Editor’s Note – We, at The Forge Herald, love Modern. None of us love it as much as Zane does. Considering all the craziness he likes to cook up, I thought it would be interesting to allow this list of his to stand on it’s own. Enjoy!
And now, my top five picks for SOI cards playable in Modern!
- Anguished Unmaking: I’m not quite sure what this would go in, but it seems too strong to just ignore. Maybe a removal slot in tokens deck or Gifts Ungiven or other control decks? I feel there’s a chance this card will see more play in Legacy than Modern, but only time will tell.
- Vessels: Vessel of Nascensy and Vessel of Volatility. Nascensy is a bit slow, but it is so versatile with what it can get into your hand (and graveyard), I would love to see this get some play in Modern. Volatility ramps you up to 5 by T3, not terrible. Reality Smasher anyone?
- Sin Prodder: I think this little devil has a chance at seeing some play in Jund builds or more midrange red builds. Players will have to decide whether its advantages make it better than playing with Dark Confidant, or whether Sin Prodder is just better left to play in Standard.
- Thing in the Ice: I think this card is neat and fun, but currently a lot of hype. I don’t think it’s wise to build around a vanilla creature that essentially will just get pathed after putting a lot of resources into it. Rather if you’re going to play with it, put it in a deck where you can just let it sit and continue to do your thing without worrying about it, maybe Grixis Control? Notable Modern horrors include Phyrexian Revoker, Spellskite, Phyrexian Obliterator and Mirror Entity. Combos beautifully with Hunted Horror and Vampire Hexmage.
- Dual Shot: Very ignorable at first glance; however, this little instant will almost always be a two for one against affinity players. It replaces cards like Arc Trail, Forked Bolt and Twin Bolt and I think we’ll start to see it make a home in a lot of Sideboard slots.
Relentless dead, Diregraf Colossus, Prized Amalgam: While I love Zombies, the deck has just never broke through as a competitive Modern archetype. Their reliance on the graveyard and lack of flyers and versatility make them very weak in the current Meta.
Drownyard Temple: A very interesting card, and the only one of its kind that does what it does. Combos with Landfall, Madness, Delirium etc. Could this possibly find a home with Seismic Assault or Life from the Loam? Combos with Aggressive Mining. Meh.
Open the Armory: Steelshaper’s gift sees no play in Affinity, so this card may only serve as a 5th or 6th Daybreak Coronet in Auras. I’m also sensing a janky brew with Presence of Gond…
Skin Invasion: I’m probably going out on a limb here, but throw this on your opponent’s mana dork or other T1 creature, then gut shot it on the end of their turn and you just got a turn two ¾ that can attack and survive bolt.
Thanks again for checking out my short Shadows Over Innistrad Review for Modern! What tier would you rate the aforementioned decks? What SIO cards do you think have Modern potential that I may have missed? Or what cards would you like to see a deck built around? Feel free to leave a comment!
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