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There are few burn spells are powerful as Tribal Flames in Modern. With fetchland/shockland mana bases, it's not unreasonable to be able to consistently get five colors of mana. We've seen various takes on Tribal Flames beatdown featuring cards like Geist of Saint Traft and Snapcaster Mage over the years. These decks had tons of reach, but could struggle against decks with larger creatures than yours. It's been awhile since we've seen a take on Tribal Flames in Modern, but maybe it's time to revisit the strategy:


Tribal Flames
This deck is just a pile of all the most efficient threats in the format up the mana curve. When you're already planning on fetching and shocking a bunch for your Tribal Flames, Death's Shadow becomes an incredibly potent threat, particularly when backed up by a ton of burn the clear the way for it. With Street Wraith and fetchlands in your deck, Tarmogoyf is going to be the largest threat you can get for 2 mana. Mantis Rider may not be the most efficient threat on 3 mana, but the combination of haste and evasion means that it's a great way to sneak in some damage to put your opponent in burn range.

Bloodbraid Elf is the card that ties this whole deck together. If you're anywhere close to parity, Bloodbraid Elf has a pretty good chance of just killing your opponent outright by hitting a Tribal Flames, Mantis Rider, or Blightning. If you're behind, it's a great way to try to sneak in an extra attack. This gives you a proactive way to get extra looks at your most powerful cards and keep up the pressure on unprepared opponents.

If you're looking for a deck that backs up disruption with a blisteringly fast clock and a ton of reach, this is the deck for you. You might struggle against opposing Lightning Bolt decks, particularly Burn and Snapcaster Mage decks who can sneak in a bunch of damage out of nowhere, but if your opponent is trying to play fair, you've got a great chance of racing them.