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This article courtesy Najay1 and is reprinted with his permission from Reddit.

A new week and a whole new meta! I was very excited to look at the data this week and it certainly is telling. I’ll will try to focus more on what decks are really good right now in conjunction with the fluctuations from the recent bannings.

Yet there is a happy moment for the meta: UR Control is gone! Always an ok deck, it could get bailed out with cruise and sucked in many newer player. In the 3 dailies looked at there were 0 instances of UR Control in dailies (although there were 2 copies in the PCT).

The meta is fresh and really open for aggressive decks to take their place and also there is a lot of room to brew, but onto the cold hard stats.

Winners

Stompy – Certainly a deck that has seen its ups and downs, the current meta is really stompy friendly. Without the grindy control decks that can shut them down, and with more MBC (a great matchup), the deck exploded in success. It cashed 6 out of 11 decks and it had a great win rate at 61%. This has probably overtaken Affinity as the best aggro deck in the format. I think it’ll solidify this spot.

UR Fiend – The other explosive deck that had a great week – UR fiend did not lose much in Treasure Cruise. It gained more when Temur Battle Rage (and potentially Elusive Spellfist) were printed and has only increased in popularity – for good reason. Yet, the high variance of the deck showed as it had a 37.5% cash rate and a 40% win rate. It put 9 people in the bank, but also gave 3-4 losses to 15 pilots. A lot win rate is often more indicative that cash so I am interested to see if the popularity and success of the deck continues.

Boros Kitty – After Stompy and UR Fiend this was the most popular deck to receive a 35% cash rate or better. It had a 50% cash rate and a 54% win rate. This is a deck, very similar to Azorius Kitty, that always seems to have a few pilots, but never goes up or down too much. Boros Kitty is one of the best at keeping a full grip in the current meta and always seems to have exactly what it needs. As Affinity loses popularity and the hate cards drip out the SB, the deck can grow (although the hate cards are never too bad for Kitty).

ninja of the deep hours

Losers

Delver – With significantly less entries this week, this deck still didn’t perform well. It had a 25% cash rate and a 35% win rate. Interesting that both dropped so much as it was a dominant force before cruise was printed and it still seems to be a top deck. Also, the pilots that kept playing were probably the higher skilled pilots that have played it for a long while. As the meta becomes more settled, this is the deck I am watching the most. It has been a pillar of the format since it was printed. Yet, it was not performing amazingly before the banning so it brings into question how strong the deck has always been. This is the deck to monitor and I am not sure where it will head, although I think down is the direction most people desire.

Fae Combo – Another dominator in the old meta, the main flavors of Fae (edit: esper and grixis, the combo/control and tron versions (which both went 3-1) were originally missed by me and stats are not included here) had a dismal week. It had only 1 in 8 pilots cash and a 28% win rate. It also had a combined 3-3 record in the PCT. This was perhaps the most surprising of any of the results this week and further pushes the question of whether Cloud of Fae is the problem. The deck preyed upon the slower decks that were rampant in the old meta and with many faster decks, it may see less success. Another main deck to watch as it develops and may see some color/strategy changes in the process.

Hexproof – This is here less so for its results and more so for the lack. It was most people pegged to get worse, but it lacked in showing and success. It had only 2 pilots who both went 0-X. No wins. The deck was shut out and for a deck that has been T2 for a long time that is very rare. I think this may just be a component of data size and I guess the holiday can help explain it, but really it’s an anomaly.

Deck to Watch For

GW Tokens – Certainly a deck that has been around the block, this combo-aggro deck is very explosive and not a glass cannon, but the combo itself is very fragile. One of the things that has happened more with the decks is the inclusion of Heliod’s Pilgrim effectively increasing the amount of combo pieces. Not only has the deck shown up more in dailies (and done well with 2/6 decks cashing), it has been more prominent in the Tournament Practice room. Make sure you prepare for this matchup as it seems to have made its way back into the meta, although it may not stick around for long.

azorius out for blood

Brew of the Week

Rhystic Tron – This is a deck that I personally love and started messing around with it recently. While not the newest brew, it was one of the few rogue decks to 4-0 a daily and it has some serious staying power. Even though the deck has a chance to shine, it does often feel like it needs one more piece to really be a top contender. Even so, I really do like the potential of the list and feel it has a place in the metagame.

Dailies Data

Thank you for the data Mr. Tom the Scud, this is only the data from the 3 dailies he recorded.

Deck

4-0 Results

Affinity

2

Boros Kitty

1

Goblins

1

GW Tokens

1

MBC

1

MUC

1

Rhystic Tron

1

Stompy

1

UR Fiend

1

W Metalcraft

1
Deck

3-1 Results

Affinity

2

Boros Kitty

2

Burn

1

Delver

3

Domain Zoo

1

Elves

3

Esper Fae Combo

1

GW Tokens

1

Jund Delve Tron

1

MBC

6

Rakdos Torture

1

RUG Tron

1

Stompy

5

UB Angler

1

UR Fae Combo/Control

1

UR Fiend

8

UR Tron Fae Combo

1

WW

1
Deck

2-X Results

Affinity

3

Burn

3

Delver

2

Esper Fae Combo

1

Goblins

1

Grixis Fae Combo

1

GW Tokens

2

MBC

4

MUC

1

Rhystic Tron

1

RUG Tron

2

Stompy

3

UB Angler

1

UB Mill Control

1

UB Trinket

1

UR Fiend

2

W Tokens

2
Deck

1-X Results

Affinity

4

Boros Kitty

3

Delver

4

Elves

2

Esper Fae Combo

2

Freed Combo

1

Goblins

2

Golgari Delve

2

Grixis Control

1

MBC

10

R Eldrazi/Kiln Fiend

1

Rakdos Torture

1

RUG Tron

1

Stompy

2

UB Angler

1

UG Ramp

1

UR Fiend

6

WW

1
Deck

0-X Results

4-color Tron

1

Affinity

3

Burn

1

Delver

3

Esper Fae Combo

1

Goblins

1

Golgari Torture

1

Golgari Zombies

1

Grixis Fae Combo

2

GW Tokens

2

Hexproof

2

Jund Eidolons

1

Jund Songs Combo

1

MBC

5

U Knack Combo

1

UB Control

3

UG Turbofog

1

UR Fiend

7

UR Tron

1

W Heroic

1

W Metalcraft

1

W Tokens

1

Pauper Classics Tuesday

This was a 3 round event followed by a top 8. It is held every Tuesday at 8pm EST. Check it out on Gatherling.com.

PCT Rank

Deck

1st

W Soldiers

2nd

WW

T4

Affinity

Goblin Tokens

T8

Delver

Esper Fae Combo

Rhystic Tron

Teachings

2-X

Elves

UR Control

GW Tokens

1-X

W Tokens

Elves

Burn

Affinity

MBC

Boros Kitty

0-X

GW Infect

UR Control

Acid Trip

Esper Fae Combo
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