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Deep Analysis \u2013 Ten Hollywood Decks (Plus a New One)
by Richard Feldman
How \u2018bout that Pro Tour: Hollywood? So much to discuss! Let\u2019s get right
into it.
First, two general observations.
Manlands

Every single deck in the Top 8 played 4-8 manlands; even the two tri-color
combo decks managed to squeezeMu ta va u lt into their manabases. The
Tribal decks in particular benefit from the inclusion ofMu ta va u lt alongside
another manland, as the Vault expands to 3/3 with the presence of any
tribal lord, so it is almost always worth their while to fit the card into their
lists unless it will create monumental color difficulties for them.

Their ubiquitous presence in the Top 8 decks suggests that manlands are
more important in this format than the amount of press they have been
getting suggests. In formats past, manlands have often been more of a
bonus than anything else; if you could fit Treetop Village into your Green
deck without messing up the manabase, then great! Go for it. Now we have
Shuhei Nakamura and the Pro Tour Champion himself playing straight-up
G/B decks with only eleven lands out of 23-24 that tap for Black, just so
they can squeeze in the maximum compliment of Treetop Villagesand

Mutavaults.

At this point the thinking seems to have shifted from \u201cI\u2019ll fit manlands into
my manabase\u201d to \u201cI\u2019ll start with the manlands I want and then make my
colors fit around them.\u201d

Three-Color Red

When the twoRe ve illa rk decks that splashed Red appeared in the Top 8, I was taken aback. It was the first time I\u2019d seen anyone splashing Red as a third color in this environment in a very long time\u2026which seems strange, given that even White finds a common splash in otherwise G/B Doran lists.

The bottom line is, Red\u2019s best offerings really just do not function well in a
three-color deck at all. Consider Magus of the Moon, Flame Javelin, and
Skred. Each is a powerful card in its own right, but none functions very
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effectively when placed in the context of a three-color manabase; Magus
will manascrew you if you are three colors (unless maybe you\u2019re using
green Sorceries and/or Terramorphic Expanse extensively to search out
basics), Flame Javelin will lose the cost effectiveness that makes it worth
playing, andS kre d will not be castable for more than a couple of points of
damage.

If you trim those three superstars off the list, Red\u2019s remaining options for a
three-color (or more) deck are pretty much limited to functioning as a utility
splash - observe Reveillark\u2019s Greater Gargadons and sideboardP yro cla sm
or Quick \u2018n\u2019 Toast\u2019sFire sp o u ts and sideboardDe t rit ivo re - or as an aggro
base featuring staples like Keldon Marauders, Lash Out, and so on, with the
other two colors coming as additions to an otherwise mono-red beatdown
list.

Next, the Top 8 decks.
FaeriesFaeries
A Standard deck, by Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa
8th place at a Pro Tour tournament inHo llywo o d,Ca lif o rn ia,
United Stateson 2008-05-25
As reported athttp://www.wizar ds .c om/def ault.as p?x=mtgev ent/pthol08/top8dec k s
Print this deck!
Maindeck:
Creatures

4 Mistbind Clique
4Scion Of Oona
4Spellstutter

Sprite
Instants
4 Cryp t ic
Command
4Rune Snag
4Terror
Legendary
Creatures
3Vendilion Clique
Sorceries
4Ancestral Vision
Tribal Enchantments
4Bitterblossom
Basic Lands
4Island
Lands

2Faerie Conclave
4Mutavault
3 River Of Tears
4Secluded Glen
2Sunken Ruins
4Underground River

Legendary Lands
2Pendelhaven
Sideboard:

3Bottle Gnomes
3Razormane Masticore
2Murderous Redcap
3Damnation
4Thoughtseize

Stats:

Average mana: 1.42
Average creature mana
cost: 3.00
Average creature power:
2.20
Average creature
toughness: 1.80

Deck Composition:

Basic Lands: 6.67%
Creatures: 20.00%
Instants: 20.00%
Lands: 31.67%
Legendary Creatures:
5.00%
Legendary Lands: 3.33%
Sorceries: 6.67%
Tribal Enchantments: 6.67%

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If you look at what the Top 8 competitors had to say about their Faeries
matchups, even some of those that tuned to beat them admitted they
weren\u2019t doing much better than 50-50. Paulo Vitor, who was with Faeries
himself, confessed that there was not much he could do about the mirror,
and was only sideboarding the very commonT h o u gh tse ize - essentially
relegating himself to 50-50 there as well, give or take playskill (which I\u2019m
told is a fairly minimal component of the Faeries mirror).

So, to sum up, the Faeries mirror was 50-50, and a decent chunk of players
got their Faeries matchup to hover around 50-50\u2026one could argue that in
this tournament, Faeries was basically The Rock, sporting near-even
matchups across the board except for the few rare good matchups
(Reveillark, G/W Mana Ramp) they could prey on and the also-rare actively

bad matchup (Red Burn, Stuart Wright\u2019s R/B Tokens deck, and some Doran

and Elves builds). As format-warping as the deck is, if it was really as close to 50-50 against most decks as reports suggest, it\u2019s no surprise that it didn\u2019t dominate the Top 8 like many predicted it would.

Elves
G/B Elves
A Standard deck, by Charles Gindy
1st place at a Pro Tour tournament inHo llywo o d,Ca lif o rn ia,
United Stateson 2008-05-25
As reported athttp://www.wizar ds .c om/def ault.as p?x=mtgev ent/pthol08/top8dec k s
Print this deck!
Maindeck:
Creatures
3Chameleon
Colossus
Snow Creatures
1Boreal Druid
Sorceries
3Profane Command
Sideboard:

3Cloudthresher
4Kitchen Finks
2Shriekmaw
2Slaughter Pact
2Squall Line

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