Innistrad Championship: Final Results and Top 8 Decklists

After three full days of intense competition, the Innistrad Championship has been decided. The first two days of the tournament, which was the first event of the 2021-22 MTG pro season, saw over 250 players compete in fifteen rounds of Swiss competition in the Standard and Historic formats to earn their place in the day three Historic playoff tournament.

The playoffs are now complete, and while Simon Görtzen breezed his way to the finals undefeated with his Izzet Phoenix list, it was Yuuki Ichikawa who managed to take the win after slogging through three Golgari Food matches.

Ichikawa, who ended the first day in rank 15, was one of four teammates from Japan to make it to the Top 8. He had to play four matches against his teammates in the playoffs, including two matches against Riku Kumagai; after losing to Kumagai in his second match, Ichikawa would rematch against Kumagai and win in the lower bracket.

This article is the final entry in MTGA Zone’s coverage of the Innistrad Championship. You can follow these links to view coverage from day one and day two, along with a review of the tournament’s metagame:

The Innistrad Championship has now concluded, but you can watch the complete replays of the live broadcast from each day of competition over at twitch.tv/magic.

We also encourage you to check out the detailed metagame statistics from both the Standard and Historic portions of the championship on mtgmeta.io.

Innistrad Championship: Final Standings

RankPlayerHistoric DeckStandard DeckSwiss RecordWinnings (USD)
1Yuuki IchikawaGolgari FoodIzzet Epiphany12-3$20,000
2Simon GörtzenIzzet PhoenixMono Black Zombies12-3$15,000
3Riku KumagaiGolgari FoodIzzet Epiphany11-4$11,000
4Toru SaitoGolgari FoodIzzet Epiphany12-3$9,000
5Zachary KiihneIzzet PhoenixIzzet Epiphany12-3$6,500
6Yo AkaikeJeskai CreativityIzzet Epiphany11-4$6,500
7Christian HauckSelesnya HumansMono Green Aggro13-2$4,500
8Yuta TakahashiIzzet PhoenixIzzet Epiphany11-4$4,500
9Sam RolphJeskai CreativityDimir Control11-4$4,500
10Andrey ZhilinIzzet PhoenixIzzet Control11-4$4,500
11Tristan Wylde-LaRueIzzet PhoenixIzzet Epiphany11-4$4,500
12Shahar ShenharRakdos ArcanistIzzet Dragons11-4$4,500
13Futoshi IwataRakdos GoblinsIzzet Epiphany 11-4$4,500
14Shota YasookaJund FoodIzzet Epiphany 11-4$4,500
15Logan NettlesIzzet PhoenixIzzet Dragons11-4$4,500
16Tim MacSavenyDimir Control Mono Green Aggro10-5$4,500

While there were two other archetypes to make it to the Top 8 (Selesnya Humans and Jeskai Creativity), the majority of the playoffs consisted of up battles including Izzet Phoenix and/or Golgari Food. The two archetypes were pitted against each other in five pairings including the finals. In something of an upset, the Golgari Food players managed to take the win in four out of the five face-offs.

golgari food
51.9% global win rate
8.21% metagame share
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best against
vs orzhov aristocrats
100.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs izzet turns
90.9% win rate
11 tracked matches
vs gruul aggro
87.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
worst against
vs selesnya enchantress
25.0% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs grixis combo
20.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs bant angels
18.2% win rate
11 tracked matches

Izzet Phoenix has long been considered one of the top archetypes in Historic, and while that’s certainly not going to be called much into question with three copies of the deck in the Top 8 and a 54.2% winrate, followers of the Historic format are absolutely going to be turning their attention to the Food decks – the Gogari variant in particular.

izzet phoenix
53.6% global win rate
11.18% metagame share
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best against
vs esper control
100.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs azorius control
87.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs bant angels
83.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
worst against
vs jeskai lotus field
33.3% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs grixis combo
30.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
vs selesnya enchantress
20.0% win rate
20 tracked matches

In the Standard portion of the tournament, perhaps the most eyebrow-raising result was Simon Görtzen piloting his Mono Black Zombies deck to a Top 8 finish. The Zombies archetype has been on the fringes of competitive Standard since the release of Midnight Hunt brought Champion of the Perished and other tools to the format, but perhaps the additional Zombie cards from Midnight Hunt have finally pushed the tribal deck over the edge.

The midrange-y Mono Black and Orzhov decks of the format have been known to be generally weak against Izzet Epiphany and other blue control decks, but with his spectacular run in the Swiss rounds, Görtzen has proven that the matchup can be won.

The other big upset that took place in Standard was the abysmal performance of Mono White Aggro decks in the field. Thought to be one of the best decks in the format, Mono White made up over 20% of the competition, but only had a 39.6% winrate and wound up with no representation in the sixteen top players.


Top 8 Day One Historic Decklists

Historic Golgari Midrange by Yuuki Ichikawa
by Paul
Historic
Midrange
best of 3
4 mythic
23 rare
18 uncommon
15 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (15)
4
Gilded Goose
$19.96
3
Shambling Ghast
$1.77
Instants (9)
4
Fatal Push
$91.96
1
Village Rites
$1.99
4
Deadly Dispute
$11.96
Artifacts (6)
4
Witch’s Oven
$5.96
Enchantments (8)
4
Trail of Crumbs
$1.00
Lands (22)
1
Forest
$0.35
3
Swamp
$0.75
3
Khalni Garden
$0.75
4
Blooming Marsh
$29.96
4
Darkbore Pathway
$37.96
4
Overgrown Tomb
$75.96
2
Phyrexian Tower
$59.98
60 Cards
$633
15 Cards
$130.81
Historic Izzet Phoenix by Simon Görtzen
by Paul
Historic
Tempo
best of 3
9 mythic
19 rare
13 uncommon
19 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (14)
4
Arclight Phoenix
$31.96
2
Ox of Agonas
$19.98
Instants (13)
4
Opt
$9.96
4
Consider
$9.16
4
Unholy Heat
$2.36
1
Fading Hope
$0.29
Sorceries (13)
2
Pillar of Flame
$0.50
Lands (20)
3
Island
$8.97
2
Mountain
$3.98
2
Sulfur Falls
$10.98
4
Spirebluff Canal
$67.96
1
Fabled Passage
$10.99
4
Steam Vents
$119.96
60 Cards
$397.06
Sideboard
1
Grim Lavamancer
$0.49
2
Brazen Borrower
$49.98
3
Crackling Drake
$0.75
1
Abrade
$0.25
1
Negate
$2.29
1
Aether Gust
$0.25
15 Cards
$65.75
Historic Golgari Food by Riku Kumagai
by Paul
Historic
Midrange
best of 3
4 mythic
23 rare
18 uncommon
15 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (15)
4
Gilded Goose
$21.96
3
Shambling Ghast
$1.47
Instants (9)
4
Fatal Push
$91.96
1
Village Rites
$1.99
4
Deadly Dispute
$13.96
Artifacts (6)
4
Witch’s Oven
$3.96
Enchantments (8)
4
Trail of Crumbs
$1.00
Lands (22)
1
Forest
$1.99
3
Swamp
$11.97
3
Khalni Garden
$0.75
4
Blooming Marsh
$29.96
4
Darkbore Pathway
$37.96
4
Overgrown Tomb
$75.96
2
Phyrexian Tower
$59.98
60 Cards
$667.86
15 Cards
$131.01
Historic Golgari Food by Toru Saito
by Paul
Historic
Midrange
best of 3
4 mythic
23 rare
18 uncommon
15 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (15)
4
Gilded Goose
$21.96
3
Shambling Ghast
$1.47
Instants (9)
4
Fatal Push
$91.96
1
Village Rites
$1.99
4
Deadly Dispute
$13.96
Artifacts (6)
4
Witch’s Oven
$3.96
Enchantments (8)
4
Trail of Crumbs
$1.00
Lands (22)
1
Forest
$1.99
3
Swamp
$11.97
3
Khalni Garden
$0.75
4
Blooming Marsh
$29.96
4
Darkbore Pathway
$37.96
4
Overgrown Tomb
$75.96
2
Phyrexian Tower
$59.98
60 Cards
$667.86
15 Cards
$131.01
Historic Izzet Phoenix by Zachary Kiihne
by Paul
Historic
Tempo
best of 3
6 mythic
22 rare
13 uncommon
19 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (14)
3
Sprite Dragon
$7.47
4
Arclight Phoenix
$31.96
1
Ox of Agonas
$9.99
Instants (15)
4
Opt
$9.96
1
Lightning Axe
$0.25
4
Consider
$9.16
3
Unholy Heat
$1.77
1
Fading Hope
$0.29
Sorceries (11)
2
Pillar of Flame
$0.50
Lands (20)
1
Island
$2.99
3
Mountain
$5.97
4
Spirebluff Canal
$67.96
4
Steam Vents
$119.96
60 Cards
$402.28
Sideboard
2
Dual Shot
$0.50
1
Negate
$2.29
2
Aether Gust
$0.50
2
Pithing Needle
$4.58
15 Cards
$21.85
Jeskai Creativity by Akaike Yo
by Paul
Historic
Combo
best of 3
14 mythic
31 rare
6 uncommon
9 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (3)
Instants (17)
1
Pact of Negation
$14.99
1
Justice Strike
$0.25
2
Fire Prophecy
$0.50
3
Prismari Command
$29.97
4
Magma Opus
$13.96
Sorceries (16)
4
Hard Evidence
$1.00
Lands (24)
4
Spirebluff Canal
$67.96
4
Deserted Beach
$35.96
4
Steam Vents
$119.96
4
Raugrin Triome
$63.96
2
Sacred Foundry
$55.98
60 Cards
$521.92
15 Cards
$162.99
Historic Selesnya Humans by Christian Hauck
by Paul
Historic
Aggro
best of 3
4 mythic
42 rare
2 uncommon
12 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
Lands (23)
1
Forest
$1.99
10
Plains
$19.90
4
Sunpetal Grove
$25.96
4
Temple Garden
$55.96
60 Cards
$450.98
15 Cards
$78.17
Historic Izzet Phoenix by Yuta Takahashi
by Paul
Historic
Tempo
best of 3
7 mythic
19 rare
13 uncommon
21 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (14)
1
Brazen Borrower
$27.99
3
Crackling Drake
$0.75
4
Arclight Phoenix
$31.96
2
Ox of Agonas
$19.98
Instants (18)
4
Opt
$9.96
4
Unholy Heat
$2.36
4
Consider
$9.16
1
Aether Gust
$0.25
Sorceries (8)
Lands (20)
3
Island
$0.75
3
Mountain
$0.75
4
Sulfur Falls
$21.96
2
Fabled Passage
$21.98
4
Steam Vents
$119.96
60 Cards
$342.88
Sideboard
1
Brazen Borrower
$27.99
2
Dual Shot
$0.50
2
Negate
$4.98
1
Abrade
$0.25
1
Aether Gust
$0.25
1
Sweltering Suns
$0.39
15 Cards
$72.89

Top 8 Day One Standard Decklists

Mono Green Aggro by Christian Hauck
by Paul
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
1 mythic
47 rare
6 uncommon
6 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (1)
1
Wrenn and Seven
$21.99
Creatures (20)
4
Kazandu Mammoth
$1.00
Instants (4)
2
Snakeskin Veil
$1.98
Sorceries (4)
4
Blizzard Brawl
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (4)
4
Ranger Class
$37.96
Lands (23)
4
Faceless Haven
$29.96
60 Cards
$195.92
15 Cards
$53.25
Izzet Epiphany by Toru Saito
by Paul
Standard
Control
best of 3
5 mythic
23 rare
20 uncommon
12 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (3)
1
Goldspan Dragon
$42.99
Instants (26)
2
Fading Hope
$0.50
1
Abrade
$0.25
1
Cinderclasm
$0.25
1
Test of Talents
$0.79
1
Demon Bolt
$0.25
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
Sorceries (9)
Artifacts (1)
1
The Celestus
$3.49
Lands (21)
2
Island
$0.50
2
Mountain
$0.50
60 Cards
$312.06
15 Cards
$37.55
Izzet Epiphany by Yuuki Ichikawa
by Paul
Standard
Control
best of 3
5 mythic
23 rare
20 uncommon
12 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (3)
1
Goldspan Dragon
$42.99
Instants (26)
2
Fading Hope
$0.50
1
Abrade
$0.25
1
Cinderclasm
$0.25
1
Test of Talents
$0.79
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
1
Demon Bolt
$0.25
Sorceries (9)
Artifacts (1)
1
The Celestus
$3.49
Lands (21)
2
Island
$0.50
2
Mountain
$0.50
60 Cards
$312.06
15 Cards
$37.55
Izzet Epiphany by Zachary Kiihne
by Paul
Standard
Control
best of 3
4 mythic
16 rare
21 uncommon
19 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (29)
3
Fading Hope
$0.75
2
Cinderclasm
$0.50
2
Demon Bolt
$0.50
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
Sorceries (8)
Artifacts (1)
1
The Celestus
$3.49
Lands (22)
4
Island
$1.00
7
Mountain
$1.75
1
Field of Ruin
$0.25
60 Cards
$176.96
15 Cards
$108.29
Mono Black Zombies by Simon Görtzen
by Paul
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
13 mythic
31 rare
11 uncommon
5 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (3)
Instants (5)
1
Malakir Rebirth
$2.99
2
Infernal Grasp
$4.98
2
Hagra Mauling
$4.58
Sorceries (3)
1
Eaten Alive
$0.25
Enchantments (4)
Lands (20)
14
Snow-Covered Swamp
$20.86
1
Field of Ruin
$0.25
3
Faceless Haven
$22.47
60 Cards
$563.74
Sideboard
1
Infernal Grasp
$2.49
4
Duress
$1.00
3
Go Blank
$2.37
15 Cards
$11.09
Izzet Epiphany by Yuta Takahashi
by Paul
Standard
Control
best of 3
5 mythic
14 rare
20 uncommon
21 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (3)
1
Goldspan Dragon
$39.99
Instants (27)
1
Fading Hope
$0.29
2
Abrade
$0.50
1
Negate
$2.29
1
Cinderclasm
$0.25
1
Saw It Coming
$0.99
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
1
Demon Bolt
$0.25
Sorceries (9)
Lands (21)
5
Island
$14.95
6
Mountain
$11.94
60 Cards
$263.02
15 Cards
$46.15
Izzet Epiphany by Riku Kumagai
by Paul
Standard
Control
best of 3
5 mythic
23 rare
20 uncommon
12 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (3)
1
Goldspan Dragon
$39.99
Instants (26)
2
Fading Hope
$0.58
1
Abrade
$0.25
1
Cinderclasm
$0.25
1
Test of Talents
$0.79
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
1
Demon Bolt
$0.25
Sorceries (9)
Artifacts (1)
1
The Celestus
$2.99
Lands (21)
2
Island
$5.98
2
Mountain
$3.98
60 Cards
$317.1
15 Cards
$40.65
Izzet Epiphany by Akaike Yo
by Paul
Standard
Control
best of 3
4 mythic
25 rare
21 uncommon
10 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (3)
3
Wandering Mind
$0.75
Instants (25)
2
Fading Hope
$0.58
3
Frost Bite
$0.75
2
Abrade
$0.50
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
Sorceries (11)
Lands (21)
2
Faceless Haven
$14.98
1
Volatile Fjord
$0.79
60 Cards
$196.18
15 Cards
$146.17

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