What does Standard looks like in the post-Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar world? It’s the question those coming to Grand Prix Quebec City had to answer with their weekend weapons.
This is what competitors that made Day 2 had to offer:
|Five-Color Collected Company||1||1.1%|
The effect of the Pro Tour results is clear here. While the Pro Tour featured a significantly smaller piece of Abzan, at Quebec City it’s back with a vengeance. Following tight behind is Dark Jeskai, popularized by several prominent teams, as well as the potent Atarka Red deck Hall of Fame player Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa took to Top 8 as well.
The push of these big three is clear when we roll up the details:
|Jeskai (All Types)||22||24.2%|
|Red Aggro (All Types)||13||14.3%|
|Bant (Non-Aggro Types)||5||5.5%|
|Esper (All Types)||5||5.5%|
Abzan and Jeskai are half of the Day 2 field, with aggressive red decks and Green-White Megamorph taking nearly another quarter beyond that. The allure of Pro Tour success was compelling for players, but that doesn’t mean other options aren’t present.
Four- and Five-Color shenanigans are gone, replaced by things like Jund Dragons, Bant Tokens (or Green-White Control as deck designer and sixth-ranked Sam Black refers to it), Blue-Black Aristocrats and even a few versions on going big with Eldrazi (normally Oblivion Sower leading the way).