10Tix Modern League: Winning and Notable Deck Lists

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

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Creatures
3 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
1 Frost Titan
1 Kozilek, the Great Distortion

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

Artifacts
1 Spine of Ish Sah

Land
6 Island
3 Swamp
4 Temple of Deceit
3 Dimir Aqueduct
4 Dreadship Reef
3 Underground River
4 Drowned Catacomb

Sideboard
2 Cancel
1 Consume the Meek
4 Disfigure
2 Dispel
2 Doom Blade
1 Haunting Hymn
1 Soul Spike
1 Sudden Death
1 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

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Creatures
4 Ajani’s Pridemate
4 Hanweir Militia Captain
4 Lone Rider
2 Serra Avenger
4 Soul Warden
4 Soul’s Attendant
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Suture Priest

Enchantments
1 Honor of the Pure

Spells
3 Blessed Alliance
3 Brave the Elements
2 Path to Exile
2 Sunlance

Land
19 Plains

Sideboard
1 Borrowed Grace
1 Brave the Elements
2 Circle of Protection: Green
1 Divine Offering
2 Honor of the Pure
4 Kor Firewalker
2 Revoke Existence
2 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 [c]Path to Exile[/c]s.

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

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

Spells
1 Anticipate
3 Condescend
1 Fabricate
4 Mana Leak
1 Reality Shift
2 Repeal
1 Sleight of Hand
3 Spatial Contortion
1 Spell Burst
1 Summary Dismissal
3 Thirst for Knowledge

Artifacts
4 Expedition Map
1 Lightning Greaves
1 Mindslaver

Lands
1 Academy Ruins
2 Blighted Cataract
1 Ghost Quarter
8 Island
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower

Sideboard
1 Aetherize
1 Dispel
1 Fabricate
2 Icy Blast
3 Negate
1 Orbs of Warding
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Spatial Contortion
1 Tormod’s Crypt
3 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 [c]Training Grounds[/c].

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.

Cheap as Chips, Ep. 9: Mono Black Delve

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If dropping a 4/4 flyer with haste, lifelink, first strike and hexproof on turn 2 is of any interest to you, then a delve deck may be worth your consideration. The Tarkir block has reminded people that delve exists, and [c]Gurmag Angler[/c] has seen play in several decks already.

But for my (minimal) money, [c]Soulflayer[/c] is definitely the definitive demon for delicious deep-dish delving.

The goal of this deck (unsurprisingly) is to mill with [c]Shriekhorn[/c] or [c]Memory Sluice[/c] on the first turn, hoping to garbage-bin a [c]Vault Skirge[/c], [c]Gurmag Swiftwing[/c] and/or [c]Xathrid Slyblade[/c]. Then on turn 2 if you have four cards in the bin, launch a Soulflayer. A 4/4 hasty lifelink attack on turn 2 can, on occasion, end the game. With any luck on turn 3 you can attach a [c]Mask of Memory[/c] to the big, build-your-own flying demon. (Note: turn 3 is also when you’ll find out if your opponent is holding removal or counters, because no one with even cursory knowledge of the game will let you attach a Mask to a 4/4 flyer on turn 3 if they can stop it.)

If you don’t have Demons-R-Us in your opening hand, then attaching the Mask to one your small flyers will help dig it up. [c]Grave Strength[/c] supports delve and can also turn your small flyers into more respectable offensive forces. [c]Gurmag Angler[/c] is your nose tackle on offense and middle-linebacker on defense.

Card advantage is created by Mask, [c]Sign in Blood[/c] and a single [c]Bitter Revelation[/c]. The latter is perfect for this deck, fueling delve as well as card advantage, but at 4-cmc it is sadly one-too-many-mana to be playable. As a one-of it’s okay. But how awesome that card would have been at 3-cmc!

Here’s what we have:

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Land

1 Bojuka Bog

2 Ghost Quarter

3 Evolving Wilds

16 Swamp

Creatures

4 Vault Skirge

4 Gurmag Swiftwing

2 Xathrid Slyblade

4 Soulflayer

4 Gurmag Angler

Spells

1 Despise

1 Duress

2 Disfigure

2 Memory Sluice

3 Shriekhorn

1 Doom Blade

1 Smother

3 Grave Strength

2 Sign in Blood

3 Mask of Memory

1 Bitter Revelation

Sideboard

1 Despise

1 Duress

1 Doom Blade

2 Geth’s Verdict

2 Smallpox

2 Necromancer’s Assistant

2 Infest

2 Nihil Spellbomb

2 Desecration Demon [/d]

[c]Smallpox[/c] is in the sideboard because it’s an awesome card. But it’s not great for every match-up and I have to admit I’m not sure what decks to bring it in against. Infect, Auras, and Elves come to mind.

The sideboard has [c]Desecration Demon[/c] as a back-up for game 3 if your opponent has boarded in loads of graveyard hate. [c]Demigod of Revenge[/c] would be even better. Against any deck that doesn’t have direct removal, take out [c]Xathrid Slyblade[/c] for [c]Necromancer’s Assistant[/c], which better supports delve. Sprinkle in removal as needed.

Let’s take a look at some gameplay videos of this fun deck. Next week will be a round-up article, as episode 10 will bring Cheap as Chips to a close!