Decks of the Week - 6/21/16

I’ve decided to change up how I’ve reported Decks of the Week from here on. From here on out I’ll focus more on interesting decks or decks that are taking hold of the current metagame. The major events this week all went down in Orlando so every deck will be taken from the matches down there.


WR Humans by Tom Ross – 1st Place SCG Open Orlando

After weeks of domination in the Standard format by GW Tokens, low to the ground aggro decks came back with a vengeance. The mono-white humans core took 3 of the tournament’s top 8 slots. Another aggro deck I’ll get to in a second took up a 4th slot. We’ve seen some rumblings of WR Aggro being a fairly popular deck and over the weekend it made a tour de force.


WU Aggro by Brennan DeCandio – 4th Place SCG Open Orlando

I really like this deck. The deck can attack its opponent from many angles. It can fly over or around its opponents with [mtg_card]Bygone Bishop[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Eldrazi Skyspawner[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Rattlechains[/mtg_card], and [mtg_card]Reflector Mage[/mtg_card] or it can over power its opponents with [mtg_card]Gideon, Ally of Zendikar[/mtg_card] or [mtg_card]Archangel Avacyn[/mtg_card]. This is a very well designed deck I would like to put some games into to see how it plays.


Boom//Bust Jund by Eduardo Torra – 4th Place SCG Classic Orlando

[mtg_card]Goblin Dark-Dwellers[/mtg_card] has really opened up Modern so some really interesting decks. This version takes out [mtg_card]Dark Confidant[/mtg_card] and replaces it with a [mtg_card]Boom // Bust[/mtg_card] combo. FYI, if you were to play both Dark Confidant and Boom // Bust, you risk blowing yourself up for 8 life by drawing Boom // Bust off Dark Confidant. So in this deck, you hit your own fetchland with Boom and opponent more valuable dual to slow them down or keep them off colors. Then in the late game, you can play Goblin Dark-Dwellers in us its ability to cast Bust, which you can do because Boom // Bust cost both 2 and 6 CMC, meeting the requirements of Goblin Dark-Dweller’s trigger. You can then cast either side of the card (But not both) off the trigger. Now you have a Goblin Dark-Dwellers in play as the biggest threat and you opponent has no land to respond to it.


Esper Zur by Lance Austin – 6th Place SCG Classic Orlando

Occasionally a [mtg_card]Zur the Enchanter[/mtg_card] deck makes an appearance in MTGO Modern events and a chalk it up to a player getting a decent run with a tier 3 or 4 deck. To say this deck is similar to those decks is a mistake. This deck takes more of a cue from the solid Esper Control decks and throws in the Zur the Enchanter shenanigans. The deck at first glance will seem like a fairly standard Esper Control deck with disruption and removal, before dropping Zur the Enchanter and going ham. I think there is significant room to improve this deck. I’m not sure how good [mtg_card]Geist of Saint Traft[/mtg_card] is here. I think [mtg_card]Monastery Mentor[/mtg_card] may be better. Monastery Mentor plays very well with [mtg_card]Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Snapcaster Mage[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Lingering Souls[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Inquisition of Kozilek[/mtg_card], and [mtg_card]Thoughtseize[/mtg_card]. When you start flashbacking discard spells to and get [mtg_card]Monk[/mtg_card] tokens from it, you tend to cause quite a bit of trouble. It’s a secondary avenue that I think would play well with Zur the Enchanter.


Miracles by Christopher Herron – 4th Place SCG Classic Orlando

We have officially entered the danger zone with [mtg_card]Nahiri, the Harbinger[/mtg_card]. Typically, the creature heavy version of Miracles they typically includes a suite of [mtg_card]Vendilion Clique[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Venser, Shaper Savant[/mtg_card], and [mtg_card]Karakas[/mtg_card] over a mass count of [mtg_card]Entreat the Angels[/mtg_card] as a win condition, but they often still play Entreat the Angels. This version passes all the Entreats in order to fit a Nahiri, the Harbinger and [mtg_card]Emrakul, the Aeons Torn[/mtg_card] combo that has set Modern on fire. This is a very well placing for this version of the deck. I’m surprised that this result hasn’t made a significant effect on the current of Nahiri, the Harbinger, because it shows that perhaps the card has some legs in Legacy as well as Modern.