A Look Back at the Best Match of Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

Feature Article from Raphael Levy
Raphael Levy
2/14/2018 11:00:00 AM
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Hi everyone!

Last week I introduced the White-Blue Control deck I played at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan in Bilbao, and described one of the most interesting matches of the entire tournament, played on camera against Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa.

As for PV's decklist (that I didn't know back when I played the match):

In the article, I linked the video of my first match of Modern against Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa that was streamed in its entirety by the official coverage. At the time the article came out, it had around 2,000 views on YouTube. It now has around 14,000. I don't know if that has anything to do with what I wrote, or if the hype around it was real. Either way, that match was great to watch (don't listen to the trolls complaining about control vs. control!), and to rewatch.

There were a lot of plays that may not have been intuitive that you (and sometimes I) missed at the time of the game, and I thought it would be both interesting and entertaining to revisit this match, but this time with my own commentary added. In today's video, I'll walk you through what's in my mind during the game, what I think I did right and what I think I could have done better. I do commentary on the official coverage for Grand Prix in Europe, but I never get to comment on my own games (for obvious reasons). That was a fun exercise, and I hope you'll like it.

Since a lot of people are asking what I would change if I was to play a Modern GP with White-Blue Control this weekend (in Lyon for example), I'd say I'd only cut the two Runed Halo in the main deck for two Leyline of Sanctity and replace them in the sideboard by two Porphyry Nodes.

The reason is because I feel Leyline of Sanctity is more efficient against the decks of the current metagame than Runed Halo. Against Black-Green Midrange for example, a Runed Halo may protect you from Tarmogoyf (until they destroy it with Abrupt Decay), while Leyline of Sanctity protects your Path to Exile in your hand to deal with Tarmogoyf. Basically, anytime your opponent tries to attack your hand or burn you out, Leyline is a ton more efficient. It's not as good against Bogles, Affinity and other creature decks, but overall, it's probably better.

Since Runed Halo is gone, I wanted another cheap way to deal with multiple creatures at once, have a way to manage hexproof creatures from Bogles. Jeremy Dezani loved Porphyry Nodes and I made him cut them from the deck before the PT. Now I'm the one who wants them back.

As for what comes after that, with the unbanning of Jace, the Mind Sculptor, I haven't started thinking about it yet, but I'm sure there has to be a way to include it in the deck (without working too long).

Anyway, enjoy the video and good luck this weekend if you're playing Modern!

Raphaƫl

@Hahamoud




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