Grand Prix Toronto
Day 1 Blog

Posted in Event Coverage on December 9, 2012

By Wizards of the Coast


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

by Mike Rosenberg

Michael Goud Grinder Winner

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Mat Goldfarb Grinder Winner

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Devon Giles Grinder Winner

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Charles Weatherspoon Grinder Winner

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Paul De Carolis Grinder Winner

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Richard Welch Grinder Winner

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Daniel Brooks Grinder Winner

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Coleman French Infect

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William Jensen Grinder Winner

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Paul Xing Grinder Winner

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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.


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.