Burn is a strategy as old as Modern itself. And yet, the second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021 might have been a relative low point for the popularity of Modern Burn. First, Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath made it difficult to attack opponents’ life totals directly. Even after Uro’s banning, Modern Horizons 2 brought powerful cards which, seemingly, weren’t at home in the dedicated Burn strategy.
For a while, Prowess and tempo decks were all the rage. If you wanted to play with Lightning Bolts, you were probably focused on connecting with Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer while jockeying for card advantage and disrupting the opponent.
But now things have come full circle, and classic Burn is back with a vengeance. It turns out that Burn is a great home for Dragon’s Rage Channeler after all, and that the tried-and-true strategy has a surprising number of great weapons against the top decks in the format. It’s more popular than Red Prowess, and is making a run at being one of the best DRC strategies in the format.