Fade 2 Karma United Invitational – Metagame, Decklists, and Results

The Fade 2 Karma United Invitational tournament took place over the course of this weekend, featuring sixty total players, including major streamers as well as MPL and Rivals League members, battling it out for a $2,500 total prize pool. The tournament took the form of eight rounds of Swiss alternating between Standard and Historic on Saturday followed by a single-elimination tournament the following day amongst the Top 32 players.

The Historic format has just received yet another shakeup with last week’s addition of the Historic Anthology 5, and this is the first major tournament since. Not only that, it has been less than two weeks since the banning of Thassa’s Oracle ended the dominance of Tainted Pact combo in the format, and the Historic meta is still changing from tournament to tournament as players try to find the best decks. Meanwhile, the Standard meta seems to be fairly healthy at the competitive level, with the formerly rampant Sultai Ultimatum decks sitting low in the meta after poor showings in recent high-level events. Read on for a full metagame breakdown from the F2K United Invitational, as well as final results and decklists from the top players.

Standard Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Izzet Tempo ❄915%50%
Mono-Red Aggro ❄813.3333%31.5789%
Sultai Ramp (Yorion)711.6667%66.6667%
Naya Adventures (Jegantha)58.3333%57.1429%
Mono-White Aggro ❄️58.3333%68.75%
Gruul Adventures58.3333%55.5556%
Mono-Green Aggro ❄46.6667%71.4286%
Rakdos Sacrifice35%33.3333%
Temur Adventures (Obosh)35%9.0909%

Izzet Tempo has risen to be the most represented deck in the meta at the F2K Invitational, which makes sense given its excellent showing at recent tournaments. Last weekend, the archetype posted a very impressive 75% overall winrate in non-mirror matches at the Insight Esports Tier 1 Invitational. This time around the deck only managed a 50% winrate, which is obviously a huge drop in performance compared to last weekend. This should be no surprise, however, as every player in this event surely came prepared for the matchup with Izzet, and 50% is a fairly respectable showing considering. Indeed, the top player from day one was Arne Huschenbeth who piloted Izzet Tempo to a 4-0 finish in the Swiss rounds.

The rest of the meta looks largely the same except for shifting positions in metagame share, with no archetype presenting as the obvious best deck in the format. Mono Red and Mono White both continue to perform quite well in a field full of slow control decks like Izzet and Sultai. Other aggro archetypes made a good showing as well, especially Mono Green with a very impressive 71% winrate despite making up less than 7% of the meta. However, Jeskai Cycling decks are glaringly absent from this tournament, with only one deck entered. Cycling was one of the most popular archetypes in the Insight Invitational, so it’s notable to see such a precipitous drop in numbers- especially considering the deck did reasonably well.

Interestingly Dimir Rogues, which was once a major player and considered a front-runner in the meta, has hardly been present in recent high-level events. There was only one Rogues deck in the F2K United tournament, although it performed well in day one with a 3-1 record- presumably due in part to the fact that few players were prepared with specific hate to counter it.

Historic Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Gruul Aggro1016.6667%37.037%
Jeskai Control (Kaheera)915%56.25%
Izzet Phoenix813.3333%51.8519%
Jund Food610%42.8571%
Selesnya Company58.3333%64.2857%
Boros Midrange35%50%
Jeskai Turns23.3333%71.4286%
Dimir Rogues (Lurrus)23.3333%37.5%

It seems that the Historic meta does not seem to have been shaken by the Historic Anthology 5 nearly as much as it was by the Mystical Archive from Strixhaven, but there are some new cards that are making an impact. In particular, the command cycle from Dragons of Tarkir has been generating a lot of discussion and indeed saw some play in this tournament. Gruul Aggro, which has been a powerful deck in Historic for a long time thanks to powerhouses like Embercleave and Burning-Tree Emissary, has clearly received a boost from Atarka's Command. Atarka’s Command is a highly flexible and efficiently costed card which also plays very well with the aforementioned Burning-Tree Emissary, but it will be interesting to see if Atarka Gruul stays so high in the meta after under-performing so severely. Gruul decks only managed a 37% winrate on day one and there was not a single copy of the deck in the top 12.

Selesnya Company and Jund Food decks are also sometimes running new cards from the command cycle: Dromoka's Command and Kolaghan's Command respectively. Selesnya and other Collected Company-based archetypes seem to be making a comeback after being largely pushed out of the meta by Pact Combo, and performed very respectably in day one. Jund, on the other hand, continues to struggle to find its place in the new meta, with a tepid 43% winrate. It seems unlikely that Jund is going to disappear entirely from the meta any time soon, but it seems equally unlikely that it’s going to be able to reestablish its former place among the top decks in Historic for now.

A relatively unknown archetype, Boros Midrange, has made a showing at the F2K United Invitational based largely around Dreadhorde Arcanist and the aggressive Magecraft creatures Clever Lumimancer and Leonin Lightscribe. Otherwise, the Historic meta looks much the same as it did last weekend, with Jeskai Control and Izzet Phoenix remaining popular and well-performing archetypes.

Single Elimination Top 8

Finishing PlacePlayerHistoric DeckStandard DeckOverall Record
1Matias ArvigoBoros Aggro (Lurrus)Mono White Aggro12-1-0
2KrowzJeskai ControlDimir Control9-4-0
3Kenji EgashiraIzzet PhoenixGruul Adventures9-3-0
4Ronald MüllerJeskai ControlSultai Ramp (Yorion)8-4-0
5Maxim SalminSimic AggroMono Green Aggro8-4-0
6 MystminSultai ControlIzzet Control8-3-0
7Berk ElçiDimir Rogues (Lurrus)Dimir Rogues (Lurrus)6-5-0
8Alexander SteyerBoros MidrangeGruul Adventures6-5-0

In the end, Matias Arvigo took first place in the tournament, piloting his Boros Aggro deck through the Historic single-elimination rounds. Posted below are the decklists from the Top 8 players for both Standard and Historic. If you would like to check out the full details from all 60 competitors, check out the F2K United Invitational tournament page on MTGMelee.

Historic Top 8 Decklists

Boros Aggro (Lurrus) by Matias Arvigo 

Companion
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creatures (22)
4
Clever Lumimancer
4
Selfless Savior
2
Soul-Scar Mage
4
Dreadhorde Arcanist
4
Leonin Lightscribe
4
Tenth District Legionnaire
Spells (18)
4
Defiant Strike
2
Fight as One
4
Guiding Voice
4
Reckless Rage
4
Invigorated Rampage
Lands (20)
2
Clifftop Retreat
4
Inspiring Vantage
3
Mountain
4
Needleverge Pathway
3
Plains
4
Sacred Foundry
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Giant Killer
2
Pillar of Flame
2
Soul-Guide Lantern
1
Academic Probation
1
Environmental Sciences
2
Lightning Helix
2
Deafening Clarion
1
Expanded Anatomy
1
Inkling Summoning
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Jeskai Control by krowz 

Planeswalkers (8)
4
Narset, Parter of Veils
4
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Spells (19)
1
Dovin's Veto
1
Expressive Iteration
1
Glimpse of Freedom
1
Justice Strike
4
Lightning Helix
4
Memory Lapse
3
Prismari Command
1
Commit/Memory
/
3
Wrath of God
Enchantments (6)
1
Rest in Peace
1
Search for Azcanta
4
Shark Typhoon
Lands (27)
2
Castle Ardenvale
2
Clifftop Retreat
1
Field of Ruin
3
Glacial Fortress
4
Hallowed Fountain
1
Island
1
Mountain
1
Plains
4
Raugrin Triome
2
Sacred Foundry
4
Steam Vents
2
Sulfur Falls
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Authority of the Consuls
2
Aether Gust
1
Dovin's Veto
2
Fry
1
Rest in Peace
1
Anger of the Gods
1
Brazen Borrower
2
Mystical Dispute
1
Wrath of God
1
Baneslayer Angel
2
Commence the Endgame

Izzet Phoenix by Kenji Egashira 

Creatures (13)
4
Sprite Dragon
4
Arclight Phoenix
3
Crackling Drake
2
Stormwing Entity
Spells (27)
4
Brainstorm
4
Faithless Looting
2
Lightning Axe
4
Opt
4
Pillar of Flame
2
Shock
1
Blitz of the Thunder-Raptor
1
Expressive Iteration
2
Finale of Promise
3
Strategic Planning
Lands (20)
2
Fabled Passage
2
Island
3
Mountain
3
Riverglide Pathway
4
Spirebluff Canal
4
Steam Vents
2
Sulfur Falls
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Spell Pierce
2
Abrade
1
Blitz of the Thunder-Raptor
1
Improbable Alliance
3
Anger of the Gods
3
Mystical Dispute
2
Narset, Parter of Veils
1
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1
Ox of Agonas

Jeskai Control by Ronald Müller 

Planeswalkers (6)
2
Narset, Parter of Veils
4
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Spells (23)
1
Dovin's Veto
4
Lightning Helix
4
Memory Lapse
1
Anger of the Gods
3
Prismari Command
1
Commit/Memory
/
2
Mizzix's Mastery
3
Wrath of God
4
Magma Opus
Artifacts (4)
4
Torrential Gearhulk
Enchantments (1)
1
Search for Azcanta
Lands (26)
2
Castle Ardenvale
1
Clifftop Retreat
4
Glacial Fortress
4
Hallowed Fountain
1
Island
1
Plains
4
Raugrin Triome
2
Sacred Foundry
4
Steam Vents
3
Sulfur Falls
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Relic of Progenitus
3
Dovin's Veto
1
Fry
3
Mystical Dispute
1
Narset, Parter of Veils
1
Wrath of God
4
Shark Typhoon

Historic Simic Aggro by Maxim Salmin 

Creatures (28)
4
Kazandu Mammoth
1
Tangled Florahedron
4
Llanowar Elves
4
Kraul Harpooner
2
Scavenging Ooze
4
Lovestruck Beast
4
Old-Growth Troll
1
Rhonas the Indomitable
4
Steel Leaf Champion
Spells (11)
3
Spell Pierce
4
Decisive Denial
4
Collected Company
Artifacts (1)
1
The Great Henge
Lands (20)
4
Botanical Sanctum
4
Breeding Pool
9
Forest
3
Hinterland Harbor
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Primal Might
1
Scavenging Ooze
2
Barrier Breach
2
Reclamation Sage
2
Arasta of the Endless Web
2
Questing Beast
2
Elder Gargaroth
1
The Great Henge

Historic Sultai Control by Mystmin 

Planeswalkers (7)
4
Narset, Parter of Veils
2
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
1
Vraska, Golgari Queen
Creatures (1)
1
Woe Strider
Spells (22)
4
Brainstorm
4
Fatal Push
3
Thoughtseize
1
Aether Gust
4
Memory Lapse
1
Mystical Dispute
1
Commit/Memory
/
3
Yahenni's Expertise
1
Enter the God-Eternals
Enchantments (4)
2
The Eldest Reborn
2
Shark Typhoon
Lands (26)
1
Bojuka Bog
1
Castle Vantress
1
Crawling Barrens
4
Drowned Catacomb
4
Fabled Passage
1
Forest
2
Interplanar Beacon
2
Island
2
Swamp
4
Watery Grave
4
Zagoth Triome
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Cling to Dust
1
Disfigure
1
Grafdigger's Cage
1
Inquisition of Kozilek
1
Thoughtseize
1
Aether Gust
1
Negate
1
Noxious Grasp
1
Cry of the Carnarium
3
Mystical Dispute
1
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
1
Yahenni's Expertise
1
Enter the God-Eternals

Historic Dimir Rogues by Berk Elçi 

Companion
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creatures (12)
4
Merfolk Windrobber
4
Thieves' Guild Enforcer
4
Soaring Thought-Thief
Spells (25)
1
Agadeem's Awakening
4
Brainstorm
3
Fatal Push
3
Inquisition of Kozilek
3
Thoughtseize
4
Drown in the Loch
3
Memory Lapse
4
Into the Story
Lands (23)
1
Castle Locthwain
4
Clearwater Pathway
4
Drowned Catacomb
4
Fabled Passage
3
Island
3
Swamp
4
Watery Grave
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Cling to Dust
2
Grafdigger's Cage
2
Aether Gust
1
Doom Blade
1
Legion's End
2
Negate
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
2
Mystical Dispute
2
Crippling Fear

Historic Boros Midrange by Alexander Steyer 

Planeswalkers (3)
3
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Creatures (26)
4
Adanto Vanguard
3
Seasoned Hallowblade
2
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
2
Archon of Emeria
4
Bonecrusher Giant
4
Elite Spellbinder
4
Skyclave Apparition
3
Glorybringer
Spells (10)
2
Emeria's Call
4
Shatterskull Smashing
4
Lightning Helix
Lands (21)
2
Blinkmoth Nexus
2
Castle Ardenvale
4
Inspiring Vantage
1
Mountain
4
Needleverge Pathway
2
Plains
1
Raugrin Triome
4
Sacred Foundry
1
Savai Triome
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Relic of Progenitus
1
Abrade
2
Baffling End
2
Rest in Peace
1
Seasoned Hallowblade
1
Sorcerous Spyglass
2
Anger of the Gods
1
Day of Judgment
1
Rekindling Phoenix
1
Wrath of God
1
Baneslayer Angel

Standard Top 8 Decklists

Mono White Aggro by Matias Arvigo 

Creatures (31)
3
Reidane, God of the Worthy
4
Giant Killer
4
Selfless Savior
2
Drannith Magistrate
4
Luminarch Aspirant
4
Seasoned Hallowblade
4
Elite Spellbinder
4
Skyclave Apparition
2
Legion Angel
Artifacts (1)
1
Maul of the Skyclaves
Enchantments (4)
4
Alseid of Life's Bounty
Lands (24)
4
Faceless Haven
20
Snow-Covered Plains
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Kabira Takedown
1
Shadowspear
1
Drannith Magistrate
3
Glass Casket
2
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
1
Maul of the Skyclaves
3
Archon of Absolution
2
Legion Angel
1
Baneslayer Angel

Dimir Control by krowz 

Planeswalkers (1)
1
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Spells (23)
1
Bloodchief's Thirst
2
Cling to Dust
2
Disdainful Stroke
1
Essence Scatter
4
Heartless Act
2
Negate
1
Mystical Dispute
2
Saw It Coming
1
Soul Shatter
1
Suffocating Fumes
2
Behold the Multiverse
3
Extinction Event
1
Shadows' Verdict
Artifacts (5)
3
Mazemind Tome
2
Midnight Clock
Enchantments (5)
1
Elspeth's Nightmare
4
Shark Typhoon
Lands (26)
1
Castle Vantress
4
Clearwater Pathway
2
Crawling Barrens
3
Field of Ruin
5
Island
7
Swamp
4
Temple of Deceit
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Lash of Malice
1
Eliminate
1
Mazemind Tome
1
Test of Talents
2
Elspeth's Nightmare
2
Mystical Dispute
1
Soul Shatter
2
Kaervek, the Spiteful
1
Shadows' Verdict
1
Lochmere Serpent
1
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Gruul Adventures by Kenji Egashira 

Creatures (27)
4
Edgewall Innkeeper
4
Jaspera Sentinel
4
Magda, Brazen Outlaw
4
Rimrock Knight
4
Bonecrusher Giant
4
Lovestruck Beast
3
Goldspan Dragon
Spells (6)
1
Kazuul's Fury
4
Shatterskull Smashing
1
Song-Mad Treachery
Artifacts (8)
3
Esika's Chariot
3
Embercleave
2
The Great Henge
Lands (19)
4
Cragcrown Pathway
10
Forest
1
Hall of Oracles
4
Mountain
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Blazing Volley
2
Purphoros's Intervention
1
Redcap Melee
1
Roiling Vortex
2
Wilt
1
Klothys, God of Destiny
2
The Akroan War
2
Elder Gargaroth
3
Ox of Agonas

Sultai Ramp by Lukas Dusek/Ronald Müller 

Companion
1
Yorion, Sky Nomad
Planeswalkers (1)
1
Professor Onyx
Creatures (5)
1
Valki, God of Lies
2
Polukranos, Unchained
2
Elder Gargaroth
Spells (29)
1
Bala Ged Recovery
2
Jwari Disruption
1
Pelakka Predation
2
Sea Gate Restoration
1
Eliminate
4
Heartless Act
2
Negate
4
Cultivate
2
Mystical Dispute
1
Extinction Event
3
Shadows' Verdict
2
Alrund's Epiphany
4
Emergent Ultimatum
Artifacts (1)
1
Esika's Chariot
Enchantments (14)
4
Omen of the Sea
4
Wolfwillow Haven
1
Elspeth's Nightmare
4
Binding the Old Gods
1
Kiora Bests the Sea God
Lands (30)
4
Barkchannel Pathway
4
Clearwater Pathway
4
Darkbore Pathway
3
Fabled Passage
3
Forest
2
Island
1
Ketria Triome
2
Swamp
3
Temple of Malady
4
Zagoth Triome
Cards (80)
Sideboard (15)
2
Duress
2
Eliminate
2
Test of Talents
1
Go Blank
1
Mystical Dispute
2
Kaervek, the Spiteful
1
Shadows' Verdict
1
Yorion, Sky Nomad
1
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider
2
Koma, Cosmos Serpent

Mono Green Snow Aggro by Maxim Salmin 

Planeswalkers (2)
1
Garruk, Unleashed
1
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate
Creatures (24)
4
Kazandu Mammoth
2
Tangled Florahedron
3
Swarm Shambler
2
Scavenging Ooze
4
Lovestruck Beast
4
Gemrazer
3
Questing Beast
2
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider
Spells (6)
4
Primal Might
2
Snakeskin Veil
Artifacts (6)
3
Stonecoil Serpent
3
The Great Henge
Lands (22)
3
Castle Garenbrig
3
Faceless Haven
16
Snow-Covered Forest
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Chainweb Aracnir
1
Shadowspear
1
Snakeskin Veil
3
Ram Through
1
Scavenging Ooze
2
Wilt
2
Garruk, Unleashed
1
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate
2
Kogla, the Titan Ape

Izzet Control by Mystmin 

Companion
1
Zirda, the Dawnwaker
Planeswalkers (2)
1
Rowan, Scholar of Sparks
1
Teferi, Master of Time
Creatures (1)
1
Phoenix of Ash
Spells (30)
1
Jwari Disruption
4
Frost Bite
1
Miscast
1
Multiple Choice
2
Blitz of the Thunder-Raptor
2
Disdainful Stroke
4
Expressive Iteration
1
Fire Prophecy
2
Crush the Weak
1
Mystical Dispute
4
Prismari Command
2
Saw It Coming
1
Behold the Multiverse
3
Experimental Overload
1
Storm's Wrath
Enchantments (2)
2
Shark Typhoon
Lands (25)
1
Castle Vantress
1
Crawling Barrens
2
Fabled Passage
3
Riverglide Pathway
6
Snow-Covered Island
8
Snow-Covered Mountain
4
Volatile Fjord
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Redcap Melee
1
Soul-Guide Lantern
1
Stern Dismissal
1
Cinderclasm
1
Disdainful Stroke
2
Negate
1
Scorching Dragonfire
1
Test of Talents
2
Mystical Dispute
1
Soul Sear
1
Zirda, the Dawnwaker
1
Storm's Wrath

Dimir Rogues by Berk Elçi 

Companion
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Creatures (16)
4
Merfolk Windrobber
4
Ruin Crab
4
Thieves' Guild Enforcer
4
Soaring Thought-Thief
Spells (20)
2
Agadeem's Awakening
1
Cling to Dust
1
Disdainful Stroke
4
Drown in the Loch
1
Eliminate
2
Heartless Act
1
Negate
2
Didn't Say Please
1
Mystical Dispute
1
Of One Mind
4
Into the Story
Lands (24)
1
Castle Locthwain
4
Clearwater Pathway
4
Fabled Passage
6
Island
3
Swamp
3
Temple of Deceit
3
Zagoth Triome
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Cling to Dust
2
Dead Weight
1
Disdainful Stroke
1
Essence Scatter
1
Negate
3
Skyclave Shade
1
Test of Talents
1
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
2
Mystical Dispute
2
Crippling Fear

Gruul Adventures by Alexander Steyer 

Creatures (25)
4
Kazandu Mammoth
4
Edgewall Innkeeper
4
Brushfire Elemental
3
Scavenging Ooze
4
Bonecrusher Giant
4
Lovestruck Beast
2
Questing Beast
Spells (6)
3
Shatterskull Smashing
3
Fire Prophecy
Artifacts (7)
2
Esika's Chariot
4
Embercleave
1
The Great Henge
Lands (22)
4
Cragcrown Pathway
4
Fabled Passage
9
Forest
5
Mountain
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Redcap Melee
2
Roiling Vortex
3
Scorching Dragonfire
2
Wilt
2
The Akroan War
3
Ox of Agonas

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