Modern Monday: Seismic Swans

Well this is exciting. As of 2017, my Magic content is now exclusive to ChannelFireball, which means that you’re reading/watching the very first Modern Monday on the site.

For those unfamiliar with Modern Monday, it’s a column I started nearly 3 years ago to show off unique Modern decks that tend to get little exposure otherwise. I usually avoid playing tier 1 decks, so I’ve come to expect a few losses here and there. Additionally, the videos you watch are often my first time piloting the deck, so misplays aren’t out of the question either. In the end, I’m trying to expose you to some new strategies and give you a general idea of how the decks work in practice.

While the idea of today’s deck has been around for a while, I haven’t played it in ages, and this version of the deck, piloted to a 5-0 finish by Magic Online user tyaburi, has some interesting quirks. Take a look.

Seismic Swans

For the unaware, the goal of the deck is to get a Seismic Assault or a Molten Vortex into play, along with a Swans of Bryn Argoll, then discard lands to “shock” the Swans, drawing you 2 cards each. Eventually you should amass enough lands in hand to kill the opponent.

The first thing that stood out to me was the addition of 2 Molten Vortex. The original versions of the deck didn’t have that luxury, as Magic Origins wasn’t available. While paying a red mana every time you want to shock something isn’t ideal, it is better than not having access to the effect at all. Let’s see if we can shock some people out of existence!

As I mentioned when I noticed it in the third match, we played the entire League without the Wear // Tear in the sideboard. The reason being that, even on the eve of 2017, Magic Online still hasn’t been programmed to read split cards from a text file, which is only a somewhat large part of the game. Unfortunately, I still blindly put my trust in the client and assume that when I import a deck list, all 75 cards will appear. Fool me once, Magic Online…

All that aside, this deck was solid. One thing that was a little hard to come to terms with was having 35 lands in the main deck. Good lord, that’s a lot. Sometimes finding a reasonable threat was difficult, and I wouldn’t have minded having the full set of Countryside Crushers. That being said, I still managed to rack up a good amount of wins, and the combination of a “shock” enchantment and Life from the Loam is a pretty strong one. It usually allows you to either win the game or machine-gun down all of your opponent’s creatures.

Unfortunately, as I realized in my matches, the deck can sometimes have trouble against faster aggressive decks, or that have a good number of 3-toughness creatures. Also, when you don’t draw enough lands out of your 35-land deck, or when you fail to find either a Molten Vortex or a Seismic Assault, things can get dicey. Still, I wouldn’t be opposed to playing the deck again, maybe with the full set of Crushers. Thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you next week!


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