Today, the Magic: The Gathering 2020 Mythic Invitational concluded with a swift, yet explosive finish. Seth Manfield has cemented his place as one of only five players in history to win three premier Magic: The Gathering tournaments!

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Seth's Sultai Midrange deck chewed through Gabriel Nassif's Jund Sacrifice deck (using Jegantha, the Wellspring as a companion) in the final match of the Historic tournament, the debut of the format in premier-level play.

Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, one of the linchpins of Seth Manfield's winning Sultai Midrange deck.

A 2015 Magic World Champion from the United States, Manfield had been relegated to the lower bracket of the Mythic Invitational by Luis Salvatto, and had to fight his way through three other major competitors in that bracket—as well as Salvatto once more—in order to face Nassif in the final match of the prestigious tournament.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Sultai Midrange by Seth Manfield

'Sultai Midrange' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Seth Manfield

Event: Mythic Invitational - 09/10/2020

Rank: 1st

Historic

Market Price: $441.96

Cards

Languish

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.44

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All creatures get -4/-4 until end of turn.

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Eliminate

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker with mana value 3 or less.

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Elder Gargaroth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $12.71

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Vigilance, reach, trample
Whenever Elder Gargaroth attacks or blocks, choose one —
• Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token.
• You gain 3 life.
• Draw a card.

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Maelstrom Pulse

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $1.51

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Destroy target nonland permanent and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.

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Hydroid Krasis

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $9.15

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When you cast this spell, you gain half X life and draw half X cards. Round down each time.
Flying, trample
Hydroid Krasis enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Witch's Vengeance

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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Creatures of the creature type of your choice get -3/-3 until end of turn.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.23

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $13.08

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)
As Overgrown Tomb enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Growth Spiral

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $0.38

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Draw a card. You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.64

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Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with mana value of the chosen quality. (Zero is even.)

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Cry of the Carnarium

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.10

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All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Exile all creature cards in all graveyards that were put there from the battlefield this turn. If a creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Essence Scatter

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.02

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Counter target creature spell.

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Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $4.88

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Whenever you tap a Forest for mana, add an additional {G}.
+1: Put three +1/+1 counters on up to one target noncreature land you control. Untap it. It becomes a 0/0 Elemental creature with vigilance and haste that's still a land.
−8: You get an emblem with "Lands you control have indestructible." Search your library for any number of Forest cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Castle Locthwain

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $4.06

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Castle Locthwain enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp.
{T}: Add {B}.
{1}{B}{B}, {T}: Draw a card, then you lose life equal to the number of cards in your hand.

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Fabled Passage

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{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

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Fetid Pools

Color Identity:B,U

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({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
Fetid Pools enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

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Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's mana value.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.39

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Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with no counters on it.
• Remove up to three counters from target creature.

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Zagoth Triome

Color Identity:B,G,U

Market Price: $11.18

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({T}: Add {B}, {G}, or {U}.)
Zagoth Triome enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {3} ({3}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $20.81

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)
As Breeding Pool enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Color Identity:G,U

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When Uro enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless it escaped.
Whenever Uro enters the battlefield or attacks, you gain 3 life and draw a card, then you may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.
Escape—{G}{G}{U}{U}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Hinterland Harbor

Color Identity:G,U

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Hinterland Harbor enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or an Island.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Drowned Catacomb

Color Identity:B,U

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Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Nassif is a seasoned player from France who has won two Pro Tour events, a Grand Prix, and placed third at Worlds in New York in 2007 and fourth at Worlds in Honolulu last year. Because of his tenacity in the Magic tournament scene, it was logical that we would see Nassif in a high-ranking position during this event. He defeated Luis Scott-Vargas and David Steinberg, and took on Luis Salvatto as well in order to make it to the finals of the Mythic Invitational.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Jund Sacrifice (Jegantha) by Gabriel Nassif

'Jund Sacrifice (Jegantha)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Gabriel Nassif

Event: Mythic Invitational - 09/10/2020

Rank: 2nd

Historic

Market Price: $339.56

Cards

Midnight Reaper

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.48

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Whenever a nontoken creature you control dies, Midnight Reaper deals 1 damage to you and you draw a card.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.14

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Dreadhorde Butcher

Color Identity:B,R

Market Price: $0.77

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Haste
Whenever Dreadhorde Butcher deals combat damage to a player or planeswalker, put a +1/+1 counter on Dreadhorde Butcher.
When Dreadhorde Butcher dies, it deals damage equal to its power to any target.

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Witch's Oven

Market Price: $0.72

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{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Create a Food token. If the sacrificed creature's toughness was 4 or greater, create two Food tokens instead. (They're artifacts with "{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.")

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Witch's Vengeance

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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Creatures of the creature type of your choice get -3/-3 until end of turn.

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Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.28

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Claim the Firstborn

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.07

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Gain control of target creature with mana value 3 or less until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)
As Overgrown Tomb enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Woe Strider

Color Identity:B

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When Woe Strider enters the battlefield, create a 0/1 white Goat creature token.
Sacrifice another creature: Scry 1.
Escape—{3}{B}{B}, Exile four other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)
Woe Strider escapes with two +1/+1 counters on it.

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Dragonskull Summit

Color Identity:B,R

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Dragonskull Summit enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Mountain.
{T}: Add {B} or {R}.

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Blood Crypt

Color Identity:B,R

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({T}: Add {B} or {R}.)
As Blood Crypt enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Sheltered Thicket

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
Sheltered Thicket enters the battlefield tapped.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Phyrexian Tower

Color Identity:B

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice a creature: Add {B}{B}.

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Jegantha, the Wellspring

Color Identity:B,G,R,U,W

Market Price: $1.34

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Companion — No card in your starting deck has more than one of the same mana symbol in its mana cost. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
{T}: Add {W}{U}{B}{R}{G}. This mana can't be spent to pay generic mana costs.

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Priest of Forgotten Gods

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $3.75

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{T}, Sacrifice two other creatures: Any number of target players each lose 2 life and sacrifice a creature. You add {B}{B} and draw a card.

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Korvold, Fae-Cursed King

Color Identity:B,G,R

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Flying
Whenever Korvold, Fae-Cursed King enters the battlefield or attacks, sacrifice another permanent.
Whenever you sacrifice a permanent, put a +1/+1 counter on Korvold and draw a card.

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Mayhem Devil

Color Identity:B,R

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Whenever a player sacrifices a permanent, Mayhem Devil deals 1 damage to any target.

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Act of Treason

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.04

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Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn. (It can attack and {T} this turn.)

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Leyline of the Void

Color Identity:B

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If Leyline of the Void is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.
If a card would be put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Cauldron Familiar

Color Identity:B

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When Cauldron Familiar enters the battlefield, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
Sacrifice a Food: Return Cauldron Familiar from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Vraska, Golgari Queen

Color Identity:B,G

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+2: You may sacrifice another permanent. If you do, you gain 1 life and draw a card.
−3: Destroy target nonland permanent with mana value 3 or less.
−9: You get an emblem with "Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game."

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Woodland Cemetery

Color Identity:B,G

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Woodland Cemetery enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Forest.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Collected Company

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $16.14

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Look at the top six cards of your library. Put up to two creature cards with mana value 3 or less from among them onto the battlefield. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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During a pivotal moment of the first match of three between Manfield and Nassif, Manfield exiled all of Nassif's battlefield using a well-placed Extinction Event (calling odd-numbered permanents) after removing his Priest of the Forgotten Gods with Heartless Act. Nassif neglected to sacrifice anything to the Priest of the Forgotten Gods, however, so the 6/6 Hydroid Krasis Manfield had in play was able to attack freely. This afforded Manfield a win in Game Two of that Championship match, making Game Three the decisive game in that part of the Finals. Manfield won that one as well, meaning if he won one more match against Nassif he would be the Mythic Invitational Champion.

Manfield launches a well-timed Extinction Event at Nassif's board.

In Game One of the second match of the Finals, Manfield's Nissa, Who Shakes The World proved a persistent threat for Nassif to attempt to contend with. At the end of that game, Manfield had an animated land, a 6/6 Hydroid Krasis, and Nissa, Who Shakes The World (as well as a second copy of the planeswalker in hand). Nassif couldn't quite cut through, so he conceded that game to Manfield.

Game Two was an interesting dance of dominance between the two competitors, with Nassif getting an early lead via Dreadhorde Butcher, Midnight Reaper and Mayhem Devil, but Manfield stabilizing his game plan and bouncing back quite effectively by way of Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath and Hydroid Krasis. By the time Manfield had stabilized, it was fairly clear that Nassif's deck could not handle the onslaught of these cards, heralded again by Nissa, Who Shakes The World, leaving Manfield to take the Invitational in just two matches.

The artwork for Nissa, Who Shakes The World from War of the Spark. Illustrated by Chris Rallis.

Congratulations to Seth Manfield for winning the Mythic Invitational!