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Top Decks of 2008, part 2

December 27, 2008

And now I will resume were I left with the top deck of 2008…

Kithkins by Petr Nahodil. Grand Prix Rimini, 14. Sep 2008

4 Unmake
4 Spectral Procession
2 Mirrorweave
2 Ajani Goldmane
4 Wizened Cenn
2 Thistledown Liege
4 Knight of Meadowgrain
4 Goldmeadow Stalwart
4 Figure of Destiny
4 Cloudgoat Ranger
4 Windbrisk Heights
4 Rustic Clachan
14 Plains
4 Mutavault

Sideboard:

4 Burrenton Forge-Tender
3 Hallowed Burial
3 Moonglove Extract
3 Stillmoon Cavalier
2 Wispmare

Block Constructed was however not all about Faeries. The other strong contender in that format were Kithkins, the White Weenie deck of the format. Faeries does have a weak spot which aggressive deck like the deck above can take advantage off. While powering out strong 1-drops such as Goldmeadow Stalwart and Figure of Destiny, the Kithkins deck still has a very strong mid and late game for being a aggro deck. The “combo” of Windbrisk Heights and Spectral Procession was everywhere last summer and Cloudgoat Ranger is a one card army. Mirrorweave enabled such ridiculous things such as a turn 4 kills (in block, yes!). Turn 2 Wizened Cenn, turn 3 Spectral Procession, Turn 4 Mirrorweave on Cenn, good game. When the attention was turned to Standard again this fall for States and Worlds, the little white men that could proved themselves to be a strong contender in that format to.

Red Deck Wins by Michael Jacob. US Nationals, 03. Aug 2008

4 Skred
4 Incinerate
4 Flame Javelin
4 Magus of the Scroll
4 Magus of the Moon
4 Figure of Destiny
4 Demigod of Revenge
4 Blood Knight
4 Ashenmoor Gouger
22 Snow-Covered Mountain
2 Keldon Megaliths

Sideboard:

4 Murderous Redcap
2 Pithing Needle
3 Spitebellows
4 Sulfurous Blast
2 Unwilling Recruit

US Nationals this year was a real wake up call for Standard. At Grand Prix Buenos Aires, Japanese mastermind Tomoharu Saitou revealeda red deck that played with Ashenmoor Gouger and Demigod of Revenge as the odd ball card in the deck. During the month from the Grand Prix toUS Nationals, the new red deck was compiled and tuned all around the web. The deck turned faces around during the whole monthand deck made it through the final test, giving Michael Jacob the US National title on the way. It was the new card for the archetype that made the deck go were no other red deck could previously in the past season. Ashenmoor Gouger and Demigod of Revenge didn’t die to Terror or Nameless Inversion, which was the most common removal at the time. Magus of the Moon gave the deck some free wins, Skred made sure you would win against green decks (and further on mirrors) and Figure of Destiny was off course just complete gas. That deck changed the whole Standard format through the rest of that season.

Elves! by Luis Scott-Vargas. Pro Tour Berlin, 02. Nov 2008

2 Viridian Shaman
4 Gilt-Leaf Palace
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Pendelhaven
9 Snow-Covered Forest
4 Birchlore Rangers
4 Elves of Deep Shadow
4 Elvish Visionary
1 Eternal Witness
4 Heritage Druid
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Nettle Sentinel
1 Regal Force
4 Wirewood Symbiote
4 Glimpse of Nature
1 Grapeshot
4 Summoner’s Pact
3 Weird Harvest

Sideboard:

1 Pendelhaven
1 Mycoloth
1 Nullmage Shepherd
2 Thorn of Amethyst
4 Thoughtseize
4 Umezawa’s Jitte
2 Viridian Shaman

When it was time once again for Extended in Berlin, the setup for the format had changed severely since the PTQ season. Gone was Invasion, Odyssey, 7th and Sensei’s Divining Top. A lot of the old school stuff had vanished and people wondered how the new Extended would turn out. Before the tournament, there was a lot of talk about Zoo, Affinity and Storm were the best deck. However, it proved that everything was all about Elves. With the Counter-Top engine gone, this deck packed with low casting cost elves and draw-engines of  Glimpse of Nature/Chord of Calling/Regal Force went on to dominate the Pro Tour. Luis version kills by generating a high storm count and domes the opponent with a Grapeshot. Other popular kills at the Pro Tour was either with Mirror Entity or Predator Dragon. When 6 out of 8 deck in the Top8 of Berlin were Elf decks, many people around the forums cried for the banhammer. But the mediocre results from the deck at Worlds proved that the deck could be kept in check. However, the deck in nevertheless fast, consistent and deadly. You can be assured that you will have to play against it next year.

BW Tokens by Gerry Thompson. Worlds, 11. Dec 2008

4 Arcane Sanctum
4 Caves of Koilos
4 Fetid Heath
2 Mutavault
2 Plains
4 Reflecting Pool
1 Swamp
4 Windbrisk Heights
3 Cloudgoat Ranger
4 Knight of Meadowgrain
4 Stillmoon Cavalier
4 Tidehollow Sculler
4 Bitterblossom
4 Glorious Anthem
4 Spectral Procession
4 Terror
4 Thoughtseize

Sideboard:

2 Burrenton Forge-Tender
1 Cloudgoat Ranger
2 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
3 Grave Pact
2 Mind Shatter
3 Wispmare
2 Wrath of God

Boat Brew by Aaron Nicastri. Worlds, 11. Dec 2008

4 Spectral Procession
4 Mind Stone
4 Ajani Vengeant
1 Stillmoon Cavalier
2 Siege-Gang Commander
3 Reveillark
4 Ranger of Eos
3 Murderous Redcap
4 Mogg Fanatic
4 Kitchen Finks
4 Figure of Destiny
1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
4 Windbrisk Heights
4 Rugged Prairie
3 Reflecting Pool
5 Plains
2 Mountain
4 Battlefield Forge

Sideboard:

1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
3 Guttural Response
1 Stillmoon Cavalier
3 Vithian Stinger
3 Voice of All
4 Wrath of God

Worlds this year showcased a new force in Standard. The Windbrisk Heights/Spectral Procession combo from the Kithkin block decks evolved into these monstrosities. The BW version adepts Bitterblossom, arguably the best card in Standard, to spit out a bunch of tokens which are powered up by Ajani Goldmane or the old school Glorious Anthem. The RW version is more built on straight card advantage. Ranger of Eos for 2 Figure of Destiny is pretty good and Reveillark just screams card advantage. Both decks had a lot of success at Worlds and the results on various tournaments after that event shows that Worlds was not a fluke. The different kinds of Windbrisk Heights decks will be a force to reckon with going into 2009.

So there we you go, a showcase of some of the most important deck of 2008. I hope you enjoyed it.

//balthazar88

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