Top 15 Most Annoying Magic: The Gathering Modern Decks To Play Against

Author Thumbnail BY Jake Vyper - August 28, 2018
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Modern is a fun and incredibly diverse Magic: The Gathering format but it's also a format with a lot of "unfair" strategies that can take out the fun of playing Magic, especially if you're playing against decks that use them. A lot of these decks are annoying because of the way they restrict you from playing cards or the way they can combo off in one turn. 

I know that there are some less popular Modern decks I missed to include here like Sun & Moon and Spirits but I don't think they're as annoying as the decks in this list. I ranked them based on experience playing against them and also based on what my Magic-playing friends think about them. If you agree or disagree with the way I ranked them, feel free to discuss in the comments section below. 

So let's begin this countdown...Here are the Top 15 Most Annoying Modern decks.

#15- Hollow One

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First on this list is Hollow One, popular Modern Aggro archetype that Japanese pro player Ken Yukuhiro popularized at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan. The deck uses various discard spells to help you "cheat out" Hollow One as early as Turn 1 or 2. If you're lucky, you might even bring out two or more copies of the 4/4 Artifact creature early, and that would be extremely hard to deal with for your opponent. 

Just watch 28:42 part of the video below: 

Sure, the deck relies on luck to gain an unfair advantage but with cards like Goblin Lore, Faithless Looting, and Burning Inquiry, it's not that hard to pull off. Burning Inquiry will also let opponents discard cards at random so that's annoying. 

#14- Infect

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Who cares about your life total when the Infect player can just give you 10 poison? It's like playing with just half of your life! And that's super annoying! 

Infect is another Modern aggro archetype that uses cards that give Poison counters like Blinkmoth Nexus, Blighted Agent, and Glistener Elf but don't be easily fooled with their small Power and Toughness. The deck runs multiple "pump" spells like Might of Old Krosa, Blossoming Defense, and Become Immense! 

So if you're planning to burn or kill one of their Infect creatures, think again because those same cards can also protect them. The deck also runs Spellskite and sometimes, even countermagic like Spell Pierce to protect their infectious plan. Sure, it's not as powerful as it used to be thanks to the banning of Gitaxian Probe but it's still seeing some play in competitive events and it even Top 8'd Grand Prix Prague 2018! 

Yep! Infect is definitely alive. There's no cure for it. 

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