|Nikita Shelest's sweet monogreen stompy.|
All in all, the top8 consisted of three UR Burn, three The Deck, one Lestree Zoo and one Atog Aggro; with Lestree Zoo winning the swiss with a 7-0 record. Another deck with a very strong showing was Erhnamgeddon, having two copies just missing the top8 on tiebreakers after a 5-2 record in the swiss (played by Sehl and Danhor). The other players at 5-2 were Icelander (who top8'ed the last three n00bcons and placed 2nd last year), Elof (previous n00bcon winner, holder of three Giant Sharks), Åland (top8 at multiple Shark tournaments and winner of Frippan Open), ErikSundberg (e.g. top8 last BSK) and Alban Lauter from Germany. These guys are no rookies. But let's delve down and look at the mages from the top8.
|Top8 players: Gordon Andersson, Patric Hiness, Martin Berlin, and Carl Olzon.|
Gordon's pet deck of choice is Counterburn, aka Electric Eel Aggro, aka UR Burn. We saw some innovations in his list in the top8 of Arvika, where he first added a playset Flying Men to his menagerie of creatures. This time he opted for a black splash to give him access to the powerhouses Mind Twist and Demonic Tutor. An interesting new take on the Counterburn strategy, and a solid choice against the decks at the top tables.
Patric's deck is a beautiful artifact aggro. It combines a majority of the fast mana available in the format with full sets of Su-Chi, Triskelion and Copy Artifacts. The mud beaters are backed up by a set of Serendib Efreets and a couple of Atogs for good measure. His cards are in awesome condition, and for the most part from the first printings. I gave him the benefit of the doubt regarding the Unl Volcanic Islands (as many German players go for the fbb German version in Vintage decks, and might not feel like getting an extra playset Beta rather than, say, a new car), but I couldn't help myself to jokingly ask why he "cheaped out" with an Unlimited Lotus in his otherwise pristine pile. Well, turns out that he did have a bb Lotus, but it was in pretty close to mint condition, so he bought an extra Unl Lotus a few days earlier just for traveling purposes, jokingly referring to his extra Lotus as his "proxie". That's next level ;)
|Patric's Atog Aggro|
Martin's deck is a modern interpretation the boogie man of the mid 90s, the powerful pile known simply as The Deck. It hosts a majority of the restricted list combined with the best control cards in the format, using Jayemdae Tomes and other card advantage tools to bind it all together. It's a very cool deck; basically the first real "deck to beat" and the deck that made card advantage a thing. As it is both very powerful and highly intricate to play well, combined with the fact that it is perhaps the most famous deck in Magic history, variants of it is a popular choice for long time players with access to deep card pools (if you own full power and duals, you are more likely to play a deck that uses them than to leave them in the binder). Martin took some additional tech-savy decisions in his deck building, e.g. using maindeck Stone Rain to help him beat Libraries and Factories. (If you're interested, you can read a little more about The Deck in this post.)
|Berlin's The Deck|
This time Tibia left the white cards at home, instead letting just the red complement his blue power to create a counterburn pile. Tibia's deck is a little lighter on summons than e.g. Gordon's and Olle's builds from the top8, only playing the sets of Serendib Efreet and Factories as creatures go. Serendib Efreets had quite a showing in the last rounds of this tournament, with half of the top8 decks playing the full set. Still don't hold a candle to Mishra's Factory though, which every single deck in the top8 had a playset of. Stone Rain and Blood Moons seems like good choices.
And there has been some sweet old school tech from around the world in the last few days. Canadian Guillaume Soucy have recently started a new old school blog where his first post covers the Roi de la Chope tournament in Quebec a few weeks back, check it out at Argivian Restoration. Yespair have added a few more videos from n00bcon and posted them all at Youtube. Stephen Menendian has started a very good article series about old school Magic at Vintagemagic.com. The first part is up right now, second part will come soon. Well worth a read :)