Kvartek Makes It to Top 16 of Magic: The Gathering Arena Mythic Championship VII Qualifiers

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Earlier this month, Magic: The Gathering Arena player Chris Kvartek went undefeated in day one of Mythic Championship V, and after finishing top sixteen of the Magic Arena Mythic Championship Qualifiers (MCQ) this past Sunday, he is set to return in MCVII this December at Long Beach, California.

Kvartek was one of the few MCQ players who decided not to play "Oko, Thief of Crowns", the oppressive Planeswalker dominating the Standard format right now. During Day 2 of the MCQ, 68 out of 102 decks played Oko, and out of the Top 16, Kvartek was one of the five players who didn't play a deck with the overpowered planeswalker.

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Credit: Wizards of the Coast

Here's a list of the Top 16 Mythic Championship Qualifiers that will play at MCVII, and the decks they won with:

Dav3m: Sultai Food.
Sorquixe: Simic Food.
Antonino: Rakdos Sacrifice.
Jorj: Sultai Food.
Kiteon: Sultai Food.
PJ the Crusher: Sultai Food.
Dftleonidas: Temur Control.
Batox: Sultai Food.
Wargate: Simic Food.
Even_Jesus_Would: Simic Flash.
Kvarteck: Golgari Adventures.
Zvavok: Sultai Food.
Edmvyrus: Esper Control.
Heisenb3rg: Bant Food.
IssakKrut: Bant Ramp.
DicroismoCirrolare: Golgari Adventures.

And here's the decklist of the Golgari Adventures deck that Kvartek played:

2 Liliana, Dreadhorde General
3 Vraska, Golgari Queen
1 Massacre Girl
2 Order of Midnight
3 Paradise Druid
3 Rankle, Master of Pranks
4 Edgewall Innkeeper
4 Foulmire Knight
4 Lovestruck Beast
4 Murderous Rider
2 Find / Finality
4 Noxious Grasp
1 Fabled Passage
2 Castle Locthwain
4 Overgrown Tomb
4 Temple of Malady
6 Forest
7 Swamp
// Sideboard
2 Massacre Girl
1 Cavalier of Night
2 Legion's End
2 Voracious Hydra
4 Duress
4 Veil of Summer

Like many players who made Day 2, Kvartek main-decked four copies of "Noxious Grasp", a two-to-cast Instant removal for oppressive threats like Oko, "Questing Beast", and "Wicked Wolf" among other green or white planeswalkers or creatures.

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Kvartek also played three copies of "Rankle, Master of Pranks", a card from Throne of Eldraine that could fly past Oko's threats the turn it comes into play.

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Having two copies of "Liliana, Dreadhorde General" and three copies of "Vraska, Golgari Queen" also help him clear out annoying threats on the board while establishing a stronger position. Four copies of "Murderous Rider" can also target Oko or any other big threats.

Congrats to Kvartek for his Top 16 finish, and now he is now qualified to compete at the Mythic Championship VII on Dec. 6-8 for his share of the $750,000 prize pool.

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