Modern Storm for SCG Baltimore

LIST

Modern Storm 11-28-18

CHANGES

In the maindeck things have stayed almost the same as in my previous update. The only difference is putting Repeal back into the deck over a Remand. The reasoning for this is the continued meta shift to fast and non interactive matchups where the Remand effect isn’t always good. Also the amount of maindeck graveyard hate is still on the rise and this gives us another piece of creature interaction and the ability to have 3 bounce spells postboard for gifts packages.

In the Sideboard there has been somewhat of a large change as the Ignite Memories has been replaced with a Gigadrowse, a lightning bolt with a Flame Slash, and a Pieces of the Puzzle with a Spell Pierce. While initially a hedge against Surgical, and very fun to cast, Ignite Memories wasn’t consistently good enough. Without Ignite I would still want to have a card for blue based control that could also overlap with spirits, thus I came back to Gigadrowse. As for the Flame Slash, Bolt going to the face is less of a concern in this fast meta and 4 damage is critical against spirits. Plus the different name is a nice bonus against humans. The removal of a Pieces of the Puzzle was mainly due to not feeling the need for it again due to the strength of Empty the Warrens in the meta and the want for a piece of spell based interaction. I am running a Spell Pierce in this slot due to only costing 1 mana so it can still be live in the draws where we miss on a turn 2 bear when racing combo and cantrip, while also being about the same as Negate when a Bear is out due to the speed of such matchups. This could easily change to Negate if the format slows down though due to not needing to have the counter up as early as possible.

MATCHUPS

Humans

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Dismember, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Repeal

Burn

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 3 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Repeal

Hollow One

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Repeal

Infect

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Dismember, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Goblin Electromancer

Bridgevine

In:  3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal

Titan Shift

In: 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Abrade

Out: 1 Empty the Warrens, 2 Sleight of Hand

Affinity

In: 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Dismember

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand

KCI

In: 2 Abrade, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal

Dredge

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand

Storm

In: 2 Lighting Bolt, 1 Dismember, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 1 Empty the Warrens, 2 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal

Living End

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Sleight of Hand

BOGLES

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Past in Flames

Tron

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Spell Pierce, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal

Ponza

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Flame Slash

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Remand

UR Wizards

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle,  2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal

Bant Spirits

In: 1 Dismember, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Flame Slash, 1 Gigadrowse

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Remand, 3 Sleight of Hand

Jund

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Remand, 2 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 1 Past in Flames

Mardu

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 3 Gifts ungiven, 2 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames

Grixis Death’s Shadow

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Dismember, 1 Spell Pierce

Out:  4 Gifts Ungiven, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Remand, 1 Repeal

UW Control

In:  3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Spell Pierce,  1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Pyretic Ritual

Jeskai Control

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Spell Pierce, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Baral,Chief of Compliance, 1 Past in Flames

HARDENED SCALES AFFINITY

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Lightning Bolt, 1 Dismember, 2 Pieces of the Puzzle

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames

Amulet Titan

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Repeal

Blue Moon

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Ignite Memories

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 3 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Baral, Chief of Compliance

Izzet Phoenix

In: 3 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Spell Pierce

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal, 1 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand

Counters Company

In: 2 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Dismember, 1 Flame Slash, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Repeal, 1 Empty the Warrens, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Remand

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