March Modern Challenge Top 8 Decklists & Review – 8 Different Deck Archetypes! by Andrew Quinn

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March Modern Challenge Top 8 Decklists & Review At Manaleak Birmingham

Manaleak.com Birmingham Modern Challenge Top 8 Decklists & Review, March 2017

We don’t normally post the top 8 decklists for regular challenges these days, but when 54 players show up to battle MTG in Birmingham, we figured that we could make an exception. The long day was capped off by a Top 8 featuring 4 local Manaleak.com players and 8 different deck archetypes featuring all 5 colours. Let’s get down into the lists!

Winner – Gareth Thomas, Fish

Creatures: (29)
Cursecatcher
Harbinger of the Tides
Lord of Atlantis
Master of the Pearl Trident
Master of Waves
Merrow Reejerey
Phantasmal Image
Silvergill Adept
Vendilion Clique

Spells: (11)
Aether Vial
Dismember
Spreading Seas
Lands: (20)
Cavern of Souls
12 Island
Minamo, School at Water’s Edge
Mutavault
Oboro, Palace in the Clouds

Sidebaord: (15)
Dispel
Relic of Progenitus
Tectonic Edge
Tidebinder Mage
Unified Will

Coming in first place was good old Fish! When Lorwyn block graced us with Cursecatcher and Silvergill Adept back in 2007, the beloved Magic tribe of Merfolk began to take shape in a competitive capacity. Ever since then, Merfolk has been a mainstay of Eternal formats and every now and again, it pops back up and shows us just why it’s one of Magic’s most powerful tribes. Merfolk focuses on the power of Aether Vial and its 2 2-mana tribal “Lords” (Lord of Atlantis and Master of the Pearl Trident). The combination is a powerful aggro deck with nice disruptive elements and the capacity for some very fast clocks.

Winner - Gareth Thomas Fish Merfolk Modern Winner
Winner – Gareth Thomas running Fish!

2nd Place – Keiran Randazzo, Ad Nauseam

Creatures: (5)
Laboratory Maniac
Simian Spirit Guide

Spells: (35)
Ad Nauseam
Angel's Grace
Lightning Storm
Lotus Bloom
Pact of Negation
Pentad Prism
Phyrexian Unlife
Serum Visions
Sleight of Hand
Spoils of the Vault
Lands: (20)
Darkslick Shores
Gemstone Mine
Plains
Seachrome Coast
Temple of Deceit
Temple of Enlightenment
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard: (15)
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Echoing Truth
Ethereal Haze
Grave Titan
Timely Reinforcements
Rest in Peace
Hurkyl's Recall
Leyline of Sanctity
Thoughtseize

Ad Nauseam Tendrils has been a powerhouse in Legacy ever since Ad Nauseam was printed back in 2008. The Modern combo deck looks a fair bit different (for one, it doesn’t win using a storm spell). For those of you unfamiliar with the combo, it uses Angel’s Grace or Phyrexian Unlife to stop you losing to your own Ad Nauseam, allowing you to use it to draw your entire deck. Once you’ve picked up your deck, 3 Simian Spirit Guides allow you to cast Lightning Storm, discarding a bunch of lands for lethal damage in one shot, with Pact of Negations able to back you up and stop opposing counter magic. This tough and resilient combo is one of Modern’s most powerful and most streamlined, making it a force to be reckoned with.

Top 4 – Michael Parker, Jeskai Control

Creatures: (7)
Restoration Angel
Snapcaster Mage
Vendilion Clique

Planeswalkers: (2)
Ajani Vengeant
Gideon Jura

Spells: (26)
Anger of the Gods
Cryptic Command
Disallow
Izzet Charm
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Mana Leak
Path to Exile
Remand
Shadow of Doubt
Spell Snare
Sphinx’s Revelation
Think Twice
Lands: (25)
Celetsial Colonnade
Flooded Strand
Ghost Quarter
Glacial Fortress
Hallowed Fountain
Island
Mountain
Plains
Sacred Foundry
Scalding Tarn
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls

Sideboard: (15)
Anger of the Gods
Blessed Alliance
Crucible of Worlds
Dispel
Engineered Explosives
Izzet Staticaster
Keranos, God of Storms
Stony Silence
Thundermaw Hellkite
Timely Reinforcements
Wear // Tear
Wrath of God

Here’s one of Modern’s premier control decks. The Jeskai colour combination in Modern gives you access to quite simply the best threats, best efficient removal spells and best counter spells that the format has access to. There’s not a lot else to say about this. The age old combination of these 3 main factors is a tried and tested formula for success in many formats throughout Magic’s history.

Top 4 – Ryan Heathen, Golgari Tron

Creatures: (5)
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Wurmcoil Engine

Planeswalkers: (6)
Karn Liberated
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Spells: (30)
Ancient Stirrings
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Star
Expedition Map
Fatal Push
Oblivion Stone
Planar Bridge
Sylvan Scrying
Lands: (19)
Blooming Marsh
Forest
Ghost Quarter
Llanowar Wastes
Sanctum of Ugin
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Tower

Sideboard: (15)
Collective Brutality
Nature’s Claim
Pithing Needle
Relic of Progenitus
Thragtusk
Walking Ballista
Warping Wail

Tron is the combination of the 3 “Urza Lands,” Urza’s Mine, Urza’s Power Plant and Urza’s Tower. Together, they provide you with 7 colourless mana, enough to cast a Karn Liberated as early as turn 3. This makes Tron the premier “ramp” deck in Modern. This version retires the red spells usually seen in similar decks and instead uses black to power out Modern’s newest removal spell: Fatal Push. It is even quite easy to activate Revolt, thanks to Chromatic Star, Chromatic Sphere and Expedition Map.

Top 8 – Wei Lew, Skred Red

Creatures: (7)
Eternal Scourge
Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Stormbreath Dragon

Planeswalkers: (6)
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Koth of the Hammer

Spells: (25)
Anger of the Gods
Blood Moon
Dismember
Lightning Bolt
Mind Stone
Pyrite Spellbomb
Relic of Progenitus
Skred
Lands: (22)
Scrying Sheets
20 Snow-Covered Mountain

Sideboard: (15)
Anger of the Gods
Dragon’s Claw
Grafdigger’s Cage
Molten Rain
Pithing Needle
Release the Gremlins
Ricochet Trap
Shattering Spree
Simian Spirit Guide

Skred can be, once enabled, one of the most powerful removal spells in the whole format. If all you need to do is play mono red and a mana base full of snow lands, then why not give it a shot? “Skred Red” does exactly that. At its core, it is simply a mono red midrange/control deck built to take full advantage of Skred. It turns out, red has some very powerful cards on offer for a deck like this, such as Anger of the Gods and Blood Moon, which makes this a very powerful force in the metagame.

Top 8 – Matthew Whewell, Lantern Control

Spells: (43)
Abrupt Decay
Ancient Stirrings
Codex Shredder
Collective Brutality
Ensnaring Bridge
Ghoulcaller’s Bell
Infernal Tutor
Inquisition of Kozilek
Lantern of Insight
Mishra’s Bauble
Mox Opal
Pithing Needle
Pyxis of Pandemonium
Surgical Extraction
Thoughtseize
Lands: (17)
Academy Ruins
Blooming Marsh
Ghost Quarter
Glimmervoid
Inventors’ Fair
Llanowar Wastes
Swamp

Sideboard: (15)
Collective Brutality
Grafdigger’s Cage
Leyline of Sanctity
Lost Legacy
Nature’s Claim
Seal of Primordium
Spellskite
Surgical Extraction
Thoughtseize
Welding Jar

It’s probably fair to say that by this point, Lantern Control is one of the most hated decks in Modern, which I think is completely unfair (I just LOVE this deck!). The deck combines Lantern of Insight with Codex Shredder, Ghoulcaller’s Bell and Pyxis of Pandemonium to control what each player gets to draw, forcing you to give up the game because you will never be able to draw an answer. This is a powerful deck and one that we will likely see for a good long while in the format.

Top 8 – Freddie Barber, Infect

Creatures: (13)
Blighted Agent
Glistener Elf
Noble Hierarch
Viridian Corrupter

Spells: (27)
Apostle's Blessing
Become Immense
Blossoming Defence
Dismember
Distortion Strike
Might of Old Krosa
Mutagenic Growth
Serum Visions
Spell Pierce
Twisted Image
Vines of Vastwood
Lands: (20)
Breeding Pool
Dryad Arbor
Forest
Inkmoth Nexus
Pendelhaven
Wooded Foothills
Windswept Heath

Sideboard: (15)
Apostle's Blessing
Dismember
Dispel
Grafdigger's Cage
Kitchen Finks
Nature's Claim
Spell Pierce
Spellskite
Twisted Image
Wild Defiance

Gitaxian Probe may be gone, but that hasn’t stopped Infect. The deck may have been slowed down, sure, but it is by no means dead. The plan is as simple as could be. Make an unblockable creature with Infect up to 10 power and attack! Game over! Since you have access to blue mana because of Blighted Agent then you can even back up your plan with counter spells too. It’s straightforward, but very powerful and still one of the best decks that Modern has to offer!

Top 8 – Pablo Gonzalez, Naya Burn

Creatures: (18)
Eidolon of the Great Revel
Goblin Guide
Grim Lavamancer
Monastery Swiftspear
Wild Nacatl

Spells: (22)
Atarka’s Command
Boros Charm
Lava Spike
Lightning Bolt
Rift Bolt
Searing Blaze
Lands: (20)
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Copperline Gorge
Inspiring Vantage
Mountain
Sacred Foundry
Stomping Ground
Wooded Foothills

Sideboard: (15)
Deflecting Palm
Destructive Revelry
Kor Firewalker
Lightning Helix
Path to Exile
Skullcrack
Stony Silence

“Red Deck Wins” has been a thing in Magic ever since the early nineties. Naya Burn is the natural evolution of the deck, trying to win by dealing 20 damage as efficiently as possible, in as few turns as possible. The green and white mana give the deck Atarka’s Command and Boros Charm respectively and also allow the deck to play Wild Nacatl for some extra powerful turn 1 plays. This will never go out of Modern, so pay attention!

Now, we have one extra decklist to compliment our Top 8. Tommy Hayward, a mainstay of the UK Magic community by now, entered our event with his updated version of “8-Rack”. Discard decks in general are always popular among newer players to the game, but are usually demoted to the realms of casual play, instead of the top tables of competitive tournaments. However, The Rack and Shrieking Affliction give “8-Rack” its name and the perfect way to battle with the big boys of Modern. It’s very hard for most decks to beat a good start from this deck, given that its good starts will eliminate any chance that you have of having a good one yourself. If you’ve ever wanted to play a discard-themed deck in a tournament, this is exactly where you should look!

Tommy Hayward, 8-Rack

Planeswalkers: (4)
Liliana of the Veil

Spells: (32)
Dismember
Funeral Charm
Inquisition of Kozilek
Raven’s Crime
Shrieking Affliction
Smallpox
The Rack
Thoughtseize
Wrench Mind
Lands: (24)
Mutavault
16 Swamp
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard: (15)
Asylum Visitor
Collective Brutality
Deathmark
Fatal Push
Leyline of the Void
Night of Souls’ Betrayal
Relic of Progenitus
Waste Not

That’s it from us! Our next major event will be next week as we play host to the UK’s community of Vintage and Old School 93/94 players! We will absolutely be sharing decklists from the events too! Be sure to check them out!

Vintage and Old School Manaleak BirminghamWhat and When?

SATURDAY 18th March 2017:

12PM – Standard (2pm) & Commander (12pm) Club

12PM – Modern Masters 2017 Draft Day

1PM – Oldschool

SUNDAY 19th March 2017:

11AM – Final Fantasy TCG Opus 2 Prerelease at Manaleak.com Birmingham (In case anyone also fancies a few games of FF TCG?)

11:30AM – Vintage

1PM – Legacy Challenge

The centre will be open from 10am onwards if you would like to arrive early, do some trades and play some games!

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Andrew Quinn

March Modern Challenge Top 8 Decklists & Review - 8 Different Deck Archetypes! by Andrew Quinn
We don't normally post the top 8 decklists for regular challenges these days, but when 54 players show up, we figured that we could make an exception. The long day was capped off by a Top 8 featuring 4 local Manaleak.com players and 8 different deck archetypes featuring all 5 colours. Let's get down into the lists!

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