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Creature — Elemental
At the beginning of the end step, sacrifice Hellspark Elemental.
Unearth (: Return this card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.)
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Hellspark Elemental Discussion
geoffw on 3rd Degree
1 month ago
I wonder how well the X-spells and Reverberate will work here. Burn generally wants to be able to operate on as few lands as possible and end the game quickly, and these all need you to draw a lot of lands over many turns to become useful. They also have an additional anti-synergy with Shard Volley which wants to eat any extra lands you find.
Other budget creatures to consider for burn include Keldon Marauders (guaranteed 2 damage, max 5), Hellspark Elemental, and Abbot of Keral Keep. I might also consider the new Ghitu Lavarunner. It works well in pauper, so it at least might not be terrible in modern as a budget replacement for Goblin Guide.
I personally like to have at least two Magma Jet to scry land away or dig for whatever I need, and I like anything with the name "searing," such as Searing Blood or Searing Blaze (honorable mention to Smash to Smithereens), though these are sometimes better for sideboards until you know whether your opponent is playing valid targets.
Has anyone tested Flame of Keld for this type of deck yet?
1 month ago
1 month ago
I would lose the Kiln Fiends, and go up to 4 Monastery Swiftspear. The remaining 3 slots... hmm... Hellspark Elemental is pretty good, since it provides some pressure even while in your graveyard (opponent doesn't tap all creatures, 'cause then it just comes back...) and has to be removed twice (and who has 2 removal spells to throw at one creature, which is even going to evaporate end-of-turn?) to stop it from attacking. Ghitu Lavarunner is a "maybe"-card. Haven't tried it, but you might play it turn 2 as a 2/2 haste attacker, if you have enough instants and sorceries at 1 cmc. Grim Lavamancer is also an option (and shouldn't be a 4-of under any circumstances). And some budget-burn-players swear by Satyr Firedancer, so that might also be worth trying out.
1 month ago
Definitely replace Lightning Strike with Skullcrack. if you're going for a budget deck, you can add Hellspark Elemental, and Spark Elemental. I'd play Searing Blaze in the main, and add a couple Searing Blood to the sideboard.
1 month ago
Should you hear the thunderclap, be grateful, not afraid. Those struck by the hellish bolts will be ash before the sound ever reaches their ears.
I've had a lot of fun with this card and Hellspark Elemental in a Rakdos aggro deck. I always found it interesting that many cards of this sort are named after the thunder rather than the far more deadly lightning. My guess is that humanity's obsession with thunder is rooted in an innate fear of loud noises. I tried to capture the relationship between that primal reaction and the legitimate danger preceding it in my entry.
2 months ago
Grand Abolisher is very nice, means Kaalia of the Vast can attack and play an A/D/D on your turn without interference. He is $6 though, so doesn't help your under $200 budget, but you have some room it looks like.
Karmic Guide is pretty cheap, has protection: and has recursion built-in, I really like her, she can be abused too if you choose. Could easily replace Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, he's too random, and can't get your graveyard.
Should also spend the $8 on Master of Cruelties. Instant kill-con.
Archfiend of Depravity is a reasonably good budget demon. Mortify is a good budget removal spell. Aegis Angel is a good budget angel, and protects Kaalia of the Vast. Bladewing the Risen is good budget recursion dragon. None are auto-includes though, but there's some stuff there they could replace.
Hellspark Elemental feels wrong, does he combo something? No synergy.
Battlefield Forge is a budget land that can get rid of some of the "ETB Tapped" lands your running.
Crackling Doom feels in the flavor of this deck because of the red spells you play. Thunderous Wrath is awesome to top deck, but sucks in the hand, can always just burn a player if drawn at a inconvenient time. Bogardan Hellkite also feels kind-of in this flavor too.
Flameblast Dragon won't work if he enters tapped and attacking, you'll have to wait until next turn to activate his ability.
I'm testing Demonlord Belzenlok, I think he's going to work out, I have a feeling.
Necropotence is $6 I believe, but can help with the draw issues.
Hopefully you find something useful here. Nice build. +1.
2 months ago
Looks like a decent start:
here are some budget friendly alternatives and additions
More food for Sunforger:
Hellspark Elemental and Spark Elemental they both work incredibly well with Skyfishermen. Example: Unearth Hell Sparky Swing, second main Fisherman Bounce Hell Sparky to hand. That gives you 4 swings with Hell Sparky instead of the usual 2.
3 months ago
I sense this deck could run out of gas with all the cards being discarded so, I'd suggest cards like Hellspark Elemental, Hell's Thunder and Scourge Devil. You could discard these cards with all the various discard outlets in this deck and still have the option to play them later from the graveyard.