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There are 54 sets in Modern containing over 10,000 cards to choose from to build a 60-card deck.
8th Edition, the earliest legal set in Modern, was released July 28, 2003. It's not surprising that, thirteen-and-a-half years later, some cards have been forgotten in the shuffle.
Today I'm going to revisit a few cards I've played long ago that I'm surprised not to see popping up in Modern decklists.
Immediately after Golgari-Grave Troll was unbanned, it looked like Vengevine was due for a comeback. Lotleth Troll, Gravecrawler, and Ghoultree gave the deck a Zombie sub-theme that was resilient and powerful.
Now Prized Amalgam gives the deck another Zombie to bring back Gravecrawler.
During the latter half of 2016 we saw Dredge go wild, ultimately leading to the re-banning of Golgari Grave-Troll. It was generally accepted that milling half of your deck with Cathartic Reunion and hitting a bunch of Narcomeobas and such was the way to go.
Now that Dredge is weakened, it may be time to look for other graveyard elements to take advantage of.
- 4 Bloodghast
- 4 Gravecrawler
- 1 Haunted Dead
- 4 Hedron Crab
- 4 Insolent Neonate
- 4 Lotleth Troll
- 4 Prized Amalgam
- 4 Stinkweed Imp
- 4 Vengevine
From Ravnica block, Burning-Tree Shaman was a great creature in the Standard R/G beatdown decks of long ago.
It'd be a long list if I were to name each and every activated ability in Modern. Taxing fetchlands will be the most common. The bottom line is that it's simply a great card that will accumulate some extra damage without you having to try too hard.