Dredge by paulymorph on MtGO

Creatures (24)
4 Bloodghast
3 Golgari Thug
4 Insolent Neonate
4 Narcomoeba
4 Prized Amalgam
1 Scourge Devil
4 Stinkweed Imp

Non-Creature Spells (15)
4 Cathartic Reunion
3 Conflagrate
4 Faithless Looting
4 Life from the Loam

Lands (21)
1 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Copperline Gorge
2 Dakmor Salvage
2 Mountain
2 Stomping Ground
4 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
2 Abrupt Decay
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Collective Brutality
2 Darkblast
2 Gnaw to the Bone
2 Lightning Axe
2 Thoughtseize
1 Vengeful Pharaoh

Summary

After the printing of Insolent Neonate and Prized Amalgam, Dredge was no longer just a popular Legacy deck. It invaded Modern and hasn’t left since. The unbanning and rebanning of Golgari Grave-Troll has had little-to-no effect on the deck’s viability in Modern, and it continues to be a force in the format that demands respect from many sideboards across the format.

With the absence of Golgari Grave-Troll, there is more pressure put on the dredging ability of Stinkweed Imp, Golgari Thug, and Life from the Loam. Just one of the three of these can get the dredging engine going quickly, and can ramp up the deck from zero to sixty quickly. Once dredging has commenced, Bloodghast, Narcomoeba, Prized Amalgam, and Conflagrate are all thrilled to be spilled over. Insolent Neonate, Cathartic Reunion, and Faithless Looting all let you find the dredge piece you are looking for as well as additional dredges per turn, as dredge cares about drawing as a whole, and not just the natural draw you have for your turn.

Beyond more traditional beatdowns, this deck also uses one copy of Scourge Devil as a surefire way of finishing the opponent off quickly. Frequently, Dredge might find itself missing ways to punch through those final points of damage before the opponent does their crazy, broken combo on their turn, so having access to Scourge Devil is a great asset for the deck.

The sideboard for this deck is a mixture of hate for the format’s troublesome matchups and the hate cards that the format as a whole will be bringing to the table. Abrupt Decay is excellent at answering Rest in Peace, but it can’t answer Leyline of the Void. Because of this, I’ll be adding Golgari Charm. Not only does it answer both Rest in Peace and Leyline of the Void, but it’s a great answer to Anger of the Gods, which can frequently be a very potent card against Dredge. Gnaw to the Bone is a very impressive card for Dredge against Burn, which is happy to be drawn or dredged into the graveyard.

Vengeful Pharaoh is an interesting sideboard option for this deck, and is one that has been seeing more and more play in both the mainboard and the sideboard of this deck. Once you have a dredge card online, having a Vengeful Pharaoh in your graveyard allows you to destroy a creature every turn at essentially the cost of minus one dredge per turn.

These are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Life from the Loam

+1 Haunted Dead

Sideboard

-2 Lightning Axe

+2 Golgari Charm

This is day 97 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 96 here, where we covered a unique Legacy deck that combines prison elements, mana disruption, and powerful toolbox effects.

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