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3 Decks that Beat Nexus Reclamation

With the Mythic Championship being Trendy, the Commonplace metagame didn’t evolve because it often does. While the Pro Tour normally sets the usual for a way the metagame progresses, this time it was sluggish, unclear, and uncertain. Which will sound like a nasty thing, but I adore it. It magnifies the feeling of testing bizarre concepts on your own, slowly treading via the metagame to seek out your footing. I wasn’t really positive what would present up at the first “real event”—the SCG Circuit. Positive, we’d see some Nexus of Destiny, Pink Deck Wins, Sultai, and Esper decks—the standard suspects. But how? How would they be configured, and what else would present up?

An entire lot. There were tons of sweet decks, and those that did nicely clearly understood what the metagame would seem like (Nexus of Destiny decks). Nexus of Fate really gained one thing great in Tamiyo, Collector of Scrolls, a jack-of-all-trades for the archetype. Together with her, you barely should play an inexpensive win-con. A simple Callous Dismissal could also be enough. She finds your combo pieces and regrows necessary spells in the matchup. In testing, I gained towards multiple aggressive decks by rebuying a Root Snare with 6 mana, fogged for the flip, untapped, and gained.

Nexus Reclamation

Tony Norton at SCG Columbus

6 Forest
6 Island
3 Memorial to Genius
four Hinterland Harbor
2 Blast Zone
four Breeding Pool
4 Progress Spiral
4 Chemister’s Perception
1 Callous Dismissal
2 Blink of an Eye
4 Wilderness Reclamation
3 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
1 Sinister Sabotage
3 Search for Azcanta/Azcanta, the Sunken Wreck
four Root Snare
four Nexus of Fate – Foil – Purchase-a-Box Promo
1 Narset, Parter of Veils
4 Choose

Sideboard
3 Negate
1 Narset’s Reversal
2 Murmuring Mystic
2 Kraul Harpooner
2 Crushing Cover
2 Biogenic Ooze
3 Arboreal Grazer

Along with Blast Zone, Tamiyo put Nexus Reclamation on a brand new energy degree and it confirmed online, because it was spreading like a plague as a tier 1 deck of the metagame and nice at preying on brews. This deck is certainly the dangerous man. But there are cures for this type of plague and it clearly confirmed in the Prime eight of SCG Columbus, with no Nexus Reclamation decks present.

The Pure Drugs

First off, there are the decks that are naturally good towards Nexus as a result of their recreation plan. Properly, the deck in the Prime 8 was Pink Deck Wins.

Pink Deck Wins

Will Pulliam, SCG Columbus

20 Mountain
4 Goblin Chainwhirler
four Ghitu Lavarunner
four Fanatical Firebrand
4 Viashino Pyromancer
four Runaway Steam-Kin
four Chandra, Hearth Artisan
2 Wizard’s Lightning
2 Skewer the Critics
four Shock
4 Lightning Strike
4 Mild Up the Stage

Sideboard
2 Tibalt, Rakish Instigator
3 Danger Factor
2 Rekindling Phoenix
2 Legion Warboss
4 Lava Coil
2 Dire Fleet Daredevil

RDW doesn’t play any specific cards to beat Nexus, however merely doesn’t care about their recreation plan and goes beneath them. And it really works. Wonderfully, truly. Nothing much has changed in RDW besides for two new role-players. The most important is Chandra, Hearth Artisan.

Chandra, Fire Artisan

Chandra, Hearth Artisan won’t have been given a variety of love early, principally because individuals couldn’t help but examine it to Chandra, Torch of Defiance. Positive, she isn’t higher in a vacuum than her earlier iteration, however who cares about how good issues are in a vacuum anyway? In Magic, it’s all within the context. With the context being making an attempt to burn your opponent out, Chandra, Hearth Artisan will not often disappoint because of her triggered potential.

“Whenever one or more loyalty counters are removed from Chandra, Fire Artisan, she deals that much damage to target opponent or planeswalker.”

Going up to 5 loyalty instantly is the actual deal. If your opponent deals together with her in natural ways and doesn’t have entry to playing cards like Vraska’s Contempt, she offers no less than 5 injury to your opponent. That’s a Lava Axe for 4 mana, which is not a fantastic deal. But when that four mana also includes drawing two cards a turn for a number of turns and that turns right into a YouTube-clip-level Experimental Frenzy flip when ultimating, you then’re talking.

Chandra also isn’t an enchantment, toward which the metagame has grown increasingly hostile. There’s Mortify, Vivien Reid, Knight of Autumn, and extra. They’ve turn into a slightly natural inclusion, since there are nice targets in most matchups, whether it’s Search for Azcanta or Wilderness Reclamation. Planeswalkers are more vulnerable to getting pressured by creatures, but with Chandra’s triggered capacity, you don’t actually care. It’s great, as a result of that provides you useful life while dealing injury to them, making it easier for you to find time to burn your opponent out. If in case you have some board presence yourself, it’ll take even more than 5 energy’s value of creatures to attempt to convey her down. Consider it as a large Lightning Helix your opponent kills in combat.

Tibalt, Rakish Instigator

The second, smaller role-player is Tibalt, Rakish Instigator. There’s tons of incidental life achieve in Commonplace and none of it interacts properly with Tibalt, apart from Vraska’s Contempt. Out of the blue, you don’t need to mess around Take in in the same means and you may attack right via a Lyra Dawnbringer. I’m unsure how great it’s versus Sultai, as Wildgrowth Walker turning into giant is part of the problem, but not having them achieve that life from each Wildgrowth Walker and Hydroid Krasis positive is good and there hasn’t really been anything prefer it in Normal for some time.

The Targeted Vaccine

Next we now have Esper Management, which is here to stay. At first, I assumed Esper would have a rougher time in a metagame with tons of latest planeswalkers, but the deck obtained a couple of actually good tools on its own. Esper beats down on Nexus Reclamation, especially post-board when it doesn’t have any lifeless playing cards. It does this with some really powerful weapons in Narset, Parter of Veils, Teferi, Time Raveler, and Thief of Sanity.

Esper Management

Zach Allen, SCG Columbus

1 Swamp
1 Island
4 Watery Grave
4 Glacial Fortress
4 Drowned Catacomb
4 Godless Shrine
four Remoted Chapel
four Hallowed Fountain
4 Vraska’s Contempt
2 Tyrant’s Scorn
four Thought Erasure
4 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
2 Search for Azcanta/Azcanta, the Sunken Damage
2 Narset, Parter of Veils
2 Mortify
2 Moment of Craving
1 Liliana, Dreadhorde Basic
3 Kaya’s Wrath
2 Dovin’s Veto
2 Chemister’s Perception
four Take in

Sideboard
1 Ugin, the Ineffable
3 Thief of Sanity
2 Teferi, Time Raveler
1 Oath of Kaya
1 Enter the God-Eternals
3 Duress
1 Despark
2 Cry of the Carnarium
1 Second of Craving

The planeswalkers themselves don’t let the Nexus player even play their recreation plan, particularly Teferi, Time Raveler. It shuts down Wilderness Reclamation utterly outdoors of getting one other Azcanta, the Sunken Wreck activation and shuts down counterspells, which is… nicely, pretty good within the management mirror. Accessing black and 6-7 discard spells post-sideboard, alongside a horde of game-winning 3-mana cards makes Esper quite favored. Simply be sure to’re prepared for creatures similar to Biogenic Ooze, Hydroid Krasis, and Carnage Tyrant so you don’t get cheesed out. I’d advise you to maintain a couple of Vraska’s Contempt and Mortify, and contemplate including The Eldest Reborn should you discover room for it, as they are powerful and flexible with other targets towards the deck as properly.

The Marvel Remedy

Lastly, we’ve Bant Midrange, a deck I’ve been sporting a bit myself as of late after deciding to play something else aside from Esper Control. I really like enjoying this deck. It’s an actual nightmare for Nexus Reclamation, so in case you actually want to beat it, here’s the place I’d begin.

Bant Midrange

Harlan Firer, SCG Columbus

3 Forest
2 Glacial Fortress
3 Sunpetal Grove
four Hallowed Fountain
four Temple Backyard
four Breeding Pool
4 Hinterland Harbor
4 Hydroid Krasis
4 Frilled Mystic
4 Incubation Druid
4 Progress-Chamber Guardian
2 Deputy of Detention
4 Llanowar Elves
3 God-Everlasting Oketra
2 Knight of Autumn
2 Shalai, Voice of Lots
3 Teferi, Time Raveler
4 Vivien, Champion of the Wilds

Sideboard
3 Baffling Finish
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Dovin’s Veto
2 Lyra Dawnbringer
2 Time Wipe
2 Vivien Reid
1 Deputy of Detention
1 Knight of Autumn

Bant Midrange/flash possesses all the elements that scare Nexus Reclamation players. It does what RDW does—puts strain on the Nexus player—although not as shortly. Nonetheless, it’s undoubtedly sufficient. Secondly, it plays the type of playing cards that wreck their recreation plan, particularly talking about Teferi, Time Raveler, enjoying as many as three copies in the primary deck. Enjoying towards this card and not having infinite time to attempt to find a Blast Zone to blow it up or one in every of your few Blink of an Eye to then combo off the same flip is rough.

Frilled Mystic

The thought behind the deck is to play playing cards that make Frilled Mystic nearly as good as attainable towards slower decks, as well as God-Everlasting Oketra towards creature decks. Frilled Mystic is unbelievable with both strain or every part in your deck having flash as a result of it turns into more durable to mess around. This deck has both, and the physique is relevant because you’re enjoying God-Everlasting Oketra and Vivien, Champion of the Wilds. However it doesn’t cease there. Bant Midrange takes it to the subsequent degree along with its two other companions in crime, Teferi, Time Raveler and Vivien, Champion of the Wilds.

Teferi, Time Raveler

Teferi, Time Raveler’s static means makes it so your opponent can solely play at sorcery velocity, which suggests that it turns into increasingly troublesome to mess around Frilled Mystic, as you typically attempt to bait it at the end of your opponent’s flip, then untap to play one thing highly effective. Not solely does Teferi do that, but Teferi’s bounce capability helps it in two methods. First, it bounces something, and keep in mind, one thing they will only play again at sorcery velocity, so you’ll be able to counter it with Frilled Mystic. Second, it will possibly bounce Frilled Mystic itself, and because the static means is in play, they will’t reply this by killing the Mystic in response.

Vivien, Champion of the Wilds

Vivien, Champion of the Wilds, the primary cause this deck ticks, can also be implausible with Frilled Mystic. First, it makes it more durable to play around with its static capability, just like Teferi, but right here, it means you’ll be able to’t punish the Bant participant for holding up mana by not enjoying anything with Vivien in play. If that occurs, the Bant participant can merely add more strain to the board, as every thing has flash. The second purpose is type of simple, which is that Vivien makes it simpler to seek out more Frilled Mystics.

What Ought to You Play?

There’s nonetheless tons to find within the new metagame. There are still decks that haven’t been found and powerful playing cards that haven’t discovered a home but. There are decks that fall outdoors the scope this time, but I additionally hear that White Weenie with some assist from Teferi, Time Raveler is doing nicely online, so previous, improved archetypes undoubtedly have recreation. Personally, I’m an enormous fan of Bant Midrange, or Bant Flash as I wish to name it, since it actually punishes slower decks. If I can discover a approach to tune it more towards Purple Deck Wins with out sacrificing an excessive amount of, I’ll be actually joyful to proceed enjoying it. Whether it’s some Angel package deal or Jadelight Ranger in the primary deck and explore package deal in the sideboard, I’m unsure. Do you’ve a suggestion? Both means, I feel being proactive is fairly good in an open, powerful metagame filled with planeswalkers and combo.

What have you been liking within the format thus far, and is there a deck or card you consider to be good that hasn’t been ok simply but? Do inform!