Hammering Away: Modern Burn

I’m a bad player, obsessed with fast red decks, and poking around in Modern. This means I have to try to make Modern Burn work. I don’t mean aggro zoo with some burn back up. I mean burn. The win condition is through burn.

Unfortunately, Modern’s mono red burn is fairly weak. No Price of Progress, Flame Rift, or Fireblast. Those are what make Legacy Burn playable. So we have to get into other colors. Thanks to the last few years we have some more good reasons to go into white and even black. Return to Ravnica block gives us Skullcrack and Boros Charm. Charm basically Flame Rift. Innistrad block gives us Bump in the Night which is Lava Spike 5-8 that can flashback in the late game.

Even though I want to focus strongly on non creatures, it’s too hard to ignore Monastery Swiftspear and Goblin Guide. Goblin Guide is consistent and efficient. Swiftspear is just too good, especially in multiples. Compound that kind of pump with all the extra damage you get out of Modern burn spells compared to Standard and you get an incredible amount of damage.

Here’s my list:

4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Goblin Guide
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Rift Bolt
4 Bump in the Night
4 Lava Spike
4 Lightning Helix
4 Boros Charm
4 Magma Jet
4 Skullcrack
4 Sacred Foundry
4 Blood Crypt
8 Mountain
4 Wooded Foothills