By Niels Viaene
This edition of the leaderboard marks the start of the second half of this season and comes with a reset. Everybody gets a fresh start to go for the top. This decision was made because the higher number of players in events during the isolation made it near impossible to catch up on the leaderboard.
When round 1 started, 20 players were digitally sleeved up and ready to go, of them 3 people that have never joined a Weekly before. That is a bit lower an attendance than we expected. Interestingly, a lot of the top players in the first part of the season did not attend this event. We expect them to come back and regain their positions, so expect some big shake-up after the 16th and 17th event.
4-0 Niels Viaene
Mono-B Aristocrats (Lurrus)
Oh look, it is me. I swear the fact that I am the organizer has nothing to do with my success in these events. Quite the contrary even, as anyone watching the stream will confirm. It is no coincidence ‘!punt’ is the most used command in my live stream.
The deck is a powerhouse, but it comes with a warning. If you do not get the unimpeded rush to 5/5 demons with you Archfiend’s Vessel, you are very much combating with a deck designed to just barely win that really punishes you for making small mistakes. In addition, it is very hard to play when you are behind if half your cards are silly one drop creatures meant to be good when editing. The deck still needs a little tweaking, but it is a very solid package already.
3-1 Renzo Verkooren
The runner up in the event brought a take on a deck that borrows heavily from both Simic flash decks and Izzet Spells decks, taking the blue overlap and applying a tempo oriented strategy. The counter suite is currently clashing a little bit with Frantic Inventory for wanting the game to end soon and going long.
Being blue, it has a super flexible sideboard, so expect this deck, or blue-white versions of it, to be a part of the metagame going forward.
3-1 Robbe Schildermans
When Volcanic Geyser was spoiled to be in M21, I immediately thought it was going to put Reclamation decks solidly on the map for Gentry. Robbe proves here that even without the addition, this deck has what it takes to take a 3-1 slot. After talking to him about it, he said he did not even know the card was available and should definitely put a few copies in the deck to have access to more finishing power and removal at the same time.
3-1 Kobe Keymeulen
Kobe brought some spice to the event with this ramp-ey control deck. The play style is likely very much the same as Dimir Control but sacrifices off-turns by ramping out to bigger mana in order to make Ugin, the Spirit Dragon an actual stabilizer instead of “just” a finisher. Adding gree also allows the deck to deal with artifacts and enchantments, easign up one of the weaknesses Dimir Control decks still have.
3-1 Fran Olbrecht
Calling Izzet decks ‘aggro’ has been a near meme in the community lately, as the current iterations can barely even be called tempo decks. It seems Fran overheard some of these and decided to show people you really can aggro people with Izzet. He loaded up with Pteramander and Sprite Dragon, giving them the spell suit to put as much pressure on your opponent as possible. HE even dedicated a rare slot to Steam Vents!
There was one other Izzet deck on 3-1 in the event, the 2nd draw version played by Andries Regniers that can be found in other articles that added Library Larcenist and Rousing Read to his deck. Other than that, this event was all about diversity with 17 different archetypes out of 20 players. And to be honest, that is rather freely putting significantly different decks under the same name. With a stricter eye, only Sultai Elementals had 2 players that had comparable decks.
In the end, the only companion deck of the pack won. A sign that companions are still problematic, or just a fluke? That is for you to helps us find out in the future.