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Greetings, dear reader, and welcome to a rousing edition of McLaren's Musings.
I, Shaun McLaren, will be your guide as I boldly delve (in this case both literally and figuratively) deep into what gifts Magic has to offer. I will risk life and limb, or at least dice and limp, to find and play the most innovative new decks and share my findings with you.
Bravely I will venture forth and test new possibilities.
Fearlessly I will leap forward to explore the uncharted.
Gallantly I will play hopscotch with the unknown.
Now that I've finished hyping myself up, let's begin… actually I should probably hype myself up a bit more.
Sleek, efficient, strength, horse-power, maneuverability, four-wheel drive. All of these things not only describe a car, but also yours truly. And truly, I'm yours.
"So We'll Just Be Going..."
Not so fast!
I now stand between you and the door.
Today I'll be reviewing a brand new deck in Modern: R/G Vengevine.
Actually, scratch that... Today I'll be experiencing R/G Vengevine. As you know, a distinguished deck connoisseur doesn't just play Magic; they embrace it, face first.
Julian Grace-Martin, who piloted the deck to #SCGNY, has a fitting name, since it's an act of grace that a new deck should arrive in Modern that not only titillates and inspires the senses while being able to compete with Tron lands and Death's Shadow.
Let's begin with the decklist:
"Fine, Show Us the Deck."
- 4 Hollow One
- 3 Goblin Guide
- 2 Hooting Mandrills
- 4 Insolent Neonate
- 4 Monastery Swiftspear
- 4 Street Wraith
- 4 Vengevine
It's as though Mono Red and a Dredge deck had an intimate encounter and nine months later this deck was born.
Hollow One all but appeared to be empty of any value… until now.
The basic premise of the deck is pretty basic, but let me explain anyways, since not everyone can grasp the essence of a decklist at a glance.
You draw with Faithless Looting, Insolent Neonate, and Cathartic Reunion and also use them to discard Vengevine. Then you cast Hollow One for cheap or free after discarding cards and return your Vengevines from the graveyard to the battlefield.
Simple enough. In reality, a deck with Faithless Looting and Cathartic Reunion actually has a lot of difficult decisions to make when you aren't just happily discarding Vengevines and casting multiple Hollow Ones for free.
The core of the deck is solid and powerful, but I wonder there's enough meat for it to function properly? I'm worried some of the supporting cast members aren't ready for prime time.