So GP Richmond will be bound to be the BIGGEST MTG event since Vegas. Modern will be sticking around for a long time and hopefully WotC will be able to inject some fetchlands in this year’s new block or at least by Modern Masters 2, which will probably be slated by next summer in 2015. As of right now, fetchlands are basically $100 bills on the floors, possibly even more by tomorrow.
Anyway, for those of you who are new to Modern, I will tell you this much. The games are entirely different after game 1. Unlike current Standard, Modern has some of the most powerful hate cards in the history of Magic.
The flow of the games in Modern are broken down like this. Game 1 is the race to your win condition for both players. Game 2-3 is preparing yourself for hate cards, while having your own. This dilutes your deck and ultimately slows both players down to a certain degree, which requires you to analyze your starting hand more carefully. While you still sorta do this in Standard, Modern’s sideboard cards will literally lock out decks.
With that, let me give you my top 10 Modern Sideboard cards to look out for:
Special Mention: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thalia can be found in both the main board in a lot of deck types. She’s completely capable of slowing down Storm base decks or any combo deck that relies on cute cantrips for storm counts.
#10. Runed Halo
Completely insane against linear decks. Incredibly flexible but requires a heavy white splash.
#9. Pithing Needle
Similar to Runed Halo, it gives you many options to lock out an opponent if they have a linear strategy. You can name Celestial Colonnades, Liliana of the Veil, or you can name Birthing Pod. There’s many applications to this.
Used primarily against/with Splinter Twin decks, this guy can cause some serious frustrating board states. It even doubles as completely destroying Aura Bogles. You can even use it to protect your cages against Wear/Tear.
#7. Ethersworn Canonist
She can completely stop Storm decks dead in their tracks and don’t even think about Cascading into Living End. Any cute under the rader combo deck can’t simply do a thing with Canonist in play.
#6. Torpor Orb
The primary use is against Splinter Twin, but it’s hate does splash against a few other decks as well. Melira Pod and it’s variations don’t get to abuse most of their infinite combos. Any deck that abuses come into play effects just fizzle.
#5 Stony Silence
This card affects the obvious Affinity player, but it also stops Pod, Tron, Spellskites, and just about any annoying equipment.
#4 Grafdigger’s Cage
Effectively stops things with Flashback or any graveyard tricks. It won’t completely shut down Storm, but they won’t be able to abuse Past in Flames. It completely shuts down Pod lists as well since they can no longer just drop things directly onto the field.
One thing to note: It has ZERO effect on Living End players.
#3. Anger of the Gods
One of the reasons why you didn’t see Zoo in the top 8 a few weeks ago, much less anything with quick creature beats. This card does so much work at 3cc that anything that relies on an Aether Vial strategy needs to play around.
#2 Rest in Peace
The best anti-graveyard hate card ever printed. Shrinks those annoying $150 Tarmogoyfs down to a 0/1, stops most infinite combos in Pod, stops Living End decks cold, shuts off Past in Flames in Storm and castrates Snapcaster Mage.
#1. Blood Moon
The mana-bases in Modern are so greedy, you might just win the game with this card out on it’s own.
Legacy | POX | 2014 Spring Edition
WARNING: Do not use this deck against your friends, family or loved ones. They will hate you forever.
It’s funny how you don’t actually quit Magic until you actually sell off every single card you own. Pretty hard to quit cold turkey with such an awesome community!
So I actually tried to keep one of my favorite decks up to date whenever I can since it features one of my favorite cards of all time since returning back to the game during one of the coolest blocks ever made.
Some slight adjustments recently was giving myself more options in game 1. Not entirely relying too much on gimmicks, the deck has decent options from living off top deck mode, having tool-box options, to just blocking off non-basic land dependent decks.
There were times where I found myself top decking into Dark Rituals late game. That’s probably something you don’t want to draw into while having an active Liliana on the board. So I dropped a playset of Dark Rituals to make room for Sensei’s Top, in addition to Infernal Tutor. In testing, I found that the singleton add-ons were enough, especially when the deck originally had the tool-box Entomb package. In some ways, Infernal Tutor just makes the deck more consistent.
Crucible of Worlds can lock-out entire decks if they have greedy mana bases, on top of being able to thin out your deck late game by recycling your fetchlands.
After game 1, you should be able to drop certain packages to make the deck more focused against your opponents. Against Goblins, Elves or any tribal based decks, Engineered Plague just stops most of the shenanigans. Most of the sideboard is self explanatory and offers decent options against most of the field in Legacy. It really boils down to your opponent’s ability to adapt with limited options, which Pox excels at in Legacy.
There are some high dollar cards that aren’t included here from the Legends set, but they’re not entirely needed. They’re nice to have, but the main meat of the deck remains: Hymn to Torach, Sink Hole, Liliana of the Veil, and Small Pox.
4 Liliana of the Veil
1 Nether Spirit
1 Crucible of Worlds
2 Cursed Scroll
3 Dark Ritual
4 Hymn to Tourach
3 Innocent Blood
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Night of Souls’ Betrayal
1 Raven’s Crime
1 The Rack
1 Bojuka Bog
4 Mishra’s Factory
3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Buried Ruin
1 Infernal Tutor
SB: 2 Engineered Plague
SB: 3 Ensnaring Bridge
SB: 2 Extirpate
SB: 2 Pithing Needle
SB: 2 Ratchet Bomb
SB: 1 Syphon Life
SB: 1 Tombstalker
SB: 1 Grafdigger’s Cage
SB: 1 Toxic Deluge
Again, special thanks to Justin & Steve Argyle for the awesome toys! Don’t forget to drop by the Ascended Minion Project!
art by - REBECCA GUAY
The first MTG artist that got me in the game for the art. There was something special about her work I couldn’t put my fingers on back then, but I knew I loved it. All of it.
I’d love to meet her one day.
You can check out her official website & prints - HERE
She’s also running a KICKSTARTER too!
It’s one of those dollar bin rare cards not too long ago. I was able to pick up a pair while building my Miracles in Legacy and I guess it’s been making waves in Modern. Specifically today.
You might be able to pick up some at your local shop in the dollar box, so don’t be surprised to find a few in there. It’s already being bought out at every online retailer.
Other cards worth noting that shot up in price (not including the ones I previously mentioned this weekend), Blood Moon (all versions), Ensnaring Bridge (found in the MBC 8 Rack list), Living End, and Blood Ghast.
And for you Argyle fans… Hive Mind :) (up over 23% this weekend)
From what I wrote up last week about Splinter Twin decks, about 3 variations made it to the top 8 this weekend. As I pointed out, it’s worst match ups are control lists since they’re a weaker version of a control list for their own combo. Not a huge surprise a traditional UWR control list won.
As I mentioned before, Bitter Blossom did nothing other than create false hype. Faeries got better, but it’s worst match ups are similar to Tron. Anything that hits fast and hard like Naya/Gruul Zoo or Maverick variations. Blossom does nothing for B/W tokens due to the fact that Zoo variants are just TOO FAST for a 1/1 a turn generator could muster.
With Jund out of the picture, it allowed a few new decks viable. Notably Living End, Storm, Hexproof Auras, and Infect. Without Deathrite to keep graveyards in check, Living End/Storm is able to function without being brutally killed game one. With less players running Jund, it also means Liliana of the Veil sees less play, which allowed Hexproof lists run wild.
That’s not to say Liliana got worst, it just means Jund will have to find ways to adjust in the upcoming months to handle fast decks like Zoo. Jund is still a powerful deck, so don’t expect it to go away soon, nor Liliana from the meta. If anything, 8 Rack/Pox lists will becoming increasingly more popular and even the mono-black aggro list Reid Duke piloted as well.
And Liliana is still a 4-of in those lists.
Til next time!
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My friend just told me about a Vampire list that made it through MTGO dailies today. I don’t think this is the exact list, but it’s pretty close. Oh and if you guys didn’t know, Pauper is an all commons format, so this can be built on most budgets :)
3 Child of Night
3 Chosen of Markov
3 Guul Draz Vampire
3 Ruthless Cullblade
3 Shadow Alley Denizen
4 Vampire Interloper
4 Vampire Lacerator
1 Crippling Blight
1 Dirge of Dread
4 Geth’s Verdict
1 Mark of the Vampire
1 Quag Sickness
1 Riot Spikes
1 Victim of Night
3 Warren Weirding
3 Bloodthrone Vampire
SB: 3 Contaminated Ground
SB: 1 Doom Blade
SB: 4 Duress
SB: 1 Morbid Plunder
SB: 2 Shrivel
SB: 2 Vampiric Link
SB: 1 Vile Rebirth
SB: 1 Warren Weirding