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Happy Holidays! I am also vacationing now and grinding and leveling up in another state. 1 Regular and 1 Competitive event for now, but 3 more just in Modern before I get back to Funland.
December Modern playtest versus matches:

Bant Tempo VS 1-drop Naya Zoo

Abzan Company VS 1-drop Naya Zoo
Merfolks VS DnT (Legacy)

Abzan Company VS Bant Tempo

Bant Tempo VS Necrooze-Reanimator (pre-Shoal Goryo)

As you already know from previous threads that Abzan Company is my default deck.
Voice and Linvala are best cards suprisingly. Hard to not justify MD Voices. Linvy should be in SB. Firewalker is fine in SB, since I bring it in against a few non-Burn heavy decks. Cut Sin Collector and Eidolon lately for Kors. I got disruprtion with Scullers, which are more important in general coz of combos. 2 Fulmis and a Mindcensor for the worst matchups plus Scullers. Less Scapeshifts and more aggro in the meta is..."very nice".  At the store I play here now during vacationing so far 3-1 a regular and just missed on the top8 at a sort of Modern League qualifier for the yearly conclusion event. Never really regreted Paths main (plus Decays SB) and Fiend Hunter main. At wide meta or big events those are essential. Varolz turned out to be a nasty trucker (over 3rd Seer). 

Streamed MODO with Ad Nauseam at twitch.tv/boatbrew last weeks. Now I'm looking for a 2nd deck there, which won't consume me. Mates advized a Balance deck. Not going too far from the first deck, I know. One cannot really play blue Pacts in that one, unlike with the Unlife deck, but thinking of fighting blue decks and other combo with a similar SB like in the first deck: Duress, Holy Day, Silence,... 70 tix estimated for that deck plus upgrading Ad Nauseam with Spoils from the Vaults over Peers (about 2tix/copy). Another idea previously was a budget Boggles list, but those examples look really ugly. UR Storm is an option, but that is again another Unlife type of deck. Balance is a combo deck, but yet it feels better as far diversifying decks go to avoid boredom. Lemme know watcha think bout all this. 

Goryo's Reanim original decklist:

Necrotic Ooze Combo by Garett Young
Finished 3rd - 4th Place at 2015 StarCity Open Modern - Columbus - 1/4

Main Deck
2 Borborygmos Enraged
4 Griselbrand
4 Necrotic Ooze
4 Simian Spirit Guide
Creatures [14]
4 Faithless Looting
4 Goryo's Vengeance
4 Grisly Salvage
1 Jarad's Orders
4 Lightning Axe
4 Soul Spike
1 Unburial Rites
2 Zombie Infestation
Spells [24]
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Blood Crypt
1 Cavern of Souls
3 Copperline Gorge
1 Godless Shrine
3 Marsh Flats
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Stomping Ground
2 Swamp
1 Temple Garden
4 Verdant Catacombs
Lands [22]
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Cavern of Souls
4 Pack Rat
2 Reclamation Sage
4 Thoughtseize
The version we used in the tape had these maindeck changes:
-1 Jarad's Orders
-2 Zombie Infestation
+2 Liliana of the Veil
+1 Lotleth Troll

The latest Shoal version is probably better, but this one is lets say more accessible. 

Some clumsy chat about what is next for Modern after bans and before Pro Tour and how new set will impact new Standard metagame.

Players at PT would be ready for Big Mana decks and those likely would be hated out. I expect Burn, mid Naya, and Jeskai Resto-Kiki to do well there, in addition to some other blue decks and other combos, which do not care about fair decks all that much and have a plan for an occasional counterspell. Some players would just stick to guts and play decks like Jund or Grixis Coontrol relying on experience. However, Tron and black Eldrazi variants should have decent numbers. 

Last SCG Open did not reflect all the hype, but there is a lot yet to observe.
8 different decks in that top8 raise optimism, but 4C Rally was the most played deck in Day2 of that event and there are many copies of Rally in top32. 4 in top16. A lot depended on the pilots in that event as well.
Average players should not adore Bring to Light or Dark Jeskai so much. 

It is barely news for anyone what is my default Modern deck, and since there is a Modern Poro Open and Modern champs coming soon I started to consider more extensive tests than usual and share the all.

First match with Abzan Company is
vs Temur aka Tarmo Delver.
Temur won an SCG Open or IQ not so long ago. This is I believe not the same build.

Guys at Modern Nexus provided a cool overview of possible builds for Goyf adepts.
They also give a lot of cool material on the format. Imo, even more than CFB give, but possibly less than SCG Premium.

Abzan Company build in the battle above is not what I'm considering right now, and I likely would fluctuate with the build in the weeks to come. Most important questions are the place of Voices and how hard to hate big mana decks and play around Relics.

On MODO I see a few decks getting big momentum lately: UW Sun Titan Control, Kiki BtL and Chord variants, UR Storm and Affinity, and Blue Moon.  UR Storm and decks like Griselhoalbrand strike me a bit. BW Eldrazi risen as another deck with Relics, hence I would be cautious with those combos. Near absence of Bells Control is probably due to obscurity of playing the deck online and not running out of time. But this is one of the decks I adore for offline play.

And while online there is not so much diversity, offline meta is cunning. Loads of decks are viable, but as for the upcoming Pro Tour, the narrative would be...much more narrow... My favorite is Jeskai Control with Resto Kiki, with Avens and more needles in SB. Yet Jeskai might fall down to adopted BGx decks with loads of paranoia for big mana decks.

A teammate is still hot on Bring to Light Scapeshift, a deck that now doesn't have to worry about two combo matchups. As for me I've been having fun on MODO with Ad Nauseam (also risen a lot online in Daily events and the League) and Restored Balance. Just 2mans, so no reliable statistics, but I've been running into a lot of Jund decks, and the matchup for both decks is quite ok. Soah, watchout for a name Boatbrew next time you open streams on Twitch.   

Happy testing, everyone (get in here!))

-Maelstrom Pulze

Some prep tests with Abzan Company before Poro Tour Modern Open:

Full playlist

(Scapeshirt, Colorless Tentacles, UR Tentacles, Temur Delver, Blue Moon, Jeskai Kiki,etc)

Thoughts post-Poro Open and SCG Open in Louisville for Abzan CoCo pilots:

RG Eldras got World Breakers and UW can get cute and side in Disenchants and definitely will bring RIP.
Thus, I conclude that Thune+Feeder duo is needed in the 75, and Worship is bad against new versions.
Extra BGH; Fiend Hunters, Intrepid Heroes are the new friends, in addition to some other cute techs I came up with like Dauntless Escort(Returns and Wraths) and Hornet Nest (not my idea, but I do see worth here).

More people should play Kala, but practice more as well. Mardu is also legit, as many of you already know.
Surprised to see a lack of UW Titan with D Spheres. Perhaps RG eats that for breakfast, don't know.
Storm won't see that many Chalices now, but would face RIPs from UW. That means Reanimators and Ad Nauseam can still be alive.

Goblins actually stand a chance as well. They don't get Spreading Seas like in Merfolks, but Gobz can be faster.

Aaron Forsythe told on Twitter that thered be no emergency bans. He would travel to GP Detroit to observe it closer, so achtung might still resolve, but Wotc would stay calm and follow the procedure.

New versus matches incoming:

Abzan CoCo vs UG Infect
-//- vs UW Titan
Monowhite Enduring Prison vs Naya Burn

UW Titan and Enduring Ideal Prison look very solid for this weekend and coming forward up until potential bans next month at least.
A lot of other decks seem great:
List of frontrunners (imo) includes the following apart from already mentioned decks (but don't play Burn, and weeell Infect is ok, but it is a gamble, although less Chalices around):
Merfolks, Mardu Midrange, Ad Nauseam, RG Eldrazi, UW Eldrazi (GerryT list), Affinity, etc.

Good luck to everybody who went or is going to Gran Prix Bologna this weekend!


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