Quote from motleyslayer »I feel that modern can really punish a bad brew or make it hard to work on a brew, since decks are so tuned
That's true of any competitive format. Like legacy though, modern decks in the top tiers get more time and have more resources to become refined and improved.
At fnm level you will probably be ok iterating on any number of fringe decks and still have a good shot at competitiveness.
At a GP main event, it's another story entirely. Bring your most scientific method and your best game-face to these events or crash out early. These are the top of the top for most players.
If you're playing casually with friends, modern can just be a sensible cutoff point and banlist to use to keep things fun.
Modern's a pretty good Polymorph. It can be many things to many people, and its versatility is its strength. You can go into modern to 'settle' from standard while still getting that kick out of a changeable format, because of how much it cycles and swings about. One week everyone's complaining about bogles, a few weeks later it's all but forgotten. Meanwhile you can plug away with your favourite deck and enjoy watching other decks fall in and out of favour, tweaking your sideboard as the metagame develops.