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B/G Fun with deathtouch (3-1 at FNM)

Standard Aggro BG (Golgari) Competitive



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The original idea of the deck was to use weaker creatures with deathtouch to force opponents to choose whether to attack and lose their creatures to a weenie 1/1 with deathtouch or hold and wait for me to attack. There are many combat effects in the deck (e.g., Blossoming Defense, Larger Than Life) to inflate the power/toughness of my creatures, so the idea of waiting for me to attack wasn't too pleasant either.

That was the original idea, but it has changed...

NOW the idea is similar, but I have really liked using Clear Shot with my deathtouch creatures. I have reworked the deck to make it virtually all deathtouch creatures and to expand the combat effects. I think most people will be quite surprised at this deck and its capabilities.

Clear Shot and Nature's Way (and now Rabid Bite) are amazing to couple with deathtouch. When choosing targets for either spell, pick a creature with deathtouch, preferably Gifted Aetherborn that also has lifelink, and then pick an opponent's creature of any power/toughness that is a legal target. When the spell resolves, my deathtough creature deals damage to my opponent's creature-- my opponent's creature does NOT deal damage to my creature, and because my creature has deathtouch any damage it deals is fatal. Thus, Clear Shot, Nature's Way, and Rabid Bite are removal.

Keep in mind that Clear Shot (CMC = ) is an instant, while Nature's Way and Rabid Bite are sorceries (CMC = ). This means that Clear Shot may be used DURING combat to clear out a creature (or vehicle crewed in response to declared attackers!) you may not want blocking one of your creatures. To further drive this point home, the target creature that I control can be tapped-- neither spell says anything at all about whether a creature is tapped or not, so tapped creatures are legal targets!

Because I get to choose the creature my opponent controls, I may use Clear Shot, Nature's Way, or Rabid Bite to target flying creatures. This more than makes up for the lack of fliers in my deck because I have effectively added 10 cards that can be used as removal against fliers-- all thanks to deathtouch.

This seems like a half-baked combat trick, and maybe it is, but it works and it works well! This has been extremely frustrating to opponents, and this strategy has worked exceedingly well against B/G in the "mirror" matchup. Walking Ballista, Winding Constrictor, Verdurous Gearhulk, etc... have all been targeted by this trick, and it really frustrates opponents. I think this is a combo with a lot of potential.

NOTE: Nearly all of these creatures have deathtouch. This is a direct result of the strategy that I am employing (see Deck Strategy, above).

Aether Poisoner has deathtouch and brings in some energy. Not bad to generate another creature when it attacks. Not the best card in the group, but a solid 1/1 with deathtouch that can bring in a second 1/1 creature. I'll take that.

Bone Picker is a card that I didn't notice at first. Once it was pointed out and I actually read it, I realized that ANY creature that dies allows it to be cast for only , so I could use removal against my opponent and cast this insane 3/2 flying deathtouch for only !!! That's good value.

Drana, Liberator of Malakir is just a great card. It's a good way to get some counters on creatures if I manage to get her to do damage to a player. Otherwise, the first strike flier is pretty good. Drana, Liberator of Malakir seems like one of the cards that doesn't "fit" well in a deck so focused on deathtouch, but it's such a good card, has flying, and is just generally a pain in the butt. Most people have forgotten that she's quite good, and I don't see her in decks very often. This adds an element of surprise as she is, in my opinion, underutilized. In fairness, she is a bit of a lightning rod, so opponent's do try to remove her ASAP. Oh, and the CMC = keeps it out of the way of Fatal Push unless revolt triggers, and it's big enough that Shock won't get it. That's useful.

Gifted Aetherborn is practically the anchor for this deck. It's just so good for because it has deathtouch AND lifelink. That's a lot of value for the CMC. This is the ideal target for Clear Shot or Nature's Way because the deathtouch will kill the opponent's creature and the lifelink will still trigger! Awesome card.

Gnarlwood Dryad is a solid 1/1 for with deathtouch. If I manage to get delirium (and that's not an active goal of this deck, just to be clear), then it becomes a 3/3 with deathtouch. However, I don't play this with the delirium in mind. Rather, I see value in just having a 1/1 with deathtouch for only .

Gonti, Lord of Luxury at is a bit expensive, but the 2/3 with deathtouch and a really cool ability is worth the price, I think. I have taken some pretty good cards from opponents, and they generally dislike this card quite a bit.

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet doesn't have deathtouch and probably seems like a non sequitur for this deck. I don't care. This is an awesomely powerful creature. The lifelink alone has won me games. Getting a 2/2 zombie for each of my opponent's non-token creatures that dies is great, and it really give pause to people who want to sacrifice creatures for whatever reason. Great card.

Narnam Renegade is a great creature in that it is a 1/2 with deathtouch for only . If I manage to get the revolt trigger, it enters as a 2/3 for . Solid value. However, I don't focus on the revolt trigger. I tried that and I ended up just holding it longer than I wanted and it slowed me down. Just playing the card and not worrying too much about revolt is a much smarter strategy.

Blossoming Defense is great and at instant speed. I have used it multiple times to protect creatures, as well as a combat trick to get in extra damage and/or protect my creature when facing a more powerful defender (and therefore allowing my creature to survive).

Clear Shot is probably the best card of all the instants and sorceries. See the above Deck Strategy for more explanation. The instant speed of this card makes it highly versatile in a deck full of deathtouch creatures.

Fatal Push is nice instant speed removal that can target a significant number of creatures in this very aggro Standard format environment. I don't worry too much about trying to trigger revolt, but I do have a couple of Evolving Wilds to help, if necessary. With the shift of this deck to deathtouch + either Clear Shot or Nature's Way, this has become less important. The CMC = is great, though, and I may increase the number mainboard after additional playtesting.

Larger Than Life is a card from the original strategy of this deck-- weenie creatures that get pumped and become formidable. It's a great way to get combat damage through to a player while also preserving the target creature. Good card with nice value for it's CMC.

Nature's Way is a key component of how this deck functions. See the above Deck Strategy for more explanation.

Two main strategies with sideboarding:

  1. When facing decks with a lot of removal, Blossoming Defense and Heroic Intervention should be used, possibly also Wildest Dreams. If it's a deck with a bit fewer creatures, then in place of Rabid Bite and maybe 2x Aether Poisoner . Fatal Push is a good card when facing decks with a lot of smaller creatures.

  2. When facing decks with fewer creatures, put in Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Blossoming Defense, Heroic Intervention, possibly Natural State, and possibly Wildest Dreams. Because there will be fewer targets for Clear Shot, rabid bit, and Nature's Way, these would be the most likely targets to side out. The strategy here will be to keep the creatures on the board and to buff them so that they can do direct damage, and to do this quickly. Decks with few creatures normally means that they have really big creatures, so don't take out the Clear Shot (instant speed) if this might seem to be the case.


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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is just too good to sit in the sideboard. When play testing, I always sided him in. That tells me he should be in the main. I moved 2x Rabid Bite to the side.

To be completely honest, when run this at FNM tonight, I'll be running a 61 card deck because I'll probably add another land to get to 23.

I think the deck just needs a couple of extra creatures, and moving Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet will get it there. I know this will make the deck a bit less on the passively killing side, but the deck was definitely weaker with a bit fewer creatures.

The original concept of the current version was to pump small deathtouch creatures with Larger Than Life and Blossoming Defense to get damage through and to eliminate blocking creatures. There needs to be some hefty creatures (e.g., Rhonas the Indomitable, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet) to back up the strategy.

I'm trying to get back to the original strategy a bit because, well, it worked. Play testing last night and today confirm that this is indeed the better strategy. We'll see at FNM tonight...

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PickleNutz says... #1

Hey, a friend and I are working on a modern Deathtouch deck and this was a huge help for ideas. I'all keep you updated if you want on how our progress is going. Awesome deck man, it has great synergy.

April 23, 2017 10:58 a.m.

BioProfDude says... #2

PickleNutz, please do update as I would like to know how other versions of the deck perform. Thanks for the upvote!

April 23, 2017 11:51 a.m.

PickleNutz says... #3

Deathtouch (Glissa- Modern)

This is what we have so far, the comments here and some of the structure of your deck helped with a few of the mechanics. It's super cheap in both terms of mana cost and the cards monetary cost.

April 23, 2017 11:57 a.m.

kilthias says... #4

Upvoted! I always love your decks dude. I based my R/B Vamps off of one of your builds earlier this year. Coincidentaly I started a B/G myself since Amonkhet came out. I would love some of your feedback on it. Gods, Zombies, Counters, and Tokens

April 30, 2017 12:51 p.m.

BioProfDude says... #5

kilthias, thanks for the upvote and for the compliment! A revision to this deck is coming very soon. I have finally had a chance to play test a bit more and I think I have a slightly better build for it by making a couple of small adjustments.

April 30, 2017 2:03 p.m.

BioProfDude says... #6

keller44, you'll be happy to see that Rancid Rats was removed. :-)

April 30, 2017 2:29 p.m.

Wolfees says... #7


Rabid Bite I feel was the perfect addition to this build. If you get a guy that just won't swing at you, then you force the issue and take his guy instead.

Also have you given any thought as too adding Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons? Her deathtouch snakes could be helpfull.

also, I find I get countered quite a bit. So I thought I might try Prowling Serpopard for a bit of protection. I took out the 2 Gonties to add them. Your thoughts on this move?

I can't wait to get my hands on Rhonas the Indomitable. He should be huge in this build, if you can get the 4/4 out. Personally I'm looking at Adding Lupine Prototype for this reason. True he isn't a part of this build, but he will set Rhonas free. And for a 2 drop I'm ok with it.

May 1, 2017 1:44 a.m.

Wolfees says... #8

I just thought of this move, and it could be huge!How about adding 2 Odric, Lunarch Marshal. Then every creature will have first strike, deathtouch, indestructible, lifelink, and what ever else is on the field at the time. Adding 2 white mana wouldnt be that big a deal and Evolving Wilds is already there to pull them if needed.

May 1, 2017 1:55 a.m.

BioProfDude says... #9

Wolfees, thanks for the suggestions! I have looked at Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and that is in the maybe board. At this point, I'm unsure. It's a good card, but I don't yet know how it might fit. I'm tinkering with it for now.

I haven't yet had the problem of my creatures being countered, but I also haven't competitively played the deck since early March. It's possible the meta has shifted at my local store, particularly with the release of Amonkhet. That's for the heads-up as I will be watching more carefully for that. For you, though, if you're running across that, that's a viable option, as well as maybe Warping Wail in the sideboard to counter their spells back at them (which would require getting a few colorless mana into the deck).

I'm looking forward to tinkering with Rhonas the Indomitable. I don't think it will be too difficult to activate him. Between his boost ability, Blossoming Defense, and Larger Than Life (and Clear Shot gives a small boost!) I'm hoping he'll be activated enough.

I'm not going to try to splash white. That seems way too complicated. I have built decks around Odric and the first strike/deathtouch combo, and they're pretty effective. The problem is that opponents learn this very quickly and eliminate Odric quickly. However, it's been a while since he's been around in decks, so you might be able to catch people off guard. Feel free to splash and see if it works-- I' be interested to know!

Thanks again for the suggestions!

May 1, 2017 9:12 a.m.

SirChris39 says... #10

Bone Picker should be tryed in your deck I think

May 1, 2017 3:21 p.m.

BioProfDude says... #11

Chris3778, that is a very interesting card. Thanks for pointing it out as I had not yet noticed that one! I saw the CMC and glossed by it without even reading it. Thanks!

May 1, 2017 5:16 p.m.

SirChris39 says... #12

You are most welcome the info

May 1, 2017 6:13 p.m.

BioProfDude says... #13

Holy crap-- for Bone Picker it doesn't even look like it has to be one of my own creatures that died!! It could be an opponent's creature that dies. That card is getting better and better the more I look at it!

May 1, 2017 9:32 p.m.

Murkatron says... #14

I've been running this deck with a couple Nissa, Vital Force and she has provided some nice pressure as well as activating Rhonas. Love this deck!

June 17, 2017 1:15 a.m.

BioProfDude says... #15

Murkatron, cool suggestion! Thanks!

June 17, 2017 8:37 a.m.

Seifer267 says... #16

Pretty killer deck, I saw you post on another page with a death touch deck and I'm glad to see a higher budget version right here. +1!! When all my Zendikar stuff dies out, I'm gonna go this route.

June 29, 2017 6 a.m.

keller44 says... #17

Any updates to how the deck performed in May and June?

July 1, 2017 12:21 a.m.

Wolfees says... #18

I hava had a lot of fun and some serious frustrating times with this build. To the point I scrapped it for a while. I revisited it about a month ago, and made some changes to my deck. Been playing it at my LGS FNM, saturday night casual tournaments with great success. So the major changes I made are; I added 4 Walking Balistas (hugely powerfull, and multi purpose card), in place of Drana, liberator. Perfect opening hand is to sacrafice a Balista, and drop a bone picker for 1, swinging for 3 on turn 2. Next I added 2 Winding Constrictors in place of Gonti, and I added 2 Rishkar Peema Renegades as well.

With these changes, I have placed 1st 2 times, and in the top 3 the rest of the time. Majorly fun build to play

July 1, 2017 11:42 p.m.

BioProfDude says... #19

keller44, I got busy and then moved to another couple of decks. With the release of Hour of Devastation, I am looking at revisiting the deck to see how it might perform in the new meta. I'll be certain to post any results that I may have.

Wolfees, sounds like an interesting variation on the theme. Thanks for the suggestions and as I get back to again tinkering with this deck I'll certainly keep those changes in mind!

July 20, 2017 3:39 p.m.

Wolfees says... #20


Just for fun one night I added 4 verderous gearhulks to the build. Fist game I player I had 12 1/1 counters on a gifted aetherborne. I know crazy! But super strong and really fun to play.

Best part about this build, I don't have to think when playing it. Only thing I have to remember is to add to my life counter. It's a great build for a youngster that has trouble staying focused.

July 20, 2017 11:35 p.m.

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This deck is Standard legal.

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Avg. CMC 2.34
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Revision 22 (2 months ago)

+2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet main
-2 Rabid Bite main
-2 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet side
+2 Rabid Bite side
+1 Hapatra's Mark maybe

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