Welcome to the latest edition of Charting a Course!
There’s now a month to go until Dominara United releases – it’s been a long while since set releases but the SNC season continues to provide plenty of changes each week!
|Rank||September 24||September 25|
|1||Niv to Light||Rakdos Midrange|
|2||Green Devotion||Atarka Red|
|3||Bant Spirits||Azorius Control|
|4||Rakdos Midrange||Rakdos Midrange|
|5||Mono Green Stompy||Abzan Greasefang|
|6||Abzan Greasefang||Rakdos Midrange|
|7||Rakdos Midrange||Rakdos Midrange|
|8||Azorius Control||Rakdos Midrange|
|9-32||Full Results||Full Results|
It was a heavily varied meta in the weekend challenges, with Mono-Green coming back into prominence after a dominant showing from Rakdos Midrange last week. The usual suspects are present in the Top 8s but again there is always opportunity for somewhat “rogue” decks to perform well like Indomitable Rakdos and Abzan Greasefang.
‘Most Dominant’ Decks of the Week
|Week||Most Top 32s||Most Top 16s||Most Top 8s|
|July 9-10||Izzet Phoenix (12)||Rakdos Midrange, Izzet Phoenix (6)||Izzet Phoenix (3)|
|July 16-17||Rakdos Midrange (15)||Rakdos Midrange (8)||Azorius Control (4)|
|July 23-24||Azorius Control (10)||Azorius Control (6)||Azorius Control (4)|
|July 30-31||Rakdos Midrange (17)||Rakdos Midrange (10)||Rakdos Midrange (6)|
|August 6-7||Mono Green Devotion (10)||Azorius Control (4)||Azorius Control (4)|
The cycle of top decks continues, but Azorius Control has been the more consistent when it comes to Top 8 finishes. You can check out some more of the season on our PlayingPioneer Meta Data page, or by looking at my Season Data Spreadsheet, which contains Top 32/16/8 data for all SNC season MTGO Challenges.
Special Event – Pioneer Showcase Qualifier
Among the weekend challenges there was also the Pioneer Showcase Qualifier, a small event featuring the best of the MTGO crowd – you had to Top 8 one of the last three Showcase Challenges or go 5-0 in the last chance qualifiers run in the week before the event in order to qualify.
You can click here to view the full standings and list of player deck choices. Mono-Green Devotion took down the event, but a small event like this creates one-off metagames that are hard to extrapolate to the wider state of the format (e.g only one person on Rakdos Midrange).
Special congratulations to MTGO user Claudioh, a well-known figure in the Pioneer community for his proficiency as a Niv to Light player, for winning the Modern Showcase qualifier!
Deck to Watch
Mono-White Humans is now firmly the most common version of Humans tribal in the metagame, performing very strongly in the most recent MTGO challenges. With a smooth curve and reliable mana base plus a variety of creatures that can interact with the opposition, this is definitely a deck to consider for your upcoming events, or at the very least a matchup you should be prepared to face!
Until Next Time
Over the next two weeks you can enter the Manatraders Series, a free to enter MTGO event that changes format each month – August is Pioneer! You can play as many qualifier matches in the window as you want so it’s a great time to get some reps in on the format even if you aren’t able to qualify for the end of month swiss tournament.