Mid-Week Pauper Meta Report: May 21, 2015

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About this article

This is a weekly report on the online pauper meta. The data it uses are from last Wednesday to this Wednesday. It looks at the data that Tom the Scud collects from a selection of dailies. He watches the replays on MTGO to figure out how each person did, not just the 3-1s and 4-0s that Wizards publishes. This allows us to see the whole iceberg and figure out how well each deck did in total. Now, this data is just for this week and just from the data Tom collects, so it does ignore the other 3-1/4-0 results which means it is not perfect. Additionally, the conclusions in this article are just based on this week, and as the meta is fluid, the top decks shift. This is intended to see what decks are performing well this week and is not necessarily a reflection of the deck’s overall strength.

The large story of the last few weeks had been the explosion in popularity in W Tokens. The deck shot up to the 2nd most popular deck last week, but as the deck got more popular, the hate made its way in. This week, the legion of 1/1s regressed to the 7th most played list. MBC also continued its reign as the most popular list and Burn became a much more dominant force after having one of the worst weeks ever a few weeks ago. The chart on the left below shows the percentage of the meta (from the entire daily) each of the top decks make up (decks that had >5% of the meta). The one on the right shows those same decks prominence in the 3-1 and 4-0 results.

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As seen, MBC takes he biggest hit from deck prominence to cash prominence at a loss of 8% and the other decks lose 9% (which is to be expected as many are not established decks). Stompy and Esper Fae Combo took the majority of that, each gaining ~7%, making up equal portions of the cash prominence. There appears to be a lot of diversity from the top lists here, and a decent spread between the top lists. The next graph looks at the same top decks and their cash and win rates (as a note, ~31.5% is the average for cash rate).

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I like this as a nice way to really visualize the results from the week. If you have any other graphs that you would like to see make sure to let me know!

Lastly, these are going up on MagicGatheringStrat solely which simplifies things a lot for me and allows the use of visuals in a much better and more streamlined way. Thanks for reading!

Winners

1. Stompy – This is a strong week for the Green Machine in a slightly unexpected position. Based on the amount of hate that W Tokens has attracted to the format, Stompy would have seemed to be only a decent option this week. That proved not to be the case as it had a 64.3% cash rate and 61.7% win rate. It had 9 people in the cash out of 14 pilots, compare that to MBC’s 10 pilots in the cash out of 47 tries. A little concerning is that only one of those pilots 4-0ed, which is not fantastic out of 9 appearances. Either way, I believe that Stompy is the best aggro deck in the format right now and should be played more than it is right now. If it can survive a week with as much hate as there was for W Tokens (although the hate isn’t close to as good v. Stompy), it can do well in the future.

2. Esper Fae Combo – The former dominant power, the explosive combo deck had a surprisingly large 16 pilots for a 7.3% prominence. Of those 16 pilots, 9 made it into the cash and 2 of those 4-0ed. The deck then had 3 0-X, 1 1-X, and 3 X-2. This is an interesting split and could come just from the learning curve of playing the deck, or also just variance. It had a 56.3% cash rate and 63.2% win rate. Esper Fae has been putting up better numbers as of late after a slump at the beginning of the season. I’m really surprised that the popularity grew in decent numbers – and had great success. As this deck has a massive learning curve, it is difficult for it to sustain great numbers if more people pick up the deck. A good sign for a deck that has been trending up.

3. Delver – With 18 pilots for the aggro-control deck, it made up 8.3% of the meta. With 4 pilots at each 4-0, 3-1, and 2-X, the deck had a very strong week with a 44.4% cash rate and 60.7% win rate. The 4 decks at 4-0 is really interesting. It is rare that a deck does so well reaching the 4-0 stage. In general, I don’t look too much into the difference in 4-0 and 3-1s because in just 3 dailies, there is a large amount of variance and without something too outstanding, it is difficult to take too much from 1 4-0 v. 2. Yet, when a deck is so successful at reaching 4-0 (as Delver was this week), it says something about the quality of the deck and its position in the meta. Even though there was a 20% difference in cash rate between Stompy and Delver, their win rates only differ by 1%. This is a much more even distribution for Delver which could be interpreted various ways. My theory is that it shows a lower variance deck, which could also mean greater rewards for better play. In general, the rewards for being a strong control player can be greater than a strong aggro player because if you make more correct decisions over a longer game, you have a better chance of winning. Delver is a strong choice (as it usually is), and the rewards are great if you get good at this deck and continue to improve.

4. Burn – Very polarized results this week as Burn also had a great week. It was very similar to Delver in that it had 18 pilots for 8.3% of the meta and had a 44.4% cash rate and a 59.7% win rate. The main difference in the results is that Burn was skewed slightly towards the losing end, but by a very small amount. Burn, just a few weeks ago, went 0-13 in dailies, probably the worst result I’ve seen since I started looking at the meta data. Yet, with such a strong MBC matchup, it got back into the game. In fact it went 12-0 v. MBC. Twelve wins and zero loses. On the other side of the coin, it went 0-6 v. Delver. As long as MBC is a player in the meta, the bolt deck can expect to do decently. I like this deck as a meta call for the near future.

Losers

1. MBC – With 21.6% of the meta and 47 results, MBC is dominating the meta in terms of numbers. Yet, it is not experiencing too much success in these dailies. With a 21.3% cash rate and 42.7% win rate, MBC again did not have a great week. One of the nice things about Tom’s collection is that it can give us the individual win rate of decks and see how they did in the matchup. One thing that can be noticed is that MBC played the mirror 15 times. Adjusting for that, MBC went 45-68 in non-mirror matches. That is a win rate of 39.8%. Not huge, but it means that the win rate is actually inflated when it plays the mirror, opposite of what happens when decks with a >50% play the mirror. While W Tokens isn’t a menace to the deck as much, Burn came in and gave the deck fits. This is the deck to beat in the current meta and it seems like a lot of decks are doing just that.

2. UB Angler – This is a deck that has been doing decently in recent weeks, and it was not close to as successful this week. The Delver list (as opposed to the Teachings version) really started to emerge as the favorite in recent weeks. It made up 4.6% of the meta with only 10 pilots (and there is some problems with smaller sample sizes such as this in terms of increased variance). Even so, the deck had a 20% cash rate and 37.9% win rate. 7 of the pilots went 0-X or 1-X, and the win rate suffered as a result. Despite that, the deck certainly isn’t done and I’m watching this one to see how well it does in the near future.

3. W Tokens – The main story of the past few weeks, the token machine has lost its meta momentum. With just 5.1% of the meta, W Tokens is receding back into a T2/T3 deck. It had a 18.2% cash rate and 42.3% win rate. Potentially more importantly, it went 1-3 against MBC and Burn has emerged as the MBC hate deck. Really I expect that this is on the heels of significant amounts of tokens hate. The deck generated a buzz in the past few weeks, but that buzz has slowly descended to a whisper. If you want to play this list, I would wait a few weeks when the hate goes away and then return to the deck. Right now, this is not where I want to be.

Deck to Watch For

Boros Kitty – The slow card advantage machine has gone under the radar for the past few weeks and it is high time that stops. This week, the deck went 3 for 3 in appearances, 4-0ing once and 3-1ing twice. This is one of the best decks that isn’t being played and it has consistently done this throughout the season. Since the banning, the deck has had a 64% win rate and a 53% cash rate. This deck has averaged getting in the money and 5 of the 16 cashing decks were 4-0. This deck should be played more than it is right now, the deck is just good.

Brew of the Week

UG Land Auras Fae Combo by DoGBiscuit – A variation on the Esper Fae Combo list, this list is mainly just 2 colors (although it is able to run black and red cards because of the fixing). One of the nice things about this list is that it uses enchantments to help it go off instead of familiars. This is significantly more resilient game one, although it does open the deck open to more hate post-sb. One of the other problems with this list is that it plans to go off with a one-of [c]Kaervek’s Torch[/c] cast off of a two-of [c]Fertile Ground[/c]. This means that it can take longer to go off than Esper Fae. There are some other differences as well (such as only needing two colors mainly), but those appear to be the main ones. Overall, this is an interesting list, although I do not think it is as strong as Esper Fae, but I’m not 100%.

Data

Thanks to Tom the Scud. Be sure to check out his Facebook and his Big Fat Spreadsheet.

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PCT Results

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Mid-Week Pauper Meta Report: May 13, 2015

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This article courtesy Najay1 and is reprinted with his permission.

About this article

This is a weekly report on the online pauper meta. The data it uses are from last Wednesday to this Wednesday. It looks at the data that Tom the Scud collects from a selection of dailies. He watches the replays on MTGO to figure out how each person did, not just the 3-1s and 4-0s that Wizards publishes. This allows us to see the whole iceberg and figure out how well each deck did in total. Now, this data is just for this week and just from the data Tom collects, so it does ignore the other 3-1/4-0 results which means it is not perfect. Additionally, the conclusions in this article are just based on this week, and as the meta is fluid, the top decks shift. This is intended to see what decks are performing well this week and is not necessarily a reflection of the deck’s overall strength.

The meta continued to develop this week, with the big story being W Tokens. The deck exploded onto the scene 2 weeks ago, and put up strong results in those weeks, but did not have quite as good of a week. Also, many of the top decks continued to put up middle of the road results. The tier two players came out to fight this week, and did very strong in the process. It’ll be interesting to see how these successful, yet less popular, strategies develop in the coming weeks.

Thanks for reading!

Winners

1. Stompy – Stompy put up one of its strongest weeks of late with a 69.2% cash rate and a 66.6% win rate. It was the 5th most popular deck, making up 7.1% of the meta. This is one of the decks that I expected to be strong going in, but has only really put up modest results. This week was a strong exception as not only did the 13 pilots put up 6 3-1s, they also put up 3 4-0s. Just absolutely insane numbers, and something that can be expected not to happen frequently. I would expect this deck to continue to put up strong results, but not close to as strong as this weeks result.

Strong Outlook

These decks all put up very strong results, but were at or under 5% of the meta, with 9 or less pilots, which means that their results are able to be more influenced by variance. All of these decks are known quantities, and many have been doing better recently, so it is interesting to see how strong they were, but the small sample size means they should be taken with a grain of salt.

1. UB Teachings / UB Angler – There again is two main flavors of UB Angler, but the Delver version seems to be getting slightly more results recently. The deck had 9 pilots for a prominence of 5.0%. The Delver version had 3 3-1s and 1 4-0 whereas the Teachings version had a lonely one 3-1. This makes for a cash rate of 55.6% and a win rate of 55.4%, both quite strong. This deck has consistently put up results and has continually grown. Based on the success of the deck, I wouldn’t expect that to stop.

2. Esper Fae Combo – One of the bogymen of the last format, this deck has slumped back into the shadows recently. Never one to have too many decks, it was just 3.9% of the meta last week with 7 pilots. They put up a cash rate of 57.1% and win rate of 58.3%. As there is only 7 decks, this could obviously be variance, but it is a bit of a departure from some recent bad results. At this point, I’m pretty confident that it will not increase in popularity too much (as it never did when it was one of the best decks) so maybe don’t watch out for this one too much.

3. UR Control – Another deck that was a lot more popular in the previous meta, UR Control has made a slow comeback to be a deck to look out for. Combined with UR Fiend Control, it could make up a decent force in the meta, but the decks do end up playing out differently. This week it had 6 results (3.3% of the meta) for a 66.7% cash rate and 68.0% win rate. Now this could be variance, but 4 out of 6 decks in the cash is still very strong. Also, it appears the decks are making some new card choices which could be a factor in their success as seen just a bit below.

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Losers

1. Affinity – This was the top performer last week, and is now the worst performing deck. It had a 18.8% cash rate and a 35.3% win rate. Now, a lot of this seems to be from a bad record against non-top decks, 6-10. As Affinity is a very high variance deck, I’m not too surprised at the difference from one week to another. Sometimes Affinity can just get lucky and get strong results, this was the opposite of that. Part of this week to me says it was bad luck, but that is one of the downsides to playing a deck like Affinity. At that same point, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see the deck continue to do below average.

2. UR Fiend – UR Fiend has been very much average as of late. Even with the addition of Temur Battle Rage, the deck has not been able to get into solid tier one status. This week it had a lot less pilots than it has averaged, with a 6.1% prominence (compared to about 9% usually). Out of the 11 decks, 6 went 0-X. Looking at its matchups, the majority of that came from a 6-13 against those less popular decks talked about above. Usually, UR Fiend is strong against these decks as it can come out of nowhere to win and a deck that cannot deal with that very quickly will lose. I would expect this to change next week as it faces different rogue matchups.

3. W Tokens – The token machine jumped up to being the 2nd most popular deck with 9.4% of the meta in really just its 3rd week on the scene. One of the defining characteristics of this deck is how much it can fold to silver bullet cards. These were at least partially used as W Tokens fell to a cash rate of 29.4% and a win rate of 28.9%. A lot of that came from the fact that over half the decks went 0-X. This was at least a bit from the fact it went 4-4 vs. MBC, down from 6-0 last week. Most of the MBC decks were packing at least 4 hate cards between Shrivel, Crypt Rats, and Pestilence. Yet, the real culprit was probably the 4-17 record against those pesky rogue decks. This means it went 15-13 against the top tier decks which is actually really strong. As the rogue matchups change more rapidly than top decks, I would expect this to still be a viable option for the near future, even if not the best. I would expect the hate to grow which means that eventually the deck will probably have to go back into tier 2/3 status. I would expect this deck to be strong next week, but it will find too much hate at some point in the future.

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Deck to Watch For

Elves – Not always the strongest deck, Elves is one of the combo decks that exists in pauper. With 4 pilots this week (at a total of 2.2% of the meta), they had 2 3-1s and 2 2-Xs for a cash rate of 50% and a win rate of 62.5%. As a combo deck, it is relatively resilient and puts out a ton of creatures (which gives it reasonable protection from sacrifice effects). The real interesting this to me was how each pilot did very well with the deck. Not sure how well it is positioned in the meta, but it seems to have done quite well for a rogue deck up to this point.

Brew of the Week

UR Control by carthaginians – There wasn’t too many brews that had success this week, but this UR Control deck seemed very interesting in the card choices it has. It plays 4 Beetleback Chief as one of its main threats. The Chief is a fantastic value in a format filled with lots of 1-for-1 removal. Additionally, he plays 1 Vulshok Morningstar to get more value out of the tokens and his 8 other creatures. Another one of the more interesting choices is 2 Harvest Pyre, not an option in the Treasure Cruise days, this allows the deck to take out things such as Gurmag Anglers in a deck that would previously have to spend 2+ cards to get it off the board. Really interesting choices for a deck that has seen some more success (as referenced above). Carthaginians was able to 4-0 one daily and 3-1 two others (over the whole week, not just from Tom’s dailies) and it looks like an innovative list.

Data

Thanks to Tom the Scud. Check out his Facebook and his [Big Fat Spreadsheet.

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PCT Results

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Mid-Week Pauper Meta Report: May 6, 2015

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This article courtesy Najay1 and is reprinted with his permission.

About this article

This is a weekly report on the online pauper meta. The data it uses are from last Wednesday to this Wednesday (May 6). It looks at the data that Tom the Scud collects from a selection of dailies. He watches the replays on MTGO to figure out how each person did, not just the 3-1s and 4-0s that Wizards publishes. This allows us to see the whole iceberg and figure out how well each deck did in total. Now, this data is just for this week and just from the data Tom collects, so it does ignore the other 3-1/4-0 results which means it is not perfect. Additionally, the conclusions in this article are just based on this week, and as the meta is fluid, the top decks shift. This is intended to see what decks are performing well this week and is not necessarily a reflection of the deck’s overall strength.

This week is a bit unique, as I am putting 3 losers and only 2 winners. Really, only 2 decks stood out as being above the curve, whereas a lot of decks had pretty bad weeks. The amount of decks that 3-1ed or 4-0 is really quite impressive. Yet, it seems that the meta has really started to even out a little bit. 8 decks made up 5% of the meta or more – Affinity, Delver, Stompy, UR Fiend, MBC, Goblins, W Tokens, and Burn. Together they made up about 68%.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

Winners

1. W Tokens – The definite winner of the week was the token deck. After it exploded on the scene last week, it has continued to play a role tying for the 5th most prominent deck at 7.1% this week. Not only did it see popularity, it had great success. With a 61.5% cash rate and a 64.1% win rate – both great numbers. It even only had 1 deck at each 1-X and 0-X (out of 13 entries). Interestingly, it looks like the Wu version has basically disappeared which is not that surprising. People really need to start packing more Crypt Rats in MBC, as tokens went 6-0 v. MBC, although because of the price I’m not sure that it’ll happen. For now, tokens remains a great meta call.

2. Affinity – This deck has not seen too much success in the recent meta, but it was able to put up great results this week with a 46.7% cash rate and 54.3% win rate. It also won the PCT and had a T8 finish (with a combined W-L of 10-2). Affinity has been one of the decks that I have seen as worse since the meta change. This is one of the first weeks where it has put up really strong results. Affinity can have really strong, and really weak, weeks just based on the amount of inconsistency and raw power in the deck. The deck has strong matchups vs. MBC and Delver, but it significantly weaker versus Stompy, Burn, W Tokens, etc. This week it somehow went 3-0 v. Stompy and 2-0 v. Burn which indicated that it did get a bit lucky. Maybe I judged this one a bit too quickly though, it ones of the decks I really have my eye on coming up.

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Losers

1. Burn – By far the most surprising deck of the week was burn. It put up 0 results in the money from 13 entrants. It had a dismal win rate of only 25.5%. Now there were 4 people who 2-Xed, which means a 3-1 wasn’t far off, but a 25.5% win rate is just too bad to come up with excuses for. Looking at its matchups (with the data from Tom’s column Pauper Observed), it went 0-2 v. Affinity, 0-6 v. Delver, 0-3 v. Stompy, 0-3 v. W Tokens, and it only faced MBC 4 times for a record of 3-1. This was obviously to some extent luck, but going winless against 4 of the most popular decks is just inexcusable. Maybe the worst week of any deck I’ve seen since I started looking at the data.

2. Goblins – Goblins also had a terrible week even though it jumped up to 5.5% of the meta. It had just one 3-1 for a cash rate of 10% and an overall win rate of 30.8%. I started playing the deck last week and I’ve had decent success with it in the PCT and Tournament Practice room although I haven’t run it out in a daily. It also had 4 pilots at 2-X, so it was close to increase the cash rate, but such a low win rate is telling. I don’t think the deck is as bad as this week’s results indicate, but this is another deck that I will be watching closely to see how it develops.

3. Stompy – Stompy continue the trend of good decks doing really bad this week with an 18.2% cash rate and 34.7% win rate. It quite simply did not put up strong results 7 of the 11 decks went 0-X or 1. Why exactly it did so badly, I’m not certain. According to Tom’s data, the deck put up a losing record to every top deck except for burn. I wouldn’t expect this to be the same in the future and would anticipate the results going back up.

MBC

MBC is an interesting case. This week it was 14.8% of the meta with 27 results through the 3 dailies – 8 more than the next highest. Yet, it still was not able to put up results. It had a cash rate of 22.2% and a win rate of 45.3%. Again it put a huge amount of decks at 2-X (9), and it consistently has a ton of decks in that spot. It made up more than its fair share at 2-X with 9 out of the 34 decks, which means it made up 26.5% of the 2-X spots.

The deck seems to be just not strong enough to get to the top end. The other interesting thing with MBC is that it also had some great events this week that data wasn’t fully available for. It put up more than 5 decks into the cash in 4 events out of the 6 Wizards put out last week, none of which Tom looked at. This is one of the weird cases where the data conflicts heavily. Really a deck to watch in the next few weeks as its success is in question.

Deck to Watch For

UB Teachings & Turbo Angler – There are two main flavors of Angler going on. One of them is a Mystical Teachings deck that I have touched on earlier, but does have some game. The other is a more tempo-control list that packs a few more creatures (most importantly Delver) and a lot more enabler cards like Mental Note and Thought Scour. These decks have started to put up more and more real results in the recent weeks and placed 2 of its 3 entries into the cash in these dailies. This is a deck I wouldn’t be surprised if people jump on a bit as the last iteration of the list was very popular and UB Control tends to be a popular deck no matter how strong it is. I’m interested to see which version has more success in the coming weeks.

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Brew of the Week

No G Kitty – Now this is not the exact list, but Wizards didn’t release it and I can’t assume too many people are running this list so it should be similar at least (although the 4-0 list ran Gravedigger). Now it does have the mana to afford a splash with 4 Prophetic Prism, 3 Evolving Wilds (although no swamps which there really should be), and 4 black gain lands. Now that doesn’t mean the splash is necessary, but it really doesn’t need black mana until late in the game (as it is playing Grim Harvest and Angler, both cards that can be saved for late). I’m also not really sure why people feel the need to add more and more colors to Kitty, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 5 color list in the future (probably not, Green doesn’t offer too much). We’ll see if this trend of more color kitty continues in the future.

Edit: http://i.imgur.com/nnAp6oY.jpg here is the list that 4-0ed (thanks DromarX). He does play 7 fetches and a swamp (along with 3 Prisms and 3 gain lands) so the black will be there if it is needed. He is playing the black for 3 Terminate and 2 Gravedigger which is interesting to say the least. I do like the Terminate, but Gravedigger seems just too slow for all of the aggro out there. I would rather have Grim Harvest as it is just a better long term plan. Very interesting deck, though.

Data

Thanks to Tom the Scud for providing the data for these reports. Check out his Facebook and his Big Fat Spreadsheet.

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PCT Results

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Mid-Week Pauper Meta Report: April 8, 2015

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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).

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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.

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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