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Whenever Bomat Courier attacks, exile the top card of your library face down. (You can't look at it.)
, Discard your hand, Sacrifice Bomat Courier: Put all cards exiled with Bomat Courier into their owners' hands.
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Bomat Courier Discussion
1 week ago
I thought about something like this earlier, and I had a few ideas:
Insolent Neonate: Not only stocks the graveyard in the early game, but comes back as a 4/4 Menace.
Stinkweed Imp: Stocks the graveyard with Dredge, then reanimates as a 4/4 Flying, Deathtouch.
Vector Asp: the option to give it infect for the alternate win is worth consideration. The threat of 4 poison counters can be serious. Otherwise, it can beat down like normal.
Plaxcaster Frogling: comes back as a 7/7 you can pay 2 to shroud itself or other critters.
Sekki, Seasons' Guide: Due to the wording on his ability, preventing damage and making tokens isn't dependent on there being any +1/+1 counters on him. So, he comes back as a 12/12 that shrinks down to an indestructible 4/4 that creates tokens instead of taking damage.
Clockwork Beetle: Can slow down aggressive decks in the early game by sitting on the battlefield as a blocker, then come back as a 6/6, if you don't have any better targets to Eternalize.
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Yeah, I mean, that was just the most budget land I could come up with, that’s would allow you to work on curve. There’s also Stone Quarry, Needle Spires, Boros Garrison, and Wind-Scarred Crag as far as budget lands go, and you could consider Clifftop Retreat if budget becomes less of an issue.
4 weeks ago
1 month ago
I've seen a few attempts at vehicles in modern. I'll run through my deckbuilding notes
Challenge; meta. Lots of people do really unfair things with artifacts in modern, and artifact hate is core thanks to affinity/kci, so people will have dedicated hate.
Oppertunity; Tools. Modern artifacts have an insane variety of powerful support, from Dispatch/Galvanic BlastMox Opal all the way to Artificer's Intuition/Chief Engineer/Fabricate/Trash for Treasure There are powerful tools in red, blue, white and some functional oddities in black and green. A Life from the Loam manlands/crew control list might be playable.
Crew wants you to have creatures on the board, (and heart loves the variety of powerful modern plainswalkers). Modern wants your creatures to be self-protecting, cheap and immediately useful.
Bomat Courier is perfect. Lingering Souls is great for crewing. So is Bitterblossom. Most 'crew 1' lets you drop a pair of tokens, lose 1 to lili, then kill lili with the vehicle. Fleetwheel Cruiser trades well into most walkers thanks to haste. weatherlight/conquerers look ok in longer matchups. Slag Fiend might help make up a 'cantrip graveyard artifact crew' deck.
Mardu gets a great low-cost instant options and sideboard options, which should help it fighitng against hate. From k-command to Rakdos Charm, Lightning Helix to Rest in Peace, its all there. Just figure out what your meta doesn't want to be playing against, and jam that in there.
The big battle is against efficient midrange lists. If they can trade even for your low cost creatures, you will find it difficult to crew, so tokens are basically mandatory. Even then, all those sideboard Ensnaring Bridge answers also trade well, so plan carefully.
1 month ago
((READ ME: If this seems like a super massive word-wall you can read the deck description which summarizes everything, then read the "Help: section at the bottom. Thank you.))
Introduction: I've been away from Modern for quite some time and I had stopped when Splinter Twin and Birthingpod were still relevant archetypes. Now-a-days it seems the meta has sped up with faster decks such as Hollow One and Death's Shadow creating a need for speed. I wanted to see how burn was doing, after all burn is meant to be the rawest and fastest of decks just by flavor, but after watching a series of Modern players piloting the burn decks of today it has felt slow and underwhelming at least for me.
Now don't get me wrong, when comparing burn decks to other decks, burn is certainly a fast deck, but in a vacuum it's felt like this deck-type just wants to go faster but it gets clogged up with lots of 2 drop spells: Eidolon of the Great Revel, Boros Charm, Lightning Helix, Searing Blaze, Rift Bolt, Skullcrack, Atarka's Command, etc. These cards aren't bad, but they feel so clunky if they make up the majority of your hand. I asked myself, certainly there must be a way to cut down on the clunk without cutting the value. And so I tasked myself with cutting such mainstays like Eidolon and S-Blaze to build a deck that could do without the clunk.
Deck Concept: Originally I limited myself to build a burn list of only one-drops in the mainboard. I feel I had succeeded at this task, but I later chose to replace a place set of Bomat Courier for Earthshaker Khenra. More on that later. This deck particularly thrives on casting lots of cheap spells while just as easily getting damage out through combat.
Noteworthy Card Inclusions: This is a lengthy section, so I'll title each paragraph with each atypical card choice and the reasoning behind its inclusion. Do note it's preferable if read in order as the inclusions build off each other.
While Naya or Boros burn is the most prevalent of burn decks I found Mardu to be the best color combination for filling out a 1-drops only policy. While Wild Nacatl is good the lack of haste felt too much of a downside especially if top-decked in the late game. Meanwhile black supplied Bump in the Night which to me felt better than Rift Bolt as the life loss was faster and could trigger prowess on demand.
But hold on, what good is white without Boros Charm or Lightning Helix you might ask? When watching Burn playthroughs I found it a common factor for burn to lose when the match-up got grindy and drawn out as the other deck would play their bigger creatures and the Goblin Guides and Monastery Swiftspears would idly sit by unable to punch through for enough damage and thus had to be used as chump blockers as the burn player prayed to top-deck that extra bolt. I don't think this is how burn should ever be forced to play under and while Path to Exile would be a common sideboard card to remedy this issue you must keep in mind every slot you use for removal is typically a burn spell you take out. The critical thing to take from that example given is most of the time the burn player doesn't need the big threat gone permanently, however; they just need it gone for a turn and that would mean the difference of the game.
Cue Niveous Wisps and his younger brother Renegade Tactics. Now let's put these in perspective, if both of these cards read, "Destroy target creature. Draw a card." they would be playsets in every deck that could fit them. In a burn deck that's what they are, because if we knock out our opponent that turn those creatures are dead for good and we don't lose a burn slot for removal either, because the cantrip practically draws us that extra bolt anyway. In comparison, trying to landfall that Searing Blaze with 18 lands on the turn you desperately needed it never really made much sense to me. People should play their burn spells rather than have their burn spells play them.
Given these cantrips I wanted to run more creatures as they are renewable sources of damage that now had an edge against any would-be beefy blocker. The problem is that there almost isn't any other creature that plays just as good as Goblin Guide or Monastery Swiftspear - almost though.
From face value Sleeper Agent is a paradoxical card choice as it gives the opponent a free bigger creature to block with - well not quite. Let me break this down, the agent is never cast before combat, only after so our opponent's have to wait a full turn cycle if they want to hold up their brand new 3/3 - that is if they get another turn cycle. If I need to top deck a Goblin Guide to break through with enough damage and I draw this it's one in the same. Move to combat, swing, play agent, agent deals 2 damage to opponent at upkeep. Ladies and gents this is the Goblin Guide in black, a 2/3 haste unblockable. Heck if our opponents had more blockers than that extra Goblin Guide would have solved the Sleeper Agent would be better as it still gets through. Now before I hear "why not use Shock instead," Shock does not deal 2 damage to face every turn and if we need the Agent out for more than one turn this deck has the power to neutralize it as a blocker without actually removing them. (Cantrips) In essence we can bake our cake and eat it too, and if that one drop deals two bolts worth damage over three turns that's not bad. On the offense, if our opponent swings at us with it keep in mind it deals the damage to our opponent first. The first turn before our opponent's combat step its dealt 2 damage to them, 0 to us. Second turn before combat, 4 total to them, 3 total to us. Third turn (if there's got to be a third turn) is 6 to 6. Don't ever tell me burn would perform worse if the life totals for each player were set at 14. By the fourth turn even when our opponent has profited 1 extra damage, 9 to 8 are we really going to complain about a one drop dealing 2 Boros Charms worth of damage? Heck with it's consistent damage, the cantrips, and this deck's desire to break through combat I think it's acceptable just to mainboard 3 Path to Exile's to use on any other creature that isn't Sleeper Agent, because both cards have pretty good impact on the late game. Furthermore, no one from legacy burn ever complained about Sulfuric Vortex dealing damage to them, so what is a 3/3 when our life total is 3 bolts higher than theirs?
What's next - a full playset of Shard Volley. I can already sense the collective wincing and groans, but disregard your pre-established notions of this card for a second. When (almost) every card in this deck costs 1 mana you really tend not to need 3 or more lands, and when you're running 8 cantrips you tend to run into lands a lot more than you would with just any burn deck. The point is this deck can cast 3 Shard Volleys in one game and still feel good about it. (And let me tell you, having a cantrip get you that extra land when you need it in the early game feels really good as well.)
The last noteworthy card is Earthshaker Khenra which originally was Bomat Courier. Now I can make the case for either of these cards. Bomat doesn't punch like a Goblin Guide, but when you sac it to put three bolts in your hand you definitely won't be complaining. That said, I'm sticking with the Khenra just over personal preference. For me the Khenra has more immediate practicality as it is two spells molded together. One mana works as cantrips 9 through 12 making a potential blocker useless, which then follows with that extra draw giving us a 1 mana 2/1 haste. Under that logic you could argue it's like playing another set of Goblin Guides, (albeit never on turn one,) but most importantly it provides more "can't block" effects while providing another hasty body to capitalize off said "can't block" effects which I feel strengthens what this deck is good at doing - breaking through combat for more damage.
Sideboard: Sideboard list is generic. Board accordingly to your meta.
Deck Testing: I own the physical deck itself and I've gold-fished it plenty of times. I can attest that it counts to 20 real easily and it feels really smooth to play given the really low mana curve. As for events I sadly don't live anywhere remotely travelable to any place that plays competitive Modern. I do have my local circle that heavily plays casual/pauper and against those decks it does it's job well, but that in no way really indicates it's potential. The only bearing I have of it's worth is that a friend of mine borrowed the list and ended up playing it online against several Modern Merfolk decks which he said my list performed very well against. That friend of mine however won't be around to test it more as he will be gone for a very long time.
Help: As I've said I haven't been in the Modern format in a long time, and besides this deck performing consistently well in a vacuum I have no real bearing as to how well it would play in the Modern meta or how it's match-ups would differ from your typical burn list. I'm posting this here not because I'm looking to change the deck as I like putting my own unique spin on things rather than buying straight off a list. What I'm looking for is if anyone would be able to produce any form of data on how well any of this deck's game 1 match-ups would be against other prominent Modern decks. That's not to say I want people to buy the deck, (that would be silly) but if you or anyone you know happens to own a Modern deck I'd like to know how well that deck does against my deck using the play test feature on Tappedout. (My burn deck should be fairly straightforward to pilot.) I'd like to know the results just for any match-up so that I may gauge whether it's worth saving up to travel to an event or not depending on the results. No one in my local community plays Modern, so I'm without any kind of reference as to where my deck stands, otherwise I'd be able to obtain and access that information for myself.
1 month ago
I have been playtesting the deck, and have learned a few things. It truly is a beatdown deck with tiny creatures, so you want 4x copies of the Goblin Bushwacker. The Bloodghast can br dropped for 2x more Wackers and 2x more Viscera Seer. Bomat Courier is sort of weak, I dropped these copies for Spark Elemental and have not regretted it at all. 3/1 Haste Trample and leaving behind a 2/2 Zombie should be illegal.
Also, to sideboard against Graveyard hate, Destructive Revelry is the best option. To make it a reliable cast, i added 4x to the Sideboard and i replaced 4x Gravecrawler with 4x Wild Cantor. Now the deck is working well and you can even hardcast Vengevine in a pinch by sacrificing Cantor. Bonus benefit, it plays around Blood Moon too!
1 month ago
Abrade is a poor card for a burn deck. Smash to Smithereens has synergy because it does damage to player. Bomat Courier is gonna be bad in modern but that is just my guess. Harsh Mentor is poor for the main deck, and maybe should not be in the deck at all. look at my deck lava spike, vorpalaxe.. do damage faster, or lose the game first.