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By: R Koster, Rob Koster
Apr 21 2021 12:00pm

Now, I know Strixhaven will bring us many brews, and I will get to those. But for now, let's look at the ones that are doing well right now. 
While spitting through the league dumps and the last few tournament results, I came across a few beautiful creations that made me very happy.

The first of those sweet things is this:

So this is a combo deck looking to use Thassa's Oracle to win the game. Either by exiling your stuff first with Inverter of Truth or just clearing out the entire deck with (Jace, Wielder of Mysteries).

While this deck isn't an entirely new brew, I'm delighted to see it here doing well because after Inverter of Truth got banned in Pioneer. I spent way more time than I should have to try to make it work in Modern. I didn't get there and ended up with a deck that felt close but wasn't a cigar. Spederip, however, did a few things differently and got rewarded for it. I knew I was close, so I'm very excited to try this one out for myself!

It still doesn't mean I forgive Inverter of Truth ruining Pioneer though, that format still is just mostly dead, even on MTGO, which is a shame because it was a lot of fun while it lasted. But between a good Modern and a very fun Historic format, it just doesn't stand a chance.

Anyway, onward to more brews!

The second one that caught my eye is this one:


I've never been paired into this, so I hadn't seen it at all, but this is an Invasion of the Giants based version of Scapeshift.

This deck is trying to get Primeval Titan and Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle into play. So far, we all understand it. But why is there an Invasion of the Giants in there, you ask? Well, it ramps for 2 for the titan. So it is a turn faster compared to things like Sakura-Tribe Elder and Explore. And with that, Modern finally has a competitive Giant Tribal deck! All kidding aside, this is sweet, and I love innovation like this. Temur Scapeshift has been a thing for years, usually going even deeper in more colors for things like Bring to Light, but now you get to play just three colors, a good cantrip, and a bunch of counterspells. I fully expect to see a lot more of this deck in the future.

All we need to do now is get a Giant Tribal deck that's based around the actual Giant cards like Brion Stoutarm and Ancient Amphitheater. I would be so happy if we got there.

The next deck that made me very happy about where this format is at was this one:


This deck is based on two different combos. The first one is Saheeli Rai with Felidar Guardian, who combine to make infinite Felidar Guardians just like Splinter Twin used to do with Deceiver Exarch. We've all seen that before. But something that hasn't been doing well in a while has made a comeback here.

Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast is a one-card-combo.  As long as you have any creature out, the ability will always end up with you having an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in play. You can either get there by exiling your mana dork and just straight up hitting the Emrakul. Or you hit the Felidar Guardian, blink your Lukka, with the new Lukka you exile the Guardian and look at that. It's an Emrakul. While Lukka and Emrakul was a thing in Ponza for a while and actually performed reasonably in that shell, it just kind of disappeared for no specific reason. It's another thing that I'm just glad to see again.

The final list that I want to look at is this one:


It's a known fact that I love this archetype, and seeing Wall of Omens in there makes me think back to Jelger Wiegersma playing the deck in 2014.To dive a bit deeper into this, though, I love adding White to this deck. The main problems it has are its Burn and its Dredge matchup. Just getting to 5 mana for Kiki-Jiki in general, and once you finally get there, the little Goblin just gets killed anyway. Adding White gives you Teferi, Time Raveler, Lightning Helix, Timely Reinforcements, and Rest in Peace. All of those solve massive problems for the deck.

The other significant improvement here is that you get to run Restoration Angel instead of Deceiver Exarch and Pestermite. This means that you get to run a real creature to do some severe beating down with. Between the extra power on the angel, the added Lightning Helix, and the usual Snapcaster Mage and Lightning Bolt, this deck has some real closing power. And it makes for another deck that I can't wait to try.

Between these brews and upgrades to old archetypes happening, I'm thrilled with where Modern is at right now. I'm scared to all bajeezus for Modern Horizons 2, but until then, this, for me, is the best Modern has been since 2015. I love this format.