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Grading The Top 8 Decks Of The CFB Las Vegas Modern Weekend

This past weekend’s big Modern MTG event in Las Vegas ended with a diverse Top 8. Todd Anderson breaks down each Top 8 deck and its strengths and weaknesses moving forward.

Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger, illustrated by Vincent Proce

Modern is currently experiencing a renaissance. A diversity among viable archetypes means many decks are seeing play, and winning! With the release of Modern Horizons 2, I was under the impression that the format would boil down to Urza's Saga and Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer decks, but that's just not the case.

While many top archetypes share a few cards or packages, the overwhelming majority of decks feel like their own thing. The games are fun, complicated, and full of swings. The decks themselves are difficult to pilot and reward you for format knowledge. All in all, this might be one of the healthiest Modern metagames of all time.

One reason for this is a power increase among interactive spells. Counterspell, Unholy Heat, and Prismatic Ending have changed the game. All three of these cards lend a hand for "fair" decks to answer problems more broadly.

Unholy Heat has singlehandedly given red decks a Fatal Push-style card, which is better than Lightning Bolt in a deck that is trying to maintain battlefield control. This boost in interaction has pushed the format more toward midrange, and a decent amount of midrange is important for a healthy format.

Interaction tends to slow the game down. When that happens, midrange and control start to see a boost in popularity. The slower or bigger versions of these archetypes tend to dominate because they do the best job at overwhelming the opponent when given enough time. The more powerful midrange cards generate a ton of mana or card advantage (or both), but different types of cards are better against different types of opponents.

The results from CFB Las Vegas are in, and with those results come a treasure trove of decklists. The Top 8 of the Modern main event featured one of the coolest Top 8s in a long time, so today's article will go through and rate them all on their strengths, weaknesses, and x-factors. Let's dig in!

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