KTK: Manafixing in the top 8 of GP Orlando

As a follow-up to last week’s post, let’s take a look at what manafixing players ran in the top 8 of GP Orlando. (Dual lands include both the common lands that enter the battlefield tapped and the rare fetchlands.)

Maindeck
Rank Player Colors # Lands # Nonbasic Lands # Lands Only Making Generic Mana # Dual Lands # Tri-Lands (3/2 color match) # Banners (3/2 color match)
1st Eugene Hwang Mardu (B/W/R) 17 3 0 2 1/0 0/0
2nd Melissa DeTora Temur (R/U/G) 17 2 0 2 0/0 2/0
3rd Sol Malka G/B/w/u 17 6 0 4 1/1 0/0
4th Artur Villela G/W 18 0 0 0 0/0 0/0
5th-8th Harry Corvese Jeskai (W/R/U) 17 3 0 2 1/0 0/0
5th-8th Ian Farnung Jeskai (W/R/U) 18 2 0 2 0/0 0/0
5th-8th Pierre Mondon Mardu (B/W/R) 17 4 0 4 0/0 2/0
5th-8th Frank Lepore Abzan (G/B/W) 17 3 0 3 0/0 0/0
Sideboard
Rank Player Colors # Nonbasic Lands # Lands Only Making Generic Mana # Dual Lands # Tri-Lands (3/2/1/0 color match) # Banners (3/2/1/0 color match)
1st Eugene Hwang Mardu (B/W/R) 3 1 2 0/0 1/1/0/0
2nd Melissa DeTora Temur (R/U/G) 1 1 0 0/0 0/1/0/0
3rd Sol Malka G/B/w/u 0 0 0 0/0 1/0/0/0
4th Artur Villela G/W 1 0 1 0/0 0/0/1/0
5th-8th Harry Corvese Jeskai (W/R/U) 0 0 0 0/0 0/0/1/0
5th-8th Ian Farnung Jeskai (W/R/U) 0 0 0 0/0 1/0/0/0
5th-8th Pierre Mondon Mardu (B/W/R) 0 0 0 0/0 0/1/1/0
5th-8th Frank Lepore Abzan (G/B/W) 1 0 1 0/0 1/0/0/0
Rank Player Colors # Multicolor Cards (2/3 color) # Cards in Each Color # Colored Mana Symbols in Each Color # Lands/ Banners Making Each Color Other Manafixing
1st Eugene Hwang Mardu (B/W/R) 1/4 11/5/15 12/5/18 7/6/8
2nd Melissa DeTora Temur (R/U/G) 1/6 5/13/14 6/14/16 6/9/10 Embodiment of Spring
3rd Sol Malka G/B/w/u 2/1 9/16/1/1 9/16/1/1 7/11/3/3 2x Scout the Border
4th Artur Villela G/W 0/0 14/8 14/8 10/8
5th-8th Harry Corvese Jeskai (W/R/U) 1/3 8/9/13 8/10/13 6/7/8 Sideboard: Scout the Borders
5th-8th Ian Farnung Jeskai (W/R/U) 0/2 9/4/13 9/4/15 7/4/9
5th-8th Pierre Mondon Mardu (B/W/R) 0/3 8/7/12 9/7/14 7/10/10
5th-8th Frank Lepore Abzan (G/B/W) 1/3 8/11/14 8/12/14 6/7/7 Sideboard: Seek the Horizon

Observations:

  • Most players stuck to a wedge (2 Maru, 2 Jeskai, 1 Temur, and 1 Abzan) but some player ran 2-color decks (G/W and G/B with 1-card splashes in 2 colors). There were no Sultai decks, or other decks that had both blue and black as main colors.
  • Most players ran 2-5 multicolor cards, although one player had 7 and another had none. Most were wedge cards, but many players also had a 2-color card.
  • Most players ran 17 lands, although 2 ran 18.
  • Most players had 2-4 nonbasic lands in their deck, although one player (G/B/w/u) had 6 and another (G/W) had none.
  • There were 19 dual lands in maindecks and only 4 in sideboards. This means that dual lands were usually drafted after colors were set.
  • Players always ran tri-lands that matched 2+ colors. (It’s effectively like a common dual land that doesn’t gain you a life.)
  • 2 players ran Banners in their wedge, but most left them in their sideboard, even when they matched all 3 colors. No one was desparate enough to run a Banner that only matched 2 colors.
  • Players ran 3-11 lands/Banners producing a color. The low end was when splashing a single card and the high end was when running 16 cards.
  • Manabases seem a bit fragile, with most deck having at least 1 main color with only 6-7 sources. (The only deck that did not have this issue was the G/W deck.) This makes sense given that having 8+ sources for each of your 3 colors while running 17 lands requires 7 duals (or 1 tri-land in your wedge and 5 duals).
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