We started this event way back at the beginning of October and it has only just wrapped up. I have learned my lesson and will never run a big double-elimination event like that again; from here on out it is Swiss and cuts to Top 8, all the way. What I may do again, however, is run a 10Tix Modern event.

The format was super interesting and varied and a nice assortment of lists managed to perform well. We’ll probably return to it again for a future event, though for the very next event I have my eyes set on Penny Dreadful. I’m not sure when we’ll get that up and running, but keep an eye out, probably in February.

On to the good stuff now, though. Here are the best-performing and coolest lists from our 10Tix Modern league event. Prizes for this event were provided by the ever-awesome Cardhoarder. Please consider buying stuff from them either through their site or bots to thank them for all the PRE support they provide.

Winning List: UB Control by Mabus_77

Creatures (5)
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
Frost Titan
Kozilek, the Great Distortion

Spells (27)
Black Sun’s Zenith
Consume the Meek
Delay
Go for the Throat
Mystical Teachings
Repeal
Rewind
Rune Snag
Slaughter Pact
Sudden Death
Think Twice
Tribute to Hunger

Artifacts (1)
Spine of Ish Sah

Land (27)
Island
Swamp
Temple of Deceit
Dimir Aqueduct
Dreadship Reef
Underground River
Drowned Catacomb
Sideboard (15)
Cancel
Consume the Meek
Disfigure
Dispel
Doom Blade
Haunting Hymn
Soul Spike
Sudden Death
Tribute to Hunger

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Mabus_77 took this list undefeated in six matches to the final. Littlefield came up out of the loser’s bracket and beat Mabus in the first match, but wasn’t able to get the back-to-back match wins he needed to secure victory. In the end, this UB Control list went 7-1 and took first place.

Price-wise this deck came in at $8.56 when submitted on October 5, though it has risen to $13.55 today. Still affordable by any means.


2nd Place List: Soul Sisters by Littlefield

Creatures (30)
Ajani’s Pridemate
Hanweir Militia Captain
Lone Rider
Serra Avenger
Soul Warden
Soul’s Attendant
Squadron Hawk
Suture Priest

Enchantments (1)
Honor of the Pure

Spells (10)
Blessed Alliance
Brave the Elements
Path to Exile
Sunlance

Land (19)
19 Plains
Sideboard (15)
Borrowed Grace
Brave the Elements
Circle of Protection: Green
Divine Offering
Honor of the Pure
Kor Firewalker
Revoke Existence
Timely Reinforcements

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There were a lot of strong white lists in the event, but Littlefield managed to pilot this Soul Sisters version all the way into a solid second place. After losing his third match, he fought his way through to the finals, taking the first match against Mabus_77 but not being able to attain the back-to-back match wins he needed to secure first place. In the end the list went a very respectable 10-2.

White lists are great for budgets, which may be why we saw so many crop up in this event. This list weighed in at $8.65 and is actually priced slightly cheaper today at $8.52, with over half of that blown on the 2x Path to Exiles.

Our fourth place list, finishing 5-2 and piloted by Michelle_Wong, was also Mono White, though eschewed the sisters for a more aggressive package.


3rd Place List: Mono U Tron by Playm4ker

Creatures (9)
Conduit of Ruin
Drowner of Hope
Bane of Bala Ged
Mage-Ring Responder
Platinum Angel
Ulamog’s Crusher
Desolation Twin

Spells (21)
Anticipate
Condescend
Fabricate
Mana Leak
Reality Shift
Repeal
Sleight of Hand
Spatial Contortion
Spell Burst
Summary Dismissal
Thirst for Knowledge

Artifacts (6)
Expedition Map
Lightning Greaves
Mindslaver
Lands (24)
Academy Ruins
Blighted Cataract
Ghost Quarter
Island
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Tower

Sideboard (15)
Aetherize
Dispel
Fabricate
Icy Blast
Negate
Orbs of Warding
Ratchet Bomb
Spatial Contortion
Tormod’s Crypt
Vapor Snag

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I love U Tron in Modern so I was really happy to see Playm4ker do well with this list. Undefeated in its first five matches, this deck fell from grace only at the end, but still finished a respectable 5-2.

This deck snuck in at exactly $10 when submitted, though due to recent bannings the price has skyrocketed today to just under $30. Still an affordable list for the format and such a fun archetype to play.


5th Place Lists: UG Infect and Elves

Tied for fifth place we find two mostly green lists, Infect piloted by Bibbob ($12) to a 5-2 finish and Elves piloted by Nate316 ($18) which finished 4-2.

7th Place Lists: Stompy and WW

Nickdebe and Yokai_ round out the top 8 with their lists. Nickdebe piloted Mono Green Stompy ($14) to a 4-2 finish while Yokai_ took yet another aggressive White list ($11) through to a 6-2 finish.

All the red lists placed out of the top 8, though a handful did make the top 16, along with a few more control lists, mainly in UB and UW, and another elves list.

A deck of one’s own

Since the format necessitated people submitting their deck lists ahead of time, I had to opt out of playing this event, since it would hardly seem fair if I knew ahead of time what cards each of my opponents would be playing.

Even so I had a lot of fun testing the format, and put together a handful of lists. Of them, had I had the chance to play, I probably would have run this UB Pack Rats list with Training Grounds.

I love brewing Modern on a budget and received a lot of great comments from our participants as well. I hope everyone had fun, and will keep an eye out for our next event, which will likely launch sometime in February. All events are free to enter and feature prize support from Cardhoarder.

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