One Deck for Each Format

Last weekend I took a break. There weren’t any Grand Prix in Europe, but I watched MKM Rome closely—it’s always nice to see a big Legacy event in my area.

Had I gone, I would have played Modern and Legacy, and today I’ll tell you what I would have played, with a bonus Standard list a friend of mine took to a PPTQ win.


I’m not planning to play Modern anytime soon, but after the explosion of Jund, I’m reminded of one of its worst matchups: Living End.

After I met Lee Shi Tian, my team captain, I learned his secret to winning in Modern: Play a deck with a turn-4 kill. There are too many broken things going on in Modern, and playing a reactive deck will make it much harder to win a long event. That’s why I wouldn’t run Jund or ever play a control deck.

While Living End hardly ever wins on turn 4, it can generate so much advantage that it’s impossible to recover.

One of my favorite Magic Online players, JPA93, went 7-0-1 in the Swiss at MKM Rome. On top of that, Jundilion went 7-0 in Swiss but lost in the finals of the last Modern Challenge, showing that Living End definitely gained a lot from the recent unbannings.

Living End

Jonathan Anghelescu, Top 8 at MKM Series Rome 18 March 2018

Living End

Jundilion, 2nd place at Modern Challenge 18 March 2018

There aren’t many differences between the two lists. One thing I would change from the Jundilion list is to add a third Living End. Countermagic is common in Modern, and you really want to have some Living Ends left in your deck after they Remand or counter two. Obviously, the downside of drawing Living End is high, but you can always sideboard one out if you aren’t playing against counters.


I really can’t find my place in Legacy. While preparing with Javier Dominguez for GP Madrid, I found that I’m unable to play Delver at 100%—it just isn’t the deck for me. It’s the hardest deck I’ve ever played. You have to know exactly what to keep with Brainstorm, which permission shuffle away, and which one to be ready to cast. The smallest mistakes can come back to bite you three turns later.

With that said, I’m exploring new decks, and after liking Sultai Control, I would have loved to play the deck I took to a 5-0 a couple of weeks ago: Eldrazi Post.

Eldrazi Post

Andrea Mengucci, Top 8 at a Local Legacy Event

In my area, Legacy is the most popular format, and I get a ton of opportunities to play it. I played this deck, with some changes from the one I used in the video, and I went undefeated in Swiss in our local Legacy event before losing in the Top 8.

The deck was formidable in some matchups, but suffered from aggressive starts paired with Wasteland/Cabal Therapy, which makes me think that this deck has a bad matchup versus Grixis Delver, which definitely isn’t where you want to be in Legacy.

This deck still beats on 4C Leovold and Miracles, two of the most played decks in Legacy. They were both in the finals of MKM Rome this past Sunday, so if you expect some slower blue control decks, I suggest you run this sweet deck!


Finally I come to Standard, which is in great shape right now. Every weekend the metagame shifts, and you can exploit that with the right read.

In GP Madrid, the hot deck was U/B Midrange, designed by Matthew Foulkes, so in order to beat it my friend and I chose to attack it with Blistering Hydra plus Hadana’s Climb.

The deck is explosive, and Hadana’s Climb lets you win from any scenario (that doesn’t involve your opponent having Whirler Virtuoso plus some energy).

The deck has a good U/B Control and Red matchup, as well as a reasonably good U/B Midrange matchup while being an underdog versus Grixis Energy.

This is the list that three-time Pro Tour Top 8 Competitor Pat Cox used to go 9-0 in Swiss before losing in the finals of the MTGO PTQ two weeks ago. It’s still very good, and I wouldn’t change a card.

Sultai Constrictor

Pat Cox, 2nd place in an Online PTQ March 10, 2018


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