You Mad Bro? – Vikavolt V and Mad Party for POG Championship

What’s up Tier-X Gamers? Daniel Altavilla back with another article on Darkness Ablaze for you all. I will be going over the UPR-DAA format again for the POG Championship, which is an online tournament attempting to replicate the World Championships tournament format because we had to give up Worlds to keep ourselves and the entirety of the world safe from harm during this COVID-19 pandemic. The POG tournament is looking to have an extensive roster of strong players and hopefuls.

The UPR-DAA format has evolved somewhat with the release of the cards on PTCGO. From what I have seen so far, people are trying out Vikavolt V, Mad Party, Eternatus VMAX, Centiskorch VMAX, ADPZ, and Pikarom. As expected, I have seen a downshift in the number of Control archetypes, Zacian V Combo, and Dragapult VMAX decks on ladder. The ladder tends to shift more towards ADPZ than anything else because people who have yet to pick the set up still have all the cards for the deck. I would imagine the POG Championship would have players who are more dedicated to picking up the cards, but for the Day 1 tournament, I still expect ADPZ to be the most popular archetype, which means you will want to make sure you are favored against the deck if you are not moving directly into Day 2. For Day 2, you will want to focus on being able to handle the newer archetypes and have at least an even ADPZ matchup. I think the format feels less like a triangle now, with most decks being able to take a win here and there against anything, and that might just be a direct result of lists all being vastly different right now.

For this article, my main focus is going to be on Vikavolt V and on Mad Party. I feel that Vikavolt V is a deck that can outperform any of the other new archetypes because it is not tackling certain matchups but is locking Item cards, so it is the kind of deck that can beat anything if your opponent doesn’t draw well enough. It also can shift from Item Locking to just outright winning a prize trade. Mad Party is a bit underdeveloped at the moment, but I see a lot of power in the deck. The ability to pressure anything with a good prize trade and powerful turn 1 attacks makes it something that can shine in the early stages of this meta.

Vikavolt V in the UPR-DAA Format

2x Raise Dead
2x Draconic Studies
2x Holy Smite
2x Renew
2x Condemn (Rank 1)
2x Insight
2x Sethekk Veilweaver
2x Shadow Word: Death
2x Apotheosis
2x Hysteria
1x Mindrender Illucia
2x Palm Reading
1x Xyrella
2x Wandmaker
2x Venomous Scorpid
1x Blademaster Samuro
1x Ysera the Dreamer
2x First Day of School
2x Conviction (Rank 1)
2x Knight of Anointment
2x Righteous Protector
2x Hand of A'dal
2x Goody Two-Shields
2x Underlight Angling Rod
2x Blessing of Kings
1x Cariel Roame
2x Blessing of Authority
2x Hammer of the Naaru
2x Crabrider
2x Cult Neophyte
1x Nerubian Egg
1x Blademaster Samuro
1x Moonfang
1x Ogremancer
1x Alexstrasza the Life-Binder
2x Brain Freeze
2x Devolving Missiles
2x Lab Partner
2x Primordial Studies
2x Shooting Star
2x Wand Thief
2x Cram Session
2x Imprisoned Phoenix
2x Incanter's Flow
2x Runed Orb
2x Arcane Intellect
2x Fireball
2x Refreshing Spring Water
1x Aegwynn, the Guardian
1x Ras Frostwhisper
2x Mask of C'Thun

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