By Niels Viaene
It may have been format fatigue, or the fact there was no stream due to me dealing with a very bad allergic reaction right now, but only 11 players tuned in for the 7th episode of the season.
3-1 Noa Munther
UB Yorion Zombies
First and foremost, no one went undefeated this event, which is mathematically possible for every event that has 15 or less players.
Noa should be a known name by now. They have ran the event with Azorius fliers in the beginning weeks and sit on top of the standings as we speak. They also keep coming into the metagame with offbeat decks and interesting interactions.
The deck looks like it belongs in the previous’ week event, where you needed to have at least 20 creatures sharing a creature type in the deck. Noa chose for Zombies, supported by Narfi. Betrayer King and Yorion as the commander. I have to admit I am kinda missing the interactions that put this deck over the top. A quick investigation shows that maybe the first round bye was quite influential in the result. Noa did defeat a more classic Yorion Control deck and a moo red aggro deck on the way to their finish, so don’t call the result a fluke.
The rest of the 3-1 decks were 2 Dimir Control decks, also using Yorion, and a Sultai deck, making this an UBx party event. Aggro was represented by Mono red of the Tharbran/Embercleave family and GW mutate but they struggled. Though not as much as the UR group of decks that went a combined 0-6 in played matches across three different players, including quite a few early drops.
This event has put Narfi, Betrayer King on the watchlist for a possible rarity upgrade in the near future. I welcome all and anyone with feedback.
Even though there was a relatively low number of points to give away, Noa managed to extend their lead on the leaderboard, as their path through this season has been marred with extremely polarised finishes.
Let’s hope the next event will be more eventful. I will be there, and I will be streaming again, so bring out your guns for the last few events of this split. Noa might be hard to catch, but we are more than 33 players in total, so second place getting a bye is still something to fight for.