A Bitter Future

And the verdict is out.

A Bitter Future

I admit, I haven’t really participated in any modern event nor do I have a deck constructed for the modern format but I’ve been reading a couple of articles related to the Modern format  as of late. I’ve been interested in playing in but I was focused in Standard plus, I used to dream of having a Jund deck but it was way too expensive for me. Not to mention that I didn’t have any clue what else I could play back then.

A Bitter Future

“Yap. Greatness, at any COST.”

I’ve been considering playing a URW Splinter Twin for the sole reason that I have most of the deck components available at home, particularly the lands. In addition, I really enjoy playing with combo decks backed up with counter spells. Thing is, I have this pet peeve of keeping old decks intact rather than sell them after the cards rotate. Let’s just say they have sentimental value to me which I know, is not really an advisable characteristic when you have a limited budget and when you’re playing Standard. Despite this, I still wasn’t able to get around into getting the remaining deck pieces like Remand, Electrolyze, Kiki Jiki and some more since I am more focused into Standard.

A Bitter Future

“Tweedledee and Tweedledum they’re not”

Until this card became legal in Modern:

A Bitter Future

Now, this is not to say that I am going to sell my Standard deck right off the bat just so I can purchase some of the remaining deck pieces for a Faeries deck but I really enjoyed playing it back when the deck was legal in the old Standard. It’s one of those complex tempo-oriented decks that can be a challenge to pilot but rewarding when mastered. Sadly, I had just gotten back to playing Magic: the Gathering when Faeries became dominant in Standard back then so I wasn’t able to play the deck optimally. Not to mention that I wasn’t that dedicated to playing the game at that time as compared nowadays.

But now that Bitterblossom is already back, I am eager to take this opportunity to try constructing a Faeries deck in Modern and learn how to pilot it optimally. Though the environment it is currently legal in is very different from the environment that it used to dominate, I believe that it will be a viable strategy in the Modern metagame. Also take note that it’s not only the Faeries deck that can benefit from the power of Bitterblossom; there’s also BW tokens, and even Esper-based decks which sports Bitterblossom in the mainboard.

Though the unbanning of Bitterblossom was received with mixed reactions by people across the globe, I am one of those who’re excited to play with it. Right now, I’ve glad that Liz and I didn’t sell our Faerie deck pieces and have kept them.

If I were to make a Faeries deck in Modern right now, it would probably look like this.

 

UB Faeries

Main Deck: 60 cards

Lands: 23

5 Island

4 Misty Rainforest

4 Mutavault

4 Scalding Tarn

1 Swamp

2 Tectonic Edge

3 Watery Grave

 

 

Creaures: 17

3 Mistbind Clique

4 Scion of Oona

4 Snapcaster Mage

4 Spellstutter Sprite

2 Vendilion Clique

 

 

Spells: 20

4 Bitterblossom

3 Go for the Throat

4 Remand

3 Spell Snare

2 Spell Pierce

4 Thoughtseize

 

This list is of course untested and is barely decent but at least we have somewhere to start right? While I was also in the process of putting up a deck list here, I took the opportunity to ask a good friend of mine, Conrad Dungan, who’s one of the best and respected M:tG players here in the Philippines for some advice with regard to how he would build a UB Faeries deck and the reason behind the inclusion and exclusion of some cards, particularly on the spell portion of the deck, as well as the reason behind the numbers. Thanks again Conrad! Appreciate the help!

The list he came up with was:

UB Faeries by Conrad Dungan

Main Deck: 60

Lands: 23

5 Island

4 Misty Rainforest

4 Mutavault

4 Scalding Tarn

1 Swamp

2 Tectonic Edge

3 Watery Grave

 

Creatures: 14

3 Mistbind Clique

4 Scion of Oona

4 Spellstutter Sprite

3 Vendilion Clique

 

Spells: 23

4 Bitterblossom

3 Go for the Throat

4 Remand

3 Spell Snare

2 Spell Pierce

3 Vapor Snag

4 Thoughtseize

 

He also shared another Faerie list but doesn’t focus much on the Faeries aspect of the tribe but more on the idea of jamming the best cards in a single deck:

 

Bug Tempo by Conrad Dungan

Main Deck: 60

Lands:23

4 Creeping Tar Pit

1 Forest

4 Island

4 Misty Rainforest

2 Overgrown Tomb

1 Swamp

2 Tectonic Edge

4 Verdant Catacomb

1 Watery Grave

 

Creatures: 15

4 Snapcaster Mage

4 Spellstutter Sprite

4 Tarmogoyf

3 Vendilion Clique

 

Spells: 22

3 Abrupt Decay

4 Bitterblossom

2 Mana Leak

4 Remand

2 Spell Pierce

3 Spell Snare

4 Thoughtseize

 

I actually like this list than the usual UB colors but then again we have Tarmogoyf on the list which is a luxury I currently cannot afford. Overall, I am really considering the idea of trying out Modern soon and hopefully I can get the remaining deck pieces to brew a decent one.

Thanks for reading!

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Raven Knives

 

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