September 21, 2015

Modern Temur Prowess


I never thought I'd see Abbot of Keral Keep in Modern, but Patrick Chapin proved me wrong with his innovative Temur brew. This deck plays just like your typical aggro-control deck, by resolving a cheap threat and then playing disruptive spells to either protect that threat or stop your opponent from doing what they're trying to do.

This deck is a little different in that it's more all in than most other aggro-control decks. Basically, your plan is to play a prowess creature and then cast as many spells as possible to pump it up. There are eight spells in the deck that cost zero mana, four each of Mishra's Bauble and Gitaxian Probe, and they are important for helping you deal extra damage. It may be tempting to cast those cantrips on turn one, but in this deck it's much better to wait for an Abbot or a Monastery Swiftspear.

If your all-in plan fails, there's always good ol' Tarmogoyf to back you up. He doesn't really need the extra help the way the prowess creatures do. Tarmogoyf gets huge in this deck, with the artifacts and enchantments that most other Tarmogoyf decks don't play. Of course, that means that your opponent's Tarmogoyfs are just as big as yours.

This deck is great at beating down your opponents, and with the strong combination of Lightning Bolt and Snapcaster Mage, you don't even have to beat down very hard. Rancor helps a ton for sneaking damage through, and it also helps you win the Tarmogoyf wars. Temur Prowess can be weak against decks that are playing stronger creatures than you and have a good long game, such as Jund or Abzan, but with a timely Vapor Snag or Remand, the game is certainly winnable.

This is a super fun deck, and props to Patrick Chapin for building it and piloting it to a Top 64 finish at Grand Prix Oklahoma City!

Patrick Chapin’s Temur Prowess

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