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Hollow Victory


When Hour of Devastation was first released, Hollow One saw a brief stint of popularity in Modern. People used it in dredge-style decks to fuel crazy Vengevine turns, but the inconsistency of these strategies led them to fall out of favor relatively quickly. However, there may be another fringe strategy which could put Hollow One to work. Check out TDIGI91’s take on Modern Madness:

Hollow One
There are a lot of really interesting combinations of discard- and graveyard-based interactions in this deck. The idea is that you’re going to utilize Burning Inquiry, Faithless Looting, and Cathartic Reunion to stock your graveyard with Bloodghasts and Flamewake Phoenixes, as well as power up your madness cards and discard-fueled synergies.

As far as Madness engines go, Fiery Temper is the primary payoff, though you have access to cards like Big Game Hunter to fight Death's Shadows, and even Call to the Netherworld to buy back key creatures like Hollow One. However, you also have Flameblade Adept that can generate a whole bunch of damage when you start casting your loot effects, as well as Gurmag Angler, which can come down quite early and apply substantial pressure.

All in all, this is an interesting aggro deck that can cheat large creatures into play early on, but also has some staying power thanks to Bloodghast and Flamewake Phoenix. It’s a little surprising to see zero copies of Vengevine anywhere in this deck, but perhaps that card is a little too greedy. If you’re looking for a deck that can apply very fast pressure while stressing your opponent’s removal and graveyard hate at the same time, this seems like a fun, off-the-wall deck that may just have what it takes to compete in Modern.

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