As almost everyone knows by now, there was a big Modern shakeup with the latest B&R update. Rather than discuss the implications of the ban on the format like everyone else, I'm going to focus on the effects of the ban from a community standpoint. Let's look at what these updates mean and discuss where we're going as a community of players.
We will continue to make our way through every card on the Modern banned list. We will clarify when/why the card was banned and discuss whether it could be unbanned in the future. Today we will look at Eye of Ugin, Gitaxian Probe, Glimpse of Nature, Golgari Grave-Troll, and Green Sun’s Zenith; though we have covered that in a three-part series in the past. Due to recent events, we will be adding Faithless Looting in as well.
So how did we keep control and midrange in check in the past? Crushing them with ramp decks! Scapeshift players no longer have to keep up with nasty graveyard decks and their best matchups are poised to rise. Today we will be taking a look at the hottest new build of the deck, which recently went 7-1 in a Modern Challenge.
Yesterday brought what was arguably the most shocking Modern ban update of all time. In the hours after the update we presented what we considered to be the biggest winners and losers from the ban update. Despite the data available, the futures of some decks are quite difficult to predict. Today we will look at five more and present the pros and cons of these decks going forward.
This ban update has my mind reeling. Today we will ascertain the futures of Modern's top decks based on their statistical matchups against the former format kings. In reality, long term metagame prediction is impossible. What we can do is look at the data and predict the immediate impact this B&R update will have.
The format has not been so horrifically warped since Eldrazi Winter and it is a sure bet that this will be the end of Hog Summer. Today I will present the state of the format and my prediction on the bans and unbans that will take place tomorrow morning. The fun part is that you only need to wait twenty-four hours to laugh at how wrong I was.
One of the many Humans players that contacted me about it said “we need the guide more than ever right now”. Well you’ve got it. A full sideboard guide with twenty-six archetypes; telling you what to board in and out as well as what to name with Meddling Mage against everyone of them. The full printer-friendly PDF is available for download here as well as notes on the build and its future.
Yesterday we took a look at the Top 8 decklists of GB Birmingham including a Hardened Scales build from Stan Splinter. Today Stan stops in to give us a round-by-round report of his red-hot tournament run. He was also kind enough to list his board ins for every matchup faced. If you have any interest in the deck, you will not want to miss this.
When you look beyond the Hog, the results of Grand Prix Birmingham were diverse and exciting. We saw the usual suspects, we saw newly developing archetypes, and we even saw an old format top dog reinvented to bring home the trophy. Today we will be looking at the best deckbuilding choices put on display in the Top 8 of Grand Prix Birmingham.
Another Modern Grand Prix ruined by Hog Summer. There really should have been an emergency the day after the Mythic Championship. Alas, we have been given every single decklist registered at the event so kudos to CFB on this one. In light of this we will present a few different slices of the dataset.