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Unless you live under a rock like some Ouphe, we have all seen at least some Modern Masters 2017 spoilers. This has by far been one of the most surprising sets put out from it’s sheer power level. Wizards has seemed to have printed most every important card in the format. As a result, booster packs and boxes and will not be around long as I suspect some supply issues will come up from such a highly demanded set.
As usual, I’ll go over some of the best commons of Modern Masters 2017. There are plenty to choose from and many of my picks could be considered worse than others in certain situations. I’ll be leaning towards commons that have Pauper or Limited in mind since that’s where they will see the most play.
Before this point, Augur of Bolas was printed as an uncommon. This set is different as it was printed as common. This opens new doors for several preexisting Pauper decks. When the Augur comes into play it allows you to dig for soceries or instants which in many decks is vital to their effectiveness.
Let’s be honest, this spell is just too good for a common slot. Regardless, it has been downshifted like the Augur above and will be a feature card in many of the Pauper Burn builds frequenting MTGO today. This deck not only roasts something for 2 damage, it also has scry 2 wish helps you sift for even more burn. All this for just two mana.
Miracles are real! Thunderous Wrath is another downshifted card you will see in Pauper Burn, just flip it and rip it. 5 damage for 1 red mana. Very effective for sending excessive burn to the opponent’s face. I promise that with all the burn being brought to the common rarity, Paper Burn decks are here to stay.
This is a common I’m very worried about in Pauper. It’s essentially a free spell as when you cast it you get your mana back which is great for decks like Stompy that relies on fast aggressive creatures. Consider 1 or more of these in your opening hand and being able to essentially dump a hand;s worth of creatures on turn two or three. Green now has what it needs to be a contender in the Pauper meta.
This is a great easy to cast counterspell that has proven itself time and time again. Pay one and force the opponent to pay an additional 2 on any noncreature spell. Simple yet effective.
Aiokii has been playing Magic: The Gathering since Fallen Empires was released in 1994 and has been a Planeswalker ever since. Tending to gravitate towards hand melting discard decks, he has a knack for creative Tribal decks, often catching adversaries unaware. Aiokii is also a moderator on Reddit Budgetdecks an you can contact him on Twitter or Facebook.