After World Championships the Odyssey Block Constructed field seems more open than ever. Walking around the tables at today's event one can see everything from Soulcatcher's Aerie to basic mountain. There's plenty of surprises in store. However, there are a number of decks that have proven their worth, and are represented in greater numbers than others. Here's an abridged run-down.
The template for this monster that has taken OBC by storm is the English Standard deck "Deep Dog". The green Madness heavy-hitters are powered out by the enablers Wild Mongrel
. Aether Burst
and Circular Logic
keep the tempo game going. Wonder
lets the deck outrace the opponent. Careful Study
helps make sure cards end up in the zone they're supposed to. After that, the pattern breaks down. Do you run the powerhouse Phantom Centaur
? Will there be few enough Bursts that Elephant Guide
will be a wrecking ball? For that matter, how many Roars should you run? Envelop
and Krosan Reclamation
are popular choices out of the 'board.
When it works, it's like you've managed to sneak an extended deck into the tournament. With more mana and better spells than your opponent, Mono-Black tends to turn the unfairness up to eleven. Gary Wise ran this beast to a 6-0 at Sydney. Eight Edicts and the black Wrath handle any creatures that touch down. Mind Sludge exterminates the hand, while Diabolic Tutor, Skeletal Scrying and Tainted Pact churn through to business. Mirari, while absurdly powerful, has been deemed optional.
A surprise success at Worlds, Team Punisher's blue-white aggro deck ensured Tuomas Kotiranta his Top 8 spot, and, if not for misplaying his Spurnmage Advocate
s, Anton Jonsson would have joined him. Founded on Quiet Speculation
, it can either dig up Battle Screech
es to win in the air, Deep Analyses to outdraw the opponent, or tutor up a lone Prismatic Strands
to win a race. Divine Sacrament
beefs up the mob of efficient white creatures, and Spurnmage Advocate
singlehandedly wrecks blue-green. Oh, and let's not forget about Glory
Glory also shines in this powerhouse creature feature. Tireless Tribe teams up with Wild Mongrel to ensure quick Wurms and Rootwallas. The fat doesn't stop there, however, as Phantom Centaur and Anurid Brushhopper start hitting early and rarely stop. Elephant Guide and Krosan Reclamation round out the arsenal.
Dave Humpherys took this group of cards to a perfect day, earning himself a Top 8 berth. He chose to run only Mongoose and Werebear as his threshold creatures, leaving the Seton's Scouts to Raphael Levy. Careful Study and Mental Note pile high the graveyard to turn them on. Standstills compliment his one casting-cost army, as does Aether Burst. The ubiquitous Wild Mongrel, Basking Rootwalla and Wonder are here, too. Centaur Garden helps push through the final damage. The board is chocked with matchup-specific nightmares, like Squirrel Nest, Phantom Centaur and Envelop.
Blue-Green Quiet Speculation
The dedicated version of this deck was played by none other than Kai Budde, who ran it at Worlds to a respectable 5-1 finish on the day. Basking Rootwalla
and Wild Mongrel
stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Catalyst Stone
s, Quiet Speculation
, Roar of the Wurm
and Grizzly Fate
. Careful Study
and Mental Note
pack the graveyard while Envelop
runs defence. Deep Analysis
and Moment's Peace
are tutorable one-of's.
Contrast that design with Dario Minieri's 6-0 Speculation/Madness hybrid. It boasts most of the madness package, but makes room for a pair of Speculations, along with Acorn Harvest, Deep Analysis and Krosan Reclamation in case of emergency. Otherwise, they just dig up Roars for the win.