Although the Humans tribal deck may be a sign of our own vanity, but the Humans have become among the most powerful creatures in Magic: The Gathering for years. Although the Humans tribal deck is no longer one of the finest decks in Modern, human creature cards are key players in a number of top meta decks.
Because of the fact that Human cards aren''t going too far to say that the Modern version might be affected more by the removal of human cards than by the removal of any other creature type in the game. For whatever reason, Human creatures are an extremely important component in a variety of decks that are currently dominating Modern. Rather, we''ll take a look at who these Human creatures are and why players just cannot imagine them down despite being in a world full of more interesting fantasy creatures.
8 Seasoned Pyromancer
Seasoned Pyromancer isn''t the most popular card in the Modern meta at the moment, but players tend to include this card into all kinds of midrange decks including Jund (green/red/black), Rakdos (red/black) Midrange, Mono-Red Midrange, and Mardu (white/black/red) Midrange. Pyromancer is a great card for two reasons: it loots (draws, then discards) for cheap, and it de
Even if the first two tokens it creates are dealt with, the Pyromancer can be removed from your graveyard for even greater token value. Consequently, the sheer number of creatures this card creates, regardless of how small they may be, may be difficult for decks to handle. Seasoned Pyromancer is a great option in decks that seek to slowly grind the opponent out of resources before finally killing them with whatever you have left (probably 1/1 elemental tokens).
7 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thalia, the Guardian of Thraben, has served in Death and Taxes builds for years. While paying a single mana more for noncreature spells might seem harmless enough, any player who has gone up against Thalia a few times can tell you that it''s a backbreaking experience to play against.
Thalia, combined with other benefits and protection provided by the Death and Taxes deck, can often stifle opposing players so much they lose the game before they are able to cast their most significant spells. It''s no wonder why it''s called Death and Taxes.
6 Tireless Tracker
Tireless Tracker has been experimented with in Modern for a while, but has now proved itself as an essential player on Modern Jund''s mainboard. Originally relegated to the sideboard for more difficult matchups, Tireless Tracker has since shown that the card advantage it provides, and an ever-growing threat is simply too good not to include.
A significant component of this card''s more recent success is likely to be the abundant Treasure tokens created by Ragavan and Nimble Pilferer, but that little Monkey gets enough attention as it is.
5 Puresteel Paladin
Puresteel Paladin was once again spotted in 2019 and was soon removed from the game. However, the card was largely unveiled due to the creation of the powerful Hammer Time deck.
Puresteel Paladin, flanked by the deck''s nameake artifact Colossus Hammer, is a powerful attacker capable of eliminating any chance of victory in just a few turns, while also drawing you cards for every equipment card you play. Paladin, like Tireless Tracker, is a card advantage and a game-ending threat all in one neat package.
4 Yawgmoth, Thran Physician
While the previous Humans we''ve examined are important players in their archetypes, Yawgmoth and Thran Physician are capable of making an archetype all his own. This unnamed Human is the basis for a combo creature kill deck that uses Yawgmoth''s active ability alongside two Young Wolves and a Blood Artist to instantly win the game, and has become one of Modern''''s best archetypes.
The deck is much deeper than this single combo and has a wide range of ways to tutor (search your library) the exact creature you need to get the combo or win by regular means.
3 Monastery Swiftspear
Monastery Swiftspear has been a modern player since she was printed back in Khans of Tarkir. This hasty, prowess Human created for the perfect creature card to round out Modern''s ever-present Burn archetype. However, she has been supplanted in other decks in favor of more recent Modern Masters 2 upgrades to the card pool. However, Monastery Swiftspear will not leave Burn anytime soon.
What would be better for Burn than a tense attacker who deals more damage every time you cast a spell that deals damage?
2 Esper Sentinel
It''s past time we discuss the two Humans introduced in Modern Horizons 2. Esper Sentinel is a measly 1/1 creature for one white that punishes opponents for casting noncreature spells by requiring them to pay one generic mana, or else allows his controller to draw a card. When the opponent creates a card, it''s impossible to defeat any creature strategy.
As a result, opponents are forced to remove Esper Sentinel as soon as they can, often times if their opponent is drawing a card. In other words, Esper Sentinel is almost always a two-for-one transaction. This makes it an almost all creature-based deck playing white.
1 Dragon''''s Rage Channeler
The only advantage of a guaranteed two-for-one trade one drop is a one drop that can win the game all on its own. Dragon''s Rage Channeler, a Human who has faithfully served as the redder and better Delver of Secrets ever since it was first printed. This card does everything because of its surveil capability which makes getting delirium (four or more cards in your graveyard) surprisingly simple.
The thrill of Dragon''s Rage Channeler will end the game faster than you expected from a so-called monster. Channeler also enlists Murktide Regent, Death''s Shadow, Izzet Prowess, and Mono-Red Aggro. At least we can all definitively say that if you''re going to channel some anger, aim for Dragon''s rage.