Bogles (also known as Green-White Hexproof) is under the radar right now, which means there are not going to be players ready for it – since when are players boarding Back to Nature nowadays? Bad matchups like Infect seem to be getting less popular. This is the type of deck that can produce free wins, meaning you really don't have to do much and the opponent is left helpless. This is great, though it means you don't have to work too hard in order to win games.

Most of the card choices here are pretty standard, with some of the one-ofs beings based on personal preference. I have seen some lists that play SIlhauna Ledgewalker instead of Kor Spiritdancer, but I'm not a fan of this. There are matchups where Kor Spiritdancer dies a lot of the time, but high-risk, high-reward cards are sometimes necessary. Many times opponents will board out removal, which makes it more likely Kor Spiritdancer sticks. In the matchups where you aren't playing against removal, then Kor Spiritdancer becomes the best creature in the deck by a wide margin.

Bogles tends to be strong against control decks, and the Expertise deck which we played against was controlling, and even though it had the combo of Sram's Expertise into Beck // Call our opponent was nearly helpless. Lightning Helix and Remand aren't enough to stop our attack, and there are so few actual answers to the hexproof threats that even after our opponent drew seven cards they still likely didn't have any answer to our huge creature.

Many players have claimed Abzan Midrange has a great matchup against Bogles, yet the matchup seemed fairly easy from our perspective. We were pretty lucky that our opponent didn't draw much removal in the match, which allowed Kor Spiritdancer to do its thing. Liliana, the Last Hope being played instead of Liliana, of the Veil was great for our side of the table. The planeswalker which has the ability to edict you is the most feared card in the matchup. Overall, I think this matchup is closer than the games show, but Leyline of Sanctity is key after sideboard.

The other deck we faced off against was a deck I have only been playing against in Standard! The Copy Cat deck looked quite impressive here, as we only have Path to Exile for interaction. Having to sweat it out and hope the opponent doesn't draw part of the combo isn't fun. Being able to combo without Saheeli Rai is pretty sweet, as gaining infinite life with Essence Warden is as good as winning the game. The most frustrating game was certainly game three, where running Path to Exiles was still not enough. The Copy Cat deck is one to be on the lookout for in Modern.

Moving forward, I don't think Bogles will be one of the top decks in the format, but that doesn't mean it's not a viable option. The deck's clock is fast enough to win on turn four pretty consistently, yet there aren't the same vulnerabilities here which many of the combo decks in the format have. There are some specific hate cards like Ensnaring Bridge that are great against you, but for the most the cards that Bogles is scared of aren't being heavily played.

Thanks for reading,

Seth Manfield