This past weekend Win Condition Games hosted our monthly Win Condition Cup Qualifier. This month’s format was Modern. Forty players came out to take their shot at qualifying for the Win Condition Cup later this year.

The question going into the event was how the format would adjust to the banning of Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis and Faithless Looting and the return of Stoneforge Mystic.

The decks for the event where more diverse than we have seen over the last several major events. Tron had the most decks followed by Red-Black Seasoned Pyromancer and Stoneforge Mystic decks. Burn was also an effective choice. Two of the three burn decks made it into the Top 8, but the winner of the day was Goblins piloted by David Price.

Goblin tribal has been a staple of Modern for many years, but with the addition of Arclight Phoenix and Hogaak decks it has not seen as much play recently.

Arclight Phoenix decks had remained a good presence in the format even with the arrival of Hogaak, but this weekend no one played a Phoenix deck. Apparently, the loss of Faithless Looting discouraged players from taking Arclight Phoenix out for a spin. I expect that it will find its way back into the format once an appropriate replacement for Faithless Looting is found.

Below are the Top 8 deck lists from Saturday’s event. This is the most variety we have seen since the arrival of Hogaak.

Goblins, David Price, 1st Place Win Condition Cup Qualifier

Creatures (33)
Goblin Chainwhirler
Goblin Chieftain
Goblin Cratermaker
Goblin Matron
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Ringleader
Goblin Warchief
Krenko, Mob Boss
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg War Marshal
Munitions Expert
Pashalik Mons
Skirk Prospector
Sling-Gang Lieutenant

Artifacts (4)
Aether Vial

Lands (23)
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Cavern of Souls
Field of Ruin
Mountain
Snow-Covered Swamp
Wooded Foothills
Sideboard (15)
Abrade
Blood Moon
Chalice of the Void
Collective Brutality
Damping Sphere
Earwig Squad
Goblin Trashmaster
Magmatic Sinkhole
Plague Engineer
Leyline of the Void

Burn, Brandon Cook, 2nd Place Win Condition Cup Qualifier

Creatures (12)
Goblin Guide
Monastery Swiftspear
Eidolon of the Great Revel

Instants (16)
Boros Charm
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Searing Blaze

Sorcery (13)
Lava Spike
Rift Bolt
Skewer the Critics
Skullcrack

Land (19)
Mountain
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Sacred Foundry
Scalding Tarn
Sunbaked Canyon
Wooded Foothills
Sideboard (15)
Deflecting Palm
Ensnaring Bridge
Grafdigger's Cage
Path to Exile
Rest in Peace
Skullcrack
Smash to Smithereens

Mono-Green Tron, Damon Friend, 3rd Place Win Condition Cup Qualifier

Creatures (9)
Kozilek, the Great Distortion
Oblivion Sower
Walking Ballista
Wurmcoil Engine
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Artifacts (16)
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Star
Expedition Map
Mystic Forge
Oblivion Stone
Relic of Progenitus

Sorcery (8)
Ancient Stirrings
Sylvan Scrying

Planeswalker (8)
Karn Liberated
Ugin, the Ineffable
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Land (20)
Forest
Ghost Quarter
Sanctum of Ugin
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Tower
Waterlogged Grove
Sideboard (15)
Crucible of Worlds
Grafdigger's Cage
Nature’s Claim
Ravenous Trap
Thran Temporal Gateway
Torpor Orb
Trinisphere
Thragtusk
Veil of Summer
Warping Wail

Humans, Christopher Mahaffey, 4th Place Win Condition Cup Qualifier

Creatures (37)
Champion of the Parish
Deputy of Detention
Mantis Rider
Meddling Mage
Militia Bugler
Noble Hierarch
Phantasmal Image
Reflector Mage
Thalia’s Lieutenant
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Unsettled Mariner

Artifacts (4)
Aether Vial

Land (19)
Island
Plains
Ancient Ziggurat
Cavern of Souls
Horizon Canopy
Unclaimed Territory
Waterlogged Grove
Sideboard (15)
Auriok Champion
Collector Ouphe
Deputy of Detention
Dismember
Gaddock Teeg
Kambal, Consul of Allocation
Knight of Autumn
Militia Bugler
Plague Engineer

Red- Black Seasoned Pyromancer Midrange, Zach Fleisher, 5th Place Win Condition Cup Qualifier

Creatures (14)
Bloodghast
Dreadhorde Arcanist
Seasoned Pyromancer
Tasigur, the Golden Fang
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician

Planeswalker (5)
Chandra, Acolyte of Flame
Liliana of the Veil

Instant (8)
Fatal Push
Kolaghan's Command
Lightning Bolt

Sorcery (10)
Collective Brutality
Inquisition of Kozilek
Thoughtseize
Unearth

Land (23)
Arid Mesa
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Marsh Flats
Prismatic Vista
Silent Clearing
Snow Covered Mountain
Snow Covered Swamp
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Sideboard (15)
Ashiok, Dream Render
Blood Moon
Collective Brutality
Fulminator Mage
Plague Engineer
Surgical Extraction
Thoughtseize

Hardened Scales, Vince Thompson, 6th Place Win Condition Cup Qualifier

Creatures (20)
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Worker
Hangarback Walker
Scrapyard Recombiner
Steel Overseer
Walking Ballista

Artifact (12)
Animation Module
Mox Opal
Throne of Geth
Welding Jar

Sorcery (4)
Ancient Stirrings

Enchantment (5)
Evolutionary Leap
Hardened Scales

Land (19)
Blinkmoth Nexus
Darksteel Citadel
Forest
Inkmoth Nexus
Nurturing Peatland
Pendelhaven
Sideboard (15)
Damping Sphere
Dismember
Grafdigger’s Cage
Karn, Scion of Urza
Nature's Claim
Spellskite

Burn, William Francoleth, 7th Place Win Condition Cup Qualifier

Creatures (12)
Goblin Guide
Monastery Swiftspear
Eidolon of the Great Revel

Instants (16)
Boros Charm
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Helix
Searing Blaze

Sorcery (12)
Lava Spike
Rift Bolt
Skewer the Critics

Land (20)
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Fiery Islet
Inspiring Vantage
Mountain
Sacred Foundry
Sunbaked Canyon
Wooded Foothills
Sideboard (15)
Dragon's Claw
Exquisite Firecraft
Path to Exile
Rest in Peace
Skullcrack
Smash to Smithereens

Grixis Shadow, Camron Neighbours, 8th Place Win Condition Cup Qualifier

Creatures (15)
Death’s Shadow
Gurmag Angler
Snapcaster Mage
Street Wraith

Instant (17)
Dismember
Fatal Push
Kolaghan’s Command
Lightning Bolt
Stubborn Denial
Temur Battle Rage
Thought Scour

Sorcery (10)
Inquisition of Kozilek
Serum Visions
Thoughtseize

Land (18)
Island
Swamp
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Fiery Islet
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Steam Vents
Watery Grave
Sideboard (15)
Abrade
Collective Brutality
Ceremonious Rejection
Disdainful Stroke
Force of Negation
Liliana of the Veil
Liliana, the Last Hope
Plague Engineer
Surgical Extraction

Until next time. Good luck finding your win condition!