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Frantic Archaeology [Infinite Graveyard Jank]

Modern Combo Infinite Combo Jank Prowess RG (Gruul) Theme/Gimmick


After watching Nizzahon Magic's MTG Top 10: WORST Gruul Cards I saw the innocuous Fossil Find ranked at number 1. This struck me as mighty unfair, as it actually has quite a lot of application! This deck is my attempt to abuse it.

The main combo is Runaway Steam-Kin / Birgi, God of Storytelling   + 2 Fossil Finds, allowing you to infinitely cycle them, triggering prowess and damage effects to your heart's content. Outside of this, however, Fossil Find is ruddy convenient. It allows the rapid recasting of cheap spells, allowing you to Lightning Bolt face without repercussions, and grabs back key lost pieces.

The fastest possible win is on turn 2:

  1. Mountain, Wild Cantor
  2. Mountain, Sacrifice Wild Cantor for , Birgi, God of Storytelling  , Gutshot, Monastery Swiftspear, Fossil Find infinitely, attack for lethal with Monastery Swiftspear.

The other cards in the deck facilitate draw and interaction with the graveyard for quick combo resolution.

This is my first real Modern deck, so I'm bound to miss some stellar cards that'd slot right in. Any advice and feedback is appreciated!

- Dark Sphere Shepherd’s Bush, 08/03/22, 2W/2L/0D: Was surprised how well this performed; Electrostatic Field was absolutely the star player, am mainboarding in place of Abbot of Keral Keep. Definitely need to look at Grim Lavamancer again, and something to replace Harvest Pyre. Overall, pretty decent!


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25% Casual

75% Competitive

Revision 21 See all

(6 months ago)

-2 Commune with Lava main
+2 March of Reckless Joy main
-2 Mountain main
+1 Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass  Flip main
+1 Spikefield Cave  Flip main
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  • Achieved #1 position overall 1 year ago
Date added 1 year
Last updated 4 months

This deck is Modern legal.

Rarity (main - side)

1 - 0 Mythic Rares

11 - 6 Rares

19 - 6 Uncommons

14 - 3 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 1.59
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