Getting ready for the Qualifier Weekend

Rapsolo
14/10/2022 · 12 min read

Qualifier entry & Play -in

Hello everyone! This weekend is the Qualifier Weekend event, which consists of two days of Standard best-of-three, against some of the best MTG Arena players.

Day one starts on Saturday, October 15th at 6am PT (13:00 UTC), right after the Qualifier Play-In. Seven wins gets you into the Day two event, which starts on Sunday, October 16th at 6am PT (13:00 UTC).

The entry window for Day one (Saturday) and Day two (Sunday) events is only two hours each day, from 6am to 8am (13:00 to 15:00 UTC), so stay tuned!

There's one last chance for anyone who wants to participate, with a best-of-three qualifier Play-In event that starts this Friday, October 14th at 6am PT (13:00 UTC) and runs until Saturday, October 15th at 3am PT (10:00 UTC).

What should I play?

At this point, your question is probably: Which deck should I trust to qualify me? The answer is simple: The one that you feel most comfortable playing with.

And that's because there are many alternatives, many powerful decks with the possibility of winning it all or miserably losing on turn 3, that's the beauty of the format right now! So why not bet on that deck that you've played the most with, that deck that makes you feel more comfortable and secure on the battlefield and that you enjoy playing the most.

 Esper, Jund, Orzhov, Grixis, Selesnya, Izzet, Mardu, Mono Black, Mono White, Gruul, Jeskai .... Which one do we choose?

Personally, I've chosen for you the ones that I consider pillars of this format and with which you are sure to get good results, but that does not mean that there are no other options, I simply choose the 3 that I consider the most solid after so many hours and so many games played since Dominaria came out.

So, here we go with my 3 choices!

(NOTE: These are lists from the weekend that have had good results in Challenge #12483148 - 09-Oct-2022, The Meathook Massacre is of course replaced)

Jund Midrange

Keep winning, keep fighting, keep being powerful.

This is how Jund is staying as a top choice in the current metagame. Titan of Industry, Unleash the Inferno, Soul of Windgrace, Fable of the mirror breaker, The Cruelty of Gix... no matter how much I look through the deck, I can't find a single bad card!

Jund Midrange. Builder: koko_lopez.MTGO - Magic Online
1st in MTGO Standard Challenge #12483148 09-Oct-2022
Maindeck (60)
Creature [19]
2  Graveyard Trespasser   $1.49
2  Tenacious Underdog   $2.29
2  Workshop Warchief   $0.35
2  Titan of Industry   $6.99
3  Soul of Windgrace   $2.29
4  Bloodtithe Harvester   $0.25
4  Fable of the Mirror-Breaker   $24.99
Artifact [2]
2  Reckoner Bankbuster   $4.49
Instant [8]
2  Cut Down   $0.59
3  Voltage Surge   $0.25
3  Unleash the Inferno   $0.35
Enchantment [5]
2  The Meathook Massacre   $49.99
3  The Cruelty of Gix   $1.49
Land [26]
1  Takenuma, Abandoned Mire   $7.49
2  Swamp   $0.01
2  Mountain   $0.01
2  Forest   $0.01
3  Sulfurous Springs   $3.49
4  Ziatora's Proving Ground   $8.49
4  Riveteers Overlook   $0.59
4  Karplusan Forest   $1.99
4  Deathcap Glade   $7.49

Sideboard [14]
1  Unleash the Inferno   $0.35
1  Cut Down   $0.59
1  Graveyard Trespasser   $1.49
2  Sheoldred, the Apocalypse   $69.99
2  Nemata, Primeval Warden   $0.35
2  Liliana of the Veil   $23.99
2  Reckoner Bankbuster   $4.49
3  Duress   $0.25
Buy this deck:

$378.32 Tix @cardhoarder   $9.46 / Week @cardhoarder   $441.54 @tcgplayer   $534.66 @cardkingdom  


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Esper Midrange

My favorite archetype is here!

Pressure with control. That's how I would define it, because it's going to curve your opponent until turn 3 and... and then everything else will be played at instant speed: The Wandering Emperor, Obscura Interceptor, Ertai and the counters.

Obscura Interceptor
0.01 Tix
$0.35
$0.3

All this combined allows us to keep the pressure on the board with our early threats while generating card advantage. All in all a fun deck to play with a nice mix of midrange and tempo components.

Esper Midrange. Builder: Mogged.MTGO - Magic Online
Top16 in MTGO Standard Challenge #12483148 09-Oct-2022
Maindeck (60)
Creature [14]
1  Ertai Resurrected   $0.35
2  Dennick, Pious Apprentice   $0.69
3  Obscura Interceptor   $0.35
4  Tenacious Underdog   $2.29
4  Raffine, Scheming Seer   $4.99
Instant [8]
1  Spell Pierce   $0.25
1  Negate   $0.25
2  Cut Down   $0.59
2  Infernal Grasp   $1.99
2  Make Disappear   $0.79
Enchantment [6]
2  The Meathook Massacre   $49.99
4  Wedding Announcement   $11.99
Planeswalker [5]
2  Kaito Shizuki   $4.99
3  The Wandering Emperor   $27.99
Land [27]
1  Island   $0.01
1  Takenuma, Abandoned Mire   $7.49
1  Swamp   $0.01
1  Plains   $0.01
1  Otawara, Soaring City   $17.99
1  Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire   $7.49
2  Adarkar Wastes   $3.99
3  Shattered Sanctum   $9.99
4  Shipwreck Marsh   $3.49
4  Raffine's Tower   $10.99
4  Deserted Beach   $8.99
4  Caves of Koilos   $0.49

Sideboard [15]
1  Temporary Lockdown   $1.29
1  Farewell   $9.99
1  Duress   $0.25
1  The Meathook Massacre   $49.99
1  Negate   $0.25
1  Cut Down   $0.59
1  Dennick, Pious Apprentice   $0.69
2  Liliana of the Veil   $23.99
2  Knockout Blow   $0.25
2  Disdainful Stroke   $0.25
2  Destroy Evil   $0.25
Buy this deck:

$184.84 Tix @cardhoarder   $4.62 / Week @cardhoarder   $480.44 @tcgplayer   $560.35 @cardkingdom  


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Grixis Midrange

I think Grixis is the best deck right now. It's the one that most adapts to the current metagame. There have been many notable changes in it in recent weeks. Sol’kanar is no longer played, and Bloodtithe Harvester has been cut because it is hard to play them on turn 2 with the current mana base.

It has become a more controlling and oppressive deck in the late game with the Invoke / Sheoldred and it has also added Jaya to mix to fight the midrange decks.

A complex deck to play but rewarding to the player if he knows how to get the most out of it.

Grixis Midrange. Builder: McWinSauce.MTGO - Magic Online
Top8 in MTGO Standard Challenge #12483148 09-Oct-2022
Maindeck (60)
Creature [7]
1  Graveyard Trespasser   $1.49
2  Sheoldred, the Apocalypse   $69.99
4  Fable of the Mirror-Breaker   $24.99
Artifact [4]
1  The Celestus   $1.49
3  Reckoner Bankbuster   $4.49
Instant [14]
2  Cut Down   $0.59
2  Abrade   $0.25
3  Siphon Insight   $0.35
3  Infernal Grasp   $1.99
4  Make Disappear   $0.79
Sorcery [4]
1  Soul Transfer   $0.35
3  Invoke Despair   $0.79
Enchantment [2]
2  The Meathook Massacre   $49.99
Planeswalker [3]
1  Jaya, Fiery Negotiator   $1.99
2  Sorin the Mirthless   $14.99
Land [26]
1  Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance   $3.99
1  Otawara, Soaring City   $17.99
1  Takenuma, Abandoned Mire   $7.49
2  Swamp   $0.01
2  Stormcarved Coast   $17.99
3  Shivan Reef   $1.29
4  Shipwreck Marsh   $3.49
4  Haunted Ridge   $13.99
4  Sulfurous Springs   $3.49
4  Xander's Lounge   $12.99

Sideboard [15]
1  Reckoner Bankbuster   $4.49
1  Cut Down   $0.59
1  The Meathook Massacre   $49.99
1  Hullbreaker Horror   $3.49
2  Disdainful Stroke   $0.25
2  Abrade   $0.25
2  Negate   $0.25
2  Structural Assault   $0.35
3  Duress   $0.25
Buy this deck:

$452.05 Tix @cardhoarder   $11.30 / Week @cardhoarder   $520.58 @tcgplayer   $666.81 @cardkingdom  


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We can expect to see a resurgence in Selesnya Enchantments decks in the absence of The Meathook Massacre. This was something that was to be expected, along with an Esper Legends deck full of creatures. It is also worth considering that Rakdos Midrange would be now in a good position, as they can ensure that their turn two drops and Fable of the Mirror Breaker will stay on the table for longer.

Good luck to everyone in this weekend's Qualifier weekend and go for it all!

We'll see you in the next article next week, summarizing the classified decks of this weekend.

If you liked this article maybe you will also find interesting on of the following ones 3 Best Dominaria Standard Decks You Should Know, Discovering Vintage: Key archetypes and strategies, Top Standard decks after the first week since Dominaria release, The Brother's War Standard Meta Guide

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Rapsolo
Always competitive never friendly
My name is Rapsolo. I'm a content creator on Twitch, I organize tournaments and I play Standard most of the time on Mtg Arena and MTGO.

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