We have recognized some frustrating deficiencies and are trying to right the ship. The original build was a good budget deck but we are looking to take it to the next level by adding another color and the myriad options that come with it. Today we would like to introduce you to Temur Lotus Storm.
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.
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.
Storm has a long and storied history in Modern and has forced multiple bans. Now with the printing of Lotus Field it has a new lease on life. Today's brew comes from Nathan Wells who took it to a 12-3 finish at Grand Prix Minneapolis. With a Turn 3 win and a $200 price tag, this might just be the best budget deck in the Modern format.
Players running mainboard Leyline of the Void is a sure sign of any unhealthy format. With Faithless Looting decks on top, the question has bubbled back to the surface: is it time to for Faithless Looting to eat the ban hammer?
These are the decks that have been tested and settled on by the best players in the game for the Mythic Championship in Barcelona. Today we will break down the results and try to understand how the Bridge from Below ban could be so ineffectual.
An archetype that I always seem to fall back into is Scapeshift. Aggro Shift is the intersection of two of my favorite archetypes in Modern. The deck is capable of incredibly fast aggro kills while also having a very viable Valakut Plan B. It is not a new idea, but the printing of Wrenn and Six has breathed new life into this old archetype.
The recent banning of Bridge from Below left a lot of questions about the viability of the deck. It was a big loss but Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis is still good enough to see Modern play. Magic Online player, techninja701, has already managed a 5-0 league and a 6-2 finish in the Modern Challenge with a Bridgeless version of the deck.
As is normal for core sets, M20 looks to make a very modest impact on the Modern format. Most of the set's Modern excitement came from reprints which we see no point in covering. However, we have chosen five new cards that may just have a shot at making an impact in Modern.
Our finding, controversially, is that the deck should not even be playing Arclight Phoenix. This change only required a dozen-card swap but the effect on how it plays has been dramatic. Today we will present the decklist, the reasoning, and a card-by-card breakdown for Mono-Red Prowess.