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The goal of this build is to simultaneously reduce both players’ life totals as quickly as possible and seal the deal with a massive Scourge of the Skyclaves. Scourges function as both early wind-cons or late-game blockers, giving this deck long-term firepower. This build is a contrast to traditional Mono-Red or Boros burn decks, which fizzle quickly after turn 4.

CARD CHOICES

Vexing Devil is an underrated card which almost always results in 4 damage to the opponent on turn 1. Most players would rather take the damage now then deal with multiple attacks later. This helps enable a 4/4 Scourge on turn 2.

Lightning Bolt, Lava Spike, Bump in the Night, and Skewer the Critics are the most efficient 1-mana burn spells and make up the fiery core of the deck. Searing Blaze is essential for killing mana dorks. Boros Charm is very versatile and is useful in a variety of situations, although I primarily use it to deal damage.

Street Wraith is an efficient way of drawing cards and I prefer it to Mishra's Bauble because of the immediate draw and life-loss. Plus it’s possible to play it as a chump blocker if a game goes long.

I am currently testing Death's Shadow along with the Scourges. However, too many creatures reduces this deck’s burn potential, so I am wary of including too many. The Shadows are only effective in later turns, whereas I can consistently play a 3/3 or 4/4 Scourge on turn 2.

Apostle's Blessing is highly versatile. It is both aggro and defensive, because it essentially makes your Scourge or Shadow unblockable, or protects them from removal. Plus it can be played for only 1 colorless mana while simultaneously buffing your demonic critters.

WHY MARDU?

It makes sense to keep this build as Mardu as opposed to Rakdos, because Sunbaked Canyon is a fantastic card drawing source. I find myself using it to draw a card almost every time I play it. Since there is no Rakdos equivalent to the Canyons, I will take advantage of the available white mana for Boros Charm, Apostle's Blessing, and cards on the sideboard.

NOTABLE EXCLUSIONS

This deck is primarily burn-focused, so I have excluded cards like Thoughtseize (for now). I basically took my Boros burn shell and swapped a few cards out to make room for Bump in the Night and Scourges.

Eidolon of the Great Revel is widely recommended for burn decks and I used to run it in my Boros burn deck. However, the damage it deals becomes hard to control, and I find myself regretting the decision to play it every time. This kind of deck requires total control over your life total, and I want to be able to judge how much life loss I suffer over time. I avoided Dark Confidant for this reason as well.

This is a work in progress. Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

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Date added 2 weeks
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Splash colors WBR
Legality

This deck is Modern legal.

Rarity (main - side)

4 - 0 Mythic Rares

24 - 6 Rares

12 - 7 Uncommons

18 - 2 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 1.93
Folders Uncategorized, Modern Decks I Did Not Make, Other people's decks, Stuff I like, Modern, Inspiration, 1, Deck Ideas
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3 days ago)

+1 Deflecting Palm maybe