Takahashi, Dimir Rogues (Lurrus), Wins Insight Esports Historic Open

Yuta Takahashi takes down the Insight Esports Historic Open with Dimir Rogues (Lurrus).

Soaring Thought-Thief, illustrated by Lie Setiawan

Yuta Takahashi won the Insight Esports Historic Open with Dimir Rogues (Lurrus) on Sunday.

The Rivals League member went 10-1 in the 181-person event, only dropping a single game in the Top 8. Takahashi breezed through the quarterfinals and semifinals with 2-0 wins over Gruul Aggro and Jeskai Control before defeating Francisco Sanchez on Selesnya Company in the finals 2-1.

Dimir Rogues (Lurrus) in Historic is a souped-up version of the Standard deck, benefiting from powerful cards injected into the format through non-Standard sets like Kaladesh Remastered (Fatal Push) and the Mystical Archive from Strixhaven (Inquisition of Kozilek, Brainstorm, and Memory Lapse). Not only did Takahashi win the event with Dimir Rogues, Christian Hauck also made the Top 8 with the deck.

Sanchez’s Selesnya Company list combines powerful and disruptive creatures with the efficiency of Collective Company to flood the battlefield on an opponent’s end step. The deck uses creatures like Archon of Emeria and Elite Spellbinder to slow down an opponent while beating down with large creatures like Lovestruck Beast and Kazandu Mammoth to enable cheap copies of The Great Henge.

Other decks to round out the Top 8 were two copies of Jeskai Control, and lone copies of Goblins, Temur Flash, and Gruul Aggro. Notably, both copies of Jeskai Control, including Kaldheim Championship winner Arne Huschenbeth’s version, played Magma Opus alongside Torrential Gearhulk, something highlighted in the Hooglandia Historic Open the day before.

View the Top 8 decklists.