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By: BlippyTheSlug, Volker Kirstein
Nov 13 2014 12:00pm
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Terra Incognita: Made In Japan

It has been said of Modern: "The most important thing about Modern is [its] diversity. It's by and far the most open format right now, there are huge tracts of land no one has explored. It's the new frontier of competitive Magic.", and "The nice thing about Modern is that the format is very open. There's a lot of room to explore and find decks that can work".

To hammer home this point, here are maps from some recent explorations:


Mono B Midrange
Nakano Akinori, 8th Place, Harenuya Modern Cup, Nov 2, 2014 
4 Geralf's Messenger
4 Phyrexian Obliterator
4 Demigod of Revenge
12 Creatures

Other Spells
3 Thoughtseize
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Victim of Night
2 Disfigure
2 Slaughter Pact
2 Dismember
2 Lashwrithe
19 Other Spells
4 Liliana of the Veil
4 Planeswalkers

25 Swamp
25 Lands

Phyrexian Obliterator




Oh, those crazy Japanese!

From the people that brought you Godzilla, Kanamara Matsuri, and tentacles getting inappropriate with schoolgirls, I present you with some decks from the Land of the Rising Suns roving Magic gangs...

First off, a Mono Midrange deck. Obvious game plan is obvious: Disrupt the opposing hand, kill the opposing creatures, bash the opposing face with nasty beats.

Some interesting tech in the sideboard, notably Fulminator Mage.

Next up is a deck that looks strangely familiar to anyone who's played Standard in the last year or so: Pack Rats, Desecration Demon, and Gary. How often have you sat across from that In Standard? It's not going away, and becoming just another part of the wonderful, intricate tapestry that is Modern.

Again,obvious game plan is obvious, but different removal options and different nasty beats.

In addition to the obvious face bashing, this deck also has the secondary Devotion whammy. Get your opponent low enough, pop out a Gary, boom! Dead. It's a nasty trick, and it works.

Last, but not least, a Mill deck! Woo hoo!

One doesn't see Mill often in today's Modern meta, but it does show up from time to time. This one is certainly an all in build; there is no other game plan than "deck your opponent".

Japan has produced some amazing players over the years, and has long been considered one of the 'leading countries' in the Magic world. Who can forget Shouta Yasooka's Eternal Command performance in the 2012 Players Championship? With all these black decks showing up in the local events, is there a dark bubble fomenting beneath the streets of Tokyo? 

Will we see any of this darkness at GP Madrid?



MTGO Top 10
1. UR Delver / 15.83% (+1)
2. Burn / 14.15% (-1)
3. Melira Pod / 7.07% (+1)
4. Affinity / 7.07% )-1)
5. Scapeshift / 6.35%
6. Bogles / 3.96%
7. Merfolk / 3.12%
8. UR Twin / 2.76% *
9. Amulet of Vigor / 2.64% *
10. UWR Control / 2.28% (-1)
Paper Top 10
1. UR Delver / 11.76%
2. Burn / 10.01%
3. Affinity / 7.84% (+1)
4. Melira Pod / 4.93% (-1)
5. UR Twin / 4.64%
6. Scapeshift / 4.64%
7. Jund / 3.77%
8. UWR Control / 3.48% (-2)
9. Merfolk / 3.48% *
10. UWR Midrange / 3.48% *

Meta Madness

Last week, I tried to jam the entire MTGO Salvation Meta Project into this article. Since my coding skills went out of style with single thread OS's, this resulted in the article "jumping" to the middle of the page when it loaded.

Rather than do that, I think I'll just present it as a "Top 10" type dealy bob, and make any comments needed alongside.




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Overdrive!, which started on July 4th, 2011, is the original Modern format Player-Run Event! In fact, Overdrive! is even older than Modern, having started out as an event in the Overextended format. Overdrive! is a single elimination event: two men enter, one man leaves. Registration is done via Gatherling. You can find more information at the main event thread here.



Overdrive! #157
Players: 13
Champion: wuntang08 / Tempo Twin
Runner up: ScionOfJustice / Ghostpants
Decklists and results from all Overdrive! events can be found here.  

wutang08 set the tempo with this deck, knocking off Goblins, Naya Delver, UR Delver, and Ghostpants (aka Boggles) to emerge as Overdrive! #157 champion.

ScionOfJustice took Ghostpants tp the dance, and after a first round BYE, and a second round NOSHOW opponent, put the beats to Tarmo Twin, but couldn't do it to Tempo Twin.



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