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Last week I wrote about the hottest decks in Modern to be playing right now, the up-and-comers disrupting the metagame, striving to be at the top of the heap.
This week we're going to shift gears and head towards the other end of the format, from the cream of the crop to the bottom of the barrel.
The fringes. The rogue. The unexpected and the weird. We're digging deep for treasure. We're going on craigslist and trying to find a Modern deck.
Jank is a subjective term. We'll try to pick a mix of some really strange decks and some weird but playable decks with lots of potential. Some will be my own creation, and some have been putting up recent results.
All right, it's time for my Top 8 jankiest Modern decks you should be playing right now!
We start with a deck from just this last weekend at #SCGBALT piloted by Steve Rubin. This deck is more Rakdos and more off the chain than a drunk Gore-House Chainwalker. It looks like so much fun and has a solid element of competitiveness to it as well. There are a lot of ways for things to go horribly wrong, but even more ways for things to go Hollowly right!
Gurmag Angler seems incredibly easy to cast as early as Turn 2 for the deck, thanks to Street Wraith, fetchlands, Burning Inquiry, Faithless Looting, and Cathartic Reunion. A one-mana 5/5 is always a good time, no matter what format or deck you're playing.
If you're like me, you had to read Flamewake Phoenix to remember exactly what it did. It has great synergy in the deck, though. Ideally you're getting Flamewake Phoenix in your graveyard with all your discard spells and then returning it with the ferocious ability. You have Gurmag Angler and Hollow One to easily enable ferocious, but it also shouldn't be hard to Flameblade Adept to get up to four power, either.
This deck is the definition of all-in with a solid core of speed and power.
- 4 Knight of the White Orchid
- 4 Springjack Shepherd
- 4 Thalia's Lancers
- 4 Weathered Wayfarer
- 1 Bruna, the Fading Light
- 1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
- 1 Gisela, the Broken Blade
- 1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
- 1 Sigarda, Host of Herons
- 1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Here we Goat again… It just wouldn't be an article about meme decks without mentioning Goat Devotion.
Thalia's Lancers fits nicely with the devotion theme and gives you plenty to ramp into with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Unfortunately there aren't any legendary Goats to tutor up, so we'll have to settle for one of the many legendary creatures like Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger; Iona, Shield of Emeria; or, since planeswalkers received errata to be legendary, Elspeth, Sun's Champion. Disappointing, I know, but it's the best we've got until they print a nice juicy legendary Goat lord. Until then, we just need to keep demanding...