Mardu Pyromancer should play Path to Exile!

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Posted on Aug. 2, 2018, 7:23 p.m. by cplvela0811

Someone is thinking "but that would screw with Blood Moon." Now, while true - there is no need for Terminate being 2x () mana v.s. Path to Exile being 1x (), (which helps against Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger/Wurmcoil Engine and T1 Hollow One. Sure Terminate does not grant a potential land ramp, but Path to Exile is one less and is more likely to service Young Pyromancer and Bedlam Reveler at a more effective cmc/token/Bedlam ramp enabler.

On another note - I do not denounce Blood Moon in this shell. However, I am feeling that Path to Exile is strictly better than Terminate, and Lingering Souls is already including , so why hinder the true capabilities? Blood Moon is effective against a plethora of decks in Modern, but at the moment - would it not serve better to be sideboard material against the decks where it counts?

-One may even argue that Path to Exile denies Gideon and combats Dredge more effectively (when relevant).

Polupus says... #2

It can also set you up to cast Blood Moon by targeting your own token to grab a basic swamp or plains.

August 2, 2018 8:10 p.m.

lukas96 says... #3

Mardu is a RB deck that splashes white for lingering souls. It plans on flashing it back usually which makes it able for the deck to run blood moon.

A true 3 color mana base would make the deck less consistent and unable to play blood moon while it wouldnt do much in terms of making tron a better MU.

Youd need to change the entire deck and would have nearly no payoff. Thats not a good idea

August 2, 2018 8:21 p.m.

rothgar13 says... #4

This is the mistake every Mardu deck before this current iteration made; you make your mana requirements more stringent for a minor "upgrade" in removal. Something that does not get taken into account in your analysis is that getting an extra land often affords an opponent a tempo boost that sort-of neutralizes the fact that you killed a creature. Mardu Pyromancer can go the scorched-earth, kill-all-your-stuff approach, but having the upper hand in tempo helps. You can try it, but many a brewer has tried it already. It didn't work then, and there are no real indications it'll work now.

August 2, 2018 8:40 p.m.

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