This past weekend, the Grand Prix circuit visited 3 different continents, hosting 3 Modern Grand Prix. Each tournament had its own flavor and each can tell us something about the Modern format. Let’s dive in.
Grand Prix GuangZhou
In GuangZhou, Albertus Law, piloting a deck that many consider to be a fallen giant, Grixis Delver, took home the trophy after he defeated Wu Kon Fai, playing Naya Burn, in the finals. The rest of the top 8 was littered with big Asian Magic names; Kelvin Chew playing Bant Knightfall, Ryoichi Tamada playing UR Storm (another fallen giant of Modern), and Kentaro Yamamoto playing Goryo’s Vengeance. The other 3 players in the top 8 were playing Death’s Shadow Zoo, Naya Burn, and Grim Flayer Jund.
Grand Prix Lille
Over in Lille, Meciek Berger got his hands on the trophy after he used Infect to defeat Thomas Hendrik’s Death’s Shadow Zoo in the finals. Unlike GuangZhou, Lille’s top 8 featured even more decks that most people would consider stalwarts of Modern; Jund, RG Valakut, Bant Eldrazi, and Affinity. However, UW Control and GW Hatebears have always hung around tier 2 to tier 3 in Modern, but always seem to be threatening to break through to top 8 of a major tournament.
Grand Prix Indianapolis
And finally, in Indianapolis, Brandon Burton and defeated Rob Pisano and RG Valakut in the finals. The rest of the top 8 featured two copies of Affinity, another RG Valakut, Bant Eldrazi, Death’s Shadow Zoo, and…GW Hatebears…again? Yup, GW Hatebears made 2 different Modern Grand Prix top 8s this weekend. Perhaps it’s here to stay?
To summarize, Modern weekend was a smashing success. In GuangZhou, we saw that some old favorites can still get it done in Modern. In Lille and Indianapolis, we saw a more expected top 8, but both top 8s featured GW Hatebears, a deck that has been out of the limelight for a long time. Here’s another notable thing to note from this weekend: zero Dredge decks made top 8 in any of the tournaments. After the SCG Open in Syracuse, Dredge looked to be a threat that would turn Modern on its head. However, two weeks later, it seems that people overreacted, and Dredge will turn into another viable, but not broken, linear Modern deck.
This weekend is the Magic World Championship weekend! It’s a true celebration of Magic and is one of my favorite times of the Magic year. Who’s the best in the world? 24 Competitors will battle it out to try to stake their claim.
Until next time.
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