Brewmaster Results – Week 4

The fans have spoken and Kenji’s “Dear Diary” deck, built around Tamiyo’s Journal, was the big winner. His combination of sweet synergy, enough power to win his match, and a heaping helping of showmanship (declining to attack with Tireless Tracker in order to “go off” and win with Ghirapur Aether Grid and clues) was rewarded with a lot of A+ votes.

Marshall’s valiant attempt at making Hedron Alignment work took second place points, which was enough to keep him in first place in the overall season standings.

Paul’s edge over Aaron was tiny – we had to go to the 3rd decimal point of weighted grades to sort out 3rd place, but it did go to Paul and you’d have to think his sideboard tech of including everyone’s card from the opening credits, plus his decision to kill the Professor with Prof’s own card (Malevolent Whispers) probably made the difference.

It was a great week overall, with a lot of creative decks, and this was by far the highest set of grades so far this season. You can see all this week’s decklists here.

Kenji Dear Diary A+
Marshall Hedron James – Da Real MVP A
Paul Life on the Grind A
Aaron Devil Went Down to Lorwyn A
LRR Izzet Brains A-
MTA Stop! Alhammarret Time! A-
Gaby … And I Cannot Lie A-
TGFB Mad As A Box of Frogs B
Prof Taking a Test … In Your Underwear B

Brewer’s Challenge Draft Results

After a round of nominations via Twitter, and then a vote to whittle the list down to 14, the players drafted the cards that they will be building around for this week’s show (in reverse standings order). Here are the results of the draft:

  1. The Girlfriend Bracket – Gitrog Monster
  2. Aaron Forsythe – The Great Aurora
  3. Marshall Sutcliffe – Hedron Alignment
  4. Magic the Amateuring – Alhammarret’s Archive
  5. Kenji Egashira – Tamiyo’s Journal
  6. LoadingReadyRun – Brain in a Jar
  7. Paul Cheon – Zada, Hedron Grinder
  8. The Professor – Startled Awake
  9. TMS Wedge – Clone Legion
  10. Gaby Spartz – Assault Formation

(Not drafted: Day’s Undoing, Harness the Storm, Sarkhan Unbroken, Felidar Sovereign)


Tribal Wars Format

Here are the precise details for the Tribal Wars format being used on Community Super League:

  1. 1/3 of each deck must be creature cards that share a type.
  2. 10 of your creature cards must be legal in Standard.
  3. The Legacy banned list is in effect.
  4. In addition, the following cards are banned: Umezawa’s Jitte, Glimpse of Nature, anything that hoses an entire tribe (like Engineered Plague), and anythign else that appears here:

In addition, Eldrazi were “soft banned.” In order words, we told folks not to play them unless they had a super-sweet take on them and could convince Athena that it wouldn’t be lame.

Of course, with this crew we needn’t have worried. When asked to draft tribes, most players elected for style over power and what we’ve actually wound up with is some sort of Island of Misfit Tribes, which should make for a great show!

Kenji Egashira – Scarecrow

The Girlfriend Bracket – Horror

Loading Ready Run – Constructs

Aaron Forsythe – Werewolves

TMS Wedge – Nightmares

The Professor – Merfolk

Marshall Sutcliffe – Elk

Magic The Amateuring – Hounds

Gaby Spartz – Scouts

Paul Cheon – Druids

We did make a couple of rulings that you may be interested in:

a) Nameless Inversion et al do not count toward the 1/3 of of your deck that must share a creature type. Only creature cards count.

b) Creature types on the back side of a double-faced card *do* count. (This is actually the only way Nightmares can get to 10 Standard-legal cards.)

c) The 10 cards from Standard means 10 total cards, not 10 different cards. (And we expressed a willingness to bend the rules to allow tribes with two Standard-legal cards to play 5 copies each, though no one took us up on it. Sorry Fungus fans.)

d) Marshall had his heart set on an Elk deck, and we didn’t exactly have power-level concerns about them, so for Elk (and only Elk) we decided the rule would be 10 cards from Standard with *pictures* of Elk on them.

Vote on next week’s format!

For the last several days on Twitter we’ve been taking suggestions for which Standard-legal cards you want to see players build around for next week’s “Brewer’s Challenge” format. We compiled the most nominated cards, cut Triskadecaphobia since it’s already been done (and brilliantly) by Gaby Spartz, cut a few cards that have already shown up in decks at the Pro Tour (like Demonic Pact), and now it’s up to you to make the final choices.

Click here and vote for your favorites

Note that you can vote for more than one card. We’ll take the top cards from this poll and then make the league members draft them (with last place getting first pick, etc.). Tune in next week to see what everyone came up with!