How To Take Advantage of Modern Masters 2015

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Hi all,

If you have been interested in moving into Modern, or if you are interested in trying new decks in the format you already play, then this article will help you know how to do it best. Keep in mind that the information presented here is time-sensitive and based on thirty cards spoiled so far. Further, as a primarily online player, keep in mind that I am more knowledgeable about prices in terms of tickets.

People are always excited about reprints. They make cards cheaper! Unfortunately, what they tend not to do is to make decks cheaper. When [c]Arcbound Ravager[/c] was reprinted in the original Modern Masters, players were disappointed to see that the Affinity deck cost the same despite the price drop. What had happened was that [c]Mox Opal[/c] and other Affinity requirements increased in demand. The same cycle continues to happen as we see shock land and fetch land reprints.

So here I will give you pre-existing decks that have Modern Masters reprints and what you need to buy now in order to move into them. I’ll close the article with a budget brew that will be available to us thanks to Modern Masters 2015.

Deck 1: Bogles

Bogles is a great deck for consistent MTGO grinding. It has not earned many states, SCG IQ, Pro Tour, or qualifying wins, but if you want to take six tickets and consistently turn them into 18 with minimal time and clicking investment, then Bogles is right for you. Not many appreciate how, but you do get better with the deck after experience, particularly in games two and three, even if the learning curve is easy. It is like playing Vintage Dredge or the bass guitar in that way.

So far we have seen two crucial reprints for Bogles: [c]Daybreak Coronet[/c], the most obvious one, and [c]Leyline of Sanctity[/c] for the sideboard. Arguably, depending on the metagame, [c]Spellskite[/c] is another essential we’re being given.

If you want to move into Bogles, then here is a list of the cards you need to buy before they become more expensive:
-[c]Kor Spiritdancer[/c] (at one ticket!!)
-[c]Windswept Heath[/c] and [c]Wooded Foothills[/c]
-[c]Horizon Canopy[/c], though I may be wary of a reprint here
-[c]Slippery Bogle[/c]: For whatever reason, this guy climbs to a full ticket from time to time.

Deck 2: Tron

Who doesn’t want to begin exiling his opponent’s board on turn three, following it with a [c]Wurmcoil Engine[/c] that exhausts all of the opponent’s remaining resources, just in time to slam down recurring Eldrazi? Similarly to Bogles, Tron is powerful enough to forgive mistakes. It cycles through itself at an aggressive pace, and the power level of the cards you begin dropping on turns three and four often win regardless.

We have seen a ton of reprints for Tron: [c]Eye of Ugin[/c], [c]Karn Liberated[/c], [c]Spellskite[/c], and the Eldrazi: [c]Emrakul, Aeons Torn[/c], [c]Kozilek, Butcher of Truth[/c], and [c]Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre[/c].

Here are the cards you need to consider buying before the rest of the prices drop:
-[c]Grove of the Burnwillows[/c]: Again, this may see a reprint, but for whatever reason, I’m doubting it.
-[c]Wurmcoil Engine[/c]: The promo foil of this can be scouted for and found cheaply in the classifieds. Otherwise, I am fairly certain that any version is a good investment.
-[c]Oblivion Stone[/c]: It isn’t cheap, and it won’t be. If you wait, though, it will be regrettable. I guess we do have [c]All Is Dust[/c], [c]Perilous Vault[/c], and [c]Ugin, the Spirit Dragon[/c] to catch our fall, but these all operate best when we have assembled Tron. Stone works when we are limping, and it helps us catch some air in the midgame.

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Deck 3: Affinity

This is probably my number one deck to recommend you to buy into if you want to grind Modern for tickets. It is fast, it is oppressive, and it is consistent.

[c]Mox Opal[/c] is the main reprint we are excited about to play Affinity. The rest of the deck can be acquired really cheaply. Still, we are being thrown other bones in [c]Cranial Plating[/c] and [c]Etched Champion[/c].

Non-[c]Mox Opal[/c] pieces can be acquired for around 100 tickets, but they are already seeing spikes. Quickly acquire these cards:
-[c]Glimmervoid[/c]
-[c]Blinkmoth Nexus[/c]
-[c]Inkmoth Nexus[/c]
-[c]Master of Etherium[/c]
-And, depending on how you want to sideboard, [c]Blood Moon[/c] and [c]Chalice of the Void[/c].

Deck 4: Living End

The namesake card has tripled in price in the past two months, but still the deck can reasonably function for about forty tickets. The card that sets the budget decks from the consistently prizing ones is coming back: [c]Fulminator Mage[/c] has been confirmed at rare. Our best removal (perhaps arguably over [c]Beast Within[/c]) [c]Dismember[/c] is also being reprinted.

If free rides through aggro matches is your thing, and you don’t mind learning how to slog through control and fight combo and burn with spells that cost three or more, then you need to buy:
-[c]Living End[/c]
-[c]Blackcleave Cliffs[/c] and [c]Copperline Gorge[/c]
-[c]Bloodstained Mire[/c] and [c]Wooded Foothills[/c]: Remember, [c]Verdant Catacombs[/c] is better, but it is joining us later in the year as we return to Zendikar.

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Deck 5: Infect

I don’t recommend buying into Infect, really. Sure, it is getting [c]Noble Hierarch[/c], and some evidence suggests that [c]Inkmoth Nexus[/c] is a card to buy into anyway, but other than that, the deck hasn’t recovered from the price spikes that have existed since the Pro Tour where Team Pantheon introduced Tom Ross’s brew.

Some brews

Of the 42 cards spoiled so far, I am most excited about [c]Iona, Shield of Emeria[/c] and the Eldrazi. Let’s throw them together with some Tron lands and see what happens.

[d title=”Tooth, Nail, and Tron (Modern)”]
Land
1 Eye of Ugin
5 Forest
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Stomping Ground
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower
4 Wooded Foothills

Creatures
1 Elderscale Wurm
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 Eternal Witness
1 Gaea’s Revenge
1 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
1 Oracle of Mul Daya
4 Overgrown Battlement
3 Thragtusk
1 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
4 Wall of Roots
1 Wurmcoil Engine

Spells
4 Expedition Map
4 Explore
4 Summoning Trap
4 Sylvan Scrying

Sideboard
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
2 Choke
3 Dismember
3 Feed the Clan
1 Gaea’s Revenge
1 Nature’s Claim
1 Obstinate Baloth
2 Primal Command
1 Thragtusk[/d]

This is a no-nonsense ramp deck that doesn’t aim to play [c]Genesis Wave[/c], [c]Tooth and Nail[/c], or even [c]Primal Command[/c], but creatures. Should that plan fail, then we will resolve [c]Summoning Trap[/c] and get a fatty who is likely as sweet or sweeter.

[d title=”Gifts Eggs (Modern)”]
Land
3 Adarkar Wastes
2 Darksteel Citadel
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower

Creatures
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
1 Myr Retriever
1 Snapcaster Mage

Other Spells
1 Aether Spellbomb
4 Azorius Signet
4 Chromatic Star
2 Expedition Map
1 Faith’s Reward
4 Gifts Ungiven
4 Ichor Wellspring
4 Krark-Clan Ironworks
4 Mox Opal
1 Noxious Revival
4 Open the Vaults
4 Prophetic Prism
1 Thopter Foundry
1 Unburial Rites

Sideboard
3 Erase
1 Favor of the Mighty
3 Path to Exile
1 Phyrexian Unlife
2 Pyroclasm
1 Rest for the Weary
4 Swan Song[/d]

These two paths may seem too discordant to be put together in a deck, but I think that [c]Gifts Ungiven[/c] may be just what the Eggs archetype needed. Now we can completely shut down Burn even in the face of [c]Eidolon of the Great Revel[/c] (a large part of why this deck doesn’t exist anymore), and [c]Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite[/c] both works well with [c]Thopter Foundry[/c] and attacks opposing aggressive strategies also.

This deck ramps into [c]Gifts Ungiven[/c] better than most; with [c]Mox Opal[/c] and [c]Azorius Signet[/c], you are highly likely to ramp into a turn 3 [c]Unburial Rites[/c].

If the Rites package is not optimal for the moment, [c]Snapcaster Mage[/c], [c]Noxious Revival[/c], [c]Faith’s Reward[/c], and [c]Open the Vaults[/c] ensure a big turn coming up.

Lastly, [c]Krark-Clan Ironworks[/c], Tron pieces, and mana fixing can just naturally ramp you into an [c]Iona, Shield of Emeria[/c] or [c]Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite[/c].

Hope you all enjoyed. Happy mastering of Modern!

-drinkard