Wizard's Lightning is a card that lots of people had high expectations of in Modern. There's already a high density of wizards that you'd like to be playing with Lightning Bolt, such as Snapcaster Mage, Vendilion Clique, and Grim Lavamancer. Surely there's an aggressive wizard deck that can take advantage of eight Lightning Bolts, right? P27air went in another direction with his deck. Instead of touching Blue for Snapcaster Mage, he stayed Red to make his deck more consistent and asked an interesting question. If four Lightning Bolts is good and eight is better, what if you could run twelve?
Mono-Red Wizards | Modern | p27air, 5-0 Competitive Modern Constructed League
- Creatures (19)
- 3 Grim Lavamancer
- 4 Bomat Courier
- 4 Ghitu Lavarunner
- 4 Monastery Swiftspear
- 4 Soul-Scar Mage
- Sorceries (4)
- 4 Faithless Looting
- Enchantments (3)
- 3 The Flame of Keld
This is a slower burn deck than we're used to seeing. There aren't any Goblin Guides or Eidolon of the Great Revels to help steal games before they really get started. It's purely a Red deck, so you're missing out on the likes of Destructive Revelry, Lightning Helix, Boros Charm, and even Deflecting Palm. So what's the advantage to playing a deck like this over the more traditional burn deck?
The idea is that this deck has more of an ability to grind and find the last couple of points of damage, even in the face of lifegain. You don't have the same explosive potential, but you have more prowess creatures to ensure you can keep attacking through opposing Snapcaster Mages. You have Bomat Courier to help reload, Faithless Looting to help find your Lightning Bolts, and The Flame of Keld to dig a little deeper and give you even more reach. You even gain access to Ramunap Ruins to give you just a little more reach than other burn decks featuring a splash might have.
The biggest thing that you gain for this choice is Fiery Temper. Faithless Looting, The Flame of Keld, and Bomat Courier all help to ensure that Fiery Temper is as close to a Lightning Bolt as if can possibly be. In the process, you gain the ability to look at far more cards than most builds of Modern burn. The big question for anyone who wants to play this style of burn over the more traditional builds is whether you have given up too much efficiency to gain some of these slight edges.