Standard has been the focus since the release of Amonkhet for obvious reasons, but with #SCGKY coming up this weekend we're finally going to get to see the latest set's effect on Modern.
Unlike Standard, new sets typically don't have a huge impact on the next smallest format, and I don't expect that to change here, but there are still a few cards that will see play and that can be enough to dramatically shift the landscape of the metagame. Today's deck highlights one of those potential standouts: As Foretold.
We're all familiar with the use of cascade cards to cast Ancestral Vision without waiting an agonizing four turns and now Modern has a useful tool to provide the exact same instant gratification. Immediately upon casting the enchantment you can use its ability to cast a spell with converted mana cost zero and three mana to draw three cards would be perfectly fine, but this is a two-card combo, so we need a little bit more to make it worthwhile.
Fortunately, As Foretold only gets better from there, letting you cast progressively more expensive cards so you can double spell efficiently, especially with counterspells, or use your lands for other purposes, like activating and attacking with Celestial Colonnade much earlier than your opponent is prepared for. And because As Foretold lets you cast a spell on your opponent's turn too, the effective mana you generate can quickly snowball out of control.
That makes it perfect for control decks in Modern that often struggle with applying pressure while answering the wide variety of threats your opponents can produce. With As Foretold it's no longer an agonizing decision that you may get punished for either way, you just get to do both things and Hakuna Matata, no more worries.
You also get to play some more powerful spells without irreparably damaging your curve, as we can see in this list with the many sweepers and two copies of Detention Sphere as a catch-all. As Foretold opens up the toolbox for control decks like this in Modern, and I for one am excited to see where they go.