B/R Graveyard by oceanman94 on MtGO

Creatures (22)
4 Bloodghast
4 Flameblade Adept
2 Flamewake Phoenix
3 Gurmag Angler
4 Hollow One
4 Street Wraith
1 Tombstalker

Non-Creature Spells (20)
4 Burning Inquiry
4 Call to the Netherworld
4 Faithless Looting
4 Fiery Temper
4 Lightning Bolt

Lands (18)
1 Blackcleave Cliffs
4 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Mountain
1 Stomping Ground
2 Swamp
1 Verdant Catacombs
2 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Big Game Hunter
2 Blood Moon
2 Dragon’s Claw
1 Kari Zev’s Expertise
2 Lightning Axe
2 Rakdos Charm
2 Thoughtseize

Summary

The increasing importance of graveyards in Modern has been a trend many have been noticing over the past few months. With more powerful graveyard cards being printed and the format increasingly shifting to more linear decks, graveyard decks have thrived. The deck we’re featuring today aims to take advantage of loot cards and graveyard cards to churn out a mass of powerful creatures as early as possible.

Far and away the most important part of this deck is the loot cards it has access to, as they filter through cards and dump cards into the graveyard, where this deck really wants them. This deck uses Burning Inquiry and Faithless Looting for these slots. Faithless Looting is more or less a no-brainer for this style of deck, as it lets you see two new cards and put two cards that want to be in the graveyard there, allowing for a second iteration of this effect once three mana is available. However, Burning Inquiry is a much less played card. While the extra card is nice, random discards frequently leave decks discarding what they wanted to keep in their hand and vice versa. In this deck, however, this is not a problem, as nearly the entire deck wants to be in the graveyard.

To take advantage of these loot spells, this deck plays Hollow One and Bloodghast. Hollow One has been picking up steam in Modern recently, thanks to the HollowVine deck, and it’s even better in this deck. One Faithless Looting makes all copies of Hollow One cost 1 mana, and a Burning Inquiry makes them free. Bloodghast is a deceptively powerful card for this deck, as it very easily comes back turn after turn, and this deck has no issues getting the opponent to 10 life, giving ‘Ghast haste very frequently.

In addition, this deck plays Flamewake Phoenix, which loves to come back from the graveyard and Fiery Temper, which loves to be discarded. To further reward discards, this deck plays the full 4 copies of Flameblade Adept, which can regularly be a 3 or 4 power creature for just 1 mana. Similarly, Gurmag Angler is powered out very easily in this deck, as the graveyard gets filled up in no time. To round it out, Street Wraith is a powerful cycler that thins the deck and adds free cards to the graveyard, and Call to the Netherworld allows this deck to discard multiple cards, but bring one back for free, mitigating the card disadvantage that discard spells cause.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-1 Kari Zev’s Expertise

+1 Ancient Grudge

This is day 269 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 268 here, where we featured a Modern tribal deck that uses a tribe that may surprise you…

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