Seriously, they banned Ponder and Preordain? (They also banned Cloudpost and Blazing Shoals, which do make some sense, as the win conditions they created were a bit ridiculous.) Well, I do understand these bannings somewhat. Yes, Wizards wants to slow down the combo deck (Splinter Twin, cough, cough). But the more obvious reason is this card:
Snapcaster Mage: The Best Card in Format?
Now THIS is a card that may actually be worth its current #30 price tag (foils are going for around $75). Snapcaster Mage obviously makes Ponder and Preordain ridiculous. There is a good draw card in Innistrad, though, Think Twice, which itself already has flashback, a wonderful reprint from Time Spiral.
So Snapcaster Mage makes it 1 less for it to flashback, but that’s all. Still, it’s just a simple can-trip. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more Gitaxian Probes, honestly.
These bannings of Ponder and Preordain honestly slow down the Modern Format so much. I don’t think they have banned enough yet for this format to be even reasonably competitive, in my opinion. It’s still ruled by Dragonstorm and Splinter Twin. So until they do some more banning, I want nothing of this format.
Kitchen Finks is BACK!
One of my favourite cards from my favourite set in all of Magic the Gathering, Kitchen Finks is such a silly card. It saw plenty of play back in its own Standard days in both Jund and Bant decks (mostly the latter) due to its versatility of being both a green and white creature. But now, with the new Modern format, Melira, Sylvok Outcast becomes Finks’ best friend. Not only do you get to Persist Kitchen Finks for free, but you also gain 2 life every time it comes back, keeping your life total constantly healthy!
Also, along with Murderous Redcap, you can get an infinite life combo! This, of course, has already been done as a deck called Project Melira went 5-0 in the Modern section of Pro Tour Philly yesterday. The deck list has not yet been released for that nearly unbeatable Jund Pod brew, but you can be sure that someone here at Win Target Game will be doing a full-blown analysis of what is no doubt already my favourite archetype to pilot in Modern!
I now consider myself very lucky that I still have my own playset that I acquired for about $8 USD back when Finks sold for easily $5 a copy. Mine Finks are going nowhere now!