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5 Decks You Can't Miss This Week: #PTBNG Edition


Eight rounds in the books, and plenty of awesome technology to look at. If you're not keeping up with the coverage of Pro Tour Born of the Gods, you're missing out on a ton of incredible stories, games, and plays. If you can, be sure to stay up for the next five rounds of Modern coverage starting in just a few hours (3:00 AM EST). This week, we're taking a look at some of the awesome decks revealed at the Pro Tour, from Amulet of Vigor to Courser of Kruphix Jund, and I can't wait to get started:

Maybe you're new to Modern, or maybe you're just looking to get your bearings in the new, Deathrite Shaman-less format. Either way, Pro Tour Hall of Famer Randy Buehler's overview of the format runs down all of the most well-known archetypes and strategies, including key cards and interactions, and really gives you a taste of what the format looks like now that Wild Nacatl and Bitterblossom have been unleashed.

How does Birthing Pod change once you remove Deathrite Shaman from the format as method of disrupting the Melira, Sylvok Outcast combo? Conley Woods thinks that the best way to adapt the deck is to add Knight of the Reliquary. Knight is a card that gets much better in the absence of Deathrite Shaman, and adding her gives you access to powerful utility lands like Bojuka Bog against other graveyard decks.

When other players are playing Wild Nacatl, it's usually best to go just a little bigger. Jeremy Dezani's UWR Geist deck has all the answers you could need to battle through a horde of Cats and Lhurgoyfs and clocks them right back with Geist of Saint Traft and Snapcaster Mage backed by a wicked burn package. Jeremy's deck assumes that Liliana of the Veil will get played significantly less and that you'll be able to stick a Geist of Saint Traft and protect it for two or three turns to let your burn spells finish the job.

Jund is dead with the banning of Deathrite Shaman, right? Wrong, according to Willy Edel of Brazil. The deck has to adapt significantly to compete in a format without Deathrite Shaman and where it has to compete with both Wild Nacatl and Bitterblossom, but all of the powerful cards are still there. The stock of a card like Anger of the Gods increases significantly when Wild Nacatl and Birthing Pod are two of the defining cards of the format, and consequently, four toughness is a pretty big deal. Enter Courser of Kruphix. This guy combos with fetchlands to help you control your draw steps, blocks and gains life against aggressive decks, lives through Anger of the Gods, and even helps improve your mana in the absence of Deathrite Shaman.

Amulet of Vigor doesn't mess around. Various iterations of this deck have been floating around online for quite some time, but there are a few things that make Matthias's take unique. Matthias has maxed out on Azusa to give himself more opportunities to hit four mana on turn four to cast his enormous threats. He has also added Simian Spirit Guide in the slot that most people use for Sakura-Tribe Scout or techy cards like Ancient Stirrings or Wargate. Simian Spirit Guide may seem a little out of place, but when all you want is to hit six mana and do something very unfair, pitching a card to generate an extra mana drastically improves some of your more awkward hands without Summer Bloom or Amulet of Vigor.

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