Masashiro utilizes three new creatures from The Lost Caverns of Ixalan: Spyglass Siren, Tishana’s Tidebinder, and Warden of the Inner Sky.
Spyglass Siren is a 1/1 blue siren pirate with flying that costs a blue mana. When Spyglass Siren enters the battlefield, create a map token. Spyglass Siren provides the deck with an evasive threat that can grow as the game progresses by exploring.
Tishana’s Tidebinder is a 3/2 three mana merfolk wizard with flash. When Tishana’s Tidebinder enters the battlefield, counter up to one target activated or triggered ability. If an artifact, creature, or planeswalker’s ability is countered this way, that permanent loses all abilities until Tishana’s Tidebinder leaves the battlefield. Tishana’s ability to shut down a Sheoldred or planeswalker makes it a valuable inclusion in the deck. While Tishana’s Tidebinder does die to most removal, shutting down Sheoldred, the Apocalypse or a planeswalker does force your opponent to deal with Tishana’s Tidebinder can prevent your opponent from removing another key creature in the game.
Finally, Warden of the Inner Sky is a 1/2 human soldier who costs one white mana. Like other new creatures, Warden of the Inner Sky has additional abilities that make it a good card. As long as Warden of the Inner Sky has three or more counters on it, it has flying and vigilance. Also, you may tap three untapped artifacts and/or creatures you control to put a +1/+1 counter on Warden of the Inner Sky. When you activate this ability, you scry 1. This ability allows you to use map tokens and creatures that just entered the battlefield to grow Warden of the Inner Sky until it has three counters. Then it becomes a threat that must be dealt with, or it can take over the game.
The final key addition to the deck is Subterranean Schooner. This vehicle costs two mana and crews for 1. Whenever Subterranean Schooner attacks, target creature that crewed it explores. This allows you to get an additional land or put a +1/+1 counter on the target creature if you reveal a nonland card. When you use Warden of the Inner Sky to crew Subterranean Schooner, you get an explore trigger that may help Warden of the Inner Sky grow and get to the counters needed to activate its ability.
The other major event of last weekend was the MTGO Showcase Challenge. Just like the Players Convention Aichi 2023 Open @Big Magic (Japan), Esper Raffine and 4/5C Control performed well. Esper Raffine placed eight players in the Top 16 while 4/5C Control won the event.
The MTGO Showcase Challenge breakout deck was Azorius Tokens. It placed three decks in the top 9. Just like the Azorius Tempo deck, this deck utilizes Spyglass Siren, Subterranean Schooner, and Warden of the Inner Sky. Plus, it adds Invasion of Segovia to get an additional token generator into the deck.
AZORIUS TOKENS, perret, 2nd PLACE MTGO SHOWCASE CHALLENGE