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While we’re about to see an incredible variety of Temur Reclamation mirrors, there are a bunch of progressive, disruptive methods to assault the Growth Spiral decks from totally different angles. The Finals has a mess of essentially the most well-known gamers on the earth, together with the whole Magic Pro League, so keep tuned for some incredible matches!

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Final Standings


Double Masters Spoilers

Round One

Game 1: Eli Loveman leads with a strong t1 Pelt Collector, however misses his 2 drop, into a reasonably gradual hold of Woe Strider, Bolas’s Citadel, and 5 lands from Will Craddock. On flip 4, Will Craddock deploys a Mayhem Devil, one of the vital necessary playing cards in Jund Sacrifice, and Eli Loveman takes it down with barely any hesitation with a Vivien, Arkbow Ranger minus on Yorvo. Though the Devil trades with Vivien, the Jund begin proves too gradual to maintain up because the Mono Green deck follows up with a Questing Beast and buffs it up for a fast victory.

Game 2: Craddock begins out with a way more explosive t1 Goose -> t2 Priest draw, Priest being one of many scariest playing cards for Mono Green to face, however Eli has a incredible begin of his personal with t1 Pelt Collector t2 Pelt Collector t3 Yorvo. Still, Craddock deploys a Mayhem Devil the flip after, with the Geese offering an incredible variety of triggers, taking each Pelt Collectors out and forcing Loveman to sacrifice Yorvo to the Priest sacrifice.

Game 3: Mono Green with a little bit of a slower begin, beginning off with a flip 2 Scavenging Ooze versus a flip one Goose, the Ooze not being essentially the most threatening attacker to start out off with. Rather than develop his personal board as a lot, Loveman decides to take out the Goose with a Ram Through and buff up his Scavenging Ooze within the course of. Craddock recovers with a strong Woe Strider + Claim the Firstborn play on the Ooze, however then Loveman attracts a large Stonecoil Serpent off the highest and places a Gemrazer on it, making it a 10/10 and swinging Will down to only Four life. Will, unable to search out a solution in time or race his opponent down in time with only a Korvold, is pressured to confess defeat!

Mono Green runs over Jund Sacrifice quickly in our first match, placing on far an excessive amount of trampling strain for the Jund participant to cope with, and showcasing the ability of Gemrazer, Ikoria’s premier Mutate creature!

Meanwhile…

Ken Yukuhiro is enjoying an progressive Esper Midrange deck, with an entire host of playing cards to bother Temur Reclamation as a lot as he probably can! With everybody enjoying maindeck Aether Gust, Ken appears to strand playing cards in his opponents’ hand

Game 1: Ken begins with a incredible hand, stuffed with playing cards which might be nice in opposition to Javier, from Teferi shutting down their instantaneous pace interplay to maindeck Aether Gust to Rotting Regisaur, the form of colossal risk that Temur Reclamation has subsequent to no solutions to. Ken begins off with a speedy t2 Hallowblade -> Regisaur begin on the play and applies excessive strain from begin to end, which the Reclamation deck finds itself completely unable to reply rapidly sufficient, shopping for a while with Brazen Borrower on the Regisaur, however nonetheless dropping in a landslide, simply a few turns later.

Game 2: Ken with the identical Hallowblade -> Regisaur curve on the draw and Javier nonetheless finds himself in tough form even with a a lot quicker Growth Spiral -> Bonecrusher Giant begin, since Stomp is unable to take out the Hallowblade and achieve any type of tempo benefit. Ken Aether Gusts the Bonecrusher and hits for 10, halving Javier’s life complete on flip 4. Still, Javier makes use of a second Stomp on the Hallowblade, tapping it down and taking 7 moderately than a deadly 10. Javier tries to retake the initiative with Nightpack Ambusher, however will get Petty Thefted instantly. On the following flip, Javier is pressured to make use of a shockland placing him to only 1 life, chump the Regisaur and power the Hallowblade to discard with the Ambusher block. The Ambusher making a wolf begins to tug Javier again into the sport, since Ken bricks on his essential subsequent draw step. A second drawn land locks the sport up, since Javier is ready to Explode away the Seasoned Hallowblade

Javier displaying his immense ability and Reclamation’s comeback potential, stabilising this board on 1 life and profiting from his opponent’s poor topdecks to say the win simply a few turns later!

Game 3

Starting off with an fascinating scry resolution from Ken, who decides to maintain the Regisaur as certainly one of his greatest playing cards within the match-up, and ditch the land. Javier instantly chumps Hallowblade with Spectral Sailor and forces a discard from Ken, displaying how a lot he values filling his graveyard for Uro, however rapidly will get smoked by the Hallowblade into double Regisaur draw.

Ken comfortably takes down the match-up he most needed to face, that he was particularly concentrating on with this artistic listing, and quickly hates Javier out with primarily the identical lethal curve-out every sport!

Meanwhile..

Seth snap retains a moderately weak opening hand, with a full six lands and only one Bonecrusher Giant, although no less than that card has loads of 2-for-1 potential on this match-up! Still, he attracts Nightpack Ambusher into Elder Gargaroth, a card that Mono Green actually has a nightmare coping with, for a decent curve-out on the play versus Kuo’s pretty medium Green Stompy draw.

Nightpack Ambusher, effectively, lives its greatest ambushing life in opposition to a Barkhide Troll, placing Seth fairly far forward, however Mono Green’s host of titanic creatures permit it to stabilise the board despite that.

Gemrazer on Yorvo rapidly outsizes all of Seth’s creatures, forcing him to triple block with all however the Ambusher, permitting it to stay round and produce some extra Wolves. Still, this isn’t too unhealthy for Seth, since he’s simply buying and selling two playing cards for 2 playing cards and, the longer the sport goes on, the extra favoured he’s on this match-up.

Oh pricey, right here comes the ache… Seth blows up Yorvo and refills his total hand, and at this level the sport’s actually progress spiralling uncontrolled for poor Tzu-Ching Kuo, who makes a pair extra desperation assaults earlier than taking one other Explosion to the face and wrapping it up.

Seth Manfield snap retains a six-lander, nonetheless stabilises with comical ease, after which repeatedly blows up the competitors!

Round Two

Impressively, we’ve managed to not run into any Reclamation mirrors within the featured match space as of but, and this match offers us fairly the welcome sight: no copies of the dreaded enchantment on both facet!

Game 1

This isn’t the perfect matchup for Corey Burkhart, who was actually hoping to run right into a Reclamation deck, however as a substitute runs right into a deck with way more anti-aggro instruments and sweepers. He kicks issues off by holding a one-lander in opposition to a seemingly slower draw from Kowalski till he instantly pulls a Growth Spiral, the cardboard of the format, off the highest! Burkhart does handle to make it to land quantity two after lacking it for a few turns, however in the meantime amasses fairly the swarm.

Kowalski, being crippled by his taplands, finds himself susceptible to an enormous Basri’s Solidarity, and is left digging for Shatter the Sky together with his ultimate Growth Spiral of the sport, however the coronary heart of the playing cards doesn’t favour him this time!

Game 2

Kowalski begins off robust with t2 Jolrael, Mvonvuli Recluse on the play, a devastating card in opposition to any aggro deck with the proper help, however bricks on his subsequent draw step with a second copy of the Legendary coming off the highest and stopping him from triggering the primary. Meanwhile, Burkhart curves out together with his Hunted Witness -> Seasoned Hallowblade draw, and is ready to leverage his Bounty Agent sideboard tech to take out the primary Jolrael, just for Kowalski to fireplace again with the second + a topdecked Growth Spiral. Kowalski begins to make use of his 2/2 Krasis to strain Burkhart’s Gideon Blackblade, however takes moderately lots of injury within the course of. Kowalski then decides to pump the required 6 mana into Jolrael to take out Gideon, however that’s a fairly low tempo play and a topdeck Basri’s Soldarity wraps the sport up for Corey, with Shatter the Sky proving a fairly weak reply to double Seasoned Hallowblade!

The underdog in Mono White Aggro, up in opposition to a troublesome match-up, exhibits off its brutal jaws with a fast 2-0, chewing proper by the competitors! Some awkward and mana inefficient attracts actually let the Growth Spiral deck down this time.

Meanwhile…

Game 1: Andrew Cuneo’s Mono Green nut draw rapidly runs over an anaemic 4-colour Reclamation draw; the double Pelt Collector begin on the play just isn’t one many decks can cope with in sport 1!

Game 2

Double Pelt Collector once more, however this time on the draw! Cuneo will get closely mana screwed this sport, failing to succeed in Four mana with a number of 4-drops in hand, however nonetheless manages to remain forward for a lot of the sport in opposition to an opponent on as a lot as six mana. Finally, Cuneo topdecks the fourth land whereas staring down Glogowski’s escaped Uro and chooses to cost in together with his total board, dropping a Lovestruck Beast to not likely deal that a lot injury. From there, Piotr is ready to leverage the insane energy of a number of Uros to colossally buffer his life complete, whereas discovering loads of disruption for the Mono Green participant.

Glogowski leverages lots of Uro biking and clinging on for pricey life, till he lastly finds the Wrath impact he must lock up the sport, even killing the Stonecoil Serpent by safety from multi-coloured, because it offers injury to itself!

Game 3: Cuneo has a speedy t2 Paradise Druid -> Questing Beast draw on the play, however meets an Aether Gust into Petty Theft to delay these hasty damages. Finally, Piotr misses a flip of influence and will get run over, is pressured to play Kenrith for no worth in an try to dam, and will get blown proper out by Primal Might on Shifting Ceratops.

Mono Green overwhelms 4C Reclamation – whereas Glogowski performed an actual nailbiter in sport 2 and was in a position to claw his approach again, he was unable to maintain up with the speedy Stompy curve-outs in both of his video games on the draw.

Round Three

Well, I suppose it was too good to final! Let’s head down and take a look at our first (however I worry removed from final) Reclamation mirror. This deck makes for a lot extra fascinating mirrors than someother latest greatest decks, reminiscent of Jeskai Lukka or Simic Oko, because it tends to be much less draw-dependent and there’s extra room for ability, however mirror matches don’t are usually essentially the most thrilling in Magic general, so let’s hope this one breaks the mould!

Game 1:

Both gamers have first rate attracts, with Juza on double Reclamation + payoff, and Elias having the sting with three low-cost counterspells. Juza manages to quickly draw the four-of-a-kind, the total playset of Wilderness Reclamation, which actually isn’t the place you need to be! Elias counters Juza’s makes an attempt at forcing a Reclamation in play, whereas progressing his personal gameplan, and ultimately resolving Nissa, Who Shakes the World with Negate back-up. From there, the sport rapidly spirals out of Juza’s management!

Game 2:

Juza continues to open arms that might be good in each poker and Magic, with a three-of-a-kind of Growth Spirals able to go! Meanwhile, Elias’s tapland draw permits his opponent to achieve an early edge. This is worsened by a crucial misplay the place he cracks Fabled Passage earlier than enjoying his fourth land, stopping him from Aether Gusting his opponent’s Nightpack Ambusher, so he falls far behind on tempo and board presence. Unfortunately for Juza, he begins to flood out a bit whereas his opponent attracts fuel and a Reclamation, however he topdecks Negate for an Explosion at an important second and is ready to pay for double Mystical Dispute, because of some affected person and stable play. This permits him to leverage his board benefit right into a win, night issues out!

Game 3:

Elias mulls into a nasty 5-card hand, and finds himself at a direct and colossal drawback in a value-oriented mirror like this one. Still, he’s in a position to make use of Spectral Sailor to recuperate a few of his misplaced attracts, however Martin rapidly pulls forward within the sport together with his stable 7, resolving a Reclamation with counter back-up and throwing out Sharks of accelerating energy whereas ready for his opponent to over-commit to a play. Finally, Elias faucets out for one card too many and will get blown away by an Explosion for exactly deadly.

Hall of Famer and legendary participant Martin Juza defeats his opponent on the 2 most necessary axes this match, by each higher luck and play!

Meanwhile…

Game 1:

Another case of Temur Reclamation being rapidly overwhelmed by highly effective aggro curve-outs: this time it’s by the hands of Mardu Winota, a real blast from the previous! Lacking Storm’s Wrath within the main-deck, Larsson is rendered fully unable to recuperate, particularly since he attracts two Aether Gusts which have only a few targets in Jacob’s decks.

Game 2:

Larsson will get to usher in some devastating sideboard playing cards for this matchup, together with Elder Gargaroth and Storm’s Wrath. Jacob’s Kitesail Freebooter strains up poorly into Larsson’s glorious double Bonecrusher Giant draw, which buys him sufficient time to attend for essentially the most opportune second to Wrath, earlier than instantly following up with a Gargaroth which prompts a speedy concession.

Game 3:

Kitesail Freebooter runs into one other Stomp, however this time Larsson misses land drops and is unable to discover a second crimson supply for Storm’s Wrath, permitting Jacobs to land Winota, which instantly searches up a horde of Humans for deadly! Not the luckiest sport for the Temur Rec facet.

Jacobs leverages the explosive energy of Winota, alongside a wholesome dose of luck, to take a 2-1 victory over Reclamation with a cool off-meta deck!

Meanwhile…

Game 2:

Fleurant with an explosive early Jolrael draw, making use of some severe early strain. The first Jolrael will get Nightpack Ambushed, and a replica of Teferi will get taken out by the sideboard Questing Beast, giving Murae the looks of stabilising… till Fleurant merely prompts his second Jolrael’s highly effective ultimate capability with 4 creatures out and assaults for deadly!

Game 3:

Fleurant’s sideboard plan is to go underneath Temur Reclamation by chopping all his costly playing cards like Elspeth Conquers Death. Murae makes the questionable play of merely working out his Bonecrusher Giant on flip Three with out making an attempt to get worth out of it, giving Fleurant a window to stay Jolrael early and churn out loads of cats. Still, a flip 4 Reclamation lends Murae super energy and longevity and permits him to snowball uncontrolled, particularly with Fleurant now not getting access to ECD. Eventually, Murae is ready to resolve an enormous Explosion in opposition to a weakened Fleurant and takes the match!

Round Four

Another Reclamation mirror, however no less than this one has some sideboarding variations – Ally Warfield seems to have ready greater than Asahara for the sphere at giant, whereas Asahara has extra copies of key playing cards, reminiscent of Spectral Sailor and three copies of Negate, to assault the mirror match, giving them a bonus right here.

Game 1

Warfield fires off a few child Sharks for an early beatdown benefit, however Asahara is ready to resolve the primary Reclamation and hold Warfield’s off the board. which Asahara ultimately leverages into the primary Explosion for 7, refilling their complete hand. Asahara ultimately wins a sport that was over about ten turns earlier than it lastly ended, with affected person and stable play.

Game 2

This time, either side are in a position to resolve Reclamation, however Asahara is ready to take an enormous early mana benefit by leveraging Uro and Growth Spiral, whereas Warfield misses land drops. Asahara is ultimately in a position to make use of this to start out merely making colossal Sharks and make worth performs like Escaping Uro to use strain with out actually committing to any huge spells like Explosion and risking working them into counter-magic. Eventually, nonetheless, Warfield begins to tug again utilizing the immense energy of two copies of her sideboard mirror-breaker Commence the Endgame. Both gamers battle on with loads of sources, with the benefit swinging backwards and forwards, however lastly Asahara is ready to attract many playing cards off Spectral Sailor, take away Warfield’s Reclamations, and dominate the sport.

The Reclamation deck extra suited to the mirror wins, with some incredible play from either side!

Meanwhile…

Game 3

It’s not typically that you just see one Spectral Sailor dominate a sport fairly as a lot as this, however Baeckstrom’s extraordinarily reactive opener is under no circumstances suited to beating it! Eventually, he’s pressured to fireplace off no fewer than two small Explosions to do away with it earlier than it produces an excessive amount of card benefit. Eventually, nonetheless, Murae floods out closely and Baeckstrom ultimately will get to stay his personal Spectral Sailor and provides Murae a style of his personal drugs, burying him with the uncooked card benefit accrued!

Round Five

Game 1

Zhang’s planeswalker deck is working maindeck Cry of the Carnarium and Ritual of Soot, which might ordinarily result in a painful finish for the poor Mono Black participant, who has his board completely cleared twice, however Zhang finally ends up bricking on draw steps a bit an excessive amount of, particularly within the face of repeated discard, and dropping a really shut sport to being chipped down!

Game 2

Kumagai begins out with a crushing quantity of early discard, with two copies of Kitesail Freebooter being devastating in opposition to Zhang’s gradual begin. By the time Zhang lastly attracts a sweeper off the highest (and subsequently undiscarded), Kumagai is ready to use Mobilized District to complete him off!

A robust displaying for the Mono Black deck, in a position to exploit the planeswalker deck’s inconsistencies and weak spot to discard, to a 2-Zero end in some shut video games!

Meanwhile…

Ken Yukuhiro together with his unbelievable anti-Reclamation Esper Midrange deck faces off in opposition to Mono Green, not the optimum match-up, however one he definitely has some good instruments for!

Game 1

Both gamers have stable attracts, with Yukuhiro having two copies of his most necessary card within the match-up obtainable in Aether Gust, and Cuneo having an incredible curve. Somehow Cuneo manages not to attract any of his huge threats, drawing far too many copies of Pelt Collector, so the Esper Midrange creatures really find yourself being greater and outsizing Mono Green of all issues!

Game 2

Strangely, Ken chooses to maintain Mystical Dispute in his deck (probably as a result of there are a bunch of playing cards he doesn’t need on this match-up), which is terrible right here and he sadly attracts two of them in his opener. Rotting Regisaur offers a stable racing line and the sport may be very backwards and forwards, with nice topdecks on either side, till Cuneo is ready to wrap it up with a Primal Might scaled up for enormous injury.

Game 3

Ken has one other draw slowed down by Mystical Disputes which Cuneo is ready to mess around simply for a lot of the sport, however he begins to flood out versus Ken’s significantly better topdecks, and ultimately loses to Regisaur into Sphinx into Sphinx.

Ken, with the sweetest deck of the entire event at his facet, proves that it has lots of longevity in taking down a tough match-up, even in opposition to decks he wasn’t trying to immediately counter!

Round Six

Game 1: Reid Duke retains a Temur Reclamation nut draw, after which will get completely crushed by a Venerated Loxodon topdeck from Mike Sigrist with the above hand anyway!

Game 2: Sigrist has an extremely medium draw, with no buff results obtainable, so he finally ends up enjoying a bunch of 1/1 tokens and never doing a lot for fairly some time, however sadly for Duke, he’s mana screwed off casting Storm’s Wrath for a lot of the sport. Finally, Duke manages to search out that crimson supply and pull again at just about the final ossible second! As regular, Uro overperforms in holding the Reclamation participant alive.

Game 3: Reid Duke retains a borderline hand versus one of many basic Mono White Loxodon attracts; this match is actually showcasing how arduous a time Reclamation routinely has in opposition to this deck since, even when Reid attracts a sweeper, Sigrist is ready to maintain some creatures in hand to recuperate, and his copies of Seasoned Hallowblade will survive. Technical skills stop us from seeing the tip, however Sigrist does find yourself successful (and possibly doesn’t take all that lengthy to do it!).

Meanwhile…

Game 1: In a protracted and swingy sport that regularly leaves each gamers low on sources, with a set of discard alongside the incremental benefit of Zhang’s planeswalkers and Elspeth Conquers Deaths being surprisingly able to maintaining with the Reclamation deck, Zhang lastly wins with Nicol Bolas + The Elderspell to final instantly, a combo proper out of the 2 weeks after War of the Spark’s launch!

Game 2: Kvartek floods out tremendously for many of this sport, having drawn 14 lands at a degree the place his opponent had drawn 7, and having gone by 20+ by the tip of the sport! Truly, among the most absurd flood I’ve ever seen, and but he was just one Explosion away from successful for a lot of the sport! He didn’t get there, so maybe the Universe actually is sick of Reclamation successful too many tournaments…

Final Round

Game 1: Larsen begins with a incredible draw, controlling the board with Priest of Forgotten Gods and a number of Mayhem Devils, with Trail of Crumbs quickly accruing him large worth. Asahara is pressured to play at a mana drawback for a number of turns to maintain Bolas’s Citadel off the board and forestall the Devil-Citadel combo kill, however in the long run Larsen is ready to resolve it and kills Asahara on the spot.

Game 2: Asahara is ready to achieve an early benefit and applies lots of flying strain this sport, leaving Larsen on a prety low life complete when he stabilises, however Larsen is ready to stabilise, accrue colossal worth with Trail of Crumbs, after which stick a Korvold which buries Asahara in card benefit and lands a convincing victory!

Jund Food has been a largely forgotten deck in Standard, but it surely has proven it will possibly nonetheless put up superb outcomes and simply defeat Reclamation, a purported unhealthy match-up, within the arms of a talented pilot!

Thanks for tuning in! Catch our protection of Day 2 tomorrow at 9 am Pacific, when one other seven rounds will probably be performed!



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