Filling in the past two years
Posted on May 8, 2018, 6:44 p.m. by CharlesMandore
Hello all, it's been a little while, but I'm back. During the past two years I've been out of the loop on many things, and I'd like to get gain my bearings on what's new in the Modern (and Legacy) formats. I dipped out right before Kaladesh was released. Perhaps you can point me in the direction of various articles and the like. I'd like to know what's been banned and unbanned, what cards have become playable out the sets, what the meta is like in the big leagues, fun stuff like that.
Im not a legacy player but i think the only thing that changed there was the banning of senseis divinig top. so miracles is got nearly unplayable and grixis delver is the deck to beat.
So for modern they banned git probe and rebanned gravetroll Cathartic Reunion from kaladesh and the troll made dredge a problem and we dont really have to talk about probe I think. In February they finally unbanned JTMS and BBE and they didnt had a huge impact, blue is still not viable and there are a few decks out there that use the elf.
Modern is very diverse with a lot of linear and mostl uninteractive decks being played. Ixalan made 5c humans playable because it introduced Unclaimed Territory which allows them to play a near painless mana base and Kitesail Freebooter which is a pretty good reasons to splash black for the deck. Its pretty disruptive and resilient and thus very hard to attack. The other big new deck that appeared just before or during the pro tour is B/R Hollow One its explosive and also pretty resilent because it attacks from multiple angles. together they are the most played decks at least according to the MTGO data that wizards publishes.
that should be a very broad overview about the most important things at least for modern
if you want to see some deck id recomment mtg goldfish
May 8, 2018 7:40 p.m.
On the contrary, miracles is actually still among the most played decks in legacy, but it's no longer a lock deck. It still plays Terminus, but instead of top to set it up, it uses Portent and its other cantrips.
4c control, also called Czech Pile, is super strong in legacy right now. Honestly, legacy isn't in as good of a spot as it was before the top banning in my opinion, but I think it's more due to Leovold and True-Name Nemesis rather than the banning of top. Expect to see a banning of one of those cards or Deathrite Shaman in the next year.
May 8, 2018 10:10 p.m.
Honestly, take a look at mtgtop8 to get a quick snapshot of the formats.
May 9, 2018 12:56 a.m.
Walking Ballista is a card that's used In tron decks, and in colourless decks in legacy.