DeckOfManyThings here again, and Cyriius was kind enough to stop by between rounds 3 and 4 when he was 3-0 in the 100K tournament to talk about his spicy spider deck. He ended up going 4-0 on the day with a deck that not a lot of competitors were even expecting to see, much less go undefeated.
First up, the deck:
Champion: Zorzym of Korru
3 Exarch of the Egg
4 Arcane Focus
9 Blood Shard
4 Vampire Princess
Cyriius sat down with me and we had a look over his deck and was kind enough to answer my questions about his deck.
His decision to play the deck was a response to the current meta game. He saw it as a deck that was good against Mono Sapphire and Mono Blood, and feels it gets good value against Wild Sapphire and has some positive value against Wild Diamond in the format, which were all decks he expected he might see.
He built the deck with the intention of getting an edge over the control meta, which seems to have been the right call in the 100k where no Benvolio or Cressida was to be found. He wants games to go long where he has a chance to just outright win the game through spidering his opponent to death, something we saw on more than one occasion this weekend.
One matchup he didn’t want to face was against the Tetzot deck, but his early wins kept him from facing the dreaded matchup on day 1. We’ll have to see how day 2 shakes out tomorrow to see if the matchup comes to be or if one or the other players don’t make it past the draft portion.
Cyriius tested against everything in the meta, all the most played decks. Every version of Wild Sapphire, Mono Blood, and Blood Diamond imaginable and figured out that Blood was one of the best shards to play, but wanted to put a good shard around it as well, so Sapphire (and thus the spider archetype) became his weapon of choice.
Cyriuss was one of the players who correctly predicted there would be no aggro in the format, mostly because he was the player that others were predicting would be playing aggro if anyone was. This call turned out aces for Cyriius as many reserves packed anti-aggro tech that now lay fallow like Carnasaurus and Cluckadon.
Finally, I asked him about his reserves, and what his key cards there were. He mentioned that the second Rise Again was a key card in the Banks matchup, stealing away high-value Rutherford Banks targets before he can use his Champion power.
With this deck doing so well in day one, I for one am expecting to see a lot more spider decks in gauntlet for the next few weeks as the meta will surly sit up and take notice of hatching Terrorantula eggs.