In the wake of the bannings that followed Pro Tour Philadelphia, Words offers the Magic community and hungry-for-tech PTQ players their first look at high-level Modern play. With Cloudpost and Infect decks gone and Blue-Red decks severely crippled, Worlds would set the new metagame that will almost certainly define the first weeks of the Modern PTQ season.
With that in mind, we looked at what the Top 20 tables were playing in the first round of Modern on Day 3. While we'll have a more robust look at the metagame later in the day, this first look holds a number of surprises that are likely to ripple through Modern.
First, the archetypes:
|Deck Type||Amount Played|
|Four-Color Gifts Ungiven||4|
|Empty the Warrens/Past in Flames||1|
|Blue-White Gifts Tron||1|
Almost certain to be the breakout deck of the tournament is Blue Zoo, an evolution of the CounterCat deck played by a number of pros at Pro Tour Philadelphia. Blue Zoo differs in that it has adapted Snapcaster Mage which has given it a number of new toys to snap back, not the least of which is Tribal Flames. But Lightning Bolt and Lightning Helix can give the deck an incredible amount of reach, and the ability to play spells like Mana Leak, Negate and Bant Charm gives the deck a dimension other Zoo decks don't have.