Dance Me to the End of SNCChamps

Dance Me to the End of SNCChamps

Dance Me to the End of SNCChamps

By Juani Salas

Twitter: @juasalas

Twitch: /SrMagicPotato

Hello, my friends and happy Geek Pride Day!We have a lot to talk about, like the movies I saw last week or that Boca was champion of the soccer tournament in Argentina, but let’s go instead to the most important news of Magic The Gathering.

First of all, congratulations to Jan Merkel for winning the Set Championship of Streets of New Capenna!!!

Merkel played utterly well with his Jeskai Hinata and won in the finals 2-1 vs Simon Nielsen and his Esper (Obscura) Midrange. Simply Magma Opus was too powerful, by either chipping his mana or directly casting him for eight. What a card!What a house in the deck!

The Set Championship demonstrated two fundamental things: Standard is a fun and healthy format, with a variety of decks, but perhaps it has reached its peak of evolution, since for the next four months –unless there is a ban– it will not have any modifications.

On the other hand, we have Historic, which again showed that the most played decks are Izzet Phoenix and Golgari Sacrifice. In this format, that doesn’t win our love as it used to –and even less since the arrival of Explorer– we will see immediate changes from June 2 with the launching of Alchemy: New Capenna and, later, with a set dedicated exclusively to digital formats. Will this be enough to make the format attractive again? We will see, we will see, we will see…


Deck; (60)
Voltage Surge
Hinata, Dawn-Crowned
Magma Opus
Flame-Blessed Bolt
Riverglide Pathway
Spikefield Hazard
Expressive Iteration
March of Swirling Mist
Make Disappear
Goldspan Dragon
Stormcarved Coast
Dragon’s Fire
Sundown Pass
Jwari Disruption
Needleverge Pathway
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Shatterskull Smashing
Hall of Storm Giants
Hengegate Pathway
Deserted Beach
Sideboard; (15)
Suspicious Stowaway
Disdainful Stroke
Voltage Surge
Flame-Blessed Bolt
Behold the Multiverse
Dragon’s Fire
Hullbreaker Horror
Valorous Stance
Spell Pierce
Reckoner Bankbuster
Seismic Wave
Memory Deluge


Deck; (60)
Spell Pierce
Raffine, Scheming Seer
Vanishing Verse
Hengegate Pathway
Brightclimb Pathway
Shattered Sanctum
Luminarch Aspirant
Wedding Announcement
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Raffine’s Tower
Deserted Beach
Sorin the Mirthless
Emeria’s Call
Kaito Shizuki
The Wandering Emperor
Tenacious Underdog
Lolth, Spider Queen
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Clearwater Pathway
Infernal Grasp
The Meathook Massacre
Shipwreck Marsh
Sideboard; (15)
Liesa, Forgotten Archangel
The Meathook Massacre
Lolth, Spider Queen
Archon of Emeria
Disdainful Stroke
Ray of Enfeeblement
Reckoner Bankbuster

Dance, Simon, dance

Remember when the Magic was all about fun, even at big events? I had forgotten about this, but it all came back to me thanks to Simon Nielsen and his beautiful way of dancing and enjoying the matches, nothing more and nothing less than in one of the most important tournaments of the year.

Nielsen danced, sang and played Magic to the highest level that took him to the final of the Set Championship. And he did it without losing the joy of playing cards. In addition, he shared his playlist for each game in his Twitter account (@MrChecklistcard).

Simon danced to songs like “Popular Song”, “Girls Like You”, “Tequila”, “Feeling Good” or “Pope” by Prince.

Even in defeat, dancing can be a good solution.

The Worlds, Not the End of the World

The Set Championship of Streets of New Capenna was the last chance for some players to get their ticket to the Worlds, and what can be laughter and happiness for some, is sadness for others.

One of the best players of all time, Paulo Vito Damo da Rosa, was left out of the Worlds, and expressed his dissatisfaction with WOTC and the entry system. “They’ve sent a message loud and clear and that is that they, for whatever reason, do not want people like me in the game”, said PVDDR.

Theis is PVDDR’s discharge, posted in his Twitter account (@PVDDR):

I think what bothers me the most in all of this isn’t not qualifying; I’ve not qualified for stuff before, it happens, you just have to try again next year and win more. What bothers me is the feeling that things were rigged against me from the start and the company has slowly been pushing people like me away.

First, Wotc just decided to assign 8 slots to challengers and 5 to leagues, resulting in a situation where several league players missed with 81 points (including myself), and challengers made it with 57. That’s eight fewer wins. If the slots were all at large, or if they were divided at least a little more evenly, I would have made it. There were players who played the exact same tournaments I did (so they have the same opportunities), did worse in all of them, and easily qualified, whereas I did not. Why did Wotc do this? Why did we have handicap for the World Championship of all tournaments? Why was finishing as the 2nd highest ranked person the previous year a negative and just a worse outcome for me than I had fallen out from the leagues altogether?

Then, there’s the Hall Of Fame. Not only were our lifetime invites revoked without explanation or compensation, they also instituted a rule where if you even try for a tournament, you can no longer use your invite. What is the point of this? Why is this rule so hostile to Hall of Famers? It’s just making life much worse for us and introducing a huge pain point for no reason.

Things like pandemic changes a focus away from e-sports, a recession, OP changes that don’t benefit me, these are all things I can live with because they feel like they are just part of life and this sort of stuff ebbs and flows. But when the company starts being hostile to me for no reason, what am I supposed to do? They literally made it arbitrarily harder for me to be part of the World Championship because I was successful in the previous year. They literally instituted a HoF rule whose only point is to make my life harder. At this point, it just feels too much to fight against. They’ve sent a message loud and clear and that is that they, for whatever reason, do not want people like me in the game. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, and maybe I will feel differently down the line, but right now I’m just very disheartened about what’s been happening.

Many Pro Players endorsed Paulo Vito and with the changes in tournaments and the return to in-person competition, it looks like the names that make up the pro scene could change drastically.

New digital Cards with Alchemy: New Capenna

Yes, yes, Alchemy still exists in Magic Arena and June 2 will see the arrival of the 30-card Alchemy: New Capenna set, that will be legal in the formats Alchemy and Historic.

The Wizards anticipated this Alchemy set brings a few differences from previous Alchemy releases:

  • The distribution of rarities in Alchemy: New Capenna has changed with more uncommons and fewer rares.
  • Alchemy cards get a fresh look to make the “A” for Alchemy visually distinct from the MTG Arena “A” logo.


Premier Draft New Capenna Alchemy: June 2–6

This special event, held through release weekend, gives players the opportunity to acquire Alchemy cards through drafting. Players draft three packs of Streets of New Capenna, but one common card in each pack is replaced with a card from Alchemy: New Capenna. This card can be any rarity, so some packs will have multiple rares.

Each draft pack contains one card from Alchemy: New Capenna.

55% of packs contain an uncommon card.

38.57% of packs contain a rare card.

6.43% of packs contain a mythic card.

Each rare appears twice as often as each mythic.

Premier Draft New Capenna Alchemy has the same entry and payouts as the familiar Premier Draft events and awards Alchemy: New Capenna packs. The usual Premier Draft New Capenna event will remain available throughout the weekend as well.

Alchemy: New Capenna packs will also now be awarded by Alchemy events, traditional Alchemy events, and the upcoming Alchemy Metagame Challenge for those who want to stick to Constructed play

Upcoming Tournaments

This weekend will be the $500 Cash GGtoor M:TG Arena Duel #13 (FREE!). The event will be Standard and has limited capacity, so hurry up and register at

Which deck will win the tournament? Will Hinata and Magma Opus dominate as they did in the Championship?

Please, if someone feels encouraged to play with land destruction, tell me in the comments down below!


This weekend also starts with the first Qualifier Weekend of the new competitive play structure in Magic Arena. Is a two-day event in which eligible players compete for invitations to the Arena Championship held in the fourth quarter of 2022.

May 28–29: Qualifier Weekend

Day 1: Streets of New Capenna Best-of-Three Phantom Sealed (cards not added to collection)

Day 2: Streets of New Capenna Best-of-Three Phantom Player Draft (cards not added to collection)

I will try to gain my invitation to the Arena Championship, so we will see each other in the field. Best of luck to all!

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading! You can join my streams at Bye!

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