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What's in store for Modern in late 2017 and early 2018? What's hot and what's not?
#SCGRegionals results are in and we have a ton of interesting Modern decklists to sift through. Which decks are the trend-setters and which are bed-wetters?
These are my picks for the eight Modern decks you should be rocking this winter season and why.
#8 - Infect
Infect is like a scab wound that keeps getting picked at so much that it won't heal over. There's no place for you in Modern anymore, Infect; just go to Legacy!
That isn't completely true, but it seems like Infect has taken a massive nosedive in popularity and effectiveness. It's almost confusing how much worse Infect got when it lost Gitaxian Probe, but it shows what an important card it was for Become Immense and getting information on the best plays to make.
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy is super-interesting, and I love it. To be fair, I haven't seen a Jace, Vryn's Prodigy in a list that I didn't like. Jace acts as another must-kill creature, and if it lives, it's going to dig you toward what you need, whether it's pump, disruption, or a creature with infect.
Shapers' Sanctuary seems excellent since it's so cheap and potentially just wins the game against a removal-heavy deck. It reminds me of Wild Defiance,with less powerful of an effect but much easier to cast. I shudder to imagine playing against Shapers' Sanctuary with Jeskai Control.
Why It's Not: What's the good matchup for Infect? Scapeshift? U/R Gifts Storm? It's probably just a case of Modern having gotten better while Infect got worse. I don't think I'd want to be playing Infect against Eldrazi Tron with Chalice of the Void and Walking Ballista or a Death's Shadow deck with Fatal Push.
Infect will live on in the hearts of those who care about it for as long as they remember and honor it.
#7 - Eldrazi Tron
- 4 Walking Ballista
- 2 Endbringer
- 4 Matter Reshaper
- 4 Reality Smasher
- 4 Thought-Knot Seer
- 1 Emrakul, the Promised End
Eldrazi Tron is still a relatively young deck in the Modern timeline, and is still going through some evolution.
Kevin Hoang has some sweet new additions. I'm mostly looking at you, Emrakul, the Promised End.
Raise your hand if you've cast Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and still lost because your opponent had enough life and permanents to survive annihilator 6 and then kill you on their next turn.
Sorcerous Spyglass seems powerful even if you don't really want it in many matchups. It also plays nicely with Chalice of the Void, since you can cast it through a Chalice on one or see your opponent's hand and know what to set your Chalice for.
Why It's Not: While it has some amazing starts, you can expect to be doing some mulliganing as well if you aren't drawing your Eldrazi Temples or natural Tron in your openers. Considering the deck's curve is so high, it's reliant on you having a strong land start with Eldrazi Temple or Tron.