Modern Masters 2017 Gifts Storm Deck
By the time you’re reading this, Modern Masters 2017 has already released and you have either bought a case, a box or you’re planning on going to (or have done MANY) a draft to get your hands on one of THE BEST reprint sets we have ever seen. MM17 is full of top shelf Modern singles that will help you get in to the format a lot easier than ever before. But not only is getting in to the format a bit stressful, deck choice can be a real huge downer, I know first hand from when I returned after a year away from Magic:the Gathering after selling off my collection (it was a rough time). So, here I am to make it at least somewhat easier for you.
No deck is more straight forward than a deck that lets you almost play a game of solitaire. I know this sounds like a terrible idea, but if you love combo and you don’t have the time to learn every single deck in the format, UR Gifts Storm is your best new friend you didn’t know you had.
About a month ago, Gitaxian Probe was banned and was seen as the “death” of Storm, and while this was correct in a sense, a new loop storm deck emerged from the flames! Previous Storm decks relied upon trying to “draw” the deck, but this version is much more of a combo deck, requiring you to assemble a Baral or Electromancer and then get a Gifts Ungiven and use it to “tutor” for a bunch of ritual cards like Manamorphose, a kill spell like Grapeshot and a Past In Flames. Thanks to flashback on Past in Flames, we don’t care what the opponent decides to make us discard.
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO FIND THE CARDS?
First up, Modern Masters 2017 makes it a lot easier to get a hold of Fetch Lands and cards like Gifts Ungiven, Scalding Tarn, combo cards like Past in Flames, Serum Visions not to mention Goblin Electromancer. Aether Revolt gave us Baral, Chief of Compliance as well. The deck is actually FAIRLY CHEAP (at around $500) when compared to other tier two decks.
Start getting the bits for this deck now but please take in to account that the new Duel Deck Mind VS Might has been released that not only contains some key pieces we need such as Goblin Electromancer x2, Desperate Ritual x1, Empty the Warrens x2 and Grape Shot x1, but also contains Rift Bolt x3 that we can use later on to create new decks cantered around burn instead of combo, if you get bored and want a change. Also the Mind VS Might deck contains some GREAT Commander reprints.
HOW TO PLAY STORM GIFTS
The deck runs on Goblin Electromancer and Baral to make your spells cheaper, meaning that you can play multiple spells early (and often) and then Storm off. Storm copies the effect for each spell previously played in this turn, so even if something got countered.
Step one: Have Electromancer or Baral out.
Step two: Cast a ritual spell (for only one mana) or as many as you may have in hand to get extra mana, cast Gifts Ungiven, searching for Past in Flames, Manamorphose, Grapeshot, Pyretic Ritual. Opponent chooses two of those cards to be discarded and you just “go off” and Storm out in a flurry of mana, spells and triggers.
This deck requires some math, but don’t let that put you off, this deck is actually a lot of fun to play and it feels pretty great when you can Storm off and kill someone on turn 3.
Merchant Scroll can fetch Gifts to the top of your deck. Then if you cast a ritual, cast Remand and have Baral in play, Brala’s trigger happens allowing you to draw the gifts and then discard a card. You can also do this with Mana Morphose as it already draws you a card and then there is no need to use Remand, unless you need to dig a little deeper.
Sideboard is up to you, but here is my suggestions for some options.
Blood Moon locks out a number of decks and can help us auto win, I would run three in the sideboard
Lightning Bolt best one mana removal in modern, nuff said.
Repeal is amazing, because Chalice of the Void comes down on two and locks us out of the game, Repeal helps with storm and to bounce Chalice.
Empty the Warrens…….Look, you would be REALLY surprised how many times this can win a game by generating 20 goblins on turn 3.
BONUS ROUND: HEY, CHECK OUT MY MODERN MASTERS BOX BREAKING! Special thanks to Wizards for sending the box out, because they’re cool.