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Talrand Ruling, Gutter Sniping

Modern Burn Goblins U/R (Izzet)




This deck is aimed to be a guttersnipe + Talrand Combo. I do not have much experience with creating decks, but i personally think this a solid budget deck. Planning to add cards like Sulfur Falls and Steam Vents soon, along with Cyclonic Rift and Mizzium Mortar.

Desolate Lighthouse: A core for most Izzet Deck. Added for draw power and as land.

Think Twice: Good for the drawing speed and has flashback.

Searing Spear : Added for some burning power.

Pillar of Flame : Really useful burn spell and exiles.

Faithless Looting : Drawing power to acquire the cards i want. Good combo with Guttersnipe and has flashback.

Mizzium Mortars: Added to create a board clearer and deal damage on creature threats

Cyclonic Rift: Added for another board clearer and also clears creature threats.

Epic Experiment: Used to get out loads of sorceries and instants so Guttersnipe can snipe quickly and Talrand, Sky Summoner can generate lots of drakes.

Goblin Electromancer: Lower the mana costs for some instants and sorceries. Will be more useful for overload cost when i add Mizzium Mortar and Cyclonic Rift

Guttersnipe: Core card for my deck. Burns enemy for 2 damage every time i cast a sorcery or instant. Synergizes with Talrand, Sky Summoner to give out drakes at the same time.

Talrand, Sky Summoner: Core card for my deck. Synergizes with Guttersnipe to deal damage and generate drakes per instant/sorcery

Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius : Definite Izzet based finisher.

Curiosity: This card helps me acquire some drawing power especially when i combo with guttersnipe

Main Goal: Burn enemy with Guttersnipe and create Drakes to deal extra damage.

Please add feedback in the comments to help me with my deck!

Thanks! :D



Jay says... #1

Needs more burn. Searing Spear , Annihilating Fire if you run into lots of Golgari, Electrickery against little guys, Mizzium Mortars for bigger damage, etc.

Another good idea is to add Guttersnipe s and Goblin Electromancer s for better use of your spells for less mana.

No need for that many card:Talrand's Invocations with Talrand himself in their (I wouldn't run any, personally).

Check out my deck deck:playing-with-fire-17-11-12-1 for more ideas.

November 17, 2012 9:41 p.m.

bunsniper says... #2

Thanks for the advice, i'll try incorporate more izzet cards in since its aimed to be a standard deck

November 17, 2012 9:46 p.m.

Jay says... #3

It's always good to incorporate the synergy they put with certain deck types in a block. Izzet is the perfect example.

November 17, 2012 9:50 p.m.

BLEATH says... #4

Hey, why not go back to Innistrad, and throw a card:Runechanter's Pike on a Delver? You got the instants/sorcerys for it

November 23, 2012 5:51 a.m.

andoni00 says... #5

I recommend using Steam Vents and Sulfur Falls.

November 23, 2012 2:41 p.m.

bunsniper says... #6

Yeah, i'm planning to build it in but i don't currently have the budget to ):

November 24, 2012 3:56 a.m.

andoni00 says... #7

You have a good point there. Those lands are a pain in the arse to get. Try using the Transguild Promenades. They actually are a lot of help and they don't cost too much.

November 24, 2012 8:41 a.m.

bunsniper says... #8

I might carry them when i get them, but until then i guess Izzet Guildgates will work for me.

November 27, 2012 3:27 a.m.

Izzet_Br says... #9

I am building a really similar deck and I'm planning to exchange my Delver of Secrets  Flip for Vexing Devil . I tried Goblin Electromancer , but it didn't work so good... but it may be because o my few drawing cards cards.

Take a look on some of my ideas on Izzet Burn Combo Control [Comment plz].

November 27, 2012 10:04 p.m.

bunsniper says... #10

Right now, i am not planning to make an Izzet Aggro deck so Vexing Devil doesn't work well with my deck. I might take out Goblin Electromancer if I playtest it some more and i feel that it doesn't work well with my deck.

November 28, 2012 12:41 a.m.

BLEATH says... #11

Maybe run Curiosity (s) instead of Thought Scour ? If you put it on a Guttersnipe ...

November 28, 2012 12:48 a.m.

bunsniper says... #12

hmm, sounds like a good card to use, i will consider since i have two Curiosity s available atm

November 28, 2012 2:56 a.m.

My two cents would be to take the Cancel s out, add another Dissipate , Izzet Charm , and a Mizzium Mortars . Then maybe take the two Unsummon s out for either two more Pillar of Flame s or just one more and a second Mizzium Mortars .

The mortars are amazing when you're up against a deck that is creature heavy, which isn't too hard to run into now. But if you really want those counters, I'd go with 2 Negate s and 4 Dissipate s for sure.

November 28, 2012 5:38 a.m.

vinimci says... #14

This deck is incredible and cool. Maybe you need of 2 Elixir of Immortality on main deck, I think...

November 28, 2012 6:53 a.m.

bunsniper says... #15

I feel that my deck is lacking cards like Mizzium Mortars and Cyclonic Rift . This is because my budget is quite low and i will put them into my deck in the future.

November 28, 2012 5:01 p.m.

bryce__baker says... #16

no budget : Snapcaster Mage <-- that dude is good

budget : his cheap cousin Archaeomancer ? still get to keep on doing your combo

December 6, 2012 1:03 a.m.

bunsniper says... #17

I have archaeomancer in my side deck, I don't feel I need to reuse cards spells unless its Mizzium Mortars or Cyclonic Rift for board clearing

December 6, 2012 9:51 p.m.

bigdamnhero says... #18

Why Jace, Memory Adept ? His +1 is the only ability that seems to help in this deck. I mean its not a bad card but to use him to his most effectiveness I would run the m13 uncommon land that eliminates maximum hand sizes. I forget the name of that land right now. I might pull him out completely just because he doesn't seem to fit. I'm making a similar deck, but a little heavier on the counter, called deck:niv-mizzet-master-of-the-universe, and I want to use Chandra, the Firebrand in there but I'm not sure how well it will work.

Personally I don't really like the Izzet Charm . I would much rather have 2 more Searing Spear s or another Syncopate . Also at this point, including flashback, you have 16 pure draw card spells, 19 if you keep and use the 3 charms.

I would cut the charms and -2 Faithless Looting to +2 Searing Spear s and +3 Syncopate .

December 13, 2012 10:25 p.m.

bigdamnhero says... #19

Reliquary Tower was the land.

December 13, 2012 10:37 p.m.

bunsniper says... #20


I've tried my deck with Syncopate and it hasn't worked as well as with Izzet Charm . In my group, Izzet Charm is much more useful because all three of the options work with my deck. I will probably take Faithless Looting as it isn't working out for me for Searing Spear .


-- Bunsniper

December 15, 2012 5:47 a.m.

bunsniper says... #21


Also regarding Jace, Memory Adept i will try to remove it and replace it with a Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius and remove another card to at least incorporate two. Thanks for the advice


December 15, 2012 5:51 a.m.

Devia_Umbra says... #22

If you're willing to run a slightly more expensive card, Jace, Architect of Thought is quite cheap at the moment, and he works amazingly with this deck. If you can't afford that, Chandra, the Firebrand is a great card for this type of deck; double burn spells are awesome, and she can shoot things like Falkenrath Aristocrat and other 1-toughness dudes.

Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius is an excellent card and would fit well in this deck, if you can get your hands on him.

If you're running Faithless Looting , you should REALLY consider card:Runechanter's Pike. Put it on any one of your dudes, and suddenly it's a massive threat.

Hope this helps :)

December 15, 2012 6:51 a.m.

bigdamnhero says... #23

After taking my r/u izzet deck, which is similar to yours, up against several bant control matches I completely retracted my objection to Jace, Memory Adept . His mill option wins games by setting the clock to 4-5ish which is awfully fast

December 15, 2012 4:24 p.m.

improphet77 says... #24

have you tried Thunderous Wrath

December 23, 2012 6:10 p.m.

TzarChasm says... #25

I have a deck that's thematically identical, although my instant/sorcery selection is quite different (deck:drakes-fortune). One thing I'd strongly advise you to do is add Epic Experiment as a win condition. It'll let you cast not one, but up to X sorceries or instants in a single turn, each of which will trigger Guttersnipe when it goes on the stack. Even better, each Goblin Electromancer you control reduces the X cost in the Experiment by 1. Also, I'd recommend running at least one or two copies of card:Talrand's Invocation; with Talrand, Sky Summoner , an Electromancer, and a 'snipe on the battlefield you'll gain three 2/2 flying drake tokens and deal 2 damage to your opponent, all for 1UU.

December 23, 2012 8:35 p.m.

TzarChasm says... #26

Crap, please forgive the double post: If you find that while playing this deck you frequently empty your entire hand, Dangerous Wager is a great alternative to Faithless Looting . (It won't work quite as well with Desolate Lighthouse , though, since you can't flash it back later.)

December 23, 2012 8:37 p.m.

bunsniper says... #27

I have tried using card:Talrand's Invocation but it doesn't work as well as i would have originally thought. I agree with you, Epic Experiment is a great card for my deck so i am going to get some soon.

Also with Dangerous Wager , Faithless Looting has worked great with mine because i either use Faithless Looting to get rid of useless cards at the start where i would have a full hand, or at the end where i want Guttersnipe to deal as much damage as possible.


-- Bunsniper

December 26, 2012 6:19 a.m.

chindodge says... #28

My thoughts, add a few more lands. How often can you reliably reach 6 mana to cast Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius ? At 20 lands I am guessing that you get a little mana screwed....also, Desperate Ravings could be a great draw card for this deck, especially since Goblin Electromancer makes it cheaper to cast. All in all, I love the deck. +1 from me.

December 30, 2012 6:14 p.m.

bunsniper says... #29

I still reliably bring out Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius even with 20 lands in most of my games i play. I don't encounter many super aggro decks so i can still use Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius as a finisher in the end. Some though i do get mana screwed but most of the time i do fine with 20 land.

Desperate Ravings is a good card, but i find Faithless Looting more reliable since you can draw and discard two that you want if you draw two bad cards.

Thank you for the feedback :D


December 30, 2012 7:02 p.m.

beny122 says... #30

Hey I have one thought that can make a burn so overpowered that is expensive. Tamiyo, the Moon Sage 's emblem + Omniscience + any burn. What it does is it allows you to play any burn infinite times means infinite damage. Nothing to rely on.

April 23, 2013 7:54 a.m.

celestite4 says... #31

Unless this is budget, you should run Lightning Bolt over Searing Spear , as it is a strict upgrade. I'd recommend Chandra, Pyromaster , Mana Leak , Electrolyze , Serum Visions and Young Pyromancer for this deck too. Young Pyromancer comes out faster than Talrand, Sky Summoner , so it can establish a good board state before you get to Talrand. Treasure Cruise might also be nice.

October 16, 2014 2:51 a.m.

KsP_FtW says... #32

Why not Lightning Bolt over Searing Spear also, Molten Birth would be really strong for the deck. Finnally, a single Keranos, God of Storms might not hurt

March 26, 2016 11:42 p.m.

sidward101 says... #33

I would cut Jace, Memory Adept for something more relavant like Keranos, God of Storms Because he's more useful for your purposes since you're not an all-in mill deck, and definitely Lightning Bolt over Searing Spear because it's one less mana for the same card.

July 20, 2016 3:26 p.m.

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Avg. CMC 2.40
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