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
|Rank||Player||Historic Deck||Standard Deck||Overall Record|
|1||Seth Manfield||Jeskai Control||Izzet Dragons||7-0|
|2||Logan Nettles||Jeskai Turns||Naya Adventures||7-0|
|3||Matti Kuisma||Izzet Phoenix||Jeskai Mutate||6-1|
|4||Kai Budde||Jeskai Turns||Gruul Adventures||6-1|
|5||Raphael Levy||Jeskai Turns||Gruul Adventures||6-1|
|6||Alexander Hayne||Izzet Phoenix||Mono White Aggro||6-1|
|7||Tetsushi Sawada||Izzet Phoenix||Cycling||6-1|
|8||Antonio Del Moral Leon||Azorius Auras||Izzet Dragons||6-1|
|9||targetplayer||Mono Black Aggro||Temur Adventures||6-1|
|10||Brent Vos||Jeskai Turns||Sultai Ultimatum||6-1|
|11||Matt Sperling||Jeskai Turns||Sultai Ultimatum||6-1|
|12||Sam Rolph||Izzet Phoenix||Naya Adventures||6-1|
|13||Carlos Romao||Dimir Control||Dimir Rogues||6-1|
|14||Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa||Jeskai Turns||Sultai Ultimatum||6-1|
|15||Michael Bernat||Izzet Phoenix||Mono White Aggro||6-1|
|16||Lars Luckhaupt||Jund Food||Cycling||6-1|