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It took a minute to catch, but Moment of Craving is out in force in Standard these days. Every U/B Control deck worth its salt has four copies in its 75, and why wouldn't it? Between Moment of Craving, Vraska's Contempt, and Torrential Gearhulk to rebuy either, it's basically as if U/B Control decks get to start anywhere from 24 to 28 life. That's a massive advantage for a deck that's already very good to begin with.
W/U Auras continues to tear it up online in the hands of Magic Online user Ruiner. I should probably get my hands on this deck at some point—I'd really like to see if it's for real or not.
If we're operating under the premise that Standard is dominated by decks dense with efficient creatures that are impossible to remove with normal means—I'm talking stuff like Hazoret the Fervent, The Scarab God, Rekindling Phoenix, etc.—then Ixalan's Binding plays less like Oblivion Ring and more like Eradicate.
It finally happened. A serious, dedicated vampire deck made waves in last weekend's Standard MOCS. Lack of a Standard Pro Tour has been kind of nice—without the sped-up cycles of optimization, players have felt empowered to experiment with wacky stuff. As a result, we're treated to sweet decks like this:
A 3/4 with no text for three mana is slightly below replacement level. A 3/4 for three mana with a Disenchant built in, however, is exactly what green sideboards are looking for.
I was worried about Opt's power level in Modern from day one, but it's turned out to be just fine. It hasn't enabled any heretofore busted combo decks or made control unbeatable, it's just a fine card that slots into certain archetypes well.
Bogles continues its run of dominance, following up a Grand Prix title with a first-place finish at last weekend's Magic Online Championships.
Field of Ruin, like Fatal Push before it, is the latest in a series of cards that feel deliberately above the power-level curve in order to influence Modern specifically in a certain direction. I have a theory on the post-Magic Online Championship Modern metagame. There will be some exceptions to this rule, but for the most part, decks will fall into three buckets: Big mana decks (Tron, Scapeshift), Field of Ruin decks, and Jund. It's a rock-scissors-paper paradigm, where Jund beats Field of Ruin but loses to big mana, big mana loses to Field of Ruin but beats Jund, and Field of Ruin beats big mana but loses to Jund. That's just my theory—obviously things like Bogles fall outside of this framework.
After a runner-up finish at Grand Prix Memphis, Hadana's Climb continued to demonstrate its realness in last weekend's Standard MOCS. Card is nice.
Oh right, we sell sealed product. Almost forgot!