Making It In Modern: M19 Cards Showing Up In Modern Decks

Hello and welcome to another edition of Making It In Modern! Core Set 19 was released over a month ago, and we have seen it shake up the Standard landscape a bit.  I’ve been told that Vinemare has been a pretty good addition to the Mono Green Stompy decks from Dominaria Standard.  Who would have thought that a 5/3 Hexproof creature that can’t be blocked by black creatures would see play in a stompy list? Of course, this is pure sarcasm, but there have been some interesting cards from the set seeing play in non Standard formats, as well. In this article, I am going to examine four cards that have been seeing decent play in Modern.

Before I get into the list, I want to preface that I will not be mentioning any of the hate/hoser cards printed such as Alpine Moon. Some of this cycle of cards will obviously see play in sideboards, because that is what it seems they were designed for.  The four cards that I will be mentioning have been included in decks with varying forms of success from 5-0s in MTGO Competitive Leagues to actual large paper event Top 8s.  This list is in no particular order, as well.  Let’s get to it!

4. Militia Bugler

SCG Modern Classic Philadelphia 4th Place Humans – Charlotte Lewis

Creatures

4x Champion of the Parish

4x Noble Hierarch

4x Kitesail Freebooter

4x Meddling Mage

4x Phantasmal Image

4x Thalia’s Lieutenant

3x Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

1x Kessig Malcontents

4x Mantis Rider

2x Militia Bugler

3x Reflector Mage

Spells

4x Aether Vial

Lands

4x Ancient Ziggurat

4x Cavern of Souls

4x Horizon Canopy

1x Island

1x Plains

1x Seachrome Coast

4x Unclaimed Territory

Sideboard

2x Gut Shot

2x Auriok Champion

2x Gaddock Teeg

2x Kataki, War’s Wage

2x Izzet Staticaster

2x Reclamation Sage

3x Sin Collector

In one of the best decks in the format, Militia Bugler fixes a small card advantage issue that the deck previously had. The ability to look at the top four cards, and then putting a creature card that costs two mana or less into your hand allows you to refuel if you are low on action or push the rest of the way to seal a victory.  Being in a deck that has a total of 29 creatures it can hit with its ability means it is very unlikely to whiff.  The fact that it is a human itself, gives it awesome synergy with cards like Champion of the Parish and Thalia’s Lieutenant.  Militia Bugler isn’t painted into the Human’s corner exclusively, however.  The card has been inserted into Counters Company decks, as well, as the bugler can get any of the three pieces needed to combo off in Devoted Druid, Vizier of Remedies, or Duskwatch Recruiter.  Militia Bugler honestly is a very good fit in any lower curve centered creature decks that play white cards.

3. Supreme Phantom

SCG Team Open Worcester 4th Place Bant Spirits – Zan Syed

Creatures

1x Birds of Paradise

4x Mausoleum Wanderer

4x Noble Hierarch

2x Phantasmal Image

4x Rattlechains

3x Selfless Spirit

4x Supreme Phantom

4x Drogskol Captain

4x Spell Queller

Spells

4x Path to Exile

4x Collected Company

Lands

3x Botanical Sanctum

1x Breeding Pool

3x Flooded Strand

1x Forest

2x Hallowed Fountain

2x Horizon Canopy

1x Island

3x Misty Rainforest

1x Moorland Haunt

1x Plains

1x Temple Garden

3x Windswept Heath

Sideboard

2x Damping Sphere

2x Rest In Peace

2x Stony Silence

2x Thalia,Guardian of Thraben

2x Unified Will

3x Geist of Saint Traft

2x Worship

Coming right out of spoiler season, Supreme Phantom was my favorite card printed in the set. In previous articles, I have written about the card when I predicted what would happen to the tribe with its printing. I figured Supreme Phantom would give Spirits a boost in power level, and it has arguably put the deck in the top-tier of the format. Supreme Phantom gives the various spirit decks redundant Lords already having access to Drogskol Captain in the deck prior to the phantom’s printing.  In Zan Syed’s build above, you have access to eight to ten lords, depending on what you do with your Phantasmal Images.  Of course, Supreme Phantom is limited to spirit tribal decks, but its ability to give other spirits +1/+1 is imperative.  Supreme Phantom overall buffs an already disruptive and versatile creature base with a lot of evasion, making it a great selection to take to an event in this non interactive meta.

2. Stitcher’s Supplier

MTGO Competitive Modern Constructed League 5-0 7/20/18 Bridgevine – Nublkau

Creatures

4x Bloodghast

3x Goblin Bushwhacker

4x Gravecrawler

3x Hangarback Walker

4x Insolent Neonate

4x Stitcher’s Supplier

4x Vengevine

2 Viscera Seer

4x Walking Ballista

Spells

4x Bridge from Below

3x Corpse Churn

4x Faithless Looting

Lands

4x Blackcleave Cliffs

2x Blood Crypt

4x Bloodstained Mire

1x Marsh Flats

1x Mountain

1x Stomping Ground

1x Swamp

3x Wooded Foothills

Sideboard

2x Ancient Grudge

2x Big Game Hunter

2x Collective Brutality

2x Ingot Chewer

2x Lightning Axe

3x Nature’s Claim

2x Thoughtseize

In my last article, I examined what decks could benefit from the printing of Stitcher’s Supplier and this was one of the lists that I looked at. To summarize what Stitcher’s Supplier does for Modern decks, it fills the graveyard with cards that are advantageous when they are in the graveyard.  Stitcher’s Supplier helps to enable some ridiculously fast lines of play in this Bridgevine list that wants to have as many Vengevines and Bridge from Belows in the graveyard as soon as possible. Bringevine prefers to execute its game plan from the graveyard of casting cheap creatures and having them die to flood the board with zombie tokens and Vengevines. The reason that I wanted to include Stitcher’s Supplier again is because it has been consistently showing up in 5-0 lists on MTGO. It has even showed up in a Legacy deck in the 5-0 brackets on MTGO! It is looking more and more like Bridgevine may be a real deck and Stitcher’s Supplier may have been the missing piece the deck needed.

1. Sarkhan, Fireblood

SCG Modern Classic Philadelphia 1st Place Skred Dragons- Ozzy Kelly

Creatures

4x Thunderbreak Regent

4x Glorybringer

2x Stormbreath Dragon

Planeswalkers

4x Sarkhan, Fireblood

2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Spells

4x Lightning Bolt

4x Skred

4x Draconic Roar

2x Anger of the Gods

4x Blood Moon

2x Ratchet Bomb

Lands

1x Cavern of Souls

2x Scrying Sheets

21x Mountain

Sideboard

1x Alpine Moon

3x Shattering Spree

4x Dragon’s Claw

1x Ratchet Bomb

2x Anger of the Gods

3x Molten Rain

1x Batterskull

I will be the first to admit, if you told me a month ago I would have Sarkhan, Fireblood in an article of cards from M19 that made it in Modern, I would have laughed at you. Yet, here we are, after Sarkhan, Fireblood was a four-of in a deck that took down an SCG Modern Classic. The one thing that tripped me up when evaluating Sarkhan, is that I saw it only fitting in a dragon tribal deck which did not exist in the format. Sarkhan, Fireblood is able to enable a dragon theme with its abilities, however. The dragons in this deck are actually fairly good in the meta currently, being able to go over most creature decks and interacting with them earlier than usual with Sarkhan’s mana ability.  Jamming a bunch of interactive dragons in an already interactive deck in Skred, you have a deck that can attack with this very creature centric meta in Modern. As well as, Sarkhan, Fireblood also recently showed up in the MTGO 5-0s in a Free Win Red build with dragons. Leave it to Skred and prison decks to make a sleeper red Planeswalker look like a multi-format all-star.

Wrap Up

That’s all that I have to say today in this Making It In Modern article.  What do you think of these four cards?  Do you think any other M19 cards will make appearances in Modern in the near future with decent results?  Let me know what you think by commenting below or giving me a follow on Twitter @T2TKS!  Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @MTGDeckTechs and give us a like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MTGDeckTechs/.  We are now affiliates of Inked Gaming!  By using promo code TECHS10 at checkout, you will save 10% on your purchase of sweet gaming accessories at inkedgaming.com!  I hope you enjoyed this article, and I will talk to you all next week!

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Jason Stoops

Jason Stoops

Jason has been playing Magic: the Gathering for 20 years off and on. Jason first took to the game competitively in 2009, when Zendikar released and after a hiatus from 2012-2015, he came back for good when Battle for Zendikar released. Jason mainly plays Modern and Pauper and is an avid fan of green based midrange decks and other combo decks. He has two PPTQ top 4s on his list of achievements. You can follow Jason on Twitter- @T2TKS

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