Modern Bant Snowblade Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Modern

The ever cyclical Modern metagame continues to swing toward fair decks, and Bant Snowblade is the latest deck on the rise. Gone are the days of “Draw-Go” Azorius Control decks; proactive decks with Stoneforge Mystic are much more popular. This past weekend, Bant Snowblade picked up a MTGO Prelim 5-0 with a list I found particularly interesting. Let’s take a …

Modern Jund Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Modern

A Jund article in 2020? I know, weird, right? Don’t close the tab, though — you’ll want to read this. If you’ve kept your ear to the ground in Modern recently, you may have heard some whispers that Jund is good again. Those whispers got some validation last weekend when Michael Farrell took down the Star City Games Classic with …

Checking In: Theros Beyond Death in Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

It has been a month since Theros Beyond Death was released, and some of you may remember the “Top Five Theros Beyond Death Cards for Modern” article I wrote around that time. I thought this would be a fun opportunity to check in and ask, “Where are they now?”  As it turns out, all five of these cards have seen …

Blood Moon Decks in Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

Modern seems to have finally recovered from the banning of Mox Opal and Oko, Thief of Crowns. Out of the rubble, we’ve seen various builds of Amulet Titan emerge as the decks to beat. But an unfortunate side effect to having a best deck is that people will often want to see cards in that deck banned from the format.  …

Top 5 Theros Beyond Death Cards for Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

Theros Beyond Death released today! New releases affect Standard more than any other format, but I’m here today to talk about which cards will break out of Standard and into Modern. While I don’t think we have a new Oko, Thief of Crowns in this set, we do get some powerful upgrades for existing decks. Let’s take a look! Heliod, …

Sultai Titan Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Modern

Urza was the talk of the town during the StarCityGames Open in Columbus this past weekend — and, given the deck’s recent performance, that’s to be expected. But if you were watching closely, the biggest new development of the tournament was Sultai Titan. As Modern has evolved, the Amulet Titan decks have evolved with it.  Before we look at Sulati …

Modern Infect Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Modern

Long gone are the days where turn one Glistener Elf was among the scariest starts in Modern… or so we thought. Since the banning of Gitaxian Probe, we’ve seen blips on the radar from Blighted Agent and friends when Scale Up and Teferi, Time Raveler were printed, but neither allowed consistent success. However, in the back half of 2019, Infect …

Modern Matchup Guide: Urza vs. Death’s Shadow

Michael Rapp Modern

The Modern metagame may not move nearly as fast as Standard, but if you look closely, you can see how the top deck evolve. The Urza decks are a great example of this: In the past year, Urza has been a Whir of Invention-based combo/prison deck, a Paradoxical Outcome combo deck, and (currently) a Simic midrange deck that uses Oko …

Modern and Pioneer Metagame Update

Michael Rapp Modern, Pioneer

As the end of 2019 approaches, we’ve seen a lot in Magic over the year in Modern, and a brand-new format emerge in Pioneer. We were lucky enough to get a bevy of events this last weekend to pull data from: the StarCityGames Invitational, a Modern MTGO PTQ, a Modern MTGO Challenge, two Modern PTQs at GP Sao Paulo, a …