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Decklists and impressions from the first Pioneer Challenge

The results of the first Pioneer Championship

The results of the first official Pioneer championship is here now. Sunday, Wizards of the Coast published all the decklists from our [link](https://cardsrealm.com/tourners/official/pioneer/2019-10-27/pioneer-challenge)(first Pioneer Challenge). There were 32 decklists. What did we see? *TOP 10 most played cards in Pioneer Challenge* (without counting basic lands) 1. [card](Oath of Nissa) (43 copies) 2. [card](Botanical Sanctum) (40 copies) 3. [card](Veil of Summer) (40 copies) 4. [card](Breeding Pool) (39 copies) 5. [card](Saheeli Rai) (36 copies) 6. [card](Felidar Guardian) (36 copies) 7. [card](Oko, Thief of Crowns) (35 copies) 8. [card](Llanowar Elves) (34 copies) 9. [card](Elvish Mystic) (32 copies) 10. [card](Teferi, Time Raveler) (32 copies) This Top 10 cards most played represents most of the cards played in "Saheeli Cat" deck. The deck was the big bet in this tournament. *METAGAME* 1. Saheeli Cat - 9 copies (27%) 2. Sultai Midrange - 5 copies (17%) 3. UG Okrasis - 3 copies (10%) 4. UR Phoenix - 3 copies (10%) 5. Burn - 2 copies (6%) 6. Mono-green Stompy - 2 copies (3%) 7. Mono-black vampires - 1 copy (3%) 8. UW control - 1 copy (3%) 9. Mono-u Devotion - 1 copy (3%) 10. GB Midrange - 1 copy (3%) 11. White Winnie - 1 copy (3%) 12. Boros Feather - 1 copy (3%) 13. Auras Hexproof - 1 copy (3%) 14. Bant Company - 1 copy (3%) *TOP 5 DECKLISTS* 1º place - Sultai Midrange [deck](17426) 2º place - UR Phoenix [deck](17427) 3º place - Sultai Midrange [deck](17428) 4º place - Mono-u Devotion [deck](17429) 5º place - Saheeli Cat [deck](17430) *IS SAHEELI DOMINANT?* No. Because it was the first Challenger, many came up with the decks they liked best on Standard or believed to be the best deck. Saheeli was dominant in the field, but appeared poorly in the Top 8. The decks we must need to watch are UR Phoenix and Mono-U Devotion. All participating copies went to the Top 8. Sultai Midrange also appeared with a good percentage of wins. See you tomorrow with more data from the 5-0 Pioneer MTGO tournaments!

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Ariel Rodrigues

All Against Arena - Fires of Grixis


Hey, guys! I'm Ariel and this is *All Against Arena.* This series is all about the presentation, creation and/or adaptation of unusual or unexplored decks that, nevertheless, works great and provides what all games should provides us with: *fun!* Today, I am going to show you the deck I played last Monday, in our (portuguese-speaking) live stream, over at [link](https://www.twitch.tv/cardsrealm)(Cards Realm Twitch channel): *Fires of Grixis!* I must confess: This deck, if not the strongest, is currently one of the strongest in Arena. The synergy with the card that names it is amazing! Speaking of which, we have the enchantment of the new edition (*Throne of Eldraine*) [card](Fires of Invention), which is the main synergy between all cards. When this enchantment reaches the battlefield, it opens up a range of possibilities! So we have: 4 [card](Drawn from Dreams) and 4 [card](Narset, Parter of Veils) so we can make the best choices against our opponent, "hunting" whatever suits us best. In addition, we have 7 more planeswalkers to define the game: 3 [card](Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God), 2 [card](Chandra, Awakened Inferno) and 2 [card](Liliana, Dreadhorde General). This deck proved to be very strong against several decks from the current meta, I didn't see any major disadvantages in it. Maybe I could swap 3 [card](Rankle, Master of Pranks) with 3 [card](Murderous Rider) for better synergy and better answers against planeswalkers. I will test this substitution in the future. Check out the list: [deck](17011) But a video is worth a thousand words, so take a look at my test run - though it's in portuguese, it's worth a watch! [youtube](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfeMUAyusbk) Although we lost the first (and only) match, this deck is still great, very strong and with good answers in ranked matches. It's the deck I'm using to rank up and it has worked very well so far! I recommend this deck even more so now that [card](Field of the Dead) has been banned. Want to see more decks like this? I'm live every Monday and Thursday at 10pm at our [link](https://www.twitch.tv/cardsrealm)(portuguese-speaking Twitch channel!)

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