1123 gamers have enrolled for yet one more occasion of the Red Bull Untapped collection – a string of tournaments main into the Red Bull Untapped Finals later this yr. Qualifier 4 passed off over the course of two days, with Eight rounds of Swiss play on Saturday, adopted by the Top 64 single-elimination playoff on Sunday.
Standard has been blown extensive open by this week’s unexpectedly radical bans, and the number of archetypes registered within the match is off the charts. The six most represented archetypes – Sultai Ramp, Temur Adventures, Mono Red Aggro, Temur Elementals, Mono Green Aggro and Mardu Winota have accounted for half of the taking part in subject mixed. This is clearly night time and day when in comparison with the state of the metagame of the weeks prior, when the identical 50% quota was designated completely to simply Reclamation decks.
Below are all the 22 (!) archetypes with no less than 10 decks registered, and their winrates (excluding mirrors):
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It appears to be like like Sultai Ramp has solidified itself because the early frontrunner of the renewed Standard format. Although it did lose Growth Spiral, it was Bant Ramp and Temur Reclamation who’ve suffered a a lot crueler destiny, dropping format-defining staples of Teferi, Time Reveler and Wilderness Reclamation. Sultai have dominated each the Swiss and playoff components of the Red Bull Qualifier 4: finest 4 decks of the Round Robin AND finest 4 decks of the Day 2 are all Sultai Ramp decks.
With Expansion/Explosion now not being a priority, it appears that evidently there’s no deck that may constantly go excessive of what Sultai Ramp can do. Nissa, Who Shakes the World and Hydroid Krasis have returned to their forgotten glory – and hey – Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath is one other super-powerful card that escaped a ban (which is its entire taste factor, so I suppose it’s anticipated). The tournament-winning decklist by Kazune Kozaka runs full playsets of every of these staples, including candy interplay items like Heartless Act, Eliminate and Extinction Event (for creature decks) and Thought Erasure with Casualties of War (for slower matchups).
Temur Adventures was the second hottest alternative of the weekend. The deck did nicely on Day 1, scoring a really excessive 58,6% winrate, however did not advance previous Top 32 on Sunday. This is the distinctive archetype that has been round since Throne of Eldraine, however was fully pushed out of the meta for a longest time – till this weekend. It depends on Lucky Clover and Edgewall Innkeeper to benefit from the quite a few Adventure playing cards. The most notable a kind of is Fae of the Wishes, which may pull any card out of your ‘toolbox’ of a sideboard. The deck is unstoppable as soon as it has arrange its engines succesfully, however is usually a bit susceptible to variance – with Clover being such an enormous a part of the archetype’s gameplan.
It can be price to spotlight one other two fairly recent lists that made it right into a Top 8. A Temur Flash deck by Eric Ausseil has a very good probability in opposition to something within the meta, because it splashes some environment friendly pink removing (Bonecrusher Giant, Scorching Dragonfire) in your traditional Simic Flash deck, additionally including Nissa to allow some large Sharks and Krases. Shota Takao has introduced a candy Izzet Spells construct to the desk. It depends on Stormwing Entity and Dreadhorde Arcanist supported by a bunch of 1-mana cantrips and Shocks. These additionally an Orzhov Yorion record that fought its approach into Top 8 – an archetype that has all the time lurked within the shadows, ever since its inception throughout Players Tour earlier this yr.
It has been a disappointing weekend for aggressive methods although – neither Mono Red nor Mono Green had been in a position to present up with good winrates, whereas the anti-Reclamation tech of a Mardu Winota archetype has misplaced its meals supply and has been outright overwhelmed down by the competitors. Things have regarded good on paper for each pink and inexperienced aggro decks resulting in the weekend, with Aether Gust now not being an ever-present maindeck inclusion. And but, the powers of Embecleave and Questing Beast haven’t fairly delivered.
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