88 players signed up for some vintage in Baltimore last Sunday. We would like to thank Michael Caffrey and Tales of Adventure for the tournament series and providing the information necessary for the metagame report. Also thank you to Calvin Hodges for prize support and awesome commentary. For anyone who missed it, the vod is available on twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/129764439
Nick DiJohn took down the tournament through a stacked east coast top 8.
- Nick DiJohn - Car Shops
- Hank Zhong - Sylvan Mentor
- Jeremy Beaver - Hydra Leovold Gush
- Charlie Welsch - Ravager Stax
- Joe Brennan - Jeskai Mentor
- Mike Herbig - Jeskai Mentor
- Roland Chang - Sylvan Mentor
- Jonathan Suarez - Mentor Silence
Other consisted mostly of Fish decks. Outcome decks without Oath or Mentor were placed in Combo. Paradoxical Mentor was placed in Big Blue.
As expected, the battle of positioning between shops and gush continued. A full 75% of the top 8 was gush decks. Delving a bit deeper, Hank and Roland were the only players on Sylvan Mentor, which was very well positioned in a meta light on Combo decks (a poor matchup). Mentor Silence had a very poor conversion rate into the top8, likely owing to being unfavorable in the mirror and a lack of Outcome decks to prey upon. Jeremy Beaver's list is quite spicy, running his favorite critter Managorger Hydra.
Shops was underrepresented in the overall metagame but had the highest winrate in the tournament, as well as taking down the tournament. The lists were mostly split between Car and Foundry Shops variants. Charlie Welsch's Ravager Stax list is another beast entirely. It is refreshing to see a variety of lists being played.