In any metagame, you’ll have a plethora of grindy midrange and control decks, which all have their own strengths and weaknesses against the other strategies in the format. Typically, you’ll have one deck that fills the role of the grindy midrange deck that is able to outvalue the other fair strategies. These decks are typically a pile of creature removal spells and the best threats and card advantage the format has to offer. Players tend to gravitate to this style of deck as it’s really fun to overpower your opponents with value turn after turn in long grindy games.
While it might seem hard to understand the downside of playing the grindiest grindy deck, it’s important to understand that these strategies tend to struggle against more linear strategies. In fact, for most of Modern’s history, this formula of creature removal plus best threats hasn’t been a viable strategy, since these decks lack the countermagic, discard spells or lock pieces required to combat big mana and combo strategies.
However, sometimes the metagame will shift in such a way that it becomes a good choice to play this style of deck. Right now is one of those times, and Four Color Yorion has emerged as the premier midrange deck that can overpower other midrange and control strategies like Jund Saga and Azorius Control while also being able to deal with creature decks like Hammer, Yawgmoth, and Izzet Murktide.
Let’s take a look at a recent Four Color Yorion list by MTGO user and Twitch streamer Kanister, who’s been spending a lot of time lately working on the archetype.