A big part of brewing in Modern is exploring what is and what isn’t possible. Every brew starts with an idea, and that idea is followed by sifting through every option in the format and trying to figure out how to maximize the power level of the concept you’re trying to build around.
This process can often feel like assembling a puzzle. Modern is a format with tens of thousands of cards and finding the right combination of pieces to fit your vision is one of the most satisfying parts of the game. Conversely, there have been plenty of times in my brewing career where I get a deck laid out and I discover that there’s a piece missing. It can be incredibly frustrating to feel like a deck idea is one card away from being realized. In these situations, it’s important to keep these ideas in the back of your mind and hope that the perfect card will come along one day.
I was fortunate enough to have one of these missing pieces realized with the recent printing of Crimson Vow’s Wandering Mind.
Wandering Mind might look like an innocuous card, but it’s surprisingly the perfect card to port the 60-card Ephemerate Reanimator deck into an 80-card Yorion version. If you haven’t read my deck guide on the 60-card variant, I recommend doing so before continuing this article, as I’ll be expanding on a lot of the ideas from there. A lot of the concepts from that guide, such as understanding what graveyard hate your opponent has, how to play around it and mulliganing hands that don’t have a plan transfers over to this deck as well. You can find a link to that deck guide here: