U/R Storm by diabloXSC on MtGO

Creatures (4)
4 Goblin Electromancer

Non-Creature Spells (37)
4 Desperate Ritual
1 Empty the Warrens
4 Gifts Ungiven
2 Grapeshot
4 Manamorphose
2 Past in Flames
4 Pyretic Ritual
4 Remand
4 Serum Visions
4 Sleight of Hand
4 Thought Scour

Lands (19)
1 Breeding Pool
3 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Steam Vents
4 Sulfur Falls

Sideboard (15)
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Blood Moon
1 Dispel
1 Echoing Truth
2 Empty the Warrens
2 Leyline of Sanctity
3 Lightning Bolt
1 Natural State
1 Nature’s Claim
1 Negate

Summary

One of the decks that wasn’t targeted by the Modern bans, but was unintentionally hit hard was U/R Storm. For obvious reasons, Gitaxian Probe was an excellent card in the deck. It was a free spell, allowed you to see your opponent’s hand to sculpt your game plan, and drew you further to your important cards. When the banning of Gitaxian Probe hit, some people even jokingly said “what’s the best way to play Storm? Legacy.” Fear not Modern Storm-lovers! Storm may not be dead! This U/R Storm list, piloted by diabloXSC is different from the classic U/R Storm deck in a number of ways, but still holds true to the core strategy of Modern Storm.

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The first thing that stands out in this deck is the 4 copies of Gifts Ungiven. The powerful instant gives you access to 2 cards now, and the other 2 cards when you cast Past in Flames. The other unusual choices made in this deck are the full 4 copies of Remand, which is generally considered a little too reactive for what Storm wants to be doing, as well as the mainboard copy of Empty the Warrens. Usually, Empty the Warrens is relegated to the sideboard, but I actually really like the inclusion of it in the mainboard. It offers a different, more aggressive line of play that lets the deck execute on more than one game plan. It’s important to note that there are no copies of Pyromancer Ascension anywhere in this deck’s 75. This is a good indication that that slow and inevitability-based Storm deck may be long gone, and this more proactive Storm deck is here for the future.

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The sideboard of this deck has a lot of different, interesting cards in it that you might not expect to see. Blood Moon, Empty the Warrens, and Lightning Bolt are all common inclusions in this deck’s sideboard, but Leyline of Sanctity and the several removal spells for non-creature permanents are certainly not stock. Ancient Grudge deals with troublesome artifacts, while Nature’s Claim and Natural State offer options against artifacts and enchantments, while Echoing Truth is a good catch-all for “anything else”.

Going forward against this Modern format, it may be time for Storm to make a comeback. The loss of Gitaxian Probe hurts, but as the format shifts more to decks that are less proactive and will have less interaction with the Storm deck itself, Storm can reach its full potential, with or without Gitaxian Probe.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard:

-1 Breeding Pool

+1 Island

Sideboard:

-1 Ancient Grudge

-1 Empty the Warrens

-1 Natural State

-1 Nature’s Claim

+1 Dispel

+2 Echoing Truth

+1 Lightning Bolt

This is day 20 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 19 here, where we featured a unique ramp deck in Modern.

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