Yup, and rightfully so imho.Quote from gkourou »Are Jeskai Queller and Jeskai Control lumped into the same Jeskai Control category? Is that right?
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Dec 16, 2017Posted in: Modern
Dec 13, 2017Posted in: Modern
Don't forget Abzan in this list. Abzan would definitely put SFM and would probably become the best BGx variant.Quote from Spsiegel1987 »
I would like to see BBE at the very least, and I wouldn't be upset about SFM. I really have no idea what an SFM unban would look like, it'd have so many implications, it would be jammed into UW, Jeskai flavors, Taxes (maybe, the community seems split), and I'm most certain Mardu would be huge, since all it's missing is a cheap bomb, best removal in the format by a long shot).
Dec 11, 2017Posted in: Modern
I think that SFM specifically would help for several reasons. Firstly, it would help white as a color in the format (irrelevant though to tron). She would also give a decent boost to D&T decks which can keep Tron decks honest, but they lose to too much of everything else. With a relatively stronger D&T, Tron and E. Tron would be worse choices.Quote from Spsiegel1987 »I'm not sure why you guys think midrange cards being unbanned is going to alleviate things
Yeah, let's unban BBE and SFM...to still lose to Tron and Titanshift?
HolyDiva's experience doesn't make me feel warm or soft about modern.
It is just one short period though, modern players may overreact and show up with too much land hate or decks that punish ramp.
All those jeskai/UW Control players explains why GDS did so poorly, go draw is a nightmare for them.
It looks like Tron/Titanshift was a good call since they saw how popular Jeskai and Go-Draw Jeskai was becoming. Those decks suppress their bad matchups in the process.
BBE would help a struggling Jund which is lagging behind an evolving meta game. It might also give a small boost to decks like eternal command or other flavors of URG.
Dec 11, 2017My take on the GP is the following:Posted in: Modern
Top 8 looks horrendous. 5x Big mana decks, 2 graveyard combo decks and 1 combo deck.
HOWEVER, if one looks at the top 32, the image looks much healthier and the top 8 can be explained. There are a lot of control decks (3 Jeskai Queller, 2 Jeskai Control, 1 Grixis control, 1 UW control), some aggro/creature based combo (1 Affinity, 1 Burn, 1 Elves, 1 Humans, 1 Infect), some pure combo, some graveyard based combo and the only very lackluster archetype is midrange with only 2x GDS.
In such a top 32 it makes sense that Tron and other big mana decks would do well. Control decks have started gearing towards beating E. Tron and creature based decks like humans (meaning they include more mass removal), thus making their plan (even more) susceptible to big Tron and Scapeshift. With 15 decks of top 32 being some version of control or some version of Tron, you bet Tron would have the upper hand.
In all, I believe, GP showed the following things:
1) E. Tron can be targeted and kept in check. Only 2 in top 32 with 0 converting.
2) Storm had a staggering performance on camera and seemed like it was dominating the field, but in the end there were only 2 in top 32.
3) Control seemed to be struggling contrary to recent results but in the end had several appearances in Top 32
4) Tron is just too good in this metagame. However, years of modern have shown that Tron can be defeated.
5) Titanshift is better than recent results were suggesting, but not heavily dominating, it had only 2 copies in top 32, both of which reached the finals, mainly because of an extremely favorable meta game.
In relation to format health, the PT and future bans/unbans:
1) This GP was an alarming bell, but its top 32 showed that we still have room to wiggle.
2) PT is close, if we have the same trend (control decks "almost" getting there, Tron dominating, midrange really low) then big mana will be a candidate to take a hit
3) BBE and SFM both seem almost laughable at this point. We saw SO many T3 powerful things this weekend that a Batterskull T3 sounds underwhelming, if that can actually be a thing.
Dec 10, 2017 Posted in: Modern
Dec 10, 2017Top 4 decklists for GP Madrid are up! https://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/gpmad17/top-4-decklists-grand-prix-madrid-2017-12-10Posted in: Modern
Looks nice! 2 control decks, 1 Jeskai draw-go and 1 WU control as well!
I have to say that I am getting a bit tired of watching UR storm decks featured at GP Oklahoma. Judging from the standings, it seems like there are other decks they could show, but they sort of got stacked with storm players for whatever reason.
Dec 9, 2017Damn that Grixis control vs Eldrazi Tron was depressing. Both games Corey almost getting there and losing on a series of top decks basically. Especially game 2, Sam Pardee (ETron) was with 0 lands T3. Still 2 Eldrazi temples count for more than 2 manaPosted in: Modern
Dec 9, 2017Here is the video of Corey's last Grixis control take: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcMz09L0NJgPosted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
He also beat burn 2-0 on camera at GP Oklahoma!
He was also interviewed by Rich Hagan, where he repeated his long standing argument, Grixis control is a deck that you need to CONSTANTLY be aware of what you are doing and what the metagame looks like. Always know new brews and be prepared for everything.
Dec 9, 2017Posted in: Modern
That blood moon sadness thoughtQuote from ktkenshinx »Kicking things off in the thread, opening coverage with Faeries vs. Kiki Chord is awesome. Not sure if that's representative of the field, but hey, it's a cool opening.
I think we're going to see a big Storm showing this weekend. I'm also excited to get some GP data added to some of the analyses we've been doing, particularly one about player performance at Modern events that I've been tracking.
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