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Compulsive Research: Everything Old is New Again

Written by LegitMTG Staff on . Posted in Competitive Magic, Standard

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SCG Providence gave us a wonderful new addition to the metagame. Matt Costa, notable Island aficionado, abandoned his natural tendencies and piloted a new force to the top of the Providence standard metagame. This force took Providence by storm, leading Matt ot the top of the heap, putting some shiny new hardware on his mantlepiece. Matt did a deck tech on the list for coverage, which can be found here. Matt talks about the position of the deck in the metagame, and about some of the card choices. After seeing the list, I knew it was something that I wanted to play, so I got the list to run on stream, and after battling in the 2 man queues and practice rooms, I was at about a 75% win rate. I was feeling really good about the deck, and was ready to rock come show time. Here’s the 75, which should be of no surprise.

All of my favorites in one place. Abrupt Decay, Hero’s Downfall, Reaper of the Wilds, and some spice in the form of a hasty flying dragon and Rakdos’s Return? Can I get a Hell yeah?! Here is the stream. Let’s see how we did shall we?


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Well, I can see how Owen crushed the GP running the same weekend Matt won. Undoubtedly, Mono Black Devotion is one of this deck’s worst match up. I realize that most of my games played on the stream were against the deck, and to be honest, most of the ones I have played independently thereafter have been also. The simple fact is that Mono Black is the “It Girl” of Magic right now.It’s literally everywhere. You have to believe that a deck’s dominance is pervasive when it unseats even Mono Red as the most prominently played deck on MTGO. When you consider that there are really only 3 cards in the deck that are worth over 10.00, with MTGO pricing being often much lower, this begins to make sense. Grey Merchant is a common for Pete’s sake, and when was the last time you paid 2.00 for the greatest sense of inevitability you can have in an unanswered threat? (AEtherlings upon release aside…) I feel like Game one is heavily in the Black deck’s favor, but Games 2 and 3 are completely winnable from the Jund perspective if the deck is able to execute it’s game plan; controlling Underworld Connections, Pack Rats, and landing Rakdos’s Return without dying to Desecration Demon. Seem simple enough right? Yeah- exactly.

I can tell you this much; I’m not done with this deck yet. I have it built in paper, and continue to play games with it, trying to put in as many cycles as I can. The way that I see the deck’s place in the metagame is kind of like this: Jund in this configuration can easily beat any aggro, or midrange deck in the format except for Mono Black Devotion. Looking at the Jund sideboard should confirm this clearly. Matt goes through his sideboarding ideas for each matchup in his article on SCG Premium, and is a worthwhile read for sure. Esper can be tough if you are not able to execute your game plan, or they resolve Aetherling. Knowing that Mono Black is so prevalent right now, the changes that I have made to the SB are as follows: -1 Doom Blade, -1 Sire of Insanity, +1 Ultimate Price, +1 Slaughter Games. Thanks to BBD for his idea of Slaughter Games for the Mono Black and Esper matchups. Getting Grey Merchant and Aetherling out of the equation makes the respective SB games much easier. I swapped an Ultimate Price in for a Doom Blade as another answer to Desecration Demon or Pack Rat, while still not losing the original purpose in the board as a kill spell in other matches.

I have a treat for you. Matt Costa himself is going to join me on the stream this week, running Monday at 9pm EST. If I am going to explore the deck for another week, I figured that I should get some help from the man who did it the best to date. Bring your friends, bring your questions, but most of all, bring yourselves. You know where to go, www.twitch.tv/legitmtg.

Next week I’m running a Modern deck for your enjoyment, as I really just can’t wait to play with some of these cards again. Most notably, Geist of Saint Traft. Lots of great stuff on tap from the family here at LegitMTG. Don’t miss it!!!

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