Interesting Decks in Day 2 of Grand Prix Brussels 2015

Posted in GRAND PRIX BRUSSELS 2015 on November 15, 2015

By Frank Karsten

As I went through the Day 2 decklists earlier today, there were several decks that looked particularly interesting to me. These decks might not be perfectly tuned yet and most of their pilots soon found themselves out of contention for the Top 8, but the decks were evidently good enough to make it to the second day of competition here in Brussels, and they are certainly something different. Most of them look like they would be a lot of fun to play and, at the very least, can serve as a source of inspiration. Let's get to the lists!

Arnaud Bedlewski's W/B Warriors – Day 2 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015

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Between Chief of the Edge, Blood-Chin Rager, Arashin Foremost, this black-white deck has plenty of ways to take advantage of the Warrior tribe. I also like how Brutal Hordechief and Sorin, Solemn Visitor can turn Secure the Wastes into a huge damage swing.

Matthias Hittel's Abzan Tokens – Day 2 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015

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At Grand Prix Indianapolis, Bob Culp piloted his Abzan Tokens deck to a 12th-place finish. Here in Brussels, several players picked the archetype as well. Matthias Hittel's version featured a few new inclusions (such as Elvish Visionary and Planar Outburst in the main deck, as well as Disdainful Stroke and Self-Inflicted Wound in the sideboard) but he retained the core shell of Catacomb Sifter plus Gideon, Ally of Zendikar.

Mike Hofmann's Red Sultai – Day 2 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015

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This is mainly a Sultai deck that aims to get a Deathmist Raptor into the graveyard with Jace, Vryn's Prodigy or Sidisi, Brood Tyrant. The megamorph creature can then be returned via Rattleclaw Mystic and Den Protector. Mike Hofmann's deck also included a small red splash for Kolaghan's Command because the mana base allowed for it.

Florian Koch's Abzan Landfall – Day 2 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015

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It looks like a typical Abzan deck at first, but instead of Hangarback Walker, Florian Koch had a more aggressive approach in mind, using Scythe Leopard and Snapping Gnarlid for an early offense. Since the deck has a lot of fetch-lands, these creature can hit for a lot of damage.

Love Rask's Jund Elves – Day 2 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015

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Several Polish players tried this archetype at the Pro Tour, and now a group of Swedish players showed up with Jund Elves. The deck has Gnarlroot Trapper, Dwynen's Elite, and Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen as the main tribal payoff cards, and it can capitalize on an early start or board swarm with Atarka's Command.

Tom Ristovsky's G/U Eldrazi Ramp – Day 2 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015

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Eldrazi Ramp players all over the world are trying out different splashes and card choices, but I'm fascinated by the blue option. [autocardKiora, Master of the Depths[/autocard provides mana acceleration early on and digs for Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger in the late game. Part the Waterveil is passable on turn six but potentially game-winning when you can pay the awaken cost, especially if you have multiples.

Christoph Sourcin's Bring to Light – Day 2 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015

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Bring to Light decks are always fun to check because they sometimes contain interesting cards in their toolbox. Looking at this list, there's the usual Siege Rhino, Crux of Fate, and Silumgar's Command, but there was also a surprise inclusion: Zurgo Helmsmasher! I am not entirely sure when you would want to tutor for this card, but I can imagine that a power-7 haste creature can come in handy to take out unprotected planeswalkers or to provide a quick clock against G/R Eldrazi Ramp.

Aleksa Telarov's Jund Midrange – Day 2 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015

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Aleksa Telarov's list is kind of a ramp deck, but without Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger. Instead, he chose to run more interactive cards for the early game, aiming to take over in the mid-game by returning, say, an Elvish Visionary from the graveyard with Swift Warkite. The value!

Ilias Tselios's Green Mardu Tokens – Day 2 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015

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Dragon Fodder and Butcher of the Horde are a reasonable start to a Mardu Tokens archetype. But Ilias Tselios took it one step further by splashing green as well. I doubt there were many opponents who saw his Den Protector or Atarka's Command coming!

Brandon Wellborn's Temur Ascendancy – Day 2 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015

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We've seen Temur decks with Draconic Roar, Thunderbreak Regent, and Woodland Wanderer before. But the inclusion of Temur Ascendancy got my attention. Although it is vulnerable to Dromoka's Command, it can do a lot of work if it hits the battlefield on turn three.

Raoul Zimmermann's G/R Eldrazi Ramp – Day 2 at Grand Prix Brussels 2015

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According to a story that was being told yesterday, Raoul Zimmermann played a match against another Eldrazi Ramp deck in which he chained a turn-three Crumble to Dust on his opponent's Shrine of the Forsaken Gods into a turn-five Oblivion Sower. Because he had exiled all of his opponent's two-mana lands, that Oblivion Sower gave Zimmermann the mana needed to cast an Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger on the same turn!