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Goblin Chainwhirler

People who were hoping for a more diverse result post-Birmingham were disappointed by the ridiculous quantity of Goblin Chainwhirlers in the top Pro Tour decks. Not only does it completely negate go-wide strategies from the metagame, it has such a good rate that you can play it in both mono-red and dual-colored red decks. In other metagames, Chainwhirler would be quaint, but red is strong enough that it’s one of the pillars instead.
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Glorybringer

Coming from a long lineage of haste 5-drop Dragons, Glorybringer lived up to its name in the finals of the Pro Tour. Much like how Goblin Chainwhirler punishes you for playing 1-toughness creatures and 1-drops in general, Glorybringer punishes you for playing 4- and 5-mana cards that don’t provide immediate value.
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Abrade is another limiting factor on how good certain niche archetypes can be. Not content to be a solid 2-drop removal spell, being able to take out Gearhulks and God-Pharaoh's Gifts punishes some of the best finishers against red. The Unified Standard format for the upcoming RPTQs is going to be so open simply because Abrade and Chainwhirler will be limited to one player.
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Vraska's Contempt

Contempt makes a strong argument for playing B/U/x Control over W/U/x Control because it provides a great permanent answer to Rekindling Phoenix and Chandra. Cast Out performs similarly, but the life gain actually matters in this meta and it isn’t uncommon to rebuy it multiple times with Torrential Gearhulk or filter to it via Search for Azcanta or Champion of Wits.
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Heart of Kiran

It wasn’t long before we saw the return of the scariest Vehicle left in the format. Heart of Kiran not only single-handedly reduced the number of Seal Aways played, but it remains one of the most annoying threats in the format. Red finally has enough good 3-power creatures to justify playing it without any deck building sacrifices.
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Besides Abrade as a hedge against artifacts, the most common cheap disruption spell we’ve been seeing is Duress. It went from a bit of sideboard play to a 4-of in every single black deck’s sideboard. You absolutely must assume that your opponent has access to a playset of Duress if they have black mana, and with Doomfall it’s also more common to see a discard chain. So be wary if you're looking to show up with combo or control.
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Llanowar Elves

Despite Goblin Chainwhirler being everywhere, Llanowar Elves is such a strong turn-1 play in green decks that it remains in the metagame. Notably, boarding them out on the draw against red decks is now a common plan. Everywhere else, hitting your 4-drops is so important that Llanowar Elves excels, and it speaks to the power of the card that it can remain viable in such a hostile metagame.
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Champion of Wits

In U/B Midrange and the various Gift decks, Champion of Wits is the glue that keeps these decks together. Not only does it provide a good 3-drop that gets a lot of value back in the late game, filtering is important to keep these decks rolling and is one of the only ways to match the consistency of the red decks. It remains one of the few cards that filters and provides board presence, even if it does get eaten by Chainwhirler.
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Rankings Updated:  June 6, 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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