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Llanowar Elves

Mono-Red? What’s that? I’ve only seen Elves and large Dinosaurs in my aggro decks. In all seriousness, we went from Llanowar Elves being a liability to now being one of the most common turn 1 plays in the format once again. It turns out that the Stompy deck didn’t need a lot of help to quickly take center stage once again. We’ll see if it’s a one week wonder or if it remains king of the hill.
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Vine Mare

The addition of a solid hexproof creature means that black decks now have a serious problem. Previously, the U/B decks had solid answers to most of what the green decks could bring to the table. Not quite so much now. Instead, both easy ways to dealing with a pesky creature are off the table (Gifted Aetherborn and Vraska’s Contempt). It even dodges The Scarab God and anything it brings back! Be wary of not having an answer to it.
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Vraska's Contempt

While it doesn’t take care of Vine Mare it remains the go-to answer for everything else in the mid and late game for Standard. With the uptick in U/B and Grixis Midrange, expect to see more of it now than you did before. If red comes back into the format we may see a shift, but for now there’s every reason to expect a playset out of black decks.
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Nicol Bolas, the Ravager

Well that didn’t take long for the lord Elder Dragon to show up back on the scene. Nicol Bolas not only slots nicely into the four-slot in Grixis, it provides a great rate and an excellent mana sink later in the game. Since it seems that draw-go matches simply don’t exist for the moment, having these extra threats are an excellent way to go. Just don’t play it in your mono-red deck...
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Goblin Chainwhirler

On the other hand, you can and should play this in your mono-red deck! Despite the format shifting to a place where Goblin Chainwhirler isn’t nearly as dominant, it remains a good reason to avoid playing X/1s if you can help it. Still, if we continue to see the green and midrange decks start to take over, it may be worth considering if Chainwhirler is really the pillar it once was. The rate is so good that you probably have to run it regardless, but it isn’t the game changer from a few months ago.
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Stitcher's Supplier

This is quite possibly the best 1-drop in the format right now. That’s how good this card is in graveyard decks. It single-handedly pushed the U/B Gift deck up a tier and can power up Gate to the Afterlife extremely well. It also digs enough that it remains a relevant play later in the game as a way to beat sideboard hate or milling enough cards to find key answers. Having eight relevant 1-drops is a big game for this type of strategy and I’d be surprised if it didn’t make a similar impact in Modern.
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Champion of Wits

As midrange and Gift decks get more prevalent so does the number of Champion of Wits floating about. What’s nice is that you don’t particularly care if Champion lives or dies immediately, which means that you can jam it into Chainwhirler with minimal consequence. It remains the go-to grind game plan for these decks in control matches and the format is shifting towards one where dealing with multiples from the Gift deck is quite the challenge.
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God-Pharaoh's Gift

Speaking of the Gift decks, Stitcher's Supplier, Hungering Hydra, and Militia Bugler have made both Bant and U/B Gift far more interesting and consistent. As red decks fall off, it means that Abrade’s play rate drops from an absurdly high level and that many midrange decks are your favorite decks to be paired against. While Bant Gift struggled with The Scarab God, U/B Gift decks have multiple good removal options and TSG of their own. Right now is a good time to be jamming Gift.
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Rankings Updated:  July 21, 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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