Modern

FNM Series: Mardu Midrange

Mardu Midrange

Creatures (9)
Dark Confidant
Young Pyromancer
Grim Lavamancer

Spells (22)
Fatal Push
Collective Brutality
Lightning Bolt
Path to Exile
Inquisition of Kozilek
Lingering Souls
Thoughtseize
Kolaghan’s Command

Planeswalkers (5)
Liliana of the Veil
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

Artifacts (1)
Smuggler’s Copter
Lands (23)
Arid Mesa
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Godless Shrine
Marsh Flats
Mountain
Plains
Sacred Foundry
Shambling Vent
Swamp

Sideboard (15)
Blood Moon
Rakdos Charm
Wear // Tear
Zealous Persecution
Nihil Spellbomb
Anger of the Gods
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Pithing Needle
Collective Brutality
Burrenton Forge-Tender
Engineered Explosives
Spellskite

UR Swans 1st Place PPTQ Report

Hello Internet,
This is my first PPTQ win and first tournament write up so I apologize if it’s a bit long winded. I played UR Swans at a 68 man PPTQ in Concord, CA last Sunday. It’s basically a Blue Moon deck with Swans of Bryn Argoll as the win condition. Playing tons of basics goes hand in hand with a Blood Moon strategy and you get to play snow basics together with Skred to either kill creatures much larger than a typical UR deck could handle, or draw tons of cards by pointing it at your Swan. You also get to play Stubborn Denial to counter early spells and protect your Swans from removal or enemy burn spells. Here’s the list:

UR Swans

Creatures (9)
Swans of Bryn Argoll
Snapcaster Mage
Kefnet the Mindful

Enchantments (1)
Blood Moon

Spells (27)
Opt
Anticipate
Stubborn Denial
Spell Snare
Mana Leak
Remand
Cryptic Command
Disrupting Shoal
Skred
Lightning Bolt
Anger of the Gods
Lands (23)
Scalding Tarn
Polluted Delta
Arid Mesa
Scrying Sheets
Snow-Covered Island
Snow-Covered Mountain
Steam Vents

Sideboard (15)
Blood Moon
Anger of the Gods
Batterskull
Counterflux
Dispel
Echoing Truth
Harvest Pyre
Kefnet the Mindful
Keranos, God of Storms
Pithing Needle
Shatterstorm
Spellskite
Vendilion Clique
Wurmcoil Engine

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FNM Series: Jeskai Tempo (#2)


Jeskai Tempo

Creatures (11)
Snapcaster Mage
Spell Queller
Geist of Saint Traft

Spells (25)
Cryptic Command
Electrolyze
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Logic Knot
Path to Exile
Spell Snare
Serum Visions
Opt
Lands (24)
Island
Mountain
Plains
Celestial Colonnade
Flooded Strand
Hallowed Fountain
Sacred Foundry
Scalding Tarn
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls

Sideboard (15)
Engineered Explosives
Relic of Progenitus
Izzet Staticaster
Celestial Purge
Disdainful Stroke
Dispel
Negate
Wear // Tear
Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Vendilion Clique
Supreme Verdict

FNM Series: Jeskai Tempo

Jeskai Tempo

Creatures (11)
Snapcaster Mage
Spell Queller
Geist of Saint Traft

Spells (25)
Cryptic Command
Electrolyze
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Logic Knot
Path to Exile
Spell Snare
Serum Visions
Lands (24)
Island
Mountain
Plains
Celestial Colonnade
Flooded Strand
Hallowed Fountain
Sacred Foundry
Scalding Tarn
Steam Vents
Sulfur Falls

Sideboard (15)
Engineered Explosives
Relic of Progenitus
Izzet Staticaster
Celestial Purge
Disdainful Stroke
Dispel
Negate
Wear // Tear
Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Vendilion Clique
Supreme Verdict

Fire is the Universal Language: Tribal Flayer in Modern

Sometimes things just don’t work out. Towards the beginning of last year’s Modern PPTQ season, friend and now MTG Conflux team member, Zach Smith, brewed up an intriguing deck. It started out as a leaner Jund that evolved into a 5-color Tribal Flames list that played the cheapest and most efficient cards at its disposal. His “Tribal Flayer” deck took him to a 5-0 finish in a MTGO league that prompted articles on StarCityGames and Modern Nexus, as well as catching the eye of one Caleb Durward, prompting a video series and praise before the deck unceremoniously disappeared into the void.

The deck felt like a real metagame contender that never gained traction, having tools to beat decks that went both tall and wide while having a gratuitous amount of reach. Zach was unable to play the PPTQ season and secure the success the deck deserved, leaving it to gather dust as the format changed and evolved.

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Affinity Primer 2017

Google “Affinity Primer” and you’ll get a handful of helpful articles and forum posts from the past few years. Digging a little deeper, Frank Karsten over at Channel Fireball did an update to his Affinity primers after Aether Revolt, but didn’t offer a real in-depth analysis as he normally does. There is definitely a bit of a gap in recent Affinity articles and this is my attempt at filling it.

I’ve been playing Affinity from Modern’s beginnings, and I’ve been obsessed with “robots” ever since I laid eyes on the beautiful card that is Etched Champion. I’ve always enjoyed using cards that are just a little off the beaten path in the deck too. Today, even though I have a multitude of decks to choose from, I always find myself gravitating toward this explosive and synergistic deck.

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FNM Series: Sultai Delirium

Sultai Delirium

Creatures (16)
Tarmogoyf
Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
Courser of Kruphix
Tireless Tracker
The Scarab God
Eternal Witness
Glen Elendra Archmage
Architects of Will
Shriekmaw
Scavenging Ooze
Thragtusk

Artifacts (3)
Mishra’s Bauble

Spells (18)
Fatal Push
Traverse the Ulvenwald
Abrupt Decay
Thoughtseize
Inquisition of Kozilek
Maelstrom Pulse
Dismember

Planeswalkers (1)
Liliana, the Last Hope
Lands (22)
Overgrown Tomb
Watery Grave
Breeding Pool
Forest
Swamp
Island
Misty Rainforest
Polluted Delta
River of Tears
Verdant Catacombs
Blooming Marsh
Creeping Tar Pit
Ghost Quarter

Sideboard (15)
Snapcaster Mage
Dispel
Bojuka Bog
Disdainful Stroke
Countersquall
Phyrexian Revoker
Spellskite
Vengeful Rebel
Fulminator Mage
Big Game Hunter
Reclamation Sage
Ishkanah, Grafwidow
Emrakul, the Promised End

FNM Series: Tribal Flayer (#2)

Tribal Flayer

Creatures (14)
Grim Flayer
Snapcaster Mage
Tarmogoyf
Wild Nacatl

Artifacts (2)
Mishra’s Bauble

Spells (22)
Fatal Push
Inquisition of Kozilek
Kolaghan’s Command
Lightning Bolt
Lingering Souls
Path to Exile
Thoughtseize
Tribal Flames
Lands (22)
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Breeding Pool
Forest
Godless Shrine
Overgrown Tomb
Sacred Foundry
Stomping Ground
Swamp
Temple Garden
Verdant Catacombs
Watery Grave
Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
Abrupt Decay
Ceremonious Rejection
Collective Brutality
Disdainful Stroke
Duress
Engineered Explosives
Geist of Saint Traft
Kitchen Finks
Kolaghan’s Command
Liliana, the Last Hope
Lingering Souls
Zealous Persecution

FNM Series: Tribal Flayer (#1)

 

Tribal Flayer

Creatures (14)
Grim Flayer
Snapcaster Mage
Tarmogoyf
Wild Nacatl

Artifacts (2)
Mishra’s Bauble

Spells (22)
Fatal Push
Inquisition of Kozilek
Kolaghan’s Command
Lightning Bolt
Lingering Souls
Path to Exile
Thoughtseize
Tribal Flames
Lands (22)
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Breeding Pool
Forest
Godless Shrine
Overgrown Tomb
Sacred Foundry
Stomping Ground
Swamp
Temple Garden
Verdant Catacombs
Watery Grave
Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
Abrupt Decay
Ceremonious Rejection
Collective Brutality
Disdainful Stroke
Duress
Engineered Explosives
Geist of Saint Traft
Kitchen Finks
Kolaghan’s Command
Liliana, the Last Hope
Lingering Souls
Zealous Persecution