Dracoti’s Triple Box Modern Masters tournament: Top 8 deck-lists

Dracoti’s Triple Box Modern Masters tournament: Top 8 deck-lists

By Neil T Stacey

1st place: Enrico Guarneri (RW Burn)

Creatures (14):

4x Goblin Guide
4x Monastery Swiftspear
4x Eidolon of the Great Revel
2x Grim Lavamancer

Sorceries (8):

4x Lava Spike
4x Rift Bolt

Instants (18):

4x Lightning Bolt
1x Shard Volley
4x Boros Charm
3x Skullcrack
3x Searing Blaze
3x Lightning Helix


4x Arid Mesa
4x Scalding Tarn
4x Bloodstained Mire
1x Wooded Foothills
3x Sacred Foundy
1x Stomping Ground
3x Mountain

Sideboard (15):

3x Kor Firewalker
3x Path to Exile
2x Deflecting Palm
4x Destructive Revelry
1x Skullcrack
2x Molten Rain

Enrico has foregone the set of Atarka’s Command that has been a popular feature of recent Burn lists. Instead, he sticks to the easier-to-cast Skullcrack for preventing lifegain. He still has a singleton Stomping Ground to enable Destructive Revelry out of the sideboard, to deal with the otherwise problematic Leyline of Sanctity.

2nd place: Wesley Lamprecht (UR Twin)

Creatures (14):

2x Grim Lavamancer
2x Snapcaster Mage
3x Deceiver Exarch
3x Pestermite
2x Vendilion Clique
2x Spellskite

Enchantments (4):

4x Splinter Twin

Sorceries (6):

4x Serum Visions
1x Flame Slash
1x Roast

Instants (14):

4x Lightning Bolt
2x Vapor Snag
1x Dispel
3x Remand
1x Izzet Charm
1x Electrolyze
2x Cryptic Command

Lands (22):

4x Scalding Tarn
4x Polluted Delta
2x Flooded Strand
3x Steam Vents
1x Breeding Pool
2x Sulfur Falls
4x Island
1x Mountain
1x Desolate Lighthouse

Sideboard (15):

3x Engineered Explosives
2x Ancient Grudge
2x Rending Volley
2x Blood Moon
1x Dispel
1x Negate
1x Vedalken Shackles
1x Sower of Temptation
1x Jace, Architect of Thought
1x Batterskull

Twin is a deck that hasn’t changed much with the recent additions to the format, but Wesley has added sideboard Rending Volleys for the mirror match along with a single Roast in the mainboard to deal with larger creatures.

3rd place: Wynand Van Niekerk (Red Deck Wins)

Creatures (16):

4x Monastery Swiftspear
3x Vexing Devil
1x Legion Loyalist
2x Foundry-street denizen
2x Burning-tree emissary
2x Qal Sisma Behemoth
1x Goblin Rabblemaster
1x Rubblebelt Raiders

Sorceries (16):

4x Lava Spike
4x Goblin Grenade
4x Dragon Fodder
2x Krenko’s Command
2x Hordeling Outburst

Instants (10):

4x Lightning Bolt
3x Searing Blood
2x Shock
1x Collateral Damage

Lands (18):

18x Mountain

Sideboard (0):

Fetchlands? Playsets? Sideboard? Who needs ‘em?

4th place Robert Wild (Junk)

Creatures (18):

4x Birds of Paradise
4x Tarmogoyf
4x Siege Rhino
3x Scavenging Ooze
2x Courser of Kruphix
1x Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Sorceries (9):

2x Thoughtseize
3x Inquisition of Kozilek
4x Lingering Souls

Instants (6):

2x Path to Exile
3x Abrupt Decay
1x Maelstrom Pulse

Planeswalkers (3):

3x Liliana of the Veil

Lands (24):

4x Verdant Catacombs
3x Windswept Heath
3x Marsh Flats
2x Overgrown Tomb
1x Temple Garden
1x Godless Shrine
1x Twilight Mire
1x Stirring Wildwood
2x Treetop Village
1x Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1x Gavony Township
2x Swamp
1x Forest
1x Plains

Sideboard (15):

3x Rain of Tears
2x Obstinate Baloth
2x Stony Silence
2x Golgari Charm
1x Thrun, the Last Troll
1x Path to Exile
1x Thoughtseize
1x Zealous Persecution
1x Creeping Corrosion
1x Batterskull

They call it Abzan these days, but we all know it was Junk back when Tarkir was just a glimmer in Mark Rosewater’s eye. It’s a solid robust deck, playing the best removal and the best threats.

5th place: Jason Ward (Merfolk)

Creatures (27):

4x Silvergill Adept
4x Lord of Atlantis
4x Master of the Pearl Trident
4x Merrow Reejery
4x Master of Waves
3x Phantasmal Image
2x Vendilion Clique
1x Tidebinder Mage

Artifacts (4):

4x Aether Vial

Enchantments (4):

4x Spreading Seas

Instants (5):

2x Spell Pierce
3x Vapor Snag

Lands (20):

4x Mutavault
4x Wanderwine Hub
4x Seachrome Coast
3x Cavern of Souls
5x Island

Sideboard (15):

2x Negate
2x Annul
2x Dismember
2x Tidebinder Mage
2x Relic of Progenitus
3x Kataki, War’s Wage
1x Hibernation
1x Chalice of the void

Give a man a fish and he’ll go “Ew, fish.” Teach a man to fish and he’ll go “Urgh, fishing.”

6th place: Timothy Layton (Abzan Collected Company)

Creatures (28):

4x Birds of Paradise
2x Viscera Seer
4x Anafenza, Kin-tree Spirit
3x Wall of Roots
1x Melira, Sylvok Outcast
1x Scavenging Ooze
1x Spellskite
1x Voice of Resurgence
4x Kitchen Finks
2x Eternal Witness
1x Varolz, the scar striped
1x Spike Feeder
1x Orzhov Pontiff
1x Murderous Redcap
1x Archangel of Thune

Instants (10):

4x Collected Company
4x Chord of Calling
2x Abrupt Decay

Lands (22):

4x Windswept Heath
3x Verdant Catacombs
2x Marsh Flats
2x Temple Garden
1x Overgrown Tomb
1x Godless Shrine
1x Razorverge Thicket
1x Wooded Bastion
2x Gavony Township
3x Forest
1x Plains
1x Swamp

Sideboard (15):

3x Lingering Souls
3x Thoughtseize
3x Kor Firewalker
1x Path to Exile
1x Sin Collector
1x Reveillark
1x Slaughter Pact
1x Kataki, War’s Wage
1x Reclamation Sage

This is a combo deck that been picking up steam online and on the Starcity Games circuit. It is not yet a big feature of our local metagame but that is set to change.

7th place: Timothy Jackson (Soul Sisters)

Creatures (27):

4x Soul Warden
4x Soul’s Attendant
4x Martyr of Sands
4x Squadron Hawk
2x Ajani’s Pridemate
2x Serra Ascendant
2x Mirran Crusader
2x Ranger of Eos
1x Hero of Bladehold
2x Archangel of Thune

Enchantments (4):

4x Honor of the Pure

Sorceries (2):

2x Spectral Procession

Instants (6):

4x Path to Exile
2x Raise the Alarm

Lands (21):

19x Plains
2x Windbrisk Heights

Sideboard (15):

4x Kor Firewalker
3x Brave the Elements
2x Celestial Flare
2x Chalice of Life
2x Leave no Trace
1x Rest in Peace
1x Stony Silence

In a field full of Burn decks, gaining life is a strong metagame call. The token sub-theme offers enough of a board presence to compete with the format’s creature decks, while a playset of Path to Exile offers some insurance against Twin Combo.

8th place: Nico Fourie (Naya Burn)

Creatures (12):

4x Goblin Guide
4x Monastery Swiftspear
4x Eidolon of the Great Revel

Sorceries (8):

4x Rift Bolt
4x Lava Spike

Instants (21):

4x Lightning Bolt
4x Skullcrack
4x Atarka’s Command
4x Boros Charm
3x Searing Blaze
2x Lightning Helix

Lands (19):

4x Bloodstained Mire
4x Wooded Foothills
3x Windswept Heath
3x Sacred Foundry
1x Somping Ground
4x Mountain

Nico was adamantly opposed to his opponents gaining life; he maxed out both on Atarka’s Command and Skullcrack. Well, you won’t get their life total down to zero if you let them take it in the wrong direction.