The “original” Torrential Gearhulk Masterpiece
The story so far…
Wait a second! Isn’t this supposed to be the uber beatdown format?
Hold on! You mean this isn’t the Standard where Dead Weight is better than Ruinous Path?
So like… Is Smuggler’s Copter not the best card, aggressive or no?
It turns out… Gifts Ungiven beat Umezawa’s Jitte (again).
Don’t Call it a Comeback
Smuggler’s Copter was good… But Gideon, Ally of Zendikar was great. One-upping (literally one-upping) Smuggler’s Copter in the Top 8, Gideon battled to the most populous position. In addition to supplementing the Copter beatdown decks (whether Boros or Mardu), Gideon contributed to Azorius and Jeskai midrange and / or control decks.
So… Gideon was great, but Torrential Gearhulk was best.
It turns out you can play any number of Torrential Gearhulk decks.
The finals included a Gearhulk mirror match between former World Champion Carlos Romao with Jeskai Control, and former Player of the Year Shota Yasooka with Grixis Control. Both control masters — Pro Tour Champions with B/U decks each — packed Torrential Gearhulk as the powerhouse finisher.
Carlos used a variety of spot removal and permission spells to fight aggressive opponents one-for-one early. These all made for solid Torrential Gearhulk targets.
Shota’s black splash allowed for two copies of Unlicensed Disintegration. In case you missed, Torrential Gearhulk is an artifact creature. Holy mondo combo
Batman Shota! Along with the Gearhulk’s big body, Unlicensed Disintegration helped set up a monster race position.
Both decks packed Radiant Flames and light Energy sub-themes to really punish the predicted attack decks.
… And the finalists weren’t even the only Gearhulk decks in the Top 8!
Find out more about this still-evolving Standard format, and the trends in both the incumbent attack decks and the rising control decks in “Torrential Gearhulk Masterpieces”: