In total, 269 Modern decklists were submitted for Pro Tour The Lord of The Rings, but some stand out more than others. The spiciest ones use innovative combinations of cards, represent a novel archetype, or do something that no one saw coming. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the nine Modern decks that stood out to me the most. Most of them leverage new cards from The Lord of The Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™, and all of them have a chance of winning the Pro Tour.
Team members Luis Scott-Vargas, Sam Pardee, and Eli Kassis all saw the potential for
If you control
Samuel Chang is the only Pro Tour competitor who registered main deck
The deck plays a control strategy that tries to capitalize on an attrition-based flash game, using
A key reason to use red over black is
Modern veterans will readily recognize the ability of
The core strategy centers around reaching seven or eight lands, at which point you could cast
Schlom's version splashes for
Ian Birrell and Tamás Glied brought a mono-color midrange deck that I dubbed "Mono-Black Grief". It emerged online in recent weeks, and two players believed it was well-positioned enough to bring to the Pro Tour.
The ideal turn one for this new archetype is to evoke
Without any red cards, the deck has room for
Two months ago, Marco Vassallo won the Magic Online Champions Showcase with a spicy Five-Color Reanimator brew, earning him a qualification to the Pro Tour. Although no one else registered
The deck's game plan revolves around
A new addition from The Lord of The Rings: Tales of Middle-earth™ is
Pro Tour March of the Machine Top 8 competitor Yiwen Chen may not be relying on new cards from The Lord of The Rings, but he brought one of the spiciest decks in the field, featuring a grand total of zero land cards.
The deck uses modal double-faced spell/land cards and various artifacts to generate mana, which is used to cast
Two players brought Urza ThopterSword to the Pro Tour: Agustin Colombo and Robert Graves. Their versions differ, but Robert Graves's list with the red splash stand out.
The deck's game plan revolves around assembling the three-card infinite combo of
For consistency, the list uses
Finally, I wanted to highlight the deck choice of the reigning Pro Tour champion and World champion: Nathan Steuer. He and several other members of Team Handshake have all settled on Mono-Green Tron, which may not be the spiciest choice in the room, but their build features several card choices that distinguish it from "stock" versions. Most notably, in slots traditionally occupied by
The deck's game plan revolves around the "Urzatron"–Urza's Mine,
The introduction of
In conclusion, if you were looking for a fun new Modern deck to try out, then give one of these ten decks a try! They might be the key to victory at Pro Tour The Lord of The Rings, and you may be able to see them in action on the livestream over the weekend.