Ever since the first Modern Pro Tour, Modern has become an increasingly popular format among casual and competitive players alike. And, to be honest, this is not very surprising – Modern is a format that lets players do a wide range of powerful things and the buy-in cost is (in many cases) lower than Legacy. The shift from Standard to Modern (or simply jumping into Modern) can be a bit daunting however. There are a ton of decks in the format to become familiar with, and choosing a deck can be tough as well. Today I’ll give you a couple of points to keep in mind when you decide to move into Modern.
- Do your research! As I outlined above, there are a lot of decks you can play in Modern and depending on your preferred play-style, there is probably a deck that fits you best. Make sure to research decks and watch matches online – I’m sure you’ll find a deck for you!
- If you aren’t sure which deck you want to play from the get-go, don’t be afraid to invest in staples. Staples are important cards in decks that often see overlap in Modern. If you prioritize trading for and buying staples when you first try to get into Modern, then you will have more flexibility in your deck choice when it is time to build a deck.
- While Modern, for the most part, is more affordable than Legacy (and Wizards has done their best to try and keep it that way), it still has the potential to be quite pricey. Below are a couple of the most popular cards in Modern and their prices just for reference, according to magic.tcgplayer.com as of August 7, 2016.
- Thoughtseize: $14.42
- Path to Exile: $10.51
- Noble Hierarch: $49.49
- Lightning Bolt: $2.26
- Scavenging Ooze: $6.93
- Shocklands: $7 – $13
- Fetchlands: $12 – $18
Now clearly there are a large amount of cards played in Modern that aren’t represented here, but this is just an idea of what you might be looking at price-wise. I would advise that before choosing a deck, give yourself a budget to spend. Decks in Modern can range into the thousands and it is important to be conscious of your wallet.
- I touched on this a little earlier, but Modern is a format with a lot of viable decks. If you are building a Modern deck, or even if you have one already, it is important to get an idea of the Modern metagame. This is simply to say it is important to have a good idea of what the most popular decks in the format are. Below are some of the most played decks in the format.
So once again, there are plenty more decks that are played in large numbers in Modern that aren’t listed here, but this should give you an idea of how to go about assessing the metagame. Once you have an idea of the most popular decks in the format, you then should test how your deck (whether you own it or are still building it) plays against these decks. Based on results, you should tweak your deck accordingly.
Disclaimer: You will not be able to cover all of your deck’s weaknesses – that comes with the nature of the format. With a good sideboard though, you can do your best to deal with a majority of your decks’ potential flaws.
- Speaking of sideboarding…sideboarding is extremely important in Modern as it is in every format. However, while in Standard or Legacy your sideboard may only need to address a few particular decks in the format, a characteristic of Modern sideboards is their wide applicability. Now I have written before about particular card choices in sideboards but I cannot stress this enough – Modern sideboards must be widely applicable and fit your deck’s theme. Building a sideboard, and actually sideboarding in a game is a skill. Take time to learn it – you will see it pay dividends for sure!
- Maybe the most important thing to remember when deciding to get into Modern is to do what makes you happy. There are an incredible amount of viable decks in Modern that can and will do well at events of al sizes. It is not necessary to spend obscene amounts of money on cards and decks in Modern. You can find a deck that fits your style and your budget! In fact, sometimes playing a deck that is not as popular can give you an edge, a surprise factor. So do not rule out a deck just because you do not see it winning big events, and don’t feel pressured to spend a lot of money on a Modern deck. It can be done without it!
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