I'm not going to lie and tell you I'm a great deck-namer. Truthfully, I'm really not. So I'm afraid I don't have a good name to describe this week's monstrosity that combines the broken shenanigans of Nivmagus Elemental with the even-more-broken shenanigans of normal storm via Grapeshot, and oh by the way there are Arclight Phoenixes.

Yeah, it's quite the brew.

Magic Online user xfiles used this deck to post a 5-0 finish in a league, and after getting destroyed by Nivmagus Elemental in last week's videos people asked for me to explore what could be done with the little Elemental. As it turns out, the answer is quite a lot.

While this deck doesn't have the Pacts we saw last week, it does have a touch more consistency that makes it clearly competitive even in today's lightning-fast meta. Nivmagus Elemental headlines the deck because it can do some ridiculous things—remember, it can eat every storm copy on the stack to grow to outrageous proportions. This can happen, of course, as early as turn two.

That covers the most broken angle of the deck, and after building your deck full of cheap instants and sorceries to power storm count, you have a deck that's very friendly to Arclight Phoenix. While this isn't the deck's primary gameplan—nor is it near the most broken Phoenix deck—there are a heck of a lot worse Plan Bs in Modern.

The deck can also play fair in a pinch. Monastery Swiftspear will add up damage very quickly, and between the cycling spells and Gut Shot, Grapeshot and Lightning Bolt, the deck even possess a little bit of reach. All in all, it's a very fun deck that can attack from a ton of different angles and steal games from anyone.


Corbin Hosler

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