Strixhaven Championship: Day Two Highlights and Results

The Strixhaven Championship carries on, as the Swiss rounds came to an end today and determined the eight players who will go on to the day three playoffs. Players were looking to earn twelve match wins total in order to clinch their place in the Top 8 and have a shot at winning the championship title. If you missed our day one coverage, you can check it out here. You can also click the following links to view the metagame breakdown for both Standard and Historic.

Seth Manfield and Logan Nettles were the only two players to go undefeated in day one, and both players continued doing very well throughout day two. Nettles nearly managed to clinch his Top 8 position in round 13, but was stopped by none other than Manfield himself who managed to take the match win 2-1. However, both players would go on to clinch their twelve wins in round 14. Meanwhile John Girardot, who did not even make the top 16 in day one, had an impressive showing in day two. Girardot only lost one match, bringing his overall record to 12-3 and putting him in third overall.

With the Swiss rounds at their end, we can get a good look at the best performing decks in the field. Only two decks managed to go undefeated in the Historic rounds of the tournament, although unfortunately neither of the pilots made it to the final Top 8. In the Standard format, only Manfield, Nettles, and Lars Luckhaupt (who also didn’t make the Top 8) were able to finish the Swiss rounds with just one loss. All five of these top-performing decks are posted below, and you can view all 16 lists from the Top 8 players here.

The third and final day of the Strixhaven Championship will be kicking off at 9:00am PST with live coverage provided on the official MTG Twitch stream. The Top 8 players will face off in the form of a double-elimination tournament that will determine the final results, and it’s guaranteed to be an exciting conclusion to what has been a very interesting weekend of competitive Magic. We will return tomorrow with final results and analysis here on MTGA Zone, so stay tuned.

Strixhaven Day 2 Standings

RankPlayerHistoric DeckStandard DeckOverall Record
1Logan NettlesJeskai TurnsNaya Adventures13-2
2Seth ManfieldJeskai ControlIzzet Dragons13-2
3John GirardotJeskai TurnsTemur Adventures12-3
4Raphael LevyJeskai TurnsGruul Adventures12-3
5David InglisIzzet PhoenixJeskai Mutate12-3
6Matt SperlingJeskai TurnsSultai Ultimatum11-4
7Matti KuismaIzzet PhoenixJeskai Mutate11-4
8Sam PardeeJeskai TurnsMono Red Aggro11-4
9Brent VosJeskai TurnsSultai Ultimatum11-4
10Noah MaJeskai ControlSultai Ultimatum11-4
11Martin JuzaJeskai TurnsSultai Ultimatum11-4
12Rei SatoIzzet PhoenixJeskai Mutate11-4
13Yuta TakahashiIzzet PhoenixDimir Rogues11-4
14Luis SalvattoIzzet PhoenixSultai Ultimatum11-4
15Lars LuckhauptJund FoodCycling11-4
16Matt NassJeskai TurnsSultai Ultimatum10-5
Visit MTGmelee to view results from the whole field.

Undefeated Historic Decklists

Historic Jeskai Control by Ma Noah 

Planeswalkers (6)
3
Narset, Parter of Veils
3
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Spells (22)
1
Dovin's Veto
1
Justice Strike
3
Lightning Helix
4
Memory Lapse
1
Anger of the Gods
1
Mystical Dispute
2
Prismari Command
1
Commit/Memory
/
2
Mizzix's Mastery
2
Wrath of God
4
Magma Opus
Artifacts (4)
4
Torrential Gearhulk
Enchantments (2)
1
Seal Away
1
Search for Azcanta
Lands (26)
2
Castle Ardenvale
1
Clifftop Retreat
1
Field of Ruin
2
Glacial Fortress
4
Hallowed Fountain
1
Island
1
Mountain
1
Plains
4
Raugrin Triome
1
Savai Triome
4
Steam Vents
3
Sulfur Falls
1
Swamp
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Dovin's Veto
1
Fry
1
Justice Strike
1
Narset's Reversal
1
Seal Away
1
Brazen Borrower
1
Mystical Dispute
1
Baneslayer Angel
4
Shark Typhoon
1
Chromium, the Mutable

Historic Jeskai Turns by Matt Nass 

Creatures (2)
2
Velomachus Lorehold
Spells (30)
4
Brainstorm
2
Expressive Iteration
4
Memory Lapse
4
Indomitable Creativity
4
Prismari Command
4
Mizzix's Mastery
4
Time Warp
4
Magma Opus
Enchantments (2)
2
Shark Typhoon
Lands (26)
4
Dwarven Mine
4
Fabled Passage
2
Island
6
Mountain
4
Raugrin Triome
4
Steam Vents
2
Sulfur Falls
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
1
Aether Gust
1
Fry
2
Perilous Voyage
1
Search for Azcanta
3
Anger of the Gods
3
Mystical Dispute
2
Commence the Endgame
2
Shark Typhoon

One Loss Standard Decklists

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

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

Jeskai Cycling by Lars Luckhaupt 

Creatures (16)
4
Flourishing Fox
4
Drannith Stinger
4
Valiant Rescuer
4
Irencrag Pyromancer
Spells (20)
1
Disdainful Stroke
2
Go for Blood
1
Shredded Sails
4
Startling Development
4
Memory Leak
1
Mystical Dispute
4
Zenith Flare
3
Boon of the Wish-Giver
Enchantments (4)
4
Improbable Alliance
Lands (20)
1
Blightstep Pathway
1
Brightclimb Pathway
1
Clearwater Pathway
4
Hengegate Pathway
4
Needleverge Pathway
4
Raugrin Triome
4
Riverglide Pathway
1
Savai Triome
Cards (60)
Sideboard (15)
3
Redcap Melee
1
Soul-Guide Lantern
2
Disdainful Stroke
2
Glass Casket
3
Negate
1
Shredded Sails
1
Mystical Dispute
1
Prismari Command
1
Rielle, the Everwise

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