Video Series with Ryland: Hollow One

Hollow One has risen to become one of the most played decks in the format. Logan Nettles, Jaberwocki on both MTGO and Twitter, compiled data from the recent MOCS monthly event. He found that Hollow One had a metagame share of 12.7% in that event as well as a win rate of 61.60%—the highest in the event for both categories. Certainly this is only one event, and as such the sample size for this data is quite small in the statistics world. However, the data is not meaningless. At the very least, Modern players should take note: Hollow One is likely here to stay.

There was a time when—to me at the very least—the deck seemed like a fad. The inconsistent and explosive flavor of the month that would pass as soon as the excitement did. Instead, the lists have only gotten better, and the pilots more familiar and numerous. Meanwhile, the results have reflected it.

The deck has been the subject of a lot of discussion in the community, not just because of its relatively recent inception, but also  because of its random elements. Like all Magic decks, it has its own idiosyncrasies and little nuances that can make it difficult to play in its own right. However, cards like Burning Inquiry can certainly be frustrating for both sides of the table at times. Maybe your two-land opener on the draw is now a no-lander? Perhaps now you are flooded? Sometimes it feels like Inquiry solves all your problems, and sometimes it feels like you got triple Thoughtseized. This has led to the archetype receiving a lot of flak from the community as it has risen in popularity.

Love it or hate it, you’ll want to keep Hollow One in mind as you prepare for any upcoming events. If you haven’t already checked it out, I highly recommend looking into Logan Nettles’s data on his Twitter. He did a lot of work to put that together and I think there is a ton of valuable information there; particularly in the era where it seems WotC is giving us less and less info about MTGO results.

Now for some actual games of Magic! Hopefully we can triple Thoughtseize our opponents while we cast four Hollow Ones. I’m sure it will work out that way! I hope you enjoy the matches and, as usual, I’m interested to hear what kind of content you’d like to see moving forward, so I can continue to evolve and improve my videos. Please let me know your thoughts, and any improvements you would like to see concerning formatting, presentation, or whatever else strikes your fancy. If you’d like to see similar content, check out my Twitch channel for some more live Modern!

Hollow One, by Ryland Taliaferro

Creatures (24)
Hollow One
Bloodghast
Flameblade Adept
Flamewake Phoenix
Gurmag Angler
Street Wraith
Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Instants (4)
Lightning Bolt

Sorceries (14)
Burning Inquiry
Collective Brutality
Faithless Looting
Goblin Lore

Lands (18)
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blood Crypt
Bloodstained Mire
Mountain
Stomping Ground
Swamp
Wooded Foothills
Sideboard (15)
Ancient Grudge
Big Game Hunter
Blood Moon
Collective Brutality
Engineered Explosives
Fatal Push
Grim Lavamancer
Leyline of the Void
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Ryland began playing Magic when Innistrad was released while he was a Sophmore at Virginia Tech. After quickly becoming enthralled with the game it became an integral part of both his work life and personal life. Upon graduating college he became LGS Manager for a couple years and now streams full time at twitch.tv/holyshamgar.

One thought on “Video Series with Ryland: Hollow One

  1. Just a heads-up – the YouTube videos seem to be set to private, which means that they won’t show up in Subscriptions. Overall, the deck seemed fine; I think you might want a second copy of Engineered Explosives to fight off the likes of Rest in Peace a bit more consistently.

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