Captain's Log, Vol. 2

by Martin Dang on 04 March 2019, Monday

Martin Dang

This is your (Team) Captain Speaking. 

Stardate 22.-24.02.2019

Welcome to the second installment of the Captain’s Log, an ongoing article series where I will share with you my assessment of Team Snapcardster x MTGMintcard after each Mythic Championship. I would like to invite you behind the scenes with the team. What is our current situation and future prospect? We will take a look at our training course, deck choices and expectations prior to the Pro Tour. We’ll also evaluate how we did, as well as how we can improve.

After a mediocre performance at Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica in Atlanta, the first PT of the season, our team had to improve to stay in the running for those top prizes. Here is how it went down at Mythic Championship I in Cleveland, where the format was Ravnica Allegiance Draft and Standard Constructed.

A Focused Testing Process

This time around, all our testing and information sharing happened online in collaboration with the Hareruya Latin team. We didn’t expect too many new constructed decks at the MC. The set had been out for quite a while, which meant that most decks had been "discovered". That also makes it harder to break the format these days. Knowledge of this can work to our benefit though, as we didn’t need to focus on the search for a new deck. That process can be very time-consuming. Loads of testing time would be required for it and a vast majority of this time would provide us with an unsatisfactory solution.

Know Your Enemy

“To know your enemy, you must become your enemy” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Instead we put our effort into learning each deck in the known metagame, before we chose the deck that fit our playing style the most, and then we tweaked it to fit the metagame we expected at the MC. Once again, our team ended up with different deck choices. Martin Müller, Simon Nielsen and I played Mono Blue, Christoffer Larsen was on Sultai, Thomas Enevoldsen went with Esper Control and Michael Bonde chose Simic Nexus. We expected that there would be lots of aggro decks and sultai at the Mythic Championship, so we made an effort to become resilient to those.

Switching at the Last Second: Changing decks was easy this time

Another benefit of trying out most decks yourself is the freedom to change your deck choice at the last minute, a freedom a few others on the team also made use of. For me, I was almost sure to play Esper a few days before the Mythic Championship, but suddenly the numbers of Nexus decks I played against online increased drastically. I had a hard time tweaking the deck to beat Nexus, without the creation of a weakness in the aggro matchups. So in the end, I switched to Mono Blue, which was the deck I had the second most success with. Most of us doubted our deck choice right up to a few hours before decklist submission. Some changed, some stayed, but I don’t think anyone regretted their deck choice in the end.

Half the team played the deck that won the Mythic Championship and the metagame were close to what we expected.

Overall Results

Analyzing the numbers alone, it shows that our overall win percentage wasn’t better than last time, however this time around the wins were distributed much more favorably. Of course, there is no direct correlation between one teammate winning and another losing, unless they are paired, so it just shows that some of us were exceptional while others failed to meet expectations.

As usual, our Limited win percentage was much higher than our Constructed win percentage, so we should look to improve that. Especially because the Mythic Championship is Constructed for 10 out of 16 rounds.

Unfortunately, Martin Müller and I did poorly at this Mythic Championship, but Michaels Top 8 and Thomas’ 12-4 record hauled home a large number of points for the team. Overall this Mythic Championship was a success and it elevated us from 15th place up to 6th place of the Team Series Leaderboard. This means we are now in a position to battle for the very top spots.

Individual Results: Some high highs and low lows

Thomas made Platinum which is a huge achievement just on the heels of his grind to Gold last season and Christoffer is currently 14th in the (unofficial) player of the year race.

Simon not only played the deck of the Mythic Championship winner Autumn Burchett, but even got it from them. He felt he could have played better in some spots, so he’ll be very motivated to show just that at the next Mythic Championship.

On a negative note, Martin Muller and I have yet to secure our invitation to the next Mythic Championship. We’ll do our best to get there, but if we don’t, the others will have to battle for us. If we finish in the Top 8 of team standings after the next Mythic Championship, the whole team will be qualified for the third Tabletop Mythic Championship. [Editor's note - Martin qualified shortly after submitting this article. Congratulations!] 

Jack of all Trades or Master of One? Some thoughts on the Mythic Championship testing

I felt that trying out the decks in the meta and then choosing a deck based on our metagame assumptions worked well. On the other hand, becoming an expert with just one deck also got rewarded. I think the optimal choice is to do a combination of the two and pour more time into the Mythic Championship testing. I personally didn’t test and prepare as much as I would have liked to for this Mythic Championship, which I think is reflected in my results, whereas Michael poured so much work into his preparation. His top 8 wasn’t a fluke but a result of hard work and endless hours of online testing to understand the metagame. For those wondering, he also didn’t really choose his deck until a few hours before the deadline for deck submission.

The Present and Future of the Team

I’m very proud to be a member of this great Danish Snapcardster team. We know each other well and have so much fun each time. And now that we have tasted success and climbed the ladder, we do not intend to slow down one bit.

Next stop is the Mythic Championship in London where the format will be Modern and prerelease Limited. I hope you will follow us there and wish us the best of luck!

Again, huge congratulations to Michael Bonde who made the Top 8, and also to Thomas Enevoldsen, who ended up 15th and became a new Platinum player. Great job boys!

This article was written by Martin Dang in a media collaboration with Snapcardster.com.




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