Deck Highlight: Modern Rogues

If you’ve been playing a lot of Magic Arena lately, you probably know that Rogues is one of the best tribes – and decks – in Standard. But did you also know that it’s starting to make waves in Historic, Pioneer and now even Modern?

Modern Rogues by Lucabireskusku

Modern is all about efficiency, and spending less mana on your threats and answers than the opponent. That happens to also be exactly what the Rogues tribe is all about. 

Thieves’ Guild Enforcer and Soaring Thought-Thief are certainly the cream of the crop and slimming down to the bare bones fits perfectly into a Lurrus of the Dream-Den shell. On one hand, this means giving up on Zareth San, the Trickster, Brazen Borrower and Nighthawk Scavenger. On the other hand, it means a sleek and efficient deck that’s bolstered by the “free” bonus of a companion. 

Drown in the Loch and Into the Story are still present in full playsets but we now have Thought Scour as additional ways to enable them. 

If you do pick up Modern Rogues, the biggest potential problem that you’ll need to work around is milling the opponent into Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath. Cling to Dust is the most direct answer, but Aether Gust, Mystical Dispute and Surgical Extraction off the sideboard can help as well.

If you’re good at navigating close races and if you enjoy having a lot of control over the game, the battlefield and the top of your library, then Modern Rogues might be the deck for you. 

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