THE VIEW FROM THE TOP

Posted in GRAND PRIX DENVER 2015 - WELCOME on January 4, 2015

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

This morning, 1497 players came to Denver with hopes of bringing home a trophy. Now, with seven rounds in the books, only 18 remain undefeated. Let's take a look at the archetypes that have managed to make it through unscathed in an effort to better understand the current state of Standard.

Here's a breakdown of the undefeated decks after round seven.

4 Abzan Aggro
2 Red Green Monsters
2 Mardu Midrange
2 Jeskai Tempo
Blue Black Control
Ascendancy Tokens
Esper Control
Abzan Midrange
Blue White Heroic
Sidisi Whip
Red White Tokens
Jeskai Control

The most interesting thing about the top tables is the diversity we're seeing therein. A lot of very good players brought aggressive Abzan strategies to battle this weekend, so it's no surprise that those decks are doing particularly well. What might be surprising is the general lack of decks that take advantage of Sidisi, Brood Tyrant. One of the most exciting things we're seeing is the success of Jeskai strategies that have generally fallen off the radar as of late.



The diversity of the top tables speaks volumes about the Khans of Tarkir Standard format. It's been a very long time since we've seen a Standard format with this many unique and viable archetypes clawing their way to the top tables.



Coming into this weekend, one of our last forays into Khans of Tarkir Standard, we excitedly awaited our chance to observe where the dust would settle. The Sun will set on Khans of Tarkir Standard, but it looks like the wind is still blowing. What archetype will rise to the top of the pack here in Denver? Stay tuned to continuing coverage to find out!

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