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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.

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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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The Events and Decks I Played at MagicFest Vegas 2019

At the time of this writing, I’m about two weeks out from attending MagicFest Las Vegas 2019. At the time you’re reading this, however, the MagicFest just ended … which makes writing about the event a bit tricky.

To manage the gap, I’ve written up a quick synopsis of the decks and events I plan(ned) to play at MagicFest Vegas. I’ll explain my event and deck choices … and through the magic of the internet, I’ll hopefully have added in a brief summary of how the MagicFest went, right before this post publishes. (If I didn’t make it, you’ll be able to tell pretty darn quick.)

Let’s start with my favorite format that I don’t actually want to play right now: Modern.

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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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