Andre Horta won Sunday’s SCG Tour Online Historic $5K Kaldheim Championship Qualifier #5 with Sultai Midrange.
Horta ran the table Sunday without losing a match, capping an 8-0 run through the Swiss with three more wins in the elimination rounds following a bye in the wildcard playoff round. Horta had to win a Sultai Midrange mirror in the quarterfinals against Masahide Moriyama, then took down Adam Snook on Rakdos Arcanist (Lurrus) in the semifinals to set up the final match against Bolun Zhang on Orzhov Auras (Lurrus). The last match went the distance, with Horta winning in three games, earning an invite to the Kaldheim Championship and $1,500.
Sultai Midrange was not only the most-played deck in the 219-person tournament at 46 copies, it was the most represented deck in the Top 12 as well, making up half of the decks in the elimination rounds. The Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath-based good stuff deck was joined by Four-Color Midrange as the third-most played deck at 28 copies, though only one made the Top 12. Goblins was No. 2 on the list at 34 pilots and zero representation in the Top 12.
Sacrifice decks of the Rakdos and Jund varieties are next up with 20 and 13 copies, respectively. The only other deck with double-digit numbers was Azorius Control at 13. If you group all the Paradox Engine decks together, there’d be 12 with eight Simic, two Sultai, and two Temur — all utilizing Jegantha, the Wellspring as a companion. Tooru Horie made the Top 8 with Sultai Paradox Engine, the best finish for the archetype.
- 4 Llanowar Elves
- 4 Emry, Lurker of the Loch
- 3 Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath
- 1 Jegantha, the Wellspring
- 4 Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy
The metagame breakdown for the event of decks with more than one pilot can be seen below.
|Simic Paradox Engine (Jegantha)||8|
|Azorius Auras (Lurrus)||6|
|Rakdos Arcanist (Lurrus)||5|
|Orzhov Auras (Lurrus)||2|
|Sultai Paradox Engine (Jegantha)||2|
|Temur Paradox Engine (Jegantha)||2|
View the Top 12 decklists.