Modern Gains Momentum at Good Games: Brisbane

MTGModernSalutations handsome readers! Grand Prix: Brisbane is looming large in October so it’s time for a Modern update. Yes, that ugly duckling Magic: the Gathering format that Wizards bestowed upon wary TCG consumers 2 years ago has grown up into a swan-like utopia of excitement and diversity. Ok so maybe there are a few problems (like a novella-length banlist), but with 24 players turning out for Good Games’s weekly modern event on Wednesday 14th August, there is clear evidence that Modern is a brand on the rise. Seasoned veteran, David Mines, took down first place with his blisteringly fast domain zoo deck.

Top 8

  1. David Mines (Domain Z oo)
  2. Steve Blake (Jund)
  3. Patrick Goodall (Trap Naya)
  4. Thore Wilmer (Storm)
  5. Ged Forrest (UWR Control)
  6. Jack Baxter (Splinter Twin)
  7. Luke Stasiuk (Affinity)
  8. James Lynch (Living End)

 

Ah, nothing warms my heart like a top 8 featuring 8 eight different decks.  There’s a competitive option to suit every style. Want to smash your opponent with powerful robots? Arcbound Ravager is your automaton. Want to sneak a 2 card combo into play at the end of your opponent’s turn? Deceiver Exarch will rapidly wipe that grin off your opponent’s mug. And with the Grand Prix fast approaching, now has never been a better time to take the plunge and invest in what is sure to be a perennially popular format. I asked some of the players what they had to say about all things modern.

 

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Jack Walton

 

What card should be unbanned in Modern?

Which deck are you playing tonight?

  • Wish Pod

What Grand Prix: Brisbane side-event are you looking forward to?

  • Legacy

What is the worst day of the week?

  • Thursday

 

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Ben Conwell

 

What card should be unbanned in Modern?

Which deck are you playing tonight?

  • Monoblack Control

What Grand Prix: Brisbane side-event are you looking forward to?

  • Legacy

What is the worst day of the week?

  • Monday

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David Solomon

 

What card should be unbanned in Modern?

Which deck are you playing tonight?

  • Grand Architect (Hater-facts)

What Grand Prix: Brisbane side-event are you looking forward to?

  • Commander

What is the worst day of the week?

  • Monday

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Joseph Cooper

 

What card should be unbanned in Modern?

Which deck are you playing tonight?

  • Affinity

What Grand Prix: Brisbane side-event are you looking forward to?

  • Main event only

What is the worst day of the week?

  • Sunday

 

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Nathan Wintle (The Modern scene at GG owes a debt of gratitude to Nathan for his effort to promote the format!)

 

What card should be unbanned in Modern?

Which deck are you playing tonight?

  • Counter Cat

What Grand Prix: Brisbane side-event are you looking forward to?

  • Legacy

What is the worst day of the week?

  • “It was Wednesday until Good Games changed it to Modern day!”

 

As mentioned, David Mines won Wednesday’s event. He was kind enough to divulge his sweet list with some commentary on its highs and lows:

Domain Zoo
David Mines
Modern

Main Deck:
4 Deathrite Shaman
2 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
4 Geist of Saint Traft
3 Noble Hierarch
2 Snapcaster Mage
4 Tarmogoyf

4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
4 Lingering Souls
2 Might of Alara
4 Tribal Flames

4 Arid Mesa
1 Blood Crypt
1 Breeding Pool
1 Godless Shrine
1 Hallowed Fountain
2 Marsh Flats
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Sacred Foundry
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Steam Vents
2 Stomping Ground
1 Temple Garden

Sideboard:
2 Ancient Grudge
3 Aven Mindcensor
3 Path to Exile
1 Snapcaster Mage
4 Thoughtseize
2 Thundermaw Hellkite

Dave wanted to play a deck that was aggressive and proactive. This deck provides both virtues in abundance. It has a solid ‘clear-the-way-for-Geist’ plan and with 12 powerful burn spells it has an exceptional potential for reach. “My best cards are Geist, Tribal Flames and Might of Alara,” explains Dave. Indeed, a +5/+5 buff on an unblocked Geist can end the game in 1 attack step! Many players expected this style of deck to become obsolete with the banning of Wild Nacatl but it seems that Geist and Tarmogoyf have more than enough chutzpah to pick up the slack. Dave likes his matchups across the board but concedes that other ‘value’ decks can potentially overpower him. In particular Birthing Pod strategies are tough to beat. The only change that Dave is prepared to make is to replace Thundermaw Hellkite in the sideboard with Baneslayer Angel since the ‘Empress of Lifelink’ has a better shot than the hasty dragon at winning games he would otherwise lose.

On the other hand, Jack Walton played a Birthing Pod deck with a twist:

Wish Pod
Jack Walton
Modern

Main Deck:
4 Birds of Paradise
1 Cartel Aristocrat
1 Dark Confidant
4 Deathrite Shaman
3 Kitchen Finks
2 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
1 Murderous Redcap
1 Orzhov Pontiff
1 Ranger of Eos
1 Reveillark
1 Sin Collector
1 Varolz, the Scar-Striped
1 Viscera Seer
4 Voice of Resurgence

4 Birthing Pod
4 Glittering Wish
2 Thoughtseize

2 Forest
3 Gavony Township
1 Godless Shrine
4 Marsh Flats
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Overgrown Tomb
4 Razorverge Thicket
1 Swamp
2 Temple Garden
1 Watery Grave

Sideboard:
1 Abrupt Decay
1 Cartel Aristocrat
1 Fracturing Gust
1 Harmonic Sliver
1 Kitchen Finks
1 Master Biomancer
1 Meddling Mage
1 Murderous Redcap
1 Pyrrhic Revival
1 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
2 Thoughtseize
1 Tidehollow Sculler
1 Wheel of Sun and Moon
1 Zealous Persecution

This is a traditional Melira-Pod combo deck that uses Glittering Wish instead of Chord of Calling to search for silver bullets (single cards that can beat entire strategies). The Wish trades the instant speed of Chord for a cheaper cost and the ability to search for non-creature spells such as Abrupt Decay. No Chord also means less reliance on convoke creatures such as Wall of Roots which is absent here. The Wish plan is able to retrieve any part of the 3 card Melira combo with Master Biomancer filling in as a multi-coloured Melira. Jack was impressed with Glittering Wish and noted that Meddling Mage was arguably the best silver bullet against problematic combo decks such as Scapeshift and Living End. Possibly the biggest drawback of a Wish sideboard is the lack of traditional sideboard slots. You must rely on Glittering Wish to find the right cards in all 3 games of any particular match. Of course the ‘upgrade’ to Wish from Chord isn’t likely to improve previously bad matchups for Birthing Pod decks. A well timed Pyroclasm or Electrolyze is still going to cause havoc! But, if you’re a diehard Pod-man like me, then I heartily recommend giving Glittering Wish a whirl.

Thanks for reading guys. See you at Good Games.

Jonathan

 

 

 

 

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