Competitive Metagame Challenge – Event Guide and Decks
Core Set 2020 has now been in Standard for more than 10 days and players are trying out the exciting new cards in full force. What better way to test your mettle in this weekend’s Competitive Metagame Challenge event which has one of the biggest reward payout in MTG Arena?
Duration: July 12 2019 to July 14
Format: Core Set 2020 Standard
Cost: 2000 gold or 400 gems
Match Structure: Best-of-three matches (BO3)
Rewards: Depending on amount of wins (up to 7) before 1 loss:
- 0 Wins – 500 Gold
- 1 Win – 1000 Gold
- 2 Wins – 1500 Gold , 1 Core Set 2020 Packs
- 3 Wins – 2000 Gold , 3 Core Set 2020 Packs
- 4 Wins – 2500 Gold , 5 Core Set 2020 Packs
- 5 Wins – 3000 Gold , 10 Core Set 2020 Packs
- 6 Wins – 4000 Gold , 20 Core Set 2020 Packs
- 7 Wins – 5000 Gold, 30 Core Set 2020 Packs
As you can see by the reward structure, the event has high risk (event is over after one loss) but also high reward. Depending on your win rate, your expected returns varies drastically. You are matched against players of the same (or similar) record, so as you progress it will get harder.
The Core Set 2020 Standard metagame is still developing, new cards are being tested, and decks are being refined. The best way to reap the rewards is to play the best deck – we will help you choose what deck to play this weekend, and what to expect from your opponents.
Fandom Legends Week 14
The latest Standard tournament to wrap up is the weekly Fandom Legends event where 16 Magic: The Gathering pros and streamers battle for the $4000 prize pool. Here is what they brought to the event.
|1st||Esper Tempo||Brian Braun-Duin|
|8th||Orzhov Vampires||Gaby Spartz|
|8th||Simic Nexus||Brad Nelson|
|16th||Boros Feather||Jim Davis|
|16th||Golgari Midrange||Jeff Hoogland|
|16th||Mono-Red Aggro||Wyatt Darby|
|16th||Simic Flash||Martin Jůza|
|16th||Simic Flash||Shahar Shenhar|
The tournament was won by a Esper Hero deck, and the only Core Set 2020 card is Temple of Silence. Boros Feather, Simic Nexus and Mono Red Aggro were existing archetypes, and the rest are new with Core Set 2020 and yet to proven in a bigger stage. You can definitely opt to play one of the decks here – we will go into a little bit more detail below. You can check out the decklists at MTG Goldfish here.
Green is one of the most strongest colors in the current metagame, and the introduction of Shifting Ceratops and Veil of Summer strengthens their weakness to any sort of interaction. You are likely to face some sort of a deck that features Llanowar Elves and Nissa, Who Shakes the World. Whether we like it or not, we can join them or fight them. Check out some of the variations of these decks that people are playing:
- Bant Ramp: This version of the deck uses the the Elemental combination of Risen Reef, Leafkin Druid and Cavalier of Thorns – with the addition of the typical ramp package.
Core Set 2020 has introduced several cards that gives some creature types (tribal) a critical mass of cards to turn their synergies into formidable decks. These decks thrive in an environment where there are less control decks and everyone is trying to do their own thing.
When the above Green decks and Teferi, Time Raveler are suppressing control decks, it is only natural that these decks become more popular. These tribal decks are popular in ranked ladder at the moment.
- Azorious Flyers: An aggressive deck that uses Flying creatures to overwhelm the opponent. Some decks interchange Venerated Loxodon and Sephara, Sky’s Blade in this deck.
- Jund Dinosaurs: This version of the Dinosaurs deck splashes Black for Rotting Regisaur. Otepec Huntmaster is also being used to give haste to big dinos like Ghalta, Primal Hunger.
- Orzhov Vampires: Players are starting to use Sanctum Seeker in their decks. It gives the deck more reach, rather than just being aggressive.
- Elementals: Like the Bant Ramp deck above, Green is the spotlight color and there seems to be many ways of building around the craze of the set – Risen Reef.