Day Two Standard Metagame Breakdown

Posted in NEWS on February 16, 2013

By Nate Price and Nick Fang

Day One of Standard is in the books! With half of the Standard rounds finished, only 211 players racked up the requisite number of wins to make it through to the second day of play. Yesterday, we saw three decks dominating the field, and they didn't disappoint. UWR, Esper Control, and Jund Midrange were easily the most played decks of the tournament, each attempting to capitalize on a different piece of the field.

Esper Control is the prototypical control deck of the current Standard format, running a plethora of spot and mass removal spells, a large amount of card drawing and counterspells, and efficient utility creatures to incrementally gain an advantage over the many creature decks in the format.

Here's a sample list:

Esper Control

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Jund Midrange approaches the new class of creature decks in a different way: by simply attempting to outclass them. Jund tries to rule combat with a stream of creatures and removal, including Huntmaster of the Fells, Olivia Voldaren, and Mizzium Mortars. Eventually taking control of the board through a war of attrition, the Jund Midrange deck was another deck well positioned to take on the seemingly creature-dominated Standard. Here's a generic list:

Jund Midrange

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Lastly, we have the new breed of UWR decks. UWR runs the gamut from a more controlling build, featuring a large swath of mass removal and a full planeswalker complement, to an aggressive, tempo-based version. The tempo deck has been the more successful of the two variants. Drawing on its roots as the UW and UWR Flash decks of the last Standard season, the newer UWR decks have added the ludicrously powerful Boros Reckoner to the already potent Snapcaster Mage and Restoration Angel for a potent third punch against creature-based decks. Combined with a load of spot and mass removal, like Azorius Charm, Searing Spear, and Mizzium Mortars, the creatures simply need a few turns to push through enough damage to finish games off. Considering the added reach that the Reckoner affords, this deck can either fight creatures straight up, or simply take it to the face.

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Beyond these decks, things weren't tremendously shaken up after yesterday's play. There were no major movers and shakers in the field, and things seemed fairly, well, Standard. Here's the final numbers for the Day Two metagame breakdown.

Deck Type # of Players Percentage
UWR 28 13.27%
Jund Midrange 23 10.90%
Esper Control 23 10.90%
Humans Reanimator 13 6.16%
Gruul Aggro 13 6.16%
Naya Humans 10 4.74%
Jund Aggro 10 4.74%
Jund 10 4.74%
Bant Control 10 4.74%
The Aristocrats 8 3.79%
Saito Zoo 7 3.32%
Naya Midrange 7 3.32%
RUG Flash 4 1.90%
Naya Aggro 4 1.90%
Bant Auras 4 1.90%
UWR Control 4 1.90%
Bant Black 3 1.42%
UW Humans 2 0.95%
Monored 2 0.95%
Mono-ish Black Control 2 0.95%
Junk Midrange 2 0.95%
Esper Planeswalker Control 2 0.95%
UW Delver 1 0.47%
UW Control 1 0.47%
URG Flash 1 0.47%
RUG Peddler 1 0.47%
Rakdos Aggro 1 0.47%
Monored Boros 1 0.47%
Monored Bore-os 1 0.47%
Midnight BBQ 1 0.47%
Jund Zombies 1 0.47%
Green-Black Aggro 1 0.47%
Door Control 1 0.47%
BW Tokens 1 0.47%
BW Aggro 1 0.47%
BUG Delver 1 0.47%
BR Zombies 1 0.47%
Boros Aggro 1 0.47%
Bore-os 1 0.47%
4-Color Swamps 1 0.47%
4c Reanimator 1 0.47%
4c Midrange 1 0.47%