Free Pioneer 1K Tournament Top 16 and Meta Percentages

We’re excited to present to you the Pioneer tournament write-up for the Free 1K that took place on Saturday, February 7th 2020! This write-up will actually be split into two articles, the first of which will give you the meta percentage and top 16 decklists without commentary—while the article that will come out in a day (or two) will feature my commentary. Enjoy!

Tournament Structure, Meta, & Results


Tournament Structure and Turnout

The structure of the Free 1K Pioneer tournament used a modified Swiss structure (the most common structure for large tournaments) that you can read about here. Due to the turnout of 82 players, the tournament consisted of an initial seven rounds, after which the eight players with the best records would play three rounds of single elimination to determine final placement. The top eight players would receive the lion’s share of the prizes, with players placing 9th-16th also receiving prizes. Spoiler alert though—once the initial seven rounds were finished, the top eight players all decided to split the prize pool, instead of finishing out the “rest” of the tournament.

Tournament Meta

One nice thing about writing for a game store as awesome as Game Grid is that they make sure I get access to all the decklists! Well, 81 of the 82 decklists (one went missing I suppose). So here’s the data:

Total Tournament Meta

Red Aggro – 8 Decks for 9.8%
Sultai Delirium – 7 Decks for 8.5%
Dimir Inverter – 7 Decks for 8.5%
Bant Spirits – 6 Decks for 7.3%
U/W Control – 6 Decks for 7.3%
Lotus Breach – 4 Decks for 4.9%
Niv to Light – 4 Decks for 4.9%
Mono Black Aggro – 3 Decks for 3.7%
Hardened Scales – 3 Decks for 2.4%
Goblins – 2 Decks for 2.4%
Mono Blue – 2 Decks for 2.4%
Esper Control – 2 Decks for 2.4%
Rakdos Midrange – 2 Decks for 2.4%
Ensoul Artifact – 2 Decks for 2.4%
Gruul Company – 2 Decks for 2.4%
Jund – 2 Decks for 2.4%
Sultai Midrange – 2 Decks for 2.4%
Goats (Gruul Aggro) – 1 Deck for 1.2%
7 Rack – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Sram – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Izzet Phoenix – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Chonky Red – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Rakdos Control – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Green Stompy – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Izzet Pings – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Bant Humans – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Orzhov Midrange – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Jeskai Ascendancy – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Affinity/Colorless w/Karn – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Gruul (Walkers and Trackers) – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Heliod Combo – 1 Deck for 1.2%
Possibility Storm – 1 Deck for 1.2%

Top 16 Meta

Red Aggro – 4 Decks for 33% (conversion percentage to top 16 of 50%)
Sultai Delirium – 3 Decks for 25% (conversion percentage to top 16 of 50%)
Niv to Light – 2 Decks for 17% (conversion percentage to top 16 of 50%)
Goblins – 2 Decks for 17% (conversion percentage to top 16 of 100%)
Bant Spirits – 1 Deck for 8% (conversion percentage to top 16 of 17%)
Dimir Inverter – 1 Deck for 8% (conversion percentage to top 16 of 14%)
Goats (Gruul Aggro) – 1 Deck for 8% (conversion percentage to top 16 of 100%)
Mono Blue Devotion – 1 Deck for 8%  (conversion percentage to top 16 of 50%)
U/W Control – 1 Deck for 8% (conversion percentage to top 16 of 17%)

Top 8 Meta

Red Aggro – 3 Decks for 38% (conversion percentage to top 8 of 37.5%)
Sultai – 2 Decks for 25% (conversion percentage to top 8 of 28.5%)
Dimir Inveter – 1 Deck for 13% (conversion percentage to top 8 of 14.3%)
Niv to Light – 1 Deck for 13% (conversion percentage to top 8 of 25%)
Bant Spirits – 1 Deck for 13% (conversion percentage to top 8 of 16.7%)

Tournament Results and Decklists

As I mentioned, the top eight players all decided to split the prize pool, instead of finishing out the “rest” of the tournament. Our results then are based on the standings solely from the seven rounds. That would seem to make it difficult to declare a tournament winner, however, only one player went undefeated for all seven rounds of the tournament, so it’s actually pretty easy to declare that player the “champion”…

Tournament Champion – Red Aggro (aka Red Deck Wins) by Clint Burnell
#2 in Final Standings – Niv-to-Light by Josh Snow
#3 in Final Standings – Sultai Delirium (aka Swedish Sultai) by Steven Miller
#4 in Final Standings – Red Aggro by Skyler Stewart
#5 in Final Standings – Sultai Delirium by Jordan Hall
#6 in Final Standings – Red Aggro (aka Dripped Red) by Jeremy DeVries
#7 In Final Standings – Bant Spirits by David Antivilo
#8 in Final Standings – Dimir Inverter by Jonathan Denney
#9 in Final Standings – Niv to Light by Wes Stapley
#10 in Final Standings – Goblins by Scott Jackson
#11 in Final Standings – Sultai Delirium by Spencer Dunyon
#12 in Final Standings – Goats (Gruul Aggro) by Tony Wisdom
#13 in Final Standings – Mono-Blue Devotion by Arrow Sparhawk
#14 in Final Standings – U/W Control by William Jackson
#15 in Final Standings – Goblins (aka Atarka Goblin Cavalcade) by Lee Sands
#16 in Final Standings – Red Aggro by Donovan Busby

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