Hey gang, DeckOfManyThings here again, and I had a chance to sit yesterday with Koma who went 3-1 with this stunning Azure Moon deck built to take on all comers.
Let’s look at the list:
Champion: Winter Moon
4 Azurefate Sorceress
11 Sapphire Shard
1 Sapper’s Charge
When I asked Koma about why he chose this deck specifically he told me that he felt it was good against the metagame, and would have several good matchups and very few matchups that were subpar. Although he didn’t specifically build to counter any specific matchup, Koma really thought that any of the competitors could be running Aggro decks. Thus, he did target his reserves towards beating Aggro, but it failed to show up at the Invitational.
Once he saw the deck lists, only two decks caused him concern, the first being Vazrael’s azurecannon deck, but he had great draws against him when he faced him in round one and won. However the second deck of dread was Cyriius’ Spiders deck, which came as a big surprise to see in the lists. Koma had tested against his own version of a Spider deck, but it was different enough to not give him confidence enough in beating Cyriius’ deck, and he was taken down almost predictably in the last round of the day.
Koma tested most against Diamond Wild, and a more traditionally gemmed version of Diamond Blood than showed up yesterday, which made it less predictable against his deck.
Of all the opponents’ decks he mostly correctly predicted what they would be bringing, with the exception of the lack of aggro. Out of nowhere came the Azurecannon and Spiders deck, however, which became his biggest concerns for the day.
Koma believes that running Reese, the Crustcrawler over Sight of Sun in the maindeck was probably his most key card for the day. Reese created a Tectonic Megahulk as well as a Mecha T-Hex which he was able to use to great effect and victories. In addition, increasing the shard base to 23 he felt was very important to his victories.
Koma wanted to throw credit for the deck’s inception to Havoc, for he popularized the original standard list that this deck was based on.