MTGO Modern League 5-0 Results (01/28/2022)



Modern 5-0 Results

Full Results

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


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  • 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 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

  • R Prison: FluffyWolf2 experimented with the Emrakul, the Aeons Torn + Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast package when the latter dropped in Ikoria. It's a bit slower than it was with Simian Spirit Guide, which is probably why the package is relegated to the sideboard in an otherwise standard R Prison build.

  • Jund Shadow (Lurrus): Jund Shadow was an arguable Tier 1 deck for a period before MH2. Night's Whisper on Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger is some cool tech, but most interesting is the big boys over Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer. The deck is also running full playsets of Scourge of the Skyclaves and Tarmogoyf. The only MH2 cards in the main are DRC and three copies of Unholy Heat.

  • Boomer Jund: Trophy record holder yPrincipe shows that everyone is wrong about how to build Jund. Why have just one Lurrus of the Dream-Den in the side when you can have three in the main! Only Lurrus and Liliana of the Veil can't be replayed off the Lurrus. Running the nightmare cat as a main piece and not a companion is an interesting choice that works in this deck.

  • G Titanshift: (duplicate pilot, link points to other list). Absolute classic! I remember getting clapped by this when I started Modern. The mainboard is straight from pre-COVID but a single Dryad of the Ilysian Grove. Given the lack of Field of Ruin and Ghost Quarter in the format, the inevitability of a land-based kill seems really strong (Blood Moon aside).

  • 4c KikiChord (Yorion): Now, we've seen lots of toolbox Yorion creature decks, but they've been less on the Chord of Calling plan and usually aren't running even a single Kiki-Jiki. This is a pure toolbox variant, with the combo kill and a slice of silver bullets like Magus of the Moon.

  • BG Infect: Zxrogue drops the U for pure Infect goodness, and maindeck Thoughtseize and Fatal Push rather than counters. BG Infect popped up as the 'best'—I am in no position to speak to the accuracy of that claim—variant of Infect post-MH2, but has been less common compared to darkhorse Sultai.


Spicy Decks

  • 4c Snow Control: Dead of Winter is still a hilarious Magic card. Of special note, Navigator's Compass as a lesser Arcum's Astrolabe is a cool mana-fixing tech for a deck running basics to turn on Ice-Fang Coatl. Field of Ruin and Urza's Saga also benefit from the color fixing and are replayable with Wrenn & Six. A very cool and fun list!

  • BR Prowess Shadow (Lurrus): What better way to turn on Scourge of the Skyclaves than early aggro with Soul-Scar Mage and Monastery Swiftspear? Dismember and Thoughtseize power out removal and drop the life total for Scourge and DS, while all the removal inherent in Prowess helps clear the way for the Temur Battle Rage kill.

  • Temur Domain Tempo: Cards I never expected in Domain: Spellstutter Sprite and Piracy Charm. But I will admit, Charm Snap Charm sounds hilarious on the draw step. Overall, this has the usual finishers of Domain—Scion of Draco, Territorial Kavu, Monke, and Nactal—but also packs a full suite of counters! If you want to play a faeries style deck but like removal and big creatures, I suggest you take a look here!

  • GR Karn's Saga: Karn, the Great Creator and Urza's Saga are actually a pretty rare combination. Urza's Prison and Amulet Titan are the only decks that regularly put the two together, barring some outliers. But, this deck is probably my favorite of the list. It synergizes with Wrenn & Six and Elvish Reclaimer, Brainstone to utilize with picking up fetches with Wrenn, and Springleaf Drum to cheat mana on T3 with Urza's Saga.

  • Naya Karnza: GR Karnza, but dipping white for Prismatic Ending to remove problematic permanents. It also buys you time to get Arbor Elf and/or Utopia Sprawl online to power out Karn the Great Creator and start blowing up lands. Ponza/Karnza has been one of the decks people mention in comments as 'should be here' given how greedy manabases are—adding unconditional removal might be the trick in 2022.

  • Rb Prowess (Lurrus): Ok, so the main is totally normal R Prowess, and I almost missed the color dip because it's exclusively in the side board copies of Dark Confidant and Thoughtseize. Bob is especially great when the vast majority of the deck is one mana-value or below.

  • UG Upheaval Titan (Yorion): Wrenn and Seven is a cool include to turn the lands in hand into mana following an Upheaval, just like Cultivator Colossus! It's cool to see a new Titan variant 5-0 two leagues back-to-back!

  • Temur Wilderness Rec (Kaheera): Ditching the Snapcaster Mages for full sets of Fire // Ice, Shark Typhoon, Wilderness Reclamation, and adding Kaheera is an interesting choice—leaning more on resolving the Wilderness Reclamation and taking away the game. Also, you can still include Endurance in the side, of course.

  • Temur Tron (Jegantha): Congrats to u/Trellon for picking up another league back-to-back with the most colorful of Trons! Make your opponent really sad with an X=7 Hydroid Krasis, or stifle with a Nimble Obstructionist.


Interesting Tech

  • W Hammer (Lurrus): Gingerbrute isn't a common include, but great to get through in the mirror and chump-heavy decks.

  • Jeskai Grinding Breach: Dance of the Manse is a cool include to get back Underworld Breach and Grinding Station for just four mana!

  • 4c Domain Zoo: A very stock list aside from the four Kira, Great Glass-Spinner in the main. In a removal heavy format, protecting the Scion of Draco sounds great. Scion also gives Kira hexproof—a really cool interaction.


 

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