The best part about Modern is that the coming of new sets never really affects the older formats all that much. What I mean is that often it's only a handful of cards from a new set, most times less than five, that actually have an impact on formats like Modern or Legacy. For example, in Theros the only cards to end up seeing any play were Anger of the Gods, Master of Waves, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, and Swan Song. Sure, cases can be made for cards like Thassa, God of the Sea and Purphoros, God of the Forge because they see fringe play in Merfolk and the Norin the Wary combo deck, but in truth none of these cards are overplayed in any sense of the word.

So, I'm still not sure what Khans of Tarkir will bring to the table in terms of Modern playables. I know I'm dying to try a Jeskai Ascendancy combo deck with Sprout Swarm and Grapeshot and other combo cards, as the deck seems to have a ton of angles to attack from, but we'll have to wait for the set to drop on Magic Online next week before we can take up that endeavor.

So today we're playing another interesting list that I found.


With so many powerful and relevant-to-strategy lands in the format, I love the inclusion of Molten Rain and Blood Moon in the maindeck. In fact this is actually more of a "hate bears" type deck combined with a burn deck. But don't take my word for it! Watch it in action and see for yourself!

Boros Midrange vs. Monored Burn

Boros Midrange vs. Pyromancer Ascension

Boros Midrange vs. UR Pyromancer

Boros Midrange vs. Splinter Twin

4-0 is pretty good, especially since I don't know if the mana base is really configured optimally. As we mentioned in one of the last games, the Plains to Mountains ratio seemed a little off. The only thing we want double white for is Brimaz, King of Oreskos. Meanwhile all of our two mana spells are red and we only need white for a handful. Stormbreath Dragon also requires two red, but we should have that by the time we hit turn five. I also mentioned that I think the deck needs more Clifftop Retreats, and I do. I think it's one of the best lands in the deck. It's almost always coming into play untapped and it promised it would never hurt us.

Isochron Scepter, while not 100% reliable in all games, was a card that could win us games out of nowhere. Slamming this bad boy down on turn two was often quite hard to deal with, especially when imprinted with a Lightning Helix. We could also imprint something like a Magma Jet or a Lightning Bolt if we needed to, but I think Boros Charm and Lightning Helix are probably the best choices. Helix is really hard to outrace on a Scepter and Boros Charm would make short work of the opponent.

Aven Mindcensor is actually an incredible card to be maindeckling in Modern. I'm a huge fan of Hushwing Gryff as well and I could even see myself advocating for more than one copy of the hate bird in the sideboard. I kept trying to "get" people with the Mindcensor, but alas, it was never meant to be.

You might have noticed that we lamented not having a way to deal with enchantments, like Pyromancer Ascension or Splinter Twin. While this was true, the reason for this is that we didn't have the three Wear // Tears in the sideboard that the deck called for. The reason for that is because when I loaded the deck into Magic Online, the client doesn't recognize the same formatting of the card ("Wear // Tear") as the previous client did. Thus we entered and played four rounds with a 12 card sideboard, completely devoid of any way to deal with artifacts or enchantments. Fascinating, right? Luckily we didn't end up playing against Affinity I suppose!

Ultimately this deck is pretty awesome and the third one I have found since skipping out on the last PTQ of the season that I would have gladly played at the last PTQ of the season. The other two decks were the Tezzeret deck and the BW deck that I played. All three decks performed incredibly and attacked the metagame from some very efficient angles.

I played a Temur Superfriends list this past weekend at a Standard Win-A-Box event. I put the deck together about a half hour before the event and ended up going 4-0.


The deck felt awesome and the Top 4 split with Melissa and I taking home about 25 packs of Russian and Korean Khans of Tarkir. I'll try and go over the deck on Thursday for you guys if that's something you'd be interested in.

As for Modern, that's about all I have for today. I'll see you guys in a couple days, and don't forget, this weekend is the weekend of the TCGplayer Standard State Championships. They're a great opportunity to get out there and play with some new cards while also qualifying for two $50,000 tournaments! Thanks for reading and I'll catch ya later.

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