Description

This deck was banned at my local FNM after it reached 53 wins with no loses. I'm aware that while this deck can be beaten, it has not lost a 2/3 match when sideboarded properly.

This deck one of my favorite deck to play with, purely because my opponents will be (as The7thBobba wonderfully put it) "Starving with a full plate."


Use your spells to destroy any lands your opponent can play. Make the game come to a complete standstill, until Black Vise, Liliana's Caress and Underworld Dreams eventually kill whoever has the misfortune of playing you. Howling Mine speeds up the draw process, and Black Vise and Underworld Dreams then slowly deal at least 3 damage to your opponents per tern because they are unable to play anything! This will likely kill your opponents before they run out of cards to draw. Don't worry about not having Black Vise or Howling Mine in your early game. All the games that I've played with this deck take a very long time, ensuring that you have plenty of time to draw the cards that you need. Meanwhile, since you have no creatures of your own, Innocent Blood and Geth's Verdict forces your opponent to sacrifice their creatures (If they can play them). If you want to be that one person who everyone refuses to play because they know that they will only frustrate themselves, definitely build this deck.
Innocent Blood , Geth's Verdict- Because you control no creatures, these cards are the golden removal. With their lands destroyed, your opponent still might end up playing a Memnite or Ornithopter. These force you opponent to get rid of them, and can also get around indestructable creatures.

Liliana's Caress- With your opponents not being able to play much, their hand will build up, forcing them to discard and lose life.

Smallpox - Sure it hurts you too, but you have no creatures to sacrifice, and you'll still have land advantage. It's basically Sinkhole and Innocent Blood mushed into one card.

Sinkhole , Rancid Earth , Strip Mine, Blight - All of these cards will take out your opponent's lands, ensuring that they cannot play anything for the duration of the game. (Careful around Mtg players under the age of 12; this sh*t has tantrum potential)

Black Vise, Underworld Dreams- The game winners. Because your opponent must draw a card every turn but cannot play anything because you've destroyed all of their land, They are guaranteed to have more than 4 cards in their hand, reducing their life total every turn while you laugh.

Dark Ritual- For the moments when I don't have a Strip Mine in hand and I need to play land removal such as Rain of Tears on turn 1.

Howling Mine- Speeds up your drawing in order to get the cards you need, while gives your opponent more cards that they cant play, also supporting Black Vise and Underworld Dreams. Teehee.

Sign in Blood- Your opponent can't play any cards with no lands, making them loose 2 life and have 2 more useless cards.

Crucible of Worlds- Play this and a Strip Mine. Watch as your opponents realize that you can destroy a land EVERY TURN

Pretty hard to come up with things to go in this section. There are really only five things that can be problematic.

Mana Dorks are a pain, but my sideboard takes care of them by removing them from my opponent's hand or wiping them from the board. Not a huge deal.

Terra Eternal can certainly ruin the mood, which is why I search for them with Memoricide and Thoughtseize. Luckily, people at my LGS have yet to use it. It's not too good unless you are playing against land destruction, so fortunatly I don't see this card a lot.

Crucible of Worlds is a thorn in my side. Answer to the problem? Throw in 4 of them so I can replay Strip Mines and keep my opponents in check. Most times however, my opponent is lucky if they can get to three mana to play one.

Decks such as No land, no mana and This deck has no land are also hard to beat, as the lack of lands requires me to completely sideboard out my removal and bring in control, waiting for Underworld Dreams and Howling Mine to work their magic, while using Damnation to hold back the occational Memnite, Ornithopter or Phyrexian Walker .

The last thing I have found hard to deal with are Necropotence decks. However, getting the three mana to play the spell is still a large problem without Dark Ritual, hence the need for Strip Mines and instant land removal.

Crucible of Worlds+Strip Mine

Play a Strip Mine, sacrifice it, destroy a land, bring it back with Crucible of Worlds, sacrifice it, repeat each turn. Have fun watching opponents flip the table.

Underworld Dreams+Howling Mine

Opponent loses 2 life per turn, while gaining you card advantage.

Howling Mine+ Black Vise

Fills up the opponents hand and then makes them lose a ton of life. I like it.

Howling Mine+Liliana's Caress

Having a full hand and then drawing 2 cards, and having to discard 2, losing 4 life. Daaayyyyuumm.

Underworld Dreams+Sign in Blood

Opponent loses 4 life and gets two more cards that trigger either Black Vise or Liliana's Caress. Cruel.

I know, I know, Phyrexian Obliterator or something with annihilator would kick ass. However, the cheapest creature removal occurs when the card hurts you too. Innocent Blood is fantastic here and one mana creature removal is just too good to pass up, and also gets around indestructable and hexproof. If you really wanted, you could add an obliterator or two and just run other removal.
The sideboard and maybeboard here are to deal with everything mentioned in the Weakness Section.

Elixir of Immortality keeps me safe against super aggro mill and some of burn long enough to get my show on the road.

Memoricide is to be added in for decks that run Crucible of Worlds, Necropotence and Darksteel Citadel . These three cards are listed in order from most to least of a threat. Search wisely.

Damnation deals with pesky 0cmc creatures and mana dorks. Can easily be swapped with Languish and/or Mutilate for a lower cost.

Thoughtseize is a weaker version of Memoricide that can get rid of cards mentioned in the "Weaknesses" section.

Illness in the Ranks takes care of cheap token producers such as Raise the Alarm or Gather the Townsfolk.

I'll be frank. If you take out cards and replace them, the deck isn't up to its full potential. However, if you don't have $600 to spend or the cards hanging around, here's what you do.

If you replace Damnation with Mutilate or its cousin Languish, you aren't garunteed a solid kill but you should be able to get rid of any major threats your opponents can produce.

Crucible of Worlds is a very important part of the deck, however it can be replaced with Temporal Extortion, which is still mean, but cheaper. You will be sacrificing major preformance for price.

These changes will drop the price from around $600 down to around $200.


Thank you for looking at my deck! Please give me feedback and let me know how I can make this deck better! Feel free to comment and critique :) Also please check out my other decks if you feel so inclined:


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Thanks to everyone who has contributed! Never thought this idea would get to #3, lets hope for #1!

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Icbrgr says... #1

This Deck looks AWESOME! I really wanna try it out for myself (on a budget tho..) your description section rocks too overall nothing but good things to say +1

February 24, 2017 9:45 a.m.

czarkingrex says... #2

I think it wins in large part due to the $700 price tag...

February 24, 2017 10:21 a.m.

Snap157 says... #3

Icbrgr Thank you so much, hope you enjoy playing with it as much as I do!

czarkingrex you can replace Damnation in the sideboard with Mutilate dropping the price down from $648 to $424 with almost no impacts on gameplay. Also, you can replace Crucible of Worlds for Price of Knowledge or Temporal Extortion for a weaker version of the deck. If you do add in Price of Knowledge, keep in mind you will also have to replace Liliana's Caress with something else. This will drop the price to around $210. Hope this helps!

February 24, 2017 3:43 p.m.

czarkingrex says... #4

That does a lot actually! Thanks for such personalized advice :)

February 24, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Snap157 says... #5

Anytime ;)

February 24, 2017 6:55 p.m.

SpookyToe says... #6

How come you have this deck listed as casual? Is it not modern or legacy legal?

February 24, 2017 9:17 p.m.

Snap157 says... #7

SpookyToe While this deck is legal in Legacy, I prefer to keep the format at casual so I have absolutly no restrictions on what I can put in to make it as good as it can be.

February 24, 2017 9:24 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #8

Oh, good god, this deck needs a Smallpox.

I see you've already considered it. Why did you remove it? It seems like it fits perfectly here: you aren't affected by the creature sac, you have the advantage on lands, and the life loss is irrelevant.

Also, Fatal Push seems pretty darn good here as well.

This looks delightfully vicious. You get my +1.

February 26, 2017 1:23 p.m.

Snap157 says... #9

Daedalus19876 Thanks for the comment and upvote!

The main reason I did not include Smallpox or Pox is because of the discard effect. The entire gameplan of the deck focuses on removing their land so their hand builds up. Even if they're down a land, that means they are also down a card, which takes away some effectivness of cards such as Black Vise and Liliana's Caress.

I've tested Fatal Push in this deck and while its a very good card in modern, I feel like it limits me more than the removal I am using now, Innocent Blood, in casual play. Unlike Fatal Push, Innocent Blood does not limit me to small creatures, and it gets around hexproof/shroud/indestructable creatures. While it is still a sorcery, it is unlikely that my opponent (lacking lands) will be able to do too much until my turn unless said creature has haste. Thanks again!

February 26, 2017 2:58 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #10

Snap157: I see your point, but it counts as a discard for Liliana's Caress, and the life loss exactly offsets the 1 extra damage from Black Vise (assuming they're at full hand size already). To me, it looks like a 2-mana fusion of Sinkhole and Innocent Blood. But you're obviously tested the deck so you're the one who knows how it runs :)

February 26, 2017 3:03 p.m.

Snap157 says... #11

Daedalus19876 I've never thought of it that way- thank you! I'm still concerned about the downsides of the card but am considering adding in 2 copies, replacing Geth's Verdict and one Rain of Tears for it. What do you think?

February 26, 2017 4:13 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #12

Snap157: Seems like a good change to me. Tell me how it tests! :)

February 26, 2017 4:20 p.m.

Damnable PactTheres a game ender right there

February 27, 2017 9:21 a.m.

Dunadain says... #14

so in your budget section you say replacing Damnation with Languish is a downgrade. But think about it, you will only be siding in board wipes against decks that lay lot's of creatures, any deck that lays lots of creatures is more likely to have a creature with indestructible than a creature with 5 toughness

TL;DR: Damnation is only better than Languish if their playing big creatures, if their playing big creatures, Innocent Blood and Geth's Verdict are better, why are you siding in board wipes?

February 27, 2017 9:50 a.m.

Snap157 says... #15

Dunadain While I would put Mutilate or Languish in for a budget deck, I stick with board wipes like Damnation because its final. If my opponent is playing tokens and gets several out early game, Innocent Blood won't get the job done if they all need to go.

February 27, 2017 4:10 p.m.

Any deck with 4 strip mines is going to do well. It's nothing to be proud of. That's why strip mine is banned in every format.

April 18, 2017 4:29 p.m.

Snap157 says... #17

Snapdisastermage please leave if you do not approve of a card. Strip Mine is legal in a few formats, and I suggest you check them out. Have a good day.

April 18, 2017 6:22 p.m.

Wrong, Strip mine is legal in commander (singleton format) And restricted to one copy in vintage. There are 0 formats where 4 copies of strip mine are legal. The same goes for timevault. Not trying to be rude, but that is the reason this deck is so good. With no rules restrictions, literally any deck can be "good"

April 18, 2017 8:12 p.m.

Take the "competitive" out of the tag please. This deck is not legal in any competitive events what so ever.

April 18, 2017 8:13 p.m.

Snap157 says... #20

Yes, being overpowered does tend to be a goal of "Casual" decks. Every year my LGS holds a casual tournament, where this is perfectly legal and encouraged. With that being said and with this deck having come in first 2 years in a row, I think it's safe to say that it is competitive. If you are looking for a certain format, I have many decks on my page that work quite well for me. If you have any other issues with the deck I encourage you to contact me via direct messaging.

April 18, 2017 8:21 p.m.

"Casual" is not a sanctioned competitive format

April 18, 2017 8:25 p.m.

Huckster2015 says... #22

I'm the bum that's gonna proxy this and try to beat it lol straight to the gauntlet with this beast!!!+1

May 31, 2017 7:01 p.m.

Snap157 says... #23

Huckster2015 awesome! Be sure to sideboard properly, also there are a few types of decks that tear this apart, (not telling anyone just yet lol) and luckly those don't show up at my LGS! Best of luck to you!

May 31, 2017 8:08 p.m.

Piebye726 says... #24

dear god and i thought regular control was filthy

June 1, 2017 9:02 p.m.

Awesome deck my man, truly love it.

Have you considered Rancid Earth in the place of Rain of Tears?

June 12, 2017 11:11 a.m.

IsaacSwan14 says... #26

how do you have 53 wins with this deck at your lgs without losses? is anyone there competitive? grixis delver would tear this deck to shreds with really good tempo counterspells like daze and force of will.

June 16, 2017 11:25 a.m.

Snap157 says... #27

IsaacSwan14 This deck has lost before but has always prevailed in matches were it wins at least 2 out of 3 games. My LGS is a bit sparce on counterspells, however I've found that I have gotten by just fine when I use my sideboard cards such as Cranial Extraction, Thoughtseize and Memoricide to search for them.

Hunson_Abadeer Thank you! That's a great upgrade, thanks for the suggestion!

June 16, 2017 1:58 p.m.

Bontu's Last Reckoning could be a card to consider.

July 1, 2017 7:57 p.m.

Ebony Owl Netsuke could be good.

July 5, 2017 11:23 p.m.

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