Daily Dominaria Deck Tech: The Path of Prowess

Every workday while the set is new, Insight is taking a quick look at one deck featuring the latest additions from Dominaria United. The most explosive aggro deck in the Modern format is showing up again, up on top, and it is taking a new path. Read ahead to find out what Prowess is up to now!

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Next to Burn, Prowess is the classic aggressive red archetype of Modern. It is more reliant on creatures, but they, in turn, can yield outrageous amounts of damage, quickly, compared to Burn's more steady cooking. The deck runs sixteen creatures, sometimes even more. Soul-Scar Mage, Monastery Swiftspear, and Sprite Dragon are powerful beaters, and Dragon's Rage Channeler allows us to squeeze more value out of our many cheap spells. Each has its upsides and downsides. The Mage can shrink opposing creatures, the Swiftspear has haste, and the Dragon has permanent prowess, evasion, haste, but it's also the most expensive threat—twice as expensive as the other creatures!

In order to enable the namesake prowess, we need proper spells. Lava Dart shines like in no other deck, as this one gets full use of the spell being cast twice. With multiple creatures, Dart contributes substantially to the raw damage output. Mutagenic Growth serves multiple roles: It's a free spell, it increases damage, it acts as our Mental Misstep against Lightning Bolt. We are not short on card advantage either. Expressive Iteration and its little brother Reckless Impulse are both represented. If the opponent can stump your early pressure, you can easily rebuild.

The angle I like the most about the deck is Underworld Breach, which merely serves the deck as a "fair"card advantage engine. There is no combo here—unless you count recasting three Lightning Bolts as combo. A new card bolsters this plan further. Founding the Third Path is essentially free up front when you cast Iteration or Impulse off it, the mill part helps your future Breaches, and the last chapter recasts a burn spell or reiterates what you've cast with the first chapter.

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