The Best Decks In Modern After Violent Outburst Banning

Genoslugcs March 17, 2024 4 min
The Best Decks In Modern After Violent Outburst Banning

The 3/14/24 banned and restricted announcement saw Violent Outbust banned in Modern and Ponderimage removed from the restricted list in Vintage. Many people saw the banning of the instant speed cascade card coming, and it did. After the banning of Furyimage and Up the Beanstalkimage a while back, cascade decks took their place at the top of the Modern meta. With a critical card gone from the deck, what will be the top dogs in the meta now? Let's take a look.

After the banning of Violent Outburst, these decks seem to be well-positioned in the meta:

Today, I'll cover how banning Violent Outburst changes the Modern meta, where cascade decks stand now, and which decks are the best (and worst) positioned post-ban and why. If you're a Modern player looking to find the strongest options to play post-B&R announcement, you're in the right place. So, without further ado, let's jump in.

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Here is a list of all Banned & Restricted MTG cards by format to keep everyone up to speed.

Violent Outburst Banning

So, Violent Outburstimage got the ban hammer. Let's briefly talk about why. It enabled two decks to cascade into spells with zero mana cost - Rhinos, which uses Crashing Footfallsimage, and Living End decks, which play Living Endimage. The way they're set up is that anytime you cast Violent Outburst, you cascade into the given deck's respective suspend spell and cast it for free.

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When Furyimage was banned and Rakdos Scam fell from the top spot, Rhinos (rhinos perhaps the main culprit in the banning) stepped up and took the place, helped out by Leyline of the Guildpactimage alongside Scion of Dracoimage.

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Violent Outburst isn't the only cascade card that works like this, but it is the only one that can do it at instant speed. Instant speed cascade allowed the deck to do its thing during the opponent's turn while backed up by Force of Negationimage. Wizards of the Coast had this to say on the matter:

"Over the past Regional Championship season, Temur Rhinos has begun to approach previous levels of Rakdos Midrange metagame dominance. While we want to preserve the cascade strategies as viable options in Modern, we'd like to remove one of the more powerful aspects of their strategy.

Namely, the ability to cascade into a payoff card at instant speed. Casting Violent Outburst during an opponent's turn reduces a lot of the risk inherent in such a strategy. It allows the cascade player to untap with all their mana open and Rhino tokens or cycling creatures ready to attack. Both decks also include Force of Negation, which costs zero mana on opponents' turns, enabling a streamlined defense of the combo."

If you're interested in what else they said (or the unbanning in Vintage), here is a link to the entire B&R Announcement.

Best Decks To Play Post-Ban

With Violent Outburst gone, what should you play in Modern? You may assume that Rhinos and Living End are no longer viable options, but you'd assume incorrectly. In fact, a Temur Rhinos list took first place in the first major MTGO Modern Preliminary event post-ban. The deck certainly still has game; it just needs a replacement for Outburst.

Beyond that, we'll look at Golgari Yawgmoth combo and Amulet Titan, which are in a very good spot post-ban. First up, we have the tweaked Rhinos list!

Crashing Footfalls With Ardent Plea

As far as replacements go, you have two options: Demonic Dreadimage and Ardent Pleaimage. Ardent Plea seems to be getting the nod for Rhinos, while Living End may have more incentives to play Demonic Dread. Here is a look at the winning list:

Crashing Footfalls Rhinos By McWinSauce

Main 60 cards (25 distinct)
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (25)
Creature (12)
Planeswalker (1)
Land (22)
Side 15 cards (8 distinct)

If you are familiar with the stock version of the deck pre-ban, you'll notice that not a lot has changed. The main difference (besides the addition of Ardent Plea) is a reduced number of Force of Negationimage. This change comes because FoN isn't as needed (as much) with the deck operating at sorcery speed.

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In these free slots, McWinSauce opted for Subtletyimage, which can answer the formats heavy-hitting creatures like Primeval Titanimage, Yawgmoth, Thran Physicianimage, and Murkwood Regent. Ardent Pleaimage helps in this regard as it can be pitched to cast FoN or Subtlety, unlike Demonic Dread.

Amulet Titan

Simply put, Amulet Titan didn't/doesn't have a great matchup against Rhinos. However, aside from that (and being maybe 50/50 in versus Yagmoth), it's in a pretty good spot. You can't argue with the potency of an early Primeval Titanimage, and many decks in Modern can have a hard time dealing with it. So, potentially, fewer people playing Rhinos (which, as mentioned, wasn't a great matchup) is good for Titan.

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Prime Time

Main 60 cards (25 distinct)
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (15)
Creature (13)
Land (32)
Side 15 cards (6 distinct)

Yawgmoth Combo

Yawgmoth had a lot going for it, even before the ban. It's a powerful, resilient deck that can tutor up what it needs when it needs it via Chord of Callingimage and Eldritch Evolutionimage. You need a combination of threats and interaction to come out ahead of this toolbox-style combo deck, and Rhinos had that. Having said that, if people start to put down cascade decks post-ban, it will only help Yawgmoth. Plus, if you're a former cascade player looking for a new home, why not here?

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Here is a recent winning list:

Golgari Yawgmoth Combo In Modern

Main 60 cards (28 distinct)
Instant, Sorcery, Enchantment, Artifact (8)
Creature (26)
Planeswalker (4)
Land (22)
Side 15 cards (10 distinct)


If you're a Rhinos/Living End player, you're no doubt bummed to lose a key card of the deck(s) success to a ban. That said, it would appear that the deck has not been entirely nerfed from the format. So, you can take solace in knowing that your favorite deck is alive and well for now.

On the other hand, if you usually are on the receiving end of two 4/4 Rhinos with Trample, you're in luck. The deck (and Living End) can no longer function at instant speed, so interaction should be much easier. Regardless of where you fall or how you feel about the bans, it seems that Titan and Yawgmoth have the most to gain from the slight decrease in power level to cascade in Modern.

Now I want to hear from you: How do you feel about the ban and the current state of Modern? Comment and let me know.



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