The Top 10 Modern Cards You'll Need!

Feature Article from Frank Lepore
Frank Lepore
8/12/2011 11:14:00 AM
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Be sure and play in the first EVER Modern event at the TCGplayer.com $75,000 Championship on Sunday with a whopping $2000.00 Prize pool! Be sure and check that link for details!

Well, the new Modern format is upon us and it looks juicy! For those that missed it, you can check out our announcement for it here! The gist of the format is that all cards with the “modern” card frame are legal with the exception of the following Banned List:
Yes, that's quite an extensive list, but here we're going to run down the Top 10 cards that aren't banned in the format and are poised to be HOT in this brand new sanctioned format!

10) Bloodbraid Elf

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 Bloodbraid Elf
$2.40
$1.16
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Only one of two Uncommons to make the list, Bloodbraid Elf is a force to be reckoned with! This gal defined midrange decks in Standard for as long as she was legal, cheating cards into play and gaining card advantage in spades! Expect this gal to be a huge player in Modern!

9) Grove of the Burnwillows + Punishing Fire

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 Grove of the Burnwillows
$83.61
$61.74
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Okay, so this is kind of cheating by listing two cards, but this combo was huge in the small window where it was legal. It defined an archetype, and was an engine that could win games on its own! I have no doubt these two cards will be played together once more and it's in your best interested to be prepared for it!

8) Vendilion Clique

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 Vendilion Clique
$43.66
$32.99
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Show me a format where this guy wasn't or isn't heavily played and I'll show you a unicorn. This guy is amazing at everything he does: he races, he has flash, and he gives you both information and an answer to problematic cards. He also wears a Sword of Fire and Ice or Sword of Feast and Famine quite well!

7) Lotus Cobra

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 Lotus Cobra
$15.28
$11.31
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The only Standard legal card on the list, this guy is sure to start doing some degenerate things in a format where fetches are legal and can search out Ravnica shock lands! If you don't have your playset and plan to play green, I highly recommend jumping on this guy!

6) Cryptic Command

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 Cryptic Command
$28.56
$21.30
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mhelfrich 4 $25.25
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Whew! Have you ever read this card? It does everything and that includes making an impact in Modern. This card was good in Standard, it was good in old Extended, and it was good in new Extended. There is no way it's not going to be an all-star in Modern!

5) AEther Vial

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$41.23
$32.85
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Wait, this card isn't banned? No sir. AEther Vial is 100% legal! Arguably one of the most powerful artifacts ever printed, allowing you to cheat creatures into play underneath Counterspells and at instant speed, this card is sure to help define Modern!

4) Thoughtseize

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$34.95
$23.50
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Let's be honest: this is the de facto, go-to discard spell. Always has been. Even though the format will also have Inquisition of Kozilek, Despise and Duress, this is sure to be the top contender simply for its versatility!

3) Tarmogoyf

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 Tarmogoyf
$181.26
$131.99
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Do I need to say anything about this guy? He's arguably one of the best two drops of all time, and you can be sure he's going to make it into about every deck that can support him. And being one green mana, that's going to be a lot!

2) Dark Confidant

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 Dark Confidant
$44.51
$26.71
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This guy has been slowly rising in price over the past week months, and boy is this going to encourage that! Is there a format “Bob” has been legal in that he wasn't played in? Even in the 2011 Vintage Championship he showed up in four of the decks! Get this guy before it's too late!

And the number one card (or set of cards) to make an impact in Modern...

1) Ravnica Block Shock Lands!

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 Hallowed Fountain
$12.83
$8.00
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Come on, let's not kid ourselves here. Until something better is printed, these are the go-to lands in the format. Every single one of them can be fetched with any of the fetch lands available. Having access to fetches that can grab "dual lands" is unprecedented in a format other than Eternal formats right now! If you plan on playing Modern competitively, pick up your sets soon!

This was a pretty difficult list to narrow it down to, so of course there were others in consideration. Some honorable Mentions are as follows:

Arcbound Ravager
Lightning Helix
Noble Hierarch
Ranger of Eos
Figure of Destiny

Ahh, the list goes on and on! This format looks to be incredible and I can't wait to give it a shot at the first EVER Modern event at the TCGplayer.com $75,000 Championship on Sunday!



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