Brace yourself.

Devotion to black in Modern. Yes, this is a real deck. Yes, this actually works in real life. This build has a lot of good matchups and few bad matchups.




DragoLion says... #1

I really dig this deck. I think that you don't really leave yourself many outs with only one Vampire Nighthawk and three Gray Merchant of Asphodel to gain life when you run 3 combined Phyrexian Arena between board and main and 4 Thoughtseize. You might look into Whip of Erebos as a one of.

Great deck +1

April 1, 2015 11:45 a.m.

Spazik008 says... #2

Not zapping yourself to for fetch-shock fetch-shock down to 14 life by turn 2 helps a lot with the life. One of the main reason I wanted to try this deck actually, I have a playset of Tarmogoyf sitting in a binder right now x_X

April 1, 2015 11:59 a.m.

DragoLion says... #3

So are trying to trade goyfs for this deck?

April 1, 2015 12:03 p.m.

Spazik008 says... #4


Never trading goyfs. They should be up to 250 by the end of the year after a brief dip from reprinting in MM2.

April 1, 2015 12:05 p.m.

vishnarg says... #5

I'm a huge fan of Lashwrithe in mono-black. If you're running Obliterator or Nighthawk, it will win you the game very quickly after you cast it. I would cut Profane Command for it, and I would probably also cut Gravecrawler for more Vampire Nighthawks (don't underestimate the lifelink). Also if you have room a fourth copy of Gary never hurts.

April 2, 2015 10:28 a.m.

DarkMagician says... #6

I don't care for throat in the main due to it being a dead draw against the formats best aggro deck but otherwise I'm very intrigued. +1

April 5, 2015 8:50 p.m.

APPLE01DOJ says... #7

If you're going to run snow lands then you should also run Scrying Sheets

April 8, 2015 8:04 a.m.

nuklearweasel says... #8

+1 -- similar to my own Phyrexian Devotion deck, love mono black in Modern. It's still fringe, but at FNM I've had a lot of success with it. May I suggest Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, and avoid hexproof with Geth's Verdict, do tokens in nicely with Bile Blight. Targeted removal is good against aggro, but with the board wipes, it's not always necessary. Good luck!

April 8, 2015 10:44 a.m.

Spazik008 says... #9

I cut the last Shrine after testing last night. There were too many games where it stopped me from hitting the Phyrexian Obliterator reliably on turn 4.

April 8, 2015 12:33 p.m.

APPLE01DOJ says... #10

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth could help prevent that.

April 8, 2015 12:35 p.m.

Matth33w says... #11

I love tha fact, that the cost of the deck is 666.67 dollars :D+1 awesome

April 20, 2015 10:28 a.m.

$666 Awesome!!! +1

April 20, 2015 6:32 p.m.

Spazik008 says... #13

I didn't even notice that, LOL. It must be a sign.

April 21, 2015 12:04 a.m.

JakeHarlow says... #14

+1 for being creative in Modern. This is very cool.

April 21, 2015 12:13 a.m.

ShaommonTayen says... #15

I like that this deck costs 666.66$ :D This gets my +1

April 21, 2015 5:19 a.m.

Nice deck! Maybe replace Disfigure with Tragic Slip? I could see why you would want either, though.

April 21, 2015 5:43 p.m.

BadumPsh says... #17

I like it. The Urborg fixes your Scrying Sheets, but at the cost of also fixing your opponent's mana. I'm not certain it does more harm than good, without swampwalk or a need to seriously fix your own mana. Otherwise, it looks good.

April 22, 2015 11:32 a.m.

Siegeerson says... #18

have you thought of Tragic Slip instead of your other removal?

April 22, 2015 2:25 p.m.

Spazik008 says... #19

Disfigure is more reliable. I have a lot of heavy firepower and unconventional removal already. Things I need to kill with extreme prejudice include Goblin Guide, Lord of Atlantis, Monastery Mentor, and Goblin Electromancer. Stuff that really helps them and is really important to make dead. I've already got a full stack of Victim of Night so the -13/-13 off Tragic Slip just feels like what they refer to as "win more". It's cute but in real life the boring thing actually does more.

April 25, 2015 2:33 a.m.

TheAlexGnan says... #20

man this is REALLY good. Control decks are gonna have no chance. At all :) Anger of the Gods will really kill your deck tho. how do u do against burn?

I tested it against Bloody Singleminded (Competitive) wich has a lot of good matchups, but this is just terrrible!!

April 25, 2015 2:35 a.m.

Spazik008 says... #21

Burn can be rough. Having all basics does help a lot because we aren't giving them 2 free Lava Spike each game through fetch shock, but a smart burn player can easily play around the Gray Merchant of Asphodel now that they have access to Atarka's Command in addition to Skullcrack.

I thought the Grey Merchant would be enough to get there but the burn matchup is really slow. That's why I added the 2 Dragon's Claw to the sideboard. Burn is definitely easier for this deck to deal with than some other midrange decks, but it just needed a little something extra to push the game on until the Merchants can take it home. Maybe extra Vampire Nighthawk would be better. In fact, I'm going to make that change right now.

April 25, 2015 2:41 a.m.

Max... says... #22

This is amazing, +1. I'd be tempted to suggest a one-off Whip of Erebos but it seems kind of situational. Otherwise, I don't think you really need much improvement!

April 25, 2015 11:09 a.m.

Modmar says... #23

I'd drop 2 Gravecrawler into the sideboard and add the 4th Grey Merchant of Asphodel and a 2nd Vampire Nighthawk. Mostly for the fact all of your stuff has few colorless mana costs and mostly asks for just Black making the 4th Gary so much more worth it, possibly even overkill. While being able to play Gravecrawler constantly is fun you don't have anything interacting when it enters so not as useful. It could just be me really loving Gary and not seeing how 4 Crawlers help a lot more than 2 would.

April 26, 2015 11:21 p.m.

Spazik008 says... #24

I feel like the 4th Merchant would be overkill. The mana curve is always a factor, and when we're talking about Modern a 5 cost creature that could easily be counterspelled is borderline ridiculous. Obviously, Grey Merchant of Asphodel has no place in Legacy because it's even faster still than Modern, an already fast format.

The Grey Merchant isn't just lifegain, half the time he's just a huge game ending fireball. This deck plays out a lot like Black Devotion did when it was thing back in Standard. If you get a hand with 2 Gravecrawler and 2 Bloodghast, the plan is balls to the wall aggro. If the opening hand is Phyrexian Arena, Geralf's Messenger, and 2 Victim of Night, that's a control hand.

The whole point with these cards is that anything you top deck can fit into either aggro or control depending on what role you're trying to play. If you have a Phyrexian Arena and a Liliana of the Veil on the field then attacking with a lone Bloodghast could be all you need to take it home. Or if you're beating them down with Gravecrawler and Geralf's Messenger maybe that top deck Liliana of the Veil edicts away an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn that they threw down on the field through shenanigans.

The list goes on. Say they plan to line up Anger of the Gods to kill off all the zombies. If I drop Phyrexian Obliterator then there goes that plan. Basically this a midrange deck, but there's wide range when it comes to "midrange". I like to think of it as an all range deck.

April 27, 2015 12:15 a.m.

kameenook says... #25

Someone called Tragic Slip a win more, but it is no such thing by any definition of the word. Having the -13/-13 morbid is more useful in situations where you are losing than in situations where you are winning. I don't think X/2s are common enough in modern to warrant the inclusion of Disfigure over Tragic Slip. I imagine modern as a format full of X/1s,and X/5s. Tragic Slip kills mana dorks easily, and the morbid will occur often enough for the -13/-13 to be relevant.

April 27, 2015 9:53 a.m.

Exiled_soul says... #26

I like it! +1 for the creativity alone.

April 27, 2015 7:58 p.m.

jamesfiek says... #27

How about a one-of Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx?

April 29, 2015 11:08 a.m.

Valentine35 says... #28

i would throw in a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in. and maybe a Cabal Coffers.

April 29, 2015 11:45 a.m.

APPLE01DOJ says... #29

I like Gravecrawler and he's kick ass at aggro but I don't think this is the right home for him. I dropped him in my MBD build in favor of more IoK. Been happy with that decision.

Have you considered Sword of Light and Shadow it's kind of like moderns version of Whip of Erebos gains life, let's you recast Gary.

April 29, 2015 11:55 a.m.

Spazik008 says... #30

what about Bloodsoaked Champion?

April 29, 2015 12:31 p.m.

APPLE01DOJ says... #31

I wouldnt run him in Modern like in any deck.

April 29, 2015 1:05 p.m.

Chad-Guy says... #32

I also have a Mono-Black devotion modern deck. I personally run a couple Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in mine, and my removal package includes a few Profane Command and Gatekeeper of Malakir to keep the permanent count as high as possible.Also, while Bloodsoaked Champion isn't good in this deck, it's a house in Modern Aristocrats. So I wouldn't say it shouldn't be played in modern.

April 29, 2015 5:34 p.m.

nayaanima1 says... #33

This is marvelous deck construction. It's simple, effective, and clean. I love it. +1. Might want to consider Nykthos though.

April 29, 2015 11:57 p.m.

Fource says... #34

Why is it called Winter is Coming?

April 30, 2015 12:09 a.m.

Spazik008 says... #35

Because it has zombies and snow covered swamps, like in Game of Thrones.

April 30, 2015 12:35 a.m.

DDDMagie says... #36

why 1 inquisition? why 1 nighthawk?

April 30, 2015 12:36 a.m.

I get this is devotion, but throw in a few bg duals for a few "fight" cards.Your Nighthawk and Obliterator would really appreciate it!

April 30, 2015 4:56 p.m.

Chad-Guy says... #39

They don't need that, Twerk. If he/she wants to, he/she can just play Arena. It's played alongside Phyrexian Obliterator pretty often these days.

April 30, 2015 6:11 p.m.

Hell, it's unnecessary, but you can't tell me it wouldn't be a fun deck to pilot. B/g more for ramp into fatties (one of which must be Doomgape in case your pieces get removed/die to fighting a fattie just troll your opponent and make them sac shit) and regen effects. Just seems like a solid concept, and is Arena even modern legal? (that's an honest question, not trying to be rude)

April 30, 2015 7:32 p.m.

mbern says... #42

@Spazik008: how are you so sure about goyf going up? I've been considering buying a playset from future sight on spec just to flip in a year..

May 1, 2015 11:02 a.m.

Spazik008 says... #43

It's an aspect of supply and demand. We all know a guy at FNM who says "man, I want to play Junk in Modern, but I'm not paying $800 for a set of Tarmogoyfs". So even if they flood the supply with an MM2 reprint, there's waiting demand for those Goyfs. I expect MM2 to "get people in" to Modern even more than MM did. There's a lot of fence sitters that want to play but can't afford a non budget deck.

May 1, 2015 11:19 a.m.

Chad-Guy says... #44

Here's why Goyf will go up.Guy who dabbles in/is interested in modern: "Oh! I opened a Goyf. Now I only need THREE MORE!"Multiply that by a few thousand. Then add in the fact that it's an EXTREMELY limited print run. Supply is less than demand, Goyf goes up. It's 200 now. I'm betting on 250 in a few months.

May 1, 2015 2:26 p.m.

Kenpachi890 says... #45

Drop Nighthawk and Gravecrawlers and put in Blood Artist

May 1, 2015 4:04 p.m.

Kenpachi890 Why drop 5 cards for 4?

Nighthawk's a tank in any black deck, Gcrawler is recursive with Bloodghast.

May 1, 2015 8:53 p.m.

Oh, and no Nykthos, Spazik008?

May 1, 2015 8:55 p.m.
May 1, 2015 8:56 p.m.

DerpyEfalant says... #49

Maybe you should pull a Dark Depths combo! Just for casual use, though. (Dark Depths+Vampire Hexmage)

May 4, 2015 12:53 a.m.

happyman379 says... #50

May 5, 2015 11:16 a.m.

Spazik008 says... #51

also most people these days use Thespian's Stage instead of Vampire Hexmage. Creatures are slow, need to be cast, and are otherwise smelly.

May 5, 2015 11:35 a.m.

mbern says... #52

Vampire hexmage can get you Marit Lage turn 2 (T1 Dark Depths, T2 Urborg + Hexmage, sac), the soonest Thespian's stage can do it is turn 4, and you still have a land that doesn't tap for mana. Hexmage is by far the better option.

May 5, 2015 11:48 a.m.

APPLE01DOJ says... #53

This convo makes me want to play Dark Depths in Legacy.

May 5, 2015 11:54 a.m.

Spazik008 says... #54

Dark Depths combo would be awesome in this deck if it was legal. Maybe it would work in Legacy if I drop the 4 and 5 drops and get some Dark Depths combo in there with the freed up slots. Probably needs more disruption too though....

May 5, 2015 12:07 p.m.

matiya024 says... #55

replace Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

May 5, 2015 1:47 p.m.

Spazik008 says... #56

A couple other people have suggested shrine, but it doesn't really do anything in this deck.

May 5, 2015 1:51 p.m.

matbyrne says... #57

Dark depths in legacy is like 98% green, as it is mostly the "lands" decks (like my Glacial Fog) that run it, and the occasional miracles deck.

May 5, 2015 2:14 p.m.

dvdn1997 says... #58

This looks like the perfect deck to build towards! Would you mind taking a look at my deck and tell me if i'm heading in the right direction? This is it, feedback would be greatly appreciated!

September 13, 2016 5:04 a.m.

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