Sunday, January 3, 2010

LSV wins SCG 5K Standard Portion

StarCityGames Open Series in Los Angeles

TOP 8:
1. RWU -- LSV
2. Jund -- Arthur Halavais
3. Eldrazi Elves -- Eric Hopkins
4. Jund -- Sherwin Pu
5. RWU -- Jeff Huang
6. Jund -- Alex Tamblyn
7. MRA -- Avrom Oliver
8. Grixis Control -- Matt Sperling

LSV wins with RWU Control


4 Wall of Denial
4 Spreading Seas
3 Ajani Vengeant
2 Earthquake
4 Flashfreeze
2 Divination
2 Mind Spring
3 Sphinx of Jwar Isle
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Jace Beleren
2 Double Negative
2 Path to Exile

4 Glacial Fortress
4 Sejiri Refuge
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Arid Mesa
2 Mountain
4 Plains
4 Island

2 Negate
2 Essence Scatter
1 Oblivion Ring
1 Cancel
3 Luminarch Ascension
4 Baneslayer Angel
2 Mind Control

He beat a Jund deck in the finals. A Jund deck in the semis. And another RWU in the quarters.


  • The plan against Jund is to place invincible walls in front of their threats and pick off the outside guys with spot removal. On top of that, the land denial works to slow them down or randomly win games when they can't find their red mana.
  • Jace comes back in over 4 Divination. Apparently it's too good to give up on completely; just don't run it into Blightning please!
  • Everything else is pretty standard. I like the lack of counter spells maindeck -- LSV likes value. Counter spells do not provide value, and especially against Jund, they're not good! Double Negative, however, prevents them from getting value out of THEIR insane cards, and thus is a necessary evil.
  • Every other card takes a very forward stance in winning the Jund matchup -- Spreading Seas, Ajani Vengeant, Sphinxes, Mind Springs, and Walls. A lot of sorcery speed threats and answers, but that's what you gotta do in this format! Seas is an excellent preventative card since it makes you not need counterspells. Walls are the same idea. Negate their spells by ruining their game plan, not out-tempoing them.
  • You can't win by just stalling out. A proactive stance needs to be taken in order to hold them by the throat. Control decks thus resort to cards like Vedalken Outlander or Spreading Seas as a proactive turn two play. (Brian Kibler ran Outlander over Seas in his maindeck.) 


For a list of all decklists at the tournament, go here.