For some time I was very excited to play at Grand Prix Jersey, It was close enough to home and I had been enjoying playing Standard in recent months. However I did not end up playing in the Grand Prix. There were a few factors that led to that decision and I will briefly explain and then move on to why I decided to write this article.
The first reason for me was spending the $80 to register for the event. I understand that large events should have a larger entry fee but the last GP I played in only cost me $50. Once again I know that they upped the prizes and have cool swag but for $80 I wasn’t even getting a playmat. That means that in order for me to feel like it was worth it I would have had to at least earn my money back. That is no easy feat when you consider the amount of talent that ended up at the GP. I had some high hopes but that was all I had.
Secondly, in order for me to get there I would have needed to drive an hour and a half one way. That doesn’t sound too terrible but leaving my house at 6:30 am or earlier was becoming more and more dreadful the more I thought about it. Then playing 9 rounds of Magic, driving home after, and hopefully driving back the next morning would have been a tiresome trip.
Lastly was spending all that time away from my wife and kids with the possibility of having nothing to show for it. That was honestly the biggest reason for staying home. Would it have been cool to go? Yes. Would it have been a great test of my skill and a way for me to grow as a player? Yes. However there are other ways for me to grow as a player.
Enter the reason for this article.
With Magic Online I can obviously play from the comfort of my own home. I can even have my son watch and explain plays to him etc. I am home but still able to play Magic. I know that is not some groundbreaking news. If you are reading this you most likely already play online and are wondering what I am babbling about.
Here is the breakthrough I had. As much as I love to play Standard in paper and online it is not the best for investing in a collection. Modern and Legacy have always been my preference but price has always kept me from playing the decks I wanted to play. However if you are like me you are excited for something that is coming our way very soon.
Modern Masters 2017 looks amazing and it has already affected some prices, making some Modern Staples more affordable for poor players like me. Already cards like Goblin Guide and the enemy color fetchlands dropped in price. What deck can take advantage of that?
This version of burn is still a lot cheaper without the Eidolon of the Great Revel and not being Naya. Though it is still quite efficient. What it does get you is a great starting point for Modern. Each set of fetches was under 25 tickets, which was an amazing price and now I could start working towards not only Naya Burn but also other types of Zoo decks.
First though what does this deck have to offer?
Well it does have 5 Lightning Bolt effects. 3 may be sorcery speed but they still deal three damage and that is really want you want. Bump in the Night even has flashback though that rarely comes into play.
It also has a full 4 copies of Searing Blaze which I think it in a great spot right now. Even if it doesn’t kill the creature it hits it can still target it to deal the 3 damage to your opponent.
Boros Charm is a must include in any burn deck and this is no exception and then to round out the burn package you have Skullcrack. Since this is not the Naya version you need a way to stop main deck Lifegain and Skullcrack is your card.
As I mentioned before Eidolon is not in my budget yet but the other creatures are still in the deck and they are amazing. You want to see a creature in your opener and the games where you have multiples you can feel your odds of winning increase.
The lands could be messed with depending on what you want. In fact the original list I was using only had 1 Blood Crypt and 3 Inspiring Vantages. I just wanted an extra source of black especially because the amount of black in the sideboard.
The board has some interesting cards in it and for the time being I can’t think of anything to really change. I originally had 4 Smash to Smithereens but I wanted a Wear/Tear due to cards like Leyline of Sanctity or even Spreading Seas. Blood Moon can also be a problem but you would have to float the mana to destroy the troublesome enchantment.
Rain of Gore is an interesting one and I haven’t had it really shine yet but I can see where it can be good. It is worth keeping it to continue to try it out.
Fatal Push is for those pesky Tarmogoyfs and other creatures that don’t die to Lightning Bolt and its friends. Turning on revolt is pretty simple with the 12 fetchlands.
Dragon's Claw might be replaced by Kor Firewalker I think it is simple enough to get double white and I like that it can block as well as gain the life.
Last but not least there is Deflecting Palm mostly it is there for the Death's Shadow decks or any other deck that seeks to attack in for one large amount of damage. Sometimes it is just your only way to win in those match ups.
As I mentioned before the goal is to slowly transform this into Naya Burn and also Zoo and then build from there.
Over all I am looking forward to the price changes that Modern Master’s 2017 is bringing and it can really help those players who do not have the biggest budget and want to stay competitive. Also I can imagine the set being a ton of fun to draft as well.
Selling Standard allowed me to not only build this burn deck but also have a second deck to play. I dipped back into Pauper with this list.
This deck also helps me work toward building burn in Legacy as well. It is funny because I never was much of a burn player. However with the amount of time it takes me to complete a League or even a 2 player queue I am becoming more of a fan. Some times I only have 20 minutes or less to play and with Burn I can do more than just one match in that time. I am unfamiliar with the current Pauper Metagame and mostly built this to play against my son because I bought him a Pauper deck as well. If any of you experienced Pauper players want to give me some games I would happily take them and even enjoy testing a bit. My next article I will be back with the Modern World and start diving into what decks are a bit cheaper or even try to share some more of my brews. Modern has always been wide open and no matter what I always end up back in the format. I like how our plans can get derailed and lead to something much better.
Until next time!!