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Modern: Are you playing Hogaak or Phoenix in MTG? – Daily Esports

This weekend we acquired to see two huge Magic: The Gathering Modern occasions! Star City Games had an occasion this weekend throughout the identical days as ChannelFireball‘s GP Dallas. Both saw a pretty diverse meta as far as decks go with Modern Horizons breathing new life into the format. However, both events were overwhelmingly overshadowed by two decks: HogaakVine and Izzet Phoenix. Is a ban in order? Let’s examine them out.

How in style is Hogaak?

Honestly, it’s not as dangerous as many thought. HogaakVine is a disgusting deck, and lots of thought it could match the unreal outcomes of the Eldrazi decks in Eldrazi Winter. However, it’s removed from being as oppressive as these Eldrazi decks have been. That doesn’t imply it’s not an issue although. Check out these statistics.

In the Star City Games occasion, Hogaak made up 25 % of the Day 2 metagame whereas Phoenix made up 30 %.

In the ChannelFireball GP Dallas occasion, it made up 18.6 % of the Day 2 metagame whereas Phoenix made up 14 %.

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What does this imply?

It implies that the perfect deck in Modern proper now’s nearly definitely HogaakVine and that lots of people got here ready to beat HogaakVine by bringing one among its worst matchups: Arclight Phoenix decks.

Here’s the scary factor: These decks are doing properly regardless of absurd quantities of graveyard hate in the format. Any deck that may (together with Hogaak and Phoenix themselves) is packing Leyline of the Void in its sideboards. UW Control decks have a number of copies of Rest in Peace, and a few decks are even operating Ravenous Traps. Despite all of this, these graveyard-oriented decks are doing high-quality. Somehow, in the face of a lot graveyard hate and one among its worst matchups being extremely in style, HogaakVine continues to be taking the format by storm.


Modern is in a large state of flux after Modern Horizons shook issues up. Other than Hogaak, the meta appears actually attention-grabbing and various. Because of this, some say we’ll be seeing some type of ban in this upcoming ban announcement in early July. Whether something will get banned is up in the air, however HogaakVine exhibits no indicators of being tamed by the continually evolving Modern metagame.



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