Patrick Fernandes won Sunday’s SCG Tour Online Historic $5K Kaldheim Championship Qualifier #6 with Rakdos Arcanist (Lurrus).
- 3 Young Pyromancer
- 4 Stitcher's Supplier
- 4 Dreadhorde Arcanist
- 4 Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger
- 2 Scourge of the Skyclaves
Fernandes crushed the competition this weekend, taking the title, earning an invite to the Kaldheim Championship and $1,500 without losing a match. Sultai and Four-Color Midrange accounted for more than a quarter of the field and Fernandes defeated the Uro-based midrange matchups in seven of his eleven matches played. Fernandes beat Jana Amari on Rakdos Sacrifice in the quarterfinals, Manuel Vera on Mono-Red Aggro in the semis, and Petros Tziotis on Sultai Midrange in the finals.
Rakdos Arcanist (Lurrus) was only the fourth-most played deck in the 234-person event, and Fernandes was the lone representative of the archetype in the elimination rounds. Three of the most popular decks — Goblins, Temur Paradox Engine, and Gruul Aggro — failed to make the Top 12. Seven of the Top 12 was some variant of Sultai or Four-Color Midrange or Jund/Rakdos Sacrifice. Notably, two of the three Bant Company decks in the tournament made the Top 12, where Nicholas DeMichele and Manuel Guspini played 74 of the same cards.
Bant Company was mostly an unknown strategy before this weekend, but DeMichele and Guspini put it on the map in a big way. The 34-creature deck tied together by Collected Company and an actually functioning mana-base in a non-fetchland format packs quite the punch. Deputy of Detention and Skyclave Apparition provides removal, Meddling Mage and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben provides disruption, and Glasspool Mimic gives you additional copies of whatever is the most important piece in the current match.
The metagame breakdown for decks with more than one pilot in the event can be seen below.
|Temur Paradox Engine||17|
|Simic Paradox Engine||3|
View the Top 12 decks.