Legacy Burn by jogandopelado on MtGO

Creatures (13)
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Goblin Guide
1 Grim Lavamancer
4 Monastery Swiftspear

Non-Creature Spells (28)
4 Chain Lightning
4 Lava Spike
4 Rift Bolt
4 Fireblast
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Price of Progress
2 Searing Blaze
2 Sulfuric Vortex

Lands (19)
4 Arid Mesa
4 Bloodstained Mire
9 Mountain
2 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
2 Searing Blaze
1 Sulfuric Vortex
1 Exquisite Firecraft
2 Pyrostatic Pillar
4 Relic of Progenitus
2 Searing Blood
3 Smash to Smithereens

Summary

Burn is one of the most popular decks in Modern, both on MtGO and in real life, due to the deck’s consistency and power against decks that aren’t prepared for it. Usually, the deck acts like a combo deck, requiring specific hate cards to succeed against it. This makes it a powerful option when it’s been out of the format for a while. In Legacy, it has fallen by the wayside in recent years, but shifts in the metagame could return it to its former glory.

Like all Burn decks, this one looks to make the most out of its proactive 1 mana creatures, due to their ability to get in more damage per mana than any of the other cards in the deck. These creatures are Goblin Guide and Monastery Swiftspear. Goblin Guide is a consistent 2/2 with haste for 1 mana and Monastery Swiftspear regularly ranges from anywhere between 1 and 4 power. The drawback of Goblin Guide is not a concern for this deck, as the extra cards it gives the opponent won’t have a change to be played, as the opponent will either be dead or firmly in command of the game.

Chain Lightning, Lava Spike, Rift Bolt, and Lightning Bolt are all variations of the same spell in the deck, which is more often than not pointed at the opponent. However, the other spells in this deck are different from the classic 1 mana deal 3. Searing Blaze helps control the opponent’s board while dealing damage to the opponent, albeit for a rather costly 2 mana, making it a situationally extremely strong card that can singlehandedly turn the tides in a game. Similarly, Price of Progress punishes the opponent for having non-basic lands, which against some decks can win games on its own, let alone casting multiple of them. Most, if not all, decks in Legacy play some non-basic lands, so Price is rarely dead. Eidolon of the Great Revel is a similarly powerful card in Legacy, and punishes the opponent for naturally playing their game.

For ways of easily finishing off games, this deck plays Fireblast and Sulfuric Vortex. If conditions are met, Fireblast is a free 4 damage, allowing the deck to win earlier than most decks in the format. Sulfuric Vortex deals crucial damage turn after turn that closes the door quickly on the opponent. Additionally, the no life gain clause can be relevant against certain decks in the format, adding some additional value.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-2 Searing Blood

+2 Pyroclasm

This is day 256 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 255 here, where we featured a Modern deck that controls the board and flies over the opponent.

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