Players Tour Brussels Day 2 Pioneer Metagame

Posted in Competitive Gaming on February 1, 2020

By Tobi Henke

The original field of 384 competitors was whittled down to 130, meaning 33.9% of them returned on Day 2. This is the baseline rate against which we have to measure each archetype's performance. While the overall sample size isn't huge and although Booster Draft results did play a role as well, there are some interesting trends developing.

Archetype Day 2 # Day 2 % Day 1 # Day 1 % Conversion
Mono-Black Aggro 21 16.2% 53 13.8% 39.6%
Dimir Inverter 19 14.6% 47 12.2% 40.4%
Niv to Light 11 8.5% 35 9.1% 31.4%
Mono-White Devotion 10 7.7% 14 3.6% 71.4%
Azorius Control 9 6.9% 37 9.6% 24.3%
Izzet Ensoul 9 6.9% 21 5.5% 42.9%
Lotus Breach 6 4.6% 9 2.3% 66.7%
Mono-Red Aggro 6 4.6% 12 3.1% 50.0%
Azorius Spirits 5 3.8% 23 6.0% 21.7%
Bant Spirits 5 3.8% 7 1.8% 71.4%
Sultai Delirium 5 3.8% 6 1.6% 83.3%
Simic Delirium 4 3.1% 7 1.8% 57.1%
Simic Ramp 3 2.3% 14 3.6% 21.4%
Dimir Control 2 1.5% 3 0.8% 66.7%
Mono-Black Vampires 2 1.5% 6 1.6% 33.3%
Mono-Green Ramp 2 1.5% 11 2.9% 18.2%
Others 11 8.5%      
Total 130 100.0% 384 100.0% 33.9%

First, let's take a look at what used to be the four most common decks at the tournament's beginning. Mono-Black Aggro and Dimir Inverter both went a little above par and increased their metagame share from the first to the second day. Niv-Mizzet underperformed ever so slightly, while Azorius Control took a big hit and dropped out of the top four.

Mono-White Devotion was one of the most successful decks on Day 1, both generally and specifically. The deck outperformed the average massively, putting 71.4% of its players through to Day 2. Ethan Gaieski, a veteran of two Grand Prix Top 8s, went 5-0 with it.

(Note: Sideboard card quantities will not be published for Players Tour Swiss rounds. Top-performing Pioneer decklists with complete sideboards will be published on Sunday.)

Gaieski, Ethan - Mono-White Devotion

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Similar holds true for Lotus Breach. A third of Lotus Breach players made the cut, and Brent Vos, another veteran of two Grand Prix Top 8s, went 5-0 with the following:

Vos, Brent - Lotus Breach

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All good things come in threes. Well, in the case of delirium the magic number is four, but we have to complete a trifecta here. Just like Mono-White Devotion and Lotus Breach, delirium players also outperformed the field at impressive rates, and also submitted a few undefeated records. Sean Goddard went 5-0 with Simic, while Grand Prix champion Guillem Salvador Arnal went 5-0 with Sultai.

Salvador Arnal, Guillem - Sultai Delirium

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In other news, Bant Spirits did much better than the white-blue version. Both decks had the same number of copies in the running on Day 2. But for Bant, this represented five survivors from an original population of seven, whereas the white-blue number had tumbled to five from 23.

These are exciting times for Pioneer. Every new day brings new information. In fact, check back tomorrow when we take a look at the top-performing decklists from all ten of the Pioneer Swiss rounds!

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