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IBC PTQs at Worlds

Alex Shvartsman

The IBC qualifier season has just begun, and many players are desperately searching for the silver bullet deck that will qualify them for the Pro Tour. As often the case with Block formats, the addition of Apocalypse has dramatically changed the format. New deck archetypes are available and the value of the old ones has changed.

Solution - the blue-white control deck Zvi Mowshowitz used to win Pro Tour-Tokyo, is still around, but it has added black mana and spells to its arsenal. Many Solution variants play Vindicate and Spectral Lynx. Some have opted to switch out Absorb for Undermine. This allows for greater flexibility in the mirror match, and lets players name "Absorb" with their Meddling Mage without hurting themselves as well as the opponent. Crimson Acolyte is gone from most Solution versions, even those who do not opt for adding black mana will often replace them with Spectral Lynx.

Another old favorite is red-green. This deck has changed very little from the version Ryan Fuller used in his record-setting run for the Top 8 in Tokyo. R-g is relying on its red cards more - and thus plays more burn spells - because Lynx is a very powerful answer to the deck's green creatures. Some r-g variants opted for an original idea of splashing blue for Ceta Sanctuary. They play it with Meteor Storm, gaining card economy and using those cards to deal damage directly to the opponent.

As can be seen from the Top 8 deck lists from the two qualifier tournaments held in Toronto this weekend, the field is truly wide-open. Although the two archetypes discussed above are by far the most popular decks in the format, original decks like those played by Stark, Seck, and Melnikov are perfectly capable of doing well.

It is interesting that the best deck in the pre-Apocalypse format is nowhere to be seen. Domain receives an excellent mana-smoothing engine in Lay of the Land and yet there are no Domain decks around at all. This can partly be explained by the presence of Vindicate and Pernicious Deed - both excellent anti-Domain cards.

Next weekend will mark the beginning of the new Magic season with two Grand Prix - Denver and Kobe. Pro players will unveil their tech at these tournaments, and the format will become a little more comprehensive. Until then, use the deck lists below to figure out what you can about the metagame, and good luck at the upcoming qualifiers.

AUGUST 10 PTQ TOP 8

Ben Stark def. Alex Melnikov
Ken Magurn def. Jeff Measures
Isaac Haxton def. Craig Krempals
Jason Means def. Patrick Chapin

Top 4

Ben Stark def. Ken Magurn
Jason Means def. Isaac Haxton

Finals

Jason Means def. Ben Stark

Patrick Chapin
Blue-Red

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Shivan Reef
4 Salt Marsh
4 Urborg Volcano
5 Island
5 Swamp
3 Mountain

4 Blazing Specter
4 Ravenous Rats
3 Flametongue Kavu
4 Void
4 Undermine
4 Fire/Ice
4 Fact or Fiction
3 Yawgmoth's Agenda
3 Terminate
2 Recoil
2 Trench Wurm
2 Lobotomy
2 Spite/Malice
2 Disrupt
1 Crosis the Purger
3 Gainsay
2 Dodecapod
1 Flametongue Kavu

Jason Means
Green-Red

Main Deck
Sideboard
1 Keldon Necropolis
4 Shivan Oasis
10 Forest
9 Mountain

2 Flametongue Kavu
4 Skizzik
4 Raging Kavu
4 Blurred Mongoose
4 Kavu Titan
4 Thornscape Familiar
4 Thornscape Battlemage
4 Ghitu Fire
4 Scorching Lava
2 Urza's Rage
3 Dodecapod
3 Jade Leech
4 Thunderscape Battlemage
1 Urza's Rage
2 Flametongue Kavu
2 Obliterate

Isaac Haxton
Eladamri's Call

Main Deck
Sideboard
2 Forest
4 Plains
6 Island
4 Coastal Tower
4 Elfhame Palace
4 Yavimaya Coast
1 Treva's Ruins

4 Meddling Mage
4 Mystic Snake
3 Questing Phelddagrif
1 Fleetwood Panther
1 Jungle Barrier
1 Sabertooth Nishoba
1 Voice of All
4 Sunscape Familiar
4 Absorb
4 Eladamri's Call
4 Fact or Fiction
4 Repulse
1 Tolarian Emissary
3 Armadillo Cloak
1 Restock
2 Exclude
1 Sunscape Battlemage
1 Dodecapod
2 Benalish Heralds
2 Gainsay
2 Jungle Barrier

Craig Krempals

Main Deck
Sideboard
7 Plains
8 Island
4 Caves of Koilos
4 Coastal Tower
1 Salt Marsh

4 Voice of All
4 Spectral Lynx
4 Meddling Mage
4 Galina's Knight
4 Stormscape Apprentice
4 Fact or Fiction
4 Repulse
4 Exclude
4 Absorb
3 Crimson Acolyte
2 Gainsay
3 Disrupt
2 Rout
3 Dodecapod
2 Aura Blast

Jeff Measures

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Shivan Reef
1 Crosis' Catacombs
3 Mountain
4 Islands
4 Salt Marsh
4 Urborg Volcano
5 Swamp

2 Pyre Zombie
1 Flametongue Kavu
4 Nightscape Familiar
4 Shivan Zombie
3 Urza's Rage
3 Exclude
4 Undermine
2 Spite/Malice
3 Repulse
4 Fact or Fiction
2 Lobotomy
2 Prophetic Bolt
2 Void
4 Gainsay
2 Scorching Lava
2 Dodecapod
2 Terminate
2 Recoil
1 Void
1 Lobotomy
1 Slay

Ken Magurn
Green-Red

Main Deck
Sideboard
10 Mountain
4 Forest
4 Shivan Oasis
1 Keldon Necropolis

4 Yavimaya Barbarian
4 Blurred Mongoose
4 Thornscape Familiar
4 Skizzik
4 Ghitu Fire
4 Raging Kavu
3 Flametongue Kavu
3 Thornscape Battlemage
2 Kavu Titan
4 Scorching Lava
1 Obliterate
3 Dodecapod
4 Thunderscape Battlemage
4 Maniacal Rage
3 Shivan Wurm

Ben Stark

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Shivan Oasis
4 Shivan Reef
4 Yavimaya Coast
6 Island
6 Forest

4 Blurred Mongoose
4 Gaea's Skyfolk
4 Mystic Snake
4 Kavu Titan
4 Repulse
4 Fact or Fiction
4 Fire/Ice
4 Urza's Rage
4 Exclude
3 Dodecapod
4 Gainsay
4 Jungle Barrier
4 Flametongue Kavu

Alex Melnikov
Blue-Green-White

Main Deck
Sideboard
2 Forest
6 Island
4 Plains
4 Coastal Tower
4 Elfhame Palace
1 Treva's Ruins
4 Yavimaya Coast

1 Fleetwood Panther
1 Jungle Barrier
4 Meddling Mage
4 Mystic Snake
3 Questing Phelddagrif
1 Sabertooth Nishoba
4 Sunscape Familiar
1 Voice of All
4 Absorb
4 Eladamri's Call
4 Fact or Fiction
4 Repulse
3 Armadillo Cloak
2 Benalish Heralds
2 Confound
1 Dodecapod
2 Gainsay
2 Jungle Barrier
1 Questing Phelddagrif
1 Sunscape Battlemage

AUGUST 11 PTQ TOP 8

Nathan Braymore def. Max McGruffin
Morgan Douglass def. Matt Schaub
Ben Seck def. Patrick Chapin
Scott Herzberg def. Louis Boileau

Top 4

Morgan Douglas def. Nathan Braymore
Ben Seck def. Scott Herzberg

Finals

Morgan Douglass def. Ben Seck

Louis Boileau
The Solution

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Caves of Koilos
1 Dromar's Cavern
4 Coastal Tower
8 Island
7 Plains

4 Stormscape Apprentice
3 Voice of All
4 Spectral Lynx
4 Meddling Mage
4 Galina's Knight
4 Repulse
4 Fact or Fiction
2 Gainsay
3 Exclude
4 Absorb
2 Gainsay
3 Crimson Acolyte
3 Teferi's Moat
2 Disrupt
2 Samite Elder
1 Benalish Heralds
1 Aura Blast

Scott Herzberg
Green-Red-Blue

Main Deck
Sideboard
1 Keldon Necropolis
4 Shivan Reef
4 Yavimaya Coast
4 Shivan Oasis
6 Forest
5 Mountain

3 Skizzik
3 Flametongue Kavu
4 Thornscape Familiar
4 Blurred Mongoose
3 Raging Kavu
4 Urza's Rage
3 Meteor Storm
4 Ceta Sanctuary
4 Fire/Ice
4 Ghitu Fire
2 Jade Leech
1 Kavu Titan
3 Thunderscape Battlemage
3 Thornscape Battlemage
3 Obliterate
3 Dodecapod

Ben Seck
Goblin Trenches

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Mountain
6 Island
3 Plains
4 Shivan Reef
4 Coastal Tower
4 Battlefield Forge
 
4 Absorb
4 Exclude
4 Repulse
4 Opt
2 Rout
4 Fact or Fiction
4 Prophetic Bolt
2 Goblin Trenches
3 Urza's Rage
4 Fire/Ice
4 Gainsay
3 Powerstone Minefield
3 Breath of Darigaaz
1 Goblin Trenches
2 Lightning Angel
2 Dodecapod

Patrick Chapin
Blue-Black-Red

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Shivan Reef
4 Salt Marsh
4 Urborg Volcano
5 Swamp
5 Island
3 Mountain

4 Blazing Specter
4 Ravenous Rats
3 Flametongue Kavu
4 Void
4 Fact or Fiction
4 Fire/Ice
4 Undermine
3 Terminate
3 Yawgmoth's Agenda
2 Recoil
1 Crosis the Purger
1 Flametongue Kavu
2 Trench Wurm
2 Dodecapod
2 Lobotomy
2 Disrupt
2 Spite/Malice
2 Gainsay
1 Terminate

Morgan Douglass
The Solution

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Caves of Koilos
4 Coastal Tower
6 Plains
10 Island

4 Voice of All
3 Stormscape Apprentice
4 Galina's Knight
4 Spectral Lynx
4 Meddling Mage
4 Absorb
4 Repulse
3 Exclude
3 Fact or Fiction
3 Disrupt
1 Stormscape Apprentice
4 Crimson Acolyte
2 Crusading Knight
2 Teferi's Moat
3 Gainsay
3 Samite Elder

Matt Schaub

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Plains
7 Island
4 Elfhame Sanctuary
1 Treva's Ruins
4 Coastal Tower
4 Yavimaya Coast
1 Forest

4 Meddling Mage
2 Questing Phelddagrif
1 Sunscape Familiar
3 Mystic Snake
3 Voice of All
3 Galina's Knight
1 Sunscape Battlemage
1 Fleetwood Panther
1 Crimson Acolyte
4 Absorb
4 Repulse
3 Eladamri's Call
2 Exclude
3 Fact or Fiction
4 Gainsay
2 Rout
3 Jungle Barrier
3 Disrupt
1 Voice of All
1 Galina's Knight
1 Obsidian Acolyte

Nathan Braymore

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Urborg Volcano
3 Caves of Koilos
3 Battlefield Forge
5 Mountain
3 Swamp
6 Plains

4 Goblin Legionnaire
4 Spectral Lynx
2 Rout
3 Voice of All
4 Terminate
4 Blazing Specter
3 Flametongue Kavu
2 Pyre Zombie
2 Goblin Trenches
4 Gerrard's Verdict
4 Urza's Rage
1 Voice of All
1 Goblin Trenches
1 Flametongue Kavu
1 Rout
2 Obliterate
3 Scorching Lava
4 Crimson Acolyte
2 Orim's Thunder

Max McGuffin

Main Deck
Sideboard
1 Keldon Necropolis
4 Shivan Oasis
9 Mountain
10 Forest

4 Blurred Mongoose
4 Skizzik
4 Raging Kavu
2 Flametongue Kavu
4 Thornscape Battlemage
4 Kavu Titan
4 Thornscape Battlemage
4 Scorching Lava
4 Ghitu Fire
2 Urza's Rage
3 Dodecapod
3 Jade Leech
4 Thunderscape Battlemage
2 Flametongue Kavu
2 Obliterate
1 Urza's Rage



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