Modern Storm with Thing in the Ice

THE LIST

Modern Storm 9-2-18

CHANGES

Here again we have no changes to the main deck since the switch back to the full 12 cantrips. In the SB though we have the addition of Thing in the Ice over the third Empty the Warrens and the Peer Through Depths. This is a piece of technology that has been going around on MTGO in storm for a while thanks to Beicodegeia but due to the usual low prevalence of direct hate from the faster decks of the format IRL I have been slower to adopt. Now though many matchups, such as humans have changed to where they are boarding cards such as Damping Sphere and Surgical Extraction to beat us. Thing for us mainly acts as an Empty the Warrens/Bounce Spell hybrid where it serves a similar role to what Chandra did before which is to create a subgame. The shift to permanent based hate in control decks also makes the Thing plan decent there as well since then we are taxing their Path to Exiles more and if treated as a mini Empty still helps with our plan of killing them in waves of small goblins. Also Thing can come in for some of our other worse match ups to help give us another axis to fight on (similar to how ascension did before out of the board). For example in the Burn matchup we now have a tool that can win the game in a couple hits or soak up 5+ damage before dying to by us time to bearless kill, or against Infect now we have a wincon/way to bounce creatures through protection. One final note that you will see below is that Thing is currently coming in for a lot of other matchups as well. This is also a consequence of them being incentivized to cut big creature removal post board and just rely on a few pushes and bolts.

MATCHUPS

Humans

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Desperate Ritual, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 1 Noxious Revival

Burn

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Grapeshot

Hollow One

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Electromancer

Infect

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Repeal, 1 Grapeshot

Bridgevine

In:  4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Thing in the Ice, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 2 Sleight of Hand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal, 1 Noxious Revival

Titan Shift

In: 1 Wipe Away, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 1 Sleight of Hand

Affinity

In: 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 1 Empty the Warrens

Out: 3 Opt, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival

KCI

In: 2 Abrade

Out: 1 Grapeshot, 1 Repeal

Dredge

In:4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal

Storm

In: 3 Lighting Bolt

Out: 1 Repeal, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Sleight of Hand

Living End

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal

BOGLES

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 1 Wipe Away, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Repeal, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Sleight of Hand

Tron

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past in Flames

Ponza

In: 3 Lightning Bolt, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 3 Opt, 1 Grapeshot, 1 Repeal, 1 Remand

UR Wizards

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle,  3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Remand, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Repeal, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Baral

Bant Spirits

In: 2 Thing in the Ice, 1 Wipe Away, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival

Jund

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival, 2 Baral, 1 Past in Flames

Mardu

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 2 Abrade, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Gifts ungiven, 2 Baral, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Remand

Grixis Death’s Shadow

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 3 Lighting Bolt, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out:  4 Gifts ungiven, 2 Baral, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Repeal, 1 Remand

UW Control

In:  4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 4 Gifts Ungiven, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Goblin Elctromancer, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Unsubstantiate, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 1 Grapeshot

 

Jeskai Control

In: 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, 2 Empty the Warrens, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice, 1 Wipe Away

Out: 3 Gifts Ungiven, 2 Goblin Electromancer, 1 Baral, 1 Noxious Revival, 1 Past in Flames, 1 Pyretic Ritual, 1 Unsubstantiate

HARDENED SCALES AFFINITY

In: 1 Wipe Away, 2 Abrade, 1 Echoing Truth, 2 Thing in the Ice

Out: 4 Sleight of Hand, 1 Remand, 1 Noxious Revival

 

5 thoughts on “Modern Storm with Thing in the Ice

  1. I’m new to storm, and fairly new to the format, so please forgive if this question seems a little noobish. If I’m playing against E-tron, with a known full set of chalice, should I board in artifact hate in addition to the recommendations for tron. Also, I’m considering running 1 abrade/1 shattering spree due to the abundance of other decks running chalice in my local meta, would this be preferable given the situation, or should I go ahead and go for 2 shattering spree.

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  2. Hey, I can’t get my mind around the island vs. Snow covered island utility with Gifts Ungiven. Could you give me a cenario where the Gifts would fetchs those 2 islands in a useful way?

    Regards!

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