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Blink-Treader Nephilim (FEATURED ON DAILYMTG)




First off, Ink-Treader Nephilim is my all-time favourite magic card. Every time you target him with a spell you get to Radiate . Of course your opponent can abuse this as well but that's why you build a deck in order to respond accordingly. I wanted to build a competitively viable Modern deck with him for so long, and I have the feeling now that I've succeeded.

Now, take a look at the deck.

Every creature in the deck except the Nephilim has an "enter the battlefield"-effect. And most of them are really relevant. Now imagine you have your Ink-Treader Nephilim , Kitchen Finks, an Eternal Witness and a Wall of Omens in play. Say your opponent wants to Lightning Bolt your Nephilim, therefore killing all creatures. In response, you cast Momentary Blink on your Nephilim. What happens? You get 2 life, you get a card from your graveyard back and you draw a card. If you get back the same Momentary Blink you just cast, you can play it again and again for maximum value.

Late game, Sun Titan does some nasty things with Phantsmal Image (which is why it doesn't matter that our 2CMC clone goes to the bin when he's targeted. There is simply nothing better than playing a Sun Titan into Image, into Image, into Image, into Eternal Witness, get card from your graveyard - GO.

Aether Vial is here because it is amazing in a deck like this where you can flash in an Eternal Witness, possibly trade with a creature and get a card back.

Niveous Wisps, when targeting the Nephilim, with enough creatures in play, draws us a TON of cards for only 1 mana, at instant speed.

Lavinia of the Tenth , I think, has better chances in Modern than in Standard. With the ability to repeatedly flickering her there is a possibility to lock down most players.

I think you should really try to play as many fetches as possible. 4 colors with no other way of fixing is tough.

+1 this deck if you like the idea and tell me what you think I should change.


Today, my deck got featured on Daily MTG! :D

Sam Black added his own suggestion for a sideboard so that''s what I will be going with.



KingSorin says... #1

+1, i like the deck, and i like nephilim also. I love using Act of Treason + Might of the Masses as my wincon, but i also like Stun in a nephilim deck. Nothing can block, draw a card per creature on the field, for 2 mana. Burst Lightning becomes Pyroclasm , and with Nivmagus Elemental , you can use all of the annoying target effects like Doom Blade , but then exile the copies targeting your creatures, then get a very powerful Nivmagus Elemental

June 16, 2013 12:48 a.m.

Weston Ayarza says... #2

Really love this idea. My personal favorite of the ETB trigger creatures has got to be Stonehorn Dignitary and that has always been too slow for modern. I like this take. well done.

June 17, 2013 12:41 a.m.

Thornspire says... #3

Yeah, you remember last standard season where you could go turn 4 Stonehorn Dignitary into turn 5 Venser, the Sojourner . That was awesome. Thank you, I'm glad you like it.

June 17, 2013 12:54 a.m.

Dumblecore says... #4

+1 really like the deck idea, but to me it feels a bit vulnerable to Doom Blade and stuff. Let's say you play your Nephilim on turn 5, and suddenly all your creatures are dead... as well as the opponents.

So make sure, that you always have open mana for Cloudshift or Momentary Blink

June 22, 2013 6 a.m.

KingSorin says... #5

Was there ever an extended with turn 3 Vendilion Clique into turn 4 Mistbind Clique into turn 5 venser? 'Cos that would've been insane.

June 22, 2013 6:13 p.m.

Dumblecore says... #6

Your deck is on daily mtg :D


June 24, 2013 5:03 a.m.

Thornspire says... #7

I know! YAY! :D

June 24, 2013 5:06 a.m.

Matsi883 says... #8

Have you thought about Mass Hysteria /Fervor and Furystoke Giant as a finisher?

June 28, 2013 6:19 p.m.

EridanAmpora says... #9

Maybe some Reliquary Tower in case you draw a lot off of Niveous Wisps ?

July 1, 2013 9:48 a.m.

Thornspire says... #10

I think keeping a full hand of 7 cards is good enough. Also, discarding some isn't that big of a deal with cards like Eternal Witness .

July 1, 2013 10:50 a.m.

JN1K5 says... #11

I really like this deck idea, Thank you so much for posting! I was twiddling my thumbs trying to come up with a brew for modern and saw this. I'm going to take a little different route than you did but the backbone is all yours! I really look forward to playing something similar to this at modern and I have almost all of the cards i need. a few suggestions are Coiling Oracle , Acidic Slime , Venser, Shaper Savant .

Have an amazing day

January 6, 2014 4:07 p.m.

I was inspired by this deck when I first saw it and I eventually completely reworked it into 5-Color Blink-Treader Nephilim. I've been playing it this way pretty much since Khans came out, and it's a blast!

I've found that mainboard Path to Exiles can get you out of hairy situations. A little bit of removal can win otherwise unwinnable games.

October 12, 2015 6:37 p.m.

gatweb says... #13

Hallowed Moonlight would be hilarious with the nephalim out and a cloudshift

December 8, 2016 11:25 p.m.

I mean, it would. For your opponent.

December 10, 2016 12:36 a.m.

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Date added 5 years
Last updated 11 months

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.44
Tokens 3/3 Golem
Folders Experiments, Ideas, stuff, Nephilim, Yes. Just, Yes., upvoted, Deck Ideas, 4 Color, ideas, <$ modern
Top rank #60 on 2013-06-25
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