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Thought Erasure

Thought Erasure

Question: What's the best way to attack a card that nets your opponent value whether or not it actually resolves? Answer: Never let them cast it. Despite Thought Erasure costing 2 mana, it's the closest thing to Thoughtseize we've seen in a while. Being able to hit any spell in your opponent's hand in a format full of decks that want to play expensive, splashy cards is quite the benefit. With the additions Esper received from Ravnica Allegiance, we finally see how big of an impact this card can make on a format.
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Hydroid Krasis

Hydroid Krasis

Even with people gunning for the decks this card performs best in, it remains one of the best cards in the format. Nothing quite replaces the unique set of characteristics the card has baked into it and it's likely we haven't seen the best home for the card yet. Sultai Midrange may make good use of Krasis, but I'd be surprised if that is the best shell.
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Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Well, it was nice while it lasted. Esper Control has popped up in a big way and reinforced just how strong Teferi is. He's quite possibly the most influentional Standard planeswalker since Jace, the Mind Sculptor and one that you need to be prepared to fight. Even if you don't get much Esper, it's one of the better engines in the various Nexus of Fate decks and I'm sure people are still looking for a playable Jeskai Control list.
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Pteramander

Pteramander

Drakes continues to perform well and people are experimenting with this odd looking Drake in other shells. I've seen it pop up in Mono-Blue Tempo lately as a 1-drop with a bit more impact than Mist-Cloaked Herald. What surprises me is just how strong the card is against the usual removal options. Players hate killing it early and later on become stuck in a position where they simply can't.
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Curious Obsession

Curious Obsession

Speaking of the Mono-Blue Tempo decks, the deck has finally shaken off the budget-players-only label and garnered some real respect over the past two weeks. Not only has it popped up in every major Standard event so far, it's performed at a respectable level and is arguably the best positioned deck in the format for next week. This is the card that pulls it all together and fuels many of the free wins you get from the deck, making up for the underpowered Draft chaff you need to run (as is Fish tradition).
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Vivien Reid

Vivien Reid

The fairer of the 5-mana planeswalkers, Vivien is a cornerstone of G/x decks as a good answer to Drakes, Hydroid Krasis, and enchantments. Once again the meta has shifted into a spot where you could easily make the argument that running three in the main deck is completely justified. Aggro being put on the backburner makes these planeswalker threats even more impactful than usual.
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Nexus of Fate

Nexus of Fate

Yes, technically Wilderness Reclamation is what enables the degeneracy, but Nexus creates some of the most ludicrous situations ever seen in a game of Magic. Just ask Shahar Shenhar: https://www.twitch.tv/shahar_shenhar/clip/SingleFrigidBubbleteaHassaanChop.
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Guild Summit

Guild Summit

Much like Mono-Blue Tempo finally being promoted from budget deck, this felt like the week everyone collectively acknowledged the Gates deck wasn't just a meme. With multiple builds doing some very unfair things ranging from pumping out 6/6 Gatekeeper Rams, turn-5 Gate Colossi, or simply fueling Nexus of Fate and Expansion // Explosion, Guild Summit is a great example of a true build-around with massive payoffs. Yes, your mana base is possibly the slowest seen in tournament Magic in the past 20 years. On the other hand, your lands draw you a card and in the late game a Summit can easily be a draw five for 2U.
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Calendar iconRankings Updated:  February 6, 2019
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Ancient Stirrings

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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Mox Opal
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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Calendar iconRankings Updated:  June 20, 2018
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Calendar iconRankings Updated:  11/12/2015

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