Swimming in the Seine

Posted in Feature on November 30, 2006

By Brian David-Marshall

Brian David-Marshall is a New York–based game designer who has been involved with Magic since 1994, when he started organizing tournaments and ran a Manhattan game store. Since then, he has been a judge, a player, and one of the longest-tenured columnists on DailyMTG.com, as he enters his second decade writing for the site. He is also the Pro Tour Historian and one of the commentators for the Pro Tour.

Welcome to my second go-round for The Past Returns Week. I have written more columns for this site than anyone else, so it only fair that I get to go twice. This week I am returning, as close to live and direct as this column ever gets, from Paris, France at the conclusion of Day One of the 2006 Magic: The Gathering World Championships to break down the results from the Standard format at the conclusion of six rounds of play. Not only will I be bringing you the freshest decklists straight from the oven, but I will be stacking them on top of each other – in old SWS fashion – taking them from first to worst.

The field was pretty diverse, and players not only had a hard time figuring out what to play but what to prepare to play against. The only decks that people seemed sure they would face were Izzetron decks, with the Hellkite/Whelk tandem, and Dragonstorm. After that the field was wide open for anything from the Angel deck to Zoo variants with stops at virtually every letter in between. Feel free to do a metagame alphabet in the forums if you want some extra credit.

I am fighting against the clock to get this done so there may not be as much material as you might typically get in SWS during a less hectic, less racing-against-the-deadline, less Randy-is-tapping-his-toes-waiting-to-do-the-end-of-day-wrap-up, and generally less hyphenated day.

Boros Deck Wins was both one of the most played and most successful decks for the Day One field. Thirty-three players chose the popular red-white archetype with its parade of efficient beaters and downpour of burn. At least three different players took the deck to perfect 6-0 records. There should be little surprise from the readers at home that Tsuyoshi Fujita righted his ship with his favorite archetype. Back-to-back Pro Tour finalist Willy Edel also built a version for the Brazilian National team to use. It has carried him (although he is not on the team) and captain Paulo Vitor Damo De Rosa to sterling records.

Boros Deck Wins – Standard – 2006 World Championship

Fujita’s version of the deck opted for fewer Knights and more X spells:

Boros Deck Wins – Standard – 2006 World Championship

One of the more interesting takes on the Boros Deck was by Welsh National team member Nicolas Lovett, who took this build to 6-0 as well.

Boros Deck Wins – Standard – 2006 World Championship

Nicolas chose to run four copies of the metagame-savvy Wildfire Emissary. Emissary can’t be Condemned, Rift Bolted, or stopped by Knight of the Holy Nimbus. Should any of these Boros players square off on Sunday, this deck could be at a tremendous advantage.

At last year’s World Championships the Japanese portion of the field all ran GhaziGlare to a dominating finish. This year 13 Japanese players chose to run a blue-white tron deck that touched black for Mystical Teachings. The kill card? Triskelavus…hence the name TriscuitTron. Itaru Ishida was the overall leader on Day One playing the deck that was designed by World Champion Katsuhiro Mori.

TriscuitTron – Standard – 2006 World Championship

On Tuesday afternoon we paid a visit to Gabriel Nassif’s house to get an inside look at the playtesting he, Heezy, Jelger, Neil Reeves, and Rich Hoaen were doing. I was happy to learn that Gabriel Nassif had been deep in the think tank for two weeks before the event and not letting his co-conspirators get into any distractions. Perhaps teasing at the famous line by Gabe Walls in regard to the Hawaii House, Hexxy informed me that he and Nassif had indeed busted open this Standard format. No one else from the Paris apartment chose to believe them, but with Nassif sitting at 5-0-1 perhaps Heezy was correct.

There were a number of other variants on the same idea – and plenty of straight-up Snow White builds – but Nassif’s was the most successful of the whole lot.

MartyrTron – Standard – 2006 World Championship

Tied with Nassif at 5-0-1 was Norwegian National Team Captain Øyvind Anderson. His deck was one of the first I saw this weekend when a player – I think it was Rasmus Sibast – cast Wrath of God and then followed it up with Savannah Lions and Hypnotic Specter. Øyvind designed the deck and as such chose the name Panda Connection – much to the consternation of his teammate Nicolai Herzog. Herzog seemed even more concerned with the deck’s mana requirements on both sides of the black/white axis. Øyvind seemed perfectly fine with it on the day.

Panda Connection – Standard – 2006 World Championship

There were a number of other exciting decks, including the Frank Karsten-designed deck that is heaped under Good Color Control since it plays, you know, the good colors – red, white, and blue. Karsten’s deck is basically a three-color CounterMesa deck that touches red for Angels and Demonfire. Tiago Chan continued his recent streak of Pro Tour success by piloting the deck to a 5-1 record on Day One.

Good Color Control – Standard – 2006 World Championship

Rookie of the Year candidate Jan-Moritz Merkel followed up his winning Kobe performance with a 5-1 kickoff to his World Championships (then immediately hopped in a side draft, or so my sources tell me). The deck he was playing looked pretty similar to his draft deck from Kobe, actually, with blue and green beatdown. Based on the Scryb and Force deck designed by Naoki Shimizu, Simic Beatdown decks were very popular this week, with over 30 players choosing to untap their Spectral Force by bouncing a Forest.

Simic Beats: Scryb and Force – Standard – 2006 World Championship

Another player who has been making a name for himself has been Guillaume Wafo-Tapa, whose eponymous Wafo-Tapo decks were made famous in the pages of your regularly scheduled Thursday column. Guillaume was at it again this weekend and concocted a blue-black control monstrosity that features the unexpected Dralnu, Lich Lord and his Bosium Strip routine (Gasp! In the Louvre no less!). The deck was played by most of the name French players, but it was the deck’s progenitor who had the most success with it.

Dralnu du Louvre – Standard – 2006 World Championship

There should be plenty more decks revealed in the coming days – including the mysterious third French deck, Project X, but in the meantime I hope these decks have given you something to take to FNM tonight. Also, below is a standings finish by deck archetype.

Off to do the wrap-up and then to the Hall of Fame dinner. See you in my regularly scheduled day and time slot next week!

PlaceArchetypeSubtype
1TronTriscuitTron
2Boros Deck Wins
3Boros Deck Wins
4Boros Deck Wins
5Boros Deck Wins
6TronMartyrTron
7Black-White ControlPanda Connection
8TronTriscuitTron
9Good Color ControlCounterMesa
10Zoo
11Blue-black ControlSnow Control
12UnknownUnknown
13TronIzzetron
14Zoo
15DragonstormDragonTron
16Boros Deck Wins
17Solar XSolar Flare
18Simic BeatsScryb and Force
19Dragonstorm
20Zoo
21Snow WhiteHowling Martyrs
22Good Color ControlThis Girl
23Black-White ControlPanda Connection
24Solar XSolar Flare
25Simic BeatsScryb and Force
26Boros Deck Wins
27Blue-black ControlDralnu at the Louvre
28Simic BeatsScryb and Force
29Simic BeatsScryb and Force
30Good Color ControlSearing Angel
31Boros Deck Wins
32Dragonstorm
33Simic BeatsScryb and Force
34TronTriscuitTron
35Blue-White ControlCounterMesa
36GlareDemonGlare
37Mono-Blue ControlSnow Control
38Black-White ControlMartyrMesa
39TronTriscuitTron
40Blue-black ControlDralnu at the Louvre
41TronIzzetron
42Black-White ControlPeekaboo
43Dragonstorm
44TronMartyrTron
45Dragonstorm
46Zoo
47Black-White ControlPanda Connection
48Simic BeatsScryb and Force
49Simic BeatsScryb and Force
50Dragonstorm
51Simic BeatsScryb and Force
52ZooHonorable Zoo
53Solar XSolar Flare
54DragonstormQuickenStorm
55Solar XSolar Birth
56Blue-White ControlCounterMesa
57DragonstormDragonTron
58Dragonstorm
59TronIzzetron
60Dragonstorm
61Dragonstorm
62TronIzzetron
63Black-White ControlPanda Connection
64HowlingStorm
65GlareBioGlare
66Boros Deck Wins
67Good Color ControlCounterMesa
68Boros Deck Wins
69Black-White ControlSeek and Destroy
70Dragonstorm
71Boros Deck Wins
72Dragonstorm
73TronIzzetron
74Solar XSolar Flare
75Good Color ControlFiremane Control
76Magnivore
77Project X
78Solar XSolar Fires
79TronTriscuitTron
80Solar XSolar Flare
81GlareDemonGlare
82Zoo
83Dragonstorm
84TronTriscuitTron
85TronIzzetron
86Good Color ControlBlinkRiders
87GlareDemonGlare
88TronTriscuitTron
89TronIzzetron
90Simic BeatsOhran Aggro
91DragonstormDragonTron
92ZooHonorable Zoo
93TronIzzetron
94Solar XSolar Fires
95GlareDemonGlare
96Zoo
97GlareHermit Glare
98DemonBUG
99Simic BeatsScryb and Force
100DragonstormDragonTron
101Magnivore
102Dragonstorm
103Blue-red ControlSnow Control
104Blue-White ControlCounterMesa
105Dragonstorm
106Simic BeatsScryb and Force
107TronIzzetron
108Solar XSolar Flare
109Good Color ControlCounterMesa
110Dragonstorm
111Zoo
112Boros Deck WinsBoros Deck Wins Occasionally
113Solar XSolar Flare
114Solar XSolar Pox
115Good Color ControlThis Girl
1164C Worship
117Blue-black ControlDralnu at the Louvre
118Black-White Control
119TronTriscuitTron
120Good Color ControlThis Girl
121Black-White ControlPeekaboo
122Good Color ControlCounterMesa
123Simic BeatsScryb and Force
124Blue-White ControlSnow Control
125Solar XSolar Birth
126TronTriscuitTron
127Boros Deck Wins
128Simic BeatsScryb and Force
129Zoo
130Project X
131TronIzzetron
132Blue-black ControlDralnu at the Louvre
133Solar XSolar Flare
134Solar XSolar Fires
135GlareBlinkGlare
136TronIzzetron
137Simic BeatsScryb and Force
138Zoo
139TronIzzetron
140TronIzzetron
141DragonstormDragonTron
142TronIzzetron
143Simic BeatsScryb and Force
144Solar XSolar Fires
145Solar XSolar Fires
146GlareHermit Glare
147TronIzzetron
148Boros Deck Wins
149GlareHermit Glare
150Zoo
151Solar XSolar Pox
152Blue-red ControlSnow Control
153DragonstormDragonTron
154GlareBlinkGlare
155Simic BeatsScryb and Force
156Solar XSolar Flare
157Simic BeatsScryb and Force
158GlareSquall Glare
159Boros Deck Wins
160Zoo
161Blue-White ControlCounterMesa
162Solar XSolar Flare
163Solar XSolar Fires
164Simic BeatsOhran Aggro
165Blue-red ControlSnow Control
166Reanimator
167Boros Deck Wins
168Blue-red ControlSnow Control
169GlareBlinkGlare
170TronTriscuitTron
171Boros Deck Wins
172Solar XSolar Fires
173Blue-black ControlDralnu at the Louvre
174Boros Deck Wins
175Magnivore
176Blue-black ControlShadowmage
177TronTriscuitTron
178TronIzzetron
179Dragonstorm
180DragonstormDragonTron
181Good Color ControlCounterMesa
182ZooBorzov Deck Wins
183Zoo
184Simic BeatsScryb and Force
185Blue-White ControlCounterMesa
186TronIzzetron
187Solar XSolar Fires
188TronIzzetron
189Dragonstorm
190TronTriscuitTron
191Snow ControlBlue-red
192Simic BeatsScryb and Force
193Project X
194GlareHermit Glare
195ZooHonorable Zoo
196Simic BeatsScryb and Force
197Zoo
198Boros Deck Wins
199Simic BeatsScryb and Force
200Boros Deck Wins
201TronIzzetron
202Boros Deck Wins
203TronIzzetron
204GlareDemonGlare
205Solar XSolar Fires
206Snow WhiteHowling Martyrs
207GlareBlinkGlare
208Blue-black ControlDralnu at the Louvre
209Boros Deck Wins
210Blue-White ControlCounterMesa
211GlareHusky Boys
212Simic BeatsScryb and Force
213Blue-White ControlTeferi and her Moat
214Dragonstorm
215Boros Deck Wins
216GlareHusky Boys
217Dragonstorm
218DragonstormDragonTron
219Simic BeatsScryb and Force
220Snow WhiteHowling Martyrs
221Good Color ControlCounterMesa
222Good Color ControlCounterMesa
223GlareBlinkGlare
224TronTriscuitTron
225TronTriscuitTron
226GlareHermit Glare
227GlareDemonGlare
228TronMartyrTron
229TronMartyrTron
230Solar XSolar Fires
231Snow WhiteMartyrMesa
232Solar XSolar Fires
233Solar XSolar Pox
234Reanimator
235Solar XSolar Flare
236TronIzzetron
237Reanimator
238Solar XSolar Flare
239Blue-red ControlBrowBurn
240Dragonstorm
241Boros Deck Wins
242Simic BeatsOhran Aggro
243Zoo
244Boros Deck Wins
245Zoo
246GlareBlinkGlare
247Snow WhiteMartyrMesa
248TronIzzetron
249Simic BeatsScryb and Force
250Solar XSolar Fires
251GlareBlinkGlare
252Good Color ControlFiremane Control
253TronIzzetron
254Magnivore
255TronIzzetron
256DragonstormDragonTron
257Solar XSolar Fires
258TronIzzetron
259Blue-White ControlSnow Control
260Simic BeatsBioGauntlet
261Dragonstorm
262Solar XSolar Flare
263ZooHonorable Zoo
264Zoo
265Simic BeatsScryb and Force
266GlareHusky Boys
267Dragonstorm
268Zoo
269ZooFiremane Control
270TronIzzetron
271TronIzzetron
272Solar XSolar Flare
273Solar XSolar Fires
274TronIzzetron
275Zoo
276Boros Deck Wins
277Zoo
278Zoo
279Simic BeatsScryb and Force
280Solar XSolar Pox
281Dragonstorm
282Boros Deck Wins
283TronIzzetron
284Project X
285PicklesGreen Pickles
286TronIzzetron
287Blue-White ControlCounterMesa
288Boros Deck Wins
289Solar XSolar Pox
290Boros Deck Wins
291Good Color ControlFiremane Control
292Solar XSolar Flare
293Solar XSolar Flare
294Black-White ControlPanda Connection
295Blue-red ControlSnow Control
296TronMartyrTron
297Reanimator
298TronIzzetron
299Snow ControlBlue-red
300TronIzzetron
301Zoo
302Boros Deck Wins
303TronIzzetron
304PicklesSoggy Pickles
305Dragonstorm
306Dragonstorm
307Black-White ControlCrematorium
308Boros Deck Wins
309Zoo
310Blue-White ControlCounterMesa
311Snow WhiteMartyrMesa
312Simic BeatsScryb and Force
313LockSac
314Blue-White ControlCounterMesa
315Snow WhiteMartyrMesa
316LockSac
317Good Color ControlThis Girl
318Solar XSolar Flare
319GlareBlinkGlare
320Dragonstorm
321Simic BeatsScryb and Force
322GlareBlinkGlare
323Simic BeatsScryb and Force
324Black-White ControlRackAttack
325TronIzzetron
326Zoo
327Dragonstorm
328TronIzzetron
329Solar XSolar Flare
330Boros Deck Wins
331ZooBorzov Deck Wins
332Simic BeatsScryb and Force
333Black-White ControlMartyrMesa
334GlareHusky Boys
335Zoo
336Boros Deck Wins
3374C Worship
338Boros Deck Wins
339TronIzzetron
340TronIzzetron
341Zoo
342Zoo
343Black-White ControlCursed Control
344Simic BeatsScryb and Force
345GlareHermit Glare
346Blue-White ControlCounterMesa
347Solar XSolar Pox
348TronTriscuitTron
349Simic BeatsViperWalk
350Magnivore
351Snow White
352Gargadon Balance
353Azorius Beats

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