Rhythmik Study: Your Pre-Amsterdam Metagame Report

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  1. No mention of Doran, Goblins or White Weenie?

    These decks are doing really good in the combo heavy environment.

  2. I see. Suppose the title misled me then.

    Amsterdam Metagame Report didn’t sound like pre-event ;). My bad.

  3. I’ve played against the merfolk decks personally when the new ext format was announced and trust me its effective even more so if you’re not expecting it in fact if it has more then 5 players show up with properly tuned decks and the skils to play it expect it to make fae look like a joke. I’d say the only true fears this deck would have is playing vs fallouts and the willows combo.

  4. I changed the article name to more closely reflect the pre-event nature of the material. Sorry about the confusion!

  5. Well just like the rest of the MTGO Hivemind this guy failed to innovate and fell prey to real pros who do. Word on the Grapevine is don’t play your real PT deck in ques. Test in private games with other good players. Design your deck to beat the hivemind and guess what, you just beat 70% of the field (because PTQ qualfied PT players don’t know how to innovate generally)

  6. @ACP, the problem with innovation and building your own decks is that most decks that are built are bad. Even the pros admit that they go through about 50 bad decks before they find one good one. Everyone who knows me well in the Magic community knows that I spent a lot of time working on and building decks to try to use in this metagame. Everything I built ended up having a bad matchup against one deck or another, and after a great deal of testing, ended up having to default to a deck I knew well, and knew had a decent matchup against most of the field – a version I expected to see in force (which I was correct about; Scapeshift was the most heavily played deck at the ‘Tour) and was tailored to beat the mirror (I didn’t lose a single match to the mirror all weekend, between the Main Event and other events).

    Also, if you have read any of my previous work, you know that one of my first priorities is being able to beat the best deck, and tailoring your deck to the metagame. The problem with this is that there is no true metagame to tailor to – This is a completely new format. Every Pro Tour past has been in a format that is still relatively figured out – San Juan already had a metagame, San Diego was pretty well-defined, as Worldwake had just been released and Jund with Manlands was still the “best” deck and even won the tournament.

    Even the high-level pros said that the problem with this tournament was that there were so many different decks that it was impossible to have a 15-card sideboard that was able to have answers for them all. Having answers for every deck in this format is impossible, so I went with a deck that did as little interacting with the opponent as I was comfortable with. I feel I can safely assume you did not qualify for this tournament, since you don’t seem to know any of this information, though I won’t go as far as to speculate on whether or not you have qualified for any Tours.

    So, I would like to request that you get your damn facts straight before trashing someone in their own article. Maybe do a little research of your own on a format you likely knew nothing about before this weekend, and pull the stick out of your ass.