Time to close the books on 2023. It’s been quite a year. We saw two of the biggest sustained warps in Modern’s history, banned and restricted policy reverted to an earlier form, and we had the first unban since 2019.
Modern has finally achieved critical mass… of legends! Mox Amber holds together a five-color pile that can grind out anything with its top-down engine-focus.
How much of Modern’s “diversity” is really just the same strategies masquerading as different decks? David E. asks whether the numbers really do lie.
The Pioneer metagame isn’t changing post-Pro Tour. David E. believes that physics has the answer to why players seem unwilling to innovate or change decks.
Adam’s back with a Modern tournament report fresh from SCGCON NJ. Read on to see just how Indomitable his Creativity was this weekend!
The end of the year means an update to the Modern Ban Watchlist. The metagame has failed to deal with its outliers and so corrective bans may be incoming.
Sig’s focus at Magic 30 was talking to vendors, but he did manage to play in two side events that weekend. This week he shares brief reports of both events.
Sig dives into the vendor dynamics at Magic 30: pictures of hotlists, high-end cards for sale, and insights from his interactions with some vendors.
David E. expected 4-Color Omnath to bounce back quickly from Yorion, Sky Nomad being banned. That isn’t happening, and there are surprising reasons why.
Yorion, Sky Nomad is BANNED in Modern and so is The Meathook Massacre in Standard. Adam talks about why and predicts the new directions the formats will take.
Adam picks up his third RCQ Top 8, this time with 4c Omnath. He goes over which dials need adjusting, and his plans for future iterations on the archetype.