Grand Prix Toronto
Day 1 Blog

Posted in Event Coverage on December 9, 2012

By Wizards of the Coast

EVENT COVERAGE

Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - Grinder Winning Decklists

by Mike Rosenberg

Michael Goud Grinder Winner

Mat Goldfarb Grinder Winner

Devon Giles Grinder Winner

Charles Weatherspoon Grinder Winner

Paul De Carolis Grinder Winner

Richard Welch Grinder Winner

Daniel Brooks Grinder Winner

Coleman French Infect

William Jensen Grinder Winner

Paul Xing Grinder Winner

Saturday, 12:47 p.m. - The Very Model of a Modern Magic Metagame

by Magic Maj. Gen. Blake Rasmussen

Despite Jund's recent reputation as a format warping monster, Modern has actually been surprisingly diverse as of late. Yes, Bloodbraid Elf and friends won both Grand Prix Chicagoand Grand Prix Lyon, but the Top 8 and Top 16 decks were incredibly diverse. Both Top 8s had seven distinct archetypes represented with the Top 16 containing a few other goodies for you deck junkies out there.

So let's take a magical trip down Modern metagame lane and rehash just what you might expect to see throughout the hall and in the feature match arena at Grand Prix Toronto this weekend.

Jund

Might as well get it out of the way. Jund has been on a tear this year, finishing first or second in just about every major Modern tournament, starting with the Player's Championship, where Yuuya Watanabe took down the title with the help of Dark Confidant and Co. From there, Jund (and, actually, Watanabe too) took second at Pro Tour Return to Ravnica, and a pair of firsts and a second between Chicago and Lyon.

The deck utilizes some of the most efficient spells the game has to offer across a multitude of fronts. Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize offer hand disruption; Lightning Bolt , Abrupt Decay , Maelstrom Pulse and more offer ways to kill things; Dark Confidant and Tarmogoyf are two of the best two-mana creatures ever; and Deathrite Shaman is possibly the best one-drop in Modern.

Plus, ya know, Bloodbraid Elf .

Hard to hate out and incredibly adaptable, the deck tries to do the best thing at every point in the curve, and does so efficiently. Recent additions like Deathrite Shaman and Lingering Souls have further boosted the deck's power and adaptability. Not only will Jund be heavily played this weekend, but it's an odds-on favorite to put at least one copy in the Top 8.

Jacob Wilson Jund

UW Angel

Modern Blue-White decks were given a new lease on life with the release of Restoration Angel in Avacyn Restored. Suddenly, Vendilion Clique , Wall of Omens , Kitchen Finks , Snapcaster Mage and Blade Splicer became even better—a difficult thing to do when you're already talking about cards that ranged from playable to some of the best in the format.

UW Angel is good in part because it's the best counterspell deck in the format—featuring Mana Leak Spell Snare , Cryptic Command , Remand and others—and also because it's likely the best Snapcaster Mage deck in the format. With more cheap instants than you can shake a Delver of Secrets at (though not enough to actually include the formerly ubiquitous one-drop), UW often plays like a midrange deck that is capable of switching between aggression and control at the drop of a hat.

It's also unique in that it's one of the few decks that takes advantage of Tectonic Edge and, alongside Jund, one of the few to use the Worldwake creature lands ( Celestial Colonnade , Raging Ravine and friends).

Emanuel Sutor Blue/White Angels