I love Modern. Of all the many and varied Magic formats, I think I love Modern the most.
I’d played in Gavin Verhey’s precursor to the format Over-Extended quite a few times before the format was announced. When Modern was announced, I was excited.
The thing is, though; I’ve been playing for quite some time, and I very much expected that something akin to Modern was coming, given how lukewarm the reception was to new, double Standard Extended. As a result, I’d been stockpiling old extended staples, like fetchlands, dual lands, Dark Confidants, Tarmogoyf and so on, so when Modern was announced, I was ready to roll.
For a variety of reasons, people weren’t as prepared for Modern as I am. That’s fine, we all need to start somewhere. Sadly, for them, the days of £10 Fetchlands are very much over, and some people aren’t willing to get a second mortgage on their homes or sell body parts to cover the cost of the mana-base of their deck of choice.
Magic players, as a whole, love complaining. The numbers of complaints I’ve heard over the years about the cost barrier to Modern has been staggering. I don’t really give them much mind any more.
If the guy who’s playing budget Standard decks starts whining about Modern prices, it’s hard to lend that guys opinions much truck, as they’re clearly just viewing the game in a different way to me. Not worse, per se, but different (also, worse).
This is the sense of entitlement that can be very hard for some to shake. Just because you want something doesn’t mean you deserve it. You have to work to earn it, and even then, you might come up short. Dealing with failure is a very important lesson for Magic players, especially ones as shaky at the game as I am…
There are many, cost effective ways to get into Magic, be it paper cards or digital objects, but generally, the cost is going to be relative, and the restrictions will cause you to lose games and matches.
If we are realistic about the limitations our budgetary restrictions will impose upon us, it’s certainly possible to have a ‘good time’ while playing Modern, even if we’re playing with an entire deck that costs less than one of the Fetchlands in our opponent’s deck.
For what it’s worth, I think that the Modern Event Deck is excellent. I think it’s an excellent introduction to the format, and I think the value contained in the box is the perfect amount to ensure its value for money for the players, rather than the speculators, which always has to be the goal for a product like this, and can be a somewhat difficult balancing act at times – too many good, expensive cards and the players won’t get a chance to get them, too few, and they won’t want to.
As an aside, anyone complaining about the contents of the Event Deck is a moron. There was speculation of fetchlands surrounding the announcements, but that was never going to happen.
This is an entry level product, and tying up value in the lands is 100% the antithesis of what this product was always going to be. The Magic Rumour Mill is a dark place at times, folks – please don’t let it trick you stupid.
The Manaleak Modern Event Deck Competition is right up my street. While I genuinely don’t think that a better deck can be made for the price, given Wizards charging their retail price for cards worth significantly more than that, I DO think that there are many, viable decks that would be more than capable of winning matches at PTQ level.
Largely though, it’s about identifying an angle or a theme, and pushing that as hard as possible. Linear aggro decks are going to be significantly easier to build than trying to make control decks without Cryptic Commands happen. Also, staying mono-coloured is going to open up a lot of our cash to go into sweet cards, rather than dull, boring lands.
With that in mind, GOBLINS!
4 Goblin Arsonist (0.40)
4 Goblin Bushwhacker (1)
4 Goblin Chieftain (10)
4 Goblin Cohort (0.40)
2 Goblin Guide (20)
2 Goblin Wardriver (1)
2 Legion Loyalist (5)
4 Mogg Fanatic (3.80)
4 Mogg War Marshal (4)
4 Tattermunge Maniac (1.2)