Yesterday, Ross Merriam wrote an article titled " Modern Is Not As Diverse As You Think, " and while he does make some good points, I think it's fairly easy to refute this assessment. Modern is a playground, and in that space you can bring virtually any deck you want to the table and have a decent shot of winning a match. To say that I disagree with Ross's overarching premise is an understatement, but today we're going to explore exactly what I mean when I say "Modern Is The Most Diverse Format In Magic."
Viability VS Diversity
" Whether you love it or hate it, both sides agree on one thing: Modern is an incredibly diverse format. There's only one problem here: that's just not true. Modern's diversity is an illusion. A self-fulfilling prophecy that players who are attached to their subpar decks perpetuate so they have a basis on which to rationalize their poor decisions."
The thesis of Ross's article says that the "diversity" in Modern is just an illusion. It's something we tell ourselves to justify playing a "worse version" of a deck that already exists. In some respects, Ross is correct in this assessment. There are quite a few decks in Modern that sit on top of each other in regards to what they're trying to do. However, I disagree with his premise that one of those decks is "best" and the others are just incorrect to play.