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There was a ton of Modern action this past weekend, so there's a chance you might have missed some of it. Fret not, Modern fan. Tobi Henke wrapped the Birmingham weekend up into a nice little package of five things to know. But if you want to go in even deeper, you can just rewatch the entire weekend's streamed coverage on our Twitch videos page.
Birmingham wasn't the only Grand Prix taking place this weekend, as São Paulo also played host to a Modern event. This one wasn't streamed, but you can catch up on the event with the top stories, Top 8 decks, and 9th–32nd decklists.
And if that somehow wasn't enough Modern for you, StarCityGames.com had an Open featuring the format as well! Kazu Negri won the whole thing with Blue-Red Gifts Storm, and you can check out the Top 32 decklists here or rewatch the weekend on their Twitch videos page.
Which Commander (2017 Edition) deck is best for you? If you've got an hour to spare, Jimmy and Josh have the ins and outs, ups and downs, and basically everything you need to know about these four decks.
Hollow One was already gaining some traction thanks to its uses in Modern, but now we've got an aggressive Red-Green Madness–style deck in Standard to push it even further. Holding the Key to the City never looked so good.
I love the flood of shared full art that accompanies every new release, and Commander 2017 seems to have more than its fair share of artists sharing their work. Kindred Summons happens to look great and is powerful to boot.
Congratulations to the Grand Prix Birmingham champion, Loïc Le Briand, who expertly piloted a Shrine of Burning Rage–fueled burn deck to a trophy.
Shrine, of course, is the big innovation, where most players have Eidolon of the Great Revel. Le Briand recognized the rise of big decks—Eldrazi Tron, mostly—and cut the Eidolon in favor of a card that's significantly more powerful against those decks and decks that pack the full 4 Fatal Push. Whether it gets adapted going forward, we'll see, but this was certainly the best finish Burn has seen in some time at the Grand Prix level.