Which deck Should I Buy

Modern Deck Help forum

Posted on Oct. 14, 2018, 9:08 p.m. by Mono-Eh

I want to get a competitive modern deck around the $500-$600 range. I was thinking U/W Spirits or Naya Burn. All suggestions are helpful!

I would buy storm (which is what I bought and I'm loving it) or burn, what's your preferred play style?

October 14, 2018 9:19 p.m.

APPLE01DOJ says... #3

Of those 2 I would buy Spirits but I personally feel Burn has much more longevity.

Trouble is most of the cost of Spirits is Cavern of Souls. If it sees a decent reprint the value of your deck could drastically plummet.

October 14, 2018 9:47 p.m.

clayperce says... #4

My #1 suggestion, by far: Proxy up a bunch of decks and play them with your friends, or in pick-up games at your LGS. Watching videos, asking on T/O, etc. is all great, but the only way to know if a deck is right for you is to get in some reps with it. I like MTGpress, but there are a ton of good options.

My #2 suggestion: Check out this excellent thread over on Reddit.

Draw well!

October 14, 2018 9:53 p.m.

ariwilds says... #5

dredge is actually quite powerful in the meta right now and relatively cheap

October 15, 2018 12:59 a.m.

F*** Naya Burn, go Boros burn! Cheaper to build, more stable manabase (therefore better in the mirror too), can still pull out great results and is really fun to play imo. Now people will hate on burn, but just laugh at them and Lightning Bolt there faces for good measure ;)

October 15, 2018 3:25 a.m.

Xica says... #7


"dredge is actually quite powerful in the meta RIGHT NOW and relatively cheap."

And its highly unlikely to stay in that position for long.

Both decks are highly underappreciated powerhouses of the format, however i would buy spirits as its a tribal deck, and there is a LOT of jank that can be placed in it that is viable, be it Moorland Haunt, or some stupid stuff like Spectral Procession

October 15, 2018 3:47 p.m.

landofMordor says... #8

Per usual, clayperce is on point here. Proxy it up! Can’t tell you how many decks I thought were good ideas until after I’d already bought the cards...

My two cents, though: Boros burn is super reliable, but Spirits has more play and might be more fun if it’s your only deck. It’s also super powerful right now.

October 15, 2018 6:37 p.m.

ZorrosRage says... #9

clayperce is right about proxy first. I almost always do that before i buy into a deck. Also how competitive do you want to be?

Boros Burn is pretty solid. Storm is good, but personally i hate playing a combo like that

I love my Martyr proc deck. It is not really a Tier deck but fun as hell.

Spirits are a blast also.

The main thing i am going to tell you to look at is. If you buy into a deck. Does it contain staples for the other decks you think you want to play>? If you love creature decks. Maybe you want to buy into a Vial or Coco build so you know you have cards you will use again. Just a reusable mana base can be a ton of help and save a ton if money. The land is sometimes the most expensive part and can be used in so many different things.

October 16, 2018 2:27 a.m.

RightyLefty says... #10

I will add on to the suggestion of proxying first might as well know you like playing them before committing the money.

Of the two archetypes you are considering I would lean towards Spirts. First I think they are really fun to play (being a Bant Spirits player myself). Second I think the expensive cards in Spirirts have more value if you decide to move to a different deck. Vials, Caverns, Spell Queller, Giest, Seachrome Coast, Mutavault, not to mention the side board cards all have value in a few different decks. Burns most expensive cards (aside from the land base) aren't as versatile.

October 18, 2018 2:31 p.m.

Dreamweav3r says... #11

Burn is cheap and will pretty much always be tier 1.5, it also doesn't change much or often. I'd suggest buying a deck that, like burn, is cheap or a deck that has many staples that aren't specific only to that deck. My suggestion is something like Mardu Pyro. Bolts, Inquisitions, Thoughtseizes, Brutalities, Lingering Souls, K Command, and to a lesser extent Blood Moon etc. are all staples that see play in literally hundreds of other decks, giving you a good jumping off point for whenever you choose a new deck to pursue. Building a deck like humans or spirits for example, if they ever fall out of favor, what is really being left over that can be carried on to other decks? Thalia, Vial and lands? That's my suggestion.

October 18, 2018 4:12 p.m.

Hexaflexagon says... #12

I agree with clayperce and everyone who has agreed with him - proxy first before buying a deck worth $250 and up. And always say that you have proxies or people might get a bit pissed.

October 20, 2018 1:54 a.m.

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