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By: BlippyTheSlug, Volker Kirstein
Apr 10 2014 12:00pm
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Terra Incognita

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:


BRW Control
davemosucks87, (3-1) Modern Daily #6950514
4 Dark Confidant
1 Grim Lavamancer
2 Restoration Angel
7 Creatures

4 Liliana of the Veil
4 Planeswalkers

Other Spells
1 Batterskull
1 Dismember
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Lightning Helix
4 Lingering Souls
4 Path to Exile
1 Slaughter Pact
2 Sword of War and Peace
3 Thoughtseize
25 Other Spells
4 Arid Mesa
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Blood Crypt
2 Godless Shrine
4 Lavaclaw Reaches
4 Marsh Flats
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Swamp
24 Lands



This deck, and the one below, are typical of a color wedge that's been showing up more and more in the past few weeks. It's not like it's particularly new; it's made T8 at Modern PTQs as long ago as February of 2012.


Now, as then, this deck works by tearing apart it's opponent's hand, while stomping on him with beaters, and scorching face with Bolts and Helices. Sounds pretty straightforward to me!


Both decks use Bob as a card draw engine, and back him up with a full complement of disruption and spot removal. One uses Inquisition of Kozilek / Thoughtseize, the other Inquisition of Kozilek / Tidehollow Sculler. Both use Lily. Both have multiple avenues to offset Bob's life loss. Both use the same basic path.



As with the Raka submeta, there's not all that much difference between a Control and Midrange build. So, as with Raka, I'm using an arbitrary dividing line of 8 creatures. If it has eight or less creatures, I'm calling it Control. Nine or more, I'm calling it Midrange.


 Right now, these decks occupy two separate slots in the meta charts. This may change as the meta evolves.









Meta Madness

The Q2 meta is starting to show some surprises!

Looking at the PE Big Picture, and how quickly it's moving up in the SE ranks, a Storm is brewing! Storm has always been a player in the Modern meta. From Day One, it's been a factor. Twice in the past, cards were put on the Modern Banned & Restricted list specifically to hobble this deck.

I wonder if any people at the Ivory Tower are starting to worry about this latest spate of Storm decks? I hope not. I think this is just part of the ebb and flow of the ever shifting meta. By the end of next week, people will be packing more storm hate.  Something else will be popping up a slew of wins.

I'm more concerned about Twin. While always a top player, Twin is really starting to dominate the numbers game, much like Rock/Jund did prior to the Deathrite Shaman ban. A large part of this probably has to do with how (relatively) inexpensive this deck is to put together, and how well it performs. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this deck.

As you know, about a year and a half ago, WotC inexplicable stopped posting the results from every event. After weeks of clamor, they finally gave an explanation. The reasons for this redaction have not happened. Formats are being solved just as fast. We MTGO players are straight-jacketed by lack of information. The timing, with the redaction happening prior to the 2012 Community Cup Challenge, and not being announced until after said event, also stinks to high heaven of conspiracy, as well

Tribal Wars are still gone, gone, gone.

Cut the [REDACTED], wizzo's. 

All results. All the time. Bring back Tribal Wars!

The Daily Big Picture


The Premiere Big Picture


Higher Education

Post Graduate

These charts will appear once an archetype has shown 20 4-0 appearances.




High School


Primary School / The Sandbox

The Wall of Voodoo






I have consolidated Death &Taxes, Hate Bears, and UW Vial into one unified archetype/submeta. 













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

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 (if/when it shows) 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.







Rock continues to be a force, and continues to make its face known. The basic core of the Modern Rock deck is:

Abrupt Decay
Dark Confidant
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 (if/when it shows) 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...

Poem #100
December 31, 2011

It's post number one hundred, at least
Some posts are from others
Some have more than one piece
Put it all together
I'd call it one hundred

One hundred slices of dark, moldy bread
Popped out of the toaster inside of my head
It seems almost cyclic: mental menstruation
Timely, ordered rage and frustration
One hundred acts of defenestration

The baby, the bathwater, out it all goes
Everything washed away by the flows
Howling wind through broken windows
Fiery fragments adrift and aglow
But no matter how many I let go

Nothing is filling that vacancy
Wishing you could be
Here with me



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! #126
Players: 13
Champion: Call1me1Dragon / Robots
Runner up: 6argamel / Rock
Decklists and results from all Overdrive! events can be found here.  

Dragon and his mechanical monstrosities started out with a mirror match, and then ground out Melira Pod and G Infect before pulverizing 6argamel's Rock.

6argamel beat down Robots in the first round, then pulverized Splinter Twin and Counter Nail before being ground down to pebbles in the final.



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I don't get the purpose of by Paul Leicht at Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:29
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I don't get the purpose of the Restos in the first deck. There are plenty of flying beaters that are better if it doesn't actually ever resolve its ETB ability for profit. Is it to protect Bob from removal because that seems a little silly to me. I am curious how the deck managed to go 3-1 or maybe it was the power level despite the restos sub-optimal slot.

The first thing that comes to by BlippyTheSlug at Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:24
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The first thing that comes to mind is both to protect Bob late game, and as flying sword bearers. It could simply be an evolutionary remnant (that still somewhat works) from an earlier build.

Mine is not to question why
Mine is but to show the try

I need to master the by AnnBelford at Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:20
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I need to master the techniques on this. The game is actually interesting though. - Weather Shield Windows