Once again, the tireless Scienticians here at Sideboard Online have tabulated and re-tabulated the one hundred and ninety-nine constructed decks played at Nationals, in an attempt to give you, the reader, some insight into the goings-on going on. From the sheer numbers, the only real surprise is the presence of the Zombies deck that won French Nationals. All around it at the top of the shop you'll find the usual suspects: Red-Green, Wake, Psychatog, Blue-Green Madness, Mono-Black Control. It feels like the format is well-explored heading into this, the final major Standard event before Scourge rotates in. What follows is an archetype-by-archetype breakdown.
Red-Green Beats – 36
Wake – 25
Almost universally these decks are the blue-white-green Cunning Wake decks that have been refined from the original OBC versions. Now starting Exalted Angels for the kill, and functioning like a blue-white control deck that touches green for reusable Fogs, Wake is a force to be reckoned with. It tends to manhandle aggressive decks, but a dedicated control deck like Psychatog can usually enjoy a field day with its superior countermagic and card drawing.
Psychatog – 24
Speak of the devil! Psychatog refuses to go away. Declare it a dead deck and it will only rise up stronger than you can imagine. Not even four Composts in every board could keep it out of the metagame. Compulsion is far and away the key card, allowing the 'Tog player to burn through their deck to the cards they need. It has the habit of quickly tilting a parity position in the favor of Doctor Teeth.
Zombies! – 22
Blue-Green Madness – 19
To play blue-green madness is to defy the mana gods, plain and simple. Not even Jeff Cunningham, the undisputed master of blue-green, is safe from this deck's vengeful mana base. The problem is that when blue-green works, it's nigh-unstoppable. An aggro deck par excellence, there are plenty of draws with Circular Logic in them that can leave an unprepared player sobbing. Access to Phantom Centaur makes it even bustier. In fact, there's a trend towards less reliance on Quiet Speculation, making more room for the brutal 5/3.
Mono-Black Control – 17
You may remember the set Torment, and its signature deck from Odyssey Block Constructed. Augmenting its power with the rest of the Standard Environment, mono-black control can be an utter juggernaut. With Composts selling out across the globe, modern versions sport maindeck Visaras for an answer blue-green just can't handle. Haunting Echoes gives it game against a lot of decktypes, and creature decks tend to roll over.
White-Red-Green Slide – 9
Reanimator – 7
Hated out of the Chicago Masters Qualifying Tournament, Reanimator has nonetheless remained a popular strategy. It's even slightly better after Legions, getting the saucy Akroma, Angel of Wrath. Most were textbook, but there was some innovation.
Black-Green Cemetery – 6
First brought to light by the Dutch, this deck recently took top honors at Canadian Nationals at the hands of Josh Rider. Essentially a disruptive deck, Cemetery gets maximum utility out of its Cabal Therapies. With Living Wish it can also set up a quick Braids lock if need be. Its stores of creature elimination seem limitless. The Cemetery itself ensures that it owns the long game.
Black-White Slide – 3
Blue-Green Threshold – 3
Green-White Beats – 3
Brushhoppers, Angels and Glory, oh my!
Black-White Clerics – 2
Goblins – 2
Sometimes, red just wins.
Mixed Bag – 19
Everything that went solo. There's Tight Sight, Punisher, Opposition and Monastery Control. There's also some decks that just don't have names yet. Check them out and see if there's anything that catches your fancy.