At this point, when you hear Rakdos Sacrifice, you probably think about Witch’s Oven and Cauldron Familiar, which will almost certainly illicit a groan. Although novel at its introduce, the combination quickly overstayed its welcome. Can we actually get to a point where Cat/Oven becomes a thing we love again? If we can, it’s likely going to be the result of something new and cool, which the forgotten Disciple of the Vault almost certainly is.
Between Oni-Cult Anvil and Disciple of the Vault, you have enough redundancy to make each Cat/Oven loop truly threatening. The cherry on top is the addition of Galvanic Blast and Shrapnel Blast as more reach. Ravenous Squirrel and Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer provide some early aggression, which most decks in Modern are well-equipped to handle. Once the ground is stabilized, you’ll switch gears into trying to burn your opponent out. Barring that, you have the ability to grind with Urza’s Saga, Experimental Synthesizer, and Lurrus of the Dream-Den. There’s even a Stomping Ground to activate Ravenous Squirrel if it comes to that.
Naturally, this sort of deck is going to have issues with a few archetypes in Modern, namely the various combo and big mana decks. Thoughtseize and Alpine Moon have you covered, plus the relatively fast clock should be able to steal some games. Overall, I’m very pleased with the look of this deck and it’s on the short list for decks to play when I stream next.
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Throughout his tenure in Magic: The Gathering, Gerry has worn many hats. Tournament grinder, content producer, professional player, game designer, teacher, and broadcaster are part of the ways he’s made MTG part of his life. Rather than flying to a tournament each weekend, Gerry enjoys his time trying to help the next generation of Magic players hone their skills and be positive members of the community.