Green-White Value in Modern (Videos)

Feature Article from Craig Wescoe
Craig Wescoe
11/24/2017 11:01:00 AM
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In this week's instructional videos on how to improve your tactical in-game play we're going to focus on a Modern deck popularized by Todd Stevens that is being called “Green-White Value.” The deck grinds out a lot of value and has just enough disruption to have game against most strategies in the format.

We're going to play five matches with the deck. For the first three matches we'll use the list Michael Preminger recently used to Top 8 Regionals. Then for the last two matches we will switch to a more stock list that is an amalgam of all the most recent versions that have been winning online and in paper tournaments. For reference, here are the two lists we'll be using:

Check out the deck tech portion of the videos for a deeper explanation of how the deck operates, but the main idea is to use Birds of Paradise and Noble Hierarch to accelerate into value creatures such as Knight of the Reliquary and Courser of Kruphix, along with Collected Company. You also have lots of other ways to gain value and utility such as Ramunap Excavator to recur Ghost Quarters and Horizon Canopies found with Knight of the Reliquary or Eternal Witness to bring back Path to Exile or Collected Company.

Sideboard Notes

In the video I talk at greater length about sideboarding with the deck across more matchups, but here are my sideboard notes for the five matches played. Remember the first three matches are with the first version and the last two matches are with the second version.

White-Blue Control

-2 Birds of Paradise
-4 Path to Exile
-1 Dromoka's Command

+2 Kitchen Finks
+1 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
+1 Selfless Spirit
+1 Scavenging Ooze
+1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
+1 Qasali Pridemage

Mono-Green Tron

-1 Dromoka's Command
-1 Scavenging Ooze
-1 Path to Exile
-1 Courser of Kruphix

+2 Aven Mindcensor
+1 Selfless Spirit
+1 Phyrexian Revoker

Red-White Prison

-1 Scavenging Ooze
-1 Dromoka's Command
-4 Path to Exile

+2 Phyrexian Revoker
+1 Gaddock Teeg
+1 Qasali Pridemage
+1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
+1 Selfless Spirit

Grixis Death's Shadow

-1 Tireless Tracker
-1 Ramunap Excavator
-1 Birds of Paradise

+2 Engineered Explosives
+1 Elspeth, Sun's Champion

Affinity

-2 Tireless Tracker
-4 Voice of Resurgence

+3 Stony Silence
+1 Qasali Pridemage
+1 Reclamation Sage
+1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence

This archetype is certainly capable of going toe-to-toe with the big dogs of Modern, as evidenced by the matches played out in the videos. You can also see that the deck has a lot of decisions to make. If you're a fan of grinding out long games and making lots of decisions, this deck is a great choice for you. You're not really doing anything unfair like some of the other strategies in Modern, but you have enough synergy and power to either lock people out or disrupt them long enough to win the race. And best of all, you get to play the best guild in Magic – Selesnya!

Craig Wescoe
@Brimaz4Life




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