Daily Digest: Ham Sandwich Boros

Modern may be a format where people are learning they have to play around Blood Moon, but usually not in game one – and no one’s really prepared to play against Chalice of the Void. Check out these R/W disruption decks and try one out before this weekend’s $5K Super IQ at #SCGCHI!

Make no mistake, there is something here.

It’s no accident that four out of five decks contain Blood Moon and three of those decks have Simian Spirit Guides to accelerate into them. Coincidentally, those decks also have Chalice of the Void to accelerate into.

In Modern, the combination of Blood Moon and Chalice of the Void for disruption and big threats like Brimaz, King of Oreskos and Hero of Bladehold are a potent combination. Boom / Bust and Ajani Vengeant help by providing a light land destruction element. Overall, cards such as Chalice of the Void and Blood Moon are incredibly powerful in Modern, mostly because decks in Modern aren’t used to playing against Vintage-level disruption. There’s just no reason to build your deck around the off chance that you might have to face a turn-one Chalice of the Void, so these decks are capitalizing.

Of course, Chalice of the Void won’t beat anyone on its own, so we need some beaters to finish them off. Conveniently, Chalice of the Void shuts off many of the format’s removal spells. Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Hero of Bladehold, and Restoration Angel are some of the more common threats, although it’s not crazy to see a Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker hiding out in these decklists. Boros Reckoner, Blade Splicer, and Mirran Crusader are other reasonable options, depending on what the rest of your deck consists of.

Chalice of the Void and Blood Moon are doing so much work, it’s almost like you could finish your opponent off with a ham sandwich, and some of these decks resemble exactly that. However, these decks keep winning, so clearly they’re doing something right. Perhaps the white and red finishers aren’t cards that would see play under normal circumstances, but Modern creates everything but.

These Boros decks give you a chance to play cards you might not otherwise play and customize it to your liking. There are no Tarmogoyfs here, therefore there is nothing that’s basically strictly better than the other options. As these decks demonstrate, how you win is mostly trivial as long as you do it quickly.