Today we’re going to take a look at some sweet pieces of technology that caught my eye when browsing the Top 32 decks from Grand Prix Prague. I thought about writing about my version of Titan Shift for this weekend, but even though I had a fairly successful Day One, I ended up getting crushed on Day Two and dropped at five losses. I added a few Relic of ProgenitusRelic of Progenitus to my main deck to hedge against the graveyard-centric decks and added the fourth Tireless TrackerTireless Tracker in my sideboard as the best tool against Blue/White Control.  Other than that, there wasn’t anything new, so I figured digging up new technology would be more exciting for all of us.

Worship

First up is a long forgotten enchantment from Urza’s Saga. The last time I sleeved up WorshipWorship for a Modern event was back in 2016 where I played Bant Eldrazi in a Danish World Magic Cup Qualifier and at Grand Prix Lille. The top performing deck in that particular metagame was the powerful four-color Death’s ShadowDeath’s Shadow deck that played zero outs in their 75 to WorshipWorship. I also remember a funny episode where I played the Magic Online Championship Series Playoff event with my buddy Michael Bonde and we had Paul Rietzl on lockdown in this particular matchup of Bant Eldrazi vs. Death’s Shadow, and Paul chose to play out the match hoping Michael’s internet would cease to exist or Michael accidentally sacrificed a Windswept HeathWindswept Heath at one life point. I can tell you Paul won the match, but will leave it up to you to guess the reason for it.

Fast forward to Grand Prix Prague 2018 and we see Worship in an important role yet again. Green/White/X decks such as Bant Spirits and Abzan Company have slowly adopted the card for their sideboards to combat pesky creature decks like Humans, Hollow One, Burn and Spirits. Ondřej Stráský added two copies of Worship in his Bant Spirits list that he used to place Top 4 in the tournament, while Yuyu Hosokawa came in at 9th place with three copies in his sideboard.

With Worship roaming in the metagame decks will need to adapt and play a guessing game for sideboarded games because DisenchantDisenchant effects are not very good against these decks if they don’t draw their WorshipWorship. I can see Humans has added Reclamation SageReclamation Sage (not a Human) for their sideboard and I imagine WorshipWorship has a lot to do with it. For example, bringing in Destructive RevelryDestructive Revelry in fear of WorshipWorship from your Burn deck against Abzan Company will either leave you with a dead card sometimes or you can choose to accept losing to Worship and leave your answers in the sideboard. Two suboptimal options to choose from.

Chromium, the Mutable

Next on my list is Jérémy Dezani’s innovative solution to the Blue/White Control mirror. I also had that particular deck high on my radar going into the event and look at these names and their respective finishes to confirm what we already knew: Control is finally a good choice for a Modern tournament in the hands of a great player. Blue/White/X Control finished in 8th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th and 28th with top players like Javier Dominguez, Jérémy Dezani, Pierre Dagen, Louis Deltour, Lukas Blohon, Ivan Floch and Guillaume Wafo-Tapa as the pilots. Aside from this impressive S.W.A.T team, my own team mates Thomas Enevoldsen and Michael Bonde went 12-3 and 11-4 with the deck.

Where Lukas Blohon and Ivan Floch upped their DispelDispel count to three to gain valuable percentages against opposing Cryptic CommandCryptic Command decks while also gaining crucial crossover cards for matchups like Burn and Storm, Dezani went all-in and played two copies of Chromium, the MutableChromium, the Mutable in his sideboard. In order to cast the Esper-colored Dragon, instead of adding shocklands to his manabase, he simply added a basic SwampSwamp because both players will have Field of RuinField of Ruin in the matchup and use them on Celestial ColonnadeCelestial Colonnade when they have spare mana. With built in immunity to counterspells and Detention SphereDetention Sphere, I doubt his Control opponents had any sweepers available after sideboard, so I imagine this card was a mirror breaker for him throughout the tournament.

Geist of Saint Traft
Invisible Stalker

Last up is a happy reunion with Infect at the top tables in competitive events. Infect was one third of the dreaded metagame tier of Dredge, Death’s Shadow and Infect that resulted in the bannings of Gitaxian ProbeGitaxian Probe and Golgari Grave-TrollGolgari Grave-Troll in what seems to be ages ago. The weakness for this archetype has always been removal heavy metagames and a few cool options ended up doing great work this weekend. Kenneth Pletinckx opted for a playset of Geist of Saint TraftGeist of Saint Traft in his sideboard to blank opposing removal and finish the job the old fashion way. While playing Geist you are usually afraid of opposing blockers, but with 22 pump spells in your deck, the spirit from Innistrad will survive most combat steps.

Sergey Pedan came to the same conclusion as Kenneth, except he chose Invisible StalkerInvisible Stalker as his anti-spot removal tech out of the sideboard. He will have a slower creature to close out the game, but he can leave Temple GardenTemple Garden at home and cast it easier. Time will tell if Infect is here to stay and if one of these options become stock.

What was your favorite tech from Grand Prix Prague? Hit me up on Twitter and let me know. Thank you for reading!

Andreas Petersen

Author Andreas Petersen

Andreas is probably better known as "ecobaronen" on MTGO. After 2nd place of Team Trios #GPMadrid playing Modern he's heading to his second Pro Tour in Minneapolis this year. Andreas has an opinion about every constructed format except Standard.

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