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PPTQ HOUR OF DEVASTATION FRANCOIS HAUCHARD 08/02/2017

A very big THANK YOU to the full house of 60 players who joined us on 5th Feb to make up one of the most competitive fields seen recently for a PPTQ.

Talented James Allingham emerged the winner, having selected as his weapon of choice the aggro deck which dominated Pro Tour Dublin: Mardu Vehicles....a very wise choice as it turned out!

But what was the metagame on the day? Did it mirror the Pro Tour with a traffic jam of Mardu Vehicles? What did the other 59 players armed themselves with? What were the most successful decks? Did any unexpected deck perform well on the day? Let's find out!

Well, my analysis of the deck lists shows the metagame news from the Pro Tour hadn't crossed the Irish Sea, as the total number of pilots (pun intended!) for Mardu Vehicles reached a grand total of....THREE. Possibly because many players felt confident in the deck they had already assembled, or felt unsure about a last-minute change to play a deck they weren't familiar with, or were dubious about investing in a deck which might be hit by post-Pro Tour bannings. All good reasons.

So what did the others play? In overwhelming numbers, they came with one of the two decks which had established themselves as the post-rotation decks to beat prior to the Pro Tour:
- 23 played Jeskai Copycat

- 19 played a Green/Black variant (aggro or Delirium, or a mix of both)
Between them, a whooping 70% of the tournament meta!

The two archetypes fared differently on the day though.

The vast majority of Jeskai combo fell by the wayside early in the tournament, to such an extent that the rebound side event was almost exclusively an exhibition of Jeskai mirror matches - very technical, but long on duration and short on punchy early action!
One notable exception though was Joshua Buchan, who navigated his way through a sea of fast aggro decks to reach the final of the PPTQ, where he finally succumbed to James.

As for the Green/Black decks in their various shapes, their conversion rate into the top places was much better: they accounted for half of the Top 8 with Sam Bodily, Luke May, Matt Thomson and Steve Bains, and for good measure, half of the Top 16 as well. So expect to keep on seeing at your next PPTQ many Walking Ballista, as well as those 2-drop MVPs: Grim Flayer, Wandering Constrictor, and the aggressive and ubiquitous Scrapheap Scrounger. And you may stumble upon the odd surprise: I guess not many of Sam Bodily's opponents expected the nasty Gonti to make an appearance on the battlefield!

As for the rest? There were 3 variants of the Jund Energy deck played by Martin Juza very successfully at the Pro Tour - and one of these variants was expertly piloted by Archie Owen into the Top 8 of our PPTQ. Apart from that, many a one-of, and a few two-of. Notably, one of these singletons was an interesting Esper aggro concoction with which Ross Broxup dominated the Swiss portion of the tournament - logically, it featured a full playset of Scrapheap Scrounger, making it the most represented card in the Top 8.

Congratulations to all our Top 8'ers. And our gratitude goes to our judge team of Warren Hawkins and Hannah Lissaman, whose smiling efficiency ensured a smooth and enjoyable day.

 

Owen Archibald – Jund

4 Winding Constrictor
4 Attune with Aether
4 Longtusk Cub
4 Walking Ballista
4 Verdurous Gearhulk
4 Harnessed Lightning
4 Unlicensed Disintegration
2 Aethersphere Harvester
3 Tireless Tracker
3 Scrapheap Scrounger
1 Blossoming Defense

1 Mountain
1 Swamp
1 Evolving Wilds
4 Forest
4 Blooming Marsh
3 Game Trail
3 Hissing Quagmire
4 Aether Hub

Sideboard

4 Fatal Push
1 Shock
1 Appetite for the Unnatural
1 Natural State
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
3 Transgress the Mind
1 Tireless Tracker
1 Scrapheap Scrounger
1 Release the Gremlins
1 Nissa, Vital Force

 

Luke May – GB Delirium

2 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
2 Fatal Push
4 Grasp of Darkness
3 Traverse the Ulvenwald
1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
3 Verdurous Gearhulk
4 Mindwrack Demon
2 Tireless Tracker
3 Rishkar, Peema Renegade
2 Grim Flayer
3 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Winding Constrictor
4 Walking Ballista

2 Evolving Wilds
4 Blooming Marsh
4 Hissing Quagmire
7 Swamp
6 Forest

Sideboard

2 Fatal Push
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Transgress the Mind
1 Noxious Gearhulk
1 Ob Nixilis, Reignited
2 Appetite for Destruction
2 Pulse of Murasa
2 Natural State

 

Matt Thomson – The Rack

1 Fatal Push
3 Traverse the Ulvenwald
4 Grasp of Darkness
2 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
2 Grim Flayer
3 Scrapheap Scrounger
2 Tireless Tracker
3 Rishkar, Peema Renegade
4 Walking Ballista
4 Winding Constrictor
4 Verdurous Gearhulk
4 Mindwrack Demon
1 Key to the City

2 Evolving Wilds
4 Hissing Quagmire
4 Blooming Marsh
6 Forest
7 Swamp

Sideboard

2 Natural State
2 Grim Flayer
1 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
1 Lifecrafter’s Bestiary
3 To the Slaughter
2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Ob Nixilis, Reignited
1 Nissa, Vital Force

 

Samuel Bodily – GB

4 Grim Flayer
4 Walking Ballista
3 Tireless Tracker
2 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
1 Verdurous Gearhulk
2 Ishkanah, Grafwidow
1 Noxious Gearhulk
4 Transgress the Mind
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
3 Fatal Push
3 Grasp of Darkness
3 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 To the Slaughter

4 Hissing Quagmire
4 Blooming Marsh
4 Evolving Wilds
8 Swamp
4 Forest

Sideboard

2 Aethersphere Harvester
1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2 Pick the Brain
1 To the Slaughter
2 Ob Nixilis, Reignited
1 Grasp of Darkness
1 Fatal Push
2 Gnarlwood Dryad
2 Natural State
1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow

 

Steve Bains – GB

2 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
4 Walking Ballista
4 Winding Constrictor
2 Scrapheap Scrounger
2 Grim Flayer
2 Tireless Tracker
3 Rishkar, Peema Renegade
3 Mindwrack Demon
4 Verdurous Gearhulk
3 Traverse the Ulvenwald
4 Grasp of Darkness
3 Fatal Push

2 Evolving Wilds
6 Forest
7 Swamp
4 Hissing Quagmire
4 Blooming Marsh

Sideboard

1 Tireless Tracker
3 Transgress the Mind
1 Ishkanar, Grafwidow
2 Appetite for the Unnatural
1 Fatal Push
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 To the Slaughter
1 Lifecrafter’s Bestiary
1 Nissa, Vital Force
1 Ob Nixilis, Reignited
1 Noxious Gearhulk
1 Grim Flayer

 

Ross Broxup – Esper Aggro

4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Toolcraft Exemplar
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Metallic Rebuke
1 Declaration in Stone
4 Spell Queller
3 Heart of Kiran
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
2 Archangel Avacyn
1 Always Watching
3 Stasis Snare

4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Port Town
2 Prairie Stream
7 Plains
5 Island
2 Aether Hub

Sideboard

2 Fatal Push
2 Fragmentize
1 Always Watching
1 Declaration of Stone
2 Blessed Alliance
1 Gisela, the Broken Blade
1 Archangel Avacyn
2 Selfless Spirit
1 Battle at the Bridge
2 Aethersphere Harvester

 

James Allingham – Mardu Vehicles

4 Toolcraft Exemplar
2 Inventor’s Apprentice
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Scrapheap Scrounger
4 Veteran Motorist
2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
2 Pia Nalaar
4 Heart of Kiran
1 Cultivator’s Caravan
3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
3 Shock
4 Unlicensed Disintegration

4 Inspiring Vantage
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Spire of Industry
1 Foreboding Ruin
1 Needle Spires
4 Plains
3 Mountain
2 Aether Hub

Sideboard

2 Release the Gremlins
1 Needle Spires
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Fumigate
1 Archangel Avacyn
1 Skywhaler’s Shot
1 Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
2 Selfless Spirit
1 Fatal Push
1 Fragmentize

 

Joshua Buchan – Jeskai Saheeli

4 Torrential Gearhulk
3 Felidar Guardian
4 Saheeli Rai
1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
4 Glimmer of Genius
3 Anticipate
3 Disallow
2 Negate
4 Harnessed Lightning
2 Immolating Glare
1 Shock
1 Oath of Chandra
2 Fumigate

2 Needle Spires
1 Wandering Fumarole
7 Island
2 Plains
2 Port Town
4 Aether Hub
4 Inspiring Vantage
4 Spirebluff Canal

Sideboard

1 Linvala, the Preserver
3 Spell Queller
1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
1 Fumigate
1 Quarantine Field
2 Radiant Flames
2 Fragmentize
2 Negate
2 Dispel

 

 

 

 

About Francois Hauchard:

Dr Francois Hauchard PhD, ex-international MTG player, introduced MTG to the Chilterns in England in 2006. The hobby proved so popular and enjoyable it has turned into a business! Francois now runs Axion Now with partner, Elizabeth Kolb Barnetson.