As most of you might know, Thomas Enevoldsen, Michael Bonde and yours truly are representing Mage Market in the Team Modern Super League. We were scheduled to play our first match in week three against Matt Nass, Sam Pardee and Andrew Baeckstrom representing ChannelFireball. And the best part? We would be the first matchups to include Modern Horizons! That meant it was time to take some shifts at the brewery and look at spoilers full of juicy new toys.

Devoted to Modern Horizons

Winning with cards from the new set

Giver of Runes from Modern Horizons

Giver of Runes from Modern Horizons

I was fairly quick to identify the new one-drop as a new SpellskiteSpellskite rather than a new Mother of RunesMother of Runes. It doesn’t have the right creature type, and the small – yet significant – word “other” prevents it from being anything else than a cheaper SpellskiteSpellskite. A nice little bonus is that it can give protection from artifacts, colorless spells and Eldrazi which could be relevant against cards like Walking BallistaWalking Ballista, Spatial ContortionSpatial Contortion, EndbringerEndbringer and blocking a Thought-Knot SeerThought-Knot Seer.

Next up I looked at which deck would benefit the most from a protective creature, and our old friend Devoted DruidDevoted Druid came to mind. Devoted DruidDevoted Druid and Vizier of RemediesVizier of Remedies generate infinite mana, and from there you need to find a Walking BallistaWalking Ballista via Duskwatch RecruiterDuskwatch Recruiter which you find with Chord of CallingChord of Calling. If only we could make the deck more consistent.

Eladamri's Call from Masters 25

Eladamri’s Call from Masters 25

Another slick reprint that finds a natural home in a creature combo deck like this one. The instant speed can be relevant in scenarios where you want to react to your opponent’s turn or on turns where you only have two mana available and want to keep your opponent “in the dark” about the threat of your combo.

Devoted Druid Combo by Andreas Petersen

Devoted Druid Combo by Andreas Petersen

Devoted Druid Combo - Andreas Petersen - Team Modern Super League

Lands (21)
Plains
Forest
Horizon Canopy
Razorverge Thicket
Temple Garden
Breeding Pool
Windswept Heath
Misty Rainforest
Verdant Catacombs
Wooded Foothills
Gavony Township

Creatures (26)
Giver of Runes
Birds of Paradise
Noble Hierarch
Vizier of Remedies
Devoted Druid
Duskwatch Recruiter
Scavenging Ooze
Spellskite
Eternal Witness
Shalai, Voice of Plenty
Walking Ballista

Spells (12)
Incubation // Incongruity
Eladamri's Call
Postmortem Lunge
Chord of Calling
Sideboard (15)
Path to Exile
Rest in Peace
Unified Will
Remorseful Cleric
Selfless Spirit
Collector Ouphe
Meddling Mage
Gaddock Teeg
Eidolon of Rhetoric

Scaling Up the Poison

Taking Infect to the next level

Scale Up from Modern Horizons

Scale Up from Modern Horizons

This card screams “use me to target a creature with Infect“, and that’s what we decided to work on. Thomas has a lot of experience from playing Infect a few years ago, so we worked on finding a list he would feel comfortable with. We also anticipated a Matt Nass-led team to bring a lot of unfair decks to the battlefield, and Infect has historically been favored in the combo pseudo mirror. We arrived at three copies as the right number since drawing multiples would be bad in theory, but maybe the first copy is so valuable that four is the right number moving forward. It combos with any +4/+4 or a pair of Mutagenic GrowthMutagenic Growth meaning a lot more combinations of pump spells now spell doom for the opponent. Interestingly enough, if we remove Become ImmenseBecome Immense from our deck, maybe a manabase of 4 Botanical SanctumBotanical Sanctum and 4 Waterlogged GroveWaterlogged Grove is the future.

Infect by Thomas Enevoldsen

Infect by Thomas Enevoldsen


Infect - Thomas Enevoldsen - Team Modern Super League

Lands (20)
Breeding Pool
Temple Garden
Forest
Inkmoth Nexus
Misty Rainforest
Pendelhaven
Verdant Catacombs
Waterlogged Grove
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills

Creatures (13)
Noble Hierarch
Glistener Elf
Blighted Agent
Ichorclaw Myr

Spells (26)
Mutagenic Growth
Groundswell
Scale Up
Might of Old Krosa
Become Immense
Spell Pierce
Vines of Vastwood
Blossoming Defense
Apostle's Blessing

Distortion Strike (0)
Sideboard (15)
Nature's Claim
Shapers' Sanctuary
Wild Defiance
Twisted Image
Dispel
Force of Vigor
Dismember
Ravenous Trap
Teferi, Time Raveler
Grafdigger's Cage

Ranger-Captain of Eos from Modern Horizons

Ranger-Captain of Eos from Modern Horizons

Last up we have a new tool for a couple of archetypes. The cheaper Ranger of EosRanger of Eos might spark new life in the Martyr of SandsMartyr of Sands archetype, we maybe should have played a copy in our Devoted DruidDevoted Druid deck and it ended up as a three-of in our Humans list within the 75. Heck, I even saw it in an Esper Death’s Shadow build! First, let’s take a look at its main attractions. Three mana for a 3/3 is nothing special, but the creature type and enters the battlefield ability pushes it from Draft chaff to Modern playable. Humans ran Militia BuglerMilitia Bugler on and off since its release which does a similar thing – provide a bit of card advantage for a deck that doesn’t have a whole lot of it. That can come in handy in grindy Control or Midrange matchups. The Ranger can’t find something like Thalia’s LieutenantThalia’s Lieutenant or Phantasmal ImagePhantasmal Image, but it will hit every time and pack a little more punch than the Bugler. For this decklist we added a single copy of Thraben InspectorThraben Inspector to improve the impact of the Ranger in grindy matchups. We didn’t end up facing any, but I like the hedge since Humans are generally favored against unfair strategies thanks to Thalia, Guardian of ThrabenThalia, Guardian of Thraben and Meddling MageMeddling Mage in particular.

The second part of the card is the activated ability which can be a bit tricky to evaluate. Here is my list of things it does in the format. Note that some are fringe.

  • Counters suspend cards.
  • Counters the card the opponent is hitting off cascade.
  • Counters miracle cards.
  • Counters Bring to Light.
  • Stops the Ad Nauseam player from winning that turn in most cases.
  • Stifles the enters the battlefield triggered ability from Snapcaster Mage.
  • “Time Walks” in crucial spots where you just need one more turn. Could be relevant against anything from Burn to Phoenix to Tron to Storm.

I’m sure it has many more uses, so feel free to update the list! Speaking of list, here are the 75 we sleeved up.

Humans by Andreas Petersen

Humans by Andreas Petersen


Humans - Andreas Petersen - Team Modern Super League

Lands (19)
Ancient Ziggurat
Cavern of Souls
Horizon Canopy
Island
Plains
Seachrome Coast
Unclaimed Territory

Creatures (37)
Champion of the Parish
Thraben Inspector
Noble Hierarch
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thalia's Lieutenant
Phantasmal Image
Kitesail Freebooter
Meddling Mage
Ranger-Captain of Eos
Reflector Mage
Mantis Rider

Spells (4)
Aether Vial
Sideboard (15)
Ravenous Trap
Deputy of Detention
Dismember
Ranger-Captain of Eos
Auriok Champion
Damping Sphere
Grafdigger's Cage

The last two decks we played were Blue-White Control with Force of NegationForce of Negation and Fact or FictionFact or Fiction and BridgeVine with Altar of DementiaAltar of Dementia and Hogaak, Arisen NecropolisHogaak, Arisen Necropolis. I’m not gonna talk about them today since Thomas did most of the work on Blue-White and Michael is already delving into the Dead. To end the article, here you can watch our epic match against CFB!

 

This article was written by Andreas Petersen in a media collaboration with mtgmintcard.com

Andreas Petersen

Andreas Petersen

Andreas is probably better known as "ecobaronen" on MTGO. After 2nd place of Team Trios #GPMadrid playing Modern he's heading to his second Pro Tour in Minneapolis this year. Andreas has an opinion about every constructed format except Standard.