SCGCON Invitational Coverage – "Magic: The Gathering"

StarCityGames, a tabletop gaming store in Roanoke, Virginia, has a circuit of Magic: The Gathering tournaments all across the eastern coast of the United States, and even a few in the midwest. One of their biggest events each year is called SCGCON, which is a three-day event where Magic players from all across the world congregate to play competitively.

SCGCON Invitational Coverage - "Magic: The Gathering"
Source: StarCityGames

The biggest tournament scene during SCGCON this past weekend (from Friday, November 15th to Sunday, November 17th) is called the SCG Invitational. Therein, players compete in specific formats to become champions in each of them. Modern is generally a mainstay of the SCG Invitational. Standard was going to be used this year, but there has been player outcry due to how absolutely toxic the current Standard metagame is. Pioneer, the newest sanctioned Magic format, replaced it for the Invitational, to the joy of many competitors.

Antoine Lagarde takes MagicFest Lyon! - "Magic: The Gathering"
This could have been the culprit! Source: Wizards of the Coast

During the Modern Invitational, Four-Color (Black-Blue-White-Green) Humans took the tournament, headed by Chris Barone. Chris managed to beat out a bunch of Tron decks (surprise surprise!), some Simic (Blue-Green) Urza decks, and a fair smattering of Grixis (Red-Black-Blue) Death's Shadow decks. In second place, piloting a Mono-Green Tron deck was Adam Fronsee.

Aiden Brier Takes StarCityGames Syracuse's Legacy Open - "Magic: the Gathering"
These three lands are quite strong together. Source: Wizards of the Coast

The decklists for the Top Sixteen in the Modern leg of the Invitational can be found here.

On the Pioneer front, mono-color decks were out in full force this past weekend. Monoblack Aggro, headed again by Chris Barone, did especially well overall.

However, Simic decks saw a lot of play during this Invitational and Oko, Thief of Crowns was prevalent in those decklists because of course he was. Oko, as readers may know, is potentially on the chopping block for bans later today, in any number of formats that are being updated a couple of hours from now.

At any rate, the Top Sixteen decklists for the Pioneer leg of SCGCON's Invitational tournament can be found here.

Congrats to all of the competitors in this tournament, and I hope SCGCON was a blast!

About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.