Feature: Day 1 Standard Metagame Breakdown

Posted in Event Coverage on February 10, 2011

By Rashad Miller

Four hundred eighty-three players were at Magic Weekend Paris to showcase the new Standard format during Day 1 of competition. Would we see mostly decks from the past or would Mirrodin Besieged spark something new from the minds of these talented Pro Tour competitors?

Deck Number %
Valakut 105 21.78%
UB Control 100 20.75%
Caw-Go 67 13.90%
Kuldotha Red 36 7.47%
Vampires 34 7.05%
Boros 28 5.81%
Quest 18 3.73%
RUG 15 3.11%
UW Control 15 3.11%
GW Aggro 11 2.28%
Tempered Steel 9 1.87%
Mono Red 8 1.66%
BUG 6 1.24%
Eldrazi Ramp 6 1.24%
Infect 4 0.83%
Mono Green Ramp 4 0.83%
Elves 3 0.62%
URb Tezzeret Control 3 0.62%
Mass Polymorph 2 0.41%
White Weenie 2 0.41%
Allies 1 0.21%
Bant Aggro 1 0.21%
Grixis Control 1 0.21%
Mono Black 1 0.21%
Naya 1 0.21%
RG Aggro 1 0.21%

Valakut Ramp decks topped the list with 105 players. Fueled by green mana acceleration spells like Harrow, Explore and Khalni Heart Expedition, this deck finished its opponents with Primeval Titan and its namesake card Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle.

The second most popular choice on the day was Blue-black Control. One hundred competitors paired Jace, the Mind Sculptor with some of the more efficient black removal from Mirrodin Besieged: Go for the Throat and Black Sun Zenith. Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas was even seen making more than a splash in some versions.

Third on our list is another familiar face. Caw-Go prevailed as the Blue-white deck of choice as 67 deck lists sported a full set of Squadron Hawk. Both Sword of Body and Mind and the Mirrodin Besieged Sword of Feast and Famine made appearances in builds containing Stoneforge Mystic.

We rounded out the top 5 archetypes with two aggressive creature decks. Thirty-six players toted a variety of Vampires builds while 34 competitors piloted the explosive Kuldotha Red deck. With cards such as Pulse Tracker, Viscera Seer and Kalastria Highborn for Vampires and Ornithopter, Memnite and Kuldotha Rebirth for Kuldotha Red, these two decks exemplified how synergy outshined individual card quality.

These were only the top 5 archetypes here in Paris. Five more archetypes accounted for upward of five percent of the field each, including Quest for the Holy Relic, Boros , Red-Blue-Green Control, traditional Blue-White Control and Green-White Aggro. Sixteen more archetypes made up over 50 rogue lists. Which of these decks would we see on Day 2? Find out in Friday's coverage.

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