SCG Tour Online: Results from the Weekend of October 1

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The Star City Games Tour Online resumed this weekend after a hiatus following the release of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt and the Standard Rotation. The competitive meta is still in its early stages, and for most of the events we’ve seen so far, the metagame has been somewhat diverse. After this weekend’s SCG results, however, it seems that the meta is starting to head to an unhealthy place with a large percentage of decks falling into one of two archetypes.

In this iteration of the SCG Tour, there are eight satellite tournaments each weekend that reward players who perform well enough an entry to a $5,000 Invitational Qualifier that takes place on Sunday. In addition to the cash prizes, the best players from each Invitational Qualifier earn entries into a paper tournament being held by SCG in the fall, as well as a still unknown MTG: Arena Championship.

In this article, we’re going to review the metagame and Top 8 decklists from the Championship Qualifier. Afterwards, we will present the metagame tables and the winning decklists from each of the eight satellites. Let’s get started with a quick review of the overall meta, and then we’ll dive into the results.

Metagame Review

At the beginning of the new Standard format after rotation, the metagame and top finishers were looking fairly diverse, with each event looking somewhat different – although Green and Gruul decks have been popular since day one. As time has gone on, the metagame has begun to settle more and more into two primary archetypes: Mono Green Aggro and Izzet Epiphany.

The Izzet Epiphany/Izzet Turns deck, an evolution of the Izzet Dragons archetype and the control decks it spawned, started really gaining traction in the tournament scene last weekend, especially at the Clearly Frame Advantage $2k. Now, the archetype is considered one of the best in Standard, but the SCG events this weekend were dominated by what is perhaps an even bigger menace in the format – Mono Green Aggro.

Gruul and Mono Green beatdown decks have been a part of the competitive scene since the very beginning of the format, but now the deck has risen to potentially problematic levels, both in terms of metagame share and winrate. At a BIG MAGIC Weekly Challenge on Friday, we noted that five of the top eight decks were Mono Green, which made up 25% of the meta overall.

With the full results in from the weekend’s SCG tournaments, the situation doesn’t seem to be improving. Out of the nine total events, seven of them listed Mono Green as the most popular archetype – the other two had Izzet Epiphany at the top. Six of the nine events were won by a Mono Green player. At the Championship Qualifier, 32% of the meta was made up of the decks, with a remarkable 61% winrate in non-mirror matches.

Is Mono Green too powerful for Standard? It may be, but if cards are banned from Mono Green with no other changes to the format, Izzet Epiphany will likely stand as the best deck left in the format by a significant margin. Nevertheless, if things continue like this in the competitive meta – especially after the upcoming World Championship XXVII – Wizards may be looking at potential bans in the Standard format.

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Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Mono-Green Aggro ❄6031.9%60.9%
Izzet Epiphany4222.3%44.1%
Izzet Dragons ❄️179%38.3%
Mono-White Aggro ❄️179%58.33%
Gruul Werewolves94.8%41.5%
Mono-Black Control ❄63.2%34.6%
Bant Festival63.2%23.5%
Sultai Ramp42.1%56.5%
Azorius Control31.6%30.8%
Temur Midrange31.6%45.5%

Top 8

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Simon NielsenMono Green Aggro11-1
2Diogo SantosMono Green Aggro 10-2
3Hideaki MuraokaMono Green Aggro 10-1
4Andrea BeatriceMono White Aggro 9-2
5MASAHIDE MORIYAMAMono Green Aggro 8-2
6hironori tanakaIzzet Epiphany8-2
7Macro WishMono Green Aggro 8-2
8Michael GrabuskyMono White Aggro 8-2

Top 8 Decklists

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Friday Satellites – 10/1/21

SCG Tour Online – Satellite #1

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Izzet Epiphany1316.5%75.4%
Mono Green Aggro ❄1215.2%57.1%
Izzet Dragons ❄ 1215.2%44.9%
Dimir Control78.9%32.1%
Sultai Ramp56.3%36.36%
Selesnya Ramp45.1%50%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1sandydogmtgMono Green Aggro6-0
2Gavin BennettBant Ramp5-1
3Nicholas DeMicheleIzzet Epiphany5-1
4Toru Horie@outbackIzzet Epiphany5-1

Winning Decklist

Mono Green Aggro by sandydogmtg
by Paul
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
4 mythic
33 rare
5 uncommon
18 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
4
Wrenn and Seven
$199.96
Creatures (15)
2
Lotus Cobra
$9.98
4
Kazandu Mammoth
$2.76
Instants (5)
2
Snakeskin Veil
$2.58
Sorceries (4)
4
Blizzard Brawl
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (4)
4
Ranger Class
$63.96
Lands (24)
4
Faceless Haven
$37.96
60 Cards
$443.5
15 Cards
$63.35

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SCG Tour Online – Satellite #2

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Mono Green Aggro ❄2524%62.4%
Izzet Epiphany1615.4%55.1%
Izzet Dragons ❄ 1312.5%48.3%
Izzet Delver76.7%53.33%
Gruul Werewolves54.8%47.8%
Azorius Control43.8%60%
Mono-Black Control ❄43.8%45%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Nam DangMono Green Aggro6-0
2Dee BarizoMono Green Aggro 6-0
3masala_chickenIzzet Dragons5-1
4Marco WishMono Green Aggro 5-1

Winning Decklist

Mono Green Aggro by Nam Dang
by Paul
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
4 mythic
33 rare
5 uncommon
18 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
4
Wrenn and Seven
$199.96
Creatures (15)
2
Lotus Cobra
$9.98
4
Kazandu Mammoth
$2.76
Instants (5)
2
Snakeskin Veil
$2.58
Sorceries (4)
4
Blizzard Brawl
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (4)
4
Ranger Class
$63.96
Lands (24)
4
Faceless Haven
$37.96
60 Cards
$443.5
15 Cards
$63.35

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SCG Tour Online – Satellite #3

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Mono Green Aggro ❄4430.3%60.6%
Izzet Epiphany2517.2%50%
Izzet Dragons ❄ 1812.4%43.8%
Izzet Delver64.1%33.33%
Sultai Ramp53.4%40.9%
Azorius Control53.4%15.4%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Jason FleurantMono Green Aggro6-0
2Connor FlottenMono Green Aggro 6-0
3keithcapstickMono Green Aggro 6-0
4fadi bannaMono Green Aggro 5-1

Winning Decklist

Mono Green Aggro by Jason Fleurant
by Paul
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
4 mythic
31 rare
7 uncommon
18 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
4
Wrenn and Seven
$199.96
Creatures (17)
2
Lotus Cobra
$9.98
4
Kazandu Mammoth
$2.76
Instants (3)
2
Snakeskin Veil
$2.58
Sorceries (4)
4
Blizzard Brawl
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (4)
4
Ranger Class
$67.96
Lands (24)
4
Faceless Haven
$37.96
60 Cards
$444.02
Sideboard
2
Primal Adversary
$23.98
2
Battle Mammoth
$2.58
2
Snakeskin Veil
$2.58
2
Tangletrap
$0.50
2
Clear Shot
$0.50
15 Cards
$46.45

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SCG Tour Online – Satellite #4

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Mono Green Aggro ❄1524.6%55.6%
Izzet Epiphany914.8%64.1%
Izzet Dragons ❄ 69.8%40%
Izzet Delver46.6%57.1%
Azorius Control46.6%38.9%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1cain_rianhardIzzet Epiphany6-0
2madsalarymanMono Green Aggro5-1
3Simon GoodmanMono Green Aggro 5-1
4junsei yamagutiIzzet Epiphany 5-1

Winning Decklist

Izzet Epiphany by cain_rianhard
by Paul
Standard
Control
best of 3
6 mythic
15 rare
24 uncommon
15 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (26)
3
Fading Hope
$0.75
2
Burning Hands
$1.38
2
Cathartic Pyre
$0.50
2
Saw It Coming
$2.98
4
Divide by Zero
$1.00
4
Memory Deluge
$27.96
Sorceries (13)
Lands (21)
8
Island
$2.00
5
Mountain
$2.45
2
Field of Ruin
$0.50
60 Cards
$225.74
15 Cards
$121.09

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Saturday Satellites 10/2/21

SCG Tour Online – Satellite #5

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Mono Green Aggro ❄2835%65.5%
Izzet Epiphany2025%53.9%
Mono-Black Control ❄45%37.5%
Sultai Ramp33.75%46.2%
Mono-White Aggro ❄ 33.75%62.5%
Izzet Dragons ❄ 33.75%22.22%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1kaseki JPMono Green Aggro 6-0
2Hideaki MuraokaMono Green Aggro 6-0
3Diogo SantosMono Green Aggro 5-1
4Anthony CuelloMono Green Aggro 5-1

Winning Decklist

Mono Green Aggro by kaseki JP
by Paul
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
3 mythic
31 rare
4 uncommon
22 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (3)
3
Wrenn and Seven
$149.97
Creatures (15)
3
Lotus Cobra
$14.97
4
Kazandu Mammoth
$2.76
Instants (5)
3
Snakeskin Veil
$3.87
Sorceries (4)
4
Blizzard Brawl
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (5)
4
Ranger Class
$63.96
Lands (24)
4
Faceless Haven
$37.96
60 Cards
$397.64
15 Cards
$48.03

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SCG Tour Online – Satellite #6

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Mono Green Aggro ❄2729.3%56.2%
Izzet Epiphany1819.6%55.56%
Izzet Dragons ❄ 88.7%54.1%
Mono-White Aggro ❄ 55.4%50%
Bant Festival55.4%31.6%
Mono-Black Control ❄44.3%47.1%
Gruul Werewolves33.3%43.75%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Sam RolphIzzet Dragons6-0
2Michael BravermanIzzet Dragons 6-0
3lighdarIzzet Epiphany5-1
4HoneyMilkMono Green Aggro5-1

Winning Decklist

Izzet Dragons by Sam Rolph
by Paul
Standard
Tempo
best of 3
8 mythic
22 rare
8 uncommon
22 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (8)
4
Smoldering Egg
$13.96
4
Goldspan Dragon
$191.96
Instants (18)
4
Frost Bite
$1.00
1
Negate
$1.99
1
Burning Hands
$0.69
2
Dragon’s Fire
$0.50
3
Prismari Command
$41.97
3
Memory Deluge
$20.97
Sorceries (9)
Lands (25)
3
Field of Ruin
$0.75
2
Frostboil Snarl
$10.98
3
Faceless Haven
$26.97
4
Volatile Fjord
$3.96
60 Cards
$466.24
15 Cards
$51.99

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SCG Tour Online – Satellite #7

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Mono Green Aggro ❄2321.3%66.2%
Izzet Epiphany1412.96%43.6%
Izzet Dragons ❄ 1412.96%40%
Azorius Control65.56%40%
Gruul Werewolves54.6%35%
Sultai Ramp43.7%41.2%
Temur Midrange43.7%52.6%
Izzet Delver43.7%57.9%
Dimir Control43.7%28.6%
Mono-White Aggro ❄ 43.7%66.67%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Gabriel NicholasMono Green Aggro6-0
2Carter SteichenMono Green Aggro 6-0
3Cody HatfieldIzzet Dragons5-1
4Matt TumavitchNaya Midrange5-1

Winning Decklist

Mono Green Aggro by Gabriel Nichloas
by Paul
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
3 mythic
31 rare
4 uncommon
22 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (3)
3
Wrenn and Seven
$149.97
Creatures (15)
3
Lotus Cobra
$14.97
4
Kazandu Mammoth
$2.76
Instants (5)
3
Snakeskin Veil
$3.87
Sorceries (4)
4
Blizzard Brawl
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (5)
4
Ranger Class
$67.96
Lands (24)
4
Faceless Haven
$37.96
60 Cards
$401.64
15 Cards
$40.03

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SCG Tour Online – Satellite #8

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Izzet Epiphany1921.6%51.6%
Mono Green Aggro ❄1820.5%56.3%
Izzet Dragons ❄ 1011.36%51.1%
Mono-White Aggro ❄ 77.95%59.4%
Izzet Delver44.5%42.1%
Gruul Werewolves33.4%45.5%
Temur Midrange33.4%42.9%
Grixis Epiphany33.4%41.67%
Azorius Control33.4%33.33%

Top 4

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Scott McNamaraIzzet Ephiphany6-0
2hironori tanakaIzzet Ephiphany 6-0
3lighdarMono White Aggro5-1
4Sean RyderIzzet Dragons5-1

Winning Decklist

Izzet Epiphany by Scott McNamara
by Paul
Standard
Control
best of 3
Cards
$

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4 Responses

  1. MrJamesT says:

    These Mono Green “Aggro” seem more mid-rangey to me. Most “aggro” decks don’t play 4 cost aritfacts and 5 cost planeswalkers.

    • DoggertQBones says:

      It’s pretty subjective, but I define Aggro as a deck that’s always looking to be the aggressor, functionally no matter the matchup. Although they play more costly spells than what we normally see, they never really shift plans from beating down. Midrange tends to be more fluid, so I think Aggro is a fair definition.

      • MrJamesT says:

        Makes sense. I guess you get the best of both worlds with it, which is a scary combination. It seems like Mono Green is king right now and can handle the Izzet Turns decks. While Izzet Turns is able to beat most things that can beat the Mono Green, like mono black and the other “money” package decks of ghoul, merchant, dispute. Explains why the majority of the field is Mono Green and Izzet.

        • DoggertQBones says:

          Precisely. It’s less rock paper scissors and more a two deck format. Green is great against everything, Turns is great against everything but the fastest decks, it’s really hard for a new deck to break in and beat both.