Well this sucks. I am not going to sugarcoat it and I am not going to drag it out. This is the most warped and polarized event that we have ever reported on. Urza decks, most of them featuring Oko, obliterated the competition at the SCG Open. Let’s look over the least interesting results of all time. Here are sixteen Urza decklists and sixteen interesting decklists.
Up until now I have enjoyed Urza decks. I do not play them but I do find the gameplay much more fun and interesting than old Whir or Lantern Prison. That being said, I have been calling these decks the secret kings of the format. Even during Hog Summer, their winrate was less than 1% behind Hogvine’s. But they felt beatable and once Looting was gone we could pack extra artifact hate for them. Then Emry came about and we all were concerned about Ascendancy builds. However, that did not seem to break anything and the format was great. Now though, we all have realized how oppressive Oko is in Standard, Pioneer, and Modern. This has put the deck over the top and the new build annihilated SCG Atlanta. This build alone comprised five of the Top 8 spots. When you factor in the couple alternative Urza builds, you have sixteen of the Top 32 spots. Obviously this is just one tournament and we can try to adjust. But I cannot believe that nobody was prepared for this. I think it is more likely that the deck is that damn good. Time will tell but there is a good chance that something has to get the boot and I think that even Opal would not do the trick.
Behind this we see Amulet Titan continue its resurgence on the wings of Once Upon A Time. Its a great deck but one that can be hated out and I really appreciate it. A lot of people give ramp decks a bad rap but Amulet is as interesting and skill intensive as the come. I would gladly play it over Tron any day of the week. At this same level of success we see Grixis Shadow and this is the deck that eventually won the trophy by taking back-to-back matches off of Urza decks. If we are going to adapt to this new threat, Grixis Shadow may be the key. I am sad that it is not a Once Upon A Shadow but Stubborn Denial is too good to pass up in this metagame.
The only other deck to do well enough to be a recognized archetype was Crabvine and I am so happy to see it. I started to brew this up once Merfolk Secretkeeper was spoiled because a Memory Sluice that can trigger Vengevine the very next turn is amazing. I eventually got caught up working on other brews and dropped it but the potential was there. These lists are much more refined than what I was working on and they look great. We have done multiple articles on the power of Once Upon A Time and in here it gives us another use for the green mana that Vengevine forces us to run. I think this deck may actually be better than Dredge and I am very excited to see where it goes from here.
Then finally we come to the archetypes that comprised less than 5% of our data set. These were not the most popular archetypes at but each and every one of them was capable of making Top 32. None of these are bad decks and in many cases they are the underrated archetypes that deserve another look. For example, Devoted Druid made it all the way into Top 8.
Well it was fun to have a balanced format for a while but this might be the end of it. These are the most skewed results we have ever covered. I am hoping that this is just an anomaly but sixteen Urza decks in the Top 32 is just disgusting. More importantly, Oko was an egregious mistake on play design’s part. Currently ruining Standard, Pioneer, and Modern. Is there any way we can right this ship? Oko has to go in Standard and Pioneer but what about Modern? Please come and share your ideas with us in our discussion group. Or if you would like to take a swing at writing content for the site you can contact us directly here. We will be back soon with another article for you to enjoy. Until then my friends.