U/R Kiln Fiend by sattonex on MtGO

Creatures (14)
2 Bedlam Reveler
4 Kiln Fiend
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Thing in the Ice

Noncreature Spells (29)
1 Faithless Looting
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Manamorphose
4 Mutagenic Growth
4 Serum Visions
2 Sleight of Hand
4 Temur Battle Rage
2 Vapor Snag

Lands (17)
4 Flooded Strand
2 Island
1 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Spirebluff Canal
2 Steam Vents

Sideboard (15)
3 Blood Moon
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Gut Shot
2 Ravenous Trap
2 Shattering Spree
3 Spell Pierce
2 Twisted Image

Summary

In a format of linear, non-interactive decks, U/R Kiln Fiend may be the most linear and least interactive of them all. The aim of this deck, piloted by sattonex on MtGO on December 31, is to play a Kiln Fiend (or alternatively a Monastery Swiftspear), then cast enough spells including a Temur Battle Rage to deal lethal damage. Thing in the Ice provides another alternative game plan, and it thrives in this deck. Casting four instants and sorceries is very easy for this deck, and a 7/8 beater that sets the opponent back multiple turns is incredibly valuable. Bedlam Reveler is primarily used as a 2 mana draw 3 in this deck, but the body itself can be relevant, especially when Thing in the Ice flips (Bedlam Reveler is a horror). Synergy! The spells in this deck all allow you to dig further and further into your deck while pumping your creatures. Vapor Snag is dual-purpose in this deck. It can either clear a blocker, allowing your Kiln Fiend to go unblocked, or it can save your own creature from an opponent’s kill spell.

This deck is very poor against removal spells, hence the inclusion of Vapor Snag as an awkward “save spell”. However, the power level of this deck is nothing to joke about. A turn 2 Kiln Fiend can regularly see the opponent dead on turn 3. Gitaxian Probe, Serum Visions, Temur Battle Rage is exactly 20 damage. Because the format has shifted to linear and uninteractive decks, it’s very possible that U/R Kiln Fiend, which has always been seen as an outsider of the format, could make a comeback in a big way. It’s faster than Infect and Dredge, and runs over Tron comfortably. The only issues with this deck come when faced with a matchup like Jund (damn you, Abrupt Decay) or Grixis Delver. In these matchups, the sideboarded copies of Blood Moon come in to try to disrupt the opponent as much as possible.

This deck has incredibly polarized matchups, which is part of the reason why the top players rarely play it. However, if you are new to Modern or unfamiliar with the format, picking this deck up gives you a good chance of winning any tournament you’re in if the matchups fall your way. Some things from this decklist need to be changed before then, though. Here are the changes I would make moving forward:

Mainboard

No changes

Sideboard

-2 Gut Shot

-1 Grafdigger’s Cage

-2 Shattering Spree

+3 Distortion Strike

+1 Ravenous Trap

+1 Spellskite

This is day 4 of 365 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column. You can read day 3 here, where I cover a forgotten Standard powerhouse that’s looking to make a comeback.

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