Tis the time of year, where the nights get long and the creatures in the dark corners of the world come out to play. That right, its October and Halloween is just around the corner. I have always loved this time of year, and Halloween in particular. It’s the best time to enjoy a scary movie or two with friend and loved one, and cuddle up indoors as the weather takes a turn for the worst. Sadly, Covid 19 means a lot of those gatherings are off the table at the moment. But I refuse to let it spoil Halloween for me.
So today I am starting a months’ worth of spooky themed content here at Master of Magics, with a whole bunch of creepy deck techs and grim dark articles to help you celebrate Halloween in the comfort of your own home. If like me you love Halloween, make sure you subscribe to Master of Magics to not miss any of our creepy content in the coming weeks. But for now, let’s start things off with a deck themed around a Sci-Fi horror classic.
Who doesn’t love a classic B-Movie? I’m been rhetorical of course, everyone loves a good B-Movie. These low-budget commercial motion pictures, which boomed in popularity in the 1950’s, played a large part in getting a lot of people invested in the Horror and Sci-Fi gernes. The hammy acting, the special effects and most of all the ridiculous plots make these some of the most entertaining films put on the silver screen. One of the most famous of these classics is of course 1958’s, The Blob.
For those of you who haven’t seen it (and you really should) The Blob is an American science fiction-horror film set in 1957s rural Pennsylvania. When a couple find their romantic rendezvous at lovers’ lane (a now classic trope) interrupted by a crashing meteorite, they have no idea that an alien lifeform is about to bring disaster to the small piece of Americana. The title creature (a red jelly-like ooze) soon consumes all in its path, getting bigger and more dangerous as the towns people try to figure out a way to stop the alien menace.
Now as some of you might remember, a few years ago myself and a few other content creators all made Halloween themed Commander decks for the site. What you might not know is that back then, one of the decks I wanted to build was based on this seminal movie class, using the Ooze creature type to represent the alien creature. Sadly, there wasn’t really enough cards to make the deck what I wanted to, so I shelved the idea and moved on to something else. But in recent years we have seen more and more good Ooze’s get printed. Still not enough for a Commander deck I feel, but defiantly enough for a Modern deck.
Since a lot of the best Ooze’s have at least some synergy with +1/+1 counters, I thought that would be a good why to represent the ‘Blob’ growing in size as it consumes all the matter in the area. To that end we start the deck with four copies of Experiment One and Scavenging Ooze, as well as the highly underrated Predator Ooze. All these creatures can gain a few +1/+1 counter quite easily, but when they are combined with Oran-Rief Ooze and Hardened Scales they can quickly get out of control. A board of 2/2’s and 3/3’s can rapidly become 4/4’s and 5/5’s with a single attack, quickly putting your opponent on the back foot. Throw in a playset of Gnarlid Colony to grant our creatures trample and you can expect the end credits to start rolling early.
To help pump our team a little bit more (and also allow us to have more mana) we also run a couple of copies of Song of Freyalise, as well as some Inspiring Call for card draw and protection. Speaking of card draw, Adventurous Impulse allows us to find a land or creature should we be lacking, and since none of our creatures are above three cmc, it would be rude not to run a playset of Collected Company. Lastly, a recommendation from friend of the site Vince (aka, Pleasant Kenobi) with two copies of The Ozolith to help move around our +1/+1 counter should any of our creature bite the big one. Throw in eighteen Forests and a playset of Hashep Oasis, and that is the main deck complete.
4 Adventurous Impulse
4 Hardened Scales
2 Song of Freyalise
2 Inspiring Call
4 Collected Company
2 The Ozolith
4 Hashep Oasis
2 Kitchen Finks
4 Blossoming Defense
2 Thrashing Brontodon
3 Tormod’s Crypt
2 Biogenic Ooze
2 Shapers’ Sanctuary
For a sideboard, a couple of Kitchen Finks help against aggro decks, while Thrashing Brontodon helps handle Artifacts and Enchantments. Shapers’ Sanctuary gives us some more card draw if our opponent is running a lot of removal, while Tormod’s Crypt gives us even more game against graveyard decks. Biogenic Ooze can be brought in if we are been forced into the long game, and Blossoming Defense helps protect our valuable piece like Oran-Rief Ooze from removal.
And that is our Blob themed Halloween deck for Modern. The deck is quite budget compared to most Modern decks and is a lot of fun to play so why not try it out this Halloween for yourself. If you have some suggestions for the deck, let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to like and subscribe to keep up to date with all we do here at Master of Magics.
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