Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch: Modern

When I'm writing this article the Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch is coming to an end. Six Eldrazi decks and two Affinity decks made top8. Frankly, I didn't find it exciting to watch the coverage. A different variants of Eldrazi Deck dominated the event and this state is not appriciated by players or WotC. Hence, the ban of Eldrazi Temple and/or Eye of Ugin is more than certain. However, it will not be the emergency ban happening soon, but it will come on schedule prior to the Shadows over Innistrad prerelease. Why do I think this way? It is all about money. Eldrazi Deck is going to be dominating Modern in next three months. To stay competetive a great part of players must obtain Eldrazis from Oath of the Gatewatch and it leads us to more opened boosters and WotC likes it very much when people open a lot of booster packs.

Maybe the metagame will adapt to deal with Eldrazi Deck and this event was one time exception. I would love to believe in it, but I have serious doubts about it. Well, how could we stop Eldrazi deck? It is extramely difficult, because cards that slows Eldrazi down cost 3 or more. I'm speaking of Blood Moon, Ensnaring Bridge, Ghostly Prison and other. The card that hurts the most Eldrazi is Blood Moon. However, you must start a game and have Similan Spirit Guide to effectively stop Eldrazi deck for a while. Otherwise, you put yourself at risk of turn 2 Thought-Knot Seer. Turn one Eldrazi Mimic and serious attacks since turn two makes it even more difficult to keep up with the pace. If we are unable to stop it we need to be faster and it is a room for a combo decks, that are not relying on one converted mana cost spells (Chalice of the Void widely used in Eldrazi, even mainboard). A Splinter Twin card was 0.1 tix worth before the event, it spiked to 0.8 tix now. Some people are speculating about possible unban. But, where is the room for other decks that were viable before Oath of the Gatewatch?

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