The Three-Bye Metagame

Posted in Event Coverage on December 15, 2001

By Ron Foster and Josh Bennett

Looking over these decklists, the most striking thing about them is the number of pros banking on Donate. After being hated out of the Top 8 at Vegas, it seemed that the perennial combo menace had finally been forced off the scene. However, it's still here, and it's got some high-profile sponsors.

After that, of course the standouts are those who chose to follow in the footsteps of Mike Pustilnik, hoping they would lead to the championship trophy. Certainly, with a field this wide-open, midrange decks seem like the way to go. But everyone's got a theory, and no-one's sure what works. It's an exciting and frustrating season. See if you can make sense of it.

Kazuya Hirabayashi

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Creature (2)
2 Morphling
Sorcery (7)
4 Merchant Scroll 3 Donate
Artifact (4)
4 Sapphire Medallion
Enchantment (4)
4 Illusions of Grandeur
Other (3)
1 Extended 2 Fire/Ice
61 Cards

Alex Borteh

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Sorcery (8)
4 Duress 4 Land Grant
Enchantment (4)
4 Aluren
Other (5)
1 Extended 4 Man O' War
61 Cards

Masayuki Higashino

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Instant (10)
4 Swords to Plowshares 4 Tithe 2 Contagion
Other (1)
1 Extended
57 Cards

Takao Higaki

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Sorcery (5)
4 Duress 1 Living Death
Instant (2)
2 Vampiric Tutor
Artifact (2)
2 Phyrexian Furnace
Enchantment (6)
4 Pernicious Deed 2 Recurring Nightmare
Other (1)
1 Extended
61 Cards

Brian Hegstad

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Creature (1)
1 Morphling
Artifact (6)
4 Horn of Greed 2 Scroll Rack
Enchantment (4)
4 Exploration
Other (11)
1 Extended 10 Islands
61 Cards

Jinpei Hassaku

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Sorcery (16)
4 Reanimate 4 Duress 4 Exhume 4 Unmask
Instant (12)
4 Vampiric Tutor 4 Entomb 4 Funeral Charm
Land (22)
4 Rishadan Port 4 Bayou 14 Swamp
Other (5)
1 Extended 4 Life/Death
61 Cards

Takumi Hasegawa

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Sorcery (8)
4 Duress 4 Gerrard's Verdict
Enchantment (5)
3 Pernicious Deed 2 Seal of Cleansing
Other (1)
1 Extended
61 Cards

Tsuyoshi Fujita

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Sorcery (5)
4 Duress 1 Living Death
Instant (2)
2 Vampiric Tutor
Enchantment (6)
4 Pernicious Deed 2 Rancor
Other (1)
1 Extended
60 Cards

Dan Clegg

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Sorcery (8)
4 Merchant Scroll 1 Recall 3 Donate
Artifact (4)
4 Sapphire Medallion
Enchantment (4)
4 Illusions of Grandeur
Other (3)
1 Extended 2 Fire/Ice
61 Cards

Chris Benafel

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Sorcery (8)
3 Donate 4 Merchant Scroll 1 Recall
Artifact (4)
4 Sapphire Medallion
Enchantment (4)
4 Illusions of Grandeur
Other (3)
1 Extended 2 Fire/Ice
61 Cards

Daisuke Hirose

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Kei Ikeda

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Tsuyoshi Ikeda

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Itaru Ishida

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Sorcery (8)
4 Buried Alive 4 Duress
Instant (7)
4 Vampiric Tutor 3 Firestorm
Enchantment (4)
4 Zombie Infestation
Other (1)
1 Extended
61 Cards