September TGS Magic Arena 1K Standard: Top 8 Report

September TGS Magic Arena 1K Standard: Top 8 Report

The Gaming Stadium hosted another Magic the Gathering: Arena 1K Standard tournament this last Sunday! As usual, we have provided a profile of our top eight contenders below.

Winner

Nathaniel Knox secured the victory after finishing 2-1 against every opponent in the playoffs. His favorite thing about this deck is the fact that every game is a really close game, and each victory is both satisfying and earned. He felt confident leading into the Top 8, and his confidence shows!

Mono-Blue Tempo

Creatures (20)
Siren Stormtamer
Spectral Sailor
Pteramander
Merfolk Trickster
Brineborn Cutthroat
Tempest Djinn

Spells (20)
Curious Obsession
Dive Down
Opt
Spell Pierce
Lookout’s Dispersal

Land (20)
20 Island
Sideboard (15)
Cerulean Drake
Entrancing Melody
Essence Capture
Negate
God-Eternal Kefnet
Chemister’s Insight

Finalist

Max “Flader” Gibson-Flader finished second with his 4-coluor “Risen Red” Elementalist deck. He chose to compete with this deck because it is fun and not well-known. His favourite part about this deck is the variety he has, which makes every round unique and interesting.

4-Colour Elementals

Creatures (27)
Thunderkin Awakener
Leafkin Druid
Cloudkin Seer
Risen Reef
Scampering Scorcher
Omnath, Locus of the Roil
Cavalier of Thorns
Yarok, the Desecrated

Spells (8)
Chandra, Awakened Inferno
Lava Coil
Neoform

Land (25)
Drowned Catacomb
Watery Gate
Blood Crypt
Dragonskull Summit
Rootbound Crag
Stomping Ground
Overgrown Tomb
Woodland Cemetery
Breeding Pool
Hinterland Harbor
Temple of Mystery
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls
Temple of Epiphany
Sideboard (15)
Flame Sweep
Blood Sun
Fry
Negate
Veil of Summer
Entrancing Melody
Pulse of Murasa
Unmoored Ego
Lava Coil

Top 4

Joey “JoeyStorm” Tsoi made his second-time appearance with a mono-red deck, affectionately named “Red Deck Wins.” Joey brought out this deck in the last tournament and saw success with it. After adjusting a few cards in his deck, he returned with the sole purpose of showcasing mono-red’s dominance. Luckily for him, this new deck earned him a spot in the Top 4, versus his Top 8 finish last month.

Mono-Red Aggro

Creatures (22)
Fanatical Firebrand
Ghitu Lavarunner
Runaway Steam-Kin
Viashino Pyromancer
Goblin Chainwhirler
Rampaging Ferocidon

Spells (18)
Experimental Frenzy
Shock
Lightning Strike
Wizard’s Lightning
Light Up the Stage

Land (20)
20 Mountain
Sideboard (15)
Lava Coil
Fry
Tibalt, Rakish Instigator
Chandra, Fire Astisan
Alpine Moon
Dire Fleet Daredevil

Thanh “Azayaka” Nguyen also returned to the Stadium seeking retribution for his Grixis Control deck. He finished last month in the Top 8, and was able to secure a spot in the Top 4 this time around! The Grixis Control deck is something that suits his style, and has a lot of natural game making potentials.

Grixis Control

Creatures (3)
God-Eternal Kefnet
Nicol Bolas, the Ravager

Spells (34)
Search for Azcanta
Narset, Pater of Veils
Chandra, Acolyte of Flame
Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God
Chandra, Awakened Inferno
Bedevil
Vraska’s Contempt
Legion’s End
Thought Erasure
Angrath’s Rampage
Cry of the Carnarium
Unmoored Ego
Ritual of Soot
Enter the God-Eternals
Discovery
Dispersal

Land (24)
Island
Swamp
Drowned Catacomb
Watery Grave
Blood Crypt
Dragonskull Summit
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls
Sideboard (15)
Aether Gust
Ashiok, Dream Render
Legion Warboss
Moment of Craving
Noxious Grasp
Thief of Sanity
Unmoored Ego
The Elderspell

Top 8

Nam “Rayden” Dang secured his spot in the Top 8 with his Esper Control deck. Esper Control is one of the strongest decks in the game, and he’s felt pretty good about his chances given he only practiced the deck for one day. His favorite thing about this deck is how safe it is to tap out with your Planeswalker.

Esper Control

Creatures (2)
Basilica Bell-Haunt

Spells (32)
Search for Azcanta
Oath of Kaya
Narset, Parter of Veils
Teferi, Time Raveler
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Tyrant’s Scorn
Vraska’s Contempt
Legion’s End
The Elderspell
Thought Erasure
Unmoored Ego
Kaya’s Wrath
Command the Dreadhorde

Land (26)
Plains
Swamp
Glacial Fortress
Hallowed Fountain
Drowned Catacomb
Watery Grave
Godless Shrine
Isolated Chapel
Temple of Silence
Sideboard (15)
Enter the God-Eternals
The Elderspell
Duress
Unmoored Ego
Kaya’s Wrath
Ashiok, Dream Render
Devout Decree
Despark
Noxious Grasp
Cry of the Carnarium
Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Drew Christensen made his TGS Top 8 debut with a Mono-red deck centered around burning. He’s played this deck for a long time and he feels confident about it’s ability to hold up in the current meta. Drew’s favorite aspect of the deck is how every single decision matters, and how each match is like a puzzle. This deck is for executing big IQ plays!

Mono-Red Aggro

Creatures (22)
Fanatical Firebrand
Ghitu Lavarunner
Scorch Spitter
Viashino Pyromancer
Goblin Chainwhirler
Rampaging Ferocidon

Spells (20)
Shock
Lightning Strike
Wizard’s Lightning
Light Up the Stage
Skewer the Critics

Land (18)
18 Mountain
Sideboard (15)
Act of Treason
Lava Coil
Rampaging Ferocidon
Chandra’s Pyrohelix
Fry
Risk Factor
Goblin Chainwhirler
Mountain

Sebastian “Mr. Sparkle” Denno returned to TGS with his B/W Vampires deck. He found success with it during the August tournament, and felt that the deck still stood as one of the strongest in the game. The card Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord, makes the deck the Goliath that it is in the current meta.

Vampires

Creatures (27)
Skymarcher Aspirant
Legion Lieutenant
Vicious Conquistador
Knight of the Ebon Legion
Adanto Vanguard
Sanctum Seeker
Champion of Dusk

Spells (11)
Legion’s Landing
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord
Legion’s End
Mortify
Cast Down

Land (22)
Plains
Swamp
Godless Shrine
Isolated Chapel
Sideboard (15)
Duress
Despark
Noxious Grasp
Gideon Blackblade
Vona, Butcher of Magan
Legion’s End
Devout Decree

Jay “Hinagikufan” Ueda introduced the Blue-Green Gift (or the Blue-Green Flash as he calls it) to the tournament. In the 12 hours before the event, he picked up this deck and climed from Plat 3 to Diamond 1. He is impressed with the deck’s flexibility and versatility, and is happy with how many decisions are available at any given time.

Simic Flash

Creatures (21)
Spectral Sailor
Brineborn Cutthroat
Merfolk Trickster
Nightpack Ambusher
Frilled Mystic
Ripjaw Raptor

Spells (17)
Opt
Unsummon
Syncopate
Essence Capture
Sinister Sabotage
Precognitive Perception

Land (22)
Island
Forest
Breeding Pool
Hinterland Harbor
Temple
Sideboard (15)
Cerulean Drake
Essence Capture
Narset’s Reversal
Veil of Summer
Kraul Harpooner
Shifting Ceratops

Are you interested in any of these deck builds? Check out the VOD of the tournament here to see these decks in action!