With the 2016 TCGplayer Prize Wall Modern State Championships in the book all eyes are turning to the next big Modern showdown: The double-header Grand Prix weekend in Charlotte and Los Angeles.
The good news is there's Modern action mixed into the Standard fare from the weekend's top sellers. The better news is that it's clear what decks are on the rise. Let's get right to it.
Still rocking the top slot, Prized Amalgam lives in a strange space between tribal Standard opportunities and tech for Modern Dredge.
While Naya Midrange and other Standard decks are showing off what Nahiri, the Harbinger brings to Standard, it's the sweet Nahiri Jeskai Control deck that's making all the waves. Seth Manfield showed you what the hottest deck in Modern was all about last week:
A cheap threat that breaks a late game by drawing extra cards? Asylum Visitor isn't quite Dark Confidant, but it's a card gassing up the aggressive Mardu decks marching around Modern.
Suture Priest is an interest card to see this high in the ranking. While it's still a great card for the Pauper version of Soul Sisters, most Modern builds have eschewed it in favor of other options. So why make a comeback now?
That second line of text makes all the world of difference if you expect to face down Sword of the Meek and Thopter Foundry.
Suture Priest is tech to both push your own Thopter Foundry deck through things like Burn, but also lock out opposing Thopter Foundry decks from doing their thing. Not bad for the common's five year anniversary!
In Standard, either you're on the same team as Duskwatch Recruiter or you're bemoaning when your opponent gets to use theirs uncontested. Duskwatch Recruiter is inarguably one of the most powerful engines in Standard right now, and players are still filling out their collections with enough copies to play all the decks it belongs in—which is, fortunately, just most Standard decks.
The Gitrog Monster doesn't need to git gud, it already is. Conley Woods and Melissa DeTora both took looks at the great Frog Horror, and found it fits into plenty of value-based builds.
With things like Traverse the Ulvenwald to go long or just get a land it's no surprise to see The Gitrog Monster leaping into more Standard decks.
Tutors are powerful, and while Open the Armory isn't yet making much of a Standard splash outside of narrow tech in sideboards, one unbelievable Aura or Equipment in Eldritch Moon and everything will change.
That's exactly why players keep stocking up on it.
Tireless Tracker is a fun card that's nudged into a handful of Standard decks. Where players didn't expect to see it was in the Legacy Lands deck Magnus Lantto played at the 2016 MOCS Championship.
While the sideboard seems like an unlikely place to highlight a deck, Lands is predominantly a creature-less deck. Now, with Tireless Tracker hanging out in the sideboard, opponents planning to take out all but the necessary removal to deal with Marit Lage off Dark Depths will need to reconsider.
In other words, they'll have to get a clue on how to handle a new angle in Legacy.
Casting spells and transforming Horrors are an appealing combo in Standard, and Thing in the Ice continues to excite players into picking up copies. Just remember: It doesn't have flying.
The newest Dredge tech, Prized Amalgam, took the stop slot over the weekend so it's no surprise that something like Golgari Grave-Troll could clock into the Top 10 as well. It looks like Dredge is officially a deck on the move, and whether you're playing in Charlotte, Los Angeles or locally you can bet someone in your Modern tournament will be taking Dredge out for a spin.
Decks that break how Magic works are cool, right?
Just outside the Top 10 were cards like Eldrazi Displacer, Westvale Abbey and Thalia's Lieutenant—all stock cards for Standard decks.
The most curious addition was Hundred-Handed One.
A card that never took off in Standard finding its way into the top sellers a year after it rotated out is a curious sight. Thanks to the power of Internet comments I assume the blindingly obvious reason will be pointed out and an embarrassingly fast way.
Thanks in advance, and we'll see you on Friday!