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Modernized Part 2

Posted on September 29th, 2016

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As promised I am going to go over my modern lists I have been using over the past little while.  I played Splinter Twin for as long as it was on the format so when the banning blind sided me I wasn’t super sure where to go, I had been working on the Idea of Grixis Value town as I had picked up a bunch of the cards for the deck.  I payed Grixis for a while but Then decided I wanted to try something else, which brought me to Jeskai Nahiri Which while also being a good deck certain match ups are just down right horrible.  I then decided to bite the bullet and buy Noble Hierach’s and try infect as the deck seems to have elements I enjoy in a deck.

My Grixis List looked something like this:

Grixis Value Town

Main: 48

3 Snapcaster Mage

4 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy

1 Vendilion Clique

1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar

2 Tasigur, The Golden Fang

1 Keranos, God of Storms

4 Serum Visions

1 Spell Snare

3 Inquisition of Kozilec

1 Thoughtseize

4 Lightning Bolt

2 Mana Leak

3 Remand

3 Terminate

1 Dreadbore

1 Rise // Fall

3 Kolaghan’s Command

Lands: 22

2 Creeping Tarpit

2 Wandering Fumarole

2 Blood Crypt

2 Steam Vents

1 Watery Grave

1 Bloodstained Mire

4 Polluted Delta

4 Scalding Tarn

1 Darkslick Shores

1 Sulfur Falls

1 Island

1 Swamp

1 Mountain

Over all the deck is fun and the idea is to get to top deck mode after cleaning house and winning with one of your bombs.  There are times the deck just needs to draw a win condition that you just don’t get, so I need to update the list but haven’t got around to it just yet. Especially when I found Jeskai Nahiri.

If you like playing control decks this is probably one of the only playable archetypes that seems to be competitive at the moment in Modern.  But like standard it is very hard to build a control deck in a format that is super diverse, and having an answer for everything at every given moment is nearly impossible.  If I play this deck again I would Build the main deck to focus on aggressive decks and build the sideboard to deal with other problematic decks, Dredge, combo etc.  With that here is the list I was playing:

Nahiri Jeskai

Main: 36

4 Snapcaster Mage

1 Vendilion Clique

1 Emrakul, The Aeons Torn

4 Nahiri, The Harbinger

4 Lightning Bolt

4 Path to Exile

4 Serum Visions

2 Spell Snare

2 Lightning Helix

3 Mana Leak

3 Remand

2 Anger of the Gods

2 Timely Reinforcements

Lands: 24

1 Arid Mesa

3 Celestial Colonnade

3 Flooded Strand

1 Ghost Quarter

1 Glacial Fortress

2 Hallowed Fountain

1 Sacred Foundry

4 Scalding Tarn

3 Steam Vents

1 Sulfur Falls

2 Island

1 Mountain

1 Plains

I feel I need to get more reps in with the deck against various match ups, I also feel it needs to be adjusted depending on the local Meta, which becomes difficult going from event to event without knowing the exact meta.  Jeskai Nahiri also has bad match ups against Tron and can get behind quickly against aggressive decks, which unfortunately is most of the Modern Format, so again if I decide to play Jeskai Nahiri again it will be built to focus on aggressive creature based strategies.

I decided I wanted to try and play Infect as I wanted to play a deck that could close out games significantly faster then my previous decks.  Infect can also play like a combo deck and kill in a single turn if your opponent leaves them selves open.  Here is my Infect List:

Infect

Main: 40

4 Glistener Elf

4 Noble Hierarch

4 Blighted Agent

1 Viridian Corrupter

4 Gitaxian Probe

4 Mutagenic Growth

1 Distortion Strike

4 Might of Old Krosa

1 Spell Pierce

2 Twisted Image

4 Vines of Vastwood

2 Apostle’s Blessing

1 Dismember

4 Become Immense

Lands: 20

3 Breeding Pool

4 Inkmoth Nexus

2 Pendelhaven

2 Misty Rainforest

4 Windswept Heath

3 Wooded Foothills

2 Forest

I am also working on other ideas, Grixis Control and Mardu Nahiri Lists, but with Kaladesh coming out here shortly and Standard PPTQ’s coming up my time is devoted to that at the moment.  My lists also might change depending on my thoughts on certain cards coming out in Kaladesh like Chandra and Filigree Familiar.  Play testing and time will tell if new Kaladesh cards make there way into Modern or not.  For now however I will probably just be playing infect for Modern as I really have not gotten that many reps with the deck yet and have lots to learn about its ins and outs.

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