Entering this weekend, the Standard metagame was thought to be solved. Temur Reclamation was far and away the best deck – it won both Players Tour events last weekend – but entering into Day Two of Players Tour Online 4, we found from our 152 remaining competitors that there’s plenty of other ways to win. Jund Sacrifice won Players Tour Online 3 earlier in the day in the hands of William Craddock, and in the final Players Tour event this month we saw Temur Reclamation cede ground to other decks.
Here’s how the full Players Tour 4 Day Two metagame broke down:
|Archetype||Count||% Meta Day Two|
|Boros Cycling (Lurrus)||3||1.97%|
|Jund Sacrifice (Jegantha)||2||1.32%|
|Orzhov Yorion (Yorion)||2||1.32%|
|Azorius Control (Yorion)||1||0.66%|
|Esper Control (Yorion)||1||0.66%|
|Rakdos Sacrifice (Jegantha)||1||0.66%|
For the most popular deck in the field, it was an underperformance, as it lost metagame share, which was picked up mostly by Rakdos decks. Nine of the 13 blue-white players advanced to Day Two, a strong conversion rate led by Hall of Famer Gabriel Nassif. Here’s how the top archetypes fared from Day One to Day Two.
|Deck||Day 1 % -> Day 2 %||Change|
|Temur Reclamation||26.4% -> 21.7%||-4.70%|
|Bant Ramp||16.7% -> 17.1%||0.40%|
|Mono-Green||6.6% -> 8.6%||2%|
|Jund Sacrifice||5.7% -> 5.9%||0.20%|
|Rakdos Knights||5.3% -> 7.2%||1.90%|
|Azorius Control||4% -> 5.9%||1.90%|
|Rakdos Sacrifice||2.8% -> 5.9%||3.10%|
A few notes:
- We combined similar decks here for overview purposes. Mono-Green is represented as one here, but the deck actually comes in two distinct flavors. There’s the more aggressive version, dubbed Stompy, that includes
Gingerbrute, Syr Faren, the Hengehammerand Giant Growth, while the Monsters variant has fewer one drops and a heavier top end. Both builds saw similar success.
- Companions. Overall, companions have largely fallen out of favor. Two Jund Sacrifice players who advanced to Day Two were playing
Jegantha, the Wellspring, as was one Rakdos Sacrifice player. Three Azorius Control players chose Yorion, Sky Nomadas their companion, but one advanced.
The Best of Day Two
Let’s start with one of the surprise decks of the weekend that did well.
The breakout deck of Players Tour Online 3, Hall of Famer William “Huey” Jensen took Orzhov Yorion to a 6-3 finish yesterday. The deck marks the return of
Temur Reclamation hasn’t changed much, though Asahara opted to include
Mardu Knights has floated in and out of the competitive Standard metagame for the better part of a year now, but it was a more streamlined Rakdos version that showed up in force at Players Tour Online 4. It was a surprise third in Day One submissions, and managed to improve its metagame share in Day Two. The deck gives up some power to go wide with
Finally, let’s highlight Richie Robert Ong’s Selesnya Adventures brew, a deck unheard of in many months on the Standard circuit. But with a 6-3 finish for Ong, it’s proof there’s still room to find success going rogue in Standard.