Zealous Persecution


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Eternal Masters (EMA) Uncommon
Modern Event Deck (MD1) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt (DDK) Uncommon
Alara Reborn (ARB) Uncommon

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Zealous Persecution


Until end of turn, creatures you control get +1/+1 and creatures your opponents control get -1/-1.

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Zealous Persecution Discussion

c1elite on Esper Delver Mentor

2 weeks ago

So on a whim I tried

Main Board

-3 Opt -1 Darkslick Shores -2 Inquisition of Kozilek

+2 Dispel +2 Remand +1 Serum Visions +1 Thought Scour


-2 Sorin, Solemn Visitor +1 Ceremonious Rejection +1 Zealous Persecution

Played a match again GB Tron and Ad Naus and won both. Not a flawless victory by any means, but I still felt relatively in control both matches.

And holy cow is Monastery Mentor explosive.

I want to add Logic Knot but I feel going down to 1 or none on the Delve top end makes me to threat-liight in an already threat-light deck. Will switch to Tasigur, the Golden Fang though. Maybe switch the top end with Seeker of the Way or Niblis of Frost

WItC on Budget Orzhov Aristocrats

1 month ago

I am by no means an expert in modern, but a few thoughts. First hand thoughts are that your curve and land count fit an aggro deck, but aristocrats sees its value more mid-game when it has several pieces on the board. I worry with this deck that you will run out of action before you can start reaping benefits.

On the other hand you are clearly making choices for an aggro approach. Tidehollow Sculler over Inquisition of Kozilek because you need bodies to end the game, even if they get the card back. Not sure if Tragic Slip beats Fatal Push in a fast game. Zealous Persecution will only be effective if you managed to establish a wide board state, which you are not really trying to do.

I like the idea, but playtesting will be helpful to see if it can do what it is trying to do before running out of steam, and what roles need more support.

hungry000 on The Horde

1 month ago

To add on to the previous statement, Zealous Persecution is also a nasty combat trick, it often results in favorable trades. You definitely need the fourth Spectral Procession as it is a super strong card, and 4 Raise the Alarm is also something you should have. You may also want to consider Legion's Landing  Flip. Sorin, Solemn Visitor is just better than Sorin, Grim Nemesis in tokens decks.

I get that you're new to magic, but Vraska's Contempt really isn't that great of a card in modern. 4 mana is far too slow for a spot removal spell, and the two life you gain from it is almost irrelevant. In your tokens deck, it's honestly worse than Zealous Persecution. I'm not saying that it's a bad card, but there are just better ones you can play.

Anyways, the 4 Push and 4 Path are generally going to be enough removal-wise. Tokens is a pretty proactive deck, so most of your cards should make either tokens or buff them. Tokens is also very good at grinding people down. It has trouble against combo and burn, so you should focus on those matchups in your sb. Timely Reinforcements is one of the best sideboard cards for tokens, sometimes even good enough for the main deck. Against combo, you need discard such as Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize, which I don't see in your sideboard or main deck (most tokens decks play discard in the main). Btw, there's no point in playing Elesh Norn without Unburial Rites. It's too slow.

maxon on Orzhov Extortion

1 month ago

Maybe swap Profit // Loss for Zealous Persecution?

Liquidbeaver on Doran's Demolition Derby

2 months ago

Zealous Persecution out for Golgari Charm. This effectively does the same thing, but gives me a lot more options. It also hits Blood Moon which I have very little answers to.

Nathanaiel on Budget Orzhov Tokens

2 months ago

Zealous Persecution is a nice budget friendly card for tokens. Also Spectral Procession for the flyers. I might also add that Seeker of the Way isn't very strong, and you have much better anti-burn options as white if you make a sideboard, such as Dragon's Claw or Kor Firewalker.

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