MTG Arena Zone Championship Series Season 1: Week 1 Wrap-Up

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The holiday season has now come to a close, but we’ve got another busy year of MTG ahead! The last week of 2021 was an exciting one not just because of the New Year, but also because it saw the successful launch of our brand new tournament series, the MTG Arena Zone Championship Series.

The Championship, brought to life through our new Esports organization DotGG Events, features a Season 1 with weekly $1K prize pool tournaments. Thanks to our partnership with MTG Melee, we are also able to offer an exciting opportunity to our participants: a Set Championship Qualifier on January 30 that will provide the winner with an invitation to the official Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Set Championship!

Each week of Season 1 includes three events: two events during the week that earn automatic bye rounds for the $1K Preliminary Set Championship Qualifier on Sunday – the events that could be your path to the Kamigawa Set Championship and beyond.

You can read all about the details of the MTG Arena Zone Championship Series at our announcement page (embedded below), but today, it’s time for us to take a look at the turnout and results from our first week! All of the events this week were based in the new Alchemy format, but next week will feature Historic.

We’ve got the final results from all three events, plus decklists, the official Championship Leaderboard standings, metagame data, and more. You can use the following links for quick navigation:


Current Leaderboard and Community Highlights

RankPlayerPointsEvents PlayedWinsLossesDraws
1sanetomi301810
2Tomas Pokorny251720
3Dominick Karmiche2321020
4Gavin Bennett201620
5Gabriel Nicholas151430
6Max Dore151430
7Noam Zimet151430
8Tim Calvert151430
9Case Johnson101420
10Daftendirekt101420
11Emiliano Biondi101420
12Garrison Fogt101420
13Hideaki Muraoka102640
14liopoil103760
15Tom Maxwell101420
16Toru Horie@outback101420

After the first week of competition, we have our first standings posted on the DotGG leaderboard! The full leaderboard, which is determined by points that are earned from each of the MTGA Zone Championship Series events, can be viewed here.

Season 1 and its cumulative point-based leaderboard system are starting out small, but we have big aspirations for the future. For now, the top 16 players on the board at the end of the season in March will all be offered 1 bye for each of the Sunday events in Season 2.

We’ve got some fierce competition stacking up already after just one week, with Vtuber and streamer sanetomi taking an early #1 thanks to their win in the first PSCQ piloting Orzhov Clerics, and MTG Rivals League member Tomáš Pokorný (@TheDaninja) close behind in second.

We’ve been happy to welcome other well-known tournament grinders and streamers to our early events, including sandydogmtg, toru H, Matías Arvigo (AfterOfficeTTV), and more.

We’d like to invite anyone who is interested in the MTG competitive scene to join us in the coming weeks for some fun gameplay and cash prizes! You can find out the full schedule on the event calendar here and even enter in them yourself!

All prizes will be paid out promptly following each event, and we’re hoping to build these events over the year as we work to gain the trust and support of the community.


The Metagame

Alchemy is still a young format, and while there have been a few tournaments since its inception, the competitive meta is still unsettled – and could potentially be drastically altered by buffs and nerfs coming down the pipe.

With that being said, we saw a number of archetypes that were prevalent in our early events.

Control:

Many of the control decks that have appeared in Alchemy thus far are based at least partially on the new cards Discover the Formula and Key to the Archive.

Most commonly, Discover the Formula decks have been showing up in two shells: Izzet, which has forgone Alrund's Epiphany but otherwise looks similar to the Izzet Epiphany decks of Standard, and Azorius, which benefits from powerful sweepers.

izzet control
46.8% global win rate
5.45% metagame share
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vs esper control
75.0% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs azorius control
66.7% win rate
12 tracked matches
vs mono-white aggro
60.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
worst against
vs mono-green aggro
22.2% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs rakdos midrange
20.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs orzhov midrange
12.5% win rate
8 tracked matches
azorius control
44.8% global win rate
6.05% metagame share
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vs esper control
66.7% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs orzhov midrange
60.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs esper clerics
50.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
worst against
vs izzet control
33.3% win rate
12 tracked matches
vs mono black sacrifice
25.0% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs dimir control
16.7% win rate
6 tracked matches

Aggro:

The aggro decks that have showed up to the Championship Series thus far have mostly fallen into two categories: Gruul Werewolves and Clerics.

gruul werewolves
51.1% global win rate
7.11% metagame share
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vs jeskai control
100.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs izzet control
72.7% win rate
11 tracked matches
vs azorius control
66.7% win rate
15 tracked matches
worst against
vs mono-white aggro
16.7% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs orzhov clerics
16.7% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs rakdos dragons
0.0% win rate
5 tracked matches

Gruul Werewolves hasn’t managed to break into the top tiers of Standard, but in Alchemy, the addition of powerful curve fillers like Tenacious Pup and Rahilda, Wanted Cutthroat have made the archetype a serious contender.

Meanwhile, the Clerics deck, which also hasn’t gotten much done in competitive Standard, has received a huge boost in power in Alchemy thanks to the addition of Inquisitor Captain. The Captain, which has been compared to Collected Company, gives creature-heavy decks a highly explosive mid-game threat that just so happens to also have the Cleric type.

And a Bit of Midrange:

Midrange decks haven’t been the star of the show in our Alchemy events thus far, but it’s not totally absent either. Perhaps most the notable archetype from the week was Boros Dragons, which made an appearance in all but one of our events and even scored a Top 8 at the PSCQ in the hands of Tim Calvert.

You’ll find that decklist, along with the rest of Sunday’s Top 8, in the PSCQ coverage at the bottom of the page. Additionally, you can view metagame tables from each of the events below:


Championship Series Bye Event (Tues. 12/28)

championship series bye event ()
29 December, 2021 - alchemy - 12 players
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rate
vs
gruul werewolves
vs
azorius control
vs
izzet control
vs
boros dragons
vs
dimir control
vs
esper control
vs
mono-black control
global 75.0% [40.9%-92.9%]
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
4 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
global 75.0% [40.9%-92.9%]
global 0.0% [-0%-56.1%]
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
global 0.0% [-0%-56.1%]
izzet control
4 matches
global 50.0% [15%-85%]
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
izzet control
4 matches
global 50.0% [15%-85%]
boros dragons
4 matches
global 75.0% [30.1%-95.4%]
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
boros dragons
4 matches
global 75.0% [30.1%-95.4%]
dimir control
7 matches
global 28.6% [8.2%-64.1%]
0.0%
4 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
dimir control
7 matches
global 28.6% [8.2%-64.1%]
esper control
2 matches
global 0.0% [0%-65.8%]
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
esper control
2 matches
global 0.0% [0%-65.8%]
global 75.0% [30.1%-95.4%]
100.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
global 75.0% [30.1%-95.4%]
vs
gruul werewolves
vs
azorius control
vs
izzet control
vs
boros dragons
vs
dimir control
vs
esper control
vs
mono-black control

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Dimir Control325%28.5%
Gruul Werewolves216.67%75%
Izzet Control216.67%50%
Azorius Control216.67%0%
Boros Dragons18.33%75%
Mono-Black Control18.33%75%
Esper Control18.33%0%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1sandydogmtgGruul Werewolves4-0
2Dominick KarmicheBoros Dragons3-1
3Armando CoronaMono Black Control3-1
4Shinnoshuke OoyamaIzzet Control3-1

Winning Decklist:

Alchemy Gruul Werewolves by sandydogmtg
by Paul
Alchemy
best of 3
5 mythic
36 rare
4 uncommon
15 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (2)
2
Snakeskin Veil
$1.98
Sorceries (3)
Enchantments (3)
3
Ranger Class
$28.47
Lands (21)
7
Forest
$2.45
2
Mountain
$0.50
4
Rockfall Vale
$27.96
60 Cards
$184.63
15 Cards
$42.94

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Championship Series Bye Event (Thurs. 12/30)

championship series bye event ()
31 December, 2021 - alchemy - 12 players
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rate
vs
gruul werewolves
vs
azorius control
vs
esper clerics
vs
izzet control
vs
mono-red aggro
vs
mono-black control
vs
jund treasures
global 100.0% [64.6%-100%]
-
100.0%
3 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
global 100.0% [64.6%-100%]
global 33.3% [9.7%-70%]
0.0%
3 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
50.0%
2 matches
-
global 33.3% [9.7%-70%]
esper clerics
4 matches
global 50.0% [15%-85%]
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
esper clerics
4 matches
global 50.0% [15%-85%]
izzet control
6 matches
global 50.0% [18.8%-81.2%]
0.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
izzet control
6 matches
global 50.0% [18.8%-81.2%]
global 0.0% [0%-65.8%]
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
global 0.0% [0%-65.8%]
global 33.3% [6.1%-79.2%]
-
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
-
global 33.3% [6.1%-79.2%]
global 0.0% [0%-65.8%]
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
global 0.0% [0%-65.8%]
vs
gruul werewolves
vs
azorius control
vs
esper clerics
vs
izzet control
vs
mono-red aggro
vs
mono-black control
vs
jund treasures

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Gruul Werewolves433.33%100%
Izzet Control216.67%50%
Azorius Control216.67%33.3333%
Esper Clerics18.33%50%
Mono-Black Control ❄18.33%33.3333%
Jund Treasures18.33%0%
Mono-Red Aggro18.33%0%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Yuki AoyamaGruul Werewolves4-0
2Shinnoshuke Ooyama Izzet Control 3-1
3sandydogmtgGruul Werewolves 3-1
4Luca MorettiGruul Werewolves 3-1

Winning Deck:

Alchemy Gruul Werewolves by Yuki Aoyama
by Paul
Alchemy
best of 3
5 mythic
36 rare
4 uncommon
15 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (2)
2
Snakeskin Veil
$1.98
Sorceries (3)
Enchantments (3)
3
Ranger Class
$28.47
Lands (21)
7
Forest
$2.45
2
Mountain
$0.50
4
Rockfall Vale
$27.96
60 Cards
$184.63
15 Cards
$44.48

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Preliminary Set Championship Qualifier (Sun 1/2)

dotgg events preliminary set championship qualifier ()
2 January, 2022 - alchemy - 46 players
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rate
vs
gruul werewolves
vs
azorius control
vs
mono-green aggro
vs
izzet control
vs
boros dragons
vs
mono-white aggro
vs
mono-red dragons
vs
orzhov midrange
vs
esper control
vs
orzhov clerics
vs
mono-black midrange
vs
mono-white clerics
global 45.7% [32.2%-59.8%]
-
57.1%
7 matches
0.0%
1 matches
60.0%
5 matches
40.0%
5 matches
0.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
83.3%
6 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
3 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
3 matches
global 45.7% [32.2%-59.8%]
global 57.1% [36.5%-75.5%]
42.9%
7 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
75.0%
4 matches
50.0%
2 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
50.0%
2 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
global 57.1% [36.5%-75.5%]
global 25.0% [7.1%-59.1%]
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
50.0%
2 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
global 25.0% [7.1%-59.1%]
izzet control
17 matches
global 35.3% [17.3%-58.7%]
40.0%
5 matches
25.0%
4 matches
-
-
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
2 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
izzet control
17 matches
global 35.3% [17.3%-58.7%]
boros dragons
18 matches
global 55.6% [33.7%-75.4%]
60.0%
5 matches
50.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
50.0%
2 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
boros dragons
18 matches
global 55.6% [33.7%-75.4%]
global 87.5% [52.9%-97.8%]
100.0%
2 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
global 87.5% [52.9%-97.8%]
global 28.6% [8.2%-64.1%]
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
global 28.6% [8.2%-64.1%]
global 55.0% [34.2%-74.2%]
16.7%
6 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
100.0%
3 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
global 55.0% [34.2%-74.2%]
esper control
12 matches
global 41.7% [19.3%-68%]
50.0%
2 matches
50.0%
2 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
0.0%
3 matches
-
-
-
-
esper control
12 matches
global 41.7% [19.3%-68%]
global 88.9% [56.5%-98%]
100.0%
3 matches
-
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
global 88.9% [56.5%-98%]
global 44.4% [18.9%-73.3%]
50.0%
2 matches
0.0%
1 matches
100.0%
1 matches
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
100.0%
1 matches
-
-
global 44.4% [18.9%-73.3%]
global 71.4% [35.9%-91.8%]
100.0%
3 matches
-
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
-
0.0%
1 matches
-
-
global 71.4% [35.9%-91.8%]
vs
gruul werewolves
vs
azorius control
vs
mono-green aggro
vs
izzet control
vs
boros dragons
vs
mono-white aggro
vs
mono-red dragons
vs
orzhov midrange
vs
esper control
vs
orzhov clerics
vs
mono-black midrange
vs
mono-white clerics

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Gruul Werewolves1123.9%44.7%
Orzhov Midrange510.9%55%
Azorius Control48.7%57.1%
Izzet Control48.7%38.89%
Esper Control36.5%53.33%
Boros Dragons36.5%57.9%
Mono-Black Midrange24.3%44.44%
Mono-Red Dragons24.3%28.6%
Mono-Green Aggro24.3%25%

Top 8

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1sanetomiOrzhov Clerics8-1
2Tomas PokornyGruul Werewolves7-2
3Dominick KarmicheMono White Aggro7-2
4Gavin BennettAzorius Control6-2
5Noam ZimetMono White Clerics5-2
6Gabriel NicholasGruul Werewolves4-2-1
7Max DoreIzzet Control4-3
8Tim CalvertBoros Dragons4-3

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Thanks for reading! This article is the beginning of a series of coverage on the MTG Arena Zone Championship Series. We hope to see you at some of our events this season and beyond! You can learn more about the Championship Series over on DotGG. Tournament registration is handled through our page at MTGMelee.

Paul

Dude from Vermont who likes to play Magic and Escape from Tarkov. Musician, writer, and gamer. Submit feedback or corrections to @Paul on the Discord.