1. As a Melira Pod player in Modern (since the format’s inception), I love this article. Thanks for the thorough primer. Couple other questions to think about:

    – What about Nekrataal in the sideboard instead of Shrikemaw? I know some older builds ran this guy.

    – I currently run 1x Restoration Angel in my main-board. She is so good with the beatdown plan, and my favorite play is to pod away Finks, persist Finks back, get Resto Angel, blink and reset Finks. It’s basically a free creature and 2 life. I used to run 2 Resto Angel and a Kiki-Jiki, since then you can have another infinite combo. But drawing Kiki is just terrible, and the manabase becomes too greedy to try and cast him.

    – What do you think of Zealous Conscripts? I’ve won a game or two with them, but are they just too “cute” to deal with? Most builds don’t run red anymore, but playing 1 Stomping Ground and all those Birds makes casting him possible.

    One last comment: Linvala is a girl, not a boy. I’m sure she prefers to be called “she” and not “he”. That is all 🙂

    • I am glad you liked the article!

      -A few lists ran nekrataal in the main at the pro tour. It’s possible that card is just better, but a 3/2 with fear is better at getting the opponent dead, and evoke can sometimes be necessary if we are tight on mana.

      – resto angel is certainly interesting. I will try testing it over the second murderous redcap.

      – I don’t like the idea of zealous conscripts. We would have to make room for another five drop in the main, and the situational impact does not make up for the cost.
      As for linvala, hopefully she continues to be kind to me despite my horrific blunder 🙂

      • I may stick with Nekrataal for now – I like his Visions artwork better anyways.

        Let me know what you decide on Resto Angel. I find her utility has been very strong. She’s got 4 toughness, as well 🙂

        I think I will cut Conscripts. At the moment I don’t own a Voice of Resurgence, but I know that is really the card that belongs in that slot. This will also enable me to remove red from the deck, which means I can get more greedy with basics and/or utility lands (I really like Bojuka Bog, honestly, with all the graveyard combo shenanigans going on). Thanks for the reply!

  2. Good stuff. I want KoR to be good but agree on a lack of utility lands to make it worthwhile.

    -everyone seems to have Obstinate Baloth but no Loxodon Hierarch. In a world without Liliana everywhere (and where you’re often podding into it anyway) it seems like you’d much rather have another card to protect against removal/Anger of the Gods/Supreme Verdict.

    -How valuable is the Archangel/Feeder combo? I’ve been running it for awhile but so rarely use it. Feeder is sooo much worse than Finks it’s impossible to justify an early pod into Feeder so then it’s a real late game option once you’ve got a 4 drop you can pod into Archangel. Really debating whether I’d rather open up 2 more slots for great hate cards that are generally useful outside a combo.

    – Without DRS to kill and lots of Zoo around Redcap feels much worse. Nekretaal gives you the same pod target at 4 but kills nearly anything outside Affinity and looks real nice with a Township. Not as good to then pod himself but without Archangel at 5 all you’d be podding for is a Reveillark (which can retrieve Nekretaal back) or Shriekmaw.

    • Hey derelict515

      – If UWR strategies continue to dominate then I can see adding loxodon hierarch to go with our burrenton forge tendor. Lily might see a dip in play with fewer jund decks playing fewer copies, but discard is still out there. The 8rack deck could end up getting really popular.

      – I encourage you to test without the combo, but you definently don’t want to be using your early pod activations to get them. It is more there for a chord of calling end of turn for one piece > untap > pod for the other piece > win.

      – redcap does feel worse, and I can see going to one copy in the future, but I don’t like cutting the card completely. There are rare occasions when infinite life does not win you the game, and it is still a fine value target with birthing pod. His effect may not kill nacatl, but they do still trade in combat

  3. (casual player w/ no Modern experience here)

    Nice article; this looks like a challenging but fun deck to play. How does the Kiki-pod version differ?

    • Excellent question! kiki pod is more of a midrange deck that is much more focused on the combo. The combo’s are simpler in that deck (two card combos instead of 3) and the deck is much more dangerous when birthing pod is drawn. The deck likes to activate birthing pod over and over in a single turn by untapping it with deceiver exarch+clone/blink effects.

      I may write another article on kiki-pod, as that is my alternate deck choice for GP richmond

      • Thank you for the explanation. A kiki-pod article would be interesting IMO. Pod decks appeal to me should I get into Modern at some point. I just got back into the game about a year and a half ago after about a 10-year hiatus, so I currently own essentially no Modern staples and am just beginning to figure out some of the Modern deck lists.

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  4. You talk about murderous redcap in the explanation, but I don’t see it in the list. What is going wrong?

    • The sideboard has fifteen cards. I do not know why the number sixteen appears but I have counted several times to be sure:)

      As for redcap….woops!

      -1 phyrexian metamorph
      -1 cartel aristocrat
      + 2 murderous redcap

  5. Hey, long time pod player here, I have a couple of disagreements. One, in my experience, pod is not a combo deck. It’s a value-based creature toolbox with a combo to threaten. I know pointed out the latter, but in my experience, against everyone but affinity, you’re only going to combo if your opponent is careless or draws dead. And this second part is where Pod shines. It forces your opponent to respect the combo, especially games one and three. They can’t tap out without giving themselves away. Kiki-Pod is the more combo based deck, since it can chain multiple pod activations over the course of a turn.

    • Also, Archangel/Spikefeeder doesn’t feel as good now that DRS is banned. You can’t quick pump your team and Jund isn’t running 8 MB GY hate.

  6. Hi. Quick question.

    WIth the Reveillark + Phyrexian Metamorph + Murderous Recup combo, you say that it cannot work with Kitchen FInks because it has a power of 3.

    If Kitchen FInks is already in play when the combo is set up, why can’t it work? The only creature going to the graveyard is Phyrexian Metamorph who will always have a power of 0 in the graveyard.

    I feel like I’m missing something here. Please help!

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