Community League #7: Modern Silverblack, Final

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After six rounds of Swiss and a grueling Top 8, we are proud to crown the winner of Community League #7 in Modern Silverblack.

Congratulations to Kelevra6 for winning the league! As the winner of this event, you receive 50 bot credits from our good friends at Cardhoarder.

For taking second place, NewHJ will receive 25 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

For bringing in third place, Bobgar gets serious bragging rights. Well done, sir! Read on below for a full video account of his league run.

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What were your thoughts on Modern Silverblack this time around? It is one of my favorite PRE formats, so I hope you guys enjoyed it. I played the same list for all six rounds of Swiss, which is uncharacteristic of me and also partially why I didn’t record any matches this time around. The list felt *really* strong but had an issue against really aggressive match-ups. In all the matches I lost, the games were literally an issue of a single turn.

Every time.

I went 4-2 in the end which wasn’t enough to make top 8. Hell, even one person who went 4-1-1 didn’t make top 8. Here was my list.

[d title=”Silverblack Mindcrank by Bava (Modern Silverblack)”]
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Jwar Isle Refuge
4 Evolving Wilds
3 Swamp
3 Island
4 Ghost Quarter

Two-Piece Combo
4 Duskmantle Guildmage
4 Mindcrank

Searchers / Support
3 Dimir Infiltrator
4 Muddle the Mixture
4 Æther Vial
4 Serum Visions
4 Gitaxian Probe

Disruption / Combo Starters
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Duress
1 Gut Shot
4 Thought Scour

4 Relic of Progenitus
4 Echoing Truth
3 Drown in Sorrow
4 Negate [/d]

The key thing to note here is that this is a two-piece combo that is very hard to disrupt. If I get Mindcrank and Guildemage into play with 3 mana open, you lose. It’s not *always* that easy, but killing the guildmage in response doesn’t do a thing, since his ability stays in effect throughout the turn.

Aether Vial means you can combo safely with just 3 mana and as early as turn three. The disruption package is super-handy for staying alive but can also work to instigate the win-con if you don’t have another way to do so. My two losses were against Hexproof and Stompy, both of which executed their gameplan perfectly in killing me (just) before I could go off.

But enough about me, what about our winner?

Kelevra6 played Soul Sisters in rounds 1 and 2, going 1-1, and then switched to RW Scepter Control, which he played in various forms for the rest of the event. Here is the decklist he took into the finals.

[d title=”RW Scepter Control by Kelevra6 (Modern Silverblack)”]
4 Wind-Scarred Crag
4 Boros Guildgate
9 Mountain
5 Plains

4 Young Pyromancer
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Seeker of the Way

4 Isochron Scepter
4 Lightning Helix
2 Boros Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Path to Exile
3 Magma Jet
3 Faithless Looting
2 Dawn Charm

2 Magma Spray
2 Wear/Tear
2 Sudden Shock
2 Electrickery
1 Dawn Charm
1 Kor Firewalker
2 Relic of Progenitus
3 Calciderm [/d]

Here is his event recap:

“Rounds 1 and 2 I played the Souls Sister deck my opponents were both playing junk rites, I went 1-1. for the rest of the swiss I played boros scepter swiss deck. Round 3 I played against mono-red heroic, round 4 was against hexproof, round 5 my opponent and I could not find a time to our match resulting in the one draw I had, and round 6 I played against mono blue aggro.

“In the top 8 I play the boros scepter burn list for the first 2 rounds, playing against grindstation and stompy. finally,in the finals I played against infect in which I play boros scepter finals decklist.”

NewHJ, his opponent, took second place with this Infect list, which he piloted for the entire event:

[d title=”Infect by NewHJ (Modern Silverblack)”]
20 Forest

4 Glistener Elf
4 Blight Mamba
4 Ichorclaw Myr
4 Necropede

4 Mutagenic Growth
4 Rancor
4 Vines of Vastwood
4 Groundswell
4 Giant Growth
4 Apostle’s Blessing

4 Nature’s Claim
3 Gut Shot
3 Fog
3 Ranger’s Guile
2 Slaughterhorn [/d]

Despite the fact that this is very nearly a Pauper list, it served NewHJ very well. His brief recap:

“I played against RW Burn, Grinding Station Combo (my defeat), UR Delver, Dirty Red (aka Blistering Rage), and Stompy. On top 8 against Grinding Station Combo again and BG Elves.”

Our third place finisher, Bobgar, played Stompy throughout the event, and was awesome enough to record his run and share his videos. Thanks, Bobgar!


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Community League #8

Man, I always enjoy some Silverblack, but now it is time to set our sites forward and talk about the format for the next league. As always, everyone can make a pitch for a *single* choice. I will take the most popular nominations and put them in front of our winner, who will get to choose the format.

With all the holidays and stuff happening, we may not get League #8 started until the beginning of January, but if we seem to get squared away soon I won’t put it off that long.

Nominate a format in the comments below! While you’re there, let me know what you thought of our increased used of Challonge as a tournament tool this event, and any other thoughts you have about how these things are run.



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Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week One

The Pauper Gauntlet has started!

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The first week of round one

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Ok, lets get into details.

The Green One opened round one against Orzhov Soldiers, defeating them 2-1.

Mono Red Heroic, another top 10 deck from last year, got a third turn kill and won the match against BUG Control 2-1.

Slivers just ran over Grixis Delver 2-0.

Living End lost against Domain Landfall 1-2 and now have to face elimination in round two.

Rakdos Vampires, the people’s choice from the Pauper Rogue Cup, lost against RG Landfall 1-2.

Mono Red Land Destruction lost again Hexproof 0-2.

Izzet Cooldotha defeated Esper Trinket 2-0 and move directly to round three.

Pestilence Control faced the unlikely mirror but won 2-0.

Cheaty Morph lost against Dimir Control 0-2.

Selesnya Flash won against an Affinity quitter 2-0

Kuldotha Mardu showed itself as a true contender, crushing Mono Green Tron 2-0

Death Control ate the WW Tokens 2-0

Encroaching Blight totally crushed JeskaiKitty 2-0 impressing me greatly.

MUC got a bye from a quitter 2-0

Eggs took on RWB Kuldotha and lost 1-2.

RUG Tron faced the White Metalcraft deck and won 2-1

Gary Busey got drunk and abused some Selesnya Lifegain deck 2-0.

UG Madness defeated DelverFiend 2-1.

Bant Fog managed to defeat Naya Blue 2-0 despite me making 30+ mistakes to Pierakor’s great dismay.

UB Justice Control lost against MBC 1-2 somehow.

Sultai Delve got flinged to death twice by Affinity 0-2.

A Mono Blue Tron deck was overwhelmed by Flying Ninjas and fled the field.

Mono Black Land Destruction could not take away the resources of Hexproof and lost 0-2.

Affinity crushed some Thallids on the way to the factory 2-0

Dragon Delve got crushed by Turbo Angler 0-2.

Goblins ran over a burn deck so fast that it was scary 2-0

Black Auramancer, the winner of the Pauper Rogue Cup, defeated Mono Green 2-0

25 matches played. 43 to go until we are done with round one.

Round one will probably take 3-4 weeks to complete. As the winners do not play in round two, the second round will be significantly faster.

What happens to the decks that lost?

Round one and round two are double elimination so round two will have the losers play yet another match in the JFF room. If the decks win they move to round three (which will be tougher!) where they will join the winners of round one.

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