THE 9-0 DECKS

Posted in GRAND PRIX MADRID 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on November 16, 2014

By Oliver Gehrmann

1,900 players showed up bright and early yesterday morning for Grand Prix Madrid and after 9 rounds of Swiss, there are only six players remaining with a perfect 9-0 record.

Looking over their lists, two things become clear: Firstly, we still don't see Jeskai Ascendancy at the very top of the field. Secondly, the format is wide open! Among the top decks we can find the most expected deck just once, a Blue-Red Delver (with a splash of white) piloted by (5) Ivan Floch, as well as old favorites like Splinter Twin, Scapeshift. Slippery Bogles, and Zoo.

After this round, only 3 players will remain with a perfect record!


The standout deck is Ricardo van den Bogaard's build that features Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, but that doesn't run Scapeshift. Instead, he tries to overpower opponents with a combination of Through the Breach that gives him access to powerful creatures like Primeval Titan and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. Thanks to Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, he does have an alternative way of finishing games. We will definitely talk to van den Bogaard over the course of the day to learn a little more about his thinking process when he first put the deck together.

Without further ado, here they are, the 9-0 lists of Grand Prix Madrid 2014:

Antonio Del Moral León, Splinter Twin

Stefano Biasio, Slippery Bogles

Alexander Semkin, Zoo

Ricardo van den Bogaard, Through the Breach/Primeval Titan/Emrakul/Valakut

Milan Niznansky, Scapeshift

(5) Ivan Floch, Blue-Red Delver (with a splash of white)

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