This past Saturday, Win Condition Games hosted our monthly Star City Games IQ. Thirty-nine players faced off in February’s Pioneer event. After six Swiss rounds, eight players remainder to battle for a spot at the next Star City Games Invitational. The Top 8 features two Thassa’s Inverter, two Mono-Red, Bant Spirits, Selesnya Hexproof Auras, Lotus Breach, and Izzet Ensoul decks. After two more rounds, Anthony Sherman (Izzet Ensoul) and Josh Hand (Lotus Breach) faced-off in the finals. Sherman defeated Hand to take home the first ticket to the Star City Games 2020 Season One Invitational in June.

A few quick take a ways from the event. Mystical Dispute was the most popular sideboard card with five of the Top 8 decks playing the card. The popularity of Thassa’s Inverter continued with two decks finding their way into the Top 8. Mono-Red continues to be a solid deck choice with two slightly different versions of the deck making it into the Top 8. The most interesting of the decks in the Top 8 was Selesyna Hexproof Auras. I had to dig to the bottom of the deck list on mtgdecks.net to find any reference of it. This deck took many of the best low-cost enchantments in the format and selected hexproof creatures to attach them too. The deck performed well and it will be interesting to see if it continues to perform well at other events.

Below are the Top 8 decks.

Izzet Ensoul, Anthony Sherman, 1st Place Star City Games IQ, Kennesaw, February 2020

CREATURES (22) (22)
Animating Faerie
Bomat Courier
Gingerbrute
Hangarback Walker
Skilled Animator
Steel Overseer
Stonecoil Serpent

ARTIFACTS (4) (4)
Ghostfire Blade

ENCHANTMENTS (4) (4)
Ensoul Artifact

INSTANTS (8) (8)
Shrapnel Blast
Stubborn Denial
Wild Slash

LANDS (22) (22)
Spire of Industry
Spirebluff Canal
Mountain
Mutavault
Island
Darksteel Citadel
Shivan Reef
Steam Vents

SIDEBOARD (15) (15)
Mystical Dispute
Grafdigger’s Cage
Tormod’s Crypt
Metallic Rebuke
Damping Sphere
Wild Slash
The Antiquities War
Mizzium Skin
Wear / Tear
Stubborn Denial

Lotus Breach, Josh Hand, 2nd Place Star City Games IQ, Kennesaw, February 2020

CREATURES (15) (15)
Arboreal Grazer
Fae of Wishes
Satyr Wayfinder
Thassa’s Oracle
Vizier of Tumbling Sands

ARTIFACTS (4) (4)
Lotus Bloom

ENCHANTMENTS (3) (3)
Underworld Breach

INSTANTS (3) (3)
Blink of an Eye
Dig Through Time
Expansion / Explosion

SORCERIES (16) (16)
Hidden Strings
Strategic Planning
Sylvan Scrying
Pore Over the Pages

LANDS (19) (19)
Forest
Botanical Sanctum
Breeding Pool
Blast Zone
Temple of Mystery
Thespian’s Stage
Yavimaya Coast

SIDEBOARD (15) (15)
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Lost Legacy
Hour of Devastation
Mystical Dispute
Thought Distortion
Underworld Breach
Anger of the Gods
Emrakul, the Promised End
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries
Return to Nature
Alpine Moon
Tome Scour

Thassa’s Inverter Combo, James Hames, 3rd Place Star City Games IQ, Kennesaw, February 2020

CREATURES (8) (8)
Inverter of Truth
Thassa’s Oracle

PLANESWALKERS (4) (4)
Narset, Parter of Veils
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

ENCHANTMENTS (1) (1)
Omen of the Sea

INSTANTS (15) (15)
Dig Through Time
Drown in the Loch
Fatal Push
Hero’s Downfall
Opt

SORCERIES (7) (7)
Thoughtseize
Thought Erasure

LANDS (25) (25)
Swamp
Drowned Catacomb
Choked Estuary
Watery Grave
Island
Fetid Pools
Fabled Passage
Ipnu Rivulet
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

SIDEBOARD (15) (15)
Cast Down
Cry of the Carnarium
Hero’s Downfall
Pack Rat
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Damping Sphere
Mystical Dispute

Bant Spirits, Matthew Wright, 4th Place Star City Games IQ, Kennesaw, February 2020

CREATURES (32) (32)
Rattlechains
Selfless Spirit
Nebelgast Herald
Spell Queller
Supreme Phantom
Mausoleum Wanderer
Empyrean Eagle
Spectral Sailor

INSTANTS (4) (4)
Collected Company

LANDS (24) (24)
Breeding Pool
Island
Botanical Sanctum
Glacial Fortress
Hallowed Fountain
Plains
Temple Garden

SIDEBOARD (15) (15)
Mystical Dispute
Remorseful Cleric
Brazen Borrower
Settle the Wreckage
Archangel Avacyn
Deputy of Detention
Reflector Mage
Permeating Mass

Mono- Red, Josh Robinson, 5th Place Star City Games IQ, Kennesaw, February 2020

CREATURES (28) (28)
Monastery Swiftspear
Zurgo Bellstriker
Rampaging Ferocidon
Bonecrusher Giant
Thought-Knot Seer
Eldrazi Obligator
Soul-Scar Mage
Kari Zev, Skyship Raider

INSTANTS (8) (8)
Shock
Lightning Strike

LANDS (24) (24)
Battlefield Forge
12 Mountain
Mutavault
Ramunap Ruins

SIDEBOARD (15) (15)
Lava Coil
Eldrazi Obligator
Alpine Moon
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Damping Sphere
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Abrade

Thassa’s Inverter Combo, Logan Gunnin, 6thPlace Star City Games IQ, Kennesaw, February 2020

CREATURES (8) (8)
Inverter of Truth
Thassa’s Oracle

PLANESWALKERS (3) (3)
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

ENCHANTMENTS (2) (2)
Omen of the Sea

INSTANTS (18) (18)
Censor
Sinister Sabotage
Hero’s Downfall
Opt
Dig Through Time
Fatal Push

SORCERIES (5) (5)
Languish
Thoughtseize

LANDS (24) (24)
Sunken Hollow
Drowned Catacomb
Fetid Pools
Swamp
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Island
Watery Grave
Fabled Passage

SIDEBOARD (15) (15)
Collective Brutality
Languish
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Noxious Grasp
Coax from the Blind Eternities
Torrential Gearhulk
Mystical Dispute
The Scarab God

Mono Red, Steven Page, 7th Place Star City Games IQ, Kennesaw, February 2020

CREATURES (24) (24)
Bonecrusher Giant
Torbran, Thane of Red Fell
Soul-Scar Mage
Goblin Rabblemaster
Rekindling Phoenix
Glorybringer
Goblin Chainwhirler
Kari Zev, Skyship Raider

PLANESWALKERS (2) (2)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance

ARTIFACTS (1) (1)
Embercleave

INSTANTS (8) (8)
Lightning Strike
Wild Slash

LANDS (25) (25)
Castle Embereth
Mutavault
Ramunap Ruins
17 Mountain

SIDEBOARD (15) (15)
Tormod’s Crypt
Fry
Lava Coil
Scab-Clan Berserker
Chandra’s Defeat
Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Selesnya Hexproof Auras, Daniel Bavani, 8th Place Star City Games IQ, Kennesaw, February 2020

CREATURES (15) (15)
Adanto Vanguard
Bassara Tower Archer
Sram, Senior Edificer
Gladecover Scout

ARTIFACTS (2) (2)
Shadowspear

ENCHANTMENTS (20) (20)
All That Glitters
Ethereal Armor
Sentinel’s Eyes
Unflinching Courage
Gryff’s Boon

INSTANTS (3) (3)
Karametra’s Blessing

LANDS (20) (20)
Mana Confluence
Plains
Forest
Sunpetal Grove
Temple Garden

SIDEBOARD (15) (15)
Gideon of the Trials
Deafening Silence
Natural State
Leyline of Sanctity
Witchstalker
Rest in Peace
Warbriar Blessing

Until next time, good luck finding your win condition!