This is a toolbox Mono-Black deck that looks to grind out games. It does, however, have the ability to win out of nowhere with Gray Merchant of Asphodel.

  1. You've got Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek , Kitesail Freebooter , and Liliana of the Veil to attack your opponent's hand

  2. For creature destruction there's Fatal Push and Gatekeeper of Malakir

  3. I have included mainboard graveyard hate with Bojuka Bog and Nihil Spellbomb

  4. On the sustain front there's Gifted Aetherborn and Gray Merchant of Asphodel

  5. Geralf's Messenger is a reusable beater with the added bonus of direct damage to your opponent via his ETB

  6. Phyrexian Arena and Nihil Spellbomb serve as this deck's card draw - with extras of both in the sideboard

  7. Phyrexian Obliterator is the most fun part of the deck... He forces your opponent to make some hard choices - if they aren't playing much removal then resolving one of these bad boys can win you the game by itself

  8. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is only a 2-of because any more than that and I risk drawing too many of them too early in the game. I'm usually not laying one down until T4 unless I'm starved for land

  9. 1 solitary copy of Cavern of Souls so I can resolve Phyrexian Obliterator against Control decks, this helps my Game 1. Considering adding a 2nd to the SB

  10. Liliana, the Last Hope is pretty versatile - she can weaken you opponent's creatures or outright kill them if they're weak enough, she can bring back cards like Geralf's Messenger or Gatekeeper of Malakir to abuse their ETBs, or build a zombie army if the board conditions are right

  11. The fetches ( Marsh Flats , Polluted Delta , Bloodstained Mire , and Verdant Catacombs ) are for turning on Fatal Push

The 2 MB spots that Nihil Spellbomb occupy are very much flex spots - I have moved several different cards in and out of those 2 spots.

I am interested in people's feedback for this deck as I continue to pilot it through Modern:

  1. I'm considering adding a single copy of Tragic Slip , Murderous Cut , or Dismember to the mainboard.

  2. I'm toying with the idea of a single copy of To the Slaughter as a 2-for-1 in the sideboard for the mid-to-late game against decks that lean heavily on Planeswalkers

  3. Considering cutting something to bring the Gray Merchant count up to 3 in the maindeck

  4. I'm thinking about adding a copy of Consume Spirit - gets better as the game goes on and synergizes well with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.


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  • Achieved #19 position overall 7 months ago
  • Achieved #3 position in Modern 7 months ago
  • Achieved #1 position in Modern Competitive 7 months ago
  • Achieved #1 position in Modern Midrange 7 months ago
Date added 7 months
Last updated 6 months

This deck is Modern legal.

Rarity (main - side)

7 - 1 Mythic Rares

21 - 6 Rares

18 - 6 Uncommons

3 - 2 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.31
Tokens Liliana, 2/2 Zombie
Folders Uncategorized, Modern maybe?, Modern Stuff, MDN
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