Bogles by PJ_the_Crusher on MtGO

Creatures (14)
4 Gladecover Scout
3 Kor Spiritdancer
3 Silhana Ledgewalker
4 Slippery Bogle

Non-Creature Spells (27)
4 Daybreak Coronet
4 Ethereal Armor
2 Gryff’s Boon
4 Hyena Umbra
2 Keen Sense
4 Rancor
3 Spider Umbra
2 Spirit Mantle
2 Path to Exile

Lands (19)
1 Dryad Arbor
1 Forest
2 Plains
4 Razorverge Thicket
4 Temple Garden
4 Windswept Heath
3 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
3 Gaddock Teeg
4 Leyline of Sanctity
2 Path to Exile
3 Spirit Link
3 Stony Silence

Summary

No deck represents¬†the linear, theme-deck feel of Modern quite like Bogles. All of the creatures in the deck are 1/1’s or 0/2’s, and the deck wins by taking all of the best auras that the Modern format makes available and putting them on small creatures that can’t be killed easily. It’s frequently said that Modern is a format of people trying to do their own things with a few brave ones mixed in trying to stop them. Bogles might not have the fastest goldfish kill in Modern, but it is excellent at protecting itself from the reactionary decks in the format. It protects itself against discard spells by having a lot of redundancy and a game plan that doesn’t rely on drawing a certain card or set of cards. It also completely blanks removal spells (outside of Kor Spiritdancer), giving it a big edge against the Lighting Bolt and Path to Exile decks of the format.

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Each aura in the deck plays a different and critical role. Daybreak Coronet and Etheral Armor are the obvious ones: they hit hard. Rancor allows you to run right over chump blockers (while returning itself for future use if your creature dies), Gryff’s Boon and Spirit Mantle give your creature evasion, Hyena Umbra and Spider Umbra protect you from sweeper effects like Supreme Verdict, and Keen Sense ties the room together, allowing you to create an impressive engine of cards that puts the game out of reach for your opponent very quickly.

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One of the big weaknesses in this deck is sacrifice effects, such as the ever-popular Liliana of the Veil. The singleton copy of Dryad Arbor is in the deck to protect against that, and it also serves as an excellent ambush attacker if your opponent isn’t prepared for it. A fetchland finding a Dryad Arbor on end step can quickly turn into lethal damage when suited up with a bunch of auras.

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The sideboard for the deck is very streamlined, which I think is necessary for this deck. Spirit Link is sometimes unstoppable against Burn, Stony Silence stops Affinity in its tracks, and Leyline of Sanctity is an excellent catch-all against Burn and Ad Nauseam alike. Gaddock Teeg is an interesting sideboard option for this deck, and one that puts in more work than it might appear to on its surface. It’s excellent against every version of Tron in the format, but also has major applicability against control decks and Amulet Titan. With Dredge putting 2 copies into the top 8 of GP Brisbane, this deck will need graveyard hate going forward, which I have in my changes below.

Bogles will seemingly always have a home in the Modern metagame, and it’s never a major surprise when the deck does well. If you run hot and find the right matchups, consider yourself a strong favorite for taking down the tournament with Slippery Bogle and friends. Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Spider Umbra

+1 Path to Exile

Sideboard

-1 Path to Exile

-1 Spirit Link

-1 Gaddock Teeg

+3 Rest in Peace

This is day 52 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 51 here, where we featured the exciting, dominant deck from Grand Prix Vancouver.

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