Magic: Born of the Gods Game Day at Florissant

The Florissant Fantasy Shop had 30 players show up for Born of the Gods Game Day on Saturday, March 1st. While there were a handful of "stock" decklists amongst the crowd, for the most part we have a lot of brewers and tweakers amongst our ranks. This was also the first time we've recorded "feature matches" here, which is something we'll be continuing to do for Saturday Afternoon Magic and other Magic events moving forward. After five rounds, here's how the Top 8 shook out: 
Florissant Fantasy Shop Born of the Gods Gameday, Top8 Decklists
1st: Aaron Graham, Boros Burns
4 Chandra's Phoenix 4 Lightning Strike 2 Sacred Foundry
4 Satyr Firedancer 4 Shock 4 Temple of Triumph
2 Guttersnipe 4 Magma Jet 2 Boros Guildgate
3 Young Pyromancer 3 Warleader's Helix 2 Temple of Malice
  3 Skullcrack 2 Temple of Silence
  4 Boros Charm 9 Mountain
  4 Searing Blood  
Sideboard
2 Oracle of Bones
3 Firedrinker Satyr
2 Boros Reckoner
3 Chained to the Rocks
1 Mizzium Mortars
1 Skullcrack
3 Toil/Trouble
It was just a month ago I heard Aaron saying he would never play Standard, that there weren't any decks he liked. However, he's always been a loyal soldier of the Boros Legion, and on a whim he looked up Boros Standard decks. He found an article by Brad Nelson, dropped the $35 Mutavaults from the list and replaced them with Guttersnipes and a Temple of Malice. Sometimes this deck just has a cascade of triggers that can wreck you opponent's face and board position! 
Aaron went 5-0 on the day. Here's his last, well-played match that earned him the playmat:
2nd: Dustin Ortiz, Green/Red Monsters

3 Boon Satyr 3 Mizzium Mortars 4 Stomping Grounds
2 Domri Rade 4 Shock 4 Temple of Abandon
2 Xenagos, the Reveler 4 Magma Jet 8 Forest
3 Courser of Kruphix 3 Warleader's Helix 7 Mountain
2 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed 3 Skullcrack 2 Temple of Silence
2 Xenagos, God of Revels 4 Boros Charm 9 Mountain
4 Sylvan Caryatid 4 Searing Blood  
4 Polukranos, World Eater    
4 Elvish Mystic    
4 Ghor-Clan Rampager    
4 Stormbreath Dragon    
Sideboard
3 Arbor Colossus
2 Witchstalker
3 Anger of the Gods
4 Mistcutter Hydra
3 Wild Ricochet
 
Green/Red Monsters put up very impressive numbers in the first couple weeks of Born of the Gods Standard, and Dustin's take on it delivered. Wild Ricochet is hilariously unexpected tech to bring in against Sphinx's Revelation decks. Courser of Kruphix worked very hard all day, and has excellent synergy with Domri Rade. 
Dustin played in two feature matches. Here's the first:
3rd: Rodger Moss, Blue/White Control
4 Detention Sphere 2 Aetherling 2 Mutavault
3 Render Silent 3 Jace, Architect of Thought 4 Hallowed Fountain
3 Azorius Charm 3 Elspeth, Sun's Champion 2 Azorius Guildgate
1 Elixir of Immortality   4 Temple of Enlightenment
4 Supreme Verdict   8 Islands
4 Sphinx's Revelation   6 Plains
2 Cyclonic Rift    
4 Dissolve    
1 Fated Retribution    
 

     
Sideboard
2 Swan Song
1 Fated Retribution
3 Revoke Existence
3 Fiendslayer Paladin
3 Blind Obedience
3 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Hey, at least this Blue/White Control deck has more win conditions than just boring your opponent to the point of scooping up the cards! All in all, it's pretty apparent Rodger just likes to say "no" to his opponents a lot, as can be seen in his first match of the day:
4th: Blake Brewer, Red/black Devotion
4 Ash Zealot 2 Mizzium Mortars 10 Mountain
4 Boros Reckoner 3 Dreadbore 4 Blood Crypt
4 Burning-Tree Emissary 2 Rakdos' Return 4 Temple of Malice
4 Fanatic of Mogis 2 Hammer of Purphoros 4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
4 Frostburn Weird   2 Rakdos Guildgate
4 Stormbreath Dragon    
2 Purphoros, God of the Forge    
     
Sideboard
2 Doom Blade
2 Dark Betrayal
1 Erebos, God of the Dead
1 Dreadbore
1 Hammer of Purphoros
1 Ultimate Price
1 Mizzium Mortars
1 Slaughter Games
1 Rakdos's Return
4 Thoughtseize
Blake splashed Black in his Red Devotion deck, for solid removal in the maindeck and even more in the sideboard. A Nykthos-fueled Rakdos's Return can end games in a hurry, especially after a big Fanatic of Mogis burn. 
5th: John Perks, Green/White Aggro

3 Soldier of the Pantheon 4 Advent of the Wurm 4 Temple Garden
3 Experiment One 2 Reap What Is Sown 4 Temple of Plenty
4 Fleecemane Lion 4 Selesnya Charm 7 Forest
4 Voice of Resurgence 2 Ajani, Caller of the Pride 7 Plains
4 Boon Satyr    
2 Brimaz, King of Oreskos    
4 Loxodon Smiter    
2 Trostani, Selesnya's Voice    
     
Sideboard
1 Archangel of Thune
3 Mistcutter Hydra
3 Skylasher
1 Pithing Needle
2 Unflinching Courage
2 Plummet
3 Revoke Existence
Green strategies lately in standard have been primarily dominated by Red monsters, while White-Weenie type strategies have seen success with the addition of Black and Blue. So it's nice to see an aggressive Selesnya strategy do well here! Certainly John's status as Store Manager didn't have anything to do with his success on GameDay. 
Joking aside, John's come a long way recently as a Magic player, and it's great to see him do so well! This deck is straighforward and aggressive, and seeks to beat down on every turn. You're doing something right when Advent of the Wurm is at the top of your curve. 
6th: Rob Weiman, Esper Seems Good (Gank You Very Much)

2 Blood Baron of Vizkopa 3 Sphinx's Revelation 4 Watery Grave
4 Nightveil Spectre 4 Detention Sphere 4 Temple of Deceit
2 Thassa, God of the Sea 4 Thoughtseize 4 Godless Shrine
  2 Far/Away 4 Hallowed Fountain
  4 Hero's Downfall 2 Temple of Silence
  4 Supreme Verdict 2 Temple of Enlightenment
  2 Elspeth, Sun's Champion 2 Island
  3 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver 1 Swamp
  3 Jace, Architect of Thought  
Sideboard
2 Last Breath
2 Revoke Existence
3 Pithing Needle
3 Bile Blight
2 Fated Retribution
3 Blind Obedience
Rob's always working on his Esper deck, and his familiarity with the tri-color shard showed throughout his games on Saturday. This deck in particular wants to play with its opponent's cards as much as possible, with the potent back-up plan of beating down with Blood Baron of Vizkopa or Elspeth soldiers. 
Here's his first feature match, round 4 against Dustin Ortiz.
7th: Kevin Freeman, Budget Rakdos Aggro

4 Rakdos Shred-Freak 4 Madcap Skills 8 Swamp
4 Gore-House Chainwalker 4 Gift of Orzhova 10 Mountain
4 Rakdos Cackler 4 Titan's Strength  
4 Spike Jester 4 Lightning Strike  
4 Tormented Hero 4 Dragon Mantle  
2 Akroan Crusader    
     
Sideboard
1 Dark Betrayal
4 Skullcrack
2 Toil/Trouble
3 Rakdos Charm
3 Doom Blade
2 Armed/Dangerous
Kevin Freeman is one of our Magic Judges here, but he got to play GameDay. He challenged himself to build a decent deck without any rare cards, and I can speak from a painful experience in round 4 in noting that this deck beats down very fast and very hard. 
8th: Jeremy Gram, Boros Burning Tokens

3 Young Pyromancer 4 Boros Charm 1 Sacred Foundry
4 Satyr Firedancer 3 Warleader's Helix 1 Temple of Triumph
2 Blaze Commando 2 Strionic Resonator 4 Boros Guildgate
2 Boros Reckoner 4 Searing Blood 11 Mountains
4 Purphoros, God of the Forge 4 Magma Jet 5 Plains
  4 Lightning Strike  
  2 Murder Investigation  
Sideboard
4 Spark Trooper
2 Peak Eruption
2 Revoke Existence
3 Skullcrack
2 Mizzium Mortars
2 Assemble the Legion
This is a very interesting take on Boros Burns, with an additional focus on making extra tokens with cards like Murder Investigation and Blaze Commando. Strionic Resonator seems like it would do a lot of work pretending to be a Doubling Season in this deck. Popping all those tokens is pretty gross with Purphoros on the board. 
All in all, Born of the Gods Game Day was a huge success for the Florissant Fantasy Shop. Congratulations to everyone who made the Top8! 
- Tommy Sullivan