By Niels Viaene

Amidst a world that is on the brink of reopening, improving weather and life in general, 7 players found themselves in a calm evening to duke it out in the 5th installment of the Gentry Weekly. What promised to be a calm little 3-round event got shake up in quite ad interesting and entertaining wait but before we get to that, lets look at our undefeated player.

3-0 Sander De Quick
BUG Control

Deck (60)
Snow-Covered Island
Koma, Cosmos Serpent
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Narfi, Betrayer King
Snow-Covered Forest
Eureka Moment
Frantic Inventory
Witherbloom Campus
Behold the Multiverse
Quandrix Campus
Snow-Covered Swamp
Ashiok, Nightmare Muse
Poison the Cup
Sarulf’s Packmate
Mortality Spear
Bloodchief’s Thirst
Pestilent Haze
Professor Onyx
Jungle Hollow
Thornwood Falls
Dismal Backwater
Sideboard (15)
Lash of Malice
Feed the Serpent
Teferi’s Tutelage
Suffocating Fumes
Cling to Dust

To say the ‘best deck’ of the format has struggled to justify that title would be an understatement. With many people looking for new decks and hyperaggressive strategies being a problem for the deck, things have not exactly been rosey for the deck. This event it came back with a vengeance in the hands of Sander, who has risen to the top of the leaderboard largely on the back of this deck.

2-1 Joseph Rygaard
WG Aggro

Companion (1)
Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Deck (60)
Defiant Strike
Charge Through
10 Plains
Clever Lumimancer
Show of Confidence
Seasoned Hallowblade
Conclave Mentor
Leonin Lightscribe
Strength of Solidarity
Dragonsguard Elite
Guiding Voice
Struggle for Skemfar
Snakeskin Veil
Blossoming Sands
Shaile, Dean of Radiance
Sideboard (15)
Environmental Sciences
Expanded Anatomy
Introduction to Annihilation
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Feat of Resistance
Ram Through
Struggle for Skemfar

A new addition in the aggro department is a lesson-supported update to green-white counters. Many different decks have sprung off the back of Conclave Mentor, the current shining example of a Gentry-focused engine card. This version plays more as a combat trick focused build that we are more used to seeing in red-white configurations. These builds usualy heavily rely on Clever Lumimancer, a strong new addition to the pool of aggressive cards. The Lesson core gives this deck some really interesting flexibility, allowing it to answer annoying things in game 1 with ease.

The raid

Towards the end of the event, this happened:

A raaaaaaaaaaid!!!!

It was a nice surprise, and I would like to thank Nummy for the raid. let’s hope some of those people find their way into Gentry. 😀

What is coming up

The next event is an interesting one. Not only does it have deckbuilding restrictions making it so that your rares and mythic rares have to be an instant or sorcery, it is also the 6th event, meaning the leaderboard will start evening out as only the top 5 results will count towards your standing. There are quite a few people that finished well in the first edition of this season, that could still make a strong run for the bye.

And to answer the FAQ: You are allowed to play a modal double faced rare that has at least one instant or sorcery side, but you are only allowed to cast that side.

See you soon,

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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