Eversince Golgari Grave-Troll and Dread Return were banned from the Modern format (basically since its inception), there was no ‘Dredge’ deck. Players were rather unexcited to open up Bridge from Below in their Modern Masters boosters – until now? Yep, courtesy of Magic Online we get this rather sweet but questionable looking Modern Dredge deck.
3 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Blood Crypt
2 City of Brass
4 Marsh Flats
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Stomping Ground
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Ancient Grudge
3 Gnaw to the Bone
2 Ground Seal
3 Lightning Axe
It’s pretty cool how decent Bridge from Below is here. It allows us to lose some creatures, make Zombies and re-cast Gravecrawler for one black mana. What if you had another Gravecrawler in your graveyard? Well, cast it too and then you will get any and all Vengevines from your graveyard into play. This is regardless of if your Gravecrawlers get countered or not. You just need to mill yourself then fill up your graveyard by dredging Stinkweed Imp, Golgari Thug or recurring Tymaret.
One of the more exciting features of this deck is that you get to run Tymaret, the Murder King. This little guy has been looking for a home ever since he was spoiled in Theros. The role he provides in this deck is similar to the role Goblin Bombardment had in the Legacy Zombie Bombardment deck. He is a slow sac outlet. More than that however, he can always guarantee a constant board presence. You sacrifice a creature to get him from your graveyard into your had, cast him, cast a Gravecrawler and then get Vengevine in play.
If things go wrong, sacrifice the Vengevine to bring back Tymaret to your hand, making a Zombie token via Bridge from Below and cast Gravecrawler and Tymaret to get Vengevine into play again. Of course, there are infinite more scenarios that allow you to mess with your graveyard. Cards like Lotleth Troll, Lightning Axe and Faithless Looting are enablers. They allow you to discard cards to your graveyard. Faithless Looting also adds the dredge factor as well. Once you have used it to discard cards to your grave, flash it back and dredge your Stinkweed Imp/Golgari Thug (both of which recently got makeovers in the newer sets they are from) instead of drawing cards.
Grisly Salvage can almost always get you a creature in hand while filling up your graveyard too. It can even get you a much needed land (you don’t need that many, but you do need red at times). The thing with this deck is that there are quite a few decisions to make at times, all of which can see ‘right’. In that respect, it’s probably a good idea to test it a lot before picking it up for any important event. Dredge might seem intuitive when you see an experienced player running it, but believe me: it’s anything but obvious. You also want to make sure that none of your opponent’s creatures ‘die’ when you have Bridge from Below out.
I can’t really recommend a cheap alternative for the fetchlands though – they work too well with Bloodghast to play anything else really. With the certainty of Modern Masters 2, we may potentially see fetches reprinted though.