Bad Modern Bracket Pairings

First off – thanks to the folks who cast a total of just shy of 10,000 votes for various decks in this first ever “Bad Modern Bracket”. The top 16 favorite decks have been selected and thrown into this bracket:

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We will have exact decklists for the archetypes published on Monday before our first stream of the multi-week streaming event on my Twitch Channel.

If you would like to make a prediction of which decks are going to come out on top at various points of the bracket you can do so in a comment on this post. Only predictions made before the first matches are played will be valid. At the end of the Bracket people who made the most accurate predictions will be entered into a pool for some free Magic goodies.

Good luck!

33 thoughts on “Bad Modern Bracket Pairings”

  1. Wow – some of these are tough. I’m thinking:

    Goblins over Taking Turns
    Ascendancy over Balance
    Bird Brain in a Jar over Skred Swans
    UB Fae over Gitrog
    Mill over Maze’s End
    Eternal Command over Enchantress
    Doubling Season over Esper Narset
    Saheeli over Death Cloud

    Ascendancy over Goblins
    UB Fae over Bird Brain
    Eternal Command over Mill
    Doubling Season over Saheeli

    UB Fae over Ascendancy
    Doubling Season over Eternal Command

    and Doubling Season over UB Fae in the finals!

  2. Goblins over Taking Turns
    Jeskai Ascendancy over Restore Balance
    Skred Swans over Bird Brain in a Jar
    Giftsrog Monster over UB Fae
    UB Mill over Mazes’s End
    Eternal Command over Enchantress
    Esper Narset over Doubling Season
    Deathcloud over Saheeli Rai Combo

    Goblins over Jeskai Ascendancy
    Giftsrog Monster over Skred Swans
    Eternal Command over UB Mill
    Esper Narset over Deathcloud

    Goblins over Giftsrog Monster
    Eternal Command over Esper Narset

    Gobins over Eternal Command

    When in doubt, always pick Red.

  3. Goblins over Taking Turns
    Ascendancy over Balance
    Bird Brain in a Jar over Skred Swans
    UB Fae over Gitrog
    Mill over Maze’s End
    Enchantress over Eternal Command
    Doubling Season over Esper Narset
    Death Cloud over Saheeli

    Goblins over Ascendancy
    UB Fae over Bird Brain
    Mill over Enchantress
    Death Cloud over Doubling Season

    Goblins over UB Fae
    Death Cloud over Mill

    Goblins over Death Cloud

  4. Goblins over Turn
    Jeskai Ascendecy over Restore Balance
    Skred Swans over BBJ
    UB Fae over Giftsrog Monster
    Maze’s End vs UB Mill
    Enchantress over Eternal Command
    Doubling Season over Esper narset
    Rai Combo over Deathcloud

    Goblins over Jeskai
    Skred Swans over UB Fae
    Maze’s End over Enchantress
    Rai Combo over Doubling Season

    Skred Swans over Goblins
    Maze’s End over Rai Combo

    Finals
    Maze’s End over Skred Swans

  5. Hmmm, I’m going with this,

    Goblins over Taking Turns
    Ascendency over Balance
    Skred Swans over Brain in Jar
    Giftsrog over UB Fae
    Mill over Maze’s End
    Enchantress over Eternal command
    Esper Narset over Doubling season
    Death Cloud over Saheeli

    Goblins over Ascendency
    Giftsrog over Skred Swan
    Enchantress over Maze’s End
    Esper Narset over Death Cloud

    Giftsrog over Goblins
    Esper Narset over Enchantress

    Giftsrog as the Winner over Esper Narset!

    Love the Bracket!

  6. goblins over taking turns
    ascendancy over restore balance
    Brains over skred swans
    Fae over giftsrog
    Mill over Maze’s end
    eternal command over enchantress
    esper over doubling seasons
    death cloud over Saheeli

    Ascendancy over goblins
    Fae over Brains
    eternal command over mill
    esper over death cloud

    ascendancy over fae
    esper over eternal command

    esper over ascendancy

  7. Goblins over Taking Turns
    Jeskai Ascendancy over Restore Balance
    Skred Swans over Bird Brian in a Jar (your typo, not mine)
    UB Fae over Giftsrog Monster
    UB Mill over Maze’s End
    Eternal Command over Enchantress
    Doubling Season over Esper Narset
    Saheeli Rai Combo over Death Cloud

    Jeskai Ascendancy over Goblins
    UB Fae over Skred Swans
    Eternal Command over UB Mill
    Doubling Season over Saheeli Rai Combo

    Jeskai Ascendancy over UB Fae
    Eternal Command over Doubling Season

    Eternal Command takes all!

  8. Looks like this will be entertaining!
    Here’s my bracket: http://imgur.com/k1gi4fI

    goblins over turns
    balance over ascendency
    swans over bird brain
    giftsrog over fae
    mill over maze’s end
    enchantress over command
    narset over doubling season
    death cloud over saheeli rai combo

    goblins over balance
    giftsrog over swans
    enchantress over mill
    narset over death cloud

    goblins over giftsrig
    narset over enchantress

    goblins over narset

  9. Round 1 winners:
    Goblins
    Jeskai Ascendency
    Bird Brain in a Jar
    UB Fae
    UB Mill
    Eternal Command
    Doubling Season
    Saheeli Rai Combo

    Round 2 Winners:
    Jeskai Ascendency
    Bird Brain in a Jar
    Eternal Command
    Doubling Season

    Round 3 Winners:
    Bird Brain in a Jar
    Eternal Command

    Winner:
    Eternal Command

  10. Goblins over Taking Turns
    Jeskai Ascendancy over Restore Balance
    Skred Swans over Bird Brain in a Jar
    UB Fae over Giftsrog Monster
    UB Mill over Maze’s End
    Eternal Command over Enchantress
    Doubling Season over Esper Narset
    Death Cloud over Saheeli Rai Combo

    Goblins over Jeskai Ascendancy
    Skred Swans over UB Fae
    Eternal Command over UB Mill
    Doubling Season over Death Cloud

    Goblins over Skred Swans
    Eternal Command over Doubling Season

    Eternal Command 🙂

  11. I will predict the following:

    Goblins over Taking Turns.
    Restore Balance over Jeskai Ascendecy.
    Bird Brain in a Jar over Skred Swans.
    UB Fae over Giftsrog Monster.
    UB Mill over Maze’s End.
    Eternal Command over Enchantress.
    Esper Narset over Doubling Season.
    Death Cloud over Saheeli Rai Combo.

    Restore Balance over Goblins.
    UB Fae over Bird Brain in a Jar.
    Eternal Command over UB Mill.
    Esper Narset over Death Cloud.

    UB Fae over Restore Balance.
    Eternal Command over Esper Narset.

    Eternal Command over UB Fae.

  12. Decklists are not out yet, and the SB could change some of these depending on how well equipped each is for the specific matchups. but nevertheless…
    R1 Winners:
    Goblins
    Ascendancy
    Bird Brain
    UB Fae
    UB mill
    Eternal Command
    Esper Narset
    Death Cloud

    R2 Winners:
    Goblins
    UB Fae
    Eternal Command
    Esper Narset

    R3 Winners:
    Goblins
    Eternal Command

    Overall: Goblins

  13. Give me Goblins over Turns.
    Ascendency over Restore Balance
    Bird Brian in the Jar over Skred Swans
    UB Fae over Giftsrog
    UB Mill over Maze’s End
    Echantress over Command.
    Esper Narset over Doubling Season
    Saheeli Combo over Cloud.

    Then Goblins over Ascendency
    UB Fae over Bird Brian
    Mill over Echantress
    Esper Narset over Saheeli Rai Combo

    Semis feature Goblins over UB Fae and Esper Narset over Mill.
    Goblins over Esper Narset in the Finals.

    Goblins as a #16 seed is absurd. Ride those bad boys for the win!

  14. Goblin > TT
    Ascendency > Balance
    Swans > Brain
    UB Fae > Gitrog
    UB Mill > Maze’s
    Enchantress > Command
    Esper > Doubling
    Deathcloud > Saheeli

    Goblins > Ascendency
    UB Fae > Balance
    Enchantress > Mill
    Narset > Deathcloud

    Fae > Goblins
    Enchantress > Narset

    Enchantress > Fae

  15. 1st Round:

    Goblins over Taking Turns

    Jeskai Ascendancy over Restore Balance

    Skred Swans over Bird Brain in a Jar

    UB Fae over Giftsrog Monster

    UB Mill over Maze’s End

    Eternal Command over Enchantress

    Esper Narset over Doubling Season Walkers

    Saheeli Rai Combo over Death Cloud

    Round 2:

    Jeskai Ascendancy over Goblins

    UB Fae over Skred Swans

    Eternal Command over UB Mill

    Esper Narset over Saheeli Rai Combo

    Round 3:

    UB Fae over Jeskai Ascendancy

    Esper Narset over Eternal Command

    Finals:

    Esper Narset over UB Fae

    Winner:

    Esper Narset

  16. Goblins over Taking Turns
    Jeskai Ascendancy over Restore Balance
    Bird Brain in a Jar over Skred Swans
    UB Fae over Giftsrog Monster
    UB Mill over Maze’s End
    Eternal Command over Enchantress
    Doubling Season over Esper Narset
    Saheeli Rai Combo over Death Cloud

    Jeskai Ascendancy over Goblins
    UB Fae over Bird Brain in a Jar
    UB Mill over Eternal Command
    Saheeli Rai Combo over Doubling Season

    UB Fae over Jeskai Ascendancy
    UB Mill over Saheeli Rai Combo

    UB Fae over UB Mill

    Sad that Haakon did not make the cut for top 16.

  17. Round 1 Winners:
    Goblins
    Restore Balance
    Bird Brain
    UB Fae
    UB Mill
    Enchantress
    Esper Narset
    Death Cloud

    Round 2 winners:
    Goblins
    Bird Brain
    UB Mill
    Esper Narset

    Round 3 winners:
    Goblins
    Esper Narset

    Winner:
    Goblins

  18. Goblins over Taking Turns
    Jeskai Ascendancy over Balance
    Bird Brain in a Jar over Skred Swans
    UB Fae over Giftsrog
    UB Mill over Maze’s End
    Eternal Command over Enchantress
    Esper Narset over Doubling Season
    Saheeli Rai Combo over Death Cloud

    Goblins over Jeskai
    UB Fae over Bird Brain
    UB Mill over Eternal Command
    Esper Narset over Saheeli Combo

    Goblins over UB Fae
    UB Mill over Esper Narset

    Goblins over UB Mill

  19. Goblins over Turns
    Ascendency over Restore Balance
    Bird Brian in the Jar over Skred Swans
    UB Fae over Giftsrog
    UB Mill over Maze’s End
    Echantress over Command.
    Esper Narset over Doubling Season
    Saheeli Combo over Cloud

    Goblins Ascendency
    UB Fae over Bird Brian
    Mill over Echantress
    Esper Narset over Saheeli Rai Combo

    Goblins over UB Fae
    Esper Narset over Mill

    Goblins over Esper Narset to win the whole thing.

  20. Round 1:
    Goblins
    Ascendancy
    Skred
    Fae
    Mazes End
    Enchantress
    Narset
    saheeli

    Round 2:
    Ascendancy
    Skred
    Enchantress
    Narset

    Round 3:
    Ascendancy
    Narset

    Winner:
    Narset

    Originally I saw fae as our winner, but bitterblossom vs. bolt and mutavault vs moon just wasn’t pairing in their favor.

  21. Goblins over Taking Turns
    Restore Balance over Jeskai Ascendancy
    Bird Brain over Skred Swans
    UB Fae over Giftsrog
    UB Mill over Maze’s End
    Eternal Command over Enchantress
    Esper Narset over Doubling Season
    Death Cloud over Saheeli Rai

    Restore Balance over Goblins
    UB Fae over Bird Brain
    UB Mill over Eternal Command
    Esper Narset over Death Cloud

    UB Fae over Restore Balance
    UB Mill over Esper Narset

    UB Mill over UB Fae

  22. Round 1:
    Goblins over Taking Turns
    Restore Balance over Jeskai Ascendancy
    Bird Brain in a Jar over Skred Swans
    UB Fae over Giftsrog Monster
    UB Mill over Maze’s End
    Eternal Command over Enchantress
    Doubling Season over Esper Narset
    Saheeli Rai Combo over Death Cloud

    Round 2:
    Restore Balance over Goblins
    UB Fae over Bird Brain in a Jar
    Eternal Command over UB Mill
    Doubling Season over Saheeli Rai Combo

    Round 3:
    UB Fae over Restore Balance
    Eternal Command over Doubling Season

    Finals:
    Eternal Command over Doubling Season

  23. Taking Turns over Goblins
    Ascendancy over Balance
    Bird Brain in a Jar over Skred Swans
    UB Fae over Gitrog
    Mill over Maze’s End
    Eternal Command over Enchantress
    Doubling Season over Esper Narset
    Saheeli over Death Cloud

    Ascendancy over Taking Turns
    UB Fae over Bird Brain
    Eternal Command over Mill
    Doubling Season over Saheeli

    UB Fae over Ascendancy
    Eternal Command over Doubling Season

    UB Fae over Eternal Command in the finals

    I honestly haven’t played or seen the Fae lists really but they sound sweet. I want it to be good.

    -Griffin

  24. Round 1 – Round of Sixteen:

    Goblins X Taking Turns = Goblins wins.
    Restore Balance X Jeskai Ascendancy = Restore Balance wins.
    Skred Swans X Bird Brian in a Jar = Skred Swans wins.
    UB Fae X Giftsrog Monster = UB Fae wins.
    UB Mill X Maze’s End = UB Mill wins.
    Eternal Command X Enchantress = Eternal Command wins.
    Esper Narset X Doubling Season = Esper Narset wins.
    Death Cloud X Saheeli Rai Combo = Death Cloud wins.

    Round 2 – Quarterfinals:

    Restore Balance X Goblins = Restore Balance wins.
    UB Fae X Skred Swans = UB Fae wins.
    Eternal Command X UB Mill = Eternal Command wins.
    Esper Narset X Death Cloud = Esper Narset wins.

    Round 3 – Semifinals:

    UB Fae X Restore Balance = UB Fae wins.
    Eternal Command X Esper Narset = Eternal Command wins.

    Round 4 – Finals:

    UB Fae X Eternal Command = UB Fae wins it all!

  25. Round 1:
    Turns
    Restore Balance
    Skred Swans
    UB Fae
    UB Mill
    Eternal Command
    Esper Narset
    Death Cloud

    Round 2:
    Restore Balance
    UB Fae
    UB Mill
    Esper Narset

    Round 3:
    UB Fae
    Esper Narset

    Finals:
    UB Fae

  26. ROUND 1:
    Goblins over Turns
    Balance over Ascendancy
    Brain in a Jar over Swans
    UB Fae over Giftsrog
    UB Mill over Maze’s End
    Eternal Command over Enchantress
    Doubling Season over Esper Narset
    Death Cloud over Saheeli Rai

    ROUND 2:
    Balance over Goblins
    UB Fae over Brain in a Jar
    Eternal Command over Mill
    Doubling Season over Deathcloud

    ROUND 3:
    UB Fae over Balance
    Eternal Command over Doubling Season

    Winner:
    UB Fae

  27. Goblins over Taking Turns
    Ascendancy over Balance
    Bird Brain over Skred Swans
    Gitrog over Faeries
    Mill over Maze’s End
    Enchantress over Eternal Command
    Esper Narset over Doubling Season
    Saheeli over Death Cloud

    Ascendancy over Goblins
    Bird Brain over Gitrog
    Mill over Enchantress
    Esper Narset over Saheeli

    Ascendancy over Bird Brain
    Mill over Esper Narset

    Ascendancy over Mill in the finals

  28. Goblins over turns
    balance over ascendancy
    swans over brains
    giftsrog over fae
    mill over maze’s end
    eternal command over enchantress
    doubling season over narset
    death cloud over saheeli

    balance over goblins
    giftsrog over swans
    command over mill
    doubling season over death cloud

    balance over giftsrog
    command over doubling season

    balance over command

  29. Goblins over Taking Turns
    Ascendancy over Balance
    Bird Brain over Skred Swans
    UB Fae over Gitrog
    Mill over Maze’s End
    Eternal Command over Enchantress
    Esper Narset over Doubling Season
    Death Cloud over Saheeli

    Ascendancy over Goblins
    UB Fae over Bird Brain
    Eternal Command over Mill
    Esper Narset over Death Cloud

    Ascendancy over UB Fae
    Eternal Command over Esper Narset

    Ascendancy over Eternal Command

  30. Goblins over turns
    ascendancy over balance
    brains over swans
    fae over giftsfrog
    mill over maze’s end
    eternal command over enchantress
    narset over doubling season
    saheeli over deathcloud

    ascendancy over goblins
    brains over fae
    mill over eternal command
    narset over saheeli

    brains over ascendancy
    mill over narset

    mill over brains

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