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Modern Power Rankings – 6/29/22

Welcome to the Modern Power Rankings. Here are the resources I use to inform all Power Rankings, leaning more heavily on what applies best to the given format:

  • Magic Online results. This includes Preliminaries, Weekend Challenges, Super Qualifiers, and MOCS Events.
  • MTGMelee results. I typically look at all of the events with at least 20 players.
  • Large tabletop events. When applicable.
  • Untapped.gg stats. These show win rates of various archetypes on the Magic Arena ladder.
  • Previous rankings. Just because a deck didn’t make a top 8 over the weekend, doesn’t mean it’s suddenly a bad deck.
  • Public opinion. I discuss things with my teammates, and take a look at what’s getting a lot of attention on Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, podcasts and written content.
  • My own instincts and experiences.

 

 

15. Indomitable Creativity

Archon of CrueltyIndomitable CreativityHard Evidence

There’s nothing quite like a one-card combo deck. If Indomitable Creativity resolves its namesake card, it gets to put one or more copies of Archon of Cruelty directly onto the battlefield, ahead of schedule. This will almost always result in winning the game. Failing that, this deck has plenty of midrange elements that allow it to prolong games, or even win them fair and square. 

14. Dredge

Cathartic ReunionStinkweed Imp (Timeshifted)Prized Amalgam

Dredge isn’t seeing a lot of play right now, but it does seem to perform very well in the hands of experienced pilots. This deck has always been scary, and has even picked up new weapons like Otherworldly Gaze, which level up both the power and the consistency. 

13. Urzatron

Urza's TowerUrza's Power PlantUrza's Mine

Urzatron has stayed fairly steady in the #11 to #15 range. While decks like Omnath Midrange, Izzet Murktide, Azorius Control and Jund are caught up in the midrange “arms race” of generating value and accumulating small advantages, Urzatron is in a position to go way over the top and crush them all with fast planeswalkers and Eldrazi titans. 

12. Jund

Wrenn and SixTarmogoyfLiliana of the Veil

Jund Sagavan relied heavily on the Lurrus companion. However, the archetype is evolving, with a number of versions both with and without Urza’s Saga looking good lately. Riveteers Charm and Ziatora’s Proving Ground both appear to be positive additions to the archetype. 

Whatever form Jund comes in, you can count on seeing some combination of Mishra’s Bauble, Ragavan, Tarmogoyf, Liliana of the Veil and Wrenn and Six. Saga is particularly good when paired with Wrenn and Six or Elvish Reclaimer, and as an extra card type for Tarmogoyf and delirium. As the quintessential “good cards” archetype, Jund seeks to cram together as many of the best cards in the format as it possibly can.

11. Burn

Lightning BoltGoblin GuideEidolon of the Great Revel

Love it or hate it, it’s remarkable to see Burn still winning Modern events even after all these years. The great thing about Burn is that you hardly need to care about all of these new printings and metagame shifts, so long as your opponents aren’t gaining life. Among many ways to use Modern’s efficient red spells, Burn is still a great one, and is a solid choice for players of any level.  

10. Elementals

Omnath, Locus of CreationRisen ReefFlamekin Harbinger

Like all Omnath decks, Elementals spans four colors, and generates massive value off of creatures with enters-the-battlefield abilities. The key card of the Elemental tribal deck (and the way I distinguish between “Omnath Midrange” and “Elementals” for the purposes of these Rankings) is Risen Reef, which is truly awesome alongside the “pitch” Elementals and Ephemerate. This deck had largely been replaced by more midrangey versions of Omnath, but with a number of good finishes lately, it’s roaring back onto the competitive scene. 

9. Azorius Control

Teferi, Hero of DominariaArchmage's CharmPrismatic Ending

This archetype had floundered over the last couple of months, but remains solid. Azorius Control isn’t the flashiest strategy in Modern, but it’s still highly effective, with very strong card quality. For those who enjoy a good old fashioned long game with counterspells, this can still be the deck for you. March of Otherworldly Light is a nice appeal of Azorius, as it can exile Urza’s Saga for the low price of one mana. 

8. Living End

Shardless AgentLiving EndStreet Wraith

Living End is one of many decks centered around cascading into a specific, game-breaking spell. The game plan is to fill your graveyard by cycling big monsters, then cast Violent Outburst or Shardless Agent, which will always cascade into Living End, wiping the opponent’s board while returning all of the creatures you cycled and evoked straight back to the battlefield. 

7. Primeval Titan (All Forms)

Primeval Titan (Timeshifted)Dryad of the Ilysian GroveScapeshift

There’s one big story for this installment of the Power Rankings. Not only have Primeval Titan decks moved up in the rankings, they’ve also split into two very different camps. There’s the ever-popular Amulet Titan deck, where bounce lands like Simic Growth Chamber seek to power out the Titan. There’s also a revival of classic R/G Valakut after Will Kruger used it to win the Magic Online Champions Showcase. 

6. Yawgmoth

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician (Timeshifted)Young WolfBlood Artist

This deck uses Yawgmoth, Thran Physician and undying creatures to generate tons of value, and eventually assemble an infinite combo to one-shot the opponent. This has been my deck of choice lately, as I find it to be fun, well-rounded, and have a positive matchup against the various Urza’s Saga strategies.

According to the informal count I’ve been keeping, I believe the only archetype that’s won as many Magic Online Modern tournaments as Yawgmoth this year is Omnath Midrange. To me, that indicates that these decks are highly respected by the format’s elite players, and can be extremely dangerous in experienced hands. 

5. Death’s Shadow

Death's ShadowExpressive IterationLedger Shredder

It seems that rumors of Death’s Shadow’s demise had been greatly exaggerated! Beginning with streamer and Modern master Kanister winning a Magic Online Challenge, Grixis Shadow has risen from obscurity to be one of the most played (and most successful) decks yet again. 

It can adapt to losing Lurrus by incorporating Street Wraith, planeswalkers, delve creatures, or even Seasoned Pyromancer. Ledger Shredder is a very nice recent addition. 

Massive creatures still give Death’s Shadow a fast clock and a good matchup against decks like Temur Cascade. Dress Down is a stone cold killer of opposing Tarmogoyfs, Dragon’s Rage Channelers and Construct tokens. Throw it all in the mixer with Expressive Iteration and the very best removal spells and disruption and, at least in my opinion, you still have a totally solid archetype.  

4. Temur Cascade

Shardless AgentCrashing FootfallsFire // Ice

Temur Cascade has been a highly effective strategy ever since the release of Modern Horizons 2. It uses Shardless Agent and other cascade spells to hit Crashing Footfalls for a massive, underpriced board presence. It circumvents the “no cheap cards” restriction by playing cards like Brazen Borrower, Fire // Ice and Force of Negation.

Temur may be one of the biggest winners from the Lurrus ban, since Rhino tokens don’t love playing against Death’s Shadows and Tarmogoyfs that reliably outsize them. 

3. Colossus Hammer

Colossus HammerSigarda's AidUrza's Saga

Losing Lurrus hurt a little, but Hammer players have successfully adapted to the banning. Colossus Hammer is a mono-white, Orzhov or Azorius Equipment deck which has, in addition to brutal explosive potential, awesome sideboard cards like Sanctifier en-Vec. It’s multidimensional and difficult to attack. Colossus Hammer remains the best home for Urza’s Saga, which is one of the most powerful cards from Modern Horizons 2

2. Omnath Midrange

Omnath, Locus of CreationYorion, Sky NomadEphemerate

These are the four-color decks that use Omnath, Locus of Creation to win grindy games. One popular version is an 80-card monstrosity featuring Omnath, Locus of Creation, “Pitch” Elementals and Ephemerate, with Yorion, Sky Nomad as a companion. These four-color soup decks are here to stay, and you should expect to face them virtually every time you queue up for a Modern event.  

1. Izzet Murktide

Murktide RegentDragon's Rage ChannelerRagavan, Nimble Pilferer

There’s still nothing that can overtake Izzet Murktide for the #1 position. The Murktide Regent decks have been a huge winner from the Lurrus banning and now stand at the top of the format. Izzet remains the cleanest way to make use of the outrageously powerful Dragon, but a variety of versions and color combinations are possible. Ledger Shredder made an already-strong archetype even stronger. 

 

2 thoughts on “Modern Power Rankings – 6/29/22”

  1. This looks almost cut/paste from the last modern power rankings, lol. I’d say that some of the descriptions for a few of these decks are actually just that, even if their rank is different this go around.

  2. Correct. I intentionally reuse sections from previous rankings if things haven’t changed and the deck description is still up-to-date.

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