Top 5 Cards

Posted in Event Coverage on July 5, 2015

By Tobi Henke

Molten Vortex probably deserves an honorable mention here because it definitely was among the cards most talked about this weekend. But when you get down to what actually mattered the most at Grand Prix Lille and shaped the tournament, there's just no escaping the following five ...

5.) Young Pyromancer

While the young'un may not itself have been the most played creature, it surely was responsible for the most creatures we've seen on the tables of the feature match area during the weekend. Thanks to cheap or even free (well, free-ish) spells like Brainstorm, Gitaxian Probe, and Force of Will, many a game ended with a whole bunch of Elementals charging across the battlefield.

4.) Dark Depths

In a somewhat forced segue, we now go from the most to the most massive. Except for some extreme cases of Knight of the Reliquary, Marit Lage was undisputedly the biggest creature around. And the token was busy! Players like Branco Neirynck and quarterfinalist Alex Mortimer used the combination of Dark Depths and Thespian's Stage to great effect in the feature match area all weekend long.

3.) Dig Through Time

The delve mechanic continues to play a huge role in the format. Lots of different decks, from Delver to Miracles, included Dig Through Time, and quarterfinalists Thomas Van der Paelt and Petr Sochůrek listed it as the best card in their respective decks. It may have even been the main reason for the current surge in popularity of Omni-Tell, seeing as the card is both so very good at assembling Show and Tell plus Omniscience and great once Omniscience hits the battlefield.

2.) Sensei's Divining Top

Miracles had already claimed the top two spots at the previous Legacy Grand Prix, in Kyoto earlier this year. In what can only be described as a miracle, it did the same here. And Sensei's Divining Top is the central element that holds the deck together. Not only does it combine perfectly with Counterbalance to create a soft lock, it also reliably enables players to empty the board with Terminus and later fill it via Entreat the Angels at bargain prices.

1.) Monastery Mentor

When all was said and done, though, an unusual version of Miracles took the title. While finalist Olivier Ruel had chosen a stock version of Miracles that he himself described as "not that good," champion Claudio Bonanni put away his Entreat the Angels and relied on Monastery Mentor as his main finisher instead. This added another dimension to the strategy: he didn't need to control everything, he could just as well smash face. And Monastery Mentor does so pretty well, especially when your deck can cycle a pair of Sensei's Divining Tops between library, hand, stack, and battlefield ...

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