W/R Tokens by dayofmagus on MtGO

Creatures (24)
2 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
4 Goblin Guide
4 Grim Lavamancer
4 Hanweir Garrison
4 Hero of Bladehold
2 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
4 Selfless Spirit

Non-Creature Spells (14)
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lightning Helix
4 Path to Exile
2 Hammer of Purphoros

Lands (22)
4 Arid Mesa
2 Bloodstained Mire
4 Clifftop Retreat
1 Marsh Flats
2 Mountain
3 Plains
4 Sacred Foundry
2 Slayers’ Stronghold

Sideboard (15)
4 Anger of the Gods
4 Gideon of the Trials
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Rest in Peace
3 Skullcrack

Summary

Modern has housed many interesting decks over the years, but new and interesting decks tend to be either Midrange, Control, or Combo decks. Aggro decks have generally had a few options throughout Modern’s history, including Burn, Affinity, and Zoo. The deck we’re featuring today aims to offer a different option for Modern players looking to get aggressive.

Goblin Guide might indicate that this deck is Burn-like, but an overall lack of aggressive turn 1 plays outside of Goblin Guide (Grim Lavamancer isn’t quite in this category) shows that this deck has a higher curve. Selfless Spirit and Kari Zev, Skyship Raider add two different important elements to this deck. Selfless Spirit offers good and cheap evasion, as well as board wipe insurance, which is much needed in a deck like this. Kari Zev, Skyship Raider attacks for 3 damage for 2 mana, but its synergy with the other creatures in this deck, which we’ll get to later, makes it the best option in this slot.

Brimaz, King of Oreskos and Hanweir Garrison are the 3 mana creatures in this deck. Both attack for 4 mana when attacking, and are potent token creators that allow the deck to flood the board easily. The top end of this deck is Hero of Bladehold. The Mirrodin Besieged mythic is a token creator itself, but it also takes full advantage of the tokens that are made throughout the deck. Special mention should be given to Hammer of Purphoros. It’s an excellent mana sink in the late game, but in the mid game it allows the deck to be more aggressive than it otherwise would be.

Lightning Bolt, Lightning Helix, and Path to Exile are the most efficient removal spells in the format. The former two have been struggling to see play in the format due to the presence of Grixis Death’s Shadow. However, their ability to be pointed at the face makes them an excellent option in this deck, which at times can struggle to get in the last points of damage before the opponent wins.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Hammer of Purphoros

+1 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider

Sideboard

-2 Grafdigger’s Cage

+2 Dragon’s Claw

This is day 164 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck. You can read day 163 here, where we featured an innovative Modern control deck that uses card filtering to take advantage of Demigod of Revenge.

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