Some of you reading this may recognize me from my time playing on the SCG Tour®, but for those who don't, let me introduce myself. My name is Harlan. I live in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia with my wonderful girlfriend Liz and my extremely photogenic dog Nate. I work full-time as a warehouse supervisor here in Charlottesville and love to dedicate what little free time I have (much to the dismay of Liz) to playing Magic.
Whirza decks have made the Top 8 of every Modern Open since the release of Modern Horizons and each time at least one of them has been my list. Brian Coval and I piloted a 75 of my design, with Brian finishing second and me finishing fourth, at SCG Pittsburgh. Brad Carpenter and I made the Top 8 of SCG Philadelphia, where he played a list we worked on together. I Top 8'ed again at SCG Columbus shortly after the Bridge from Below ban. Finally, Alexander Beebe made the elimination rounds playing the same list I registered in the event at SCG Richmond.
Four Modern Opens. Four Top 8s. No trophies. That all changed in SCG Dallas.
SCG Dallas was the first Modern event where Urza was legal and Hogaak wasn't, and I have to say, I was worried. I had some reservations about the strength of the archetype without Hogaak around to draw the focus and to pad my win percentage a bit. I knew that, with no Hogaak, the graveyard hate would diminish, and with Stoneforge Mystic finally being set free in Modern, the artifact hate would rise. I was expecting to see Stony Silence, Collector Ouphe, and Karn, the Great Creator everywhere, and I did.
And you know what? It just didn't matter.
All my fears washed away once I was finally sitting down and playing the matches again. Everyone brought the hate and I just ran through them anyway.
Leading up to the event, the thing I was asked about and thought about the most was Stoneforge Mystic's place in Whirza. Obviously the Standard and Legacy all-star had a home in the midrange deck that played an infinite combo involving an Equipment, right? Wrong. I really don't think it belongs in the various build of Whirza and there are a few key reasons why.