November TGS Magic Arena Standard: Top 8 Report

November TGS Magic Arena Standard: Top 8 Report

This last weekend we hosted our November TGS Magic The Gathering: Arena Standard. The biggest monster of this tournament was the newest planeswalker Oko, Thief of Crowns. One of his abilities makes his target lose all abilities and becomes a green Elk creature with base power and toughness 3/3. This planeswalker dominated the TGS space as half of the Top 8 finishers had Oko incorporated in their deck. Those who didn’t have him in their decks made sure to build a deck that could withstand his over-powered nature. Here’s a look at our Top 8 finishers and their game-winning decks!

Winner

Heisenb3rg

Jordan “Heisenb3rg” Cairns has returned to The Gaming Stadium to assert his MTG: Arena dominance! Heisenb3rg recently competed at the Mythic Championship Qualifiers (MCQ) and has advanced on to the MCVII, which will take place next month. He believes that the best deck in the format is Simic Ramp (also known as Bant Food), a build he ran for the MCQ; with this, he created an experimental deck to try and beat this top-tier deck. This deck changes things up with its same colour combos, and uses 2/3 mana spells to counter Simic Ramp’s expensive 4/5 mana spells.

Simic Flash

Creatures (21)
Spectral Sailor
Brineborn Cutthroat
Wildborn Preserver
Brazen Borrower
Frilled Mystic
Nightpack Ambusher

Spells (14)
Aether Gust
Essence Capture
Once Upon a Time
Mystical Dispute
Sinister Sabotage

Land (23)
Breeding Pool
Fabled Passage
Forest
Island
Temple of Mystery
Sideboard (15)
Blast Zone
Veil of Summer
Aether Gust
Disdainful Stroke
Negate
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Shifting Ceratops
Wicked Wolf

Finalist

Spandy

Phoenix “Spandy” Bradshaw finished at second place with his Sultai Midrange deck. Spandy commented that this version of an Oko deck is based off the conventional base deck, but with a few key cards that help give him an advantage. This deck is effective at going toe-to-toe with other Oko-centered decks due to his 10 main deck Planeswalkers, 6 main deck Creatures, and two extra cards. One of the cons of this deck, Spandy remarked, is that the match-up against Flash decks can be scary– regardless, his deck is still strong in the late game and is still holds a 40/60 odds of winning.

Sultai Midrange

Creatures (20)
Gilded Goose
Hydroid Krasis
Paradise Druid
Murderous Rider
Wicked Wolf

Planeswalkers (10)
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Vraska, Golgari Queen
Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Spells (6)
Noxious Grasp
Once Upon a Time

Land (24)
Breeding Pool
Fabled Passage
Forest
Overgrown Tomb
Swamp
Temple of Malady
Temple of Mystery
Watery Grave
Sideboard (15)
Veil of Summer
Aether Gust
Disdainful Stroke
Legion’s End
Noxious Grasp
Mystical Dispute
Massacre Girl
Casualties of War
Find // Finality

Top Four

Mr. Sparkles

Sebastian “Mr. Sparkle” Denno returned to The Gaming Stadium with a brand new Jeskai Fires deck. Mr. Sparkle chose this deck due to its powerful cards and enchantments that can win unwinnable games. During a qualifying match in this series, he was able to attack for 39 hit points with three stacks on his Cavalier of Flames; needless to say, this deck can pack a punch! This deck is good against Oko because Oko is not effective against large haste creatures, or two co-existing threats.

Jeskai Fires

Creatures (11)
Brazen Borrower
Cavalier of Flame
Cavalier of Gales
Niv-Mizzet, Parun

Planeswalker (4)
Teferi, Time Raveler

Spells (12)
Aether Gust
Deafening Clarion
Drawn from Dreams

Enchantments (4)
Fires of Invention

Land (29)
Castle Vantress
Fabled Passage
Hallowed Fountain
Island
Mountain
Plains
Sacred Foundry
Steam Vents
Temple of Epiphany
Temple of Triumph
Sideboard (15)
Devout Decree
Mystical Dispute
Narset, Parter of Veils
Niv-Mizzet, Parun
Realm-Cloaked Giant

Pack1PickTWoo

Vincent “Pack1PickTWoo” Choy approached the Oko meta with a unique build. With credits to his friend Tim for introducing him to the deck, Pack1PickTWoo took on the competition with a deck of many names: 5-Colour Fire, Cast the Uncastable, and Jeskai Fires Superfriends. This deck has a lot of Planeswalkers, and is a lot of fun to play. Pack1PickTWoo noted that Planeswalkers dodge the +1 Oko ability, and that his Vraska, Golgari Queen card can kill Oko. While the deck is slow and vulnerable against aggressive decks, he remained confident in the fact that aggressive decks lose to Oko decks.

Jeskai Fires Superfriends

Creatures (4)
Fae of Wishes
Spark Double

Planeswalkers (19)
Narset, Parter of Veils
Teferi, Time Raveler
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
Vraska, Golgari Queen
Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God
Sarkhan the Masterless
Chandra, Awakened Inferno
Liliana, Dreadhorde General
Ugin, the Ineffable

Spells (8)
Shimmer of Possibility
Deafening Clarion
Drawn from Dreams
Planewide Celebration

Enchantments (4)
Fires of Invention

Land (24)
Blast Zone
Castle Vantress
Hallowed Fountain
Interplanar Beacon
Island
Karn’s Bastion
Mountain
Plains
Sacred Foundry
Steam Vents
Temple of Epiphany
Sideboard (15)
Sorcerous Spyglass
The Elderspell
Ashiok, Dream Render
Unmoored Ego
Drawn from Dreams
Kaya’s Wrath
Mass Manipulation
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
Nicol Bolas, Dragon0God
Sarkhan the Masterless
Time Wipe
Casualties of War
Command the Dreadhorde
Emergency Powers
Planewide Celebration

Top 8

Kurtical

Kurt “Kurtical” Stockbrugger featured an Espur Stax for this tournament. If you are new to Magic the Gathering or don’t have a lot of experience with the game, Kurtical noted, this is the deck to try out. Espur Stax is easy to pilot and straight forward. The good match-ups are very good, and the bad match-ups are not so bad, making it an easy deck to get comfortable with. The deck begins to suffer when you fall behind due to the three colour mana base, but it can still have the potential to snowball.

Esper Stax

Planeswalker (5)
Teferi, Time Raveler
Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Spells (9)
Dance of the Manse
Noxious Grasp
Kaya’s Wrath

Artifacts (10)
Golden Egg
Guild Globe
Sorcerous Spyglass

Enchantments (11)
Oath of Kaya
Prison Realm
Doom Foretold
Lands (25)
Castle Ardenvale
Fabled Passage
Godless Shrine
Hallowed Fountain
Island
Plains
Swamp
Temple of Silence
Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
Duress
Devout Decree
Dovin’s Veto
Noxious Grasp
Sorcerous Spyglass
The Elderspell
Cry of the Carnarium
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper

***HELLO***#71471

Alex “***HELLO***#71471” Hagedorn ran a standard Oko deck with the addition of Voracious Hyrdas. With this deck, he is able to pull up really explosive turns while also being very mana efficient. This deck is slightly more prone to flooding due to the amount of Lands in the main deck, but continues to a efficient adjustment to the standard Oko deck.

Sultai Midrange

Creatures (17)
Gilded Goose
Hydroid Krasis
Paradise Druid
Voracious Hydra
Wicked Wolf

Planeswalkers (11)
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Vraska, Golgari Queen
Nissa, Who Shakes the World
Garruk, Cursed Huntsman

Spells (8)
Noxious Grasp
Once Upon a Time

Land (24)
Breeding Pool
Fabled Passage
Forest
Island
Overgrown Tomb
Swamp
Watery Grave
Sideboard (15)
Duress
Veil of Summer
Disdainful Stroke
Negate
Lovestruck Beast
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
Massacre Girl
Casualties of War

fingerku

Drew “fingerku” Christensen believes in the raw power of Oko, and his deck reflected that! He ran a Blue/Green Food deck, also known as Simic Ramp, which is centered around the Planeswalker Oko. While Drew hadn’t played too much of this deck going into the competition, he became a quick believer of its power when he watched his friend and fellow competitor Heisenb3rg play it. While he only placed in the Top 8, he still believes in the raw power of this Planeswalker and will continue to play him until he inevitably gets nerfed or banned.

Simic Ramp

Creatures (16)
Arboreal Grazer
Gilded Goose
Hydroid Krasis
Paradise Druid
Wicked Wolf

Planeswalkers (8)
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Spells (9)
Growth Spiral
Once Upon a Time
Mass Manipulation

Land (27)
Breeding Pool
Castle Bantress
Fabled Passage
12 Forest
Island
Temple of Mystery
Sideboard (15)
Veil of Summer
Aether Gust
Disdainful Stroke
Negate
Voracious Hydra
Mystical Dispute
Thrashing

themightylinguine

Carolyn “themightylinguine” Kavanagh (aka MOOSERS) made her top 8 debut with her Golgari Adventures deck. She had only picked up the deck that morning, but was impressed with how good it is against Oko and other newer Planeswalkers. This deck has a lot of cheap 1 mana 1/1 cards, giving her the advantage to out-grind her opponents. The deck is relatively inexpensive to work with, and does not have a ton of large cost cards to deal with.

Golgari Adventures

Creatures (25)
Edgewall Innkeeper
Foulmire Knight
Order of Midnight
Paradise Druid
Lovestruck Beast
Murderous Rider
Rankle, Master of Pranks
Massacre Girl

Planeswalkers (5)
Vraska, Golgari Queen
Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Spells (6)
Noxious Grasp
Find // Finality

Land (24)
Castle Locthwain
Fabled Passage
Forest
Overgrown Tomb
Swamp
Temple of Malady
Sideboard (15)
Duress
Veil of Summer
Legion’s End
Voracious Hydra
Cavalier of Night
Massacre Girl

Check out the other decks from the tournament here. Interested in attending the next Arena tournament? Make sure to join our official TGS Discord server to be notified of our next standard tournament!