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42 Spells, Avg. CMC = 1.29, But SHIT HAPPENS!

Modern Casual Combo Control U/R (Izzet)





Originally this was a deck built around 4x Invisible Stalker. Still one of my Top 5 Fav Creatures ever!

The core was Last Thoughts + Hidden Strings + Invisible Stalker with Cipher when it was in Standard.... But now it is 5-6 Creatures that all feed each other with great Card Synergy.

With 23 spells "Targeting", Swiftspears Prowess, A "Delver" and that "Flips", Pyro's 1/1 Elemental Tokens, 2X +1/+1 Counters being added to an UNBLOCKED Nivmagus?? wink wink OR Deals 2 damage to Bad Guy Opponents by Gutter-Snipe-ing them and Just throw in an Unblockable Hexproof Stalker "Free-Casting" more spells..... P.S. all the cards I just mentioned, Guttersnipe costs 3 CMC ALL THE REST, 1 OR 2 CMC

There is only 18 lands in here but at CMC Available thru 4 turns, This deck will get outta hand @ 2X Islands and 2X Mountains...

I can Picture 22 Gutter Snipe Dmg, With 1 Dmg from Stalker and 9 Dmg from Delver by T4 (gut shot Health loss though) Wink Wink. or 9 x Elemental Tokens and a Nivmagus' @ 11/12 also by T4....

You have 23 Instant's and Sorcery spells, with another 19 Creatures. All of which cost OR or a combination of 1x . or .

Cheap and Fast ..... SHIT HAPPENS.... OFTEN!

Delver of Secrets  Flip If you have never played against this guy, be thankful. usually good for 9 points of damage.

Monastery Swiftspear ... unblocked 1/2 attacker or opponent thinks a 3/3 wont be blocked with her..... play some cheap spells and trigger "Prowess".

Nivmagus Elemental with a Stalker + Cipher OTB, I don't even have to cast spells from my hand! won't apply until after Stalker "Deals Combat Damage" though......... or what if Opponent sees you are all Mana Tapped and you Attack with that little 1/2 Nivmagus ..... Play a Gut Shot for -2 Life and now a 3/4 Nivmagus ... Got 4x gut shot's inhand....How about a 9/10 Nivmagus now for the -8 life loss if it was an Unblocked Attacker ..... AND THIS IS ON T2..... lol ........ 3x more 1 Costing CMC spells, And Niv is a 15/16 during the next Turn 3. It's Possible. LMAO.

Young Pyromancer 23 spells on hand, and Cipher

Yes, Cipher would count as "Being Casted". Once when cast from hand, and Once when Attacker Deals Combat Damage each following combat round. And then you could still Nivmagus that Combat-Damage-Cast a Cipher spell and +2/+2 Counters more...

Guttersnipe 23 spells on hand, and Cipher

yes Cipher counts here too

Young Pyromancer 23 spells on hand, and Cipher

still counts.

Some Interactions between Cards;

I look at most of my Gut Shot 's and Magma Spray's and the "Ciphered-Strings" as Targets for A Swan or Nivmagus' +1/1 counters and to Trigger Shit at Opponents-End-of-Turn...

Lightning Bolt I had trouble getting a play set of these guys but managed to get 4x from Revised Edition [3rd], yay me! A core card for ANY Red Burn Deck...

Serum Visions Just a card for Deck fixing as there is only 18 Lands. and also a Sorcery Spell to trigger Shit. originally had Ponder, not Modern Legal, and I will miss it but this is close. I would be open to any Card Draw ideas here....

Hidden Strings Attached to a Stalker Tap Or UnTap any 2 Permanents... your lands? need defenders? or what ever. Also a good Target for my own Swan Song's Counter Spell and get a 2/2 bird with Flying as an Attacker/Defender next turn. It's Just another spell that triggers after Combat Damage resolves.... Do with it as you want....

Swan Song very tricky card in this deck as it can counter MY OWN instant and sorcery cards... free cast the Gut Shot and Swan-Song-it on turn 1 .... The Stalker/Strings & Cipher, Swan-Song-it after declaring "Deals Dmg" .... Even if you actually do Counter an Opponents spell, as it was kinda ment to do.... Lightning Bolt that Bird, And that was a "Countered Spell" and 2 more spells triggering a Swiftspear or Guttersnipe or Pryo.... etc....

Mana Leak IS your "expensive" counter spell... lol. Target your Cipher if you want...... Trigger, Trigger. lol

Sideboard: I'm looking for help here

With the Guttersnipes in here the Deck-Name is a lie.... so 1X Delver of Secrets + Swan Song + Young Pyromancer and drop the 3x gutters... 42 spells at 1.5 AVG. CMC

1x Snapcaster Mage only 1 in my collection. Not even sure if I need this guy at all.... but fun?

2x Cyclonic Rift .... nice board wiper.... Oh you have a Token Deck Mr. Opponent? Too Bad!......

2x Talrand, Sky Summoner .... 2/2 Flying Birdies ... Use as needed.

1x Izzet Guildmage just found 1x in my collection.... Doesn't count as a Spell being "Casted" ... But a nice Copy to Target a Nivmagus or Swan Song with.... Those should count...

2x Epic Experiment LOL, why not?

3x Izzet Staticaster not sure yet..... Damn you 1/1 White Wennies. 1/1 Goblins? DIE!!!

Room for 1 more card, and changes possible too.... Help and ideas wanted .... Thank You.




WovenNebula says... #2

Looks fun so far +1

June 30, 2013 10:43 a.m.

ginko2580 says... #5

hehehe, been looking at the new M14 cards coming out.... oh boy, they are gonna fit nicely in this deck.....

gonna start "maybe board" soon.....

July 8, 2013 5:15 a.m.

ginko2580 says... #6

Just found out that Ponder is not Modern Legal. bummer, I love this card. and Preordain too, that sucks?

I'm looking at Serum Visions to replace them... Trip to Toronto Ont. coming up... yaaaaa!

November 21, 2016 12:24 p.m.

Feltrix says... #7

Why no Thing in the Ice  Flip? I also wish we could use Preordain and Brainstorm.

November 22, 2016 5:28 p.m.

ginko2580 says... #8

Feltrix Interesting card, but not really the Card Synergy i'm looking for... The "Flip" would "Board-wipe" my creatures too... Bird & Elemental Tokens, The hopefully "Ciphered-Stalker", The +1/+1 counters on Nivmagus... all gone.

But yes, this deck would "Flip" him in no time at all. LOL

ty for the suggestion though.

November 23, 2016 11 a.m.

IzzetScholar says... #9

I am right there with you when it comes to ponder...but I just got serum visions today, and so far seems to make up for the loss. Definitely getting a +1 and please look at my izzet sorcery deck and let me know what you think

November 27, 2016 11:20 p.m.

DuBie15 says... #10

Pillar of Flame is strictly better than Magma Spray. Also maybe Kiln Fiend?

November 27, 2016 11:26 p.m.

ginko2580 says... #11

LOL, I went to downtown Toronto.... Ontario..... Canada.... today and shopped too. I bought a play set of foil Serum's of the Magic Promo Set? I think that was the set... with the shooting star thingy....

all these in foil also;

1x Stalker (now full play set foils)

3x Swiftspear's (now playset)

playset of Lightning bolts... unlimited edition.... it just says "1 damage to target".... not Player or Creature. best version.

and for a Green Deck I use... 2x Strangleroot Geist's in foil

already have in this deck 4x Mana leak's Exodus, 3x foil Hidden strings... 3x foil young pyromancer's

it's looking nice...

November 27, 2016 11:37 p.m.

IzzetScholar says... #12

Dammit forgot to get mana leaks to switch out my cancels

November 27, 2016 11:40 p.m.

ginko2580 says... #13

cheers dubie15.... It is, but I needed Instants... I really don't want Sorceries. Hidden Strings for Stalker and Serum well it's no Ponder, but it will do... for now.

The 2 damage is usually for dealing the damage to the 2/2 Bird Token if Swan Song was used on Opponent (exile?, big deal it's a Token). But I will also swansong my own gutshot's for my own 2/2 flying birdies... and 2 more spells casted (1 resolved) if it helps.

The cool part of this deck is just "Cast" a card... and crap happens... I really don't care on who's turn, or if it even resolves.... Nivmagus and the +2/+2 counters... that T=2 2/1 Elemental they didn't block this turn is now 3/4 or 5/6 for 2x Instants being played. a 3/4 Swiftspear on T2?? Were those two Instants Lightning Bolt ? that is 9 damage with Swiftspear, on T2...

I have been looking at possibly adding in Searing Blood or Searing Blaze in this spot Though... Thoughts?

November 28, 2016 12:16 a.m.

ginko2580 says... #14

True IzzetScholar I had a play set of Exodus Mana Leaks since forever ... (I was playing during urza's, Exodus, Etc.) never new it until someone on Tappedout said change cancels for Mana leaks... oh hey, let me look at my old cards then... YAY ME! lol...

November 28, 2016 12:20 a.m.

ginko2580 says... #15

oh ya, DuBie15 Kiln Fiend would be a great card if it had haste... I think I want hasties Monastery Swiftspear.

now that I think about it also.... Shock over Magma Spray? might be better? I kinda like the "exile" at the loss of hitting player for damage though???

November 28, 2016 12:27 a.m.

DuBie15 says... #16

Pillar of Flame is also better than shock, it hits players and creatures and exiles. I use it in sb for a gruul deck, and its an amazing card. And thats fair, i thought the bigger boost would ne worth the loss of haste,cool deck though! Hope its performing well for you!

November 28, 2016 12:43 a.m.

ginko2580 says... #17

I am definitely keeping Fiend in mind... it is nice. very nice....

I will keep a mental count on WHEN my shot's and spray's are casted for a bit... if a Sorcery works, I will change it... I did use Pillar for a long time during Standard RTR Block....

November 28, 2016 12:59 a.m.

ginko2580 says... #18

what's the thought's on Runechanter's Pike? I've been thinking I want to side board if Stalker has the opening to hit often and not removed in some way...

First strike is moot kinda, but the plus's for "spells" is nice.

I have 3x nice foil-ies of them....

November 28, 2016 1:06 a.m.

ginko2580 says... #19

Played around with the deck a bit... 3x Gutters to Sideboard... I played 5 games with my buddy and kept a mental note on board hits and Burn spells...

Three games, T2 had 3x "1 CMC Creature's". (Swift's/Delver's/Elemental's of some combo of). There was a nice combo of 1x Nivmagus & Gutshot's & Swan Song's for 7 damage and 2x 2/2 Birdies on a T2. That is 11 Damage T3 + a Bolt Win, (7 from T2).

A choice I had and didn't like too much (twice) 2x Delvers and Serum in my hand... It was a T1 drop of Delver and looked at the top card of a Young Pyromancer and A Delver T2 "Top card" (sad face)... I think if 2x Delvers in hand and planning to use them this game, I will T1 a Serum and make the 2x 3/2 fliers hit T3.

added in a Serum Visions, Syncopate and the 4th Delver... 5 games only saw Stalker once and 2x Pyromancers... lots of Guttersnipes.....

November 28, 2016 2:08 p.m.

ginko2580 says... #20

Looking for some help... hopefully Price doesn't matter... what are the better choices for lands in a competitive R/U Deck? or other ideas for my mana base... I really want to remove the "enter's battlefield tapped" (Boilerworks/Swiftwater) crap... I do like the Temples for the Scry though....

November 28, 2016 2:24 p.m.

Feltrix says... #21

November 28, 2016 7:29 p.m.

Entrei says... #22

Noxious Revival and Mutagenic Growth are pretty good for these decks like this.

November 28, 2016 7:44 p.m.

ginko2580 says... #23

TY Feltrix Cascade might show up here if I can get it for under 20 bucks (2x max), was there a R/U Fetch land made?

That could be interesting Entrei, The Mutant Growth on my Invisible Stalker? hmmmmmmmmm? as quick as this deck is i'm not really worried about a loss of life to Phyrexia Mana to about 8-10... If I take that much I am probably dealing Double or Triple that to the bad guy...

November 29, 2016 9:32 a.m.

Feltrix says... #24

November 29, 2016 3:08 p.m.

ginko2580 says... #25

WOW!!!, 80-90 Bucks for it.... ty Feltrix. I think I see lands entering the battlefield tapped in my future, LOL

December 1, 2016 7:36 p.m.

Entrei says... #26

swap out something for Spirebluff Canal

December 1, 2016 10:23 p.m.

izzetlabrat says... #27

I would replace Magma Spray with Galvanic Bombardment it may not exile, but by the time you play the 4th one it is equal to Thunderous Wrath on miracle cost. If you don't like that you can also consider Forked Bolt once again, it won't exile, but you can at least split the damage as you please.

April 2, 2017 2:46 p.m.

izzetlabrat says... #28

Oh and since you have Harness the Storm in your maybe, I would suggest Pyromancer Ascension

April 2, 2017 2:53 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 1.29
Tokens 1/1 Elemental, 1/1 Bird
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