DAY 2 METAGAME BREAKDOWN

Posted in GRAND PRIX LOS ANGELES 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on October 19, 2014

By Frank Karsten

Day 2 of Grand Prix Los Angeles has begun, and we've got a metagame breakdown of what the field looks like here today. Here are the raw numbers, compiled with the help of the unwavering coverage reporter Marc Caldero:

Deck Number of players Percentage of field
Abzan Midrange 47 24
Jeskai Wins 44 23
Abzan Aggro 16 8
Green Devotion 15 8
Mardu Midrange 12 6
R/W Aggro 8 4
G/R Monsters 6 3
Sidisi-Whip 6 3
Temur Aggro 5 3
U/B Vault Control 5 3
G/B Graveyard 3 2
Boss Sligh 3 2
Esper Control 3 2
Temur Midrange 2 1
Jeskai Ascendancy combo 2 1
Jund Midrange 2 1
Sultai Midrange 1 1
Abzan Graveyard 1 1
Bant Midrange 1 1
Jeskai Ascendancy tokens 1 1
Mardu Control 1 1
Rabble Red 1 1
Orzhov Aggro 1 1
R/W Control 1 1
U/B/W/R Control 1 1
U/W Control 1 1
U/W Heroic 1 1

Here's a graphical overview:

Two quick notes:

  • The dividing line between "aggro" and "midrange" was typically the inclusion of Sylvan Caryatid---if it is trying to ramp into big stuff, then the deck is midrange; if it has more aggressive two-drops like Heir of the Wilds, then it's an aggro deck.
  • Half of the green devotion decks splashed black for Doomwake Giant. The others were either mono-color, splashing planeswalkers like Ajani, Kiora, or Xenagos, or splashing Villainous Wealth.

Overall, Mantis Rider and Siege Rhino are still the cards to beat, but Standard's diversity looks to be holding up strong: there's a whole slew of other archetypes that are being played today.