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Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Once again returning the glory of blue decks to control mages everywhere, there’s no doubt that Teferi is the most impactful card in Standard. Sorry Goblin Chainwhirler, your days are done, and once again a planeswalker is the biggest threat in the format. Winning both Brussels and Orlando in W/U/x Control and being the centerpiece (along with Nexus of Fate) in the newest tier 1 deck in Standard—it’s easy to see why Teferi is #1.
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Scrapheap Scrounger

OK, so maybe the above has a slight bit of hyperbole to it. B/R decks were still the most represented on Day 2 and put up the highest numbers (9) in the GP Brussels Top 32. Meanwhile, there’s still plenty of “mono-red” decks splashing for just Scrounger and doing quite well. While it may not end up as memorable as an aggro staple like Wild Nacatl or Kird Ape, there’s something to say for a card that has consistently been a Standard staple the entire time it was legal.
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Vraska's Contempt

With Turbo Fog, instant-speed ways to deal with Teferi, Hero of Dominaria have become even more important. Much like Scrapheap Scrounger, it seems unlikely that Contempt is going anywhere until it eventually rotates out of the format. Barring a very odd metagame shift or Hero’s Downfall being reprinted, expect it to continue to justify people running BB in their decks.
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Nexus of Fate

Ignoring the hullabaloo about price and supply, and focusing purely on what the card has enabled, it’s easy to see why instant-speed Time Walk effects are a scary prospect. If the top five decks in the format are Mono-Red, R/B Aggro, Mono-Green Stompy, Esper Control, and Turbo Fog... well, then Turbo Fog seems like a great choice. On the other hand, it’s easy to tech against now that it’s a known quantity. With a respectable weekend to follow the Pro Tour, I imagine seeing plenty more hate.
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Bomat Courier

Much like Scrapheap Scrounger, it feels odd to even consider a format where red decks don’t have access to Bomat Courier. This single 1-drop changes how every deck can play against the red deck and how many resources it has access to. While this style of deck isn’t good against Turbo Fog normally, it can backdoor some wins by simply going through enough of the deck to find Insult // Injury and plowing through a Fog for lethal. That’s only viable because a card like Bomat Courier exists.
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Nicol Bolas, the Ravager

Grixis Midrange did not have the impressive showing that was anticipated, though it still put up some numbers, especially in Orlando. With the metagame shifting to one where your midrange threats are significantly less scary than Glint-Sleeve Siphoner, the deck may have to shift to survive. Adding discard to combat the bump in blue, including Kitesail Freebooted, and cutting back on Essence Scatter may be the next step.
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Search for Azcanta

Too bad, I enjoyed having a format where people didn’t tank on Impulse every turn. With Teferi printed this card went from solid to disgustingly good and is one of the reasons to even consider a deck like Turbo Fog. It single-handedly makes Field of Ruin a respectable choice for any deck that can afford to give up some land slots for utility.
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God-Pharaoh's Gift

Sultai Gift took a Top 8 finish at Brussels and reminded people that Gift decks are still solid. Interestingly enough, the only black was for Hostage Taker and nothing else! The rest of the deck was essentially U/G Gift with a few odd numbers (one Jadelight? Two Minister? OK...) but sometimes just making an 8/8 and bringing back 4/4 Fiend Hunters is plenty. U/W GPG isn’t out of the running yet either, Settle the Wreckage is underplayed at the moment and its best matchup is still out in droves.
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Rankings Updated:  August 13, 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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