Deep Analysis – Modern’s Evolution

Deep-Analysis

I want to apologize to my fans for the lack of an article this past week.

What cards from Standard have moved into Modern?

There certainly has been a few.

Eldritch EvolutionEldritch Evolution

Let’s start with the card that has seen the most play in Modern from Eldritch Moon, Eldritch Evolution.  There have been many decks that have been using this card as a tutor in a tool box style deck.  Others have just used the card as a tutor for consistency.  Just this past weekend watching the SCG tour, I saw builds of Retreat to Coralhelm, Elves, the old Kiki Chord deck, and Abzan decks all with Evolution in their deck.

Bant Retreat by Eli Kassis

Main Deck Sideboard
1 Kitchen Finks
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Reveillark
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Birds of Paradise
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Qasali Pridemage
4 Voice of Resurgence
4 Knight of the Reliquary
1 Eternal Witness
2 Courser of Kruphix
4 Eldritch Evolution
3 Path to Exile
4 Serum Visions
3 Retreat to Coralhelm

1 Breeding Pool
1 Temple Garden
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Stomping Ground
1 Gavony Township
1 Ghost Quarter
2 Wooded Foothills
4 Windswept Heath
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Forest
2 Plains
1 Avalanche Riders
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Magus of the Moon
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Zealous Conscripts
1 Kataki, War's Wage
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
2 Surgical Extraction
3 Fracturing Gust

Bant Retreat has been a deck for a few sets but this build uses the pieces of the toolbox style that Pod use to do along with the Retreat and Knight combo as a backup to finish.

Kiki Evolution by Jeff Hoogland

Main Deck Sideboard
1 Spellskite
4 Birds of Paradise
2 Eternal Witness
1 Noble Hierarch
1 Obstinate Baloth
1 Orzhov Pontiff
1 Qasali Pridemage
2 Restoration Angel
1 Reveillark
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Selfless Spirit
4 Voice of Resurgence
3 Wall of Omens
1 Anafenza, the Foremost
1 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
2 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
1 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
2 Chord of Calling
3 Path to Exile
4 Eldritch Evolution

2 Forest
1 Mountain
1 Plains
1 Fire-Lit Thicket
1 Horizon Canopy
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Raging Ravine
2 Razorverge Thicket
1 Sacred Foundry
2 Stomping Ground
1 Temple Garden
1 Verdant Catacombs
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
3 Engineered Explosives
1 Burrenton Forge-Tender
2 Fulminator Mage
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Thragtusk
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
2 Lightning Helix
1 Path to Exile
1 Kataki, War's Wage
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Melira, Sylvok Outcast

Jeff has been playing Kiki Chord for quite some time in Modern and he seems to have found something really strong in the new Kiki Evolution deck.  Being able to evolve a Voice of Resurgence into a Pia and Kiran Nalaar is super strong (since it leaves you with a 4/4, 2 1/1 flying tokens, and a 2/2).

PrizedAmalgamPrized Amalgam, Insolent Neonate and Collective Brutality

Well, dredge has certainly made a comeback in Modern and these 3 cards have been part of the reason why.  There are 2 versions of this deck, one with a Life from the Loam and Conflagrate package while the other uses a package closer to the Legacy version with Bridge from Below and Greater Gargadon.  Both versions have show a lot of power and promise.  You better start packing for this explosive deck or get run over.

Dredge Gargadon Bridge by Todd Anderson

Main Desk Sideboard
4 Bloodghast
4 Golgari Grave-Troll
1 Golgari Thug
4 Greater Gargadon
1 Haunted Dead
4 Insolent Neonate
4 Narcomoeba
4 Prized Amalgam
3 Stinkweed Imp
3 Shriekhorn
4 Bridge from Below
1 Conflagrate
4 Faithless Looting

2 Mountain
4 Arid Mesa
2 Blood Crypt
3 Bloodstained Mire
1 Copperline Gorge
2 Dakmor Salvage
2 Mana Confluence
1 Steam Vents
2 Stomping Ground
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Abrupt Decay
3 Ancient Grudge
1 Darkblast
1 Gnaw to the Bone
2 Nature's Claim
2 Collective Brutality

Dredge Conflagrate Life by Davis Merced

Main Deck Sideboard
4 Bloodghast
4 Golgari Grave-Troll
1 Haunted Dead
4 Insolent Neonate
4 Narcomoeba
4 Prized Amalgam
4 Stinkweed Imp

3 Conflagrate
4 Faithless Looting
3 Life from the Loam
4 Tormenting Voice
2 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Copperline Gorge
2 Dakmor Salvage
1 Mana Confluence
3 Mountain
2 Stomping Ground
4 Wooded Foothills
3 Ancient Grudge
1 Darkblast
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Gnaw to the Bone
2 Lightning Axe
1 Ratchet Bomb
3 Thoughtseize
2 Vengeful Pharaoh

Thing in the IceThing in the Ice

Thing Ascension by keenjoe007

Main Deck Sideboard
3 Faithless Looting
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
4 Manamorphose
4 Pyromancer Ascension
3 Remand
4 Serum Visions
4 Sleight of Hand
4 Thought Scour
4 Thing in the Ice

1 Arid Mesa
4 Flooded Strand
1 Hallowed Fountain
3 Island
1 Mountain
2 Sacred Foundry
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Steam Vents
1 Sulfur Falls
2 Anger of the Gods
3 Blood Moon
1 Dispel
2 Path to Exile
3 Rest for the Weary
1 Spell Pierce
3 Young Pyromancer

Pyromancer Ascension has been played in Modern Storm before but I don’t think it has been played in any deck like this.  This deck surprisingly very interesting and Thing does a lot of board resets for you.

Grim-Flayer_EN2Grim Flayer and Bedlam Reveler

Jund Delirium by Austin Hoth

Main Deck Sideboard
2 Bedlam Reveler
4 Tarmogoyf
1 Courser of Kruphix
4 Grim Flayer
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Scavenging Ooze

3 Mishra's Bauble

2 Kolaghan's Command
4 Lightning Bolt
1 Maelstrom Pulse
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Tarfire
2 Terminate
2 Thoughtseize
4 Traverse the Ulvenwald
2 Stomping Ground
1 Mountain
1 Overgrown Tomb
3 Raging Ravine
1 Swamp
1 Forest
3 Verdant Catacombs
2 Wooded Foothills
3 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Blood Crypt
3 Bloodstained Mire
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Crumble to Dust
1 Destructive Revelry
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Kitchen Finks
1 Kolaghan's Command
2 Pulse of Murasa
1 Slaughter Games
1 Spellskite
1 Thrun, the Last Troll

I expected to see Bedlam Reveler in Modern but seeing Grim Flayer is a surprise.  I can see why this was being tested though, as it gets you to massive Tarmagoyf faster as well as a 4/4 trample AND a way to fix your draws.

The Ripple Effect

With all these cards entering the Modern Metagame, several staples have not done so well lately.  Be prepared to play against some either older strategies (Jund) or some newer ones in your next Modern event.

Nicol_Bolas@MTGDecktechs.com

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