Titan’s Revenge: Fighting against the Metagame
It was a harrowing weekend in Nagoya. After 5 days of matches, my WGB Token deck finished a middling 7 win and 11 loses. It started well enough on Friday. I came in 2nd place at Card Brunch, going 2-1 and getting a Dismember promo card. But that’s when the real challenge started. Saturday at Hobby Station Meitetsu Eki yielded a 2-3 record. Bad card draws and poor sideboard decisions were already starting. Day 3, Big Magic on Sunday. Another 2-3 record. BM has some of the best players in Nagoya playing there though, so it’s not so bad to finish 2-3, but still I wasn’t happy with the results. Day 4, Monday Night Magic at Card Brunch. I finally beat my nemesis who was using GR Beatdown and had beaten me 3 weeks in a row, but lost the next two for a 1-2 record. And finally tonight, Tuesday. A beautiful day outside which I enjoyed, and then in the evening I was utterly devastated by a Solar Flare and a UB Heartless Summoning deck. 0-2.
7 wins. 11 loses.
Here’s a snapshot of what people were using this weekend.
- 4/13 – BG birthing pod, RG wolves, UB control, UW Delver, RUB grixis control, UB Zombies x2, RG beat down, White artifact control, Junk Walkers, Red goblins, BGW Tokens
- 4/14 – RG kessig, URG Burning Vengeance, RG wolf, GRB JUND pod metal craft, WG Humans, BG aggro, Mono red, Mono black zombie, Mono green aggro
- 4/15 – BUW Solar flare Token Mill, BGWR kessig Token, BW spirit Token, WU Human swords, RWU humans, WUB esper, WG Pod
- 4/16 – RG Wolfrun, WG pod, RG Kessig werewolves, Mono black Zombies
- 4/17 – Solar Flare, UB Heartless Summoning
If you put the variants together, these were the most popular decks in the metagame in Nagoya, Japan.
- GR Beatdown (with 5 decks)
- Birthing Pod (with 4 decks)
- Zombies (with 4 decks. Kind of a shock actually)
Now these weren’t all the decks that were played, but merely the ones I played against or that people I knew played against.
7-11. That’s it, no more mister nice guy. I know I said that I was going to let the Titans sleep, but I have a mission. I will control these top decks and come out on top.
So here’s my idea on how to take out that damned GR Kessig Beatdown deck.
Burn it all. Nobody will survive. Before it was just the Inferno Titan, but this time, he has some help.
So GR Kessig Beatdown decks and Birthing Pod decks are the big decks right now, eh? Giving everybody headaches just like Spirits were back in February, right? How are we going to deal with them? Well, let’s start with the sideboard first. This deck has been streamlined for maximum efficiency and will either lock down your opponent or burn them to a crisp.
- Steel Sabotage x 2 (for swords)
- Flashfreeze x 2 (for Huntmasters, Birthing Pods, and just about anything in those top two decks)
- Grafdigger’s Cage x 2(traps Zombies in the graveyard and totally shuts down Pod decks)
- Ratchet Bomb
- Ancient Grudge x 2 (Again, for getting rid of Swords)
- Surgical Extraction x 2 (good bye anything that doesn’t like to stay dead)
- Koth of the Hammer (again for Control. 4/4 each turn, and tap mountains to deal damage)
- Shrine of Burning Rage
- Mimic Vat
- 7 Mountains
- 7 Islands
- Sulfur Falls x 4
- Buried Ruin x 2 (to get your artifacts back)
- Hinterland Harbor (for your Grudge flashback)
- Rootbound Crag (for Grudge)
- Shimmering Grotto (for Grudge, or for your Surgical Extraction)
Sorceries and Instants:
- Whipflare x 3
- Slagstorm x 2
- Galvanic Blast x 4
- Red Sun’s Zenith x 2
- Mana Leak x 4
- Negate x 2
- Ponder x 4
- Blue Sun’s Zenith
- Think Twice x 3
Artifacts and Planeswalkers:
- Karn Liberated
- Chandra, The Firebrand
- Chandra’s Phoenix x 2
- Lantern Spirit x 2
- Snapcaster Mage x 2
- Phantasmal Image
- Wurmcoil Engine
- Inferno Titan
- Frost Titan