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Monday, 18 March 2013

Mastering Modern

Before I launch into today's blog at full force I wanted to remind everyone that this coming Saturday is the second invitational qualifier.  There are 2 tournaments - Standard at 10:30 and Modern at 12:30, £5 entry with 2 boosters in the prize pool per person.  The top 4 from each event will earn themselves an Invite to the invitational in October 2013 and the chance to become members of the Steel City Patriots Team 2014.  

Invites will cascade down if those already qualified are in the top 4, and qualified players can be found here.  With a fantastic weekend of Magic at GP San Diego just gone I am expecting some great decks in the Modern portion.  If you missed the coverage you missed some outstanding play by some of the top pros in the game including Brian Kibler, Melissa DeTora, Owen Turtenwald and Eric Froelich.

So, this card is just really good, who knew?

Its not usually I write one of these things expected lots of people to disagree with me, it actually just happens quite organically without me meaning it to.   Today is different, today is just not the same, today I am actively encouraging people to disagree with me!  

Let me explain; when they announced Modern Masters way back in October last year they told us the set break down with regards to what mix of cards would be in  it.  This is what we know will be in Modern Masters:

  • 229 Reprint set.
  • 101 Commons.
  • 60 Uncommons.
  • 53 Rares.
  • 15 Mythics.
  • All cards will be from sets between 8th Edition and Alara Reborn.
  • Some cards will change their rarity in order to fit the constraints of the set.
Since hearing this I have been wondering what exactly will be in Modern Masters, and trying to come up with a list of cards which I think should make it into the set.  I have not been able to come up with all 229 cards but have given it a good try - the commons are the hardest!  I would like you to take a look at these cards and see if you agree with my choices, disagree for some reason and laugh hysterically as you notice I have forgotten something obvious.  Here are my lists by rarity:

Common (49/101)

Chromatic Sphere
Conjurer's Bauble
Cranial Plating
Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel Ingot
Desperate Ritual
Disciple of the Vault
Echoing Truth
Elsewhere Flask
Empty the Warrens
Faerie Macabre
Flame Jab
Lava Spike
Might of Alara
Molten Rain
Myr Enforcer
Peer through Depths
Putrid Leach 
Pyrite Spellbomb
Qasali Pridemage
Rampant Growth
Reach through mists
Relic of Progenitus
Rift Bolt
Sakura Tribe Elder
Seal of Fire
Search for Tomorrow
Serum Visions
Shard Volley
Shattering Spree
Shrapnel Blast
Slieght of hand
Spellstutter Sprite
Spring Leaf Drum
Stone Rain
Tribal Flames
Volcanic Hammer
Vulshock Gauntlets
Wall of roots
Welding Jar
Wood Elves

I am confident there is a whole bunch of creatures that will be in the other 52 slots but Ihave no idea what they may be.

Uncommon (46/60)

Aven Mindcensor
Bant Charm
Chromatic Star
City of Brass
Esper Charm
Eternal Witness
Gemstone Mine
Ghostly Prison
Grixis Charm
Intervention Pact
Isochron Sceptre
Jund Charm
Kird Ape
Kitchen Finks
Krosan Grip
Lightning Helix
Martyr of Sands
Merchant Scroll
Merrow Reejerey
Might of old Krosa
Murderous Redcap
Naya Charm
Pact of Negation
Pact of the Titan
Path to Exile
Rule of Law
Silvergill Adept
Slaughter Pact
Sowing Salt
Spectral Procession
Spell Snare
Steelshaper's Gift
Summoner's Pact
Sylvan Scrying
Tidehollow Sculler
Undead Warchief
Urza's Mine
Urza's Power Plant
Urza's Tower
Volcanic Fallout

I thought that they may well reprint the Pact cycle but in order to fit it in with the set they might downgrade them to uncommon.

Rare (53/53)

Academy Ruins
Aether Vial
Angel of Despair
Arcbound Ravager
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blood Moon
Bridge from Below
Call of the herd
Cascade Bluffs
Child of Alara
Chord of Calling
Crucible of Worlds
Cryptic Command
Darksteel Colossus
Death Baron
Deathbringer Liege
Doubling Season
Engineered Explosives
Ethersworn Cannonist
Fetid Heath
Figure of Destiny
Fire Lit Thicket
Flagstones of Trokair
Flooded Grove
Fulminator Mage
Gaddock Teeg
Gifts Ungiven
Glen Elendra Archmage
Graven Cairns
Hell's Thunder
Horizon Canopy
Hurkyl's Recall
Life from the Loam
Lotus Bloom
Maelstrom Pulse
Master of Ethirum
Meddling Mage
Mystic Gate
Noble Hierach
Ranger of Eos
Second Sunrise
Threads of Disloyalty
Through the breach
Twilight Mire
Vedalkan Shackles
Wrath of God

Although I have all of these I am sure there will be strong feelings as to what should and should not be in there.  I think that they will put the filter land cycle in as the rare land cycle for the set.

Mythic (14/15)

Bogarden Hellkite
Dark Confident
Doran the Siege tower
Elspeth, Knight Errant
Kiki - Jiki Mirror Breaker
Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
Knight of the Reliquary
Sarkan Vol
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Light and Shadow
Vendilion Clique

A number of these cards have already been made up to mythic status.  Sadly I think Thoughtsieze could easily be the 15th Mythic I am just hoping that it is not the case.

I look forward to your comments, please stick them below or on the Facebook group, either is cool.  

This Friday it will be pauper in Relax.  I will be back with another blog on Friday.  See you then.

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