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Dimir Death’s Shadow – Version Two

After recently losing a whole bunch of matches with Modern Storm, I found myself wanting to pilot a Modern deck that I knew inside and out – and that I could actually WIN with. So I sleeved up my “innovative” Blue-Black Death’s Shadow deck … with just a few changes.

Turns out, Death’s Shadow pilots have been working toward even more streamlined versions of the deck while I’ve been dorking around with Storm and Magic Arena. And while I couldn’t (and didn’t want to) incorporate every change I found, some of them seemed like significant upgrades to my Blue-Black brew.

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The Three Existing Cards Izzet Delver Needs From Modern Horizons

I’m of mixed minds about Modern Horizons. I don’t love the precedent it sets for being able to “upend” Modern at any time, and I don’t love that it could produce a number of never-printed-before cards that every Modern player suddenly needs to have.

That said, the set will exist regardless of my opinion about it … so I may as well hope for some goodies!

It’s been quite awhile since I played my first and favorite Modern deck, Izzet Delver. But I would totally pick it up again if Modern Horizons delivers any or all of the pre-existing cards below.

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Modern Singleton Is a Sweet, Dynamic Format

Back in January, I introduced you all to Magic‘s hottest* new format: Modern Singleton. Last month, my buddy Trevor and I finally threw down with our 60-card, singleton Modern decks, and the results are in:

Modern Singleton is sweet!

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Build Your Own Gatewatch

A few weeks ago, Wizards of the Coast announced that War of the Spark (the upcoming new Magic set) would contain a Planeswalker card in every pack. And as part of that announcement, they showed off sweet, stained-glass themed teaser art of the 36 different Planeswalkers who will appear in the set.

All credit to TarikB75 on Reddit for putting together this image with each Planeswalker’s name.

As I pored over the image above, I realized that Magic’s Planeswalker roster has finally hit the depth needed to do something that superhero fans will find familiar. Geeks like me have been debating what their ideal Justice League, Avengers, and X-Men line-ups would look like since the 1960’s (I started in the 1990’s, with an account on the now-defunct DC Comics message boards).

And now, geeks like US can start debating what our ideal Gatewatch line-ups would look like!

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Modern Storm Resources

As regular readers know, I recently decided to start piloting Modern Storm, in hopes of combo-ing out the players at my local game store. Whenever I pick up a new Modern deck, I seek out as much existing information as I can, to give myself the best chance to win in Week One and going forward.

This time, I decided to compile all the interesting articles, videos, and Reddit threads I found into a blog post – one that I can refer back to and use to help others who are learning how to play Storm! If you’re picking up Modern Storm, this post SHOULD provide all the direction you need to get started … from people who are much more knowledgeable than me.

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