"Dack Tech"

Posted in GRAND PRIX KYŌTO 2015 on April 19, 2015

By Chapman Sim

Unlike what his last name suggests, Akio Chiba is a Japanese player from Hokkaido. His notable performances are a Top 50 finish at the 2010 World Championships, and most recently at 29th place finish at Pro Tour Return to Ravnica.


Akio Chiba and his "combolicious" Dack Fayden Control deck!

He has an interesting weapon of choice this weekend, Dack Fayden Control. It is a Blue Red White control deck that plays similarly to Miracles, albeit with a twist. In fact, he shared with me that Miracles was one of his best matchups and he beat a few on the way up.

What caught my attention was the fact that he seemed to be the only person in the entire room playing with Dack Fayden, a severely underrepresented Planeswalker in a world dominated by Liliana of the Veil and Jace, the Mind Sculptor.


Good enough to warrant playing the full four copies!

Perhaps the most special tweak he has made is the addition of the engine comprising of Dack Fayden and the deadly combo of Punishing Fire and Grove of the Burnwillows. Originally seen in Jund, the latter two wrecks any opposing aggro decks.

Delver of Secrets, bye! Young Pyromancer, bye! Dark Confidant, bye! Tarmogoyf, oops! When things do get out of hand, he does have Engineered Explosives or Terminus to pick up the pieces.

Dack Fayden seems to be the glue that holds everything together. It allows you to race through your deck, filtering bad cards away. For example, you don't want Swords to Plowshares against the combo deck. Dack is happy to help you exchange it for another more relevant card. Above all, it is great with Punishing Fire as it allows you to actually gain cards.

Like a conventional Miracles deck, Chiba also runs the deadly combo of Counterbalance and Sensei's Divining Top and that promises to be a headache for many decks.


A traditional combo in a new shell.

He has expected the metagame to be primarily Delver and OmniTell decks, and has made the decision to play 4 Pyroblast in the maindeck. Pulse of the Fields is also a metagaming move, and it was such an annoying card for the Delver or the Burn decks to face.

“So what is your worst matchup?”, I asked.

“The 42-land deck and the Cloudpost decks! I can't beat them. I don't have any cards that interact with lands!'

“Did you play against any of those?”

“No I didn't,” Chiba replied with a cheeky grin. “I did play against a MUD deck though, I was able to steal his artifacts and it was really funny!”

Clearly, he had predicted the metagame accurately. Either that or he had dodged all the bullets! As we speak, he is at an 8-1-1 record and is still in contention for the Top 8. Best of luck in the last few rounds!

Dack Fayden Go!

Akio Chiba's "Dack Fayden Control" – Grand Prix Kyoto 2015

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