Thompson Does It Again

Posted on June 29, 2011


Midwestern Master Shatters Format in Impromptu Open

by Staff

Earlier this week, StarCity Games hosted a special $5K tournament meant to showcase the health and diversity of the post-ban Standard format. As expected, the grinders turned out in droves, and as expected, StarCity’s own master deckbuilder Gerry Thompson displayed his knack for churning out the perfect 75:

2 Dread Statuary

21 Plains

4 Elite Vanguard

1 Kemba, Kha Regent

2 Kor Duelist

3 Leonin Relic-Warder

1 Foil Leonin Relic-Warder

4 Leonin Skyhunter

1 Mirran Crusader

4 Porcelain Legionnaire

1 Puresteel Paladin

2 Stoneforge Mystic

1 Apostle’s Blessing

1 Bonehoard

1 Darksteel Axe

3 Flayer Husk

1 Korean Flayer Husk

4 Journey to Nowhere

1 Sickleslicer

1 Skinwing

1 Sword of Vengeance


1 Apostle’s Blessing

2 Arrest

3 Celestial Purge

1 Kor Duelist

4 Kor Firewalker

4 Revoke Existence

Thompson, who earlier this year pioneered such exciting, format-defining archetypes as Caw-Blade with Emeria Angel and Caw-Blade with Dispel, explained his rigorous testing process. “I spend many hours each week watching Ashton Kutcher movies and writing in my little notebook,” he said, “and then several more hours just jamming brews against the DIs.”

While Thompson himself hit several unfortunate mulligans in crucial rounds to finish outside the money, Ben Hayes took 5th place with the same list, and Jason Ford and AJ Sacher also put up respectable finishes with it, ending in 18th and 23rd place respectively. With results like these, it seems apparent that the format has been completely solved—for now.

“I’ll just have to break it anew next week,” Thompson said. “That’s just what I do.”

Calosso Fuentes echoed this sentiment. “Gerry manages to come up with the sickest tech every week,” he said between puffs of his Marlboro. “He just thinks on a much higher level than the rest of us.”

The tournament was won by Edgar Flores, who was piloting the War of Attrition event deck; he beat David McDarby’s Splinter Twin in the finals. The Top 8 was rounded out by two more copies of the War of Attrition event deck, another copy of Splinter Twin, a Valakut, and Ali Aintrazi playing 59 Swamps and a Nirkana Revenant.


Right before this article went to print, we caught up with one Adrian Sullivan, who is skeptical about Gerry’s deck’s claim to format supremacy. “I’m not sure the real boogeyman of the format has yet made itself apparent,” said the winner of 2005 Wisconsin States. “The best deck in this format is clearly and definitively Chevy Red, and I’m certain the rest of the world will get up to speed in the weeks to come.”

Sullivan was generous enough to provide us with an exclusive Chevy Red list:

4 Lightning Bolt

4 Koth of the Hammer

4 Tumble Magnet

2 Contagion Clasp

4 Everflowing Chalice

4 Wildfire Emissary

4 Invader Parasite

2 Hellkite Charger

3 Demolish

2 Destructive Force

18 Mountain

4 Tectonic Edge

4 Inkmoth Nexus

1 Kher Keep


1 Bonehoard

3 Chandra Ablaze

1 Demolish

2 Mark of Mutiny

4 Ratchet Bomb

2 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle

2 Wall of Tanglecord

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