Deck Of The Day #10 - The Evolution Of Suicide Zoo

Deck Of The Day #10 - The Evolution Of Suicide Zoo

Going Big. The Become Immense + Temur Battle Rage is old news by now, both in old Standard and in Modern. However, MODO user RecklessRawk has gone further with this idea and evolved the Suicide Zoo concept - check the list he used to 5-0 a Modern League...

The Become Immense + Temur Battle Rage is old news by now, both in old Standard and in Modern. However, MODO user RecklessRawk has gone further with this idea and evolved the Suicide Zoo concept - check the list he used to 5-0 a Modern League

4 Blistercoil Weird
4 Kiln Fiend
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Assault Strobe
4 Apostle's Blessing
4 Brute Force
4 Desperate Ritual
4 Manamorphose
4 Mutagenic Growth
4 Temur Battle Rage
4 Titan's Strength
16 Mountain
Sideboard:
2 Akroan Crusader
3 Young Pyromancer
4 Gut Shot
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Smash to Smithereens

There is some beauty in playing such a streamlined list as this. A pristine pain-free manabase of 16 Mountains, 12 creatures, 8 mana producers, 8 "enhancers" (Titan's Strength & Brute Force) and 8 "double strikers" (Temur Battle Rage and Assault Strobe. Mutagenic Growth and Apostle's Blessing give us extra-insurance against the prevalent removal in Modern.

Just think about it: any combination of an "enhancer" and a "double striker" (there are 8 of each) with a creature (there are 12) results in 12 damage (with Swiftspear / Weird) or, God Forbid, 20 damage (with Kiln Fiend). This doesn't even take into consideration the free spells such as Manamorphose or Mutagenic Growth, that gives this deck a combo-rific flavor, very similar to Storm deck (some people say that Prowess is just Storm on a creature)

Of course there is something to be said about the consistency (or lack of) of playing just 16 lands; to alleviate this I would substitute the Apostle's Blessing for some Gitaxian Probe, which also let us play with perfect information, knowing when to go for the kill.

The sideboard is also a masterpiece, allowing the deck to go wide against those decks which Overload with removal post sideboard. All in all, a very fun deck (for us at least).

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