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Trying to get an edge in Modern is always a challenge. The format is wildly diverse – even more than Legacy is today – and while this is exciting, it makes for a difficult nut to crack.
If we look at all of the recent Modern events, you can get a pretty good picture of what is being played by looking at the cards being played.
Here are the top ten cards seeing play in Modern decks from the last two months:
Here is that same top ten from the last two weeks:
While there was a bit of jockeying for position, it's probably not much of a surprise to see Fatal Push emerge so impressively; I even made the card a focus of my last article. If you look at that recent two-week list, literally the top four cards of Modern are basically the top three removal spells in Modern and a removal card that can also be a discard card.
If the results from the SCG Season One Regionals are any indication, this may be a very wise thing to do these days. Two of the three most successful decks are very much attack-phase decks.
All told, there were 29 separate archetypes that made a Top 8 of a Regional Championship – if you merge the G/X Tron lists into a single archetype. Three decks won more than one Regional Championship: Burn, Affinity, and Through the Breach.
Bringing Home the Trophies: Burn
Rayton Espiritu took home the crown in San Diego with a take on Burn that I can pretty fervently get behind. This is a list of nearly all four-ofs, with only a couple of significant exceptions.