Hello everyone. Today I thought it would be a good time to tinker about which M19 cards can have an impact in Modern. The set has been out for a while and I haven’t used a lot of the new cards in my decks, but I have thought about some uses for a few of them. There is actually one card in particular that is near and dear to me and one of the decks I love to play.
Okay let’s start with the card that I am excited about. I love Mono-White Lifegain also known as: Soul Sisters. It was my first Modern deck in MTGO and I love to play it. I know it is not very powerful but it has always been there and always will be. I feel the same with Ad Nauseam, I love it but it is not tier 1 by any means. Anyways, the card I love is Ajani’s Welcome. A single white mana costed enchantment to give us one life whenever a creature enters the battlefield under our control. This card will work nicely with our Soul Warden and Soul’s Attendant to power up Ajani’s Pridemate and Serra Ascendant. Is this card for the 60-card maindeck? Maybe not all of the time, but it is a possible card to include into some metas!
Resplendent Angel is an interesting card for lifegain decks in Modern. Soul Sisters can easily gain 5 life a turn with Martyr of Sands and getting even just a single trigger is money. The card is a 3/3 flier for three-mana so we aren’t sacrificing anything for the value.
We all know that Path to Exile is a premium removal for White in Modern. But the new card called Isolate might be an alternative, or at least a sideboard card, for some decks. It exiles Goblin Guide, Monastery Swiftspear, Delver of Secrets, Noble Hierarch and Death’s Shadow, all of which are played a lot in the format. Now here comes the trick. The card exiles a permanent, not just a creature! So we can hit Aether Vial, Expedition Map, Springleaf Drum, Rancor or even Relic of Progenitus. Getting rid of these cards makes a significant impact. This card by no means beats Path to Exile but I like it as a sideboard card to side in a copy or two to even out the matches in games 2 and 3.
I love Spirit decks and Remorseful Cleric brings in a nice two-mana 2/1 body with flying and nice text on the card. It is kinda in the same category with Selfless Spirit so it might be included in Modern Spirit decks. Sure they have different scenarios for which they are used but Remorseful Cleric is on my mind as a nice “graveyard hate on a spirit body” kind of a card. Love it. Supreme Phantom is another addition for Spirits. A two-mana lord is awesome for Spirit lovers and I do think with the additions of M19 this tribe can become a relevant deck in the metagame.
My first Modern deck was Mono-Blue Merfolk. Mistcaller is a nice addition to the list. I also think that having Wizards in the deck is also beneficial to have more cards to play in our 75. In Modern this card is powerful against CoCo decks as well as Titan Breach or Griselbrand decks. Cursecatcher is a borderline card nowadays in Merfolk so I might even want to replace them with a playset of this card.
I do not like to face Tron, Affinity or Eldrazi decks. If I play black, I have a new toy to use: Infernal Reckoning! Need to get that Wurmcoil Engine away from the board? This card does that nice and clean with a single black mana and Instant speed. Also if some creature in Affinity gets too big and powerful, just use this card and smile at your opponent.
Elves have been in the Format forever but now with a Two-mana Lord in the form of Elvish Clancaller that fits into the Modern Elves perfectly. It can tutor another copy of herself nicely in the late game but the +1/+1 ability offers a nice speed boost to the ever-fast deck.
Desecrated Tomb has a weakness which is the “one or more” text on it. But it does still have some value for Dredge type that enable to get a trigger from Vengevine, Bloodghast, Prized Amalgam and Narcomoeba. This card has it’s place also in lists that want to protect our own graveyard against one in a turn exiling.
So there you go, my thoughts of some cards that M19 provided for us. Modern is by far my favourite format and I do think that Spirits can become a strong deck in the format with the new additions. I hope you enjoyed this article and if you don’t agree or think some other cards are awesome, please comment!
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