February 25 Weekly Recap

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Every new week at Kingslayer Games means a new week of grinding points and a new week of competition. Every Monday we will review the previous week and spotlight one or more decks.

Going forward, Standings will be updated at blog.kingslayergames.com/standings-season-2 three times a week at minimum, on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

If you go undefeated at an event, let a Staff member know and they can take a picture of your decklist for the recap.


Standings have been updated. You can find them at blog.kingslayergames.com/standings-season-2 or in the Invitational Standings tab above.

Magic Fest Los Angeles is this weekend, so we’ll be focusing on Modern this week as the date nears, but tomorrow we have our IQ #1 Recap releasing at Noon. With a full metagame breakdown, decklists and standings, I’ll be recapping all of the interesting points of this unique format, as well as providing a play-by-play story of the event. If you missed all the action or just want to relive this unique event, you can check out coverage at twitch.tv/kingslayermtg.


Monday Standard

It was Erick Ortega’s turn to reclaim the top of the tournament, as his Nexus of Gates deck stood unopposed after three rounds.

Player Deck Record Points
Erick Ortega Nexus of Gates 3-0 3
Jacob Cook Sultai 2-1 2
Thien Phung Temur Monsters 2-1 2
Alexander Schremp Unknown 2-1 2

Monday Legacy

Martin Mackey and Brandon Groshong split the finals of Legacy, but we’ve featured Martin’s decklist this week. Last week we showcased the unique power of UW Delver Blade, but this week we’re showing off an updated take on an old staple — Martin Mackey’s Fish. Rife with recent Standard cards, everyone’s favorite deepsea tribe has gotten many powerful upgrades in recent memory. Check it out in the section below for some of the most unique creatures in Legacy.

Player Deck Record Points
Brandon Groshong UW Delver Blade 2-0-1 2
Martin Mackey Fish 2-0-1 2
Pat Pearce Miracles 2-1 2
Carlos Hernandez DnT 2-1 2

Midweek Standard

Kevin Morris’ innovative take on Esper control dispatched the aggressive field on his way to an undefeated finish.

Player Deck Record Points
Kevin Morris Esper Midrange 4-0 4
Jason Jahromi Boros Aggro 3-1 3
Leonard Rillaraza Mono Blue 3-1 3
Anthony Garcia Simic Nexus 3-1 3
Thien Phung Temur Monsters 3-1 3

Thursday Modern

Martin stitched together a timely win against Levi in the finals in three games. Martin’s deck is our Featured Modern Decklist this week, and it is full of spice. Check it out in the section below.

Player Deck Record Points
Martin Mackey Jeskai Ascendancy 4-0 4
Levi Hosler Burn 3-1 3
Dylan Feeman Izzet Phoenix 3-1 3
Thien Phung Titanshift 3-1 3
Eric Van Nieuwenhuyzen Whir Prison 3-1 3
Anthony Garcia Amulet Titan 3-1 3
Connor Whitten Izzet Phoenix 3-1 3

Friday Modern

Phillip Vu championed past Dylan’s Phoenixes in the finals, snagging a 4-0 finish for himself and some important Championship Points.

Player Deck Record Points
Phillip Vu Humans 4-0 4
Andrew Goodwin Burn 3-1 3
Scott Li Mono Red Phoenix 3-1 3
Dylan Feeman Izzet Phoenix 3-1 3
Kyle Miller Temur Scapeshift 3-1 3

Friday Draft Winners

Player Deck Record Points
Kurtis Roberts Temur 3-0 3
Greg Purpura Gates 3-0 3

Friday Standard

With a low to the ground curve backed by powerful sideboard options, Jimmy took down FNM with a Mardu Aggro variant utilizing Hero of Precinct One and Judith to outrace other aggressive decks. Six different decks made up the winner’s bracket, resulting in a surprising amount of diversity this late in a Standard season.

Player Deck Record Points
Jimmy Nguyen Mardu Aggro 4-0 4
Kevin Morris Naya Midrange 3-1 3
Shiyun Yang Gates 3-1 3
Max Curd Jund Deathwhirler 3-1 3
Leonard Rilloraza Mono Blue 3-1 3
Davey Oberlin Sultai 3-1 3

Standard Showdown

In a storm of games, Brian Schmitzer returned to Standard with a flawless finish in Standard Showdown. A diverse field showed up, and the climate was such that any sort of aggressive strategy could find success.

Player Deck Record Points
Brian Schmitzer Mono Blue 4-0 4
Erik Dowling Gruul Aggro 3-1 3
Jason Jahromi Boros Aggro 3-1 3
Jesse Brizuela Selesnya Tokens 3-1 3
Joshua Tenny Mono Red 3-1 3

Sunday Team Standard IQ #1

No Standard Featured Decklist this week due to the Team Standard IQ. I’ll be providing an in-depth look with our IQ #1 Recap from a coverage and team captain perspective. Tune in at Noon tomorrow for the full breakdown of the IQ including metagame charts, decklists, final standings, and play-by-play.


Legacy Featured Decklist — Martin Mackey’s Fish

Legacy Recap

Modern Featured Decklist — Martin Mackey’s Jeskai Ascendancy

Thursday Modern

Thanks for reading this week’s Recap. We’ve posted the Invitational Qualified #1 Recap as well. Magic Fest Los Angeles is this weekend, which means I’ll be discussing the State of Modern and the decks to prepare for heading into the weekend.

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