RTS Season 2 Qualifier #3 [25 Players]
Announcement at The Mana Drain
25 players came out to celebrate May the 4th with us at 4th Tap Brewing. After five rounds, our top 4 looked eerily similar to the last event’s. Joseph Amaya put up a valiant fight with his Narset PO list, but ultimately couldn’t unseat the Michigan Madman Bryan Hockey, thus continuing his incredible personal streak and further solidifying PO as the best deck in the RtS meta.
War of the Spark entered the cardpool this weekend, and our players were eager to try it! Of 25 lists, we saw the following WAR appearances:
- Narset, Parter of Veils: 8 copies: Narset’s had the most Vintage buzz of all the new WAR cards, and put up respectable results. While she was most common in Xerox lists, she was used notably by finalist Joseph Amaya in his PO list. Out of 6 rounds, Joseph successfully Timetwistered with Narset 4 times!
- Karn, the Great Creator: 9 copies: Karn was our most popular WAR card this weekend, and was used in a variety of lists. Top 4 competitor Kai Schafroth included him in his White Eldrazi deck, along with a wishboard of cards like Mycosynth Lattice. Elsewhere, Karn was the basis of Raf Martinez’s 7th-place Planeswalker Control deck, alongside new Teferi.
- Saheeli, Sublime Artificer: 2 copies: Saheeli only showed up in one deck, but it was an important one. Bryan Hockey took down the event with his Saheeli PO list, and afterward said she was often better than Mentor.
- Teferi, Time Raveler: 4 copies: Teferi showed up exactly where you’d expect him, in controlling UWx lists.
- Bolas’s Citadel: 2 copies: While he didn’t put up great results, Curt Christian had a good time playing Bolas’s Citadel in place of Yawgmoth’s Bargain in his DPS list.
- Blast Zone: 1 copy: Manny Gonzalez added this to his lands deck. In Manny’s own words, “it was something that lands needed quite a bit, without having to go into blue. A recurring engineered explosives that also taps for mana.”
- Bryan Hockey - Paradoxical Outcome
- Joseph Amaya - Paradoxical Outcome
- Kai Schafroth – White Eldrazi
- Patrick Vincent - Ravager Shops
- James Damore – RUG Xerox
- Jeff Lubinski – Bant Survival
- Raf Martinez – Karn Control
- Eric Miller – GW Depths
- Shane Rice – DPS
- Nick Patniyot – Painter
- Jack Bellingrath – UWR Xerox
- Colten Glass – Punishing Oath
- Hugo Vargas – Ravager Shops (LIST MISSING)
- Tim Everett – UB NinjaStill
- Jacob Zernick – Paradoxical Outcome
- Stuart Ziarnik – White Eldrazi
- Rob Connolly – Moon Stompy
- Curt Christian – DPS
- Mike O’Malley – Bant Survival
- Chris Huckabee – UR Xerox
- Manny Gonzalez – Lands
- Eric Smothermon – Ravager Shops
- Alex Bosserman – Oath
- Ian Files – Blue Moon
- Brian Tweedy – UWR Xerox (LIST MISSING)