Modern Rakdos Rebirth by ProfessorFrench
When Modern Horizons 2 was first spoiled, one of the big combos that everyone focused on was Grief and Ephemerate. That combo has seen some play, but it hasn’t made as massive of an impact as it seemed it might. Modern Rakdos Rebirth takes that ball and runs with it, using Undying Evil and Malakir Rebirth to bring back Grief and Fury, alongside a host of other good targets.
Pitch cast Grief or Fury, and use Malakir Rebirth/Undying Evil to bring them back and get multiple triggers. Grind the opponent out with that plus Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger and more.
This is an attrition deck through and through, and has a bunch of ways to gain value and generate card advantage. The flashy Elemental combo is just part of it, as plenty of the other cards in the deck are walking two-for-ones (and work well with the recursion spells too).
These Elementals give the deck early disruption against everything, and both combine exceedingly well with Malakir Rebirth and Undying Evil. If you have that combo with Grief in your opener, you get to strip two cards and end up with a massive threat in play, and Fury against creatures is even better than that.
Besides the mondo-combo with Grief/Fury, these work very well with Fulminator Mage and Dauthi Voidwalker. They even let you get a second bite with Kroxa, though note that Kroxa will still die if you do that.
Ragavan isn’t actually doing anything special in this deck besides just being himself, which is already incredible. There’s a reason like half the decks in Modern play the Monke.
These are more creatures that provide value and graveyard action, and they even work together nicely.
- Kolaghan’s Command is a great play during the opponent’s draw step if they start the turn with zero cards, as it makes them discard their only card and might stop them from doing anything that turn.
- Blood Moon is a potent sideboard card, but be sure to have at least one basic Swamp out before casting it, since this isn’t the most optimized Blood Moon deck.
- Seasoned Pyromancer draws two cards no matter how many you discard, making it a great play on an empty hand. Also, the token-making flashback can be used at instant speed (something I always forget).
This deck is sure to cause your opponents grief, and has plenty of power no matter what they’ve brought to the table. Good luck!