MTG Goldfish Modern Archetypes Jan 2020

How to Get Back Into Modern After Months Away

It’s been nearly four months since I last played Modern, and in that time, the metagame has evolved quite a bit. So much, in fact, that I have nearly no experience playing against many of Modern’s current top decks. That lack of knowledge has me feeling a bit disadvantaged, as I prepare to re-enter my local Modern scene.

However, I’ve taken breaks from Modern before – and I have a system for learning as much as I can about the current metagame, recent updates to my deck, and how my deck matches up against the field. I’m going through this “Modern reorientation” process right now, and I figured it might be helpful to formalize it – so others can learn how to quickly catch up on Modern, too.

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The Most Busted Modern Deck? (Can It Possibly Be Mono-Red?)

(1.13.20 – The problem with writing posts a few weeks ahead of time is that, sometimes, stuff happens to invalidate what you’ve written about. I am super happy about the Oko and Mox Opal bans announced for Modern yesterday. The Opal ban makes this article a bit moot, though I think it is still an interesting thought experiment.)

For a while now, I’ve had a notion to combine all Modern’s most “busted” cards into one deck, just to see what would happen. And while I don’t think this deck quite fits the bill (it’s missing a couple key contenders), it’s pretty darn close to what I envisioned.

The kicker? This deck is (mostly) Mono-Red to boot. I have no idea whether it’s anywhere near competitive, but it sure seems like it’d be fun to give Modern’s “most busted” deck a whirl.

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The 2020 Magic Budget Project

As Magic has scaled up its release schedule, I’ve been scaling back the amount of new decks and cards I’m willing to invest in. Even for players like me, who don’t touch tabletop Standard, it’s been tough to keep up with the series of new releases, meta rotations, and formats that Wizards of the Coast is pumping out.

So, in 2020, I’m doing something I’ve hinted at here before, but never strictly stuck to: I’m keeping a Magic budget. And as I’m the type of nerd who plays Magic, there are rules attached.

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Modern Madness Saturday Top 8

Not Quite Good Enough for the Modern Madness Invitational (a Dimir Death’s Shadow Tournament Report)

Going into Saturday’s Modern Madness Qualifier at MagicFest Vegas, I had middling expectations. I didn’t consider my Dimir Death’s Shadow deck to be well-positioned, and I hadn’t been playing my tightest throughout the weekend. Still, I figured I’d be able to win at least two or three rounds, which would be good enough for some prize tix and a good time.

Instead, on the back of a lot of luck, some (mostly) tight play, and way too much Death’s Shadow math, I ended up making it to the finals of Saturday’s Qualifier. This is how a day that started with the purchase of “one last Plague Engineer” and plans to eat at Wahlburger’s with my friend Trevor ended eight and a half hours later, with me being one Primeval Titan away from playing in Sunday’s Modern Madness Invitational.

Trevor Registers His Decklist
Trevor registering his Mono-Red Prowess list, with an extra Surgical Extraction provided by yours truly. Trevor passed me one of the two Plague Engineers I played on Saturday.
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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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