Thursday Aug 22, 2019

Thunderkin Awakening

Modern Horizons / Core Set 2020, Episode 11: Elementals Week


The Elemental tribe is rising from the reef with a host of new printings from Modern Horizons and Core 2020. Thunderkin Awakener has already established itself as a player alongside Lightning Skelemental, but Risen Reef has brewers experimenting with all five colors of the rainbow. The decks are already sweet, and we've barely begun to scratch the surface of what this tribe can do. Will Vesperlark give Altar of Dementia a second chance at breaking Modern? Does Master of Waves push Risen Reef over the top? Can Thunderkin Awakener breathe new life into Rage Forger aggro? Join us this week for a journey to the Primal Beyond, as we discuss all things Elementals with some slick new brews.



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02:30 Lame Duck Modern + the post-Hogaak Metagame


17:40 Elemental Tribal: What We've Seen So Far


26:10 Brewing Elementals with the Scryfall Method


45:41 4c Vesperlark Value-Combo (Brew #1)


57:00 Bant Vesperlark Combo (Brew #1b)


1:02:45 RB Thunder Forger (Brew #2)


1:09:30 Temur Thunder Vine (Brew #2b)


Other lists referenced:


Skelemental, Thunderkin, Unearth, and Ball Lightning, plus Seasoned Pyro/Faithless Looting + standard B/R spell package, a couple Arcanists thrown in.
Basically the same, but trimming Thunderkins and dropping Ball Lightning to make room for copies of Young Pyromancer, Lingering Souls, Smiting Helix.
8-Balls + Collected Company + Pelt Collector, the worst creature in Modern.
Risen Reef and a random assortment of creatures. Aether Vial + the tribal lands (Cavern, Unclaimed Territory, Primal Beyond) + Smokebraider enable all 5 colors.
There are 2 more 5-0 "5c Elemental" lists that do not run Skelemental.
Reef as a value creature in Bant Company, with light Elemental package (mainly Voice of Resurgence).
Rage Forger + a bunch of terrible creatures that happen to be Shamans.

All-in Vesperlark Combo (Liam Cahalan)

Turbo mill to assemble Vesperlark + sac outlet + Image/Body Double.


5c Master of the Reef (Caleb Durward)

Miscellaneous 5c elementals, including Shorecrasher Elemental for increased devotion.


Amulet Reef Combo (u/Jrax)

Play your whole deck with Amulet of Vigor + Risen Reef (explanation here).


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