8 Decks with Amonkhet Goodness

Posted in Event Coverage on May 28, 2017

By Chapman Sim

Since this was the first Premier Event since Amonkhet's release, I took the liberty of poring through the pages, frantically searching for decks which utilized the newest cards. Well, they were digital pages, so it's not all that bad. After hours and hours of scouring, here were some of the cards that we've seen in the most popular decks so far.

Then, there were also some rather unique brews which house some Amonkhet treasures. These decks might not have occupied a large percentage of the metagame but a brew is a brew and we absolutely wish to share these decklists with you!

These players may not have made the Top 8 of Grand Prix Kobe, but they certainly were among the eight most interesting brews of the weekend!

Akira Kinoshita showed up with a "Turbo Fog" strategy except that it was Mono Blue. Using cards like Gigadrowse and Exhaustion to buy himself a lot of time, the goal was to take numerous turns with Time Warp, Part the Waterveil and Walk the Aeons (oh, Temporal Trespass too!) to eventually win with Jace, Vryn's Prodigy or Azor's Elocutors!

Kefnet the Mindful in the sideboard does a great job at staying alive against removal-heavy decks, in addition to being a huge beat stick and a card-drawing engine!

Akira Kinoshita's Time Walks

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As Foretold worked well with Restore Balance and Ancestral Vision, so Tomoya Saeki chose to play them both! Erasing the board and then allowing Greater Gargadon to hit the battlefield was his main game plan. To spice things up even more, he even had Panoptic Mirror as an additional way to cast Restore Balance and keep his opponent permanently locked down!

Tomoya Saeki's Restore Balance

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Azorius Control might be old tech but it had a great mana base compared to Esper or Jeskai. Despite losing Lightning Bolt and Fatal Push, Akinori Fujikura made it up with Supreme Verdict and Path to Exile. Gideon of the Trials, Gideon Jura and Elspeth, Sun's Champion were great win conditions, or he could simply prolong the game until he fired off a massive Sphinx's Revelation or White Sun's Zenith!

Akinori Fujikura's Azorius Control

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For a mere four mana, Chu Huseh Lan was able to use Madcap Experiment to cheat Platinum Emperion onto the battlefield. His disruption comes in the form of Stone Rain and Blood Moon, which are great against Eldrazi Tron and Titan Shift decks which have been pretty popular all weekend. Hazoret the Fervent was there as an indestructible win condition, as long as it did not encounter Path to Exile!

Chu Huseh Lan's Madcap Experiment

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Usually, Shatterstorm and Shattering Spree were the artifact destruction spells of choice but By Force was seen in numerous sideboards which splash red, such as this particular deck. Blue-Red Merfolk doesn't always have double red in play, which means that By Force was the more stable choice. This splash improved the Affinity matchup, which has traditionally been Merfolk's nemesis.

Takuya Kasahara's Blue-Red Merfolk

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Tetsuhiro Takahashi did not build his deck around Nissa, Steward of Elements but it was a card that could generate a lot of value for him if he needed a tool for the late game. Wanting to run along with Geist of Saint Traft and Spell Quellers, he found it difficult to resist the temptation of splashing for Collected Company! Oh, since we're playing Green, we might as well go with Noble Hierarch as well, making the entire deck extremely tempo-oriented.

Tetsuhiro Takahashi's Bant Spirits

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Harsh Mentor was a perfect foil against Viscera Seer because your opponent would need to deal with it before they wanted to gain infinite life with Kitchen Finks and Vizier of Remedies. Issei Kahata would try to overload the board with threats in the meantime, and a total of six Bushwhackers and eight "free" creatures (Burning-Tree Emissary and Hidden Herbalists) could quickly overwhelm any opponent.

He also played wrangle in the sideboard, which is pretty good against monsters such as Tarmogoyf and Death's Shadow!

Issei Kahata's Naya Zoo

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Last but not least, we have a fun brew constructed around Anointed Procession. White-Black Tokens has been a solid archetypes for some time, and Mizuno Akimitsu took the liberty of also adding Dusk // Dawn to the sideboard, since it acted as a one-sided Wrath of God. The condition of Bontu the Glorified was easy to fulfill, since he will always have a bunch tokens to sacrifice!

Mizuno Akimitsu's White-Black Tokens

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We hope these "Top 8 Rogue Decks" inspire you to experiment with some new decks and new Amonkhet cards! Which one is your favorite?

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