VIEW FROM THE TOP: PICTURE EDITION!

Posted in NEWS on March 16, 2014

By Nate Price

A longtime member of the Pro Tour and Grand Prix coverage staff, Nate Price now works making beautiful words for all of you lovely people as the community manager for organized play. When not covering events, he lords over the @MagicProTour Twitter account, ruling with an iron fist.

There are only two rounds of play remaining before the cut to the Top 8 here in Buenos Aires, and we're starting to get a very clear picture of the decks that we are going to be seeing battling it out in the elimination rounds. Quite a few clear pictures, in fact! Here they are:

It should be no surprise that we'll likely see an Esper Control deck, if not multiple, in the Top 8. It was easily the most played deck of the tournament and had the highest number of players make Day 2.

In fact, one of them might be piloted by our current Goleador del Torneo, Hall of Famer Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa! Let's take a close look at what he's up against...

Uh oh, this looks like Sebastian Martinez's BR Control deck. This deck might be the best deck in the field against Esper Control. Still, PV is PV, so never count him out.

Esper Control really is all around. Here we see it near the top of the standings, fighting against one of the other breakout decks of the tournament: Jund Monsters. Is that an Underworld Cerberus?!

Here it is again, this time battling against old-school RG Monsters. Because who needs Dreadbore and Reaper of the Wilds anyway?

Now here's a matchup that we saw a lot of at Pro Tour Theros: Esper Control vs. Monoblue Devotion. I'm pretty sure that the consensus at that event was that Monoblue tends to come out on top...

But it's not like Control is the only way to play Esper. Here we can see Axel Rodriguez's Esper Midrange deck fighting against Selesnya Aggro, which has been a surprising performer this weekend.

Here we see Selesnya Aggro again, this time fighting against Monoblue Devotion. Two Pro Tour winning decks fighting it out for superiority...

Boros Burn was another of the incredibly good choices for this event. It does great against all of the Esper Control decks in the field, but considerably less so against decks like the Monoblue Devotion deck seen here. Stupid Master of Waves...

And things don't really get much better when the Devotion deck splashes for white. At least there are less targets for Detention Sphere than most of the rest of the decks in the field!

This one is a little better, though. Jund Monsters is a great deck right now, but the Burn deck is both much faster and disruptive than most of the decks that Jund matches up well against. Still, Courser of Kruphix and Reaper of the Wilds have got some serious booties...

Those booties do much less work against a deck like UW Control, though. Still, Reaper is a great card to help find the perfect follow up to a Supreme Verdict. How many scry triggers does it take to get to Stormbreath Dragon?

The final deck vying for a spot in the Top 8 is the Craig Wescoe Special: White Weenie. Fernando Calvo, who spent a good portion of Day 1 as el Goleador, desperately needs to prove that his deck is the superior aggressive deck to escape this Monoblue Devotion deck with a win.