Decks of Fire and Ice

Posted in Event Coverage on August 13, 2016

By Tobi Henke

Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I've seen at this Prix Grand, I hold with those who favor … "and." Or something. In any case, the blue-red deck with Fevered Visions, Thermo-Alchemist, and Thing in the Ice was the talk of the tournament.

Even before the actual main event had begun, the deck was already well represented in Friday's Trials. Several notable players had chosen, and sometimes updated, the archetype too, among them newly minted Pro Tour champion (3) Lukas Blohon who, at time of writing was sporting a perfect record of 8-0.

However, the changing face of Standard also allowed for other blue decks and red decks to rise to the top, not just for the deck combining the two. When we were scouting at the top tables for interesting brews earlier today, we were particularly impressed with one mono-blue and one mono-red deck.

Paolo Pidutti started 5-0 into the tournament playing something which, admittedly, wasn't entirely new. His deck was an updated version of the combo deck based on the engine of Jace's Sanctum, Day's Undoing, and Part the Waterveil, mainly relying on Prism Ring and Engulf the Shores for defense, with Thing in the Ice out of the sideboard.

What was indeed new here: One, the inclusion of Take Inventory which earned Hall of Famer Frank Karsten's emphatic nod of definite approval. And secondly, the environment had changed. Specifically, the fact that so many players nowadays were trying to work with their graveyard was a boon to this deck. Day's Undoing undoes a lot of work in that regard, after all, leaving Emrakul, the Promised End at an uncastable 13 mana.

Meanwhile, Davor Detecnik, who had previously made the Top 8 at Grand Prix Prague last year, went off to a 4-1 start with his brand new mono-red deck. It did feature several creatures like Lightning Berserker, Thermo-Alchemist, Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh, Impetuous Devils, and Goblin Dark-Dwellers.

But, at its core, this was as classic a burn deck as one could imagine. As such, it included a full set each of Incendiary Flow, Collective Defiance, and Fiery Temper, with three copies of Exquisite Firecrafts to boot. Even the aforementioned creatures were acting like burn spells, really.

Both of these players hit a rough patch halfway through the day and only qualified for the second day of competition on the bare minimum record of 6-3. But you should really check out their decklists …

Paolo Pidutti's Mono-Blue

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Davor Detecnik's Mono-Red

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