Happy Monday MTG peeps,
With Battle for Zendikar officially released on Friday 2nd October, the very first large tournament took place in Indianapolis - the StarCityGames.com Standard Open. Although we love to see how players adapt to a new Magic: the Gathering set with old favourites rotating out, we've always wondered how on earth players get all the new cards they need for the tournament the weekend of the release. Careful planning we guess.
There was a proper Landfall strategy in the Top 8 - specifically a R/G Landfall featuring Scythe Leopard, Snapping Gnarlid and Makindi Sliderunner with that great red / green spell Atarka's Command. What took the top spot however was an Atarka Red decklist by Brian Demars (congratulations!). One would think that Red is Dead with the exit of Stoke the Flames and Lightning Strike from standard constructed but Demars dominated with the very deadly Temur Battle Rage and Become Immense coupling.
Atarka Red, Brian Demars
G/W Megamorph, Michael Majors
Esper Dragons, Jeff Kruchkow
Jeskai Black, Adam Varner
Five-Color Bring to Light, Gerry Thompson
Jeskai Black, Clay Spicklemire
Esper Dragons, Patrick Cowe
Abzan Control, Bradley Carpenter