I can't tell you enough how necessary making bans to Modern was. The format has desperately needed a shakeup, and now we finally got it. As of tomorrow, Oko, Thief of Crowns, Mox Opal and Mycosynth Lattice are all banned in Modern.

Let's look at why.

Oko, Thief of Crowns Is Just Too Good

The bottom line is that Oko, Thief of Crowns was a design mistake. In Modern, as in Standard and Pioneer, Oko forced out any decks that couldn't answer it, and compelled other decks to twist themselves around it. When looking at the top performing decks from recent Modern tournaments, there is one thing that most of them have in common. We've even seen Ponza decks splash for Oko. Decks like Infect were committed to playing Oko, simply because they had the mana to cast it.

Good riddance.

Mox Opal

This is a controversial ban. Let me start by saying I understand why this ban happened, and I don't fault Wizards. By banning Faithless Looting earlier this year, they established a precedent that they are okay with hitting multiple decks with a single ban, as collateral damage. Unfortunately, this time Affinity, Cheerios, Hardened Scales and other Mox Opal decks are paying for the sins of Urza, Lord High Artificer.

Mox Opal has been around in Modern for a very long time now, and it seems to have gotten better as more high-power artifacts were printed. It used to be that the best way to abuse Mox Opal was in Affinity. However, over time Affinity has actually seemed relatively tame compared to what some of the other Mox Opal decks have been capable of. The printing of Urza, Lord High Artificer in Modern Horizons pushed Mox Opal over the edge.

The various flavors of Urza decks have done extremely well—even more so since Oko has been legal. This is where we get to a bit of personal preference. I completely understand all the reasons to ban Mox Opal, and why players want it gone. However, if the decision had been up to me I might have banned Urza, Lord High Artificer or Arcum's Astrolabe instead of Opal. Mox Opal has had a long tenure in this format, and that makes me more familiar with what it is capable of from a power level perspective. Arcum's Astrolabe and Urza are more recently printed.

If you invested in Mox Opal, I'm sorry. This is a situation where the price will plummet, as the primary format Mox Opal has seen play in has been Modern. This was an easy way to lose $400 for a playset. Some players see this as a necessary evil, but it is pretty rough from a buyer's perspective. This is a card that gets progressively better as more good artifact cards get printed, and ultimately it needed to go if Wizards wants to print more powerful artifact cards, like they have been recently.

Mycosynth Lattice

My draw dropped when I saw Mycosynth Lattice got banned. However, just because it is a surprising ban doesn't make it a bad one. The price spike on Mycosynth Lattice was fairly recent, when players started to tutor it up with Karn, the Great Creator to lock the opponent out of the game. This is an interaction that Wizards simply didn't want in Modern, and understandably so. The ban makes Tron decks worse, which is a good thing since the other bans didn't affect big mana strategies.

I expect both big Tron and Eldrazi Tron to be able to adapt. They may simply cut Karn, the Great Creator, as shutting down opposing artifacts may be a bit less relevant without Mox Opal in the format, and the best tutor target is now gone. Remember that these decks were still relevant before the printing of Karn, the Great Creator. I do think the loss of Mycosynth Lattice hurts Eldrazi Tron a bit more though.

What Decks Get Worse?

Urza: One of the biggest questions now is whether there will still be a viable Urza deck. This was the most popular and powerful deck in Modern, but losing two key pieces will really hurt. In my opinion this will be similar to when Faithless Looting got taken away from Dredge. The deck will suffer, but there will be a way to build it in a less powerful way. Arcum's Astrolabe, Mishra's Bauble, and Engineered Explosives are just some of the powerful artifacts still around to fuel Urza.

Affinity: Affinity was already having trouble in this metagame, and with the banning of Mox Opal, it seems like this might be it for the archetype. It is sad to see such a storied archetype that has been around for so long die like this. Whenever thinking of Modern, Affinity has always popped into my head as the deck that seems about on par for what I would like the power level of the format to be. Maybe we'll see a way to replace Mox Opal, but I'm skeptical.

Cheerios: I played Cheerios at the last Modern event I attended, and thoroughly enjoyed doing so. That being said, it was already having some difficulties competing on power level with other Modern decks. I'm going to be putting my copies of Puresteel Paladin, Retract and zero-mana equipment on the shelf in the hopes that a new development could allow the deck to rise again.

Hardened Scales: Another deck that is going to have a lot of trouble bouncing back from today's bans. I think you could build a version of this deck that isn't so reliant on Artifacts, similar to the Pioneer version, but it seems like you are losing a lot of power by doing that.

What Decks Are Happy About the Bans?

There might be some other Mox Opal deck I'm overlooking, but I would like to move on to decks that I think will benefit from this shakeup.

Amulet Titan: Primeval Titan is starting to look absolutely amazing right now. There are a few different Primeval Titan decks that I think will be very good in the future Modern format, as they have already been doing very well. Of the Primeval Titan decks Amulet Titan might be the most powerful. You should expect to see Matt Dilks continue to dominate the SCG circuit with his version of the deck, which didn't play Oko even when it was legal.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Amulet Titan by Matt Dilks

'Amulet Titan' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Matt Dilks

Event: SCG Team Constructed Open Modern - Columbus - 01/05/2020

Rank: 2nd

Modern

Market Price: $570.20

Cards

Gemstone Mine

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Gemstone Mine enters the battlefield with three mining counters on it.
{T}, Remove a mining counter from Gemstone Mine: Add one mana of any color. If there are no mining counters on Gemstone Mine, sacrifice it.

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Sakura-Tribe Scout

Color Identity:G

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{T}: You may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Slayers' Stronghold

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{R}{W}, {T}: Target creature gets +2/+0 and gains vigilance and haste until end of turn.

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Field of the Dead

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Field of the Dead enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
Whenever Field of the Dead or another land enters the battlefield under your control, if you control seven or more lands with different names, create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token.

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Ghost Quarter

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice Ghost Quarter: Destroy target land. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Pact of Negation

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell.
At the beginning of your next upkeep, pay {3}{U}{U}. If you don't, you lose the game.

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Force of Vigor

Color Identity:G

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If it's not your turn, you may exile a green card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Destroy up to two target artifacts and/or enchantments.

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Primeval Titan

Color Identity:G

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Trample
Whenever Primeval Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, you may search your library for up to two land cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Vesuva

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You may have Vesuva enter the battlefield tapped as a copy of any land on the battlefield.

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Azusa, Lost but Seeking

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You may play two additional lands on each of your turns.

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Summoner's Pact

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for a green creature card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.
At the beginning of your next upkeep, pay {2}{G}{G}. If you don't, you lose the game.

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Cavern of Souls

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As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add one mana of any color. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.

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Once Upon a Time

Color Identity:G

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If this spell is the first spell you've cast this game, you may cast it without paying its mana cost.
Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a creature or land card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Tolaria West

Color Identity:U

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Tolaria West enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
Transmute {1}{U}{U} ({1}{U}{U}, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with mana value 0, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle. Transmute only as a sorcery.)

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Engineered Explosives

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Sunburst (This enters the battlefield with a charge counter on it for each color of mana spent to cast it.)
{2}, Sacrifice Engineered Explosives: Destroy each nonland permanent with mana value equal to the number of charge counters on Engineered Explosives.

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Ramunap Excavator

Color Identity:G

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You may play lands from your graveyard.

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Castle Garenbrig

Color Identity:G

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Castle Garenbrig enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest.
{T}: Add {G}.
{2}{G}{G}, {T}: Add six {G}. Spend this mana only to cast creature spells or activate abilities of creatures.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Wooded Foothills

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Radiant Fountain

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When Radiant Fountain enters the battlefield, you gain 2 life.
{T}: Add {C}.

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Amulet of Vigor

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Whenever a permanent enters the battlefield tapped and under your control, untap it.

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Snow-Covered Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Tectonic Edge

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Tectonic Edge: Destroy target nonbasic land. Activate only if an opponent controls four or more lands.

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)
As Breeding Pool enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Tireless Tracker

Color Identity:G

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Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")
Whenever you sacrifice a Clue, put a +1/+1 counter on Tireless Tracker.

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Boros Garrison

Color Identity:R,W

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Boros Garrison enters the battlefield tapped.
When Boros Garrison enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {R}{W}.

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Explore

Color Identity:G

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You may play an additional land this turn.
Draw a card.

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Gruul Turf

Color Identity:G,R

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Gruul Turf enters the battlefield tapped.
When Gruul Turf enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {R}{G}.

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Bojuka Bog

Color Identity:B

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Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield tapped.
When Bojuka Bog enters the battlefield, exile target player's graveyard.
{T}: Add {B}.

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Golgari Rot Farm

Color Identity:B,G

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Golgari Rot Farm enters the battlefield tapped.
When Golgari Rot Farm enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {B}{G}.

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Selesnya Sanctuary

Color Identity:G,W

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Selesnya Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped.
When Selesnya Sanctuary enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {G}{W}.

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Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}{R}{W}, {T}: Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.

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Simic Growth Chamber

Color Identity:G,U

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Simic Growth Chamber enters the battlefield tapped.
When Simic Growth Chamber enters the battlefield, return a land you control to its owner's hand.
{T}: Add {G}{U}.

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This list only plays one Field of the Dead in the maindeck, but I really like seeing another one in the sideboard for those grindier matchups. Castle Garenbrig is a very important tool that all Primeval Titan decks have access to now, and turns Titan into a five-mana play, which is kind of ridiculous. At the moment, a five-mana Primeval Titan might be the scariest thing going on in Modern.

Burn/Red Prowess : Burn had an okay matchup against Oko decks, but the fact you could start cracking Food to gain life was extremely frustrating. My first Pro Tour Top 8 came playing Burn, and I'm happy to see it still doing its thing today. Red Prowess actually might be more popular than traditional Burn right now due to the explosiveness the prowess creatures provide.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-Red Prowess by Collins Mullen

'Mono-Red Prowess' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Collins Mullen

Event: SCG Open Modern - Knoxville - 01/12/2020

Rank: 5th-8th

Modern

Market Price: $244.65

Cards

Lava Dart

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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Lava Dart deals 1 damage to any target.
Flashback—Sacrifice a Mountain. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Soul-Scar Mage

Color Identity:R

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Prowess
If a source you control would deal noncombat damage to a creature an opponent controls, put that many -1/-1 counters on that creature instead.

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Manamorphose

Color Identity:G,R

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Add two mana in any combination of colors.
Draw a card.

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Light Up the Stage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Spectacle {R} (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
Exile the top two cards of your library. Until the end of your next turn, you may play those cards.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

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Dragon's Claw

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Whenever a player casts a red spell, you may gain 1 life.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Smash to Smithereens

Color Identity:R

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Destroy target artifact. Smash to Smithereens deals 3 damage to that artifact's controller.

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Lava Spike

Color Identity:R

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Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player or planeswalker.

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Fiery Islet

Color Identity:R,U

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {U} or {R}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Fiery Islet: Draw a card.

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Crash Through

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.12

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Creatures you control gain trample until end of turn. (A creature with trample can deal excess combat damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.)
Draw a card.

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Surgical Extraction

Color Identity:B

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land card. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that card and exile them. Then that player shuffles.

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Burst Lightning

Color Identity:R

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Kicker {4} (You may pay an additional {4} as you cast this spell.)
Burst Lightning deals 2 damage to any target. If this spell was kicked, it deals 4 damage instead.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Sunbaked Canyon

Color Identity:R,W

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {R} or {W}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Sunbaked Canyon: Draw a card.

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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Bedlam Reveler

Color Identity:R

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard.
Prowess
When Bedlam Reveler enters the battlefield, discard your hand, then draw three cards.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

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Haste
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

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Runaway Steam-Kin

Color Identity:R

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Whenever you cast a red spell, if Runaway Steam-Kin has fewer than three +1/+1 counters on it, put a +1/+1 counter on Runaway Steam-Kin.
Remove three +1/+1 counters from Runaway Steam-Kin: Add {R}{R}{R}.

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I like a lot of what this deck is doing. Blood Moon is going to gain even more stock as a way to beat land-based decks, so having three copies in the sideboard seems great.

Thoughtseize Decks: There should be plenty of black-based decks moving into this new Modern format. The combination of Oko and Urza was often good enough to grind through other midrange strategies like Jund or even Death's Shadow variants. Now these decks will be back, and will likely play four Fulminator Mage in the sideboard, as the big mana decks look like the biggest predator again.

Yawgmoth: The Yawgmoth deck is more or less a new deck, so it will be very interesting to see how this strategy develops. Tom Ross and Aaron Barich were two of the innovators behind the strategy. This deck abuses undying creatures alongside Yawgmoth, Thran Physician to draw a ton of cards, and drain the opponent out with Blood Artist or Geralf's Messenger. I'm still trying to wrap my head around all of the plays the deck is capable of. Eldritch Evolution is perfect in the deck because of how well it works with undying creatures.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Golgari Yawgmoth by Aaron Barich

'Golgari Yawgmoth' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Aaron Barich

Event: SCG Open Modern - Knoxville - 01/12/2020

Rank: 1st

Modern

Market Price: $576.43

Cards

Thrashing Brontodon

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.07

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{1}, Sacrifice Thrashing Brontodon: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Dryad Arbor

Color Identity:G

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(Dryad Arbor isn't a spell, it's affected by summoning sickness, and it has "{T}: Add {G}.")

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Nurturing Peatland

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {B} or {G}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Nurturing Peatland: Draw a card.

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Yixlid Jailer

Color Identity:B

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Cards in graveyards lose all abilities.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Wall of Roots

Color Identity:G

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Defender
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add {G}. Activate only once each turn.

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Noble Hierarch

Color Identity:G,U,W

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Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
{T}: Add {G}, {W}, or {U}.

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Blooming Marsh

Color Identity:B,G

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Blooming Marsh enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Twilight Mire

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}: Add {C}.
{B/G}, {T}: Add {B}{B}, {B}{G}, or {G}{G}.

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Young Wolf

Color Identity:G

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Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.)

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Obstinate Baloth

Color Identity:G

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When Obstinate Baloth enters the battlefield, you gain 4 life.
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Obstinate Baloth, put it onto the battlefield instead of putting it into your graveyard.

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Khalni Garden

Color Identity:G

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Khalni Garden enters the battlefield tapped.
When Khalni Garden enters the battlefield, create a 0/1 green Plant creature token.
{T}: Add {G}.

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Assassin's Trophy

Color Identity:B,G

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Destroy target permanent an opponent controls. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Once Upon a Time

Color Identity:G

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If this spell is the first spell you've cast this game, you may cast it without paying its mana cost.
Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a creature or land card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Phyrexian Revoker

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As Phyrexian Revoker enters the battlefield, choose a nonland card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated.

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Strangleroot Geist

Color Identity:G

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Haste
Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.)

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Kitchen Finks

Color Identity:G,W

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When Kitchen Finks enters the battlefield, you gain 2 life.
Persist (When this creature dies, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

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Birds of Paradise

Color Identity:G

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Flying
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Eldritch Evolution

Color Identity:G

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Search your library for a creature card with mana value X or less, where X is 2 plus the sacrificed creature's mana value. Put that card onto the battlefield, then shuffle. Exile Eldritch Evolution.

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Geralf's Messenger

Color Identity:B

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Geralf's Messenger enters the battlefield tapped.
When Geralf's Messenger enters the battlefield, target opponent loses 2 life.
Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.)

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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

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Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

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Verdant Catacombs

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Verdant Catacombs: Search your library for a Swamp or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Abrupt Decay

Color Identity:B,G

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy target nonland permanent with mana value 3 or less.

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Chord of Calling

Color Identity:G

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Convoke (Your creatures can help cast this spell. Each creature you tap while casting this spell pays for {1} or one mana of that creature's color.)
Search your library for a creature card with mana value X or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Blood Artist

Color Identity:B

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Whenever Blood Artist or another creature dies, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.

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Overgrown Tomb

Color Identity:B,G

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({T}: Add {B} or {G}.)
As Overgrown Tomb enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Plague Engineer

Color Identity:B

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Deathtouch
As Plague Engineer enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Creatures of the chosen type your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Cavalier of Night

Color Identity:B

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Lifelink
When Cavalier of Night enters the battlefield, you may sacrifice another creature. When you do, destroy target creature an opponent controls.
When Cavalier of Night dies, return target creature card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.

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Yawgmoth, Thran Physician

Color Identity:B

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Protection from Humans
Pay 1 life, Sacrifice another creature: Put a -1/-1 counter on up to one target creature and draw a card.
{B}{B}, Discard a card: Proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Aaron actually won the Open in Knoxville with this deck, before the bans. While the deck might have had a favorable matchup against some of the Urza decks, it also indicates the power level is quite high. With this being a relatively new strategy, expect it to gain a lot of popularity in the weeks to come. This is as close as we are going to get to Birthing Pod coming back to Modern. Green-based decks with a toolbox full of creatures are looking good, with the other popular one based around Devoted Druid.

There are way too many decks in Modern for me to talk about how the bans affect every single one. The good news is that this should shake the format up, which is ultimately what needed to happen.