MTGO Modern League 5-0 Results (01/14/2021)

Updated: Jan 19


MTGO Modern 5-0 Decklists

Results

Full Results

Direct links courtesy of /u/FereMiyJeenyus and their MTGO Results Scraper


Overview

  • Wizards posts 5-0 League drops every Tuesday and Friday, rain or shine. Holidays are the exception.

  • The criteria of decks showing up is a 20-card difference from other decks, per Wizards. So 20 Jund lists 5-0'ing may result in only one or two Jund lists showing in the dump.

  • Don't take League results as true metagame share, as the above removes the number of results.

  • Naming is a best guess. Feel free to correct it in the comments and I will edit it in.

  • I will highlight anything interesting, of course depending on time. Old Favorites will have decks that haven't been showing up in a while or classics, Spicy Decks will have new and unique decks, and Interesting Tech will have existing and meta decks that have some interesting new cards.

  • I primarily save my more opinionated opinions for the bottom.

Old Favorites

  • G Tooth & Nail: What year is it?? Congratulations to RoyalGuard, I can't remember the last time I've seen Tooth and Nail in a league dump. If ever? Registering Garruk Wildspeaker, Acidic Slime, and Tooth and Nail in 2022 seems wild but here we are! Notably, the list looks ancient; the newest card in there is Nissa, Worldwaker.

  • GR Ponza (Obosh): A purest list with full sets of Blood Moon and Pillage!

  • RW Lockout (Lurrus): The number one way in the world to tilt your opponent is T1 Mana Tithe, T2 Boom // Bust on your Flagstones of Trokair. The Lockout archetype, as I mentioned last week, has really struggled to close out games. Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Dragon's Rage Channeler give the archetype the punch it needed.

  • Sultai Control (Lurrus): Sultai has had lots of various attempts to make it work; Ice-Fang Coatl and Snapcaster Mage being mainstays in this archetype, plus some incredible spells like Abrupt Decay and of course now Counterspell, it's been almost there for a long time. But especially in a Lurrus of the Dream-Den deck, it can struggle to close games. Enter, Thing in the Ice! It presents a fast clock and is a way to return Snaps and Coatls to hand.

  • 4c Elementals (Kaheera): 2021's most surprising common is back; Mulldrifter and the original deck that popularized it. Notable are the Lightning Bolts - early iterations of the more recent Elementals deck only ran Prismatic Ending, but by Fall 2021; Bolts have become mainstays.

  • U Tron (Jegantha): How does Trellon cast that Jegantha, you ask? Why, the Barkchannel Pathway and Shivan Reef of course! Jegantha, the Wellspring is a slick card for the deck that has tons of extra mana. Notably, there are four copies of Nimble Obstructionist in the main as well.

  • BG Infect: Phyrexian Crusader + Plague Stinger give Infect some default evasiveness. Plus, pro-red and pro-white are incredibly strong with the format's best removal being Bolt, Unholy Heat, Prismatic Ending, or pitch Elementals.

  • Esper Ad Naus: It's back! Ditching Ad Nauseam for pure Thassa's Oracle and Spoils of the Vault was last time. This time we are back to the regular version with Wishclaw Talisman and Ad Nauseam. No Demonic Bargains here.

Spicy Decks

  • 4c Lutri Control (Lutri): LUTRI IN MODERN. I say again, we HAVE LUTRI IN MODERN. This is not a drill! Lutri, the Spellchaser makes an appearance in a list that makes the TO cry when they deck check it. Congratulations to the pilot for bringing their Breya, Etherium Shaper to Modern night and still winning with Binder.dec. The list is also hilarious when you look at that link, I suggest giving it a look-see. Joke aside, this is an incredible achievement and I hope it is recorded.

  • RW Hammer (Lurrus): Most of the red dips from Hammer have been very light; just for Magnetic Theft and sideboard cards. This list goes deep and adds Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Galvanic Blast for a plan B and much better topdecks than Memnite.

  • 4c DRC (Lurrus): There are 20 interactive cards here; Prismatic Ending and Kaya's Guile plus the usual Grixis cards. Hand hate, creature removal, Drown in the Loch; plus Snapcaster Mage, Kroxa, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, and Dragon's Rage Channeler. If you like interactive magic, you might want to give this list a spin.

  • GW Amulet Titan XL (Yorion): It's literally just bigger Amulet Titan. Aside from the Ephermates, anyway. It also has 40 lands, which is up there with Treasure Hunt and Seismic Swans as the most lands registered in a Modern deck.

  • Jund Game Objects Sac: Jund Sacrifice, but also including Academy Manufactor and Trail of Crumbs! Goblin Bombardment along with the Cat Oven open up some incredible lines when they have the Game Objects package added. Of special note to me is Ravenous Squirrel which is an absolute sleeper of a card, both turning Food and Treasure tokens into knock-off Clues, while also getting huge!

  • GR Obosh Valakut (Obosh): The deck returns! TitanShift with no Titan and no Shift! Escape to the Wilds feels like such a great closer; able to keep the lands safe from discard, and giving that additional land drop without needing a creature to stick.

Interesting Tech

  • UR Blue Moon: An utterly fascinating list with many, many one-ofs, incluiding Light Up the Night, Fire // Ice, Prismari Command, Spell Pierce, Engineered Explosives, Dress Down, and Shark Typhoon. With both Serum Visions and Memory Deluge, running that many situational spells only as one-ofs seems totally fine!

  • U Tron: Oboro, Palace in the Clouds is a more uncommon card in U Tron, it's more of a Mill tech for Crabs, but it lets you double blue off only having it and colorless sources, and dodge Boil at the same time!

  • 4c Domain Zoo: The Royal Scions are a cool addition here; especially with that Trample. Giving the 5/5 Kavu Trample and First Strike and getting a General Ferrous Rokiric trigger looks great!


 

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