Today’s deck takes a shell capable of incredibly aggressive draws and adds a combo element to generate tons of damage that almost nobody can interact with!
As with any deck relying on Hollow One, you’re going to need a handful of ways to discard your cards for value. With a couple of discards, you’re capable of turning your Hollow Ones into free 4/4 creatures. Doing this on the first or second turn provides a crazy quick clock that’s hard for any deck to race.
Vengevine is a perfect complement to Hollow One. Not only is it the best creature to discard and send to your graveyard, but you’re planning to cast your cheap 4/4s afterwards. With so much potential to cast multiple creatures in a turn, returning your Vengevines on the first or second turn is completely realistic!
This deck runs the full playset of Goblin Lore. If you haven’t heard of this card before, well, I don’t blame you. It is not a Constructed staple by any stretch, but it can be really sweet. Goblin Lore is not card advantage despite being a draw-4, since you have to actually spend a card and you’re discarding 3 at random, but it has the potential to do something amazing. Sure, sometimes you’ll discard a bunch of Hollow Ones and miss out on the nut draw, but with plenty of cards that reward you for getting them to the graveyard, that’s a risk you’re willing to take.
For a more controlled take on discard, you have Faithless Looting. Looting is perfect for setting up Hollow Ones and putting Vengevines in the graveyard, but it’s another card that can be discarded for value. The flashback on Looting means that even your bad Goblin Lores that discard your spells and leave you with lands in hand still have some value coming back.
Street Wraith lets you cycle a card for “free.” While the cost of 2 life certainly isn’t nothing, it’s a small price to pay for effectively getting Phyrexian mana for your Hollow Ones. Cycling counts as discarding, so Faithless Looting into Street Wraith means that you can play all of your Hollow Ones on turn 1 for free.
While you certainly don’t want to exile your flashback spells or Vengevines, you’re going to be sending a lot of cards to the graveyard with all of your self-discard. Hooting Mandrills provides another 4/4 creature, this time with trample, and for effectively 1 mana. Flamewake Phoenix combines well with all of your 4-power creatures as another creature you can discard for value and bring back.
Flameblade Adept is a nice early drop to get in some damage. With Goblin Lore, Looting, and Street Wraith all pumping up your Adepts, this add up to a lot of damage quickly. It also gives you yet another 1-mana creature to make sure that you can trigger your Vengevines by playing two creatures in the same turn.
Burning-Tree Emissary is another great way to guarantee you can play multiple creature spells, adding free mana and a threat on the board to pair with all of your 4-power creatures. If you’re getting all of these creatures onto the battlefield and playing multiple free spells per turn, a surged Reckless Bushwhacker is a good bet for lethal damage. This deck is capable of playing a 1-drop into some Emissaries and a Bushwhacker to attack for 10+ the “fair” way on turn 2!
You’re not playing all this degenerate graveyard nonsense just to load your deck up on interaction, but Lightning Bolt can clear a path or finish your opponent off. Having yet another spell to play for a single mana and to make sure your Vengevines get through is pretty nice in Modern.
This is truly the format where you can do whatever your heart desires, and if your heart is looking to attack for piles of damage on turn 2 and finish your opponent off on turn 3 with massive free creatures, then this is the deck for you!