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

Deck (60)
Priest of the Haunted Edge
Snow-Covered Island
Narfi, Betrayer King
11 Snow-Covered Swamp
Murderous Rider
Draugr Thought-Thief
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Mire Triton
Elspeth’s Nightmare
Ashiok, Nightmare Muse
Feed the Swarm
Blood on the Snow
Heartless Act
Shipwreck Dowser
Thassa, Deep-Dwelling
Behold the Multiverse
Ice Tunnel
Jarl of the Forsaken
Dismal Backwater
Thwart the Grave
Sideboard (15)
Negate
Scavenging Harpy
Feed the Serpent
Duress
Suffocating Fumes
Essence Scatter

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 metagame

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.

The leaderboard

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.

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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