So, last week I talked about the best cards in Theros, and I ended up saying Eidolon of the Great Revel was my favourite one, because it would help Burn a lot. Surprisingly enough, I was right. I tend to make awful predictions.

Burn was already getting more and more important in the online metagame, but lacked real life results to back it up. Well, here they are. There were two mono red decks in the top 8 of GP Kobe, and both sported a cool playset of Eidolons. Why am I happy Burn became important in Modern? Because I think it is a healthy deck for any format. It regulates the game, feeding on greedy manabases, thoughtseizes, and big cards that you can’t do anything about. No, I am not a fan of BGx decks. Plus, with Burn you get to see this:

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This is a Burn mirror with both players placing a Leyline of Sanctity on the table before the game started. A sight to behold. One of them ended up being unable to draw. If only he had played an Elixir of Immortality! Anyway, Burn was not the only surprise in Kobe, as was to be expected: Japanese players tend to be inventive brewers. Let’s see what transpired.

The other finalist: No Affinity

The deck is a rather unconventional Affinity deck (even though I’ve been told it isn’t completely original and has already showed up in other occasions). It’s called No Affinity because there is no card with the keyword printed. Is it Affinity then? In a way.

No Affinity, Yuusei Gotou (Modern)

Land (10)
Blinkmoth Nexus
Glimmervoid
Mana Confluence

Creatures (16)
Ornithopter
Memnite
Vault Skirge
Tarmogoyf

Sorceries (2)
Thoughtseize

Instants (8)
Galvanic Blast
Shrapnel Blast

Artifacts (20)
Mox Opal
Springleaf Drum
Chromatic Star
Cranial Plating
Darksteel Citadel

Enchantments (4)
Ensoul Artifact
Sideboard (15)
Thoughtseize
Sunbeam Spellbomb
Path to Exile
Wear & Tear
Ancient Grudge
Whipflare
Spellskite
Aven Mindcensor

I love this deck, and not only because of the beautiful round numbers. Looks incredibly solid, and the results showed it is. Ensoul Artifact is here to stay, it seems. Shrapnel Blast seems incredibly fun too: I don’t really know if it was popular already, but it is a fantastic spell. Tarmogoyf is the midgame: rather more difficult to remove than the other critters, efficient, dodges artifact hate, and Cranial Plating suits him perfectly. A beautiful list. I must try this deck. I really must. The important thing here is this deck isn’t just swapping Arcbound Ravager or Etched Champion for Tarmogoyf: it’s a rather different animal.

Another interesting list in the Top 16 was this one:

WUR Midrange, Tamura Ryo (Modern)

Land (19)
Mountain
Island
Plains
Arid Mesa
Hallowed Fountain
Scalding Tarn
Seachrome Coast
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls
Sacred Foundry

Creatures (15)
Young Pyromancer
Snapcaster Mage
Delver of Secrets
Geist of Saint Traft

Sorceries (8)
Serum Visions
Gitaxian Probe

Instants (18)
Path to Exile
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Remand
Electrolyze
Spell Snare
Izzet Charm
Sideboard (15)
Grim Lavamancer
Aven Mindcensor
Magma Spray
Shattering Spree
Counterflux
Negate
Combust
Vendilion Clique
Dispel
Wear+Tear
Stony Silence
Izzet Staticaster
Spellskite
Relic of Progenitus

This is what happens when you think about the weaknesses of UR Delver (which is a great deck) and try to solve them. There have been green splashes for Tarmogoyf, and URW midrange with Geist of Saint Traft exists, but this is a new thing.

It worked, too: Top 16 out of more than 2,000 players is quite a feat. I am not quite sold, as the greedy manabase makes playing Blood Moon impossible, and this deck vs the UR version gives a lot of free wins thanks to Blood Moon. Also, you necessarily have to reduce the number of counterspells, including Remand, which works wonders on the regular version. On the other hand, Path to Exile is a very powerful removal, Lightning Helix is a fantastic card, and Geist of Saint Traft is the strong threat this deck normally lacks, one that is very difficult to deal with. In all, an interesting experiment.

And then we’ve got this:

Eggs, Taisuke Ishii (Modern)

Land (16)
Glimmervoid
Tendo Ice Bridge
Blinkmoth Nexus
Mystic Gate
Adarkar Wastes
Plains
Island

Creatures (2)
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

Sorceries (5)
Open the Vaults
Polymorph

Instants (2)
Remand

Artifacts (35)
Darksteel Citadel
Mox Opal
Conjurer’s Bauble
Chromatic Star
Terrarion
Ichor Wellspring
Prophetic Prism
Mind Stone
Thopter Foundry
Krark-Clan Ironworks
Sideboard (15)
Hurkyl’s Recall
Erase
Path to Exile
Supreme Verdict
Leyline of Sanctity
Silence
Pyroclasm
Seal of Primordium

The deck is not so surprising per se, but the few refinements and changes are. Krark-Clan Ironworks is a known deck I have had to suffer occasionally, but Thopter Foundry is a such a great fit in this deck I am surprised I haven’t seen this yet. Generates tokens, it’s a sacrifice outlet, the tokens can be fodder for the Ironworks, and occasionally one of these tokens becomes an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. Such a beautiful list. Not that I have any intention of running anything resembling Eggs, but if I were, it would probably be very, very similar to this list.

So, that’s it. Three interesting decklists that have recently placed well in an important tournament. You can access the top 8 here, the top 9-16 here, and the top 17-32 here. Should you see anything interesting, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

See you next week!

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