The Top 5 Cards of Grand Prix Salt Lake City

Posted in Event Coverage on April 1, 2012

By Jacob Van Lunen

Jacob Van Lunen began playing Magic in 1995. He has participated in organized play at every level of competition and was a member of the winning team at Pro Tour San Diego in 2007, thanks to an innovative draft strategy. As a writer, Van Lunen has had more than three hundred Magic strategy pieces published
Honor of the Pure

1) Honor of the Pure

Humans had fallen off the radar in the past few weeks. No one expected it to have such a big impact this weekend. Bryan Olvera managed to Top 8 the event with the forgotten archetype. Honor of the Pure was also added to Delver of Secrets by Josh Utter-Leyton in an effort to go "over the top" of other versions of the deck.

Gideon Jura

2) Gideon Jura

Gideon Jura is one of the most powerful spells in standard, but there aren't many decks that want to play with this Planeswalker. This weekend, Andrew Cuneo showed up with a traditional Blue/White control deck that looked like it was delivered in a DeLorean, fresh from 1998. The deck served Cuneo well and took him very deep in the competition.

Runechanter’s Pike

3) Runechanter’s Pike

Runechanter's Pike has overtaken Sword of War and Peace as the equipment of choice for Delver of Secrets players. The latest versions of Delver of Secrets play over twenty instants and sorceries and even include Thoughtscour over Gitaxian Probe to take full advantage of the rare equipment.

Huntmaster of the Fells

4) Huntmaster of the Fells

Huntmaster of the Fells had a great showing this weekend. Kessig Wolf Run Ramp decks saw a revival and RG aggro decks were battling at the top tables throughout the event. The new Naya-Pod decks, popularized by Brian Kibler, took full advantage of Huntmaster of the Fells. Birthing Pod gives players something to do without casting a spell, making it easy to flip Huntmaster into Ravager of the Fells. Birthing Pod also lets players trade their Huntmaster of the Fells in for Acidic Slime, leaving behind a 2/2 wolf and some lifegain.

Delver of Secrets

5) Delver of Secrets

Delver of Secrets decks continued to dominate in Salt Lake City. Both decks in the finals included four copies of the Innistrad common. A turn one Delver of Secrets that quickly flips into Insectile Aberration provides an exceptionally fast clock that can be defended with Mana Leak, Vapor Snag, and other cheap disruptive spells.

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