Most Popular cards on M-L in MODERN (04-12-11)

Written by derflippi on December 04, 2011


Magic-League holds A LOT of tournaments, and we have A LOT of data gathered on decks, players and formats. I'm publishing collations of the data (or similar data) on a semi-regular basis.

I got asked to also compare the compilation of each sequence with the previous sequence.
Therefore on most tables you see a >; <; or = next to it. The symbols describe a card's rank in comparison with the previous month. ">" means the card climbed up in ranks, a "<" the opposite. A "=" means the card could keep its rank. Cards that are newcomers in the list are marked with (NEW).

With the MODERN Invitational and a PTQ season in sight, Modern is the format to look at at the moment.
My last article about the format was in September. Things have changed since. Cloudpost, Ponder and Green Sun's Zenith got a ban along with some other cards in the meantime. Some of these cards still show up in the list of top played cards because the bans were effective on September 20th on magic-league.

Without further ado, I present to you the card statistics from the MODERN tournaments played on magic-league since September 4th.

1. Maindeck cards in MODERN
2. Sideboard cards in MODERN
3. Lands in MODERN

Maindeck cards in MODERN (September 4th – December 4th, 2011)
# September 4th – December 4th # Anything before September 4th
1 Tarmogoyf 1940 = Tarmogoyf 1540
2 Lightning Bolt 1807 > Path to Exile 1432
3 Path to Exile 1585 < Lightning Bolt 1405
4 Noble Hierarch 1007 > Preordain 986
5 Kitchen Finks 991 > Knight of the Reliq. 927
6 Knight of the Reliquary 905 < Noble Hierarch 831
7 Thoughtseize 860 > Bloodbraid Elf 734
8 Remand 841 > Mana Leak 733
9 Lightning Helix 813 = Lightning Helix 710
10 Wild Nacatl 808 > Remand 705
11 Mana Leak 695 < Cryptic Command 702
12 Inquisition of Kozilek (NEW) 640 > Green Sun's Zenith 699
13 Sakura-Tribe Elder (NEW) 588 > Wild Nacatl 669
14 Green Sun's Zenith 580 < Primeval Titan (OUT) 628
15 Bloodbraid Elf 576 < Ponder 621
16 Snapcaster Mage (NEW) 573 > Kitchen Finks 590
17 Cryptic Command 561 < Thoughtseize 578
18 Dark Confidant 560 = Dark Confidant 560
19 Vendilion Clique 557 > Explore (OUT) 530
20 Punishing Fire 548 > Expedition Map (OUT) 528
21 Preordain 534 < Punishing Fire 522
22 Birds of Paradise 488 > Qasali Pridemage 463
23 Ponder 461 < Birds of Paradise 448
24 Eternal Witness (NEW) 457 > Seething Song (OUT) 445
25 Qasali Pridemage 437 < Rite of Flame (OUT) 439
26 Rune Snag (NEW) 435 > Simian Spirit Guide (OUT) 438
27 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn 419 > Vendilion Clique 425
28 Spell Snare 418 > Lotus Bloom (OUT) 391
29 Serum Visions (NEW) 392 > Goblin Guide 389
30 Sleight of Hand (NEW) 392 > Grim Lavamancer (OUT) 381
31 Spell Pierce (NEW) 379 > AEther Vial (OUT) 363
32 Wall of Roots (NEW) 373 > Kird Ape (OUT) 360
33 Garruk Wildspeaker (NEW) 365 > Emrakul, the Aeon. 360
34 Elspeth, Knight-Errant (NEW) 362 > Ancient Stirrings (OUT) 360
35 Goblin Guide 358 < Spell Snare 339

Sideboard cards in MODERN (September 4th – December 4th, 2011)
# September 4th – December 4th # Anything before September 4th
1 Ancient Grudge 1096 > Ethersworn Canonist 801
2 Blood Moon 608 > Chalice of the Void (OUT) 735
3 Dismember 503 > Relic of Progenitus 582
4 Flashfreeze 466 > Firespout 568
5 Spellskite 439 > Kitchen Finks 516
6 Threads of Disloyalty 434 > Nature's Claim (OUT) 421
7 Firespout 425 < Blood Moon 411
8 Kitchen Finks 378 < Ancient Grudge 374
9 Thoughtseize 375 > Meddling Mage (OUT) 355
10 Mindbreak Trap (NEW) 371 > Krosan Grip (OUT) 337
11 Relic of Progenitus 359 < Spell Pierce 324
12 Gideon Jura (NEW) 318 > Path to Exile 313
13 Qasali Pridemage 317 > Thoughtseize 311
14 Obstinate Baloth 293 > Leyline of Sanctity 302
15 Duress 278 > Pithing Needle (OUT) 296
16 Deathmark (NEW) 273 > Obstinate Baloth 275
17 Spell Pierce 273 < Tormod's Crypt (OUT) 268
18 Ethersworn Canonist 265 < Dismember 264
19 Dark Confidant (NEW) 264 > Gaddock Teeg 253
20 Hurkyl's Recall (NEW) 264 > Threads of Disloyalty 248
21 Vendilion Clique (NEW) 263 > Volcanic Fallout (OUT) 232
22 Leyline of Sanctity 259 < Mental Misstep (OUT) 218
23 Timely Reinforcements (NEW) 256 > Negate (OUT) 216
24 Aven Mindcensor (NEW) 252 > Beast Within (OUT) 210
25 Surgical Extraction 250 > Burrenton Forge-Tender (OUT) 210
26 Gaddock Teeg 247 < Duress 208
27 Unified Will (NEW) 229 > Flashfreeze 202
28 Shattering Spree (NEW) 228 > Qasali Pridemage 186
29 Seal of Primordium (NEW) 216 > Surgical Extraction 176
30 Path to Exile 203 < Spellskite 176

Maindeck land cards in MODERN (September 4th – December 4th, 2011)
# September 4th – December 4th
Anything before September 4th
1 Island 3092 = Island 2693
2 Misty Rainforest 2210 > Forest 2264
3 Mountain 1977 = Mountain 2073
4 Scalding Tarn 1771 > Misty Rainforest 1923
5 Forest 1749 < Scalding Tarn 1558
6 Verdant Catacombs 1676 > Plains 1484
7 Arid Mesa 1370 = Arid Mesa 1431
8 Swamp 1317 > Verdant Catac. 1387
9 Plains 1246 < Temple Garden 908
10 Marsh Flats 965 > Stomping Ground 880
11 Grove of the Burnwillows 861 > Swamp 842
12 Steam Vents 832 > Hallowed Fountain 783
13 Stomping Ground 796 < Marsh Flats 771
14 Overgrown Tomb 739 > Glimmerpost (OUT) 684
15 Hallowed Fountain 646 < Cloudpost (OUT) 684
16 Temple Garden 546 < Steam Vents 657
17 Treetop Village (NEW) 533 > Vesuva (OUT) 647
18 Breeding Pool 523 > Sacred Foundry 637
19 Sacred Foundry 472 < Grove of the Burnw. 562
20 Watery Grave (NEW) 457 > Tectonic Edge 539
21 Mutavault 452 = Mutavault 495
22 Tectonic Edge 415 < Breeding Pool 493
23 Ghost Quarter (NEW) 362 > Overgrown Tomb 477

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