Revisting The Top 10 Throne of Eldraine Cards in Modern

Last time around, I played the predictions game for Throne of Eldraine in Modern. There weren’t that many potential candidates, so getting the top 12 playables or so right wasn’t that challenging, but I still overlooked one or two cards and the order was probably a little bit off.

We’ve had a couple weeks of play and tournament results in the new format and I figured I’d give an updated list and rank.

My initial top 12 was as follows:

12. Merchant of the Vale

11. Witching Well

10. Blacklance Paragon

9. Castle Garenbrig

8. Deafening Silence

7. Brazen Borrower

6. Drown in the Loch

5. Bonecrusher Giant

4. The Royal Scions

3. Oko, Thief of Crowns

2. Once Upon a Time

1. Emry, Lurker of the Loch

I believe my biggest miss by far (and a couple people pointed it out in the comments last time) was Mystic Sanctuary. I’ve been playing the card in U/W Control and it has been stellar. Other players have put it to good use in decks like Grixis or Sultai Control and U/R Delver as well. In my ~15 matches of experience, the cost has been extremely low and the reward very high. I’ve been playing the Terminus version of the deck, and cutting Glacial Fortress and Celestial Colonnade to make room for the Sanctuary hasn’t messed with the mana base too badly as the deck has no real double-white casting cost cards.

U/W Control Gabriel Nassif

4 Field of Ruin
6 Island (335)
2 Hallowed Fountain
4 Flooded Strand
2 Plains (331)
3 Mystic Sanctuary
2 Polluted Delta
2 Celestial Colonnade
1 Vendilion Clique
3 Snapcaster Mage
4 Opt
3 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Path to Exile
2 Teferi, Time Raveler
3 Cryptic Command
3 Force of Negation
1 Serum Visions
2 Spell Snare
1 Logic Knot
2 Narset, Parter of Veils
3 Terminus
1 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
2 Mana Leak

1 Celestial Purge
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Vendilion Clique
2 Supreme Verdict
2 Timely Reinforcements
2 Monastery Mentor
1 Damping Matrix
2 Rest in Peace
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Mystical Dispute


I’ve played very little U/W Stoneforge and the few leagues I’ve played with U/W Control have been with the Terminus version, so I don’t really have an opinion on which choice is the better one right now, but I’m guessing they’re all reasonable.

Updated Eldraine Top 10 for Modern

Special mention: All that Glitters

Jens Platz used the full playset alongside Gingerbrute to get himself a Top 8 Finish in one of the first PTQs of the season.

10. Charming Prince

It seems Humans players have adopted the card for now, which earns the Prince a spot in the top 10. For those who like a spicy brew, I’ve also ran into a Dubious Challenge deck using it alongside Flickerwisp to put Emrakul, the Aeons Torn into play.

9. The Royal Scions

The card has mostly popped up in Grixis Shadow, sometimes in the main, as well as in various Temur builds. Not one of the most exciting designs, but I think it might have potential to go up the list.

8. Witching Well

The card is narrow but has become a staple as a one or two-of in Paradoxical Outcome Urza decks, one of the best decks right now.

7. Haggle/Merchant of the Vale

Haggle seems to be a better Insolent Neonate for Dredge. The biggest upside is that you can cast Haggle at instant speed in your upkeep, letting you play a Shriekhorn on turn one and a Haggle in your upkeep on turn two if you bricked with the Horn and need to discard a dredger.

6. Castle Garenbrig

Amulet Titan appears to be the deck to beat early in the new format–most lists have adopted two copies of the green Castle and so has Titanshift (even though the deck doesn’t appear to be nearly as dominant).

5. Drown in the Loch

Even though this card might eventually fall off the list, I have it as number five as it has resurrected some archetypes that weren’t really considered competitive. We’ll see if all the UBx decks are here to stay or if people are doing well with them because new metas are usually a bit softer as people are still experimenting. One of the big downsides is that the card is straight-up embarrassing against Rest in Peace.

4. Mystic Sanctuary

I might be a little biased here and I’m not sure if it’s fair to have the Sanctuary above Castle Garenbrig, but they seem to both be accomplishing the same thing–improving an established tier 1 deck.

3. Oko, Thief of Crowns

Oko is having a real impact on the format, mostly as a sideboard card but also seeing some maindeck play usually in three-color midrange/control strategies. Don’t let him hear that, but Oko kind of does it all and can heavily punish your opponent’s reactive draws in sideboard games.

It’s clearly great in Standard (I’ve decided to put my faith in his hands for MC V) and is also seeing play in Eternal formats. I think there is a small chance we look back and realize Oko was the best Magic card printed since Deathrite Shaman.

2. Emry, Lurker of the Loch

The card had almost no chance of disappointing, and while it hasn’t necessarily replaced Goblin Engineer in the Whirza builds, Urza Paradoxical Outcome decks have been making great use of the full playset. I’ve played a bit with the Kethis list I posted last time and while the deck seemed powerful, I must say it is not very fun to play at all on Magic Online (and probably not much more fun in paper) so even if the deck turns out to be top tier, it might suffer from a KCI-like syndrome and stay under the radar for a while.

1. Once Upon a Time

While Emry might be the most powerful card in a vacuum, I have Once Upon a Time at number one as it just can be played in so many more archetypes and it has seemed to take all the decks it’s played in to the next level. Amulet Titan seems as strong as it has been in a very long time and you get to assemble Tron even more consistently. OUAT is seeing play in Infect as well and we could see the resurgence of other Noble Hierarch decks.

Speaking of Once Upon a Time, there’s another deck with it I’m going to highlight in my next article: Once Upon a Vine. Hogaak may be gone, but Vengevine is back.

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