IBC PTQs at Worlds

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By Alex Shvartsman

The IBC qualifier season has just begun, and many players are desperately searching for the silver bullet deck that will qualify them for the Pro Tour. As often the case with Block formats, the addition of Apocalypse has dramatically changed the format. New deck archetypes are available and the value of the old ones has changed.

Solution - the blue-white control deck Zvi Mowshowitz used to win Pro Tour-Tokyo, is still around, but it has added black mana and spells to its arsenal. Many Solution variants play Vindicate and Spectral Lynx. Some have opted to switch out Absorb for Undermine. This allows for greater flexibility in the mirror match, and lets players name "Absorb" with their Meddling Mage without hurting themselves as well as the opponent. Crimson Acolyte is gone from most Solution versions, even those who do not opt for adding black mana will often replace them with Spectral Lynx.

Another old favorite is red-green. This deck has changed very little from the version Ryan Fuller used in his record-setting run for the Top 8 in Tokyo. R-g is relying on its red cards more - and thus plays more burn spells - because Lynx is a very powerful answer to the deck's green creatures. Some r-g variants opted for an original idea of splashing blue for Ceta Sanctuary. They play it with Meteor Storm, gaining card economy and using those cards to deal damage directly to the opponent.

As can be seen from the Top 8 deck lists from the two qualifier tournaments held in Toronto this weekend, the field is truly wide-open. Although the two archetypes discussed above are by far the most popular decks in the format, original decks like those played by Stark, Seck, and Melnikov are perfectly capable of doing well.

It is interesting that the best deck in the pre-Apocalypse format is nowhere to be seen. Domain receives an excellent mana-smoothing engine in Lay of the Land and yet there are no Domain decks around at all. This can partly be explained by the presence of Vindicate and Pernicious Deed - both excellent anti-Domain cards.

Next weekend will mark the beginning of the new Magic season with two Grand Prix - Denver and Kobe. Pro players will unveil their tech at these tournaments, and the format will become a little more comprehensive. Until then, use the deck lists below to figure out what you can about the metagame, and good luck at the upcoming qualifiers.

AUGUST 10 PTQ TOP 8

Ben Stark def. Alex Melnikov
Ken Magurn def. Jeff Measures
Isaac Haxton def. Craig Krempals
Jason Means def. Patrick Chapin

Top 4

Ben Stark def. Ken Magurn
Jason Means def. Isaac Haxton

Finals

Jason Means def. Ben Stark

Patrick Chapin

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Sorcery (4)
4 Void
Instant (13)
4 Undermine 4 Fact or Fiction 3 Terminate 2 Recoil
Enchantment (3)
3 Yawgmoth's Agenda
Other (4)
4 Fire/Ice
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1 Flametongue Kavu 2 Trench Wurm 2 Lobotomy 2 Spite/Malice 2 Disrupt 1 Crosis the Purger 3 Gainsay 2 Dodecapod

Jason Means

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Isaac Haxton

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Craig Krempals

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Jeff Measures

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Sorcery (4)
2 Lobotomy 2 Void
Other (7)
1 Crosis' Catacombs 4 Islands 2 Spite/Malice
61 Cards

Ken Magurn

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Ben Stark

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Alex Melnikov

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AUGUST 11 PTQ TOP 8

Nathan Braymore def. Max McGruffin
Morgan Douglass def. Matt Schaub
Ben Seck def. Patrick Chapin
Scott Herzberg def. Louis Boileau

Top 4

Morgan Douglas def. Nathan Braymore
Ben Seck def. Scott Herzberg

Finals

Morgan Douglass def. Ben Seck

Louis Boileau

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Scott Herzberg

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Sorcery (4)
4 Ghitu Fire
Instant (4)
4 Urza's Rage
Enchantment (7)
3 Meteor Storm 4 Ceta Sanctuary
Other (4)
4 Fire/Ice
60 Cards

Ben Seck

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Patrick Chapin

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Sorcery (4)
4 Void
Instant (13)
4 Fact or Fiction 4 Undermine 3 Terminate 2 Recoil
Enchantment (3)
3 Yawgmoth's Agenda
Other (4)
4 Fire/Ice
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1 Flametongue Kavu 1 Terminate 1 Crosis the Purger 2 Trench Wurm 2 Dodecapod 2 Lobotomy 2 Disrupt 2 Spite/Malice 2 Gainsay

Morgan Douglass

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Matt Schaub

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Nathan Braymore

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Max McGuffin

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