Standard WPNQ Prelim weekend

This past weekend at Face to Face Games Toronto was a little different than what you’re used to. We hosted two back to back Standard events at the shop!

These, of course, are part of our ongoing WPN Qualifier series that we’re hosting at the shop over the course of the October and November. These were the first two of four events at which our Top 8 players qualify themselves for our WPN Qualifier Showdown, which will ultimately end with one lucky player qualifying themselves for the Player’s Tour.

From LGS to the big stage, truly the MTG dream.

For more info on the whole program, check out our article here that breaks it all down.

Now, to the events.

Saturday was our first Prelim and we had players from all over Ontario drive in to battle!

As you might imagine, there were a ton of food decks in the room. Since the banning of [Card]Field of the Dead[/Card] we’ve all heard of the terror that [Card]Oko, Thief of Crowns[/Card] has been causing in the Standard format. Everywhere you looked all weekend long, someone was resolving a Nissa or an Oko.

[Deck Title= Top 8, Sultai Food – Daniel Fournier]
[Creatures]
4 Gilded Goose
4 Hydroid Krasis
4 Paradise Druid
4 Wicked Wolf
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Noxious Grasp
4 Once Upon a Time
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns
1 Vraska, Golgari Queen
2 Liliana, Dreadhorde General
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Breeding Pool
4 Overgrown Tomb
4 Watery Grave
4 Fabled Passage
6 Forest
1 Island
2 Swamp
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Massacre Girl
2 Lovestruck Beast
2 thrashing Brontodon
2 Casualties of War
2 Duress
2 Veil of Summer
1 Disdainful Stroke
2 Mystical Dispute
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

The real question on everyone’s minds was how exactly you build those food decks. There is the Sultai version like you see above that was piloted in the hands of Daniel Fournier. Then there’s Bant, which gives you access to [Card]Teferi, Time Raveler[/Card] and [Card]Deputy of Detention[/Card]. And finally straight up Simic, with the most consistent mana and best tempo game plan. Every version has its merits and we saw all three battling all weekend long.

[Deck Title= Top 8, Bant Food – Omar Beldon]
[Creatures]
4 Hydroid Krasis
4 Gilded Goose
4 Paradise Druid
4 Wicked Wolf
2 Arboreal Grazer
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
3 Teferi, Time Raveler
1 Mass Manipulation
3 Once Upon a Time
2 Veil of Summer
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World
4 Oko, thief of Crowns
[/Spells]
[Lands]
1 Castle Vantress
4 Hallowed Fountain
4 Breeding Pool
4 Temple Garden
1 Plains
6 Forest
2 Island
3 Fabled Passage
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Veil of Summer
1 Mass Manipulation
2 Aether Gust
2 Voracious Hydra
1 Tolsimir, Friend of Wolves
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Glass Casket
1 Knight of Autumn
2 Deputy of Detention
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

With all that said, we also had some challengers. Brave souls who knew that the food menace was a tough mountain to climb, but were willing to climb it nonetheless. Jeff Swaluk for example played this awesome Golgari Adventures deck to a Top 8 birth:

[Deck Title= Top 8, Golgari Adventures – Jeff Swaluk]
[Creatures]
4 Edgewall Innkeeper
4 Foulmire Knight
4 Lovestruck Beast
1 Massacre Girl
4 Murderous Rider
2 Order of Midnight
3 Paradise Druid
3 Rankle, Master of Pranks
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
2 Liliana, Dreadhorde General
3 Vraska, Golgari Queen
4 Noxious Grasp
2 Fine // Finality
[/Spells]
[Lands]
6 Forest
1 Fabled Passage
2 Castle Locthwain
4 Overgrown Tomb
7 Swamp
4 Temple of Malady
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Assassin’s Trophy
4 Duress
1 Legion’s End
2 Massacre Girl
4 Veil of Summer
4 Voracious Hydra
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

I’m personally a huge fan of this archetype. Edgewall Inkeeper is just such a powerful engine to build around and if you’ve never put a Rankle into play I’d suggest you change that. That card is fun.

Showdown stalwart Lucas Worrell also decided to go off the beaten path and forgo the food archetype for this weekend. He was able to earn a Top 8 birth on Saturday with his take on Mono-Red Aggro:

[Deck Title= Top 8, Mono-Red Aggro – Lucas Worrell]
[Creatures]
4 Chandra’s Spitfire
4 Fervent Champion
4 Gingerbrute
4 Grim Initiate
4 Scorch Spitter
3 Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Shock
4 Light up the Stage
4 Cavalcade of Calamity
4 Chandra, Acolyte of Flame
[/Spells]
[Lands]
18 Mountain
3 Castle Embereth
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
3 Chandra’s Pyrohelix
2 Embereth Shieldbreaker
3 Experimental Frenzy
4 Lava Coil
3 Recap Melee
[/Sideboard]
[/Deck]

I promise you I saved the best archetype to highlight for last. We also had multiple players qualify themselves for the WPNQ Showdown with this super sweet Temur Reclamation deck that’s been popping up as of late.

The thing about this deck is that it actually has an incredibly good food matchup in game one, which allowed several players to succeed with the deck on the weekend. Including Jason Qian who Top 8’d on Sunday with this:

[Deck Title= Top 8, Temur Reclamation – Jason Qian]
[Creatures]
2 Bonecrusher Giant
2 Brazen Borrower
1 Niv-Mizzet, Parun
[/Creatures]
[Spells]
4 Opt
4 Growth Spiral
4 Wilderness Reclamation
3 Chemister’s Insight
4 Expansion // Explosion
3 Escape to the Wilds
2 Flame Sweep
3 Mystical Dispute
2 Quench
[/Spells]
[Lands]
4 Breeding Pool
4 Steam Vents
4 Stomping Ground
3 Temple of Epiphany
2 Temple of Mystery
2 Castle Vantress
2 Fabled Passage
2 Island
2 Mountain
1 Forest
[/Lands]
[Sideboard]
2 Sorcerous Spyglass
2 Negate
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Fry
2 Niv-Mizzet Parun
3 Lava Coil
3 Veil of Summer
[/Deck]

Congratulations to everyone who qualified this weekend from everyone at Face to Face Games Toronto:

Nov. 2 WPNQ Prelim Top 8

  • Lucas Worrell
  • Isaak Krut
  • Jeff Swaluk
  • Daniel Fournier
  • Tyler Nightingale
  • Omar Beldon
  • Derek Pite
  • Michael Hennick

Nov. 3 WPNQ Prelim Top 8

  • Andrew Abela
  • Jason Qian
  • Zane Mitchell
  • Richard Hawron
  • Evan Costa
  • Ryan Sandrin
  • Pedram Moazen-Sayad
  • Erik Coomber

This upcoming weekend at Face to Face Games Toronto we have two more events coming your way. On Saturday we’ve got our third Standard WPNQ Prelim, so if you want to join the players above make sure to pre-register! Then on Sunday we’re back to our regular scheduled programming on the Showdown Series with a Modern Showdown! You can pre-register for that event here.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made our first weekend of WPN events a success!