Weekend Ranked Rundown: Returning to The Classic Aether Magic

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This week has probably been the most balanced the Mythic meta has ever been, with win rates being spread out more evenly than before. With the big Magic nerfs that were introduced before this weekend, Magic quickly fell out of favor and Light decks see much more play now. While I had tried a few different decks over the week, nothing quite felt too right to me yet, so I decided to try putting my version of Aether Magic to the test. Although it didn't perform spectacularly due to being unable to deal with wide boards too well, it still managed to bag a cool 16 wins. Let's dive right in!

Giveaway Results

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Deck Overview


Deck Link: GUDecks

The main difference between my version of Aether Magic and the other versions out there is probably the distinct lack of a ramp element. Through many games, I found that it's very tough to ramp with Sip of Elixir or Mana Toad without losing lots of tempo and allowing the enemy to deal an extra 5 damage to the face. As such, I decided to take out the ramp elements to include more removal, which helped to deal with the onslaught of aggressive decks that came out in full force this weekend.

Also, one of my key ideas in this deck is to make Munosian Infiltrator and Light's Levy as useless as they can be. No All-seeing Spire or Demetrios included for that reason. Perhaps it isn't that good of a decision, but I was curious to see how this version without the common card draw engines performed. From my experience, these draw engine cards can be useless in aggro match-ups since they take up a potential removal spell card space.

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I think I underestimated Time-Bomb before; I didn't put in any of my prior decks because I thought the spells were enough, but I found out that Time-Bomb can easily 2-for-1 against aggressive decks. Though, playing it on T2 against an aggressive deck can give the opponent the initiative to deal some crazy damage.

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Dimension Looper is what a well-tuned Leyhoard Hound should have been. Playing Dimension Looper against an aggro deck can easily swing the tempo back onto my side with the caveat that I have to have both Dimension Looper and another Aether in my hand.

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I previously tried a version without Iron-tooth Goblins, and I got eaten alive by Zombie decks due to their Necroscepter spawning Zombies for like 5 to 10 turns. Although it can seem like Magic decks have infinite removal, that isn't the case and it's easy to run out of removal against Zombie decks. Although Zombie decks aren't super popular on the weekends, I think the Goblin's utility is also good against a few other decks, although it isn't as game-changing.

Performance and Matchmaking Breakdown

Starting Rank: Mythic
Wins: 16/25
Reward Packs: 1x Core Rare, 1x Core Legendary, 1x DO Epic, 1x DO Legendary
Theoretical pack value based on current pack prices: $31.98

Opponent GodDeck ArchetypeScore (Wins / Total Games)
NatureMidrange Nature1 / 3
Control Nature0 / 1
Aggro Nature0 / 1
WarFrenzied Aggro War6 / 7
MagicCard Draw Magic1 / 2
Control Magic2 / 3
Midrange Magic1 / 1
DeathZombie Death0 / 1
DeceptionOrder Deception1 / 1
Control Deception1 / 1
Hidden Rush Deception1 / 1
LightControl Light1 / 1
Aggro Light1 / 2
Total16 / 25

Sadly, this deck performs pretty poorly against Nature decks, especially those that run the Animal Bond GP. With only 2x Shaped Blast as the board clears in this deck, an unchecked Wildfire can easily close in on a loss for me. I think there might just be insufficient removal to deal with Nature's shenanigans.

Surprisingly, even though every Aggro War match-up seemed like an uphill battle to keep me alive after turn 5, I think I drew well enough to deal with their threats most of the time. The new Viking synergy buffs are insane if left undealt with!

I expected to see more Light decklists given that Light has been buffed, but thankfully I didn't see too many of them here. The opponent playing Zealous March is almost a lose condition for this deck. One of the only ways to deal with it is to play Tracking Bolt into Shaped Blast. One tip for playing against Zealous March though: either clear most of the board, or don't clear any. Don't give your opponent a chance to play Asterius if you can't clear the horde of Acolytes.

All in all, I am quite satisfied with the performance of this deck. It's always fun getting out an OP 9-drop on 7-mana turns although it isn't as consistent as other decks. I acknowledge that this deck has many shortcomings that make its performance suffer, but that's the price I decided to pay for fun. 😂 (Also while farming more Core packs to build new decks)

Historical Performance

Well, this week's performance was my worst in 2 months. Although it's by no means a bad result, I hope that I can improve my performance in the following weeks. I expect the competition to get fiercer as more people complete their renewed Light, Nature, and War decks - some of the new cards are absolutely essential in boosting a few decks' power level! In the meantime, I'll be figuring out what new deck to try out next week.

Past Weekend Ranked posts and performance in order of recency:

Time PeriodDeckScore (Wins / Total Games)Starting Rank
Mar 2022 W3 (Current)Aether Magic16 / 25Mythic
Mar 2022 W2Card Draw Magic22 / 25Mythic
Mar 2022 W1Control Nature19 / 25Mythic
Feb 2022 W4Control Nature19 / 25Mythic
Feb 2022 W3Tempo Magic18 / 25Mythic
Feb 2022 W2Tempo Magic19 / 25Mythic
Feb 2022 W1Tempo Magic18 / 25Mythic
Jan 2022 W5Tempo Magic19 / 25Mythic
Jan 2022 W4Mid-range Nature17 / 25Mythic
Jan 2022 W3Mid-range Nature15 / 25Mythic
Jan 2022 W2Mid-range Nature11 / 25Mythic

Concluding Thoughts

The meta's as healthy as it has ever been (with the exception of Dralamar combo mage), and I hope that new decks pop up as people figure out the strengths of each new refreshed Core card. While I really enjoy playing Magic decks with Metamorphosis, I think I've played just a tad too much Magic recently and will be looking to try something different next week!

Hope everyone's Weekend Ranked went well!

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Firstly, thanks for the Hive SBI!

Secondly, I think there is a lot we can do to optimize this deck. Scholar of Power can definitely come out. He's not that great, and more importantly, he's designed with a different deck in mind (spell boost). I'd also drop Erratic Portal and 1x Goblin. (I'd drop both, but I know you won't so let's compromise 😂).

I think you can get away with no ramp, but not without card draw. In short, I think you've over-tuned your deck to respond to a single card in Light. You could consider Safeguard, though.

Also, when you have ramp in the deck, you need to look for it in the mulligan. Sip of Elixir played turn 1 is huge. You spend 2 mana and easily get back 5+ extra mana over the course of the game. If you want to avoid Light's Levy, then I'd say put Sips back in. Magic needs to get to 6 mana ASAP to shut down aggro as they have no healing.

Just my .02.

Haha I think you do make some great points, appreciate them. While I also think that SoP isn't that great in this deck, it does have the Aether tag and can still function as an extra Shaped Blast with Tracking Bolt, so I decided to put it in to see whether it worked. I guess it was OK but probably doesn't have similar strength levels to other 7-drops. Erratic Portal yeah, can be dropped for sure. Goblin, you're right, I'd probably still put in 1 copy to deal with some early relic shenanigans. 😂

Yeah, the no card draw part does hurt this deck when the removals don't get drawn, I do think I need to relook this part and see which card draws are better. You're right that I sort of overturned this against some very specific cards though.

Of course, when I have Sip in the deck I do try to mulligan for it, but it still won't show up about 50% of the time. In those 50% of the matches it can feel like drawing Sip is a dead draw later on. Might try it again sometime next time to see if I made some bad decisions this week 😂

I think midrange-ish value decks just fold to BWD they mill you hard and have the late game finishers that you can't outvalue.

True, that has always been the case. Can't really do too much about it though.

Thank you for your mention and the Hive SBI Units!

No problem, just sent it over!

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