To Begin With, Mythic Championship VI was “the most lopsided, the most homogeneous, Pro Tour in history”
Right before coverage started, Pro Tour Historian Emeritus Brian David-Marshall called up Mike.
He asked: “What was the percentage of Rebel decks at ‘Pro Tour Rebels’?”
“Pro Tour Rebels” was of course Pro Tour New York 2000… The first and last song of Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero in Masques Block; famous for an overwhelming representation by one archetype (the aforementioned “Rebels”)… Despite being won by a Mono-Blue Rising Waters deck.
To give you a frame of reference, Mythic Championship VI featured…
- Over 70% Oko, Thief of Crowns,
- Nearly that many Gilded Goose, and
- A whopping 75.76% Once Upon a Time!
The top decks were Simic Food, Sultai Food, and Bant Food. Differences among them were not super pronounced; but if you weren’t one of them… You mostly got trounced. For its part, Simic was first, second, and third in this tournament when the dust settled!
All eight decks in the Top 8 — including one dissenting Golgari build and one Selesnya — packed not only Once Upon a Time but Veil of Summer.
Mythic Championship VI was, as Patrick says, “the most lopsided, most homogeneous, Pro Tour in history.”
Despite the Best Mythic Championship VI Decks Being Known, the Format Managed to Break!
Now despite the convergence around the core Food strategy, largely topping up on Nissa, Who Shakes the World and Hydroid Krasis, a dissenting Food — rather Cat Food — deck emerged and distinguished itself.
Somehow, amidst a Caw-Blade like line in the sand at this Pro Tour, Sultai Sacrifice managed to perform even better than its cousins. Trading in a Cauldron Familiar + Witch’s Oven for the default top end, Sultai Sacrifice performed even better than the three main Food decks against other Food decks… And absolutely murdered everyone else.
Playing an important event this weekend? Patrick heartily recommends Sultai Sacrifice!
In Other News, Veil of Summer was Banned in Pioneer This Week…
Basically, we think this is great.
Permission was already terrible in Pioneer; and Veil of Summer made it even worse. It also sets a great precedent for Standard…
What’s Next for Standard After Mythic Championship VI?
Clearly, if we are looking for any kind of a playable, balanced, format at all, Oko, Thief of Crowns has got to go.
The question is… Will anything else?
There are a lot of heavily played cards in Standard… But most of them don’t deserve a ban. Gilded Goose is just a fun creature; banning it would make Standard worse. Nissa, Who Shakes the World is a perfectly balanced, fair — if powerful — card… That just happens to be in the same colors as these broken Throne of Eldraine spells. Wicked Wolf? Come on!
The cards that have to be banned are Oko, and…
Once Upon a Time is an option. Michael doesn’t think this is going to happen in Standard, but maybe Once Upon a Time will become a thing of the past in Pioneer.
Veil of Summer, though? It’s already been banned in Pioneer. Why not Standard? The rate on Veil of Summer is just too good. It’s a permission spell, and an anti-permission spell. It’s a cantrip Dispel… But more flexible. You can just burn it to draw a card! Perhaps least civil of all, think about the poor Thought Erasure people. Oftentimes they have to play Thought Erasure to fix their hands… And then Veil happens?
We won’t know entirely what will be banned in Standard until next week; but it sure is fun to speculate. Listen now (but make sure to check back next week!):