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Weekly Modern – A new column for the lovers of this format

Hello! My name is Raphael Prais, I am an avid enthusiast of Modern and the plan in this column is to bring the best (or worst) in the format: the incredible variety of decks that are not Tier 1 but are fully feasible, at most needing some fine tuning to bring great happiness to his pilot and that wonderful frustration that only Modern can provide to opponents without hate on the sideboard.

Opening the column with a golden key, a very old staple that returns and half resurges in the badlands of the Modern!

You don’t need any Phd in magic to understand how the card works. You ramp up to 7 or 9 mana and put into plat two of the most troublesome critters at your disposal.

For the article I searched for a list with good result since the great fun here is to show all the success:[vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Tooth and Nail – por Uegjo (Competitive Modern League 25/05/17)” color=”sandy_brown”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]15 Creature
4 [mtg_card]Arbor Elf[/mtg_card] 2 [mtg_card]Birds of Paradise[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Emrakul, the Aeons Torn[/mtg_card] 3 [mtg_card]Eternal Witness[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Hornet Queen[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Primeval Titan[/mtg_card] 2 [mtg_card]Voyaging Satyr[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Xenagos, God of Revels[/mtg_card]

8 Enchantment
4 [mtg_card]Overgrowth[/mtg_card] 4 [mtg_card]Utopia Sprawl[/mtg_card]

3 Instant
3 [mtg_card]Fatal Push[/mtg_card][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]21 Land
8 [mtg_card]Forest[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Kessig Wolf Run[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Khalni Garden[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Overgrown Tomb[/mtg_card] 2 [mtg_card]Stomping Ground[/mtg_card] 3 [mtg_card]Windswept Heath[/mtg_card] 4 [mtg_card]Wooded Foothills[/mtg_card]

4 Planeswalker
3 [mtg_card]Garruk Wildspeaker[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Nissa, Worldwaker[/mtg_card]

9 Sorcery

2 [mtg_card]Harmonize[/mtg_card] 3 [mtg_card]Primal Command[/mtg_card] 4 [mtg_card]Tooth and Nail[/mtg_card][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a quick analysis, we see the main engine of the deck, which is to use [mtg_card]Utopia Sprawl[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Overgrowth[/mtg_card] working with [mtg_card]Voyaging Satyr[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Arbor Elf[/mtg_card] to generate large amounts of mana as fast as possible. The big difference of this list was the adoption of [mtg_card]Fatal Push[/mtg_card] as a removal for the first stages of the game where this type of strategy has less strength, which gives more chances to arrive in the mid/late game, to abuse [mtg_card]Eternal Witness[/mtg_card] and the planeswalkers to then close with [mtg_card]Tooth and Nail[/mtg_card] or even playing one of the great threats on the deck. Special highlight for the wonderful combo that is to get [mtg_card]Emrakul, the Aeons Torn[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Xenagos, God of Revels[/mtg_card] in Tooth and Nail!

Giving a little more attention to the midgame of this deck, is worth commenting on the cards that develop the game, [mtg_card]Nissa, Worldwaker[/mtg_card] allows punishing slower decks quite easily besides boosting the combo by untapping lands enchanted with [mtg_card]Sprawl[/mtg_card] or [mtg_card]Overgrowth[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Garruk[/mtg_card] generates a good field with your 3/3 Beasts and also speeds up the combo, [mtg_card]Harmonize[/mtg_card] allows you to find more tools (or even [mtg_card]Tooth and Nail[/mtg_card] or one of the bigger creatures). The only card that seems to be very good on this deck but was brutally forgotten was [mtg_card]Bonfire of the Damned[/mtg_card], commonly used by the G/R Ponza (but this one I’ll leave for another opportunity).

On the sideboard there are some interesting cards featured:

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Sideboard” color=”sandy_brown”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]6 Creature
1 [mtg_card]Courser of Kruphix[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Dragonlord Atarka[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Obstinate Baloth[/mtg_card] 2 [mtg_card]Scavenging Ooze[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Thragtusk[/mtg_card]

4 Enchantment
2 [mtg_card]Blood Moon[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Choke[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Leyline of Sanctity[/mtg_card][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]2 Instant
1 [mtg_card]Ancient Grudge[/mtg_card] 1 [mtg_card]Nature’s Claim[/mtg_card]

3 Sorcery
1 [mtg_card]Creeping Corrosion[/mtg_card] 2 [mtg_card]Crumble to Dust[/mtg_card][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Courser, Ooze, Baloth and Thragtusk are cards that greatly enrich this midgame, probably for matches in which this deck needs to defend itself in the first stages and only after controlled the field begin to lower the main finalizers. [mtg_card]Blood Moon[/mtg_card], Claim, Leyline, [mtg_card]Crumble to Dust[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Creeping Corrosion[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Ancient Grudge[/mtg_card] are common format hates, always aiming to delay specific strategies. Choke and Dragonlord Atarka remaining as much less common cards in the format, the first is a classic hate for blue decks but little used due to fast lands and the second is a beater who has seen enough game in the Standard but shines very little in the Modern because other near-cost cards have far more potential for impact in the field.

Finishing the analysis of [mtg_card]Tooth and Nail[/mtg_card] we see a deck with interesting interactions that can stress the tools of the midrange decks and delay the more aggressive decks to the inevitable endgame. The biggest weakness comes from the absence of card advantage or card selection tools, but the pleasure of giving a Tooth and Nail with Entwine on turn 4 makes up for all the frustration of the wonderful top deck of this wonderful field. The only expected changes would be the addition of [mtg_card]Bonfire of the Damned[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Terastodon[/mtg_card] that respond to several difficulties that the deck could find and seem more reliable than [mtg_card]Dragonlord Atarka[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Choke[/mtg_card].

I hope you enjoyed it and if everything works out we’ll see you at the next weekly Modern![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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