If you are new to Modern, adopting an established strategy is the safest way to get the most out of your purchases. Strategies such as Tron and Death's Shadow remain evergreen due to their adaptability and high card quality. Luckily, there is something for everyone in that regard, even if you fancy something combo-orientated.

When it comes to Modern on a Budget, Storm is an affordable starting point into the format if you identify as a combo-orientated player. Storm has remained evergreen since the start of the format, as it offers consistency and rarely deviates from the core game plan. Traditionally, Modern Storm falls into the Izzet pairing, with Gifts Storm being the popular option at present. The goal with Gifts Storm is to cast an impressive amount of spells during a turn (raising your storm count) and using either Grapeshot or Empty the Warrens as payoffs. This way, you either deal a lethal amount of damage to your opponent, or you amass a board of Goblins and attack for the win.

Storm is a tricky archetype to pick up since there are so many lines and nuances that you will learn through experience. Most likely, you will lose with Gifts Storm initially, but that should not discourage you from continuing further. Once you've mastered Storm, you'll find it's incredibly rewarding and surprisingly interactive to play.

Budget Izzet Gifts Storm

Despite the handful of expensive cards, Gifts Storm is easy to recreate on a budget due to the number of commons and uncommons.

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Modern

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Cards

Flame Slash

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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Flame Slash deals 4 damage to target creature.

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Dispel

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.20

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Counter target instant spell.

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Silundi Vision // Silundi Isle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.37

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Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery 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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Gifts Ungiven

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.70

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Search your library for up to four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.91

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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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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.91

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Pieces of the Puzzle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.16

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Reveal the top five cards of your library. Put up to two instant and/or sorcery cards from among them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

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Shivan Reef

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.88

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.

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Aria of Flame

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.02

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When Aria of Flame enters the battlefield, each opponent gains 10 life.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a verse counter on Aria of Flame, then it deals damage equal to the number of verse counters on it to target player or planeswalker.

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Manamorphose

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $4.05

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Add two mana in any combination of colors.
Draw a card.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.50

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.12

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Past in Flames

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.63

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Each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost.
Flashback {4}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Repeal

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.12

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Return target nonland permanent with mana value X to its owner's hand.
Draw a card.

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Grapeshot

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Grapeshot deals 1 damage to any target.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

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Sulfur Falls

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $4.36

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Sulfur Falls enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Mountain.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Remand

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.35

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner's hand instead of into that player's graveyard.
Draw a card.

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Pyretic Ritual

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.85

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Add {R}{R}{R}.

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Goblin Electromancer

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.15

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Empty the Warrens

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.17

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Create two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Scry 1.
Draw a card.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Riverglide Pathway // Lavaglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.00

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Desperate Ritual

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.60

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Add {R}{R}{R}.
Splice onto Arcane {1}{R} (As you cast an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

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Baral, Chief of Compliance

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.16

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever a spell or ability you control counters a spell, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.

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Gifts Storm has always been affordable since the core cards are at lower rarities. Since Double Masters' release, the price of Manamorphose has dropped to an affordable rate, making Gifts Storm easier to build. Still, the deck includes a couple of cards that can be pricey due to their role within the strategy.

Storm wins by playing a critical mass of spells in a single turn. Spells cost mana, so the deck relies on Goblin Electromancer or Baral, Chief of Compliance to reduce those costs, allowing Desperate Ritual, Pyretic Ritual, and Manamorphose to each net additional mana.

Of the two cost-reducers, Baral, Chief of Compliance is the better enabler for Gifts Storm. What makes Baral strong is the synergy with countermagic such as Remand and Spell Pierce. You can trade interaction for extra card draw, allowing you to dig deeper for spells to keep your storm count building. Plus, Baral can offset aggression by blocking attackers like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, or Goblin Guide that remains popular within the format.

Unlike Goblin Electromancer, you cannot play multiples at one time due to the legendary rule, but running the playset will raise your chances of casting the Human Wizard on turn two. More often than not, your opponent will aim to remove Baral as quickly as possible as it's a notable threat.

Zendikar Rising also gave us new tools to ensure you can carry out the Storm game plan effectively.

Silundi Vision may not be as impressive compared to previous Storm cantrips, but it offers plenty of utility. In essence, Silundi Vision gives you more virtual lands encouraging fewer mulligans. You'll rarely want to use Silundi Vision as a land since it comes in tapped, but it offers insurance if you miss land drops. Also, getting a discount on Vision's mana cost via Baral and Goblin Electromancer makes it more viable in Gifts Storm than in other strategies.

Typically, you'll see around two copies of Silundi Vision replacing Sleight of Hand, and Valakut Awakening is on the fringes with a single copy cropping up in some cases. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking you can trim on mana since these have duality. Ideally, you want to keep around 18 lands given the curve, the number of cantrips available, and your cost reducers. Riverglide Pathway // Lavaglide Pathway gives you mana flexibility while coming in untapped. Storm cares greatly about having untapped sources (or lands with little downside) since you can react during all points of the game and on your opponent's turn.

Optimal Izzet Gifts Storm

Optimizing Gifts Storm is simple enough as it only requires a simple adjustment to the manabase. Even then, this is not a vital upgrade if you expect particular trends within the metagame.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Gifts Storm (Optimal) by Emmmzyne

'Gifts Storm (Optimal)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Rank:

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Cards

Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Repeal

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.12

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Return target nonland permanent with mana value X to its owner's hand.
Draw a card.

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Baral, Chief of Compliance

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.16

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever a spell or ability you control counters a spell, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Fiery Islet

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.36

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {U} or {R}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Fiery Islet: Draw a card.

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Riverglide Pathway // Lavaglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.00

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Silundi Vision // Silundi Isle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.37

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Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery 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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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Empty the Warrens

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.17

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Create two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Grapeshot

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Grapeshot deals 1 damage to any target.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $14.65

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

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Desperate Ritual

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.60

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Add {R}{R}{R}.
Splice onto Arcane {1}{R} (As you cast an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

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Flame Slash

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.27

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Flame Slash deals 4 damage to target creature.

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Past in Flames

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.63

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Each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost.
Flashback {4}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Pieces of the Puzzle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.16

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Reveal the top five cards of your library. Put up to two instant and/or sorcery cards from among them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

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Manamorphose

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $4.05

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Add two mana in any combination of colors.
Draw a card.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.50

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Pyretic Ritual

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.85

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Add {R}{R}{R}.

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Shivan Reef

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.88

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Remand

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.35

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner's hand instead of into that player's graveyard.
Draw a card.

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Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.91

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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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Goblin Electromancer

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.15

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.12

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230148_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U}.)

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215840_200w.jpg

Scry 1.
Draw a card.

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Aria of Flame

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.02

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When Aria of Flame enters the battlefield, each opponent gains 10 life.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a verse counter on Aria of Flame, then it deals damage equal to the number of verse counters on it to target player or planeswalker.

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Dispel

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.20

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Counter target instant spell.

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.91

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Gifts Ungiven

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.70

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Search your library for up to four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle.

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Maindeck

Running the set of Steam Vents will ensure mana consistency while giving you control on whether these come in untapped or not. Fiery Islet aids with card draw, but running no more than two is ideal since you need to manage your life total sensibly. Shivan Reef is an essential piece of the manabase and not losing life by adding colorless mana is relevant. The sideboard is already optimized since it consists of commons and uncommons making this easy from the get-go.

Boil-Proof Manabase

After optimizing, there are a few routes you can go down with Gifts Storm to customize the manabase.

With the rise of Four-Color Control and Dryad of the Ilysian Grove archetypes, Boil is in a fantastic spot since it hoses most of Modern's top strategies. This trend also hurts Gifts Storm, since Boil destroys basic Islands and Steam Vents. Gifts Storm operates on a low land count, meaning this can be back-breaking if you don't have a counter available for the disruptive sorcery.

If you anticipate a Boil-heavy metagame, you can adjust your manabase to ensure the spell does nothing against you.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Optimal Gifts Storm (Boil-proof) by Emmmzyne

'Optimal Gifts Storm (Boil-proof)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Event:

Rank:

Modern

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Cards

Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.91

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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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Manamorphose

Color Identity:G,R

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Add two mana in any combination of colors.
Draw a card.

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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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Goblin Electromancer

Color Identity:R,U

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Repeal

Color Identity:U

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Return target nonland permanent with mana value X to its owner's hand.
Draw a card.

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Flame Slash

Color Identity:R

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Flame Slash deals 4 damage to target creature.

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Grapeshot

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Grapeshot deals 1 damage to any target.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

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Riverglide Pathway // Lavaglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.00

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Silundi Vision // Silundi Isle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.37

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Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery 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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Pieces of the Puzzle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.16

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Reveal the top five cards of your library. Put up to two instant and/or sorcery cards from among them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

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Remand

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.35

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner's hand instead of into that player's graveyard.
Draw a card.

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Dispel

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.20

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Counter target instant spell.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.06

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Scry 1.
Draw a card.

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Baral, Chief of Compliance

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.16

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever a spell or ability you control counters a spell, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.

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Pyretic Ritual

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.85

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Add {R}{R}{R}.

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Fiery Islet

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.36

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {U} or {R}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Fiery Islet: Draw a card.

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Past in Flames

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.63

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Each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost.
Flashback {4}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Empty the Warrens

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.17

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Create two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Gifts Ungiven

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.70

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Search your library for up to four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle.

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Desperate Ritual

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.60

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Add {R}{R}{R}.
Splice onto Arcane {1}{R} (As you cast an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

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Shivan Reef

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.88

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.

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Aria of Flame

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.02

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When Aria of Flame enters the battlefield, each opponent gains 10 life.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a verse counter on Aria of Flame, then it deals damage equal to the number of verse counters on it to target player or planeswalker.

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Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.12

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Also, this version is budget-friendlysince you are omitting Steam Vents. Remember, you have Silundi Vision as a mana source in a pinch. Plus, Riverglide Pathway // Lavaglide Pathway ensures you have the option of a blue source without playing any lands with the Island type. The only exception is the one-off Snow-Covered Island as it's a great target off a Gifts Ungiven. However, this approach is only required if you want to counteract Boil and expect numerous copies to feature within your metagame.

What About Fetches?

You can choose to incorporate fetch lands if you intend to add Blood Moon to your sideboard. There's plenty of discourse on which version of Gifts Storm is better, but generally, the non-fetch variant yields better results. Since you are running Serum Visions and Opt, you want any cards you scry to the bottom of your library to stay at the bottom, for maximum consistency. You can run Blood Moon without fetches, but you have to lean on Gifts Ungiven to grab Snow-Covered Island so you don't lock yourself out of the game. However, it can be a decent meta call to run fetches alongside the disruptive enchantment, especially if you keep facing Tron, Four-Color Omnath, and Amulet Titan.

If you are interested in running fetches in your build, here is the best way to approach it.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Gifts Storm (Optimal w/ Fetches) by Emmmzyne

'Gifts Storm (Optimal w/ Fetches)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $423.48

Cards

Remand

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.35

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner's hand instead of into that player's graveyard.
Draw a card.

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Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.12

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Spirebluff Canal

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $13.91

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Spirebluff Canal enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}.

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Empty the Warrens

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.17

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Create two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn.)

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Abrade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.09

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Choose one —
• Abrade deals 3 damage to target creature.
• Destroy target artifact.

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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Dispel

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.20

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Counter target instant spell.

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Riverglide Pathway // Lavaglide Pathway

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $5.00

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{T}: Add {U}.

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Goblin Electromancer

Color Identity:R,U

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.

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Fiery Islet

Color Identity:R,U

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {U} or {R}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Fiery Islet: Draw a card.

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Past in Flames

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.63

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Each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost.
Flashback {4}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $14.65

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

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Desperate Ritual

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.60

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Add {R}{R}{R}.
Splice onto Arcane {1}{R} (As you cast an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

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Flooded Strand

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Aria of Flame

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.02

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When Aria of Flame enters the battlefield, each opponent gains 10 life.
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a verse counter on Aria of Flame, then it deals damage equal to the number of verse counters on it to target player or planeswalker.

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Baral, Chief of Compliance

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.16

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Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever a spell or ability you control counters a spell, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Serum Visions

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.84

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Draw a card. Scry 2.

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Grapeshot

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.24

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Grapeshot deals 1 damage to any target.
Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

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Pieces of the Puzzle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.16

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Reveal the top five cards of your library. Put up to two instant and/or sorcery cards from among them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

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Polluted Delta

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Repeal

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.12

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Return target nonland permanent with mana value X to its owner's hand.
Draw a card.

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Manamorphose

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $4.05

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Add two mana in any combination of colors.
Draw a card.

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Gifts Ungiven

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.70

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Search your library for up to four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle.

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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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Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

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Scry 1.
Draw a card.

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Pyretic Ritual

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $3.85

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Add {R}{R}{R}.

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Silundi Vision // Silundi Isle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.37

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Look at the top six cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery 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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Maindeck

Sideboard

If you want to run fetches in your build, I recommend picking up either Flooded Strand or Polluted Delta since you only care about finding an Island or a Steam Vents. You'll rarely want to fetch a single Mountain, and you can save yourself money by avoiding Scalding Tarn altogether.

What About Kaldheim?

Since previews for Kaldheim are ongoing, there is potential for new cards to feature in the Storm archetype.

It's rare to see a blue card that can permanently remove a creature, let alone an artifact. What makes Ravenform such an attractive option is the ability to remove Chalice of the Void. Typically, a Chalice of the Void on 1 or 2 is enough to shut Storm down completely. Thanks to foretell, you can cash the cost early on and only pay the one for Ravenform when required as a sorcery. Even then, it will avoid a Chalice on 1 since the converted mana cost of Ravenform is 3. I expect to see Ravenform feature in blue-based combo sideboards as it attacks cards such as Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Chalice of the Void effectively. There isn't any urgency to acquire these since Ravenform is a common.

Although Gifts Storm can be a complex strategy, becoming experienced with it is such a rewarding feeling. Plus, Storm teaches you how to win through various hate cards and tight situations, giving you skills you can apply to any deck in the future. It's powerful, consistent, and intricate—and prompting concessions is always fun.