Weekend Tournament Report: Results and Decklists from July 9-11

This weekend saw the first Magic tournaments featuring the newest set, Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. Not only were there the usual Standard and Historic events, but many organizers chose to hold events for the new format Standard 2022, which only includes cards that will be legal after rotation in the fall. We’ve gone through the results of the competitive events from over the weekend and compiled the most significant ones here with decklists for your convenience.

TL;DR: Standard 2022 is the hotness right now, and Izzet Dragons and Mono Green Stompy seem to be two of the most potent decks in the format. The Book/Haven combo has not showed up substantially in Standard 2022 tournaments, where best-of-three gameplay allows for sideboarding against the fragile strategy. Regular Standard, featuring cards as far back as Eldraine, has not been heavily impacted, but most players and event organizers are focused on Standard 2022 for the time being. Historic is largely unchanged as well, although Demilich is seeing some play in Izzet Phoenix decks.

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Standard 2022

Insight Esports is a major tournament host on MTGmelee. They run events across a range of formats every week, including Standard and Historic tournaments with prize money. This weekend was host to several Insight tournaments surrounding the hype of the AFR launch, with most of them featuring the Standard 2022 format. The Tier 1 Open featured a substantial $5,000 prize pool.

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Izzet Dragons2640%46.8%
Mono-Green Aggro1218.5%72.2%
Dimir Control57.7%41.2%
Rakdos Midrange34.6%57.1%
Mono-White Aggro34.6%45.5%
Orzhov Midrange23.1%37.5%
Grixis Midrange23.1%33.3%

Top 8

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Sam BeaulieuMono Green Aggro5-0
2Omri KhaykovichMono Green Aggro4-1
3Tomas PokornyIzzet Dragons3-1
4Tian Fa MunDimir Control3-1
5Brunz CostaMono Green Aggro2-1
6Norbie MendozaRakdos Midrange2-1
7Luca MorettiIzzet Dragons2-1
8Dominick PaolercioIzzet Dragons2-1

As mentioned in the TL;DR above, Mono Green and Izzet are poised to be quite powerful in this new format. Nearly 60% of the field from this event was made up by those two archetypes, and both are strongly represented in the top 8. Dimir Control, Rakdos, and Mono White are all striving for position as well.

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The Hooglandia Open series events are hosted by Jeff Hoogland, a well-known Twitch streamer. The events usually have a low entry fee and few other restrictions, and often include incentives for players to play interesting or unique decks. It’s no surprise that they chose the Standard 2022 format for this event rather than the somewhat stale current Standard. The prize pool was made up of CoolStuffInc store credit amounts up to $150.

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Mono-Green Aggro1019.6%69.4%
Izzet Dragons815.7%59.3%
Mono-White Aggro35.9%53.8%
Orzhov Angels35.9%53.8%
Azorius Control23.9%42.9%
Dimir Control23.9%33.3%
Golgari Aggro23.9%33.3%
Golgari Tokens23.9%0%
Orzhov Aggro23.9%20%
Rakdos Control23.9%42.9%

Top 8

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1JayGravyMono Green Aggro9-0
2prototypeinsessionMono Green Aggro7-2
3Phillip MOrzhov Angels6-2
4Ashkan PaykarIzzet Dragons5-2
5William DaviesMardu Midrange5-2
6Chris VanMeterMono Green Aggro5-2
7Tom MaxwellMono Green Aggro4-2
8Ross MartikkeIzzet Dragons4-2

There really isn’t too much to say about these results that I didn’t already say about the Tier 1 Open. Izzet and Mono-G seem to be rulers of the format for now, but Mono White and Orzhov Angels both managed positive winrates. Both decks earned representation in the top 8 as well. Interestingly, an aggressive Mardu build featuring the hardly-played planeswalker Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients did quite too, managing a 5th place finish overall.

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Standard (Current)

Black Pearl Club is an MTG event host based in Spain. This Sunday, they hosted a tournament in the current Standard format, but with a twist- each deck entered was required to play at least 12 cards from AFR not counting non-basic lands. This forced a bit more diversity in deckbuilding, although Izzet and Mono Green were still at the top of the format just like Standard 2022. The prize pool for this torunament was relatively small, but the event was selected for this list because of high enrollment and the AFR deckbuilding constraint.

Metagame

ArchetypeNumber of DecksPercentage of FieldWinrate
Izzet Dragons913%56.67%
Mono-Red Aggro ❄811.6%40%
Mono-Green Aggro ❄811.6%48.3%
Dimir Control68.7%41.2%
Mono-White Aggro ❄️45.8%50%
Mono-Green Aggro45.8%58.8%
Naya Adventures (Jegantha)34.3%83.3%
Rakdos Sacrifice34.3%62.5%
Temur Adventures (Obosh)22.9%66.67%
Dimir Rogues (Lurrus)22.9%25%
Orzhov Tempo22.9%0%

Top 8

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Jair FarjatNaya Adventures7-1
2Jose Ignacio QuesadaIzzet Dragons6-2
3Noé Alessandro Rivera CarvalloNaya Adventures6-1
4Angel Rafael Hidalgo PimentelMono Green Aggro5-2
5Taras KohutMono Green Aggro5-1
6fernando herreraMono White Aggro4-2
7Juan Carlos TorresMono Red Aggro4-2
8Miguel CuellarRakdos Sacrifice4-2

It’s pretty funny that although this tournament does include all of the cards from current Standard, the 12-AFR-card requirement caused this meta to look quite a bit like the Standard 2022 meta- albeit a bit more diverse. It’s going to be interesting to see if there are other archetypes that gain a foothold against the early front-runners of the new format. The set is brand new still, so the format is still young and there is surely room for brewerst to find new tournament-level decks.

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Historic

With so much focus on the Standard 2022 format and the release of AFR, there wasn’t much buzz around Historic this weekend. In the interest of keeping up with the format, here are the details of a smaller weekly event from Insight which includes a few Demilich Izzet decks in the top 8.

Metagame

Archetype# of Decks% of FieldMW%*
Izzet Phoenix422.2%53.8%
Jund Food211.1%87.5%
Five-color Niv-Mizzet211.1%57.1%
Dimir Control211.1%42.9%

Top 8

RankPlayerDeckRecord
1Gabriel NicholasJund Food4-0
2sandydogmtgIzzet Phoenix3-1
3Alberto Sánchez DíazBant Midrange3-1
4Simón Arboleda EscobarFive-Color Niv-Mizzet3-1
5Luca MorettiJund Food3-1
6Robert AmuzziniColorless Ramp3-1
7toru H @outbackIzzet Phoenix2-2
8Karl SarapIzzet Phoenix2-2

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