With the official B&R list updated, let’s talk about the changes to the upcoming Modern format.
Eye of Ugin is banned
Banning Eye of Ugin removed the speed and the long game ability of the Eldrazi variants as well as hit Tron decks late game. While Eldrazi was weakened by this, I don’t think the deck is destroyed by this.
Vesuva was a nice sideboard card in the Eldrazi mirror allowing players to copy Eye of Ugin. Now the card will be used to copy Eldrazi Temple to give them 8 Sol Lands again. It will slow the deck down by a turn but being able to ramp over your opponent. The deck idea here also continues to use Ancient Stirrings to dig for your colorless cards and also uses Simian Spirit Guide for ramp into your 3 or 4 drops on turn 2 or to Reality Smasher on turn 3. The consistency will suffer though which is why the deck isn’t broken now, but still a good choice.
I know that Tron players feel hurt by this but I still believe that your strategy is fine, even if it has to adapt to stay relevant. The deck could move more into a R/G UrzaTron like the following list:
While this deck doesn’t let you chain Wurmcoil Engine or Karn, it will still let you dig for Ulamog as well as Kozilek and Ryusei through the card Time of Need. The deck also has the additional exile effect from World Breaker and can chain a second one via Sanctum of Ugin.
Ancestral Vision is unbanned
Adding Ancestral Vision back to the Modern format gives players incentive to go back to more midrange and long game control decks. Two decks that get a boost from that would be Grixis Control and WU Control. Let’s look at a recent deck during the Eldrazi Winter from a recent MOCS event:
This style control deck wants a long game. Several cards in this deck were purely for meta game purposes (Hallowed Moonlight, Spreading Seas, Crucible of Worlds, maybe Supreme Verdict) so I could see going with some number of Ancestral Vision for long game card advantage.
Sword of the Meek is unbanned
Now this one was quite a shock. Thopter Foundry + Sword of the Meek makes for an incredible token engine and life gain. Sick part is that you now have an engine to also go long and you have access to a card that doesn’t get enough love in Modern, Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas:
Mishra’s Favorite Deck
SB: 1 Lodestone Golem
SB: 1 Nihil Spellbomb
SB: 3 Spell Pierce
SB: 2 Torpor Orb
SB: 1 Chalice of the Void
SB: 1 Pithing Needle
SB: 1 Grafdigger’s Cage
SB: 1 Academy Ruins
SB: 1 Engineered Explosives
SB: 2 Hangarback Walker
SB: 1 Ensnaring Bridge
This deck is based off several similar Legacy decks of the past. Obviously, this isn’t a fully tuned deck, but you see the potential here. Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas + 1 attack from some thopters will usually be game.
Now let’s talk about new cards in the Modern format from SOI:
Sideboard CardsDual Shot
A lovely card that shoots down two 1/1 at instant speed? In this format, yes please!Invasive Surgery
So Envelop with an upside if you have Delirium? I’m sure there will be sideboard space for a card like this, depending on the metagame.Anguished Unmaking
While I think the card is good, the 3 life lost is a real cost in a format with saclands and shocklands. I can see this being used out of the sideboard but I can’t see this being in a maindeck unless you are playing something like a Death Shadow deck.
Main Deck CardsThing in the Ice
As if Grixis Control wasn’t a strong deck to begin with, being able to play cantrips, countermagic, and discard then turn a 0/4 ‘wall’ that flips to a 7/8 that bounces almost every other creature in the format and end a game quick is rather good.Heir of Falkenrath
Speaking of cards that are rather strong, Heir makes it so you can play 8 3/2 flyers in a deck with so much removal and rebuys.
These cards go hand in hand. Our resident Frog Horror is incredible.
4 Verdant Catacombs
2 Marsh Flats
2 Overgrown Tomb
2 Godless Shrine
2 Woodland Cemetery
1 Twilight Mire
1 Cavern of Souls
2 Dakmor Salvage
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
2 Ghost Quarter
There are two major ways to win:
Until next week,
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