With Mythic Championship V this past weekend, we learned that Golos and Field of the Dead are beatable with the right deck. Congratulations to Javier Dominguez for bringing home the title with his Gruul Aggro deck designed to take down Golos, but 9 of the top 16 decks were Field of the Dead decks.

The key to Gruul Aggro was getting into play large threats that other decks could not deal with easily. Having so many creatures with haste made it possible to deploy an immediate threat that other decks did not have the removal needed to deal with them on the turn they enter the battlefield. Here is Javier’s deck.

JAVIER DOMINGUEZ – GRUUL AGGRO, Mythic Championship V 1st Place

Creature (28)
Pelt Collector
Zhur-Taa Goblin
Gruul Spellbreaker
Bonecrusher Giant
Skarrgan Hellkite
Questing Beast
Paradise Druid
Kraul Harpooner

Instant (7)
Once Upon a Time
Collision // Colossus

Artifact (2)
Embercleave

Land (23)
10 Forest
Mountain
Stomping Ground
Sideboard (15)
Veil of Summer
Shifting Ceratops
Thrashing Brontodon
Shock
Redcap Melee
Domri’s Ambush
Lovestruck Beast

The first indication that the field of players felt that nothing stood between Golos and victory was the make-up of the sixty-eight decks for the tournament. Earlier this week, the deck lists for the event went up on the Magic: The Gathering site. Of these decks, 42.7% were a Golos variant. While only one deck made it into the Top 8, the next eight finishers were Golos decks. Here is a look at the deck that Seth Manfield took into the event.

SETH MANFIELD – BANT GOLOS, Mythic Championship V

Planeswalker (2)
Teferi, Time Raveler

Creature (15)
Arboreal Grazer
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
Realm-Cloaked Giant
Beanstalk Giant
Hydroid Krasis
Agent of Treachery
Kenrith, the Returned King

Sorcery (6)
Circuitous Route
Time Wipe

Instant (8)
Growth Spiral
Once Upon a Time

Land (29)
Field of the Dead
Simic Guildgate
Plains
Blossoming Sands
Breeding Pool
Fabled Passage
Golgari Guildgate
Hallowed Fountain
Forest
Island
Selesnya Guildgate
Castle Vantress
Temple Garden
Temple of Mystery
Plaza of Harmony
Boros Guildgate
Thornwood Falls
Tranquil Cove
Azorius Guildgate
Temple of Malady
Sideboard (15)
Agent of Treachery
Ashiok, Dream Render
Mystical Dispute
Devout Decree
Deputy of Detention
Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves
Aether Gust
Veil of Summer

The next most popular deck at 16.2% was Simic Food/Midrange. This deck used Oko and Nissa along with Hydroid Krasis, Questing Beast, and Wicked Wolf to prey on aggro decks because of the decks ability to ramp into large creatures that can lock down aggro strategies. Plus, Wicked Wolf provided targeted removal for the deck that allows it to remove an opponent’s threat from the game.

One difference in some of the decks submitted and previous versions of the deck is the inclusion of Disdainful Stroke. This allowed the deck to deal with Golos, Time Wipe, and Realm-Cloaked Giant from the Field of Dead decks. The deck did very well at the tournament getting three versions of the deck into the Top 8. Below is Reid Duke’s Simic Midrange deck.

REID DUKE – SIMIC MIDRANGE/FOOD

Planeswalker (8)
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Creature (20)
Gilded Goose
Hydroid Krasis
Leafkin Druid
Questing Beast
Wicked Wolf
Maraleaf Pixie
Paradise Druid

Instant (8)
Once Upon a Time
Disdainful Stroke

Land (24)
10 Forest
Island
Breeding Pool
Temple of Mystery
Castle Garenbrig
Sideboard (15)
Aether Gust
Veil of Summer
Lovestruck Beast
Voracious Hydra
Mystical Dispute

The third most popular deck was Golgari Adventure with 8.8% of the field. This deck utilized the adventure mechanic to speed through the deck. Edgewell Innkeeper draws a card when a creature when an adventure is played. With top end creatures Questing Beast and Rankle, Master of Pranks, the deck plays quickly and generally efficiently giving it the ability to take down Golos, if it stumbles and still has the power to fight Simic Midrange. The inclusion of Vivien, Arkbow Ranger provides additional power to the deck because she can give +1/+1 counters and trample to creatures, offer the option to Rabid Bite a creature or planeswalker, and with her -5 ability to get a card from the sideboard. Below is Piotr Glogowski’s deck list.

PIOTR GLOGOWSKI – GOLGARI ADVENTURE

Planeswalker (5)
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger
Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Creature (26)
Murderous Rider
Order of Midnight
Questing Beast
Rankle, Master of Pranks
Foulmire Knight
Edgewall Innkeeper
Lovestruck Beast
Paradise Druid

Sorcery (4)
Find // Finality
Legion’s End

Artifact (1)
The Great Henge

Land (24)
Overgrown Tomb
Temple of Malady
Forest
Swamp
Fabled Passage
Sideboard (15)
Legion’s End
Noxious Grasp
Veil of Summer
Massacre Girl
Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage
Ashiok, Dream Render
Kraul Harpooner
Cavalier of Night
Thrashing Brontodon
Liliana, Dreadhorde General

The fourth largest entrant was Bamt Ramp with 7.4%. Cifka took this build to the Top 8. The deck is similar to the Simic Food decks in that it uses Oko and Nissa, but does not rely on creatures like Questing Beast to win the game. The key card in the deck was Deputy of Detention. Deputy can take out an entire zombie army or remove a key creature or planeswalker from play.

STANISLAV CIFKA – BANT RAMP

Planeswalker (10)
Teferi, Time Raveler
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Creature (18)
Gilded Goose
Arboreal Grazer
Hydroid Krasis
Deputy of Detention
Agent of Treachery
Paradise Druid

Instant (6)
Once Upon a Time
Growth Spiral

Land (26)
Forest
Island
Fabled Passage
Temple of Mystery
Temple Garden
Breeding Pool
Hallowed Fountain
Castle Vantress
Sideboard (15)
Wicked Wolf
Disdainful Stroke
Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves
Ashiok, Dream Render
Lovestruck Beast
Veil of Summer
Mass Manipulation

One of the surprise top performers of the event was Ken Yukuhiro’s Mardu Knight deck. The key to his success was getting Rotting Regisaur in to play and then attaching Embercleave to beat down his competition. Below is Ken’s deck.

Ken Yukuhiro – Mardu Knights

Creatures (28)
Fervent Champion
Acclaimed Contender
Rimrock Knight
Blacklance Paragon
Inspiring Veteran
Knight of the Ebon Legion
Rotting Regisaur

Artifacts (8)
Steelclaw Lance
Embercleave

Lands (24)
Mountain
Swamp
Blood Crypt
Sacred Foundry
Tournament Grounds
Godless Shrine
Sideboard (15)
Legion’s End
Chance for Glory
Noxious Grasp
Angrath’s Rampage

Finally, this morning Wizards of the Coast officially banned Field of the Dead. This decision will shake-up the top decks in the format. Based on the performance at Mythic Championship V, I expect that Simic Food will be a top deck in the format moving forward. Oko and Nissa make a powerful combination that will need to be dealt with for other decks to be rise to the top of the standard. It will be interesting to see if Gruul Aggro or Mardu Knights have the power to compete with Oko and friends.

Until next time. Good luck finding your win condition!