Not necessarily the best, but a bunch of decks I found the most fascinating at the tournament.
Source: DailyMtG. Sadly, they didn’t list match wins for each deck this time. On the other hand, only decks with 18 points or at least six match wins (out of 10 possible in the Swiss rounds) are listed.
… but first one deck that didn’t make it on the decklists, because you can’t even talk about something like this without mentioning Conley Woods. Gladly, we have this on video:
Its based on Necromancer’s Stockpile and its basically a Zombie-tribal. Conley is the greatest.
Another tribal was played by Alex Sittner.
Technically you don’t need soldiers to get the Obelisk of Urd to function, but they are cheap and plentiful. With 23 soldier creatures and two spells producing soldiers, getting to battallion is also easy, but that’s just one little side benefit. What you really are interested in are all the one mana guys hitting for three, four or five points of damage at a time.
This next beauty made it into top 8.
There are similar lists with even less creatures and a different mix of walkers. The point is to just kill everything your opponent tries to put into play and use the recursive nature of the walkers abilities to your advantage. I can see why this is very powerful, as the walkers are currently way too powerful, although you can’t use some of the better ones here (Elspeth, Sun’s Champion, or Domri Rade for example). Some versions emphasize Nissa, Worldwaker and Garruk, Apex Predator.
Zwi Mowshowitz was named the best deckbuilder of all time by Chapin and his committee in Chapin’s book Next Level Deckbuilding, so there must be something interesting in his list. Its subtle, but its there:
Mostly, this deck is interesting because it takes a pretty basic strategy (aggressive creatures) and just pushes it by using a very greedy manabase to cast plenty of three drops that require double colored mana, and of course Obzedat, Ghost Council. And then there’s the totally unexpected blowout of Ephemeral Shields lurking in the main deck…
Taisuke Ishii decided to put the strength of Generator Servant into a test.
There were a couple of these Naya Midrange lists, but this one was played by Michael Majors. No real reason to highlight his, but I do like the idea here. Scion of Vitu-Ghazi. I guess its pretty good with Selesnya Charm, Voice of Resurgence, and Purphoros, God of the Forge, as well as Archangel of Thune out of the sideboard. Of course, six points of power and toughness for five mana isn’t that bad either. Especially since part of it flies. What’s the deal with the single Skylasher in the main. Probably a target for Chord of Calling.
What do all this lists with the inclusion of the top 8 lists and the general feel from the other lists on DailyMtGs page make me think I should play in Standard? Burning Earth. Seems to be totally forgotten. Time to bring it back. Maybe.