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This week we I have yet another fun tribe for you. Although this deck may not be quite as competitive as the last, it is an extremely fun aggro deck. So, here is the list.

Elementals in Modern

Lands (21)
Cavern of Souls
18 Mountain

Creatures (26)
Ball Lightning
Coal Stoker
Nova Chaser
Spark Elemental
Flamekin Harbinger
Incandescent Soulstoke
Fulminator Mage

Instants and Sorceries (13)
Fling
Lightning Bolt
Lava Spike
Rift Bolt
Sideboard (14)
Ingot Chewer
Smash to Smithereens
Molten Rain
Rending Volley
Blood Moon
Dragon’s Claw

So, the deck looks a bit like some very strange Red Deck Wins. Following tradition, I am going to give you the run-down on card choices, strategy, play style, matchup and sideboarding guide, and some different versions of the deck.

Card Choices

The lands are pretty self-explanatory. The deck is aggressive so the list only runs 21 lands and wants to play all of its burn so it doesn’t run the full playset of Cavern of Souls.

Going down the list, a large portion of the creatures are simply meant to be aggressive creatures that are also elementals. These include Ball Lightning and Coal Stoker who can allow very explosive turns. We also have Spark Elemental, and then Nova Chaser, who can championFlamekin Harbinger for an extra tutor.

After those there is Flamekin Harbinger who obviously tutors for an elemental, Incandescent Soulstoke, who is the one lord in the deck and also allows for you to play some of your other creatures that already are going to die at a slightly cheaper cost, and Fulminator Mage who does an amazing job at destroying man-lands, punishing greedy mana bases, and just general land destruction.

The instants and sorceries are a fairly straightforward burn package. The Flings synergizes well with the high power / low toughness creatures (Fling plus Nova Chaser could be game).

Flamekin Harbinger

Strategy

The strategy is much like any other aggro deck. Play all of your creatures, attack with them, burn the face or a threat. The only thing to note really is that Nova Chaser can champion Flamekin Harbinger for an extra tutor.

As well, the play style is much like a RDW. There is significantly less burn and of course it doesn’t splash white, but the feel is generally the same. As well, although the deck is quite aggressive, it isn’t that aggressive as the average RDW or Boros Aggro deck.

As I mentioned earlier, the deck isn’t horribly competitive. Its very fun to play with, don’t get me wrong, but the results from testing don’t exactly show me that this is going to win the next Pro Tour. In general it beats most control decks. It can have some trouble against Tron. The deck has survivable matchups against Abzan, Affinity, and Merfolk and generally loses against most forms of aggro and fast combos (RDW, Boros Burn, Infect, Twin, etc.) and basically everything else.

This is finally a sideboard that I am fairly happy about. The Ingot Chewers and the Smash to Smithereens are both for Affinity, the Molten Rain is for Tron and other greedy mana bases, even Abzan (it can replace Fulminator Mage if he isn’t working), Rending Volley is for Abzan, Twin, and anything else in the colors, Blood Moon can be a good sideboard backup plan for Abzan, Tron, the mirror, and many other decks, and Dragon’s Claw is good for the mirror and against other aggro decks.

The variants are when things get even more fun with the deck. As I said earlier, for the $150+ spent on Fulminator Mages and Cavern of Souls, the deck isn’t up to par on competitiveness. For that reason, here is a simple budget fix (including the sideboard).

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Budget Elementals in Modern

Creatures (26)
Ball Lightning
Coal Stoker
Nova Chaser
Spark Elemental
Flamekin Harbinger
Incandescent Soulstoke
Spark Elemental

Instants and Sorceries (13)
Fling
Lightning Bolt
Lava Spike
Rift Bolt
Lands (21)
21 Mountain

Sideboard (14)
Ingot Chewer
Smash to Smithereens
Molten Rain
Rending Volley
Dragon’s Claw
Searing Blood

And there is the deck for less than $100, and still basically just as good (especially if you are playing this at your kitchen table). A Malignus or two could be added to the deck to spice things up a bit too.

As well, the other major change that could be made is to make it a 5 color Horde of Notions deck. This would be a major revamp of the deck, so I am not going to talk about it in detail (if you would like I can discuss more in the comments) but here are two good decklists and deck techs for 5 color Horde of Notions decks:

5-Color Elemental Blitz

Elemental Awareness

That’s it for this week. Again, feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments and I can talk with you about them.

Thanks! -Dylan

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