It's that time of the year where Standard goes through its rotation cycle in an attempt to keep the format fresh and exciting. But what do you do with those freshly rotated Standard cards?

Most enfranchised Standard players will sell these cards to support other purchases within the format. But what if you wanted to give Modern a try but never had the budget for it before?

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Playing Magic on a budget means thinking about card mileage—how much are you going to use a card against the price you paid for it. Standard rotation is a great time to extend the mileage of your cards by finding ways to play them in Modern or even in Pioneer. The following pre-rotation Standard lists remain an excellent foundation to jump into Modern in paper or digitally via Magic Online.

Mono-Green Stompy

Let's begin with one of the cheapest and aggressive strategies in old Standard, Mono-Green Stompy.

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Standard

Market Price: $128.35

Cards

Mobilized District

Market Price: $0.19

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}: Mobilized District becomes a 3/3 Citizen creature with vigilance until end of turn. It's still a land. This ability costs {1} less to activate for each legendary creature and planeswalker you control.

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Vivien, Arkbow Ranger

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $3.70

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+1: Distribute two +1/+1 counters among up to two target creatures. They gain trample until end of turn.
−3: Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power to target creature or planeswalker.
−5: You may reveal a creature card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand.

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Pelt Collector

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.27

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Whenever another creature you control enters the battlefield or dies, if that creature's power is greater than Pelt Collector's, put a +1/+1 counter on Pelt Collector.
As long as Pelt Collector has three or more +1/+1 counters on it, it has trample.

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Shifting Ceratops

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.26

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This spell can't be countered.
Protection from blue (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, enchanted, or equipped by anything blue.)
{G}: Shifting Ceratops gains your choice of reach, trample, or haste until end of turn.

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Wildborn Preserver

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.21

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Flash
Reach
Whenever another non-Human creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may pay {X}. When you do, put X +1/+1 counters on Wildborn Preserver.

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Castle Garenbrig

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $3.35

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Castle Garenbrig enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest.
{T}: Add {G}.
{2}{G}{G}, {T}: Add six {G}. Spend this mana only to cast creature spells or activate abilities of creatures.

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Questing Beast

Color Identity:G

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Vigilance, deathtouch, haste
Questing Beast can't be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.
Combat damage that would be dealt by creatures you control can't be prevented.
Whenever Questing Beast deals combat damage to an opponent, it deals that much damage to target planeswalker that player controls.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.65

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Primal Might

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.36

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Target creature you control gets +X/+X until end of turn. Then it fights up to one target creature you don't control.

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Ranger's Guile

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.05

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Target creature you control gets +1/+1 and gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Gemrazer

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.23

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Mutate {1}{G}{G} (If you cast this spell for its mutate cost, put it over or under target non-Human creature you own. They mutate into the creature on top plus all abilities from under it.)
Reach, trample
Whenever this creature mutates, destroy target artifact or enchantment an opponent controls.

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Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

Color Identity:G

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Ram Through

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.15

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Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power to target creature you don't control. If the creature you control has trample, excess damage is dealt to that creature's controller instead.

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Oakhame Adversary

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.42

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if an opponent controls a green permanent.
Deathtouch
Whenever Oakhame Adversary deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.

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Stonecoil Serpent

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Reach, trample, protection from multicolored
Stonecoil Serpent enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Barkhide Troll

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.16

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Barkhide Troll enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.
{1}, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Barkhide Troll: Barkhide Troll gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Mono-Green Stompy became an ideal answer for the Wilderness Reclamation strategies that dominated Standard as long the card was legal. Reclamation decks took a while to get going, allowing opponents the opportunity to go under and control the board during the initial turns. Mono-Green Stompy also lined up well against other aggressive archetypes such as Mono-Red, as its threats were larger.

Mono-Green Stompy is incredibly easy from a deck building perspective as it's mostly four-ofs since you want to do the same thing every game. It's a simple strategy that's easy to pick up if you are new to Magic and prefer your games to end swiftly. Mono-Green Stompy ports well into Modern and is commonly known as the budget deck of choice for format beginners.

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Cards

Experiment One

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.81

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Evolve (Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, if that creature has greater power or toughness than this creature, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature.)
Remove two +1/+1 counters from Experiment One: Regenerate Experiment One.

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Vivien, Arkbow Ranger

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $3.70

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+1: Distribute two +1/+1 counters among up to two target creatures. They gain trample until end of turn.
−3: Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power to target creature or planeswalker.
−5: You may reveal a creature card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand.

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Damping Sphere

Market Price: $1.14

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Barkhide Troll

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.16

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Barkhide Troll enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.
{1}, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Barkhide Troll: Barkhide Troll gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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Blossoming Defense

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.25

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Target creature you control gets +2/+2 and gains hexproof until end of turn.

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Treetop Village

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.10

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Treetop Village enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
{1}{G}: Treetop Village becomes a 3/3 green Ape creature with trample until end of turn. It's still a land. (It can deal excess combat damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.)

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Avatar of the Resolute

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.89

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Reach, trample
Avatar of the Resolute enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each other creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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Scavenging Ooze

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.99

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{G}: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.

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Strangleroot Geist

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.32

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Haste
Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.)

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Pelt Collector

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.27

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Whenever another creature you control enters the battlefield or dies, if that creature's power is greater than Pelt Collector's, put a +1/+1 counter on Pelt Collector.
As long as Pelt Collector has three or more +1/+1 counters on it, it has trample.

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Questing Beast

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $14.19

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Vigilance, deathtouch, haste
Questing Beast can't be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.
Combat damage that would be dealt by creatures you control can't be prevented.
Whenever Questing Beast deals combat damage to an opponent, it deals that much damage to target planeswalker that player controls.

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Reclamation Sage

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.31

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When Reclamation Sage enters the battlefield, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Aspect of Hydra

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.26

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Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is your devotion to green. (Each {G} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to green.)

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Steel Leaf Champion

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.11

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Steel Leaf Champion can't be blocked by creatures with power 2 or less.

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Vines of Vastwood

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.88

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Kicker {G} (You may pay an additional {G} as you cast this spell.)
Target creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control this turn. If this spell was kicked, that creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.

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Stonecoil Serpent

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Reach, trample, protection from multicolored
Stonecoil Serpent enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.65

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Shifting Ceratops

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.26

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This spell can't be countered.
Protection from blue (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, enchanted, or equipped by anything blue.)
{G}: Shifting Ceratops gains your choice of reach, trample, or haste until end of turn.

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If you want to make this more competitive, you can make the following changes. I recommend doing them in this order:.

Maindeck

Sideboard

*Vivien, Arkbow Ranger and Scavenging Ooze move to the sideboard, replacing Lovestruck Beast and Primal Might.

Blossoming Defense and Vines of Vastwood defend your threats while letting you maintain aggression. Also, Mono-Green Stompy in Modern offers a counters theme with Avatar of the Resolute and Strangleroot Geist, growing your threats as the game progresses.

Mono-Green Stompy is also a reasonable option for Pioneer that I covered a while back, offering upgrade paths that can extend into Modern.

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Azorius Control

If you played a bunch of control in the previous Standard season, Azorius Control is a fantastic option in Modern. It's one of the few strategies that remains an evergreen feature of the format, given the expansive card pool and choices on offer. If you know a given format well, you can find plenty of success with Azorius Control.

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Cards

Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.20

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Shatter the Sky

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.14

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Each player who controls a creature with power 4 or greater draws a card. Then destroy all creatures.

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Absorb

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.54

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Counter target spell. You gain 3 life.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.73

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Devout Decree

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.09

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Exile target creature or planeswalker that's black or red. Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)

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Baneslayer Angel

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.31

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Flying, first strike, lifelink, protection from Demons and from Dragons

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.27

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Sorcerous Spyglass

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As Sorcerous Spyglass enters the battlefield, look at an opponent's hand, then choose any card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Time Wipe

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.23

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Return a creature you control to its owner's hand, then destroy all creatures.

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The Birth of Meletis

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.43

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Search your library for a basic Plains card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
II — Create a 0/4 colorless Wall artifact creature token with defender.
III — You gain 2 life.

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Elspeth Conquers Death

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.42

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(As this Saga enters and after your draw step, add a lore counter. Sacrifice after III.)
I — Exile target permanent an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or greater.
II — Noncreature spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast until your next turn.
III — Return target creature or planeswalker card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Put a +1/+1 counter or a loyalty counter on it.

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Dream Trawler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.46

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Flying, lifelink
Whenever you draw a card, Dream Trawler gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Whenever Dream Trawler attacks, draw a card.
Discard a card: Dream Trawler gains hexproof until end of turn. Tap it.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $8.99

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $7.20

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.04

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Field of Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles their library.

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Heliod's Intervention

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.44

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Choose one —
• Destroy X target artifacts and/or enchantments.
• Target player gains twice X life.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.86

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.76

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Glass Casket

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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When Glass Casket enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 3 or less until Glass Casket leaves the battlefield.

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Temple of Enlightenment

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.84

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Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.82

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Omen of the Sea

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.11

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Flash
When Omen of the Sea enters the battlefield, scry 2, then draw a card.
{2}{U}, Sacrifice Omen of the Sea: Scry 2.

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Teferi, Time Raveler and Narset, Parter of Veils rotated out of Standard when Wizards of the Coast released Zendikar Rising in September. Both of these planeswalkers make for an excellent foundation for Azorius Control.

Switching this build for Modern usage is straightforward and kind on the wallet. Dream Trawler is an excellent win condition in Standard control builds, but you may need different threats to close out games in Modern. You don't want to fall behind or force a draw because you don't have varied win conditions. Also, removal is rampant in Modern which can make Dream Trawler a huge disadvantage later in the game. However, running a single copy is acceptable to offset this limitation.

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Teferi, Time Raveler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $8.99

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Each opponent can cast spells only any time they could cast a sorcery.
+1: Until your next turn, you may cast sorcery spells as though they had flash.
−3: Return up to one target artifact, creature, or enchantment to its owner's hand. Draw a card.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $6.33

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Wall of Omens

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.23

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Defender
When Wall of Omens enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Torrential Gearhulk

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.84

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Flash
When Torrential Gearhulk enters the battlefield, you may cast target instant card from your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that spell would be put into your graveyard this turn, exile it instead.

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Narset, Parter of Veils

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.86

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Each opponent can't draw more than one card each turn.
−2: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a noncreature, nonland card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.04

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Counter target spell with converted mana cost 4 or greater.

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Fact or Fiction

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.19

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Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Stony Silence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.05

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.20

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This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Baneslayer Angel

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.31

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Flying, first strike, lifelink, protection from Demons and from Dragons

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Celestial Colonnade

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $4.66

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Celestial Colonnade enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.
{3}{W}{U}: Until end of turn, Celestial Colonnade becomes a 4/4 white and blue Elemental creature with flying and vigilance. It's still a land.

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Draw a card.

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Archmage's Charm

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.86

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell.
• Target player draws two cards.
• Gain control of target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 1 or less.

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Field of Ruin

Market Price: $0.41

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles their library.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.32

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Castle Vantress

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.82

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Castle Vantress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island.
{T}: Add {U}.
{2}{U}{U}, {T}: Scry 2.

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Dream Trawler

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.46

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Flying, lifelink
Whenever you draw a card, Dream Trawler gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Whenever Dream Trawler attacks, draw a card.
Discard a card: Dream Trawler gains hexproof until end of turn. Tap it.

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Temple of Enlightenment

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.84

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Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Enlightenment enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Wrath of God

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $20.36

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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Mystic Sanctuary

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.73

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({T}: Add {U}.)
Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield tapped unless you control three or more other Islands.
When Mystic Sanctuary enters the battlefield untapped, you may put target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Dovin's Veto

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $1.27

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This spell can't be countered.
Counter target noncreature spell.

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Sorcerous Spyglass

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As Sorcerous Spyglass enters the battlefield, look at an opponent's hand, then choose any card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Aether Gust

Color Identity:U

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Choose target spell or permanent that's red or green. Its owner puts it on the top or bottom of their library.

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Absorb

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.54

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Counter target spell. You gain 3 life.

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Restoration Angel

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.31

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Flash
Flying
When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

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Disenchant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.04

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $7.20

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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If you want to upgrade your Azorius Control build for Modern, here is how to go about it.

Mainboard

Sideboard

Fortunately, cheap but powerful commons and uncommons make the core of Azorius Control. Alongside Dream Trawler, I have added Wall of Omens, Restoration Angel, and Torrential Gearhulk as a sure-fire way to generate value and to close out the game. Some Azorius Control builds offer a pseudo-blink theme, and it's a sensible approach to take on a budget.

If you already have Shark Typhoon due to current Standard, I highly recommend slotting these in over Absorb. Shark Typhoon is an excellent way to generate value by performing your usual game plan. Generating Shark Tokens gums up the board while pushing through damage, an element that can be tricky for control archetypes. If you want to go into fully optimized Modern Azorius Control, I covered the archetype on a budget last month, with a walkthrough on what staples to prioritize first.

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Mono-Red Aggro

Finally, it may be an easy one to mention, but Mono-Red is really good in Modern right now. Also, it's absurd in the current Standard metagame.

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Standard

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Cards

Scorch Spitter

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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Whenever Scorch Spitter attacks, it deals 1 damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Anax, Hardened in the Forge

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.38

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Anax's power is equal to your devotion to red. (Each {R} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to red.)
Whenever Anax or another nontoken creature you control dies, create a 1/1 red Satyr creature token with "This creature can't block." If the creature had power 4 or greater, create two of those tokens instead.

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Torbran, Thane of Red Fell

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.66

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If a red source you control would deal damage to an opponent or a permanent an opponent controls, it deals that much damage plus 2 instead.

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Runaway Steam-Kin

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.28

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Whenever you cast a red spell, if Runaway Steam-Kin has fewer than three +1/+1 counters on it, put a +1/+1 counter on Runaway Steam-Kin.
Remove three +1/+1 counters from Runaway Steam-Kin: Add {R}{R}{R}.

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Fervent Champion

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.33

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First strike, haste
Whenever Fervent Champion attacks, another target attacking Knight you control gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Equip abilities you activate that target Fervent Champion cost {3} less to activate.

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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.52

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Castle Embereth enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}{R}, {T}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Embereth Shieldbreaker // Battle Display

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.13

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Lava Coil

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.20

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Lava Coil deals 4 damage to target creature. If that creature would die this turn, exile it instead.

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Soul-Guide Lantern

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Unchained Berserker

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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Protection from white (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, enchanted, or equipped by anything white.)
Unchained Berserker gets +2/+0 as long as it's attacking.

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Light Up the Stage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.78

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Spectacle {R} (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
Exile the top two cards of your library. Until the end of your next turn, you may play those cards.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.81

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Shock

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

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Shock deals 2 damage to any target.

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Embercleave

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $11.18

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Flash
This spell costs {1} less to cast for each attacking creature you control.
When Embercleave enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has double strike and trample.
Equip {3}

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Purphoros's Intervention

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.15

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Choose one —
• Create an X/1 red Elemental creature token with trample and haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.
• Purphoros's Intervention deals twice X damage to target creature or planeswalker.

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Rimrock Knight // Boulder Rush

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.07

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Redcap Melee

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.20

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Redcap Melee deals 4 damage to target creature or planeswalker. If a nonred permanent is dealt damage this way, you sacrifice a land.

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Some of the biggest draws to playing Mono-Red in any format is that it's affordable, powerful, and quick to close out the game. Standard Mono-Red offers a higher creature density as it wants to discount Embercleave to pour on the damage. In Modern, Mono-Red, uses cheap spells and prowess creatures such as Monastery Swiftspear to essentially combo off.

You can easily shift Mono-Red Aggro into a spell-dense build akin to Mono-Red Prowess.

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Cards

Runaway Steam-Kin

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.28

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Whenever you cast a red spell, if Runaway Steam-Kin has fewer than three +1/+1 counters on it, put a +1/+1 counter on Runaway Steam-Kin.
Remove three +1/+1 counters from Runaway Steam-Kin: Add {R}{R}{R}.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.88

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Embercleave

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $11.18

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Flash
This spell costs {1} less to cast for each attacking creature you control.
When Embercleave enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has double strike and trample.
Equip {3}

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Experimental Frenzy

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.17

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may play lands and cast spells from the top of your library.
You can't play lands or cast spells from your hand.
{3}{R}: Destroy Experimental Frenzy.

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Searing Blood

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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Searing Blood deals 2 damage to target creature. When that creature dies this turn, Searing Blood deals 3 damage to the creature's controller.

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Mutagenic Growth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.16

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({G/P} can be paid with either {G} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

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Torbran, Thane of Red Fell

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.66

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If a red source you control would deal damage to an opponent or a permanent an opponent controls, it deals that much damage plus 2 instead.

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Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.81

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Smash to Smithereens

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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Destroy target artifact. Smash to Smithereens deals 3 damage to that artifact's controller.

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Crash Through

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.08

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Creatures you control gain trample until end of turn. (A creature with trample can deal excess combat damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.)
Draw a card.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Soul-Guide Lantern

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When Soul-Guide Lantern enters the battlefield, exile target card from a graveyard.
{T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Exile each opponent's graveyard.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Soul-Guide Lantern: Draw a card.

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Dragon's Claw

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Whenever a player casts a red spell, you may gain 1 life.

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Bedlam Reveler

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.40

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard.
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
When Bedlam Reveler enters the battlefield, discard your hand, then draw three cards.

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Monastery Swiftspear

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.08

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Haste
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

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Lava Dart

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.13

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Lava Dart deals 1 damage to any target.
Flashback—Sacrifice a Mountain. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Castle Embereth

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.52

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Castle Embereth enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain.
{T}: Add {R}.
{1}{R}{R}, {T}: Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Ghitu Lavarunner

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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As long as there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, Ghitu Lavarunner gets +1/+0 and has haste.

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Light Up the Stage

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.78

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Spectacle {R} (You may cast this spell for its spectacle cost rather than its mana cost if an opponent lost life this turn.)
Exile the top two cards of your library. Until the end of your next turn, you may play those cards.

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If you want to opt for something blisteringly quick in Modern, here's how to improve on Mono-Red.

Maindeck

Sideboard

Similar to Azorius Control, the heart of Mono-Red features commons and uncommons, making the deck easy to acquire. I've kept in threats such as Torbran, Thane of Red Fell for the late game, so you can convert each copy of Lava Dart into a Lightning Bolt.

Instead of running Runaway Steam-Kin, Kiln Fiend could be an incredible option as it leans into the aggressive spell-focused approach. Kiln Fiend can become big quickly and can wield an Embercleave pretty well too. However, Runaway Steam-Kin can generate a bunch of mana, allowing you to chain spell after spell to grow threats such as Monastery Swiftspear.

I don't think you should play both Runaway Steam-Kin and Kiln Fiend. But it may be a meta call on which one you choose. If you anticipate a slower metagame then Steam-Kin is a safe choice, and Kiln Fiend is better if you want to go hyper-aggressive. If you are interested in building Mono-Red Prowess, I covered the strategy and provided a walkthrough on upgrades and various builds.

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Alternatively, if you want to go all-in on the Embercleave approach in Modern, how about 8-Whack Goblins?

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Modern

Market Price: $139.90

Cards

Legion Warboss

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.26

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Mentor (Whenever this creature attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on target attacking creature with lesser power.)
At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token. That token gains haste until end of turn and attacks this combat if able.

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Foundry Street Denizen

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.13

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Whenever another red creature enters the battlefield under your control, Foundry Street Denizen gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Goblin Piledriver

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.37

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Protection from blue (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything blue.)
Whenever Goblin Piledriver attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking Goblin.

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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Experimental Frenzy

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.17

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may play lands and cast spells from the top of your library.
You can't play lands or cast spells from your hand.
{3}{R}: Destroy Experimental Frenzy.

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Goblin Rabblemaster

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.08

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Other Goblin creatures you control attack each combat if able.
At the beginning of combat on your turn, create a 1/1 red Goblin creature token with haste.
Whenever Goblin Rabblemaster attacks, it gets +1/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking Goblin.

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Legion Loyalist

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.00

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Haste
Battalion — Whenever Legion Loyalist and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control gain first strike and trample until end of turn and can't be blocked by creature tokens this turn.

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Ramunap Ruins

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.69

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {R}.
{2}{R}{R}, {T}, Sacrifice a Desert: Ramunap Ruins deals 2 damage to each opponent.

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Embercleave

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $11.18

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Flash
This spell costs {1} less to cast for each attacking creature you control.
When Embercleave enters the battlefield, attach it to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has double strike and trample.
Equip {3}

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Roast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.14

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Roast deals 5 damage to target creature without flying.

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Searing Blood

Color Identity:R

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Searing Blood deals 2 damage to target creature. When that creature dies this turn, Searing Blood deals 3 damage to the creature's controller.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Sunbaked Canyon

Color Identity:R,W

Market Price: $9.07

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {R} or {W}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Sunbaked Canyon: Draw a card.

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Goblin Guide

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.84

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Haste
Whenever Goblin Guide attacks, defending player reveals the top card of their library. If it's a land card, that player puts it into their hand.

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Fanatical Firebrand

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.34

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Haste
{T}, Sacrifice Fanatical Firebrand: It deals 1 damage to any target.

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Dragon's Claw

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Whenever a player casts a red spell, you may gain 1 life.

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Smash to Smithereens

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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Destroy target artifact. Smash to Smithereens deals 3 damage to that artifact's controller.

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Simian Spirit Guide

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.18

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Exile Simian Spirit Guide from your hand: Add {R}.

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You can discount the build further by taking out Sunbaked Canyon for additional copies of Ramunap Ruins or Mountain. 8-Whack is another popular choice for budget enthusiasts, and although it's not using any recently rotated cards, it's a lot of fun to play!

Challenger Decks

Lastly, if you want an even cheaper way to enter Modern or Pioneer, then I recommend picking up the Challenger Decks from earlier this year.

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Not only are they brimming with value, but they're also incredibly well built and will give you an excellent footing in Eternal formats. Earlier this year, I created upgrade paths for each Challenger Deck for Pioneer that can also extend into Modern. Fortunately, they remain accessible despite their popularity, and if you are in the market for Brazen Borrower or Steam Vents, then I highly recommend picking these up. They mitigates the deck building nuances that can be tricky when building on a budget, and offer an excellent foundation to get you started.

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Rotation can cause excitement and dread among players. Usually, it presents an opportunity to try new cards without preexisting cards warping the format (I'm looking at you, Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath). But it can cause dread if you have cards you are unable to use in Standard anymore—this is where Pioneer and Modern come in.

These formats act as excellent insurance on your previous purchases, giving your cards a new lease of life. Then, you can upgrade your deck into an optimal variant down the line if you come to enjoy Modern or Pioneer.