Wild Research: Star That Kicked The Hornet's Nest

by Hapless Researcher on 14 November 2017, Tuesday

Hapless Researcher


Wild Research: The Star That Kicked the Hornet's Nest


Greetings, dear readers!

Now that Ixalan has come and gone, we have a good idea of what the chase rares and mythics of the set are - the Carnage Tyrants, the Search for Azcantas.





The Categories of A Red Mythic

Once every few sets, we have the opportunity to come across the silly red mythic. Now, there are a few categories of silly red mythic:


1) "Why This Mythic?"

These are cards that are slightly more powerful than your average uncommon, and you feel like these cards are not splashy, powerful or iconic enough to deserve that sweet red rarity symbol.

Recent examples include Rowdy Crew, Malignus, and Akoum Firebird, which very few people realised was actually mythic even when it saw brief play in constructed.

2) The "Next Big Thing"

Thundermaw Hellkite and Stormbreath Dragon set the standard for splashy red mythics, and sadly almost everything after that failed to impress, even if there was some initial hype surrounding the card.

There are two sub-categories here. First, we have Chandra, Torch of Defiance and Chandra Flamecaller. Then, we have everything else. From Goldnight Castigator to Dragonmaster Outcast, Chandra Nalaar to Molten-Tail Masticore, many a red mythic have failed to live up to the initial buzz.


These red mythics are almost immediately condemned to dollar rare boxes, commander decks, and generally make people groan when they get opened. Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded, Worldfire and Scourge of Valkas are all unfortunate tenants in this plot of real estate.

Out of Ixalan, however, we have a new contender for the cool kid on the "AHAHAHAHAHA" block - Star of Extinction.


Star of Extinction

Now, a card that calls itself a star is surely giving itself some seriously high billing.

And just like the art depicted on the card, that star is surely crashing and burning. Seven mana to destroy one land? That hardly seems like extinction.

Thankfully, the other half of the card does overcompensate on that front. TWENTY damage? That seems like……a lot. Now, dealing damage to all creatures is usually associated with terms like "sweeper", "board clear", "control" or "he ****ing had it". But what if we could win the game with it as well?

Assembling The Legion

Enter the masochist brigade.


Boros Reckoner Hornet Nest Stuffy Doll

These are all creatures that, aside from deterring some very annoying attacks, also reward you for hurting them yourselves, if your opponents prove to not be forthcoming. 

Of these three creatures, let's look at Boros Reckoner and Hornet Nest. There's one thing they share in common - they both cost three. And if you've played Standard anytime a couple of years ago, it's when you have 3-drops you play this abomination:


Collected Company

[Picture of Collected Company]

And if we're talking about Modern, this is likely to follow: 


Chord of Calling

Now, it's time to round off the rest of the deck!

Mana Dorks


Birds of Paradise Noble Hierarch Arbor Elf

For many a green deck, mana dorks are the bread and butter of the deck, allowing a player to jump ahead of the curve and do silly things.

Birds of Paradise is a shoo-in here, less so Noble Hierarch, which while not tapping for red mana, can also provide white mana to cast Boros Reckoner in a pinch. Also possible are the Green Devotion duo of Arbor Elf and Utopia Sprawl

Combo Pieces

We'll run a playset each of Hornet Nest, Collected Company and Boros Reckoner, as well as three copies of Chord of Calling and Star of Extinction.

While crucial to our game plan, another valid concern is having too many copies stuck in our hand, leading to some awkward situations.

The List: The Star That Kicked The Hornet's Nest

We arrive at the following list:


A few notes on the list: 

For nine turn-1 Mana dorks, I've gone with a split of Noble Hierarchs and Arbor Elfs, along with a single Sylvan Caryatid, for when you absolutely need the mana going into the Collected Company turn.


Eternal Witness Kitchen Finks

Eternal Witness and Kitchen Finks are both great hits off Collected Company, and there's a Scavenging Ooze and a Stuffy Doll as toolbox options.

One of my dreams is to Chord of Calling for a Stuffy Doll across an attacking Death's Shadow, which kills them instantly.


Craterhoof Behemoth

There's also one Craterhoof Behemoth, for the following sequence:

  1. Resolve a Hornet's Nest.

  2. Cast Star of Extinction. Get 20 Hornets.

  3. Tap 11 Hornets, Chord for a Craterhoof Behemoth and maintain eye contact with your opponent when he realises he is being attacked by a 25/25 after having his board decimated.

  4. Win "Coolest Play" award.

The spells are mostly pretty self-explanatory - They either find creatures, or deal damage to things, both of which we are interested in.

Now, there's one Sylvan Scrying, which can find either a Boseiju to force through our high-impact spells with all the finesse of a Rhinoceros looking for a mate, a Kessig Wolf run to make even Birds of Paradise a legitimate threat in high-attrition matchups, or a Sheltered Thicket when you just absolutely need to draw a card.

Bonus List: The Nahiri Who Played With Fire


Nahiri's Wrath Nahiri, the Harbinger

But what if we could do it completely differently? With Nahiri's Wrath, Metalwork Colossus, a whole pile of Borderposts and the Restore Balance package, we could do something like this:

The Nahiri Who Played With Fire (Modern - Others)

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10 Lands and a bunch creatures that cost 10, 11 and 15 mana, multiple ways to discard them, and board sweepers in one deck?

It must be good!



Have a buzzing great time!


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