Weekend Tournament Report: Standard Results and Decklists

It’s time once again for the Weekend Tournament Report, where we take a look back at the weekend’s most significant tournaments and competitive MTG events in the Standard and Historic formats. Other than the Historic Qualifier Weekend which took place on Arena, both of the major tournaments to take place featured the Standard format this time around.

On Friday, the Red Bull Untapped 2021 series continued with the massive International Stop III: a Standard tournament on Japan time but open to players anywhere, with over 800 entrants and a $20,000 US prize pool. Meanwhile, Latin American MTG community Five Color Hub (5CH) hosted a smaller, but still significant Standard exhibition with over 100 entrants and $500 in prizes.

Below, you’ll find a metagame summary, final Top 8 results, and all eight of the top decklists from each event. We’ll start out with the smaller 5CH event and then move on to the Red Bull Untapped results. Use the quick links below to navigate the events quickly:

Bummed about the lack of Historic results and decklists? You might want to check out our most recent Mythic Decks of the Week where we featured the Historic format:

5CH INTER TIENDAS by 5CH LATAM SERIES VOL. IV

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Mono-Green Aggro ❄3125.2%38.98%
Izzet Epiphany1613%50%
Mono-White Aggro ❄️1512.2%57.5%
Izzet Dragons ❄️108.1%40%
Temur Treasures75.7%51.52%
Jund Treasures54.1%50%
Mono-Black Control ❄54.1%58.6%

The most popular archetypes from the 5CH event this weekend are going to look pretty familiar to those who have been following the Standard format since the release of Midnight Hunt: Mono Green, Izzet Epiphany and Dragons, and Mono White are showing up pretty consistently at the top of most tournament metas, and this event is no exception.

What is a little unusual in these results is that in spite of being the most played deck at the tournament, Mono Green actually performed quite poorly with a winrate of less than 40%. It seems the rest of the field came prepared for the matchup and ready to win against the venerable Stompy deck which almost always finishes events with an overall match win percentage better than 50%.

A more detailed breakdown of the current Standard metagame is available at our once-weekly Metagame Analysis:

Top 8

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Tlacaelel CampoJund Treasures10-1
2Joao Marcos de AquinoJund Treasures8-3
3Alvaro ZavalaGrixis Control8-2
4Héctor CasanovaMono Green Aggro7-3
5Tron YoungMono White Aggro8-1
6Moisés Pozo SozaMono Green Aggro 6-3
7Taras KohutIzzet Turns6-3
8David SalazarMono White Aggro 6-3

As usual, Mono Green and Mono White both had solid representation in the Top 8 thanks in part to the sheer volume of the decks at the event, but the most interesting takeaway from these results is the Jund Midrange decks that finished in first and second.

jund midrange
55.5% global win rate
2.99% metagame share
Powered by
best against
vs rakdos midrange
85.7% win rate
7 tracked matches
vs selesnya aggro
83.3% win rate
6 tracked matches
vs grixis control
73.3% win rate
15 tracked matches
worst against
vs sultai midrange
33.3% win rate
18 tracked matches
vs bant ramp
25.0% win rate
8 tracked matches
vs orzhov control
14.3% win rate
7 tracked matches

These Jund decks look pretty similar to the Temur Treasures deck that has enjoyed a boost of popularity due to it’s impressive finish at the World Championship XXVII in the hands of Jean-Emmanuel Depraz. The Temur deck is essentially Gruul Aggro but with a splash of blue for countermagic to leverage against Alrund’s Epiphany.

The Jund version of the deck maintains the core of ramp-into-value with Magda, Brazen Outlaw, Goldspan Dragon, Esika’s Chariot and friends. However, instead of bothering with the blue counterspells, the Jund version is slanted against the aggro decks. Immersturm Predator makes for a very difficult-to-answer threat for the green decks that rely on fight spells for removal. Power Word Kill and anti-white removal spell Ray of Enfeeblement in the sideboard offer even more tools.

In third place, Alvaro Zavala did extremely well with a bit of an off-meta choice: Grixis Lier. Lier, Disciple of the Drowned was a key part of the Grixis Turns deck that emerged at the World Championship, and while it seems that Zavala’s deckbuilding process probably started with Turns, they abandoned Alrund’s Epiphany entirely to play a more spellslinger-style gameplan. Four copies of Smoldering Egg threaten to take over the game, uniquely bolstered by three copies of Sedgemoor Witch – a Strixhaven card which generated a lot of buzz but hasn’t been seen much in the competitive scene.

Decklists

[Top of Page]

Standard: Red Bull Untapped 2021 International Stop III

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Mono-Green Aggro ❄17122.5%53.6%
Izzet Epiphany11114.6%52.4%
Mono-White Aggro ❄️10914.3%49.5%
Izzet Dragons ❄️10413.7%48.8%
Temur Treasures405.6%50.3%
Jund Treasures263.4%57.9%
Grixis Epiphany222.9%46.67%
Dimir Control151.97%34.5%
Mono-Black Control ❄131.7%37.3%

In the Red Bull Untapped International Stop III, Mono Green fared better overall, while Mono White got beat up on a bit with a winrate of only 48% across the board. Otherwise, the story here is largely the same.

Top 8

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Hiroki NagaseMono White Aggro 11-0-1
2Keisuke SatoIzzet Epiphany 11-1-1
3YOJIRO FUTAMATASultai Midrange10-1-1
4Miguel SimõesEsper Control10-1-1
5Rashid DavisMono Green Aggro 10-2
6Quentin LeroyMono Green Aggro10-2
7Toru InoueJund Treasures10-2
8Matheus Akio YanagiuraMono Green Aggro10-2

In spite of Mono White’s generally low winrate in the wider field, Hiroki Nagase was able to take first in the tournament playing the deck with an extremely impressive 11-0 undefeated record. Second place was claimed by MPL member Keisuke Sato piloting the tried-and-true Izzet Epiphany deck.

There is one instance of Jund Treasures in the Top 8 here as well, but perhaps even spicier is the Sultai Midrange deck by YOJIRO FUTAMATA in third place and Esper Control by Miguel Simões in fourth.

Sultai Midrange isn’t a new deck in Standard even after rotation, but most of the Sultai shells we’ve seen since Midnight Hunt are built around Storm the Festival. While FUTAMATA’s deck has a lot of cards in common with the Storm the Festival decks, their deck has set aside the pseudo-Collected Company spell in favor of the six-mana powerhouse Tovolar’s Huntmaster.

Meanwhile, Simões’ Esper Control looks quite similar to Zavala’s Grixis Lier deck. There are no Smoldering Eggs of course, but there are four copies of Sedgemoor Witch. Being Esper also allows the deck to include one of the best removal spells currently in Standard, Vanishing Verse. Verse has struggled to find a home in the format since the Orzhov Control decks of Standard 2022 fell out of favor, but the spell’s power is still there and there’s no lack of targets for it in the format.

Decklists

[Top of Page]

Paul

Dude from Vermont who likes to play Magic and Escape from Tarkov. Musician, writer, and gamer. Submit feedback or corrections to @Paul on the Discord.