Modern Mardu Lurrus Monke by Yriel
Modern has a lot of powerful stuff going on, and one of the best build-arounds is Lurrus of the Dream-Den. By playing a low curve, you get access to the most powerful companion in the format, and there are enough strong cheap cards that you don’t even pay that huge a cost. One of the decks that does this is Mardu Lurrus – let’s take a look!
Mardu Lurrus can be aggressive, but also easily slides into the midrange or control role when necessary. The combination of discard, removal and card advantage means that it’s got a lot of flexibility, and of course, plenty of power.
Monke is one of the strongest cards in Modern Horizons 2, and one of the premier threats of the format. For just one mana, you get to attack their life total while getting extra cards and generating mana. Ragavan ties these decks together, and makes it easy to get an early advantage.
This pair of threats from Modern Horizons 2 packs a real punch, with both cards providing good offense while having other utility. Voidwalker lets you snipe spells and acts as additional graveyard hate, while the Channeler tears through your deck and finds whatever you need.
The one-mana interaction is what lets this deck stay low to the ground. Killing or discarding their stuff for just one mana is key when you’re trying to stay ahead of them.
One of the interesting things about this list is that it’s got a bunch of three-mana value spells. Not everyone is on Kolaghan’s Command or Kaya’s Guile, and both provide a ton of value when the format is right.
This deck is mostly just looking for a good land/spell ratio in its opener, as it’s got enough cheap plays that it should always have something to do early. Ragavan and Thoughtseize are your best one-mana plays, but opening on Lightning Bolt/Prismatic Ending is fine too.
Mulligan. No one-drop and just Kroxa on turn two is way too slow a start.
Keep. This hand has good card selection thanks to the Mishra’s Baubles, and starting with a discard spell is where you want to be.
- Shizo, Death’s Storehouse plus Ragavan is a sneaky way to get value in the midgame.
- When in doubt, trade cards. This deck has Lurrus and Kroxa to profit from attrition-based games.
- Prismatic Ending can go big thanks to Ragavan’s Treasures.
Lurrus is here to stay in Modern, and this is one of its many incarnations. If you want an aggressive deck that can go long when needed, this is a good choice.