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Pioneer for Goodies - Nov 2019

Pioneer for Goodies – First ever!!!

The atmosphere was electric as the venue was bursting at the seams with eager enthusiasts of the new format, Pioneer. Francois started proceedings off with his traditional welcome speech, where he offered an exclusive In-Store offer of 30% off French language cards, yet another great reason to attend Axion Now events.

 

With Pioneer being a brand new format there is plenty of room for players to bring to the battlefield cards that most players may have forgotten even existed. There were certainly examples of this looking around the room but the Top 8 turned out to be decks that have proved to be early contenders for the best deck in the format. There were two Ramp variants (Mono G and GR), two GB variants (morph and lands), a Mono U, a RB vehicles, a UG Nexus and a Hardened Scales. Many of these decks may look familiar to those who have been playing Standard through the Pioneer-legal era of sets, as many of them are based on powerful Standard decks from this time. Of course, with the addition of more cards to the legal card pool these decks have become even more powerful than they were back then.

 

In the early days of Pioneer the powerful land card, Field of the Dead, has proven very popular. Field of the Dead, having recently been deemed too powerful for Standard, appeared in 4 of our Top 8 decks, providing them a ‘sticky’ threat that allows them to grind down their opponents through the late game. Only one of them was built to focus on this powerful card and none of them were the anticipated Bant Field deck.

 

The Final of this ‘Goodies’ event was a split with the players being great friends who had travelled here together and both keen to begin the journey home down the M3. Congratulations go to Luke Ankers and Kristian Barlow for their shared glory!

 

Make sure to check out https://events.axionnow.co.uk/Events regularly for upcoming ‘Goodies’ events and more. Also, be sure to check out https://events.axionnow.co.uk/information/megaweekend as our latest #MEGAWeekend is coming up fast, on the 15th December. The headline events is our MEGA Modern with the top prize being our #MagicHolidayOfALifetime where you could win a holiday for two to a MagicFest of your choice anywhere in the world up to the value of £2,000. Possible destinations include: Sydney, Kobe, Montreal, Washington D.C., Nagoya and Las Vegas. Where will YOU choose?

 

Luke Ankers - RB Vehicles - Winner

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Planeswalkers

1Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Creatures

4Bomat Courier
4Soul-Scar Mage
4Scrapheap Scrounger
4Bonecrusher Giant
2Hazoret, the Fervent

Instants

4Wild Slash
4Unlicensed Disintegration

Artifacts

4Smuggler’s Copter
2Heart of Kiran

Lands

11Mountain
4Blood Crypt
4Dragonskull Summit
4Foreboding Ruins

Sideboard

2Rampaging Ferocidon
3Fatal Push
4Thoughtseize
2Magma Spray
2Dreadbore
2Chandra, Torch of Defiance

1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance|4 Bomat Courier|4 Soul-Scar Mage|4 Scrapheap Scrounger|4 Bonecrusher Giant|2 Hazoret, the Fervent|4 Wild Slash|4 Unlicensed Disintegration|4 Smuggler’s Copter|2 Heart of Kiran|11 Mountain|4 Blood Crypt|4 Dragonskull Summit|4 Foreboding Ruins|2 Rampaging Ferocidon|3 Fatal Push|4 Thoughtseize|2 Magma Spray|2 Dreadbore|2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance|

 

 

Kristian Barlow - Mono G Ramp - Finalist

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Planeswalkers

3Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Sorcery

4Nissa’s Pilgrimage
4Hour of Promise

Creatures

4Arboreal Grazer
4Elvish Mystic
4Elvish Rejuvenator
2Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
2Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
1Emrakul, the Promised End
4Walking Ballista

Lands

3Field of the Dead
1Blast Zone
1Cascading Cataracts
3Castle Garenbrig
1Desert of the Indomitable
1Geier Reach Sanitarium
3Hashep Oasis
1Radiant Fountain
1Sanctum of Ugin
1Scavenger Grounds
3Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
1Westvale Abbey
1Yavimaya Coast
7Forest

Sideboard

3Jaddi Offshoot
2Oblivion Sower
2Return to Nature
1Scavenging Ooze
3Spatial Contortion
3Thought-Knot Seer
1Unravel the Aether

3 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon|4 Nissa’s Pilgrimage|4 Hour of Promise|4 Arboreal Grazer|4 Elvish Mystic|4 Elvish Rejuvenator|2 Golos, Tireless Pilgrim|2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger|1 Emrakul, the Promised End|4 Walking Ballista|3 Field of the Dead|1 Blast Zone|1 Cascading Cataracts|3 Castle Garenbrig|1 Desert of the Indomitable|1 Geier Reach Sanitarium|3 Hashep Oasis|1 Radiant Fountain|1 Sanctum of Ugin|1 Scavenger Grounds|3 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods|1 Westvale Abbey|1 Yavimaya Coast|7 Forest|3 Jaddi Offshoot|2 Oblivion Sower|2 Return to Nature|1 Scavenging Ooze|3 Spatial Contortion|3 Thought-Knot Seer|1 Unravel the Aether|

 

Paul Smart - GB Lands - Semi-Finalist

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Instant

3Fatal Push
4Abrupt Decay
4Once Upon a Time
2Vraska’s Contempt

Sorcery

4Thoughtseize
4Hour of Promise

Creatures

3Gilded Goose
4Elvish Rejuvenator
4Tireless Tracker
2Cavalier of Thorns

Lands

4Field of the Dead
2Fabled Passage
2Overgrown Tomb
1Hissing Quagmire
1Woodland Cemetery
1Blooming Marsh
1Temple of Malady
1Jungle Hollow
1Llanowar Wastes
1Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1Hashep Oasis
1Ifnir Deadlands
1Desert of the Indomitable
1Castle Garenbrig
1Castle Lochthwain
1Westvale Abbey
3Forest
2Swamp

Sideboard

1Duress
1Fatal Push
2Legion’s End
2Noxious Grasp
2Unravel the Aether
2Lost Legacy
2Ashiok, Dream Render
1Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
2Questing Beast

3 Fatal Push|4 Abrupt Decay|4 Once Upon a Time|2 Vraska’s Contempt|4 Thoughtseize|4 Hour of Promise|3 Gilded Goose|4 Elvish Rejuvenator|4 Tireless Tracker|2 Cavalier of Thorns|4 Field of the Dead|2 Fabled Passage|2 Overgrown Tomb|1 Hissing Quagmire|1 Woodland Cemetery|1 Blooming Marsh|1 Temple of Malady|1 Jungle Hollow|1 Llanowar Wastes|1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth|1 Hashep Oasis|1 Ifnir Deadlands|1 Desert of the Indomitable|1 Castle Garenbrig|1 Castle Lochthwain|1 Westvale Abbey|3 Forest|2 Swamp|1 Duress|1 Fatal Push|2 Legion’s End|2 Noxious Grasp|2 Unravel the Aether|2 Lost Legacy|2 Ashiok, Dream Render|1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet|2 Questing Beast|

 

 

Roberto Fabiani - Hardened Scales - Semi-Finalist

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Planeswalker

3Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
3Vivien, Arkbow Ranger

Instants

4Once Upon a Time

Creatures

4Elvish Mystic
4Llanowar Elves
4Winding Constrictor
4Voracious Hydra
4Walking Ballista
3Stonecoil Serpent
1Managorger Hydra

Enchantments

4Hardened Scales

Lands

4Field of the Dead
2Fabled Passage
2Overgrown Tomb
1Hissing Quagmire
1Woodland Cemetery
1Blooming Marsh
1Temple of Malady
1Jungle Hollow
1Llanowar Wastes
1Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1Hashep Oasis
1Ifnir Deadlands
1Desert of the Indomitable
1Castle Garenbrig
1Castle Lochthwain
1Westvale Abbey
3Forest
2Swamp

Sideboard

2Reclamation Sage
1Verdurous Gearhulk
2Scavenging Ooze
2Thoughtseize
3Hangarback Walker
3Fatal Push
2Assassin’s Trophy

3 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar|3 Vivien, Arkbow Ranger|4 Once Upon a Time|4 Elvish Mystic|4 Llanowar Elves|4 Winding Constrictor|4 Voracious Hydra|4 Walking Ballista|3 Stonecoil Serpent|1 Managorger Hydra|4 Hardened Scales|4 Field of the Dead|2 Fabled Passage|2 Overgrown Tomb|1 Hissing Quagmire|1 Woodland Cemetery|1 Blooming Marsh|1 Temple of Malady|1 Jungle Hollow|1 Llanowar Wastes|1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth|1 Hashep Oasis|1 Ifnir Deadlands|1 Desert of the Indomitable|1 Castle Garenbrig|1 Castle Lochthwain|1 Westvale Abbey|3 Forest|2 Swamp|2 Reclamation Sage|1 Verdurous Gearhulk|2 Scavenging Ooze|2 Thoughtseize|3 Hangarback Walker|3 Fatal Push|2 Assassin’s Trophy|

 

Levente Gergely - Mono U - Quarter-Finalist

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Instants

4Wizard's Retort
2Essence Capture
2Dive Down
3Stubborn Denial
1Rapid Hybridization
4Opt

Enchantments

4Curious Obsession

Creatures

4Spectral Sailor
4Siren Stormtamer
4Merfolk Trickster
4Brineborn Cutthroat
4Tempest Djinn

Lands

20Island

Sideboard

4Cerulean Drake
1Stubborn Denial
1Essence Capture
2Exclusion Mage
3Mystical Dispute
2Unsubstantiate
2Rapid Hybridization

4 Wizard's Retort|2 Essence Capture|2 Dive Down|3 Stubborn Denial|1 Rapid Hybridization|4 Opt|4 Curious Obsession|4 Spectral Sailor|4 Siren Stormtamer|4 Merfolk Trickster|4 Brineborn Cutthroat|4 Tempest Djinn|20 Island|4 Cerulean Drake|1 Stubborn Denial|1 Essence Capture|2 Exclusion Mage|3 Mystical Dispute|2 Unsubstantiate|2 Rapid Hybridization|

 

 

Simeon Beever - GR Ramp - Quarter-Finalist

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Planeswalker

3Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Creatures

4Arboreal Grazer
4Walking Ballista
4Elvish Rejuvenator
2Thought-Knot Seer
1Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
2World Breaker
2Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Sorcery

3Grow from the Ashes
4Hour of Promise

Instants

3Once Upon a Time

Lands

4Stomping Ground
1Scavenger Grounds
2Sanctum of Ugin
1Blast Zone
1Field of Ruin
2Field of the Dead
2Hashep Oasis
1Desert of the Indomitable
1Radiant Fountain
1Cascading Cataracts
2Castle Garenbrig
5Forest
1Mountain
4Shrine of the Forsaken Gods

Sideboard

3Oblivion Sower
1Grafdigger’s Cage
3Spatial Contortion
1Thought-Knot Seer
1World Breaker
2Return to Nature
4Kozilek’s Return

3 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon|4 Arboreal Grazer|4 Walking Ballista|4 Elvish Rejuvenator|2 Thought-Knot Seer|1 Golos, Tireless Pilgrim|2 World Breaker|2 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger|3 Grow from the Ashes|4 Hour of Promise|3 Once Upon a Time|4 Stomping Ground|1 Scavenger Grounds|2 Sanctum of Ugin|1 Blast Zone|1 Field of Ruin|2 Field of the Dead|2 Hashep Oasis|1 Desert of the Indomitable|1 Radiant Fountain|1 Cascading Cataracts|2 Castle Garenbrig|5 Forest|1 Mountain|4 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods|3 Oblivion Sower|1 Grafdigger’s Cage|3 Spatial Contortion|1 Thought-Knot Seer|1 World Breaker|2 Return to Nature|4 Kozilek’s Return|

 

Alan Joynes - GB Rock - Quarter-Finalist

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Planeswalker

2Liliana, the Last Hope

Creatures

1Deathrite Shaman
1Scavenging Ooze
4Satyr Wayfinder
4Den Protector
1Murderous Rider
1Tireless Tracker
1Nissa, Vastwood Seer
1Courser of Kruphix
4Deathmist Raptor
1Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1Emrakul, the Promised End

Sorcery

2Thoughtseize
1Hour of Promise
1Traverse the Ulvenwald

Instants

2Fatal Push
2Assassin’s Trophy
2Abrupt Decay
1Hero’s Downfall
1Vraska’s Contempt

Enchantment Artifact

1Bow of Nylea

Lands

2Field of the Dead
1Hissing Quagmire
1Blooming Marsh
1Woodland Cemetery
1Jungle Hollow
1Llanowar Wastes
1Temple of Malady
1Overgrown Tomb
1Castle Garenbrig
1Castle Lochthwain
1Desert of the Indomitable
1Desert of the Glorified
1Hashep Oasis
1Blast Zone
1Geier Reach Sanitarium
1Westvale Abbey
1Field of Ruin
1Fabled Passage
1Evolving Wilds
3Forest
2Swamp

Sideboard

1Infernal Reckoning
1Scavenging Ooze
1Collective Brutality
1Legion’s End
1Transgress the mind
3Noxious Grasp
1Cry of the Carnarium
1Reclamation Sage
1Lost Legacy
2Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2Languish

2 Liliana, the Last Hope|1 Deathrite Shaman|1 Scavenging Ooze|4 Satyr Wayfinder|4 Den Protector|1 Murderous Rider|1 Tireless Tracker|1 Nissa, Vastwood Seer|1 Courser of Kruphix|4 Deathmist Raptor|1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet|1 Emrakul, the Promised End|2 Thoughtseize|1 Hour of Promise|1 Traverse the Ulvenwald|2 Fatal Push|2 Assassin’s Trophy|2 Abrupt Decay|1 Hero’s Downfall|1 Vraska’s Contempt|1 Bow of Nylea|2 Field of the Dead|1 Hissing Quagmire|1 Blooming Marsh|1 Woodland Cemetery|1 Jungle Hollow|1 Llanowar Wastes|1 Temple of Malady|1 Overgrown Tomb|1 Castle Garenbrig|1 Castle Lochthwain|1 Desert of the Indomitable|1 Desert of the Glorified|1 Hashep Oasis|1 Blast Zone|1 Geier Reach Sanitarium|1 Westvale Abbey|1 Field of Ruin|1 Fabled Passage|1 Evolving Wilds|3 Forest|2 Swamp|1 Infernal Reckoning|1 Scavenging Ooze|1 Collective Brutality|1 Legion’s End|1 Transgress the mind|3 Noxious Grasp|1 Cry of the Carnarium|1 Reclamation Sage|1 Lost Legacy|2 Gonti, Lord of Luxury|2 Languish|

 

 

Josef Benczedi - UG Nexus - Quarter-Finalist

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Planeswalkers

1Narset, Parter of Veils
3Tamiyo, Collector of Tales

Creatures

1Thing in the Ice

Enchantment

4Wilderness Reclamation

Instants

4Fog
4Growth Spiral
1Censor
4Opt
1Cyclonic Rift
3Supreme Will
4Dig Through Time
4Nexus of Fate

Lands

4Breeding Pool
4Hinterland Harbor
1Lumbering Falls
1Fabled Passage
3Castle Vantress
2Blast Zone
5Island
4Forest

Sideboard

1Oko, Thief of Crowns
3Thing in the Ice
3Mystical Dispute
1Swan Song
1Disdainful Stroke
2Tireless Tracker
2Return to Nature
2Display of Dominance

1 Narset, Parter of Veils|3 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales|1 Thing in the Ice|4 Wilderness Reclamation|4 Fog|4 Growth Spiral|1 Censor|4 Opt|1 Cyclonic Rift|3 Supreme Will|4 Dig Through Time|4 Nexus of Fate|4 Breeding Pool|4 Hinterland Harbor|1 Lumbering Falls|1 Fabled Passage|3 Castle Vantress|2 Blast Zone|5 Island|4 Forest|1 Oko, Thief of Crowns|3 Thing in the Ice|3 Mystical Dispute|1 Swan Song|1 Disdainful Stroke|2 Tireless Tracker|2 Return to Nature|2 Display of Dominance|