With Modern Horizons on the horizon for the format, the landscape is going to change. Not just a little, but by a lot. The upcoming Mythic Championship in Barcelona, roughly a month from now, will be Modern. Everyone can now test new builds, new strategies and card inclusions in already established archetypes.
What I want to focus on today are the two decks, one that is a part of the current Modern metagame and a deck that is a new and tuned version of an already known archetype. Both are decks that we played in week 3 of the Team Modern Super League.

Hogaak’s Bridge

The new Vengevine deck

Vengevine
Bridge from Below
Altar of Dementia
Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis

Hogaak’s Bridge

Creatures (28)
Stitcher’s Supplier
Gravecrawler
Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis
Insolent Neonate
Carrion Feeder
Vengevine
Bloodghast

Spells (13)
Necrotic Wound
Faithless Looting
Bridge from Below
Altar of Dementia
Lands (19)
Swamp
Polluted Delta
Marsh Flats
Godless Shrine
Bloodstained Mire
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blood Crypt

Sideboard (15)
Ingot Chewer
Leyline of the Void
Necrotic Wound
Shenanigans
Silent Gravestone
Wispmare

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With the new tools Hogaak, Arisen NecropolisHogaak, Arisen Necropolis, Altar of DementiaAltar of Dementia and Carrion FeederCarrion Feeder, this deck really got to a point, where its main strategy is not only extremely consistent, but also worth the while! With older versions of Dredgevine, we had to play a bunch of 0-drops like Hangarback WalkerHangarback Walker and Walking BallistaWalking Ballista, to be explosive enough. With Hogaak, Arisen NecropolisHogaak, Arisen Necropolis and Carrion FeederCarrion Feeder we get two new ways of applying creatures to the board. Also, with Carrion FeederCarrion Feeder and Altar of DementiaAltar of Dementia, we have new ways of filling up our graveyard.

Some words on Carrion Feeder

The little Zombie that could

Carrion Feeder from Modern Horizons

Carrion Feeder from Modern Horizons

Lets go through, why this potent 1 drop, is on everyone’s lips. Everytime we draw a fetchland, our Carrion FeederCarrion Feeder can sacrifice our own BloodghastBloodghasts twice, and still have them on the battlefield, giving it +4/+4 for every fetchland drawn. Since the feeder is a Zombie, we can play a GravecrawlerGravecrawler from the graveyard, and for each black mana, sacrifice it and replay it again. This not only grows Carrion FeederCarrion Feeder each turn, but it also enables our VengevineVengevines to come back to the battlefield, since we play 2 creatures each turn. Carrion FeederCarrion Feeder also allows us to get rid of Stitcher’s SupplierStitcher’s Supplier the turn it enters the battlefield, to dredge an additional 3 cards the turn we play it. It’s a CMC1 creature that synergizes with the deck extremely well. And as a bonus, it helps us play Hogaak, Arisen NecropolisHogaak, Arisen Necropolis, since we need to have two creatures on the board for convoke.

While all these things wouldn’t be that powerful in a regular deck, but in a deck like this, that’s just all in on a strategy, it serves double duty. It is a good backup plan and at the same time an essential part and catalyst for some fast shenanigansshenanigans (which happens to be a very good sideboard option in the deck).

What else drives the deck

Altar, Necropolis and good postboard play

Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis from Modern Horizons

Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis from Modern Horizons

Altar of DementiaAltar of Dementia helps us fill up the graveyard and gets our redundant threats into the bin for later uses. Like Carrion FeederCarrion Feeder, this Altar utilizes its ability to sacrifice a creature without the need for mana or tapping. While the mill ability is good, the sacrifice outlet is equally important for this deck. Also, for your information: We always mill ourselves, unless we can use it as a win condition.

Lastly Hogaak, Arisen NecropolisHogaak, Arisen Necropolis is a late game free spell, that helps us cheat out VengevineVengevine, and is simply a big creature with trample – what is not to like?

Overall, I think this deck is consistent enough to be a true contender for a tier1 spot in the metagame, and especially with the upcoming new London mulligan rule. But like every all-in strategy, it can be somewhat easy to hate with the right sideboard cards. However, this deck can just beat a lot of the played sideboard cards due to its raw tempo power. And after sideboard, we just need to be 100% dedicated towards killing what can be a silver bullet against us, like Rest in PeaceRest in Peace or Grafdigger’s CageGrafdigger’s Cage.

Devoted Druid

More consistent, more protected

Devoted Druid
Vizier of Remedies
Walking Ballista
Eladamri’s Call

Devoted Druid

Creatures (25)
Giver of Runes
Birds of Paradise
Eternal Witness
Vizier of Remedies
Devoted Druid
Duskwatch Recruiter
Scavenging Ooze
Walking Ballista
Noble Hierarch
Shalai, Voice of Plenty

Spells (14)
Incubation/Incongruity
Eladamri’s Call
Postmortem Lunge
Chord of Calling
Lands (21)
Forest
Breeding Pool
Gavony Township
Horizon Canopy
Misty Rainforest
Razorverge Thicket
Temple Garden
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Plains

Sideboard (15)
Gaddock Teeg
Unified Will
Eidolon of Rhetoric
Spellskite
Meddling Mage
Collector Ouphe
Selfless Spirit
Rest in Peace
Path to Exile

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This is still a work in progress but having played with it in a couple of leagues, we really get to do some nasty things. The deck is a normal Devoted DruidDevoted Druid and Vizier of RemediesVizier of Remedies deck, that wants to build the combo as fast as possible. Playing cards like Postmortem LungePostmortem Lunge and Chord of CallingChord of Calling makes this a lot easier to do, since we can snipe a win at the end of turn, or get back one of the creatures, if our opponent has removal spells to stifle our infinite mana combo.

Normally the deck plays the full playset of Duskwatch RecruiterDuskwatch Recruiter, but with the new kid on the block Eladamri’s CallEladamri’s Call, we have a two-mana search tool for any creature in the deck. That is insane on its own, but also fills some of the holes that the Werewolf left, when you play 4 of them.

The nerfed Mother

Giver of Runes, protection all-star

Giver of Runes from Modern Horizons

Giver of Runes from Modern Horizons

The award for best new inclusion in the deck goes to Giver of RunesGiver of Runes. Even though this creature is a nerfed version of Mother of RunesMother of Runes, it is an amazing 1-drop. One of the main problems prior to Giver of RunesGiver of Runes was the fact that a single removal spell could delay our combo. But with Giver of RunesGiver of Runes, we are able to protect our turn 3 combo without having to do any hiccups or detours to do so. In the late game it can also come up, that we get to deploy a Shalai, Voice of PlentyShalai, Voice of Plenty. Shalai gives us and everything else hexproof, which allows Giver of RunesGiver of Runes to make your board almost impossible to deal with.

If you haven’t played that much Legacy or any other format where Mother of RunesMother of Runes has been legal, you might feel a bit un-impressed with this card. She doesn’t target herself, and she doesn’t have that much impact on the battlefield alone. But some cards can be hard to evaluate before you see them in their right surroundings, and before you judge this little nerf, I would advise you to play it in a deck where she is good, and after that make your judgment.

Variations and Experiments

The directions Vizier Combo could go in

Devoted Druid from Ultimate Masters

Devoted Druid from Ultimate Masters

This is a very white-heavy build that tries its best to enable the combo. And since it’s very new, it needs a lot of testing and tweaking. Where I want to go from here, is to make it a bit more Project-X-like and try to make a Collected CompanyCollected Company version with additional combos in the deck. Having all our creatures “worth protecting” will make Giver of RunesGiver of Runes even better, and getting black cards in the mix opens up a lot of new doors.

Hopefully I will find a powerful build of one of the above and crush the Mythic Championship – I guess only time will tell.

That was it for today. If you have any suggestions of potential builds, please tell me, because I think it’s the new big thing!

 

This article was written by Michael Bonde in a media collaboration with mtgmintcard.com