Standard in Review: Washington DC

SCG Open: Washington DC – The Results

Here are the Top 16 decks from StarCityGames Open: DC. I determined the average mana costs of the main decks and prices in dollars and Magic Online tickets by importing each decklist into the Decked Builder app. Dollars are from CoolStuffInc.com, and tickets are from MTGOTraders.com. The graphs display the strategies, colors, and most-played archetypes of the Top 16.

Place Deck Colors Avg Mana Cost ($) Cost (Tix)
1 Reanimator
{W} {INVISIBLE} {B} {INVISIBLE} {G}
3.59 $537 365
2 Junk Midrange
{W} {INVISIBLE} {B} {INVISIBLE} {G}
3.08 $595 400
3 Dark Naya Midrange
{W} {INVISIBLE} {B} {R} {G}
3.14 $802 550
4 Esper Control
{W} {U} {B} {INVISIBLE} {INVISIBLE}
2.79 $513 333
5 Esper Control
{W} {U} {B} {INVISIBLE} {INVISIBLE}
3.27 $529 301
6 Reanimator
{W} {INVISIBLE} {B} {INVISIBLE} {G}
3.72 $539 408
7 BW Zombies
{W} {INVISIBLE} {B} {INVISIBLE} {INVISIBLE}
2.05 $411 266
8 Naya Humans
{W} {INVISIBLE} {INVISIBLE} {R} {G}
1.85 $486 190
9 Reanimator
{W} {INVISIBLE} {B} {INVISIBLE} {G}
3.51 $453 371
10 Solar Flare
{W} {U} {B} {INVISIBLE} {INVISIBLE}
3.43 $496 315
11 Esper Control
{W} {U} {B} {INVISIBLE} {INVISIBLE}
3.18 $525 359
12 GR Aggro
{INVISIBLE} {INVISIBLE} {INVISIBLE} {R} {G}
2.51 $321 212
13 Naya Aggro
{W} {INVISIBLE} {INVISIBLE} {R} {G}
2.69 $621 337
14 Esper Tokens
{W} {U} {B} {INVISIBLE} {INVISIBLE}
2.61 $386 196
15 Reanimator
{W} {INVISIBLE} {B} {INVISIBLE} {G}
3.49 $563 423
16 Bant Auras
{W} {U} {INVISIBLE} {INVISIBLE} {G}
1.77 $482 277
Average: 2.9 $516 331

Creatures of Choice

The following charts and graphs display the most-played creatures in the Top 16 decks of the tournament.

Creature # Decks Avg Main Avg Side
Restoration Angel 10 3.5 0.0
Avacyn's Pilgrim 7 4.0 0.0
Thragtusk 7 3.7 1.0
Centaur Healer 6 2.6 1.8
Angel of Serenity 7 2.7 2.0
Obzedat, Ghost Council 9 1.0 1.4
Deathrite Shaman 5 3.0 2.2
Rhox Faithmender 6 0.0 2.2
Arbor Elf 5 2.6 0.0

White and black were the two most-played colors in the Top 16 and were usually played together, which made Obzedat, Ghost Council a popular creature in DC, appearing in nine decks.

Deck Distribution (Creatures)

Where might you find these creatures and need a plan to deal with them? Here are the decks they appeared in this week:

Card Archetype Average Avg Main Avg Side
Restoration Angel BW Zombies 4.0 4.0 0.0
Dark Naya Midrange 4.0 4.0 0.0
Esper Control 2.5 2.5 0.0
Junk Midrange 4.0 4.0 0.0
Naya Aggro 3.0 3.0 0.0
Reanimator 3.8 3.8 0.0
Avacyn's Pilgrim Bant Auras 4.0 4.0 0.0
Dark Naya Midrange 4.0 4.0 0.0
Junk Midrange 4.0 4.0 0.0
Reanimator 4.0 4.0 0.0
Thragtusk Dark Naya Midrange 4.0 4.0 0.0
Junk Midrange 4.0 4.0 0.0
Naya Aggro 3.0 2.0 1.0
Reanimator 4.0 4.0 0.0
Centaur Healer Dark Naya Midrange 3.0 0.0 3.0
Junk Midrange 4.0 2.0 2.0
Reanimator 3.3 2.8 0.5
Angel of Serenity Esper Control 2.0 0.0 2.0
Junk Midrange 1.0 1.0 0.0
Reanimator 3.0 3.0 0.0
Solar Flare 3.0 3.0 0.0
Obzedat, Ghost Council BW Zombies 2.0 0.0 2.0
Esper Control 1.5 1.0 0.5
Junk Midrange 2.0 0.0 2.0
Reanimator 1.8 0.5 1.3
Solar Flare 2.0 1.0 1.0
Deathrite Shaman Junk Midrange 3.0 0.0 3.0
Reanimator 2.8 0.8 2.0
Arbor Elf GR Aggro 4.0 4.0 0.0
Reanimator 2.3 2.3 0.0
Rhox Faithmender Esper Control 2.0 0.0 2.0
Junk Midrange 2.0 0.0 2.0
Reanimator 2.3 0.0 2.3
Solar Flare 2.0 0.0 2.0

Removal Spells

The following charts and graphs display the most-played removal spells in the Top 16.

Removal # Decks Avg Main Avg Side
Azorius Charm 5 3.4 1.0
Supreme Verdict 5 3.3 3.0
Tragic Slip 5 2.7 2.3
Abrupt Decay 5 2.0 2.0
Searing Spear 3 3.3 0.0
Oblivion Ring 6 0.0 1.5
Ultimate Price 4 1.8 1.0
Terminus 2 4.0 0.0
Mizzium Mortars 3 2.0 2.0
Sever the Bloodline 4 1.0 1.5

Esper-based decks propelled Azorius Charm, Supreme Verdict, and Ultimate Price onto this list. Esper and Junk decks made Tragic Slip a popular choice as well. Overall, 40% of the removal spells in the DC Top 16 were in a sideboard.

Deck Distribution (Removal)

When should you look out for these removal spells and potentially play around them? Here are the decks they appeared in this week:

Card Archetype Average Avg Main Avg Side
Azorius Charm Esper Control 4.0 4.0 0.0
Esper Tokens 3.0 2.0 1.0
Solar Flare 3.0 3.0 0.0
Supreme Verdict Esper Control 3.0 3.0 0.0
Esper Tokens 3.0 0.0 3.0
Solar Flare 4.0 4.0 0.0
Tragic Slip BW Zombies 3.0 3.0 0.0
Esper Control 2.0 0.0 2.0
Esper Tokens 4.0 2.0 2.0
Junk Midrange 3.0 3.0 0.0
Reanimator 3.0 0.0 3.0
Abrupt Decay Junk Midrange 3.0 2.0 1.0
Reanimator 2.3 0.0 2.3
Searing Spear Dark Naya Midrange 2.0 2.0 0.0
Naya Aggro 4.0 4.0 0.0
Naya Humans 4.0 4.0 0.0
Oblivion Ring BW Zombies 2.0 0.0 2.0
Dark Naya Midrange 2.0 0.0 2.0
Esper Control 1.0 0.0 1.0
Naya Aggro 2.0 0.0 2.0
Reanimator 1.0 0.0 1.0
Ultimate Price Esper Control 2.0 1.5 0.5
Esper Tokens 3.0 3.0 0.0
Solar Flare 2.0 1.0 1.0
Mizzium Mortars Dark Naya Midrange 2.0 2.0 0.0
GR Aggro 4.0 2.0 2.0
Naya Aggro 2.0 2.0 0.0
Sever the Bloodline Junk Midrange 2.0 0.0 2.0
Reanimator 2.0 0.7 1.3
Terminus Esper Control 4.0 4.0 0.0

Leading Indicators

Here are the cards that have made their first Top 16 appearances at SCG: DC. Are they the next hot tech? You be the judge.

Card # Copies Main Side Decks
Beckon Apparition 3 3 Esper Tokens (14th)
Gideon, Champion of Justice 1 1 Esper Control (4th)
Psychic Strike 2 2 Esper Control (4th)
Simic Charm 3 3 Bant Auras (16th)
Thrull Parasite 2 2 BW Zombies (7th)
Undying Evil 4 4 Junk Midrange (2nd); Dark Naya Midrange (3rd)

The Standard Metagame

The following graphs track the deck archetypes with the most Top 16 finishes at major Standard tournaments. They include results from not only SCG: Indy but also Grand Prix: Verona and Grand Prix: Rio.

The Last Month

Jund Midrange is still the big bad of the last month, but Reanimator is gaining fast with three Top 16 finishes at SCG: Indy and four in DC. Esper Control is also surging with two at Indy and three in DC.

This Standard Season (since rotation)

Deck Dissection: Reanimator

Let’s take a closer look at a deck that is coming on strong in the Standard metagame. Here are the cards played in 50% or more of the Reanimator Top 16 decks over the past month:

Card % Decks Average Avg Main Avg Side
Avacyn's Pilgrim 100% 4.4 4.4 0.0
Overgrown Tomb 100% 3.9 3.9 0.0
Unburial Rites 100% 3.9 3.9 0.0
Woodland Cemetery 100% 3.8 3.8 0.0
Temple Garden 100% 3.7 3.7 0.0
Angel of Serenity 100% 3.2 3.2 0.0
Mulch 100% 3.1 3.1 0.0
Sunpetal Grove 100% 3.1 3.1 0.0
Forest 100% 2.7 2.7 0.0
Craterhoof Behemoth 100% 1.9 1.8 0.1
Godless Shrine 100% 1.7 1.7 0.0
Grisly Salvage 91% 4.0 4.0 0.0
Thragtusk 91% 3.9 3.9 0.0
Restoration Angel 91% 3.2 3.2 0.0
Centaur Healer 91% 2.9 2.3 0.6
Acidic Slime 91% 2.8 0.1 2.7
Deathrite Shaman 91% 2.4 0.3 2.1
Rhox Faithmender 82% 2.4 0.0 2.4
Abrupt Decay 73% 2.8 0.5 2.3
Arbor Elf 73% 2.8 2.8 0.0
Lingering Souls 73% 2.6 2.6 0.0
Gavony Township 73% 1.6 1.6 0.0
Obzedat, Ghost Council 73% 1.6 0.6 1.0
Sever the Bloodline 64% 1.4 0.3 1.1
Tragic Slip 55% 2.5 0.0 2.5
Cavern of Souls 55% 2.3 1.5 0.8
Duress 55% 1.8 0.0 1.8
Isolated Chapel 55% 1.7 1.7 0.0
Vault of the Archangel 55% 1.0 1.0 0.0

By the Numbers: Competitive Reprints

Of the three hundred sixty-four cards that have seen play in a Top 16 deck this Standard season, seventy-two are reprints. This excludes cards that have only been reprinted in special products such as Duel Decks and From the Vault: Legends. A good chunk of these reprints, twenty-three in total, are lands: basics, shock lands, M10 dual lands, Evolving Wilds, Reliquary Tower, and Ghost Quarter.

Here are the most-played nonland reprints since rotation:

Here are the cards that have appeared in the most sets and expansions:

Unsummon is the only overlapping card between the two graphs. Giant Growth and Fog have both been played in Top 16 decks this season, but only a couple copies each. Birds of Paradise has been printed fourteen times, and a fifteenth showing would most likely land it on both graphs.

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The Close

That’s it for this week’s article on SCG Open: Washington DC. Join me next week for more Standard tournament results, metagame review, and Magic analysis. Thanks for reading!

Nick Vigabool
@MrVigabool