The Two Drop Creatures You Should Play Over Stoneforge Mystic Joseph Stargel
Modern has seen a large shake up in the last two weeks which has caused a lot of people to spend their time and money attempting to create the best “ Stoneforge Mystic ”(From here on out referred to as “SFM”) deck they can. I even fell into this with the deck that I am currently playing right now in modern Whirza, I built a version of the deck that was Esper and playing “SFM” instead of goblin engineer that took a more midrange or control approach to its matches. The deck included Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Fatal Push, and Collective Brutality which caused me to have a good win rate against aggressive decks and decks that were trying to fight on the axis of a fair creature based game plan such as Jund, other “SFM” decks, Burn, and the like. However, there were a lot of matches where “SFM” just didn't matter and was not an impaticul Magic card. That got me thinking about the other side of the coin when it comes to the “SFM” unbanning. What decks and strategies got better because of the impact “SFM” is having on the format that will be a good deck choice going forward or for the short term of the modern format where “SFM” is what is all the rage and the card almost everyone wants to put in there deck. That being, what I will be going over in this article , which you probably realized based on the title of this article, is a few of the decks that I believe have gotten significant improvements based on “SFM” being unbanned that don't play “SFM” but I will be doing that but talking about the non-“SFM” two-drop creatures that are central to those decks gameplan.
Ahhh Steve you beautiful snake man you. If you didn't know Sakura Tribe Elder which is affectionately referred to as Steve is the beating heart of Scapeshift or Valakut combo decks. The reason why I believe Scapeshift is in a good spot right now is that with everyone playing “SFM” decks which are generally heavier on reactive cards and removal instead of kill on spot combos or extremely efficient aggressive cards, this is perfect for decks that are similar to Scapeshift that prey on well put together midrange decks being being incredibly linear and efficient at pulling off a combo that does not take place on an axis that is easy for these decks to interact with and that can even win with incidental damage that comes from Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle and playing lands. There are two other reasons that I think the deck is better right now than it has been recently. Number one, there feels to be an extreme lack of “Blood Moon” floating around in side boards right now. Number two, the deck just a got a pretty good new tool that gives the deck an alternate way to win the game and that also lets it play a pretty consistent midrange game plan in conjunction with “Primeval Titan” which is “Field of the Dead” which is seeing an insane play rate and win rate alongside the card “ Scapeshift” in Standard.
Burn everyone's favorite hated modern deck. Well the burn deck always seems to come around to being on top in new modern formats, I believe this to be because of the staggering efficiency and velocity of the hands that this deck draws. There isn't really a lot to talk about when it comes to Burn in a new metagame other than you prey on your opponent's stumbling and the first few turns and the fact that people are still trying to figure out what the correct size and makeup of the “SFM” package is becomes an even greater boon to your strategy that is already good against even tuned modern midrange decks. I feel like this one is pretty self explanatory, GO FACE, GO FAST, 7x3=21.
This article’s “HOT TAKE” as they say. Goblins is a deck that I have always had a strong love for, that being said I believe this deck could be a legitimate threat in a modern metagame that is dominated by “SFM” decks. This is because of the depth of card advantage that the deck has inherently. Also the fact that the deck puts a large presence on the board with its small bodies that get better and better the more of them that you play. However, the main draw to the deck is that it fights “SFM” strategies on the axis that they are trying to play in a big way, trades very efficiently against their cards and one for ones as well as turning the corner very quickly and killing them over one to two turns one the board is controlled. This is part of the reason the deck at least for its life in Legacy and Standard was very very good at beating the UW based or midrange decks. “Munitions expert” is also a big boon to the Goblins archetype for modern with as much as the popular one for one decks lean on planeswalkers because of the fact that “Munitions Expert” enter the battlefield trigger can also target planeswalkers. This is definitely harder to play and harder to construct correctly choice for current modern but it is a deck that I think is a real contender in modern especially when it comes to tribal creature decks.
“Whirza” the deck I believe is currently the best deck in modern. I know that is a big statement and one that is very subjective in modern. However, this deck has all of the tools in its current configuration to beat all of the decks trying to play a “SFM” gameplan, this is because it has an incredible fast linear draw that is hard to interact with or stop especially in game one, in “Sword of the Meek” and “Thopter Foundry”, which we talked about as being a draw to decks like Scapeshift and Burn, as well as the ability to fight the “SFM” decks on the midrange and trading one for one / card advantage axis that they are trying to play on that we talked about being the draw to decks like Goblins and other synergy based decks. I don't want to go too deep into detail when it comes to Whirza and why I think the deck is the best deck in the format and why you should be playing the “Goblin Engineer” version of the deck and not the “SFM” version of the deck because I am working on a primer for the deck and and in depth dive into the deck and my thoughts of the different versions of the deck and why it is seeing as much success as it is in the current modern landscape. So if that interests you keep and eye out for my in depth look at modern Whirza.
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