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Jadelight Ranger

Following the Pro Tour there were some questions as to how good the Golgari Midrange deck really was. Well, after Milwaukee we can see a firm confirmation of how solid the deck is outside of a Pro Tour setting. While it failed to win, it put up an impressive four copies in the Top 8 and has continued to perform at a high level despite push back from the metagame. This is effectively the B/R Chainwhirler or Temur Energy of current Standard, except the other decks are good enough to actually beat it.
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Crackling Drake

The value of this card has risen dramatically over the course of November and is now one of the most played creatures in the format. Not only is it seen in nearly every Izzet Phoenix/Drakes list, many Jeskai Control pack some number in their 75. Not only does it block quite well, it remains a card that can quickly turn the tables on the opponent and allows you to go from defense to threatening a two or three turn kill.
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Adanto Vanguard

Adanto Vanguard has only gone up in value as blue decks have taken center stage alongside Golgari Midrange. While there was believed to be an influx of red decks with Chainwhirler coming to help contest the white aggro decks, instead we ended up with both white and red aggro taking a bit of a beating. Of the two though, Adanto Vanguard seems much better positioned to stay a long-term threat in the format.
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Niv-Mizzet, Parun

As mentioned not that long ago, Niv-Mizzet Parun is the real deal and is potentially better at ending a game than The Scarab God was. This was best demonstrated in Adrian Sullivan’s winning list where he had the option to simply play back to back Niv-Mizzets, gaining value on each one. If ever unanswered, it would go on to run away with the game. Looking at options that deal with this without costing you extra cards is definitely worthwhile.
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Lava Coil

Lava Coil is the most played removal spell in the format and it isn’t even close anymore. Every red aggro and Izzet Drakes deck runs at least three and the full playset is now common. Meanwhile, Jeskai runs two or three, since very little can match the utility provided for such a low cost. To put it in perspective, Lava Coil kills all 10 of the most commonly seen creatures on Magic Online and 18 of the top 20.
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The power of cantrips and card filtering have risen once again, with Opt being a staple of Jeskai Control, Izzet Drakes, and probably any other blue deck you care to play. While not nearly as strong as its predecessors, such as Preordain, it remains a solid, cheap way to dig for early answers and go off with Niv and friends later in the match.
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Deafening Clarion

Clarion has solidified its position as the sweeper du jour as the more expensive options have fallen by the wayside. Not only that, but the synergy with Crackling Drake, allowing you to potentially gain 4-10 life in a single attack, is quite the bonus. While WW will likely fall back to normal levels soon, Clarion will remain a staple for Jeskai Control and Boros moving forward. Also, if aggro makes a comeback, watch out for Jeskai Drakes making good use of Enigma Drake into Clarion.
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Carnage Tyrant

With an outpouring of Jeskai Control recently, fully expect this to remain a 3-4 of in green decks until Ravnica Allegiance. While it suffered from being too slow in past formats it fits right in here and demands opposing decks answer you before you turn your Dino buddy sideways a few times. Unfortunately for green players though, Niv-Mizzet means that in a race between 6-drops, you’re going to come out on the losing end more often than not. This is not the gold standard end game it once was.
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Rankings Updated:  November 23, 2018
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Ancient Stirrings

Tron and Ironworks dominated GP Vegas, and the full Top 32 results didn’t look any better for those arguing that this card is remotely fair while Preordain and Ponder sit on the sidelines. It isn’t so much that the card should be banned, though you could make the argument. It’s that it feels so strange that colorless-heavy decks get such a strong filter card.
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Opal was always broken, but besides banning Matt Nass from Modern, the correct play may be to finally axe it out of the format. Affinity with Karn, Scion of Urza is so close to crossing the line that only the sheer number of other linear decks is keeping it in check. Meanwhile Krark-Clan Combo continues to gain traction and wins every Modern GP that Matt Nass deigns to enter. Opal or Stirrings will likely be the next to go if these results continue... or until people start playing Stony Silence.
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Collected Company

Despite the number of combo and Tron decks in the Vegas Top 32, Company decks continue to put up results. It's almost a given at this point that when you look at a major Modern tournament, you’ll see a handful of Counters Company decks. Access to such a strong toolbox, along with a combo kill, is just good. Now all it needs are a few more ways to fight Tron.
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Expedition Map

It's difficult to overstate how dominant Tron was this past weekend. Six of the Top 16 were Tron decks and while the Top 32 flattened it, a full 25% of the Top 32 is a great rate in a format like Modern. This is not a common occurrence and as a result, midrange decks just don’t exist right now.
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Faithless Looting

Speaking of card draw spells that are better than anything blue has access to, Faithless Looting has slowly spread from exclusively combo decks to every deck that can mitigate pitching cards to the graveyard. Mardu Pyromancer and Grixis Shadow both jamming Looting alongside Hollow One should speak to just how good this card is.
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Noble Hierarch

Humans did its usual thing, putting up a bunch of numbers, but didn't look that impressive in the effort. The Top 32 was dominated by Humans and it continues to be a solid choice, but the prime time for Humans has passed as people continue to play silly linear decks that make you dead and keep winning.
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Bedlam Reveler

Gerry Thompson just keeps going at it with Mardu Pyromancer, and while it isn’t quite the connection that Matt Nass has to obscure combo decks, it’s starting to be a safe bet that Gerry is showing up with Bedlam Reveler. Mardu Pyromancer is one of those weird decks that’s hard to pin down. It doesn’t seem to see play in line with its strength, much like KCI was ignored until Matt Nass started crushing every GP with it. Perhaps we’ll see it pick up as people continue to jam Humans in droves for every Modern event.
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Lightning Bolt

Despite being outright bad against half of the Top 32, Lightning Bolt continues to remain the most popular card in Modern to the shock of no one. This is a nod to that fact, and not how well it lines up against the top decks in Modern. In fact, you should probably be eyeing decks that don’t run this all-timer.
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Rankings Updated:  June 20, 2018
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Rankings Updated:  11/12/2015

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