MTG Arena Mythic Championship VII Recap and Highlights

by in General | Dec, 9th 2019

MTG Arena’s Mythic Championship VII is officially over, and unfortunately, none of my picks made it to the Grand Finals. It was still an incredible series of matches over the last three days, and ultimately, one person had to win it all. What deck was it? Jeskai Fires? Simic Flash? Golgari Adventure?

No, it was none of these! Piotr “Kanister” Glogowski dominated every single match of his using Jund Sacrifice! This checks out; no matter what deck I’ve used in MTG Arena, once the Sacrifice decks start rolling in, I have serious problems. I know I’m not the only one.

Kanister Domination

Thanks to his victory in the Sapphire Division of the MPL’s Eldraine Split, Kanister started his tournament domination on Day 2, thanks to a Bye. He didn’t have to play through the Swiss Round of Day 1, with the other 60+ players.

One of the nice things about Double Elimination brackets, is you have a chance for redemption if you drop a set. The Upper (Winners) and Lower (Losers) brackets are different. The winner of losers goes on the finals against the winner of Winners, but it’s still hard for them. That “loser” must win two sets in order to take the crown.

Brad Nelson did his best against Javier Dominguez, but unfortunately, it was not to be. Dominguez had a Nissa, Who Shakes the World and a Hydroid Krasis. In this Simic Flash mirror match, Dominguez got moving first in the third game.

Brad Nelson climbed, scratched and clawed his way through the lower brackets in the MTG Arena Mythic Championship VII, showing the might of Simic Flash all the way. He dominated Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa in a commanding 2-0 win, where Glogowski himself put PVDDR down into the Lower Bracket.

Simic Flash is an incredibly strong deck since it only uses a handful of creatures, Nissa, and a literal island full of counterspells. It’s non-stop Quench Mystical Dispute and more.

MTG Arena Mythic Championship VII Grand Finals

I had high hopes for Brad Nelson proving the might of Simic Flash, thanks to game 1. Brad Nelson used Nissa, Who Shakes the World and some counterspells to stop Jund Sacrifice in its tracks as firmly as it possibly could. Glowgoski got baited hard at the end of Round 1. At the end of turn 3, he dropped a Nightpack Ambusher, but his real play was the Turn 4 Nissa.

By untapping the Breeding Pool, mana was open to stopping the Casualties of War. Casualties of War would have turned it around, letting Kanister destroy a land, artifact, enchantment, creature, and planeswalker.

However, this is not a good matchup for Simic Flash. There are so many low-cost spells that Kanister can get online before those counterspells start flowing. Need proof? Check out game 2! Gilded Goose, into Trail of Crumbs, and then a Duress! Gilded Goose gives a single Food Token, and Trail of Crumbs is an absurd card draw mechanic.

The one-cost Duress let Kanister look at Nelson’s hand, to pitch his Nissa into the grave. Sadly, Nelson had plenty of mana, but no options. Kanister, on the other hand, had what every Jund opponent seems to get against me early: Mayhem Devil. Nelson knew he had lost, so he conceded game 2.

Things are looking grim for our Simic Superhero. Nelson’s third game hand was too slow to deal with Kanister though. The counterplay would have been great, but it was slow. Kanister had his entire combo in one hand: Cauldron Familiar, Witch’s Oven, Trail of Crumbs, Gilded Goose. It doesn’t matter what Nelson can do on turn 3 if by then everything is on the board.

Nelson did get Nissa on the board on turn 5, but Swift End dealt with them, only temporarily. Nissa’s back, and better than ever! Thanks to Mayhem Devil and a lot of sacrificing, Nissa #2 would go the same way as the first: to the grave. It wasn’t much longer until Nelson realized there was no hope for the match up.

He roped (waited out the clock), all in good fun, and surrendered to Piotr Glogowski. Piotr “Kanister” Glowgowski showed the might of Jund, taking home $100,000 and a guaranteed spot for the MTG Worlds in Hawaii.

His one wish? To see KCI (Krark-Clan Ironworks) would be unbanned. Yeah, congrats friend, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one.

Jund Sacrifice: What It Does

I’ll be going into this deck soon enough, but here’s a brief synopsis on what makes Jund Sacrifice so darn strong. The whole point of the deck is to sacrifice and force your foe to take damage from this. The simplest combo in the deck is Cauldron Familiar, Witch’s Oven, and Mayhem Devil.

Witch’s Oven lets you sacrifice a creature to create a Food Token. Cauldron Familiar does 1 damage when it comes into play and gives you 1 life. You can sac a food token to bring it back into play. It’s important to note this because it’s not cast, it’s simply returned. So, you can’t stop this.

Mayhem Devil deals 1 damage anytime a player sacrifices a permanent. This includes your opponent sacrificing stuff! Having more of these out means you are obliterating someone without any real effort. Did they play a creature? Just keep pinging it down or use Murderous Rider’s “Swift End” Adventure to snuff it out.

Did your opponent play Jeskai Fires? Keep a Thrashing Brontodon to just kill that right away. I can’t tell you the number of times I didn’t draw a Fires, only to see it destroyed the very next turn because of stuff like this. This deck also heavily relies on Trail of Crumbs.

Trail of Crumbs gives you a Food Token when it comes into play. Whenever you sacrifice a Food, you can pay 1 colorless mana. If you8 do this, look at the top two cards of your library. Reveal a permanent and put it into your hand. The rest go back on the bottom of your deck. This makes it so darn easy to get exactly what you’re looking for.

Top 8: Final Thoughts

Okay, here’s the final top 8 for the Long Beach MTG Arena Mythic Championship VII.

  • 1st – Piotr Glowgowski: Jund Sacrifice
  • 2nd – Brad Nelson: SImic Flash
  • 3rd – Javier Dominguez: Simic Flash
  • 4th – Andrea Mengucci: Simic Ramp
  • 5th – Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa: Jeskai Fires
  • 6th – Seth Manfield: Simic Flash
  • 7th – Miguel da Cruz Simoes: Jund Sacrifice
  • 8th – Chris Kvartek: Golgari Aggro

The MTG Arena Mythic Championship VII was a fun weekend of MTG Arena, and there are a lot of fun stories that came out of it. However, while there were only 5 archetypes that made it to the end, there were so many different decks that showed up! The Meta is finally showing a sign of balance.

I do hope that this doesn’t wildly get thrown out of control with Theros: Beyond Death. Thankfully, I haven’t a card yet that is absolutely “play this or lose” just yet. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of MTG Arena, my friends.


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