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Feature: National Team Metagame Breakdown

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Saturday morning saw the conclusion of the four National Team rounds here at the 2011 World Championships. Here's a look at how the field broke down across the Standard, Modern, and Legacy metagames.

In Standard, we saw that the top five archetypes from the team events were the same five archetypes from the Standard rounds at Worlds. Green-white Tokens, Wolf Run Ramp, Illusions Mono Red and Solar Flare remained the favorites.

In the post-banning Modern we still saw some familiar decks. The top two archetypes, Zoo and Splinter Twin, were the two highest finishers from Pro Tour Philadelphia. Affinity and Blue-red Storm decks came in at third and fourth, both which also made appearances on that same Sunday in Philadelphia.

The breakdown of the Legacy decks showed the least diversity as two of the thirteen archetypes comprised of more than 65% of the field. Stoneforge Mystic decks led that charge once again proving the power of the turn-three Batterskull. The recently revived RUG Fish lists showed what happens when you combine the large number of inexpensive instants and sorceries that Legacy has to offer with Delver of Secrets, Grim Lavamancer and Tarmogoyf.

Standard Number %   Modern Number %   Legacy Number %
GW Tokens 8 19.51%   Zoo 9 21.95%   RUG 13 31.71%
Wolf Run 6 14.63%   Splinter Twin 8 19.51%   UW Stoneforge 14 34.15%
Illusions 5 12.20%   Affinity 5 12.20%   Ad Nauseam 2 4.88%
Mono Red 5 12.20%   UR Storm 3 7.32%   Dredge 2 4.88%
Solar Flare 3 7.32%   GB Death Cloud 2 4.88%   Maverick 2 4.88%
UB Control 3 7.32%   Jund 2 4.88%   BUG 1 2.44%
UW Control 3 7.32%   4c Green 1 2.44%   Doomsday 1 2.44%
Tempered Steel 2 4.88%   Ad Nauseam 1 2.44%   Elves 1 2.44%
UW Humans 2 4.88%   Burn 1 2.44%   Goblins 1 2.44%
UW Tokens 2 4.88%   Doran 1 2.44%   High Tide 1 2.44%
Esper Control 1 2.44%   Eggs 1 2.44%   Lands 1 2.44%
UR Delver 1 2.44%   GB Small Pox 1 2.44%   Merfolk 1 2.44%
        Gifts Ungiven 1 2.44%   Show and Tell 1 2.44%
        Grixis Control 1 2.44%        
        Melira Combo 1 2.44%        
        Mono Black Infect 1 2.44%        
        UB Control 1 2.44%        
        UW Control 1 2.44%        
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