The Fro Knows: Getting Enraged In Modern

 

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As anyone will tell you, I’m a sucker for any strategy that involves the graveyard. Dredge, Goryo’s Vengeance, and even Four Horsemen have been my go to decks in the past for when I want to something fun, fast, and hilariously broken. Back in 2013, at the height of Junk Reanimator’s popularity (Yes, Junk, not Abzan. It was a different time), I was blessed with an awesomely gigantic monster that I could mill and subsequently reanimate to ruin my opponent’s day: Borborygmos Enraged.

The game plan back then was simple: use Mulch and Grisly Salvage to mill Borborygmos and Unburial Rites into the graveyard while filling your hand with lands. Once you can reanimate Borborygmos Enraged, you discard all the lands in your hand to Lightning Bolt the opponent to death. In case you don’t have enough lands in hand, you can simply attack them to mill over three more cards, putting all lands into your hand and repeating the process. It was probably the most enjoyable Standard deck I had played back then, and in a wave of nostalgia, I sought to recreate that fun for the Modern age.

One of the benefits of trying this type of deck in Modern as opposed to its Standard is that you get far more powerful toys to play with. For starters, back in the day the Standard build would run a set of Griselbrand to reanimate as another powerful threat that was difficult to deal with. However, the abilities of Griselbrand and Borborygmos Enraged are at their strongest when you can activate them at the same time. Filling your hand with lands at instant speed lets you kill the opponent in response to whatever removal they may have, but at the time it was difficult to get them both in play at the same time as it would require multiple Unburial Rites. However, when we branch out into Modern, we get access to Necrotic Ooze, a powerful creature that copies the activated abilities of every creature in the graveyard. Having this in play gives us the power to kill the opponent at a moment’s notice for the low cost of 2BB.

 

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Another powerful tool in our arsenal is Life from the Loam. Not only can we use this to fill up our hand with land cards, we can even use it to mill ourselves to get Unburial Rites and Borborygmos in the graveyard. With the suite of Faithless Looting and Tormenting Voice, we can quickly mill through our deck while Life from the Loam is in the graveyard to find our combo pieces. But just in case we can’t find our Borborygmos, I’ve included three copies of Seismic Assault which act as smaller Borborygmos in the face of graveyard hate like Grafdigger’s Cage. Assault Loam was one of the first decks to win a Modern Grand Prix, so it only makes sense that in a deck based around a blast from the past, a tried and true method would fit right in. With these Modern additions, I came up with this monstrosity:

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4 Borborygmos Enraged
4 Griselbrand
4 Necrotic Ooze
4 Unburial Rites
4 Faithless Looting
4 Mulch
4 Life from the Loam
3 Seismic Assault
2 Tormenting Voice

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3 Copperline Gorge
1 Godless Shrine
2 Blood Crypt
2 Stomping Grounds
1 Temple Garden
3 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Forest
1 Plains
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Sideboard:

2 Ruric Thar the Unbowed
2 Golgari Charm
2 Defense Grid
3 Torpor Orb
3 Terminate
3 Pyroclasm

 

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