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2 weeks ago
Blood Moon is great, turning your opponent's non-basic lands into mountains. It works well against anything except mono-red decks. Unfortunately your own land-base is also mainly non-basic lands. 6 Islands and 15 Mountains would really not help you deck.
You have no way of casting Manamorphose so it becomes a permanent dead card in the hand.
I would simplify: 9 Mountain and 12 Island will provide a more stable mana-base that works well with Blood Moon, then try the following instants;
2 Cryptic Command (which is a great utility card if you can pay the ),
2 Electrolyze (damage and card draw),
2 Remand (negation and card draw),
3 Abrade (damage or removal),
3 Spell Pierce,
3 Opt (Scry and card draw)
2 months ago
Depends on what you expect to go up against...
I would say that 4x Abrade is a given. It can increase your removal count against decks where killing a Goblin Electromancer/Devoted Druid can make a difference between loosing or winning a game. And artifact destruction if as good as ever, its relevant against humans (due to Aether Vial), against the mirror, and give you something to attack Cranial Plating the best card in affinity against this kind of deck.
If you expect elves/merfolk Anger of the Gods is a gamechanger, and it also hates really effectively on dredge. (I would advocate agaisnt heavily sideboarding against living end, as the deck can easily steal game one and a second game just by randomly binning creatures into the grave with the loot effects, similarly to what Arcbound Ravagerdoes in affinity lists. If you face something like any flavor of griselbrand reanimator deck, you will need some dedicated grave hate :P)
Otherwise just diversify the sideboard with multi purpose hate cards - for example Dragon's Claw is great versus both burn/sleigh & storm, Damping Sphere is good vs storm, ad nauseam, tron & amulet titan - the more diverse your answers are the less likely a single Echoing Truth could lead to a game loss.
I run some strange choices in my side, that may be questionable. Hour of Devastation is a sweeper that burns everything even if humans get up their counter, or merfolk/elves are buffed to absurd proportions - and its surprisingly great when UW control boards into being gideon tribal. Harvest Pyre is a great card, but Rest in Peace and the like hoses it - so that is something to consider - Roast on the other hand, nearly covers all the same bases, its downsides being that it can't target flyers like Vendilion Clique, Stormbreath Dragon... etc. and no matter what it can never blow up Inferno Titan/Primeval Titan, and its slow against Reality Smasher as it can swing at least once. (And Lightning Axe is always an option)
If you expect a lot of humans i would strongly advocate playing Torpor Orb which is a bane of that deck (or any eqivalent effect you can find).
Chandra, Torch of Defiance just got a lot worse due to the "rework" of damage targeting rules, its damage can't be redirected to other planeswalkers anymore. Thus Vessel of Volatility got a bit more appealing, since it can't be attacked by creatures & it can power out Demigod of Revenge a turn (and a land) earlier. (Chandra has a few upsides, even though she lack that raw power, she can act as removal, a pseudo Dark Confidant, more like a better Sin Prodder - and sometimes, the effort people take to remove her lead to you winning the damage race by a few points, and her ultimate is a way to win against martyr proc decks, and in prison decks in general.
In red you also have access to some more narrow and devastating effect to hate on specific deck - if yu have such problems in the local meta, like Aura Barbs against boggles, Shatterstorm/Granulate/Shattering Spree/By Force agaisnt effinity, various eggs variants (currenlty KCI-travler), Boil if you want to hate on decks with a lot of blue, red also offers Hazoret the Fervent to shit on midrange even more (if Blood Moon wasn't enough)....
If you want to splash, black has two main attractions: Rakdos Charm & Collective Brutality - which i think are much stronger (and have more uses) than Ancient Grudge. Blue offers Izzet Charm, and white offers the best hate crds against every archetype. Going mardu gives access to Lingering Souls - maybe even in the main, which solves many problems the deck has.
2 months ago
Here's my closing thoughts on Gruul monsters in modern:
If you're willing to take a hit and lose the ability to interact with your opponent outside of stuff like Lightning Bolt and maybe even Blood Moon, Gruul is actually a pretty decent fair midrange deck. In modern, being fair isn't really what you want to be doing, but it's perfectly serviceable.
I would HEAVILY suggest topping the curve off at 5 mana with an evasive hasty threat. The two perfect examples are Stormbreath Dragon and Thundermaw Hellkite. For your other creatures, look to get some number of Tireless Tracker, Ghor-Clan Rampager, etc.
If you don't want to use those types of cards, its' also possible for you to play a gruul ramp/land destruction deck called Ponza. It can fire out big boys like Inferno Titan while making sure the opposition can't play spells.
2 months ago
I'm not sure that the Lava Spikes are worth it. You can be an aggro deck with the surprise of a combo I suppose but Lava Spike doesn't prevent you from dying, make tokens, filter cards, or help towards the ultimate goal of firing your combo cannon off. Maybe something like Magma Jet, Searing Blaze, Searing Blood, Abrade, Flame Slash, Roast, etc? I've also had a good time brewing and talking about this sweet archetype :D
2 months ago
i think the Firebrand Archer is too slow or don't do enough. If we are not worried about monk. I will highly suggest Dragonlord Ojutai as a 1-2 of as your finisher. Narset, Enlightened Master requirement to attack makes her really weak to removal, and bad with control cards.
Seeker in the Firebrand Archer is just a better choice with the life link. ALso still keep the monk theme for fun :-D
I like Think Twice over Divination
I also dont see any board wipe. You are building control and so much swarm is out there. Need a few Wrath of God type effect in the main
Also Wall of Omens is good for blockers if not worried about monk
3 months ago
@captainamerica, I'm currently already running a playset of Lightning Bolt. Lava Spike is in for pressure, because the essence of the deck is still burn. I'd consider splashing white for Lightning Helix or maybe just mainboard Abrade's or Roast. I would like to do away with Lava Spike, but I really like having bolt's in the deck. I might cut one for an additional Eidolon of the Great Revel.
3 months ago
I think that you should cut some Skullcracks for burnspells that are better against creatures, like Lightning Bolts, Searing Blazes, and/or Roasts. I feel like this deck can do very well in tournaments.