We had Twenty-Eight players for Standard this last Wednesday at the Shuffle & Cut Retail store in Orange County, CA. Because so many people showed up for our largest midweek tournament to date, we upgraded the random give-away to a Nissa, Worldwaker! Dillon Baca, the lone Esper Control player, as well as Noe Farias (playing G/B Devotion) both managed perfect 4-0's and were rewarded with $28 store credit each. We had seven 3-1 players who each earned $14 store credit. Interestingly enough, despite some archetypes seeing plenty of play, all nine top finishers were playing different decks.
Complete Deck Breakdown (28 Players)
After four rounds of swiss play, only Bant Superfriends remained undefeated at our recent 110% Standard Tournament. Seventeen players showed up to play for the 110% payout and participate in the randomized giveaway of an Ajani, Mentor of Heroes. Steven Brown only managed a 2-2 record this week playing Mono-Black Devotion despite going undefeated two weeks in a row. That winning streak was brought to an end during round one where Brown was matched against Paul Sunukjian playing Bant Superfriends (eventual winner of the tournament). The metagame looked to slow down a little this week with 5 out of 6 top finishers playing Mid-range or dedicated control. What theories do you have about this shift? As always, feel free to add to this information!
Complete Deck Breakdown (17 total players)
Here at the Shuffle & Cut Retail Store in La Habra, Ca (that's in northern Orange County), we recently started hosting weekly 110% Tournaments. The idea was to change things up a little bit from our normal daily style events where everybody gets a pack for playing, and offer events where the prize payout to top finishers is substantially higher than that of a Friday Night Magic tournament.
The way it works is that if there are $100 worth of entry fees (20 players at $5 each), top finishers would split $110 worth of store credit. In addition we will raffle off a card relevant to the format of the tournament each week at the start of round two. That way, even if you are having an off day, there's still a chance to prize out! For example our first 110% standard tournament on July 2nd we raffled away a Thoughtseize and at our second tournament on July 9th we raffled away an Elspeth, Sun's Champion.
Here's the breakdowns for both July 2nd and July 9th. I'm especially curious to see over the coming months if the metagame differs from our more casual FNM and Saturday Showdown tournaments.
110% Standard - July 2nd, 2014
Standard MTG Partial Deck Breakdown (18 total players)
110% Standard Tournament - July 9th, 2014
Standard MTG Metagame Breakdown (17 total players)
Let us know what you think of the metagame and of the new 110% prizing structure. Any thoughts on how the meta is shaping up?
Thirty-Five players competed last Friday, June 27th in Standard Friday Night Magic (FNM) at Shuffle & Cut Retail. Taking a look at the field, Red was by by far the most popular color, playing some role in nearly half the decks. I grouped RDW style decks with more mid-range decks for the deck breakdown as in standard they end up being somewhat similar. Two out of the three U/W/R players went undefeated as did the sole B/W Mid-Range player. Both our undefeated players from last week finished with 3-1 records, piloting the same decks they took the top spots with previously (G/W Aggro & Mono-Black Devotion). How does this metagame compare to the rest of Orange County?
Complete Deck Breakdown for Standard Friday Night Magic at Shuffle & Cut, Orange County