Weekend Tournament Report: Red Bull Untapped Standard and Historic

Red Bull Untapped

Welcome to this weekend’s Tournament Report, covering events from October 22-24. Each weekend, we examine the results and decklists from the most significant tournaments in the Standard and Historic formats.

This weekend, both of the largest tournaments to take place were a part of the Red Bull Untapped 2021 series. The first event was a Historic format tournament based in Japan, followed by an even larger Standard tournament. The results from these competitions should give us a nice temperature check on both formats given their large player pools.

We’ll get started with the smaller Historic Japan Country Stop and then proceed to the massive Standard-based International Stop II which saw more than 1200 entrants. You can use the quick links below to navigate to the events:

If you’re looking for more up-to-date decklists in your favorite format, be sure to also check out our Mythic Decks of the Week:

Historic: Red Bull Untapped 2021 Japan Country Stop

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Izzet Phoenix3113.3%52.5%
Jund Food2711.6%53.1%
Five-color Niv-Mizzet198.2%46.4%
Selesnya Humans187.7%50%
Mono-Red Aggro146%44.6%
Simic Merfolk135.6%53.33%
Jeskai Control (Kaheera)125.2%44.1%
Jund Citadel104.3%53.8%
More stats and data from this event at mtgmeta.io

Earlier this month, Memory Lapse was removed from the Historic format. Since then, we’ve seen an increase in non-blue decks in the format to some extent, especially the Jund Sacrifice archetype that ruled the format before the release of Strixhaven and the Mystical Archive. You’ll notice this also in our Historic Mythic decks from the past week.

jund food
55.7% global win rate
13.03% metagame share
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best against
vs orzhov auras
83.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs boros burn
83.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs rakdos arcanist
83.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
worst against
vs five-color niv-mizzet
37.5% win rate
16 tracked matches
vs izzet turns
33.3% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs selesnya enchantress
20.0% win rate
5 tracked matches

Despite the number of blue cards that have recently been banned from Historic, Izzet Phoenix is still competing with Jund for the position of best deck in the format, and the two archetypes made up the majority of the field at this event. Both archetypes posted winrates above 50%.

Another of the most popular archetypes that stood out with a relatively high winrate was Simic Merfolk. The deck has been on the fringes of competitive Historic play since it received a nice injection of power from Jumpstart: Historic Horizons from cards like Shoreline Scout and Svyelun of Sea and Sky. Perhaps the recent changes to the format will allow one of Magic’s most iconic tribes to be a real competitor in the format.

simic merfolk
53.9% global win rate
4.25% metagame share
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vs izzet turns
60.0% win rate
5 tracked matches
vs selesnya humans
55.6% win rate
9 tracked matches
vs jund food
50.0% win rate
10 tracked matches
worst against
vs izzet phoenix
45.5% win rate
11 tracked matches
vs jeskai control
40.0% win rate
5 tracked matches

Top 8

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Takumi UtsunomiyaIzzet Phoenix9-2
2kiethverinGolgari Stompy9-2
3Soichiro KoharaRakdos Arcanist8-1-2
4Kazuya MurakamiIzzet Phoenix8-2-1
5shiro46Izzet Phoenix 8-2-1
6toru konoSelesnya Humans8-2-1
7Kazuyuki TakimuraJund Food8-2-1
8yoladSimic Merfolk8-3

Looking at the final results, Izzet Phoenix continues to put up a strong performance, with three players piloting the deck to Top 8 positions. There was one Jund Food deck among the eight as well, along with a number of less-represented archetypes.

One Merfolk deck made it to the number eight slot, along with a Rakdos Arcanist deck – another former top contender in the format – and a Selesnya Collected Company-based Humans deck. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the Top 8 was kiethverin, who took their Golgari Stompy list all the way to the second place position.

You can check out all eight of the top-finishing decklists below:

Decklists

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Standard: Red Bull Untapped 2021 International Stop II [Eastern Time]

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of Field
Mono Green Aggro22819%
Mono White Aggro14614.3%
Izzet Dragons13513.2%
Izzet Turns10610.4%
Temur Aggro828%
More stats and data from this event at mtgmeta.io

Meanwhile, the Standard format continues to be largely a battle between the fast aggro decks of the format (Mono Green and Mono White) and the Alrund’s Epiphany decks (Izzet, Grixis, and Dragons). A full rundown of the Standard meta is available through our Weekly Metagame Report:

Top 8

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Thierry RamboaIzzet Epiphany12-0-1
2Pedro SilvaIzzet Dragons12-0-1
3Scott McNamaraIzzet Epiphany12-1
4Connor FlottenMono White Aggro11-1-1
5luca boldriniMono Black Aggro11-1-1
6Tim SchaufertMono Green Aggro11-2
7Michael CarmodyJund Treasures11-2
8Simon UribeMono Green Aggro10-2-1

Despite the fact that aggro significantly outnumbered the Epiphany decks at this event, it was Izzet that took the majority of the highest positions. Both Mono White and Mono Green continue to post solid results as well, with both archetypes finding representation in the Top 8.

Perhaps the most eye-catching detail from this Top 8 is the player luca boldrini, who managed to take their Mono Black Aggro deck to an impressive fifth place finish. We also get a bit more interesting flavor from Michael Carmody, who finished in seventh with their Jund Treasures deck.

You’ll find both of those decklists, along with the rest of the Top 8, in the table below:

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