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Stop Hinata?

Stop Hinata?

Is it possible to stop Hinata?

Hi everyone!
Standard is already in the mood for the end of the party, those last songs and the rotation sun will soon rise. But in this finale we still have a lot of action, so much so that this weekend we had 3 events to observe the development of the format. Counting two Standard Challenger and the $500 Cash GGtoor M:TG Arena Duel #14 we had in the top 3, 8 copies of Jeskai Hinata, which shows incredible dominance of a deck that won the SNC Championship and then evolved to become the best archetype of the format.

In the last few weeks this deck has made several results, generating two questions, one about a possible ban and the second if it is possible to stop this deck.

The first question is easy to answer. I expect zero bans on Standard. We have this format until September and the main Magic events in this period will be in other formats, taking away part of the weight that the metagame has. As much as Hinata, Dawn-Crowned stays after the rotation, she loses support from Goldspan Dragon and Magma Opus, so the deck will no longer exist, at least as we know it. Low format impact and resolving rotation is often Wizards of the Coast’s favorite formula not to mention bans and that seems to me to be the case.

About stopping the deck, today’s article is exactly about options for you who don’t want to cast Hinata every day until September.


Starting with the most aggressive options:

Mono Green, by orantspro

Deck (60)
Ascendant Packleader
Old-Growth Troll
Sculptor of Winter
Ulvenwald Oddity
Werewolf Pack Leader
Blizzard Brawl
Invoke the Ancients
Inscription of Abundance
Tamiyo’s Safekeeping
Esika’s Chariot
Ranger Class
Boseiju, Who Endures
Lair of the Hydra
19 Snow-Covered Forest
Sideboard (15)
Boseiju, Who Endures
Inscription of Abundance
Invoke the Ancients
Outland Liberator
Plummet
Reckoner Bankbuster
Snakeskin Veil

Mono White, by Hélio Sampaio

Deck (60)
Usher of the Fallen
Hopeful Initiate
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Intrepid Adversary
Luminarch Aspirant
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar
The Wandering Emperor
Legion Angel
Reidane, God of the Worthy
Cave of the Frost Dragon
Crawling Barrens
Valorous Stance
Elite Spellbinder
Portable Hole
Skyclave Apparition
16 Plains
Sideboard (15)
Guardian of Faith
Legion Angel
Valorous Stance
Skyclave Apparition
Brutal Cathar
March of Otherworldly Light
Portable Hole
The Wandering Emperor

Boros Aggro, by medvedev

Deck (60)
Bloodthirsty Adversary
Brutal Cathar
Hopeful Initiate
Luminarch Aspirant
Sunrise Cavalier
Thundering Raiju
Roil Eruption
Play with Fire
Valorous Stance
Kumano Faces Kakkazan
Cave of the Frost Dragon
Den of the Bugbear
Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
Mountain
Needleverge Pathway
Plains
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Sundown Pass
Sideboard (15)
Valorous Stance
Angelfire Ignition
Elite Spellbinder
Kami’s Flare
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

One of the symptoms of Jeskai Hinata’s dominance is that Naya Runas has become much weaker, Hinata’s ability greatly affects Naya’s speed and made room for some aggressive decks to appear, bringing cards like Thundering Raiju back to the menu. I really liked Hélio Sampaio’s list because it’s exactly what I expect from a Mono White for this metagame, giving up G1 removals to have a super game against Jeskai and if you get something more aggressive try to compensate on the side, since the deck has great tools to change your game and win with peace of mind. The great difficulty of playing aggro in this field is that we still have a lot of midranges, so every game should appear copies of global removals, apart from punctual removals, which are a response to Hinata, Dawn-Crowned, even with a lot of people using Ray of Enfeeblement of main, which is bad for Mono White. Still, there is room for those who want to do Thalia, Guardian of Thraben on 2 and Elite Spellbinder on 3.


Speaking of midranges, there are two that I like to talk about,Grixis and Jund.

Grixis Vampires, by Andres Monsalve

Deck (60)
The Meathook Massacre
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Clearwater Pathway
Ray of Enfeeblement
Infernal Grasp
Tenacious Underdog
Duress
Kaito Shizuki
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Hagra Mauling
Shipwreck Marsh
Riverglide Pathway
Bloodthirsty Adversary
Expressive Iteration
Blightstep Pathway
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
Evelyn, the Covetous
Haunted Ridge
Stormcarved Coast
Soul Transfer
Voltage Surge
Corpse Appraiser
Xander’s Lounge
Mountain
Swamp
Bloodtithe Harvester
Sideboard (15)
Disdainful Stroke
Go Blank
The Meathook Massacre
Ray of Enfeeblement
Make Disappear
Mind Flayer
Duress
Annul
Evelyn, the Covetous
Abrade
Lolth, Spider Queen

Jund, by Cabezadebolo

Deck (60)
Lolth, Spider Queen
Wrenn and Seven
Bloodtithe Harvester
Briarbridge Tracker
Valki, God of Lies
Duress
Infernal Grasp
Riveteers Charm
Unleash the Inferno
Voltage Surge
Esika’s Chariot
Reckoner Bankbuster
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
The Meathook Massacre
Blightstep Pathway
Boseiju, Who Endures
Cragcrown Pathway
Darkbore Pathway
Deathcap Glade
Den of the Bugbear
Haunted Ridge
Hive of the Eye Tyrant
Mountain
Rockfall Vale
Swamp
Takenuma, Abandoned Mire
Ziatora’s Proving Ground
Sideboard (15)
Duress
Reckoner Bankbuster
Riveteers Charm
The Meathook Massacre
Unleash the Inferno
Check for Traps
Graveyard Trespasser
Ray of Enfeeblement
Sorin the Mirthless
Workshop Warchief

I’ve talked about Grixis a few times here, and the deck is increasingly consolidating in the metagame, including being a great strategy for you who like to think about rotation. I really like how Grixis plays versus Jeskai because he can drown the opponent in card advantage and still has access to Disdainful Stroke, one of the best cards in the metagame right now. Jund is also good at card advantage, but his advantage is that Riveteers Charm doesn’t target the creature and can dribble several responses from Jeskai, having several copies of this card puts you a lot ahead against an opponent who always expects counters and protections will help.

Report by Andres with Grixis

https://www.tournamentmtg.com/ggtoor-tournament-report/


Finally, a control decklist that did well in the Standard Challenge.

izzet, CharlesWang

Deck (60)
Hullbreaker Horror
Wandering Mind
Burn Down the House
Expressive Iteration
Disdainful Stroke
Fading Hope
Flame-Blessed Bolt
Heated Debate
Jwari Disruption
Make Disappear
Negate
Prismari Command
Spell Pierce
Voltage Surge
Reckoner Bankbuster
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Field of Ruin
Hall of Storm Giants
Island
Mountain
Otawara, Soaring City
Riverglide Pathway
Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance
Stormcarved Coast
Sideboard (15)
Disdainful Stroke
Fading Hope
Heated Debate
Negate
Prismari Command
Abrade
Memory Deluge
Torch Breath
Unlicensed Hearse

Hullbreaker Horror is spectacular vs Jeskai, even more so on G1 where they have few ways to deal with him, on some lists none at all. I really like this Izzet approach where you crash the entire Jeskai game and the horror does the rest. Post side the deck improves the match even more and that’s why it’s one of the strategies I like the most for the current metagame. Some lists use Goldspan Dragon and I think it’s cool to speed up mana against Jeskai and then do Hullbreaker Horror early, but this more control focused list is pretty good too.

I think it’s important to make it clear that Jeskai Hinata is the best deck in the format and that’s not even open to discussion, but it’s also nice to point out that in Standard it’s possible to adapt your strategy to answer another one and have some really fun months of tournaments.

Until the next article!

Rudá

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