Pioneer PTQ Top 8 results.


The first large tournament for the new format Pioneer recently took place on Magic Online. These are the results of the top 8.

TROLLINGSARUMAN- 1st (Simic Nexus)
STRONG SAD - 2nd (Mono G Devotion)
BARONVONFONZ - 3rd (4c Copycat)
VORG7 - 4th (4c Kethis)
VALORJ - 5th (UR Phoenix)
RAGINGTILTMONSTER - 6th (Mono G Ramp)
FEDERUSHER - 7th (UR Phoenix)
MENTALMISSTEP - 8th (4c Copycat)

We will look in depth on the decklists from the top 8 and how the decks work. If you like any of the decks discussed in this article you can buy all the singles you need at Mythicmtg.com and play Pioneer o n Thursday nights at 6:45.

SIMIC NEXUS (1st)
Planeswalkers (3)
1 Narset, Parter of Veils
2 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
Creatures (1)
1 Thing in the Ice
Sorceries (2)
2 Chart a Course
Instants (25)
1 Cyclonic Rift
4 Dig Through Time
4 Fog
4 Growth Spiral
4 Nexus of Fate
4 Opt
4 Supreme Will
Enchantments (6)
2 Search for Azcanta
4 Wilderness Reclamation
Lands (23)
3 Blast Zone
4 Breeding Pool
2 Castle Vantress
4 Fabled Passage
2 Forest
2 Hinterland Harbor
5 Island
1 Lumbering Falls
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
3 Thing in the Ice
2 Display of Dominance
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
1 Mystical Dispute
2 Negate
3 Tireless Tracker
3 Veil of Summer

As the name of the deck suggests, the goal of this deck is to get Nexus of Fate as soon as possible so you can take as many extra turns in a row as possible. Nexus of Fate was the box topper card from Core set 2019 that lets you take an extra turn, but unlike other extra turn spells that exile themselves afterwards, Nexus of Fate shuffles itself back into the library! Your gameplan with this deck is to dig through your whole deck with draw cards and planeswalkers like Tamiyo and Narset so you find Nexus of Fate as soon as possible. Wilderness Reclamation just helps by making sure all your lands untap at the end of the turn so you can do more things on your own turn. This deck's consistency makes it a huge threat in the format as we see it develop over the next few months.

MONO G DEVOTION (2nd)
Planeswalkers (6)
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World
2 Vivien, Arkbow Ranger
Creatures (22)
4 Burning-Tree Emissary
2 Courser of Kruphix
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Voracious Hydra
4 Walking Ballista
Instans (4)
4 Once Upon a Time
Enchantments (8)
4 Leyline of Abundance
4 Oath of Nissa
Lands (20)
1 Castle Garenbrig
15 Forest
4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1 Hornet Queen
4 Nylea's Disciple
1 Reclamation Sage
3 Scavenging Ooze
3 Shapers' Sanctuary
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
2 Whisperwood Elemental

Devotion is a mechanic that was introduced first in Theros that counts the amount of mana symbols of a chosen color in the casting cost of permanents you control. Therefore the goal of a devotion deck is to get as many mana symbols of one color as possible on the board to get big rewards. The goal of this deck is to play as much as ramp as possible with as much devotion as possible so Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx can tap for as much mana as possible to funnel it all into cards like Walking Ballista or Voracious hydra's X costs to make them as big as possible.

4C COPYCAT (3rd)
Planeswalker (11)
2 Oko, Thief of Crowns
4 Saheeli Rai
1 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
4 Teferi, Time Raveler
Creatures (12)
4 Felidar guardián
4 Gilded Goose
4 Rogue Refiner
Sorceries (4)
4 Attune with Aether
Instants (4)
4 Harnessed Lightning
Artifacts (2)
2 Heart of Kiran
Enchantments (6)
2 Oath of Chandra
4 Oath of Nissa
Lands (21)
4 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
2 Breeding Pool
2 Forest
1 Inspiring Vantage
1 Island
1 Mana Confluence
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Spirebluff Canal
1 Stomping Ground
2 Temple Garden
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
2 Arashin Cleric
1 Deafening Clarion
1 Dovin's Veto
2 Mystical Dispute
1 Nahiri, the Harbinger
2 Reflector Mage
2 Tireless Tracker
3 Veil of Summer

If you played standard when Aether Revolt was released the concept of this deck would be very familiar to you. Play Saheeli Rai and Felidar Guardian, use Felidar Guardian's etb effect to flicker Saheeli Rai, Use Saheeli Rai's -2 ability to copy the Felidar Gaurdian, rince and repeat until you have an army of cats with haste to swing for game.

4C KETHIS COMBO (4th)
Planeswalkers (7)
1 Jace, Wielder of Mysteries
2 Oko, Thief of Crowns
4 Teferi, Time Raveler
Creatures (19)
4 Diligent Excavator
4 Emry, Lurker of the Loch
4 Hope of Ghirapur
4 Kethis, the Hidden Hand
3 Lazav, the Multifarious
Instants (4)
4 Once Upon a Time
Artifacts (6)
4 Mox Amber
2 Terrarión
Enchantments (4)
4 Oath of Nissa
Lands (20)
4 Blooming Marsh
4 Botanical Sanctum
4 Hallowed Fountain
4 Mana Confluence
2 Temple Garden
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1 Oko, Thief of Crowns
2 Ashiok, Dream Render
1 Assassin's Trophy
3 Fatal Push
2 Narset, Parter of Veils
1 Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle
3 Thoughtseize
2 Urza's Ruinous Blast

This deck uses Diligent Excavator as a way to run out of cards in your own library so Jace, Wielder of Mysteries can win you the game with his static ability. Kethis lets you cast legendary cards from your grave which means you can cast Jace even if he gets discarded by Diligent Excavator. you can loop infinite historic cards by having 2 Mox Ambers in discard. Kethis would make them both castable from discard and then you keep casting both of them (while tapping them for mana) which triggers Diligent Excavator to mill yourself 2 each time you cast a Mox Amber!

UR PHEONIX (5th)
Creatures (10)
4 Arclight Phoenix
2 Merchant of the Vale
4 Thing in the Ice
Sorceries (10)
4 Chart a Course
2 Strategic Planning
4 Treasure Cruise
Instants (20)
4 Fiery Temper
4 Izzet Charm
4 Lightning Axe
4 Opt
4 Wild Slash
Lands (20)
4 Island
2 Mountain
4 Shivan Reef
4 Spirebluff Canal
4 Steam Vents
2 Sulfur Falls
60 Cartas
Sideboard (15)
2 Abrade
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Entrancing Melody
1 Fry
1 Hour of Devastation
1 Keranos, God of Storms
2 Mystical Dispute
1 Spell Pierce
2 Sweltering Suns
2 The Royal Scions

3 is the magic number in this Izzet Pheonix deck. The goal is to fill your grave with as many Arclight Pheonix as possible while also casting 3 instant or sorceries so those Arclight Pheonixes will come out of the graveyard attacking the same turn! A very aggressive deck that has plenty of removal to combat those pesky 3/3 elks .

MONO G RAMP (6th)
Planeswalkers (4)
4 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Creatures (16)
4 Arboreal Grazer
4 Elvish Rejuvenator
1 Emrakul, the Promised End
2 Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
4 Walking Ballista
Sorceries (8)
4 Hour of Promise
4 Nissa's Pilgrimage
Instants (4)
4 Once Upon a Time
Lands (28)
2 Blast Zone
1 Cascading Cataracts
4 Castle Garenbrig
2 Desert of the Indomitable
1 Field of Ruin
2 Field of the Dead
6 Forest
3 Hashep Oasis
1 Radiant Fountain
2 Sanctum of Ugin
1 Scavenger Grounds
3 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
4 Jaddi Offshoot
3 Return to Nature
3 Sorcerous Spyglass
2 Thought-Knot Seer
3 Veil of Summer

Do you like Eldrazi? Well the goal of this deck is to get as many lands on the board as possible as fast as possible in order to summon some the beings from the Blind Eternities to destroy your opponents. But if they don't want to help you in your battle there's always a Walking Ballista to put the mana into.

UR PHOENIX
(7th)
Planeswalkers (1)
1 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer
Creatures (9)
4 Arclight Phoenix
1 Merchant of the Vale
4 Thing in the Ice
Sorceries (10)
4 Chart a Course
2 Nagging Thoughts
4 Treasure Cruise
Instants (20)
4 Fiery Temper
4 Izzet Charm
4 Lightning Axe
4 Opt
4 Wild Slash
Lands (20)
4 Island
3 Mountain
1 Shivan Reef
4 Spirebluff Canal
4 Steam Vents
4 Sulfur Falls
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer
1 Aether Gust
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Firemind's Research
2 Fry
2 Mystical Dispute
2 Narset, Parter of Veils
3 Negate

Very similar to the list that got 5th place. The goal is the same, play a bunch of spells in one turn and swing with the Arclight Phoenixs you placed in your discard. It landing 2 spots in the top 8 shows that Izzet Phoenix is a solid archetype even in Pioneer.

4C COPYCAT (8th)
Planeswalkers (12)
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns
4 Saheeli Rai
4 Teferi, Time Raveler
Creatures (18)
1 Brazen Borrower
3 Elvish Mystic
4 Felidar Guardian
4 Gilded Goose
2 Llanowar Elves
2 Reflector Mage
2 Rogue Refiner
Instants (3)
1 Once Upon a Time
2 Wild Slash
Artifacts (2)
2 Heart of Kiran
Enchantments (4)
4 Oath of Nissa
Lands (21)
2 Aether Hub
4 Botanical Sanctum
4 Breeding Pool
4 Inspiring Vantage
1 Island
1 Mana Confluence
1 Stomping Ground
3 Temple Garden
1 Yavimaya Coast
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1 Declaration in Stone
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
1 Fry
2 Knight of Autumn
3 Mystical Dispute
2 Radiant Flames
2 Rest in Peace
1 Sorcerous Spyglass
2 Veil of Summer

The last list we are looking at in this article is similar to the other 4c Copycat deck that placed 3rd. Saheeli and Felidar Guardian are a match made in heaven that can win you your matches quickly and efficiently.