Light 'em Up (burn and draw)

Modern* Valengeta


Beefing up the Sideboard —Oct. 8, 2017

I decided to add more cards to the sideboard to deal with a greater number of threats.

To swap with Incinerate :

3 Magma Jet if I need more hand fixing

3 Echoing Truth for more control

For surprise Aggro-based finishers:

2 Chasm Skulker

1 Spellheart Chimera

1 Talrand, Sky Summoner

Also moved Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius and Young Pyromancer to Maybeboard because they drift apart from the deck's synergy.

I know the Sideboard has a limit of 15 cards in Tournaments but I'll shorten it if I enter one

wylie72 says... #1

I like where this is going +1

September 7, 2017 11:38 a.m.

Nooneishere says... #2

This just looks good, for sure going to try this out

September 27, 2017 12:20 a.m.

Valengeta says... #3

wylie72 and Nooneishere thank you very much :D

September 27, 2017 12:25 a.m.

CynicalCzech says... #4

Maybe a silly question, but why play Mana Leak instead of Counterspell? Is it simply a cost thing?

September 28, 2017 12:36 p.m.

Valengeta says... #5

CynicalCzech its because Counterspell is not modern legal

September 28, 2017 12:39 p.m.

CynicalCzech says... #6

Whoops completely forgot about that. Sorry, I've been playing pauper for a while, where such things are of no concern, haha.

September 28, 2017 12:58 p.m.

Valengeta says... #7

Haha its ok. I usually just play casual games with my friends where any card goes. But I'm trying to make modern decks now to eventually play in tournaments

September 28, 2017 1:57 p.m.

CynicalCzech says... #8

I agree. I have been doing the same. I have spent the past week trying to brew a Modern merfolk deck for under $200, which isn't as crazy as it sounds but can still get a bit complicated (especially the mana base for that).

Btw. I like the idea of having both Niv-Mizzets in the deck. They can activate each other, and this combo can be frustrating for the opponent. You just have to be careful not to deck out. I use it in my budget Izzet commander with much success.

September 28, 2017 2:53 p.m.

Valengeta says... #9

I know, the mana base for merfolks is just so expensive. The creatures themselves arent cheap either. When you complete it please post it as I would like to check it out.

Thanks, I've been doing some decks around dragons and since I've never used Niv-Mizzet I thought it would fit perfectly with the sinergy of this deck. Yeah you can use them both and its not pretty for the enemy. Deck out and milling are indeed threats to this, but no deck is perfect haha

September 28, 2017 3:06 p.m.

CynicalCzech says... #10

If you are interested, Budget Modern Merfolk 2017 Concept is the deck I've been tinkering with. The "no deck is perfect" adage applies there too.

September 28, 2017 4:31 p.m.

CynicalCzech says... #11

Also, I was thinking about other card suggestions for your deck. Have you considered Blast of Genius or Mercurial Chemister? Alternatively, depending on how many cards you play each turn, Nivix Cyclops might become a rather painful threat to your opponent.

September 28, 2017 6:11 p.m.

Valengeta says... #12

Nice sugestions, but i think Blast of Genius and Mercurial Chemister aren't of much use here since my spells cost 1 or 2 mana and its better to cast them then to discard them for low damage. Nivix Cyclops on the other hand is very interesting, like a stronger Kiln Fiend. Maybe I can use it if I need to make the deck more aggro. Thank you

September 28, 2017 6:20 p.m.

CynicalCzech says... #13

I love the cyclops. It has a treasured spot in my favorite pauper Izzet Blitz. With 4 hp, it's out of range of most cheap removal. However, since you are not bound by the "commons only" rule, you might also try the Enigma Drake. Flyers are always nice to have, and it will only grow bigger as the game progresses.

September 28, 2017 7 p.m.

Valengeta says... #14

Wow Enigma Drake is even better. On my other decks creatures usually have flying which is tough to counter

September 28, 2017 7:06 p.m.

CynicalCzech says... #15

Also, as I have been brewing my new deck, I came across Gelectrode. Doesn't really fit into what I'm doing too much, but it seems to fit the burn theme of your deck pretty well.

October 1, 2017 4 p.m.

Valengeta says... #16

Yeah the choice between the Gelectrode or Thermo-Alchemist was a bit hard, but in the end Thermo-Alchemist costs less and has more resistence, whereas Gelectrode lets you burn down creatures

October 1, 2017 6:17 p.m.