M19 and Storm updates.

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here but now it’s time to take a look into Storm and Modern again. M19 will hit pre-release July 7-8th so as usual I will make the updated sideboard-guide and pick off any new interesting cards. Without any further chit-chat, let’s dig in!

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First of all, my list has stayed exactly the same as before, this has been due to the fact that the meta has stayed fairly stable and I haven’t felt a need to add or cut anything from main or sideboard.

As for new cards, there are few ones that caught my attention, let’s have a look.

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Definitely the most talked card regarding Modern. This is pretty cool (and well annoying), against Storm this basically makes it that they can never Grapeshot you to death since they would have to pay 1 extra for each copy targeting you. It taxes Gifts Ungiven to make them pay that extra mana. It also has implications against Empty The Warrens, they can make infinite goblins but will that matter when they have 0 power? Nope.

However, this card can be worked around quite easily, the issue is that it doesn’t stop the Storm player from sculpting their hand. So if this is your only line of defense they just pay that 1 more to cast Gifts Ungiven, find that bounce-effect and well that will just about do it. Even in Game 1 they still have Repeal to get rid of this. So in that regard Damping Sphere is much better since I literally can’t go off with that thing in play.

But I can see this being good against Mardu Pyromancer and Burn for example. How about making all those Bolts and such 2 mana? Or Boros Charm 3 mana? Count me in yes please, against Mardu it weakens their discards-spells and flat out destroys Lingering Souls and Young Pyromancer tokens. So there is definitely potential for this card in Modern but time will tell if people actually want it. As for Storm, shouldn’t pose too much issues, not as horrible lock-piece and can be worked around.

I know I know, it’s not really a playable card in Storm before anyone rants me. But is it cool and worth looking at? Yes! Now to be fair, I can see 1 scenario where this would be decent. Let’s take a theoretical situation, your hand is just bunch of Rituals, you have plenty of lands and a Baral/Electromancer. In that scenario playing this _can_ actually save you. But that’s just about it, if you want to have a similar but better effect, Epic Experiment is already there. But yes very fun card.

Sideboarding

So below are the matchups and how to board in against them, some new matchups have popped so they have also been added here. And do remember, this is just the baseline on how I sideboard with my build, always adapt and make proper changes if you see any surprise cards. Example is that a bounce-spell can always be boarded in blindly if you suspect let’s say Leyline Of Sanctity or something along those lines.

GB Midrange (Jund, Abzan, GB)

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Abrade, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 1 Opt, 1 Merchant Scroll.

UW Control (Azorius)

In: 1 Empty The Warrens, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Swan Song, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past In Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Unsubstantiate, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Pyretic Ritual.

UWR Control (Jeskai+Spell Quellers)

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 3 Lightning Bolt, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past In Flames, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 2 Baral, Chief Of Compliance, 1 Repeal.

UWR Control (Jeskai no Spell Quellers)

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past In Flames, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 2 Baral, Chief Of Compliance, 1 Repeal.

Grixis Control

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Swan Song, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 4 Baral, Chief Of Compliance, 1 Past In Flames.

Esper Control

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Swan Song, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Past In Flames,  1 Grapeshot, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Pyretic Ritual.

Storm

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Swan Song.

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 1 Repeal, 2 Opt.

Titi Ascension

In: 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Swan Song, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 1 Empty The Warrens, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Opt.

Collected Company Decks (Abzan, Bant, GW Company)

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 2 Opt, 2 Remand, 1 Empty The Warrens, 1 Noxious Revival.

Bant Knightfall

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 2 Opt, 2 Remand, 1 Empty The Warrens, 1 Noxious Revival.

RG Scapeshift

In: 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 1 Grapeshot.

RUG/Bring To Light Scapeshift

In:  1 Gigadrowse, 1 Swan Song, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 1 Empty The Warrens, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Opt.

Tezzerator (UB/BUG)

In: 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Shattering Spree, 1 Abrade, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 1 Unsubstantiate, 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 2 Opt, 1 Grapeshot.

Grishoalbrand

In: 1 Swan Song, 1 Shattering Spree (If they have Chalice Of The Void), 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 1 Empty The Warrens, 1 Opt, (2 Opts if you need Spree).

Classic Tron (RG, GW, MonoG)

In: 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Shattering Spree, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Empty The Warrens, 1 Repeal, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past in Flames.

Mono U Tron

In: 1 Shattering Spree, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Gigadrowse.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past In Flames,  1 Grapeshot, 1 Goblin Electromancer.

Eldrazi Tron

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 1 Shattering Spree, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Grapeshot, 2 Opt, 1 Unsubstantiate.

Colorless Eldrazi

In: 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Shattering Spree, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past In Flames, 2 Opt.

RG Eldrazi

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Abrade.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past In Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Grapeshot, 2 Opt, 2 Goblin Electromancer.

Death’s Shadow Variants (Grixis, Esper, 4-5c, Jund)

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 3 Lighting Bolt, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 4 Baral, Chief Of Compliance, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Merchant Scroll.

Burn

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Swan Song.

Out on the play: 2 Opt, 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Goblin Electromancer.

Out on the draw: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Opt.

Goblins

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 2 Remand, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Noxious Revival.

Death&Taxes Variants (MonoW, GW, BW Eldrazi)

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 3 Lightning Bolt, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Remand, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past In Flames, 1 Merchant Scroll, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Opt.

Ad Nauseam

In: 1 Empty The Warrens, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Swan Song, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Repeal.

Jeskai Ascendancy

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Swan Song, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Repeal, 2 Opt, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Empty The Warrens.

Taking Turns

In: 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Swan Song, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 1 Empty The Warrens, 1 Repeal, 1 Opt.

KCI Combo (Eggs)

In: 1 Shattering Spree, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 1 Empty The Warrens, 1 Repeal.

Elves (GB)

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 2 Remand, 1 Repeal, 1 Empty The Warrens, 1 Unsubstantiate.

Elves (GW)

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 2 Remand, 1 Repeal, 1 Empty The Warrens, 1 Opt.

Affinity

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Shattering Spree, 1 Abrade, 1 Wipe Away.

Out: 2 Remand, 2 Opt, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Empty The Warrens.

5C Humans

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Abrade.

Out: 2 Remand, 2 Opt, 1 Empty The Warrens.

Zoo (5C, Naya)

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 2 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Opt, 1 Goblin Electromancer.

Lantern Control

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 1 Shattering Spree, 1 Abrade, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Grapeshot, 2 Remand, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Noxious Revival.

Living End (Jund)

In: 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Swan Song.

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past In Flames.

Living End (Blue)

In: 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Swan Song, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past In Flames, 1 Repeal.

Dredge

In: 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Repeal, 1 Empty The Warrens.

Blue Moon

In: 1 Empty The Warrens, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Swan Song.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past In Flames,  1 Grapeshot.

UR Breach

In: 1 Empty The Warrens, 2 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Swan Song.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Repeal.

UR Kiki

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Gigadrowse, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Abrade.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Repeal, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Opt, 1 Past In Flames, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Empty The Warrens.

BR Hollow One

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 3 Lightning Bolt, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Abrade.

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Remand, 2 Opt, 1 Merchant Scroll.

8 Rack

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 2 Remand, 1 Unsubstantiate, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Baral, Chief Of Compliance, 1 Grapeshot.

BW Smallpox

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 2 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 2 Baral, Chief of Compliance, 1 Unsubstantiate.

BW Tokens

In: 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Empty The Warrens, 1 Goblin Electromancer, 2 Gifts Ungiven.

Merfolk

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Abrade.

Out: 2 Remand, 2 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Empty The Warrens, 2 Opt.

Amulet Titan

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Abrade.

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 2 Opt, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Goblin Electromancer.

Infect

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Abrade.

Out: 2 Remand, 2 Opt, 1 Empty The Warrens.

Ponza

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Abrade.

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Opt, 1 Unsubstantiate.

Mardu Pyromancer

In: 2 Empty The Warrens, 3 Lightning Bolt, 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth.

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past In Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Repeal, 2 Remand, 1 Unsubstantiate.

Bogles

In: 4 Pieces Of The Puzzle, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Abrade.

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Remand.

 

 

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