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By: BlippyTheSlug, Volker Kirstein
Feb 13 2014 1:00pm
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I breathe, and I seethe
When I have scorched ev’ry earth
I will die alone

The flames still burn bright. With the lengthening of the days come stirrings within, banked embers fanned into burning conflagration. But the days are yet bitter cold, and my desires and wants stifled. Despite blinding sun, ice still flies wanton, and no birds sing in barren trees.

Milestones pass. The twenty-seventh year of my servitude is ended, and the twenty-eighth begun. My exile continues as the days slowly lengthen towards winters end. I've acquired a new addiction in my paper world. 

血曲柄 (Bloodcrank)
Burn and Mill at the same time? Dirt cheap? Sign me up!
4 Bloodghast (wishlist)
4 Creatures

Other Spells
3 Sign in Blood
3 Tezzeret's Gambit
4 Bloodchief Ascension
4 Staggershock
3 Mindcrank
4 Volt Charge
4 Volcanic Fallout
4 Blightning
4 Lightning Bolt
33 Other Spells

3 Lavaclaw Reaches
3 Bojuka Bog
4 Dragonskull Summit
7 Mountain
6 Swamp
23 Lands


Chinese Bloodcrank

The name alone is so evocative. It pushes so many buttons, and feels so wrong, on so many levels...

I have everything except the Bloodghasts.

The primary win condition is having an active Bloodchief Ascension and Mindcrank on the battlefield at the same time. At that point, any loss of life, or any card going into your opponent's graveyard, sets off the burning mill combo. When it comes together, it's a beautiful/painful thing to see.

In getting the Bloodchief active, it's hard to get more efficient than Volt Charge (with Proliferate, no less!), Lightning Bolt, and Staggershock.  Volcanic Fallout is wonderful for those early board wipes, and it can't be countered!  

But wait, there's more! Blightning is sorcery speed Mind Rot + Lightning Bolt. Two spells for the price of one! 

Even without Mindcrank and/or Bloodchief Ascension, the deck performs just fine as a slow burn deck: there are a dozen spells mainboard that do three points of damage. Eight more, eleven if you count Sign in Blood (and I do!*), do two points. Staggershock is two twice, so effectively fifteen two point burns.

* I always get a kick out of burning my opponent to two life and winning via Sign in Blood!

This bad motor scooter is a card guzzler, so I have to be able to keep my hand somewhat full. This deck can become downright suicidal at times if nothing but Sign in Blood and Tezzeret's Gambit (also with Proliferate) come up. But if I have an active Bloodchief Ascension on the table, I won't hesitate to take myself down to four by digging. I want that bolt to seal the deal.

Psychological Warfare is also part of playing this deck. No one likes being milled, and no one likes being bolted. With Mindcrank on the battlefield, each bolt rat-t-t-tles your opponents dome. Hard. Those two, three, or more card concussions add up very quickly with the burn package this deck packs. In theory there's no difference between burning/milling your opponent during your second main phase and doing it on your opponent's upkeep. Hitting your opponent on his upkeep has a much harder psychological impact. They know they're getting burned on your turn, but a mill just before draw is a kick in the tenders.

Then Bojuka Bog makes it all disappear. 

Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. - Sun Tzu
Kill them all! - Spartacus  



Meta Madness

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Another ban list change shakes up the meta, and once more into the breach!

As always, and in case you didn't know, all of the charts you see below are "live", and update accordingly as new information is entered. If you're reading this on February 13 before 10AM Pacific time, the first chart will appear to be blank. Fear not. Check back later this afternoon, and it'll be filled in. Check back tomorrow, and it'll be filled in even more!

What it fills up with remains to be seen, but I think it will be an interesting and brutal fight for dominance.

I wish I could fill it up faster, but you know that song and dance as well as I do by now, I Imagine: in the long, long ago, in the time of the birthgivers, there were results from every daily event. It was about a year and half ago that they stopped with a barely audible peep. I believe the reasons WotC stated for this redaction are just so much vapor. Not the good kind that you get from a vaporizor, either. No. The vapor you find in a busy National Park outhouse on a hot summer day. I'm also still convinced that the timing (waiting until after the 2012 Community Cup Challenge, when results had been redacted for almost two weeks), and placement (a tiny blurb in a forum few people visit), of the redaction announcement was a deliberate obfuscation. So cut the [REDACTED], Wizzos.

All results. All the time.

The New Big Picture


The Old Big Picture


Higher Education

Post Graduate




High School


Primary School / The Sandbox


The Wall of Voodoo






I have consolidated D&T and Hate Bears into one unified archetype/submeta. 


UW Vial will fall into this group, as well, if/when it shows up.









It is so strange referring to a four color deck as "RDW", but here it is. Bump decks started out as , but now regularly run three or four colors.

Aggro and Burn are both "true" RDW variants, being mono . The main difference between the two is in the creature base. Aggro typically runs twelve to eighteen creatures, while Burn runs ten or less.

White Lightning is RDW Burn splashing for Boros Charm.




I'm using a dividing line of four Snapcaster Mages plus up to four more creatures to indicate Control, and more than eight creatures to signify Midrange. Keep in mind that "Midrange" in this submeta doesn't mean the same thing as it normally does. A Raka Midrange deck is still quite control heavy.







Today, the basic core of the Modern Rock deck is:

Abrupt Decay
Dark Confidant
Deathrite Shaman
Inquisition of Kozilek  /  Thoughtseize
Liliana of the Veil
Scavenging Ooze / Tarmogoyf

Everything else is “accessories”, according to the builder’s preference. Jund and Junk are two appendages of the same beast. Ajundi and Junk'd happen when the appendages slap together. But it’s all the same slavering, rabid swampbeast hybrid that comes tearing into every Modern FNM, every Modern GP, every Modern PTQ, every Modern PT. And usually ends up King of the Hill. That beast is Rock.




"Dusty" Tron is simply GR/b Tron with three or four All is Dust. "Regular" GR/b Tron runs none, sometimes one, never two.


Breakfast at Urza's is an "eggs" style deck that uses Krark-Clan Ironworks and Open the Vaults to generate huge amounts of mana to either hardcast Emmy, deliver a fatal Banefire, or durdle up a fatal storm of Grapeshots.







 Random Gibberish

I guess the Spank The Slug segment went over like a lead balloon. I mean the common concept thereof, not the actual lead balloon made by Mythbusters. So I'm going to use this space to throw random gibberish at you. Be it in the form of poetry (most likely), video composition (maybe), rambling pointless stories (also likely). If you want to see something else, ask me. So there. Here we go...


This Life of Mine

So a bit about this life of mine
Which started back in fifty-nine
In a little town in Germany
Sandkrug is where I came to be
Dad left mom to come to the states
He couldn’t go far enough to escape his fate
Mom tracked him down in sixty-three
Coming over on a ship, carrying me
I was there when they were wed
So yes, I’m a bastard, born and bred

Raised in the suburbs of Detroit
We’ll skip my youth and teen exploits
I left home in seventy-seven
For some harsh military lessons
Some of which I cannot relay
But I can never go back to Thailand they say
After three years I came home again
I soon left for the land of the setting sun
In San Francisco I became a punk
And finished my schooling of computer junk

(Peter Norton used to sneer at me
I was the only mohawk at P.A.R.C.
So now whenever you move your mouse
A tiny snippet of code from my house
By now buried so deep it can’t be found
But I was there, making the mouse go ’round)

I also played bass with a band called Sluglords
Thrashing punk rock, which society abhorred

I met my wife in eighty-six
In eighty-seven I was in a fix
Continue with music, which was doing well
Or be the dad, with nine to five in hell
Needless to say I chose my family
That crazy world of genetic alchemy

And there you have the first twenty seven
The last twenty seven have been hell and heaven
But I’m not going to get into them now
Because friends are due over soon to play wow




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! #118
Players: 12
Champion: sonofvashon / Death & Taxes
Runner up: longtimegone / UR Breach Tron
Decklists and results from all Overdrive! events can be found here.  

Overdrive! first-timer sonofvashon took this beastly concoction to the dance, and proceeded to tear up the dance floor: first winning an almost mirror in Round One, then sailing through RDW Tokens in Round Two, and UR Control in Round Three, before defeating UR Breach Tron in the finals.







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