Modern MTG is a format that has a variety of decks to choose from, whether they are good or bad. So much so that it may be hard to pick one out for a newer player. On top of that, not all of them are easy to pilot. Many require you to know the format in and out to play with properly.
Except for one deck. This is a deck that you would actually use to get a feeling for the format and is incredibly easy to pilot. The deck I speak of is Boros Burn.
How to Play
There is only one way to play this deck: BURN! BURN!! BUUUUUUUUUUURN!!!
Take a baseball bat and WACK your opponent with it until their life total goes down to zero or below. (Don’t actually use a baseball bat, the police will be called on you. I promise you that). The only way to play this deck is to aggro your opponent out of the game before they can win. However, each archetype requires different speeds of doing it.
Combo: This is the archetype where you can just go full on aggressive against your opponent. Pre-sideboard, they’re mainly focused on pulling off their win condition. Beat them down until they die.
Control: In the early game, you want to apply a lot of pressure. Once they get two to three lands down, you’ll want to slow down a little bit until they present the right opportunity to fire your spells at them again. For example, if they are tapped out on all their mana for whatever reason you would take that chance to cast everything you could. This is one of those matchups where going first really helps.
Midrange: This one depends on who goes first. If you’re on the play, then start burning out the opponent as soon as you can. Once they get their deck situated on the battlefield, you are going to want to be conservative with what you do. For example, a lot of your burn spells can answer their creatures, which they are sure to have plenty of. It will sometimes be a better idea to point your burn at their threats instead of their face.
Aggro: Depending on what kind of aggro deck they are, it is going to be a race most of the time. If they are more of a creature based deck, then you will want to hold off on attacking in with yours rather than trying to trade off with theirs. Only attack in with your creatures when it looks like they’ll die if you have a backup. This will be another situation where you will have to prioritize using your burn spells against their creatures instead of the opponent.
The Meat of the Deck
Boros (Red/White) Burn is a deck that consists of mostly non-creature spells that deals damage to your opponent. That being said, it does run a few creatures to apply even more pressure.
Goblin Guide is the MVP of this deck. This is regarded as the best one-mana creature the color Red has to offer. Yes, it runs the chance of giving your opponent lands but why even bother with that when smacking them for 2+ damage every turn.
Monastery Swiftspear is the “other” one-mana creature that can keep the weight on your opponent. Swiftspear actually synergizes with our non-creature burn spells thanks to Prowess, which gives her +1/+1 everytime we cast one.
Eidolon of the Great Revel is probably the most dangerous creature card in this deck. If left unchecked, it can lock your opponent out of the game by putting them on such a low life total that they can’t cast anything anymore. Yes, it hits us too but considering that the two damage ability is attached to a creature, it’ll guarantee to hurt them more than it hurts us most of the time.
The rest of the deck is all non-creature burn. The iconic piece of this deck is Lightning Bolt. For one mana, you can send three damage to either a creature or an opponent. Most likely, you’ll be sending this to the opponent’s face.
This deck also includes two cards that mimic Lightning Bolt: Lava Spike and Rift Bolt. Lava Spike’s downside is that it is sorcery speed (can only be cast on your main phases) and only targets the opponent. Rift Bolt is three mana but can be suspended for one turn, meaning that the card wouldn’t be cast until your next turn. The worst thing that will happen is that you pay three mana for this card in a pinch.
Lifegain decks will make ours cry. To help alleviate that pain, we run a full playset of Skullcrack. Any time an opponent is about to gain life or prevent us from dealing damage, this card points and laughs at them while also beating them over the head.
Searing Blaze is for the decks that run creatures themselves. Consider this card our “removal spell.” Note that on the card it says “Searing Blaze deals… damage to target player and… damage to target creature that player controls.” If for whatever reason the creature becomes an illegal target for the spell, the player will still be dealt damage because of the “and” clause.
These two cards are the primary reason why we run White in our deck. Boros Charm is an instant-speed four damage spell for only two mana. The other modes on this card are rarely used at all, but making your creatures indestructible could be a useful tool in case you can’t target your opponent with spells. Lightning Helix is a two-mana Lightning Bolt that also heals our health total, something that comes in handy against other aggro decks or even our own Eidolon of the Great Revel.
This is a MUST for your sideboard. This is the only reason why our deck splashes in a hint of Green.
This is for any creature deck, especially those with ones that you can’t kill with your burn spells.
Speaking of bigger creatures, Deflecting Palm is great for cards like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. It is also great for any deck that is looking to deal a massive amount of damage to you with only one spell.
There are other sideboard cards you can put into your 75 card strategy like Kor Firewalker if your meta is mostly red based, or Relic of Progenitus if it’s graveyard based. Outside of the three that I have mentioned above, customize the rest of the slots to fit your environment.
Because Modern is going through a meta change, I can’t really talk about which matchups are in your favor since I don’t have the correct information to provide.
I can say that Burn doesn’t have a lot of bad matchups except against decks that fill the battlefield with creatures or heals health totals. Be prepared to lose against these decks that are thankfully not all common at the moment.
If you are someone new to the format and are looking for a way to familiarize yourself with the brand new meta this week, then this is the perfect deck to do it with.
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