Strixhaven Championship: Day One Highlights and Results

The Strixhaven Championship is finally upon us! The highly anticipated professional tournament got underway this morning on Friday, June 4, pushing us ever closer to the ’20-’21 Postseason. Today’s competition took the form of three Swiss rounds of Historic followed by four rounds of Standard, and featured most of the MPL and Rivals League members. We took a look at the metagame for both the Standard and Historic portions of the tournament earlier in the week, so be sure to check it out for details on the big picture.

One of the interesting highlights of the tournament so far has been Jeskai Mutate, an archetype that has risen from obscurity to be one of the major players in this event. The deck is combo focused, and relies on synergy to generate large amounts of mana. Casting a mutate creature such as Lore Drakkis onto a Goldspan Dragon generates two mana if the dragon stays on the field, and the deck even includes a convoluted combo that can use this interaction to generate infinite mana and infinite damage (see this write-up by Frank Karsten for more detail). Matti Kuisma (decklist posted below) raised eyebrows by going undefeated with Jeskai Mutate for the first three matches of Standard, managing an impressive 6-1 record overall in day one.

All play has finished for today, so it’s our pleasure to present the current standings as well as decklists from the top four players. Day two will mirror day one with three more Swiss rounds of Historic and four more rounds of Standard, determining the top eight players who will compete in the double-elimination finals on day three. Stay with us here on MTGA Zone for continuing coverage of the Strixhaven Championship weekend, and be sure to check out the official MTG Twitch stream for live coverage starting at 9:00am PST.

Strixhaven Day 1 Standings

RankPlayerHistoric DeckStandard DeckOverall Record
1Seth ManfieldJeskai ControlIzzet Dragons7-0
2Logan NettlesJeskai TurnsNaya Adventures7-0
3Matti KuismaIzzet PhoenixJeskai Mutate6-1
4Kai BuddeJeskai TurnsGruul Adventures6-1
5Raphael LevyJeskai TurnsGruul Adventures6-1
6Alexander HayneIzzet PhoenixMono White Aggro6-1
7Tetsushi SawadaIzzet PhoenixCycling6-1
8Antonio Del Moral LeonAzorius AurasIzzet Dragons6-1
9targetplayerMono Black AggroTemur Adventures6-1
10Brent VosJeskai TurnsSultai Ultimatum6-1
11Matt SperlingJeskai TurnsSultai Ultimatum6-1
12Sam RolphIzzet PhoenixNaya Adventures6-1
13Carlos RomaoDimir ControlDimir Rogues6-1
14Paulo Vitor Damo da RosaJeskai TurnsSultai Ultimatum6-1
15Michael BernatIzzet PhoenixMono White Aggro6-1
16Lars LuckhauptJund FoodCycling6-1
Visit MTGmelee to view results from the whole field.

Top Day One Historic Decklists

Jeskai Control by Seth Manfield 

Companion
1
Kaheera, the Orphanguard
Planeswalkers (7)
1
Gideon of the Trials
3
Narset, Parter of Veils
3
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Spells (22)
3
Brainstorm
1
Aether Gust
3
Dovin's Veto
4
Expressive Iteration
4
Lightning Helix
3
Memory Lapse
1
Anger of the Gods
1
Prismari Command
2
Wrath of God
Enchantments (5)
1
Rest in Peace
4
Shark Typhoon
Lands (26)
3
Fabled Passage
3
Glacial Fortress
3
Hallowed Fountain
2
Island
1
Mountain
1
Plains
4
Raugrin Triome
3
Sacred Foundry
3
Steam Vents
3
Sulfur Falls
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Aether Gust
2
Baffling End
1
Devout Decree
2
Fry
1
Rest in Peace
1
Kaheera, the Orphanguard
3
Mystical Dispute
1
Timely Reinforcements
1
Wrath of God
2
Commence the Endgame

Jeskai Turns 

Creatures (2)
2
Velomachus Lorehold
Spells (33)
4
Brainstorm
1
Miscast
2
Expressive Iteration
2
Fire Prophecy
4
Memory Lapse
1
Scorching Dragonfire
4
Indomitable Creativity
3
Prismari Command
4
Mizzix's Mastery
4
Time Warp
4
Magma Opus
Lands (25)
4
Dwarven Mine
3
Fabled Passage
2
Island
2
Ketria Triome
6
Mountain
4
Raugrin Triome
4
Steam Vents
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Aether Gust
2
Fry
1
Scorching Dragonfire
1
Anger of the Gods
3
Mystical Dispute
4
Shark Typhoon
2
Nezahal, Primal Tide

Izzet Phoenix by Matti Kuisma 

Creatures (13)
4
Sprite Dragon
4
Arclight Phoenix
1
Crackling Drake
1
Ox of Agonas
3
Stormwing Entity
Spells (26)
4
Brainstorm
4
Faithless Looting
2
Lightning Axe
4
Opt
4
Pillar of Flame
4
Expressive Iteration
2
Finale of Promise
1
Fry
1
Mystical Dispute
Lands (21)
2
Fabled Passage
2
Island
3
Mountain
4
Riverglide Pathway
3
Spirebluff Canal
4
Steam Vents
3
Sulfur Falls
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Tormod's Crypt
1
Soul-Guide Lantern
2
Aether Gust
1
Fry
2
Negate
2
Anger of the Gods
1
Beacon Bolt
2
Brazen Borrower
2
Mystical Dispute
1
Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Jeskai Turns by Kai Budde 

Creatures (2)
2
Velomachus Lorehold
Spells (33)
4
Brainstorm
1
Miscast
2
Expressive Iteration
2
Fire Prophecy
4
Memory Lapse
1
Scorching Dragonfire
4
Indomitable Creativity
3
Prismari Command
4
Mizzix's Mastery
4
Time Warp
4
Magma Opus
Lands (25)
4
Dwarven Mine
3
Fabled Passage
2
Island
2
Ketria Triome
5
Mountain
4
Raugrin Triome
4
Steam Vents
1
Sulfur Falls
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Aether Gust
2
Fry
2
Anger of the Gods
3
Mystical Dispute
4
Shark Typhoon
2
Nezahal, Primal Tide

Top Day One Standard Decklists

Izzet Dragons by Seth Manfield 

Creatures (15)
4
Bonecrusher Giant
4
Brazen Borrower
3
Galazeth Prismari
4
Goldspan Dragon
Spells (17)
3
Frost Bite
1
Disdainful Stroke
4
Expressive Iteration
3
Mystical Dispute
3
Saw It Coming
3
Alrund's Epiphany
Artifacts (3)
3
Mazemind Tome
Lands (25)
4
Fabled Passage
3
Faceless Haven
4
Riverglide Pathway
6
Snow-Covered Island
4
Snow-Covered Mountain
4
Volatile Fjord
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Frost Bite
2
Redcap Melee
1
Cinderclasm
1
Disdainful Stroke
3
Fire Prophecy
1
Negate
1
Soul Sear
2
The Akroan War
2
Ox of Agonas
1
Shark Typhoon

Naya Adventures by Logan Nettles 

Companion
1
Jegantha, the Wellspring
Creatures (31)
3
Tangled Florahedron
4
Edgewall Innkeeper
4
Giant Killer
4
Jaspera Sentinel
2
Clarion Spirit
2
Drannith Magistrate
4
Bonecrusher Giant
4
Elite Spellbinder
4
Lovestruck Beast
Enchantments (6)
4
Showdown of the Skalds
2
The Akroan War
Lands (23)
4
Branchloft Pathway
4
Cragcrown Pathway
4
Fabled Passage
3
Forest
1
Mountain
4
Needleverge Pathway
3
Plains
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
2
Reidane, God of the Worthy
1
Redcap Melee
1
Run Afoul
2
Fire Prophecy
3
Glass Casket
2
Klothys, God of Destiny
1
Jegantha, the Wellspring
3
Ox of Agonas

Jeskai Mutate by Matti Kuisma 

Creatures (12)
4
Lore Drakkis
4
Vadrok, Apex of Thunder
4
Goldspan Dragon
Spells (26)
1
Sejiri Shelter
4
Spikefield Hazard
1
Essence Scatter
4
Expressive Iteration
2
Fire Prophecy
2
Negate
1
Scorching Dragonfire
4
Unsubstantiate
1
Mystical Dispute
3
Prismari Command
3
Seize the Spoils
Lands (22)
4
Hengegate Pathway
4
Island
2
Mountain
4
Needleverge Pathway
4
Raugrin Triome
4
Riverglide Pathway
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Light of Hope
3
Redcap Melee
2
Cinderclasm
1
Disdainful Stroke
1
Glass Casket
3
Mazemind Tome
2
Mystical Dispute
2
Phoenix of Ash

Gruul Adventures by Kai Budde 

Creatures (27)
4
Edgewall Innkeeper
4
Jaspera Sentinel
4
Magda, Brazen Outlaw
3
Rimrock Knight
4
Bonecrusher Giant
4
Lovestruck Beast
1
Questing Beast
3
Goldspan Dragon
Spells (7)
1
Kazuul's Fury
4
Shatterskull Smashing
1
Primal Might
1
Disdainful Stroke
Artifacts (6)
3
Esika's Chariot
3
Embercleave
Lands (20)
4
Barkchannel Pathway
4
Cragcrown Pathway
6
Forest
1
Hall of Oracles
1
Ketria Triome
4
Riverglide Pathway
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Purphoros's Intervention
2
Redcap Melee
2
Disdainful Stroke
2
Masked Vandal
1
Mythos of Vadrok
1
The Akroan War
3
Elder Gargaroth
3
Ox of Agonas

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