This is mostly Thomas Snodgrass's Abzan Aggro deck. It curves out quickly and closes with rhinos to the face. In the event of a longer game it uses mana dorks, Souls, and Gavony to create board advantage and grind to a win. It is strong against Mid Range, Discard, and Burn. It struggles with Combo.

Feedback Appreciated

I am open to all feedback. With the help of this forum I have improved from 1-4 to 2-3 to 3-3 in local tournaments. The biggest change from when I started is going heavy removal in the Main, adding some creature tech in the Side to keep the beatdown going in the post-side games, and the addition of Gideon.


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What is this "Untap" you speak of?

September 25, 2017 3:20 p.m.

JoshFox says... #2

christ4like2l0ve "" is free on-line magic. Yes. You can import your list from Tappedout and just start playing--for free. Bam.

September 25, 2017 3:25 p.m.

phDaemon says... #3

:) Glad I could help.

I'm currently testing my deck on untap as well, and also asked for opinions on reddit (DeckBuilding) regarding some of my plays. They may also be able to give you some advice.

September 25, 2017 4:09 p.m.

JoshFox says... #4

After play testing I found that I had two decks. I have modified this deck to be straight Aggro and I will build a separate Mid Range deck. In play testing both decks do better on Untap than the previous build.

For this build I added Noble Hierarch, Dryad Militant, Qasali Pridemage, Scavenging Ooze, and Lingering Souls to the Main. The Side got tweaks, too, the most notable Thrun, the Last Troll.

Overall it does 2 less damage by turn 4 then the original Jacob Wilson build, but has many more answers. It is faster and smoother then the Emracool build I posted here, and still powerful enough to close by turn 4.

You guys got me this far! Take a look at what we've done and let me know what you think.

September 26, 2017 9:49 a.m.

JoshFox says... #5

Abzan Slow Beats is up. Be gentle.

September 26, 2017 10:03 a.m.

phDaemon says... #6

Same thoughts here, play Flaying Tendrils instead of Drown in Sorrow. Better against the meta.

September 26, 2017 4:37 p.m.

JoshFox says... #7

Got stomped at the LGS. Played 3 combo decks and burn.

Counters Company was a close loss. Missed 2 plays that would have won game 3.

Boros Burn is a favorable match up. Just wasn't my night.

Soul Sister was a total blow out.

Elves was could have gone either way; not my night.

September 27, 2017 2:17 a.m.

How did the deck feel though, despite how it may have seemed?

September 27, 2017 3:27 p.m.

JoshFox says... #9

Thanks for asking christ4like2l0ve!I felt my good match ups were less good and my bad match ups no better. I think instead of overthinking my Combo match ups I just need to concede they will be tough for me and focus on beating Aggro and Mid Range. Even though last nights match ups were 75% Combo that is the exception not the rule.

I changed the build of Abzan Beatdown from what I had (Emracool's Abzan) to the version I have up now (Jacob Wilson's Abzan). I am better at piloting this which is always helpful! It's good against Aggro and a beast against Mid Range.

In the meantime I will keep practicing Abzan Slow Beats on Untap. If my LGS meta stays heavy Combo I will just bring that bad boy and I should fair much better.

September 27, 2017 5:13 p.m.

phDaemon says... #10

@JoshFox, let me know if you ever want to play on untap, would be interested in seeing how my deck does against abzan aggro.

September 27, 2017 6:03 p.m.

phDaemon says... #11

Btw, I would recommend cutting down on your Paths to exile, and throw in some pushes. Mix and match until you find balance. I think that 3x Leyline of Sanctity is too much since it's basically useless against combo (they can just bounce it), and against storm they have Echoing Truth. Find something against combos for that spot imho (Grafdigger's Cage and Stony Silence could also be relevant in that spot).

September 27, 2017 6:12 p.m.

JoshFox says... #12

phdaemon I'll be on Untap tonight off and on. I will then be out of town and off the grid for a long weekend, but back on Monday. Look for me as JoshFox!

September 27, 2017 7:08 p.m.

JoshFox says... #13

Untap Report

  1. Won vs Eldrazi Taxes. Super cool deck, but I just had too many threats for him to bounce them all.

  2. Loss vs Elves! Stupid elves...

  3. Won vs Red Weenie. Powered through t3 Blood Moon. Life gain and bigger creatures just too much.

  4. Won vs Blue Artifacts. Fun game. He used Ensoul and something just like it and the whole board was filled with 5/5+ artifacts and rhinos. Just kept swinging.

September 27, 2017 10:25 p.m.

phDaemon says... #14

I pinged you but didn't get a response. Maybe next time I guess.

September 28, 2017 5:16 p.m.

phDaemon says... #15

Btw, I think this archtype is known as little kid abzan no?

October 4, 2017 2:31 p.m.

JoshFox says... #16

Getting ready for PPTQ this weekend. Removing 2 Qasali Pridemage and adding all 4 Thoughtseize to the main. Should I make room in the side for more discard?

October 5, 2017 10:28 p.m.

phDaemon says... #17

I would still consider a Sigarda, Host of Herons, since she can protect against things like All Is Dust, Cataclysmic Gearhulk, and Liliana of the Veil. Thrun, the Last Troll still dies to that, as well as Wrath of God and Damnation and possibly Cataclysmic Gearhulk.

October 6, 2017 12:44 a.m.

JoshFox says... #18

Got smoked at todays PPTQ. Went 1-4. My win was a bye. Only one loss was mana related. The deck just felt underpowered.

I made some adjustments for tomorrow. The biggest one is Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. Ive been hesitant to play with a Planeswalker, but the bottom line is, no matter how much I say its not, this is a Midrange deck and Midrange decks benefit from walkers.

The other change is we are mainboarding removal and sideboarding discard. This gives the deck better tempo and a higher game 1 win percentage against fair decks.

October 8, 2017 12:54 a.m.

phDaemon says... #19

I think you're over compensating in the removal now. That many removal spells leave you very open / dead cards against control and combo decks.

3x Path, 3x Push, 2x Decay with rest in sideboard should be good. And that gives you space to put some disruption back in MB. (e.g. 3x thoughtseize or the like)

2 cents.

P.S. Yeah, abzan needs walkers. I have a gideon in my SB.

October 8, 2017 5:47 a.m.

JoshFox says... #20

Things went a little better at Sundays PPTQ: 2-3. Wins versus Abzan Midrange and Deaths Shadow. Losses versus Blue Moon, Counters Company, and Merfolk.

The good news is I beat the decks I should have beaten. Also, my losses to Blue Moon and Merfolk were 1-2 losses with major play errors. It was the first time I played these decks.

Ive played Counters before but Combo is not a good match up for me. That being said I believe I would have had a better result with more aggressive play.

My biggest learning is when pressed I need to play to my strength and beat down.

October 9, 2017 8:20 p.m.

JoshFox says... #21

Made adjustments to the Side. Added many more creatures to give it more of a Toolbox feel. Helps me keep up the Beats even when boarding in answers.

October 14, 2017 7:11 p.m.

JoshFox says... #22

Went 3-3 at a local Star City Modern event. Beat UR Thing, UB Control, Jeskai Tempo. Lost to Primeval Titan, Storm, Fish.

It was my first time playing Titan and Storm. If I would have paid more attention to the Amulet of Vigor I could have beaten Titan and in my Storm match I should have mulliganned to get a hate card in hand. Fish? I dont know. I won the game he could not find Spreading Seas and lost the games he could.

Overall I felt good. It was my first 6 round Swiss which was a grind for me. Ive decided to sub 1 Stirring Wildwood for a Gavony as I had to mulligan more then once because of double Gavony in my opening 7. Also, I am putting in 2 Aven Mindcensor for Golgari Charm and a Thoughtseize as they would have helped against both Titan and Storm.

October 29, 2017 11:13 a.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.38
Tokens 1/1 Spirit, 1/1 Elemental, Gideon, 2/2 Knight Ally
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