Shortly after the Bridge from Below ban, MAC Games hosted our summer 2019 Modern 1K tournament. We saw quite a variety of decks at the event. Out of the 36 players at our event, 19 different deck archetypes were represented.
Our top 8 still showed a bit of variance, but held some shocking results. Our top 8 consisted of:
2 Dredge lists (1 Hogaak, 1 non-Hogaak)
2 Saheeli Copycat
1 Eldrazi Tron
1 Izzet Phoenix
There were notably no U/W Control or Humans lists in our top 8. Those two archtypes combined to create 25% of our field, but none of these decks were able to punch into the top 8. Also notable, is that both dredge lists and both Saheeli lists that were in the competition were able to make top 8.
While most people wouldn’t be surprised to see dredge posting strong conversion rates, Saheeli copycat seems to have proved to be more powerful than most would assume. The power of the new, 3-mana planeswalkers are making themselves known. Teferi, Time Raveler and Narset, Parter of Veils played key roles in both of these Saheeli combo decks. Both decks were also able to play a wide variety of removal and control spells that the Jeskai color scheme has available. The combination of board control and a quick, game-ending combo makes the deck both resilient and deadly. The addition of stronger removal as well as an inevitable combo seemed to set these Saheeli lists apart from the U/W lists that underperformed.
This new Saheeli Copycat list is definitely something to keep an eye on moving forwad. As decks like Bridge-less Hoogakvine keep dominating the format, Saheeli may quietly hold the key to keeping the meta in check.
Top 8 decklists: https://www.mtgtop8.com/event?e=22486&f=MO