You may have been following Nate’s blog posts about how he was certain Mono Red would be THE deck to beat in Standard this weekend.
(Note: if you haven’t been, you should. Nate’s a fabulously dashing, lightly-bearded gentleman, and funny!)
Naturally, after boasting to the rest of the coverage team about his prediction, I pointed out that he was going up against none other than Team Channel Fireball, who had identified a Tempered Steel shaped niche in the metagame, and were once again going to be hurling robots at their unsuspecting opponents. Not a man to back down, Nate stood fast by his claim.
Now, this is a fine thing for a man to do, to stand by his convictions, but when beaten, that man must admit his failure!
Nate did not do this.
Like the Black Knight he channelled for the title of his latest blog entry, Nate is indeed stubborn, and if I may say so myself, has more than just a flesh wound in this debate. Nate was correct in that one of each deck went 6-0 yesterday, but what he did not tell you was everything else.
50 people played Mono Red on day one, but only 19 people played Tempered Steel. That means while just over 5% of the Tempered Steel decks went undefeated, only 2% of the Mono Red decks did. 12% of the Mono Red decks went 5-1, while nearly 16% of the Tempered Steel decks picked up a single loss. No Tempered Steel deck scored worse than 2-4, while several Mono Red decks were seen sniffing about the bottom of the standings.
All said and done, Mono Red averaged 9.3 points on day one, while Tempered Steel averaged 11.05 points.
Sure, some other deck may have done better than Tempered Steel, I won’t dispute that, but Mono Red was not that deck. It was most certainly not a draw, sir.