Safe Bets for Pro Tour Eldritch Moon

I’m not a gambling man.

I once put five dollars in a pokie machine, pushed some buttons, watched the balance count down to zero, and thought “I could have bought a drink with that…” I haven’t touched a pokie machine since.

I’m not a big fan of losing. But I digress.

If I had to pick what sort of decks we’d see this weekend at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, I wouldn’t be trying to pick the rogue deck, or the next big thing, and trying to beat it. I’m just not that good. Instead, I’d be looking at what I believe to be the best decks going in, and try to beat those instead. With that said, here’s my safe bets for the Pro Tour this weekend:

Bant Company

Creatures (27)
Duskwatch Recruiter
Eldrazi Displacer
Reflector Mage
Selfless Spirit
Spell Queller
Sylvan Advocate
Tireless Tracker
Archangel Avacyn
Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Spells (8)
Collected Company
Dromoka’s Command
Lands (25)
Forest
Island
Plains
Wastes
Canopy Vista
Evolving Wilds
Lumbering Falls
Prairie Stream
Yavimaya Coast

Sideboard (15)
Lambholt Pacifist
Tireless Tracker
Negate
Ojutai’s Command
Nissa, Vastwood Seer
Tamiyo, Field Researcher
Declaration in Stone
Tragic Arrogance

This is very likely going to be the boogie man coming in to this Pro Tour. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t be played – on the contrary. Many teams will settle on just trying to perfect this list and shore up its mirror match if they don’t feel like they can find a deck that will beat it.

UW Spirits

Creatures (21)
Bygone Bishop
Mausoleum Wanderer
Nebelgast Herald
Rattlechains
Selfless Spirit
Spell Queller
Archangel Avacyn

Spells (15)
Always Watching
Clash of Wills
Essence Flux
Ojutai’s Command
Secure the Wastes
Declaration in Stone
Lands (24)
Island
Plains
Evolving Wilds
Port Town
Prairie Stream

Sideboard (15)
Selfless Spirit
Stasis Snare
Blessed Alliance
Negate
Ojutai’s Command
Secure the Wastes
Summary Dismissal
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Tragic Arrogance

I’ve been high on this deck since the first time I touched a Spell Queller at the pre release. I’ve since spent a considerable amount of my time thinking about this deck, and I honestly think that a more spell heavy/aggro-control version of the deck is the one for me. It plays out like the flash decks from Innistrad/Return to Ravnica, and feels similar to Faeries decks. The versions that are doing well at the moment, however, are much more creature heavy.

WR Humans

Creatures (31)
Anointer of Champions
Dragon Hunter
Expedition Envoy
Hanweir Militia Captain
Knight of the White Orchid
Thalia’s Lieutenant
Thraben Inspector
Town Gossipmonger
Kytheon, Hero of Akros

Spells (11)
Always Watching
Gryff’s Boon
Declaration in Stone
Lands (18)
14 Plains
Battlefield Forge

Sideboard (15)
Hanweir Militia Captain
Reckless Bushwhacker
Gryff’s Boon
Silkwrap
Stasis Snare
Repel the Abominable
Needle Spires

Some form of the White Humans list will undoubtedly make an appearance. Whether it’s the Wu version playing Reflector Mage and Dragonlord Ojutai with counterspells, or the Wr version playing Reckless Bushwhacker for explosive power remains to be seen.

GW Tokens

Creatures (12)
Hangarback Walker
Sylvan Advocate
Archangel Avacyn

Planeswalkers (8)
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar

Spells (15)
Evolutionary Leap
Dromoka’s Command
Oath of Nissa
Declaration in Stone
Tragic Arrogance
Lands (25)
Forest
Plains
Canopy Vista
Fortified Village
Westvale Abbey

Sideboard (15)
Lambholt Pacifist
Tireless Tracker
Quarantine Field
Stasis Snare
Aerial Volley
Clip Wings
Linvala, the Preserver
Nissa, Vastwood Seer
Declaration in Stone

GW Tokens had a stranglehold of the format for a while, but it’s never really gone any where. It’s still a very strong contender. It took down SGC Baltimore last weekend with a top 32 (and subsequently top 8) absolutely stacked with Bant Company, so it may still be the best deck going.

Final Thoughts
So what do we learn by looking at these decks? The most striking thing is how much White there is. White is extremely powerful right now. All of these decks run some number of Archangel Avacyn and/or Declaration in Stone in their 75. Does that mean that White will be a cornerstone of the winning deck? That remains to be seen. I think it’s a pretty safe bet, however, that White will be front and centre at the Pro Tour this weekend.

Coverage for the Pro Tour Eldritch Moon begins at 9am Sydney time. You can watch it live here.

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