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Lyra Dawnbringer

Move over Aurelia, the queen of Angels has returned to end aggro and midrange opponents alike. Shoved out of the last format due to the high efficiency of threats and removal, the power drop has given Lyra a chance to shine. Life gain has become far more relevant and the answer to 5-toughness flyers is low. Boros Angels, U/W/x control shells, and G/W have all shown zero issues with bringing back the Dawn.
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Jadelight Ranger

Golgari midrange decks in particular have picked up popularity in a big way, especially on Magic Online. But the cards vary so much from shell to shell that it’s difficult to nail down a commonality among them. Wildgrowth Walker was close, but many of these builds are running the explore package even if they eschew Walker. So Jadelight Ranger wins the slot on this list as the representative for the strength and consistency of the Golgari base.
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Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Even without a clear metagame to take aim at, from day one of the format people were playing U/W/x control shells to success. We now see every variety of control shell and Teferi remains one of the critical engines to their success. With that said, the Teferi decks are starting to see competition from their Izzet counterparts relying entirely on either Crackling Drake and jump-start or Sarkhan, Fireblood and other Dragons as alternative threat packages.
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Experimental Frenzy

Fixed Future Sight, you say? Oh, it’s in red... this card looked potentially scary and turned out to be quite possibly the most powerful card in the set. Only costing 4 mana puts it at the same cost as previous engines like Outpost Siege or Vance’s Blasting Cannons, but the upside is much higher. Even in some ugly looking red shells, this card allows you to blow through your deck and it isn’t uncommon to see red players throwing down 10+ cards if the opponent cannot answer it.
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Find // Finality

Double Raise Dead along with a playable sweeper effect turned out to be one of the strongest midrange cards in the set. Not only can Golgari easily turn this card on, it can use it as pseudo-tutoring by filling the graveyard via Stitcher’s Supplier and explore creatures. Having a cheap way to buy back utility creatures or end game threats via Find is extremely good. Throw in a slower format and it shouldn’t be a surprise why we keep seeing this card popping up.
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March of the Multitudes

Selesnya Tokens is one of the runaway success stories early in the format. Now that the cat is out of the bag and it’s reached a peak of popularity, we’ll likely see some backlash and hits to its winning ways as decks specifically try to counter it. March just plays so well with other token generators and Venerated Loxodon. The realization that Flower // Flourish means that you could run a mass pump spell without losing any opportunity cost just pushed this card over the top.
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Runaway Steam-Kin

Look Wizards, can we please go one block without printing an exceptional early game creature for red decks? I’m not asking for a lot here—just stop giving them creatures that are good at snowballing. Steam-Kin can easily power up into a 4/4 and its mana ability gives it some extra versatility where you can chain burn spells and keep it as a 4/4. It only gets better when combined with Risk Factor or Experimental Frenzy.
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History of Benalia

As much as this card ends up as an overcosted Grizzly Bear generator, it sees a lot of play in Boros and Selesnya. If you play Standard there’s a high chance you’ll run into the card and associated threats. Dealing with go-wide boards is going to be a common scenario in the coming weeks and this is the most conservative version to prepare for. If you can’t deal with early creatures into HOB, you should probably shelve your deck.
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Rankings Updated:  October 8, 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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