Eldrazi Winter? Yes, we’re currently in the midst of the epic battle between the Spaghetti Monsters and the Robots, but all is not lost. It turns out that Living End has a pretty good shot against the Devoid menace. Sure, Eldrazi decks can spit out four 2-powered creatures on turn one; but we can use Simian Spirit Guide to cast Living End on turn two, wiping away all those unfairly free threats. The Eldrazi can do bonkers things, and so can Living End.
In preparation for the upcoming Modern Grand Prix in Detroit, I’ve been analyzing all of the likely match-ups. Based on my experience in three recent Grand Prix Trials (10th, 8th, and 2nd after Swiss, respectively) and my relentless practice on MTGO, I have compiled a basic sketch of the format’s most common decks and how Living End should approach them. Included in each deck review is a list of the match-up’s most dangerous cards, and a suggested list of sideboard cards to bring in.
NOTE: These are vague generalizations based on a variety of experiences and discussions. Every game and every deck should be considered independently, and not all decks will have the same cards detailed below. Pay attention to your surroundings and your opponent, and act on your instincts!
The match-ups are listed in alphabetical order, based on the deck’s common name (ex. Affinity, Kiki-Chord, etc.)