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Modern Monday (?) – R/W 8 Whack

Welcome back to another Modern Monday! Unfortunately, I’m in the process of moving and all of my worldly possessions are still in transit. How does that affect this week’s article, you might ask? Well, not tremendously, but due to me not having a proper mic and being at the mercy of my laptop for recording videos this week, a few audio problems put the video a day behind. Otherwise, we should be in good shape, but I’ll let you all be the judge of that.

All that aside, today we’re taking a look at a unique deck piloted to a 5-0 finish by Magic Online user yhudiwasa5. While Kuldotha Red isn’t the newest thing, the addition of cards like Bomat Courier and Toolcraft Exemplar is. We also have unique inclusions like Kytheon, Hero of Akros. Check it out!

8-Whack

The most expensive cards in the deck are Mox Opal and Goblin Guide, which is funny since one of them is only loosely connected to the strategy of the deck. In addition to the 8 Bushwhacker creatures, you also have a fairly unique copy of Contested War Zone and 4 Signal Pest, who all give a pretty reasonable buff to your attacking creatures, Goblin or otherwise. I’m not sure how well this deck will perform, but I have a good feeling that the matches will be quick, in any case.

Okay, so let’s get one thing clear: Chalice of the Void on 1 is pretty miserable for this deck. In fact, I imagine that entire deck is pretty miserable. Day of Judgment, Gideon Jura, Ensnaring Bridge if they can get their hand low enough—thankfully Blood Moon doesn’t really affect you, though it means you can never cast your white spells outside of a Mox Opal. If they are able to get another Chalice of the Void on 2, it also shuts down your sole way to remove the Chalice out of the sideboard (unless of course you draw Shattering Spree and replicate it a bunch, as I mentioned).

One of the main issues I had with the deck was simply whiffing on land drops. I also don’t think the artifact count is high enough to consistently turn on metalcraft. With only 17 artifacts, that’s less than 1 in 3 cards, meaning an average opening hand will only contain about 2 artifacts. With only 15 lands in the deck, this can be rough, and there were definitely times my matches hinged on whether or not I was able to draw a second or third mana source. Of course, a 5-match League isn’t the most definitive evidence, so I’ll reserve any solid judgment for a later date.

Kytheon, Hero of Akros was surprisingly good here. While it was sometimes difficult to activate his indestructibility (not like I needed to…), it was rarely difficult to attack with 3 creatures to transform him. His first two abilities didn’t matter too much, and he was more frequently a 1-drop that transformed into a 4/4 on turn 2 or 3.

Aggressive decks like this have never been my bread and butter, but it’s always fun to venture outside of my wheelhouse sometimes and try them out, especially for the sake of something like Modern Monday. I totally think this deck is capable of stealing some free wins in Modern, especially at your local events that don’t have much R/W Prison running around. It can be pretty hard to deal with a Kuldotha Rebirth along with multiple Bushwhack effects. See for yourself.

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you later!

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