Eternal Extravaganza 5 Top 8 Lists and Metagame Report



  • Number of Participants: 114

    Top 8 lists

    1. Joe Brennan - Jeskai JVP Mentor
    2. Zohar Bhagat - Jeskai Nahiri Control
    3. Brian Kelly - Dromoka Gush Oath
    4. Brad Gutkin - Blue Moon
    5. Shawn French - UW Landstill
    6. Ross Pranjzner - Dark Jeskai Mentor
    7. Paulo Cesari - Jeskai Mentor
    8. Nick Dijohn - "Car Shops" (aka. Get outta my dreams, get into my car)

    Rest of the X-2+

    1. Porterfield, Avery - Jeskai Delver
    2. Geras, Jonathan - Ravager TKS Shops
    3. Castrucci ,Sam - Ravager TKS Shops with Cruisers
    4. Lynch, Paul - Salvagers Oath
    5. Fleischmann-Rose, David - 4C Odd Oathstill
    6. Sees, William - UW Emrastill
    7. Dayton, William - Ravager TKS Shops
    8. Eberhart, Ryan - Grixis Therapy
    9. Ata, David - Ravager TKS Shops
    10. Sacino, Joey - BUG Fish
    11. Miller, Daniel - Moat Control
    12. Barkon, Daniel - Ravager TKS Shops
    13. Dail, Ryan - White Eldrazi
    14. Dobbin, Zach -Jeskai Mentor
    15. Waldron, Scott - Salvagers Oath
    16. Johnson, Richard - Salvagers Oath
    17. Difebo, Dominic - Jeskai Mentor

    Metagame and MWP against the field:

    http://i.imgur.com/4ZAEXn8.png

    Archetype breakdowns and MWP against the field

    http://i.imgur.com/7Po8wYm.png

    Note: Gush Oath decks were classified under the Gush archetype. Frankly, there is no perfect way to classify lists and it is unclear to us to what purposes you the reader apply these breakdowns. If you are concerned about B&R rationale, a very relevant question is "what percentage of the metagame is running Gush" and that is the question we chose to answer by putting them into the Gush archetype. Alternatively, if you are a Shops or Eldrazi player concerned with the Oath matchup, you would want to consider those 3 lists as part of the Oath archetype. The actual effect is small: plus or minus 3 out of 114 players is a 2.6% change and the MWPs are virtually identical at 61.0% (Gush), 62.5% (Oath), and (61.1% Gush Oath). I wanted to mention this in the interest of transparency since we only have one basket in which to drop these deplorables.

    Archetype vs Archetype win rates
    http://imgur.com/qVCNdzJ
    http://imgur.com/vSY4vdd

    Mistakes? Typos? Comments? Let me know. As always, thanks to @diophan for his help on these endeavours. Additional thanks go out to @EEMagic for running an excellent event at a great venue and supplying us with the lists and WER files. Please support them by attending EE6 or watching the coverage if you can't make it.



  • I'd like to add that we appreciate Michael Caffrey's willingness to give us the decklists and the .wer file from the tournament.

    Spreadsheet: https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fspreadsheets%2Fd%2F1Gep5sF-MZjQzelo2sRvKkVAPYpLvuooW5uUMRMuP0FU%2Fedit%3Fusp%3Dsharing&h=jAQFBHYA3

    Twitch coverage (unfortunately the internet was spotty so there are lots of vods): https://www.twitch.tv/talesofadventure



  • The top 8 was something to see. Joe and Brian's top 8 match was one for the ages. Both had dack hit this ultimate and the game featured Joe constantly STP'sing Brian's creatures. He'd either counter his own spt or brian would. Brian would bounce it back with jace, recast it and a few turns later they would repeat until Brian finally realized he'll deck himself first. Excellent lines of play and smart play by both.



  • Edit: Updated the original post with metagame data and converted the decklists into links. I prefer this method because it condenses the information in what is otherwise a rather busy post. It also counts the number of cards and I find it convenient to export it to Cockatrice, MTGO etc. I tried using MTGGoldfish but found their deck input to be more cumbersome. Feedback on this or anything else is appreciated.

    In addition, I'm trying to get in touch with Brad Gutkin as his MD came to 62 cards. We had to take phone pictures of the top 8 lists and it's very difficult to make out the numbers on some of the cards, so that is probably where the error is. Just an FYI.


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    Thanks for the breakdown!

    I couldn't find any youtube videos from the event. It was streamed right? Hopefully it gets added to youtube..



  • Interesting Metagame..

    I would have liked to see Decks with Paradoxical.
    Narset will have been decisive in the victories?



  • Wow, what a horrible tournament for Eldrazi! The distribution of archetypes looks rather typical, which makes this fact more surprising. Was there some new sideboard tactic or something?



  • @kenan

    I don't think it was sideboards so much as all the U/W decks running tons of STP main deck. Plus look at all the Balances running around! Haven't seen anything like that in a long time.



  • @ChubbyRain not really a mistake or anything but me(sam castrucci) and Nick dijohn were running the same 74 with -1 tormods crypt +1 relic in the board for me



  • The Event was a ton of Fun, I always enjoy putting names and faces to handles on the Drain.

    I was 3-1 with Grixis Pyromancer before losing in Rd 5 to Joe Brennan in a tough 3 games. His turn 1 Vendillion Clique in g3 put a ton of pressure on me and by the time I was able to stabilize he dropped a Mentor and that was that. I was a little tilty after that match and lost another tough G3 to Eldrazi with my mind more on my 4 hour drive home at that point.

    I know the numbers don't lie, but I feel like I observed more Shops in the room; Perhaps my observation is jaded by playing it 2x (going 1-1) in the first 4 rounds.



  • @p3temangus said:

    The Event was a ton of Fun, I always enjoy putting names and faces to handles on the Drain.

    I was 3-1 with Grixis Pyromancer before losing in Rd 5 to Joe Brennan in a tough 3 games. His turn 1 Vendillion Clique in g3 put a ton of pressure on me and by the time I was able to stabilize he dropped a Mentor and that was that. I was a little tilty after that match and lost another tough G3 to Eldrazi with my mind more on my 4 hour drive home at that point.

    I know the numbers don't lie, but I feel like I observed more Shops in the room; Perhaps my observation is jaded by playing it 2x (going 1-1) in the first 4 rounds.

    That's funny. I felt just the opposite. I faced shops once all day and only noticed 2 or 3 other shops decks. Meanwhile I know myself and BPK were on oath. I played an oath mirror and sat next to 2 or 3 oath decks. I remember even commenting to somebody on how popular oath seemed in the room. I was shocked to see only 6 oath decks listed. I must have encountered nearly every single player by pure happenstance.



  • @yugular said:

    Thanks for the breakdown!

    I couldn't find any youtube videos from the event. It was streamed right? Hopefully it gets added to youtube..

    You can watch the archived matches at https://www.twitch.tv/talesofadventure/videos/all



  • @spook said:

    @yugular said:

    Thanks for the breakdown!

    I couldn't find any youtube videos from the event. It was streamed right? Hopefully it gets added to youtube..

    You can watch the archived matches at https://www.twitch.tv/talesofadventure/videos/all

    I count 38 new videos to proces - splendid.


  • TMD Supporter

    @spook said:

    https://www.twitch.tv/talesofadventure/videos/all

    Thanks! Though its hard to tell in which order I should view those :D



  • Congratulations to all the winners.

    Nice to see Joe doing well with Narset. Love Narset, not as good as Jace, the Mindsculptor but a great buddy to baby Jace. Ultimates pretty fast locking out control decks and you draw a card about 2/3 the time with the plus and rebounding broken blue cards is amazing. I played Narset when legal in standard and even there rebounding Dig Through Time was game winning.



  • @Khahan

    5 of my 7 rounds were against workshop decks (3 stock ravager, 1 ravager splash red with doom engine, 1 smokestax)



  • @DAIL said:

    @Khahan

    5 of my 7 rounds were against workshop decks (3 stock ravager, 1 ravager splash red with doom engine, 1 smokestax)

    Ouch.
    Even if you have a decent shops match up, a little variety is always nice.


  • TMD Supporter

    I'll try to upload these results to MTGGoldfish tonight if I have time.

    Thanks for doing this breakdown, it's always interesting and helpful .



  • heard a guy gloating about the "rogue superiority" of Stax shops over TKS shops. After the event ended I heard he bought TKS's from one of the vendors after "seeing the light". Loads of shops players in the room including myself (TKS/Vehicle blend with a poor showing). Great event none the less. Joe roomed with us so we had plenty of great practice the night before.



  • @studderingdave too funny about TKS. Maybe stax can come back when the token makers go away.



  • Iconic stax. I always enjoyed reading about it during its heyday. Seems now that I finally play shops the build is poorly set in the meta. Perhaps one day....


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