The last few weeks in these Deck Guides, I’ve covered a variety of preexisting strategies that have evolved through new upgrades from Modern Horizons 2. Today though, I’ll be covering a brand new deck that’s been cooked up from powerful new Modern Horizons 2 cards: Modern Food!
“Food” has been the title attributed to decks that play this powerful recipe of cards.
There’s a tangled web of synergy between these cards. Street Wraith is a zero mana way for you to meet your Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar’s (Hereby referred to as Asmo) discard requirement. Asmo both tutors a copy of The Underworld Cookbook when it enters the battlefield and is able to be cast if you have a Cookbook in play and a card to discard. Ovalchase Daredevil can be discarded repeatedly to The Underworld Cookbook, ensuring that you have a never-ending Food supply. An abundance of Food tokens allows you to kill your opponent’s creatures with Asmo, or turn the Constructs you make with Urza’s Saga into gigantic threats. Urza’s Saga can also tutor your Underworld Cookbook, which can allow you to cast any Asmos that are stranded in your hand.
The earliest iterations of these decks played Feasting Troll King, but have since cut the card. While Feasting Troll King is a powerful payoff for the Food archetype, the card is poor in some bad matchups like Tron, Yawgmoth Combo and Titan. It’s also poor in the mirror match since it dies to Asmo. The matchups it shines in, aggro and decks with red removal, are still good matchups without the Troll King. This combination of factors have caused pilots to cut the card, but it’s still a powerful tool to keep in the back of your mind for different metagames.
While this is the defining core of the deck, there are a few different flavors you can choose from. At the moment, there’s no clear best variant; there are strengths and weaknesses to each version. I’ll be comparing and contrasting two of the variants below, but before I do, I’d like to encourage you to think about cooking up some new ideas with these cards! Modern post-Modern Horizons 2 is far from a solved format. And of all the new decks that have emerged, the Food deck possesses a unique degree of raw power and flexibility that are perfect for experimenting.
I’ll be going over two deck lists that represent the two main variants of food that exist at the moment. All of these deck lists come from MTGO user and Twitch streamer d00mwake, who has been working hard to test and tune Modern Food as an archetype.