Blue-Red Breach in Modern (Videos)

Feature Article from Seth Manfield
Seth Manfield
1/3/2018 11:02:00 AM
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Looking at the last Modern Grand Prix results, we must be aware of the large presence of big-mana decks in Modern. This is the best Blood Moon deck in the format, and that is a big deal. Playing Blood Moon isn't an easy thing to do, and I like that this deck wins the game in a very straightforward way. Looking to find two cards in your deck that win the game on their own when paired together is impressive. Unfortunately, during this set of matches I didn't get paired against the big-mana decks, but in Modern you really can play against anything.

This deck does have a bit of a vulnerability to aggressive creature decks. With only four Lightning Bolts, sometimes the opponent can get a one-mana creature into play and you don't have the immediate answer for it. I don't think the Blue-Green Evolve deck or Burn are great matchups for Blue-Red Breach, but those matches certainly didn't go our way either. Oftentimes, you have to keep one-land hands with this deck that include cantrips, and it doesn't always work out.

By playing lots of cantrips in your deck, it means relying on these draw effects to find what you need. A one-land hand with a Serum Visions is going to provide a lot of looks for that land number two, unfortunately the top of the deck wasn't kind to use in game three against the Evolve deck. After playing versus Blue-Green Evolve, the deck seems pretty sweet, with both cheap early creatures and countermagic to back them up.

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A fast clock with Dispel backup is pretty much the nightmare for Blue-Red Breach, unless we are able to resolve Anger of the Gods. Anger of the Gods is a tremendously powerful sideboard card to have access to. Unfortunately, it was only against Affinity where the deck was firing on all cylinders. That can happy with any deck though, and as we all know Magic isn't always going to be pretty.

Blue-Red Breach isn't doing anything broken, but it is a solid deck and metagame play right now. I expect it to be pretty popular the next few weeks as players look for a way to play with Blood Moon. I like where the list is at, as it is based off a version of Scott Lipp's, who has been playing Through the Breach decks forever. I like this more than Jeskai Breach because of the ability to play Blood Moon, and the Jeskai version has lost a lot of its surprise factor at this point.

Thanks for reading,

Seth Manfield




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