Grand Prix Santa Clara 2018 - Standard


Let's start off Here is my decklist: 
23 Lands
2 Forest
1 Island
2 Mountain
3 Rootbound Crag
2 Sheltered Thicket
4 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
4 Spirebluff Canal
1 Swamp

21 Creatures 
4 Servant of the Conduit
4 Longtusk Cub
4 Rogue Refiner
4 Whirler Virtuoso
3 Bristling Hydra
2 The Scarab God

16 Not Creatures
4 Attune with Aether
4 Harnessed Lightning
3 Abrade
1 Essence Scatter
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Vraska, Relic Seeker

15 Sideboard
4 Negate
4 Chandra’s Defeat
2 Cartouche of Ambition
1 River’s Rebuke
1 Confiscation Coup
3 Vizier of Many Faces

3 Color Temur
-4 Longtusk Cub
-2 Bristling Hydra
-1 Sheltered Thicket
-2 Abrade
+1 Negate
+3 Chandra’s Defeat
+3 Vizier of Many Faces
+1 River’s Rebuke
+1 Confiscation Coup

4 Color Temur Sans Glorybringer
-4 Longtusk Cub
-1 Abrade
-2 Bristling Hydra
-1 Sheltered Thicket
+3 Vizier of Many Faces
+2 Negate
+1 C Defeat
+1 Confiscation Coup
+1 Rivers Rebuke

4 Color Temur w/ Glorybringer
-4 Longtusk Cub
-2 Abrade
-2 Bristling Hydra
-1 Sheltered Thicket
+1 Negate
+1 River’s Rebuke
+3 C Defeat
+1 Confiscation Coup
+3 Vizier of Many Faces

Mono Red
+4 Chandra’s Defeat
+2 Cartouche of Ambition
+1 Confiscation Coup
-2 Vraska, Relic Seeker
-2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
-1 Sheltered Thicket
-1 Rogue Refiner
-1 The Scarab God

Sultai Ballista
-4 Longtusk Cub
-1 Bristling Hydra
+1 Confiscation Coup
+1 Rivers Rebuke
+3 Vizier of Many Faces

Sultai Energy
-4 Longtusk Cub
-1 Bristling Hydra
+1 Confiscation Coup
+1 Rivers Rebuke
+3 Vizier of Many Faces

UW GPG
+4 Negate
+1 Vizier of Many Faces
+1 Rivers Rebuke
-1 Longtusk Cub
-2 Harnessed Lightning
-3 Bristling Hydra

UW Approach
+4 Negate
+3 Vizier of Many Faces
-1 Rootbound Crag
-4 Harnessed Lightning
-1 Abrade
-1 Vraska, Relic Seeker

UW Drake Haven
+4 Negate
-3 Harnessed Lightning
-1 Bristling Hydra

Vehicles
-2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
-2 Vraska, Relic Seeker
-1 Sheltered Thicket
+2 Cartouche of Ambition
+2 Negate
+1 Chandra’s Defeat

UB Control
-4 Abrade
-1 Vraska, Relic Seeker
+4 Negate
+1 Confiscation Coup

RG Dinosauruz
-3 Bristling Hydra
-1 Abrade
-1 Whirler Virtuoso
+3 Vizier of Many Faces
+1 Confiscation Coup
+3 Chandra’s Defeat

This was my sb guide for GP Santa Clara for myself. Keep in mind you can always do minor adjustments on the fly, but as a guideline from my teammates, friends and I we all thought it was acceptable.

Energy mirrors tended to be grindy so boarding out a land was always fine. I tossed out sheltered thicket but theres argument to toss rootbound instead. Pick your poison honestly. The mana base... the double mountain is a bit weird. In hindsight I probably shouldve made it the 3rd forest or 2nd island bc of our sb options. If you feel like your opponent is on the mono confiscation coup plan, then it wouldnt hurt to chop a scarab god and just add another hydra again.

I never played against Mono red at the main event, however I did in a side event and I got to savage him with my chandras defeats and cartouche of ambition. Quad defeats is not overkill. Shoots down chandras, ferocidons and glorybringers. Pew pew.

The lack of enchantment removal makes us super soft VS drake haven. Round 1, I get paired against Esper Drake Haven -.- The drake deck is durdly and grindy, but if they get the enchantment on the BF you better be either ahead on board or have negates on deck ready to stop their wraths.

GPG is a decent MU for us. Main deck abrades, s gods and vraskas are deece.

Dodged UW approach, but usually I dont like the MU and G1 is a auto loss for us.

Anywho, heres my tourny report for GP Santa Clara.

1. esper drake haven 1-1-1 We knew about the deck, but did not expect it Round 1 -.- as I was over prepared for energy mirrors and red. G1 we died to mono drakes. G2 i won somehow. G3 He played the Gain 6 life cycle card on Turns. RiP my chandra uptick to shock x( John didnt think to board in ancient grudge against the mill deck to shatter Memeric Orb or the Ensaring Bridge that was never seen G1/2 but everyone who plays do nothing decks usually always play Ensaring Bridge.
2. uw gpg 2-1 Opponent T4 GpG with multiple angels. G2 coup gpg ftw. G3 he mulls to five and chokes on double white.
3. 4c w/ glorywhore 1-2 I drew mono servants vs his whirlers and I died in quick fashion.
4. sultai constrictor 2-0 he kept a bad hand and died abruptly bc G1 we stick scarab god and start reanimating walking ballistas. G2 we cast scarab god on T7 with 2 mana up for e scatter to beat hostage taker.
5. 4c mirror w/ glorybringer 2-0 won die roll! drew better. opponent casted do nothing nissa, steward of elements!
6. 3C 2-1 chandra defeat is saucy
7. 3C 2-1 Scarab god, vizier and things played against a dude who i savaged at GP OKC in the lcq back a few years ago! Savaged him again 😛
8. 3C 2-1 G2 died to trip vizier copying gwhore and sgod. G3 crushed with sgod and vizier copying gwhore xD John is on the verge of outright losing the set and his opponent draws and then states that he forgot to pay for his Pact Trigger -.- (what a luck sac, that still counts as a loss towards you John). Jeremy and I won our matches regardless.
9. esper gpg 2-0 G1 i go T2 servant. T3 servant & servant. scarab god T4 lul. Opponent scoops. G2 is a real game but then scarab god beats bc I draw all the answers.
10. temur 2-1 Ari lax team. Played against Mark? He tapped out to attack with glorybringer. We chumped with a thopter chopter. Untap, rebuke! Pew Pew! Crack ftw!
11. temur 2-1 Won with servant of the beats and thopter beats.
12. temur 2-1 Scarab God ftw.
13. 4c died 0-2 double coup main and vizier. Got savaged. End of story. Jeremy semi punted. John didnt think to board in Leylines against he Bedlam Reveler deck until I pointed it out to him G3 -.-
14. 4c 2-0 nicol bolas lol. Opponent kept a durdly hand which couldnt answer my idiots and then he died promptly. He had a weird mana base with dragonskull summit and canyon slough. So im like, Okay! Hes got a Nicol Bolas in there somewhere! All Japanese deck tho, so that was cool. Side note, these were the same guys that were 8-0 day 1 of the GP.
15. 4c rematch - 0-1 rematch from round 13. I look over to john and jeremy and immediately tell em, “Carry me <3”. john and jeremy carried.
16. 3C 2-0 vs jabbawocki. beats by hydra G1. runner runner planeswalkers G2. Vraska and Chandra kill your dude. Was an epic misplay by myself and jeremy, bc jeremy forgot about rebuke and I forgot that he did not have chandra. So Lucky.

By William Ho at 19 Jan 2018, 01:48 AM

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