Wizards of the Coast announced the beginning of weekly large tournaments on Magic Online. Formats include Modern, Legacy, Standard, 1v1 Commander, and, of course, Vintage. Today was the first such event, and though Ryan and I were unable to play, we were helped out by Sean Ottaway and Shawn Anthony in collecting relevant data. Before we launch into that, weekly events represent both a large amount of data and more work for Ryan and I. If you would like to help us with data collection going forward, please shoot us a message.
The Top 8
Top 8 decklists will most likely be posted tomorrow, though seeing as there was some...difficulty in setting up the events, it is possible this might not be the case. Decklists: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/vintage-challenge-2017-05-22.
- Mourning Palace - Grixis Thieves
- Trucky333 - UW Landstill
- Lexor19 - White Eldrazi
- TheLastGnu - UW Stoneblade
- UnrestrictBrainstorm - Jeskai Mentor
- Jazza - Ravager Shops
- Tattoocek - Jeskai Delver
- JBrandersen - Pitch Dredge
Metagame and Match Win Percentages
Archetype classification after a major restriction is an evolving process. We tried to be as descriptive and complete as possible between archetypes and tags. In generally, we tried to lump similar decks together in archetypes while attaching additional tags to describe decks in broader terms. For instance, the Mentor archetype consisted of the remnants of Gush Mentor - Mentor + Cantrips + Delve spells. It did not include Paradoxical Mentor or DPS Storm-Mentor lists. All of these decks are tagged as Mentor then. So if the question you have is "How many Mentor decks running the Preordain draw package were in the field and how did they do?", look to the Archetypes. If your question is how many decks were running at least 1 Mentor?", look to the Tags. If you want to look at the raw data, it's right here. And if you have a better system, let us know...