Players Tour Finals Day 2 Coverage • MTG Arena Zone




Welcome to the Players Tour Finals! We proceed our protection of the event – on this web page it is possible for you to to learn all in regards to the occasions and matches of the Day 2. Today is when the Swiss play stage of the event concludes. Only gamers who’ve gathered 12 factors or extra throughout Day 1 have superior to Day 2 – seven extra rounds and we’ll know the names of the Top Eight opponents!

Day 2 PT Finals protection begins at 9 a.m. PDT. Below are the highest of the standings after Day 1:

Here are the entire standings and pairings:

Day 2 Metagame Breakdown:

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Round 8

The protection kicks off with a flavour-of-the-week matchup: a Wilderness Reclamation (on this case, a 4-Color variant) deck versus Mono White Aggro. Kanister ended Day 1 with a 6-1 file, whereas Mike Sigrist piloted his White Weenie checklist to a 5-2 file.

Game 1 to Glogowski: Mike Sigrist saved a pleasant agressive hand, which actually needed solely a second copy of Plains to pop off. Unfortunately, he acquired caught on 1 mana for a number of turns, which did present Kanister with a window to cycle thorugh a few Uros. By the time Sigrist managed to construct an enormous board with Venerated Loxodon, Piotr have already had succesfully escaped Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath.

An Explosion refilled Glogowski hand properly, and Shark Tokens helped him in holding Sigrist off throughout fight phases for an eventual win.

Sigrist’s sideboard plan:

Gideon Blackblade is a potent risk on the play for Mono White, because it dodges creature elimination and sweepers that might come out of Four-Color Reclamation’s sideboard (ex. Solar Blaze, Scorching Dragonfire). Tithe Taker taxes prompt pace interplay whereas additionally leaves physique behind to obtain buffs even after it’s been handled.

Glorious Anthem turns into worse in sideboarded video games the place sweepers are an element, so that is the primary card to be tossed away, alongside the weakest of 1 drops, a Garrison Cat.

Game 2 to Sigrist: This time Sigrist skilled no mana issues, although did miss on a 1-drop. This was to some extent compensated by the flip Three growth of Gideon Blackblade. Brazen Borrowers and a top-decked Solar Blaze got here to Kanister’s protection, whereas Kenrith, the Returned King got here down to assist maintain off Gideon. Eventually, Sigrist was capable of cope with that by triggering Gideon’s minus capacity, and powered by for deadly.

Game Three to Glogowski: Mike spammed the board with all of his Garrison Cats, and backed up by Seasoned Hallowblade, it primarily blanked a single Deafening Clarion in Piotr’s hand. Things regarded grim for Glogowski, till he discovered this very artistic use of Expansion:

Copied with Expansion, Clarion + Glass Casket cleared the board fully, and Piotr stabilised to finally seal the collection!

The second featured sport of spherical Eight showcased a pure Four Color Reclamation mirror:

Kristof Prinz was the one undefeated participant after Day 1 and went on to solidify his file much more. In sport 3 Kazuhiro jumped considerably forward in mana by resolving three Wilderness Reclamations, however he couldn’t discover any fuel to truly seal the sport. Meanwhile, Prinz had no Reclamations, however did slam Teferi to shutdown any Explosion shenanigans. He additionally saved on growing Uros onto the board and so by no means run out of sources. After topdecking a few ineffective counter-spells, Kazuhiro finally conceded.

Standings after spherical 8:

Round 9

Both of those opponents had been sitting on a 6-2 file after eight rounds, and their piloting of considerably off-meta decisions of Azorius Yorion Control and Jund Sacrifice was impeccable. This explicit matchup is favored for Azorius however nonetheless pretty shut, as each decks have quite a lot of checks for one another’s threats, and Jund have virtually the identical late-game endurance with engines of Trail of Crumbs and Bolas’s Citadel.

Game 1 to Levy: Christoffer Larsen developed an early risk of Mayhem Devil supported by two Gilded Gooses, which compelled Levy’s Shatter the Sky. Jund adopted with two again to again Korvolds, however Azorius had entry to Elspeth Conquers Death and Yorion, Sky Nomad, so Levy was ready shut the opponent down as soon as once more. Yorions saved flowing for Levy, making up for an unstoppable worth prepare, and Larsen conseded after his Bolas’s Citadel was countered.

Levy’s sideboard plan:

Heliod’s Intervention is a no brainer sideboard tech-in for this explicit matchup as a consequence of its capacity to cope with engines of Witch’s Oven, Trail of Crumbs and Bolas’s Citadel. Archon of Sun’s Grace may be very properly positioned towards Jund who haven’t any clear solutions towards it exterior of triggering Mayhem Devil a bunch of occasions.

Thirst for Meaning comes out as objectively one of many weakest playing cards within the deck. By the best way, take a look at Raphael Levy’s sideboard – it has a ton of one-of’s. Apparently, when operating 80 playing cards with Yorion Levy can’t depend on redundancy as a lot, and so prefers a ‘toolbox’ method when bulding his sideboard.

Game 2 to Levy: Once once more Larsen slammed an early Korvold, the Cursed King and began rising him. Archon of Sun’s Grace managed to stall the issues out for a number of turns with a free token technology till Shatter the Sky reset the board. Jund adopted with a Citadel however Azorius wouldn’t ever let the opponent untap with it – between Teferi, Dovin’s Veto, ECD and Yorion, Raphael Levy had loads of solutions. He saved on drawing playing cards, slowly choking the Jund participant with counters and bounces whereas additionally pushing injury with Yorion. The sport was successfully sealed very long time earlier than it really ended.

Standings after spherical 9:

Round 10

This was the highest seed of the event, pairing Kristof Prinz, who was nonetheless undefeated, with Riku Kumagai, who solely faultered as soon as together with his construct of Mono-Black Aggro.

Game 1 to Kumagai: Pre-sideboarded video games towards aggro are all the time unfavoured for Reclamation as of late as a consequence of its give attention to beating mirrors. It is particularly the case when dealing with both Mono Black or Mono White, as your Aether Gusts are fully ineffective. Prinz positively suffered from a few such blanks being stranded in his hand throughout early sport. Kumagai saved the stress on with environment friendly creatures like Spawn of Mayhem and Hunted Nightmare, and Four-Color Rec deck by no means managed to catch-up.

Prinz’s sideboard plan:

Sideboarding towards Mono Black is bizarre, as a result of your go-to solutions for aggro like Justice Strike and Solar Blaze usually are not notably good towards this deck. It runs a ton of creatures with energy lower than toughness in any respect factors within the curve – Knight of the Ebon Legion, Tymaret, Hunted Nightmare. Even Deafening Clarion just isn’t that spectacular towards the meat that Mono Black is ready to construct up (Knight, Spawn, Nightmare).

As such, Glass Casket is the one card that actually may assist Four-Color Reclamation right here and Justice Strike and Deafening Clarion are each quite reluctant inclusions.

Game 2 to Kumagai: Second sport within the collection adopted the identical situation: Mono Black’s prepare was operating on full steam, deploying a risk after risk. Meanwhile, the one strong piece of elimination Prinz managed to attract was a single copy of Glass Casket – however that clearly wasn’t almost sufficient. Kumagai fully hosed the opponent’s gameplan of sticking Uro as properly – Tymaret saved exiling playing cards from his graveyard, stopping the titan from ever escaping. As a outcome, Prinz suffered one other beating with not a lot of a counterplay, and his undefeated streak on the event has come to an finish.

Standings after spherical 10:

Round 11

In a noble effort to flee Temur Reclamation mirrors, as soon as once more we’re overlaying Raphael Levy’s Azorius Control (7-Three file) journey as in Round 11 he was paired towards a spice of the event – Michael Jacob’s Mardu Winota aggro checklist (8-2 file).

Game 1 to Levy: Raphael Levy mulliganed to six, nonetheless didn’t discover a super mana, however needed to took the gamble as key Shatter the Sky card was already in his hand. Michael Jacob rushed onto the board with Winota’s swarm of minions, and his military would have taken over, however Levy did discover two white sources in time to resolve a large sweeper. From there Jacob struggled to regain a dominant place as Azorius’s card benefit engines began to took over and finally compelled Winota into concede.

Levy’s sideboard plan:

Azorius Control has a plethora of instruments to stave off Mardu Winota’s all-in gameplan and so Levy had sided in fairly a number of playing cards. Sky Tether prevents creatures from attacking – which is sweet sufficient on condition that it denies Winota triggers. Giant Killer and Brazen Borrower each cope with Winota at a mana benefit. Increasing the redundancy of sweepers within the decks additionally goes a great distance on this explicit matchup.

All cuts are fairly simple – Dovin’s Veto’s are blanks towards a creature deck, Mystical Disputes solid full Three mana and so commerce unfavourably, whereas Narset is kind of underwhelming on the draw.

Game 2 to Levy: Despite being on the play, Mardu Winota did not open up with a strong early begin this time. Levy had no entry to a sweeper on flip 4, however managed all of his sided-in spot elimination fairly effectively. It additionally didn’t assist that Jacob’s Winota refused to point out up in any respect. Instead, it was Archon of Sun’s Grace that took over the battlefield and Mardu participant gave up on the sport in a short time.

Standings after spherical 11:

Round 12

This one is a face-off between the 2 high decks of the event, Temur Reclamation and Bant Ramp – an extremely shut and skill-intensive matchup. Both opponents piloting it had been getting ready to the highest 8 – Autumn Burchett and Brent Vos each racked up a formidable comeback winstreaks following an underwhelming Day 1 efficiency.

Game 1 to Burchett: Things kicked off at a gradual tempo, with each gamers placing an enormous quantity of effort into mana-development. The play the place Burchett used to repeat their Growth Spiral on flip Four with Expansion was very symptomatic of that. It was at that when Temur Reclamation managed to tug forward and began to snowball the benefit by resolving Wilderness Reclamation and Nissa, Who Shakes the world. The ensuing Explosion for X=Eight was soul-crushing for his or her Bant Ramp opponent.

Burchett’s sideboard plan:

Main deck decisions of this explicit Temur Reclamation construct go very a lot in keeping with what it desires to do in Bant Ramp matchup, so not a lot sideboarding to be performed for Autumn right here. The solely necessary change is that Nightpack Ambushers went in to assist with an instant-speed facet of the gameplan that goes alongside different counterspells.

Note that Burchett doesn’t usher in Aether Gusts towards Bant Ramp. These are more practical towards sooner decks to mess with their tempo. Remeber, there are nonetheless full playsets of each Mystical Dispute and Negate in Temur Reclamation deck that may do their job towards Bant completely with out asking for any extra assist.

Game 2 to Burchett: In this sport mana benefit within the first turns was on the facet of Bant Ramp participant. Brent Vos simply resolved extra Growth Spirals – it was so simple as that. Autumn didn’t draw a lot ramp within the preliminary turns – as an alternative they needed to play on the moment pace with Nightpack Ambushers. However, the wolfs had been little assist towards opponent’s massive Krases and a Brazen Borrower that had been threatening to shut out the sport within the skies very quickly.

However, with a well timed draw of their very own Borrower, Burchett managed to remain alive for for much longer than Vos has anticipated – it’s the solely clarification for a few free performs that occurred on the Bant Ramp facet afterwards. The sport went from seeming very one-sided to being extremely shut and got here all the way down to a race. Eventually Autumn managed to seal it with an Explosion – an insane comeback, a must-watch sport!

Standings after spherical 12:

Round 13

Riku Kumagai has been crushing his Reclamation opponents at some point of the entire event, and right here we went once more. This time it was Andrew Baeckstrom to attempt to steal Three factors in an unfavored matchup – for what could possibly be a win-and-in for Top 8.

Game 1 to Kumagai: Kumagai simply overwhelmed his opponent with double Knight of the Ebon Legion, double Gutterbones nuts begin. It helped that Baeckstrom additionally made a slight misplay, failing to attend till the top step to bounce Riku’s 1-drop, thus permitting him to right away replay it. The sport ended within the brief order, in typical Mono Black vogue.

Baeckstrom’s sideboard plan:

Once once more, a Four-Color Reclamation participant has to herald Solar Blazes which aren’t even that nice towards Mono Black threats. Luckily, Baeckstrom’s checklist has Jolrael, Mvonwuli Recluse within the sideboard. If resolved on flip two, this creature can do quite a bit to fight Mono Black’s board stress early on.

Game 2 to Kumagai: On the play Baeckstrom felt extra snug, and sided-in Glass Caskets did some work initially in tandem with Brazen Borrowers. Still, a lone Kumagai’s Knight of the Ebon Legion managed to squeeze by and he was sufficient for yet one more Mono Black checkmate – Four-Color Reclamation participant conceded with a Solar Blaze in hand, which was fairly ironic by itself.

Standings earlier than the final spherical:

Round 14

In the ultimate spherical of the Swiss, there’s quite a bit at stake because the final locations within the Top Eight had been being determined. Both Piotr Glogowski and Christoffer Larsen desperately wanted to win this one to get into play-offs stage of the event. Kanister is a famend Jund Sacrifice professional, however this time he’s not enjoying the deck, however dealing with one. Will his information of the archetype assist him exploit its weaknesses and discover so very a lot wanted win?

Game 1 to Glogowski: Piotr managed to tug off an ideal begin for a Reclamation deck: flip 2 Growth Spiral, flip 3 Wilderness Reclamation, flip 4 Explosion for X=6. After that the sport was already past attain for Larsen as Kanister was capable of chain-draw Explosions and keep protected always from Bolas’s Citadel or different comeback playing cards from Jund by retaining counterspell mana open.

Larsen’s sideboard plan:

Jund was clearly well-prepared to face a Reclamation matchup, so Larsen knew what he has to do very exactly. Hand disruption in type of Duress and Agonizing Remorse, enchantment elimination Return to Nature to explode Wilderness Reclamation and extra copy of Bolas’s Citadel to go excessive is the usual sideboard plan for this matchup.

To make room for all of this, Larsen minimize all copies of Priest of the Forgotten Gods and Claim the Firstborn’s as they aren’t so spectacular towards decks with a number of creatures. He then additionally trimmed different much less impactful playing cards that had been there to primarily allow redundancy – reminiscent of Cats and Ovens.

Game 2 to Larsen: Larsen discovered mulligans, and needed to go down to five. He rapidly got here again from it nevertheless, drawing completely into Goose + path of Crumbs opener. Meanwhile, Kanister did not discover a 4th land in time and acquired caught with 2 copies of Wilderness Reclamation in hand. He cycled desperately to search for that coveted mana supply – if solely he would’ve been capable of resolve Reclamation, he would then come again with Aether Gust and Justice Strike. Unfortunately for Kanister that was not meant to occur, and the match went to sport 3.

Game 3: This time it was Glogowski who needed to mulligan, as he reluctantly saved a mediocre 6-card hand with 2 lands. Unfortunately, the dangerous run of luck continued for him, as he struggled to search out early land drops whereas Larsen has been growing threats.

The dangerous 4-color mana performed a humorous joke – Kanister was caught with Justice Strike with out both crimson or white supply, however then out of the blue managed to string again to again Fabled Passages to reply Larsen’s Korvold in time.

However, Jund then resolved Bolas’s Citadel and pulled off that well-known sort of a loopy flip the deck’s able to – Larsen put 10 permanents onto the battlefield instantly from the highest of his library and sacrificed the whole lot to Citadel for the win.

Kanister’s hopes for Top Eight had been crushed by the identical deck that when introduced him a Mythic Championship title.

Final Standings: Top 8

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