers in the deck. Give this kind of deck time to optimize itself, though, and you end up with a very strong contender in the metagame.

Conclusion

Gentry is still drawing in new people but has to compete with the world returning to its old ways. The metagame seems to be more diverse than many people give it credit for but Control does seem to gravitate to the top. Decks that manage to combine pressure with disruption or protection manage to put dents in their perfect record and Elementals show that enough card advantage can overwhelm even the hardiest of control decks.

One-dimensional decks, like classic aggro and interaction based decks, are struggling at the moment as they don’t have the tools to protect and exact their game plan in Contol matches while being strong enough to withstand an assault from bogles. Will another new contender shake up things before M21 hits Gentry, or are we settling in for a couple of weeks? Whatever it may be, this higher frequency of play has really shown how flexible Gentry is and how much impact shifting a single card to a different rarity can have.

May your brews be juicy,
Niels

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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