Frontier Results from January 2nd

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Frontier Results from January 2nd

We had 34 people for our first Frontier event this past Monday! I have to admit, I was not expecting that many people right out of the gate. Special thanks to Alexander Smith and Donivan Abraham for lending a hand with a judge call here and there, and also for doing a bit of score keeping.  

We capped the event at five rounds and were able to prize to the top 12 players (well 13 really since I remove myself from final rankings and move everyone under me up one rank). Many of you submitted deck lists for this event, and I thank you for it. I have a ton of Frontier info to pull from now. Our local meta is shaping up nicely. There was a ton of diversity throughout the tournament. Rally CoCo made an appearance with about 7 players piloting it (I may have missed one), but only two made it to the top 12. Jacob Noel and I were the two Rally CoCo players to make top 12, and I consider the two of us to be among the areas most skilled Rally CoCo pilots. You guys came prepared and made us work for each win. 

Here is our top 12 (13) player's deck lists:

Samuel Blackburn's Abzan Good Stuff

Creatures

3xAnafenza, the Foremost
2xArchangel Avacyn
Avacyn, the Purifier
1xKalitas, Traitor of Ghet
4xSiege Rhino
4xSylvan Advocate
1xTasigur, the Golden Fang

Spells

3xAbzan Charm
1xAnguished Unmaking
2xBlessed Alliance
3xDromoka's Command
2xMurderous Cut
2xValorous Stance
1xPainful Truths
3xGideon, Ally of Zendikar
3xLiliana, the Last Hope

Lands

2xBlooming Marsh
2xCanopy Vista
1xConcealed Courtyard
2xForest
1xPlains
4xSandsteppe Citadel
3xShambling Vent
2xSmoldering Marsh
2xSwamp
4xWindswept Heath
2xWooded Foothills

Sideboard

1xDragonlord Dromoka
3xDuress
3xHallowed Moonlight
2xLanguish
2xTormod's Crypt
2xUltimate Price
2xVirulent Plague
 

Sam smashed everyone's face. Great removal package and powerful creatures. Siege Rhino is still a powerhouse, but I'm more excited to see Sylvan Advocate in this deck. Advocate is one of my favorites. I hope he shined for you Sam. 

 

Ardi Cera's RG Become Immense

Creatures

4xAbbot of Keral Keep
3xLightning Berserker
4xMonastery Swiftspear
4xVoltaic Brawler
2xZurgo Bellstriker

Spells

4xAtarka's Command
3xBecome Immense
3xTemur Battle Rage
4xTitan's Strength
4xWild Slash
4xDragon Fodder

Lands

4xBloodstained Mire
2xCinder Glade
1xForest
8xMountain
2xWindswept Heath
4xWooded Foothills

Sideboard

3xExquisite Firecraft
3xHooting Mandrills
4xLightning Strike
2xThunderbreak Regent
3xTormod's Crypt
 

Ardi was the only other undefeated player in this week's Frontier event. He referred to his aggro deck as a meta call, and I have to agree with him. In uncertain formats aggro is often king. Keep that in mind for next week's tournament. 

 

Mike Kekich's Mardu Dragons

Creatures

2xGoblin Dark-Dwellers
2xGoblin Rabblemaster
3xHangarback Walker
3xKolaghan, the Storm's Fury
3xSoulfire Grand Master
4xThunderbreak Regent

Spells

4xCrackling Doom
4xDraconic Roar
2xFiery Impulse
2xKolaghan's Command
2xLightning Strike
1xNahiri, the Harbinger
2xRadiant Flames
2xRead the Bones

Lands

4xBloodstained Mire
1xCanopy Vista
1xCinder Glade
1xForest
4xInspiring Vantage
2xMountain
1xNeedle Spires
1xPlains
2xShambling Vent
2xSmoldering Marsh
1xSwamp
3xWindswept Heath
1xWooded Foothills

Sideboard

1xAnafenza, the Foremost
1xDragonlord Kolaghan
2xHallowed Moonlight
2xHushwing Gryff
1xRadiant Flames
2xRoast
2xTasigur, the Golden Fang
2xTormod's Crypt
2xTransgress the Mind
 

Mike was my only loss. He crushed me. Soulfire Grand Master plus Draconic Roar is some serious synergy. To be fair I got mana screwed in both of our games, but I don't think I could keep up with the damage Mike was putting up anyway. 

 

Chris Byrne's 4 Color Rally CoCo

Creatures: 28

3Catacomb Sifter
4Elvish Visionary
3Nantuko Husk
2Noose Constrictor
4Reflector Mage
4Satyr Wayfinder
4Spell Queller
4Zulaport Cutthroat

Spells: 10

2Chord of Calling
4Collected Company
4Rally the Ancestors

Lands: 22

3Canopy Vista
4Flooded Strand
1Forest
1Plains
3Polluted Delta
2Prairie Stream
2Sunken Hollow
1Swamp
1Westvale Abbey
Ormendahl, Profane Prince
4Windswept Heath

Sideboard: 15

1Anafenza, the Foremost
2Caustic Caterpillar
2Dispel
1Murderous Cut
2Negate
2Tainted Remedy
1Thalia, Heretic Cathar
2Tormod's Crypt
2Virulent Plague
 

So my deck did well, but again to be fair, I only really played two rounds of magic. I got mana screwed in both games against Mike in round three, Bryan got mana screwed in our match in round four, and Wes got mana screwed in our match in round five. 

Chord of Calling was great. It's so awesome to instant speed search your deck for a creature that answers your opponent's best play. Aether Revolt spoilers haven't shown me the green two drop I'm searching for yet, but there's a couple other cards coming out that Rally CoCo may be interested in. Noose Constrictor actually showed some promise, but not enough to ensure its spot in the future. 

By the fourth round of the tournament I knew my mana base was too greedy. I will be going up to 23 lands. Most likely another Canopy Vista or Prairie Stream.

 

Donivan Abraham's Jeskai Tempo

Creatures

2xArchangel Avacyn
Avacyn, the Purifier
4xMantis Rider
4xSeeker of the Way
3xSelfless Spirit
2xSoulfire Grand Master
4xSpell Queller

Spells

4xAnticipate
4xFiery Impulse
2xJeskai Charm
4xLightning Strike
2xWild Slash
2xDeclaration in Stone

Lands

4xBattlefield Forge
4xFlooded Strand
3xInspiring Vantage
1xIsland
3xMystic Monastery
2xNeedle Spires
2xPlains
1xPrairie Stream
3xSpirebluff Canal

Sideboard

2xArashin Cleric
1xDisdainful Stroke
2xDispel
3xGideon, Ally of Zendikar
2xHallowed Moonlight
2xKozilek's Return
1xRending Volley
2xSmash to Smithereens

 

I would have loved to see this deck play. We had two Jeskai decks make it to the top tables. 

 

Eric Abdo's Bant CoCo (Bantastic)

Creatures

2xArchangel Avacyn
Avacyn, the Purifier
3xDuskwatch Recruiter
Krallenhorde Howler
4xElvish Mystic
1xNissa, Vastwood Seer
Nissa, Sage Animist
4xReflector Mage
4xSpell Queller
4xSylvan Advocate
2xThalia, Heretic Cathar
3xTireless Tracker

Spells

4xCollected Company
4xDromoka's Command
1xOjutai's Command
1xTamiyo, Field Researcher

Lands

4xCanopy Vista
4xFlooded Strand
3xForest
2xIsland
3xLumbering Falls
1xPlains
3xPrairie Stream
4xWindswept Heath

Sideboard

2xDeclaration in Stone
2xFairgrounds Warden
3xHallowed Moonlight
2xNegate
1xOjutai's Command
3xReclamation Sage
2xSelfless Spirit

 

I spoke with Eric about his deck. He said he didn't enjoy Elvish Mystics as much as he thought he would. He had a turn two Tireless Tracker that did a ton of work for him, but he's probably going to cut them for one more land and a three of some value enter the battlefield (ETB) creature. Eric also said he's considering cutting the Reclamation Sages for Phyrexian Revokers. I think Revoker is currently a great sideboard option. 

 

Lance Shultz's Jeskai Tempo

Creatures

4xFaerie Miscreant
4xMantis Rider
4xMausoleum Wanderer
4xReflector Mage
4xSelfless Spirit
4xSpell Queller
2xThraben Inspector

Spells

4xJeskai Charm
4xLightning Strike
4xSmuggler's Copter

Lands

4xFlooded Strand
4xInspiring Vantage
2xIsland
2xPlains
2xPrairie Stream
4xShivan Reef
4xSpirebluff Canal

Sideboard

4xArashin Cleric
3xBoiling Earth
4xSmash to Smithereens
4xTormod's Crypt
 

I also spoke with Lance about his deck. He said he pulled a list from online, and after playing it thinks it can defiantly be improved upon. I think this deck has potential, but the Faerie Miscreant and Smuggler's Copter synergy is more cute than truly beneficial. I'm interested to see where he goes with this deck. 

 

Bryan Carey's Grixis White

Creatures

1xDragonmaster Outcast
4xJace, Vryn's Prodigy
Jace, Telepath Unbound
2xKalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3xSoulfire Grand Master
2xTorrential Gearhulk

Spells

3xCrackling Doom
2xDig Through Time
3xDisdainful Stroke
3xFiery Impulse
1xKolaghan's Command
1xMurderous Cut
2xOjutai's Command
1xUtter End
2xCollective Brutality
2xPainful Truths
2xRoast

Lands

4xBloodstained Mire
4xFlooded Strand
1xIsland
2xMountain
3xMystic Monastery
1xNomad Outpost
1xPlains
4xPolluted Delta
1xPrairie Stream
2xSmoldering Marsh
2xSunken Hollow
1xSwamp

Sideboard

2xDispel
2xDuress
1xHallowed Moonlight
1xKolaghan's Command
2xLiliana, the Last Hope
1xNegate
1xPainful Truths
3xRadiant Flames
2xTormod's Crypt
 

Bryan did well over all, but he said he was having some issue getting the colors he needed. I always enjoy facing off against Bryan, unfortunately his 26 lands did not show up when he needed them in our match. Frontier offers some intricate mana bases. Building them can be pretty challenging.

 

John Robertson's Esper Control

List was not submitted.

 

Not every deck list was submitted. That's totally fine. I'm going to change up how we submit decks in the future anyway. Hopefully, not having to hand write anything will supply us with more lists in the future. 

 

Mack Stamper's Abzan Blue

List was not submitted.

 

 

Jacob Noel's Rally CoCo

List was not submitted.
 

  

Wes Delong's Bant CoCo

Creatures

4xElvish Mystic
3xLambholt Pacifist
Lambholt Butcher
2xNissa, Vastwood Seer
Nissa, Sage Animist
4xReflector Mage
4xSpell Queller
4xSylvan Advocate
2xThalia, Heretic Cathar
3xTireless Tracker
2xVerdurous Gearhulk

Spells

4xCollected Company
4xDromoka's Command

Lands

4xCanopy Vista
4xFlooded Strand
3xForest
3xIsland
4xPrairie Stream
4xWindswept Heath
2xWooded Foothills

Sideboard

2xDispel
2xHallowed Moonlight
2xHornet Nest
2xNatural State
3xNegate
2xSelfless Spirit
2xVoid Shatter

 

Wes was another of my opponents. Unfortunately, we didn't play much magic since he was mana screwed, and I kept bouncing his Elvish Mystics with Reflector Mage. Sorry buddy. I'd love to see Tamiyo, Field Researcher or two in this list. 

 

Mike Eisterhold's Esper Control

Creatures

4xJace, Vryn's Prodigy
Jace, Telepath Unbound
1xSoulfire Grand Master

Spells

2xClash of Wills
4xDig Through Time
1xDisdainful Stroke
1xEmpty the Pits
4xGrasp of Darkness
1xMurderous Cut
2xNegate
4xOjutai's Command
4xScatter to the Winds
2xUtter End
2xLanguish
2xRuinous Path
2xNarset Transcendent

Lands

2xBloodstained Mire
4xFlooded Strand
3xIsland
1xPlains
4xPolluted Delta
3xPrairie Stream
4xSunken Hollow
3xSwamp

Sideboard

1xDisdainful Stroke
2xDispel
1xDragonlord Ojutai
2xDuress
2xFlaying Tendrils
2xHallowed Moonlight
1xKalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1xLanguish
1xSoulfire Grand Master
1xSurge of Righteousness
1xUltimate Price

 

Among the people most excited for Frontier has been Mike Eisterhold. Mike heard there was another chance to make Narset Transcendent good again, and he dropped everything to start brewing. Mike in my opinion is one of the area's best control players. If you are interested in playing control in Frontier, Mike is a great source of information, and his Esper list is a great place to start. 

I saw a ton of different decks. From green white tokens to Demonic Pact Harmless Offering. The format is still wide open. Take what you see here and tweak your build to better position your deck for next Monday.  

 

When in doubt aggro 'em out,

-Chris 



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