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Zealous Persecution Discussion
23 hours ago
I recently started playing modern. I started with black white tokens. 4 Caves of Koilos4 Isolated Chapel4 Godless Shrine11 Plains4 Intangible Virtue3 Honor of the Pure4 Raise the Alarm4 Gather the Townsfolk4 Lingering Souls4 Spectral Procession2 Sram's Expertise4 Path to Exile3 Zealous Persecution2 Brave the Elements3 Smuggler's CopterSb to taste. i bought gr tron and jund after but i did well for months with the deck. Best was 5-0 worst was 2-3. Any questions just ask. Sorry for crappy formatting, haven't been on here in forever.
4 days ago
Good start but:
you want 1-3 more lands.
you have too many 3 drops.
2 weeks ago
If I do get ZP in there, when I cast it all of my Prowess trigger so all of my guys get +2/+2 while all of my opponent's get -1/-1. That's a +/-3/3 spread which is just awful haha
3 weeks ago
Zealous Persecution is white. Can' have it in a red black deck.
3 weeks ago
This is a little awkward, since I had updated this just a few days ago based on Monday's performance, but I had another tournament on Thursday, as well as a few changes to the deck.
This deck needed at least one copy of Cavern of Souls, and buying one copy wouldn't break my budget, so I picked it up from my LGS for their modern tournament tonight. I also felt like the single target removal was too heavy, so cut one of each of those spells for 2 Zealous Persecution, which acts as both a pseudo board clear and/or a damage boost for me. With these changes made, I sat down for my first match:
G1: My opponent was actually the same guy I played on Monday who was running the B/W control list. My opponent was on the play, which was a little worrying, especially because he was running aggressive hand disruption. We both built up solid board states with our respective copies of Lingering Souls, but this was exactly the match that I had brought in tech for. Zealous Persecution wiped his board and allowed me to swing a ton of damage through, which snowballed into a win.
G2: My opponent had a solid game, preventing me from really sticking anything substantive on the board, then resolved Baneslayer Angel. I misplayed by not copying it with Phantasmal Image, but wasn't punished too much, as a Liliana, the Last Hope would have killed it anyways. I couldn't find an answer, and scooped.
G3: This was another grindy game, but I finally managed to stick a pair of Drogskol Captains that quickly won the game for me. WIN
G1: I started on the play, and discovered that my opponent was on U/W control, not a particularly good matchup for me. I tried to race him, but a pair of Supreme Verdict shut that plan down and I scooped.
G1: My opponent was playing Jund and Thoughtseized me three times in a row. I was able to stick a few minions, and he thought he could stabilize with a Scavenging Ooze, but ended up being 1 mana off from healing out of lethal range. I swung with my spirit tokens for the win.
G2: This time my opponent was more careful with his life total. I was able to keep the game competitive, but some bad draws combined with a resolved Liliana, the Last Hope was enough to clinch the game for him.
G3: I was back on the play, and opened to a blistering start. I immediately began pushing damage through, forcing my opponent to try and protect his life total with Scavenging Ooze, even forcing him to use his Raging Ravine for mana. However, it wasn't enough for him, and pumped up Mausoleum Wanderer and some Lingering Souls tokens were enough to push lethal damage through, with Zealous Persecution to prevent any attempt to survive with the Ooze. WIN
As I was now the only undefeated player, I was paired down with a 2-1 player who had had a bye the previous round. He was Jeskai Control, which created a problem, as he had access to additional spot removal and sweepers.
G1: I started off well enough, but he was eventually able to clear my board and resolve a Chandra, Torch of Defiance that I was unable to deal with, forcing me to scoop.
G2: Having boarded in Disdainful Stroke and Duress, I was better equipped to handle my opponent's creature light deck. I built up a large board state and Selfless Spirit dodged Anger of the Gods. My opponent tried to sweep my board again with Supreme Verdict, but Spell Queller flashed out to stop that, and a Disdainful Stroke kept his Logic Knot from countering my play. At that point, I was able to push damage through for the win.
G3: I actually had a fantastic start this game, with Mausoleum Wanderer into Selfless Spirit, backed by a pair of Spell Quellers. A Keranos, God of Storms tried to turn the tide for my opponent, but Rattlechains and Drogskol Captain kept my creatures alive and enable me to swing through for the victory. WIN
Final Record: 4-0-0
I think that the changes to my list worked rather well, though I'm still not convinced that the deck is at its most optimal. I'd like to pick up more copies of Cavern of Souls, though not at the moment due to the card's price tag. I'm also wondering if Collective Brutality is worth putting in the sideboard over Duress, but given the relatively large number of planes walkers being run currently, I feel that Duress is better. Anyways, feel free to let me know what you think, and I'll likely update again soon!
1 month ago
Empty does not need to be banned, it's a backup plan out of the sideboard, and can win games with a relatively lower storm count, but also gives decks the chance to beat it still. Worst beats I got was Zealous Persecution out of BW tokens.
1 month ago
While I like the concept a lot, I think 10 vehicles is slightly too many. They are great if you draw 1 or 2, but you can win a game in which you draw just tokens and no vehicles. Getting flooded with 3+ vehicles seems suboptimal though, and with so many in the deck that will happen occasionally. Personally, I would run 7-8 vehicles, and make room for a couple of planeswalkers or Bitterblossom.
Too many vehicles also makes you predictable and gives your opponent a clear angle of attack, like boarding in Stony Silence against you. Which, btw, should definitely not be in your sideboard since it hurts your own deck a lot. You can use Fragmentize, Sundering Growth or Zealous Persecution against Affinity instead, but that matchup should be favorable anyway with so many flying creatures and removal spells in your deck. You even have colorless creatures to block Etched Champion.
While Soul Warden is an okay sideboard card, I think Auriok Champion has a lot more impact when you really need that kind of effect. Decks like Burn or Deaths Shadow have huge trouble beating a protection creature, and in contrast to the Warden it can't just be killed.
Chalice of the Void on 1 seems like a nightmare for this deck, but there isn't much you can do about that. Maybe at least go from 16 cmc1 spells down to 12-14? Anguished Unmaking or Sundering Growth are the best ways I can think of to remove Chalice, but those aren't great cards otherwise, so you will probably just have to live with Chalice being a problem.
There are 8 removal spells in your maindeck, so you need a plan for decks without creatures. When facing UW Control, Lantern Control, Ad Nauseam or TitanShift, those cards are more or less useless, and you should have enough cards to replace them for games 2 and 3. While some of your sideboard cards qualify, I would add at least 2-3 more cards. Collective Brutality, Fulminator Mage or Lost Legacy all could help you there.
1 month ago
Personally I find your deck better now than it was before, I really apreciate the shift to Esper, but I'll make some little changes:
I'd cut Rootborn Defenses, to get the synergy you need 7 mana, and what about if an opponent has a Remand? Obviously this isn't such big problem, but consider that Rootborn Defenses gives your creatures indestructible and puts only a 1/1 on the battlefield. If you really want to have that synergy in your deck I suggest you Make a Stand (because a +1 +0 to all creatures is better than a token), or Selfless Spirit.
Just one technical term: combo is something that goes infinite or that instantly makes you win the match (for example infinite mana with Basalt Monolith + Rings of Brighthearth or Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank , synergy is when two cards have effects that do really well when used both.
As for the lands think about Godless Shrine, Hallowed Fountain, Flooded Strand, Glacial Fortress, Fetid Heath, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Irrigated Farmland, they are very helpful if you need specifical colours. In my opinion you should reduce them, I find 24 too much.
Think about Zealous Persecution. It could be useful to boost your creatures and make less stronger the opponent ones.
I don't know if you want to add some things that will make you see your opponent's hand and discard some cards (personally I'd put some), but here are some names: Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, Tidehollow Sculler, Duress, Despise, Kitesail Freebooter.