Dazzling White is the light that casts the Blackest shadow. Linger in it and you will surely perish.

I'm happy with how this deck has been performing at my FNM so I'm not looking for more Feedback at this stage.

Early Game

Mid Game

Late Game

Points to Note

  • Delirium IS NOT ESSENTIAL but is possible with this deck by having too many cards in hand through draw, allowing the Player to choose which types to discard. The card types available are: Land, Creature, Sorcery, Instant, and Planeswalker.

  • There is enough life gain in this deck, through the abilities of Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Shambling Vent, and Sorin, Grim Nemesis, to offset any life lost

  • There is draw through the first abilities of both Planeswalkers

  • The deck can go wide with tokens made by Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Westvale Abbey  Flip, and Sorin, Grim Nemesis

  • You can deliberately make Archangel Avacyn  Flip transform by destroying one of your own Creatures with one of your spells

Under Consideration

Specific Sideboards

Initially this deck provided the most challenge for mine:
Nissa, Gideon, and lots of Deathmist Raptors

Post-Sideboard I can now easily take care of it.

Here's how I Sideboard against it.


1x Harsh Scrutiny
3x Transgress the Mind


4x Declaration in Stone



4x Harsh Scrutiny
3x Ob Nixilis Reignited
1x Transgress the Mind


4x Declaration in Stone
3x Liliana, the Last Hope
1x Yahenni's Expertise

Here's how to Sideboard against Wolves such as this deck:
Baby I'm Preying On You Tonight [EMN]


3x Transgress the Mind


3x Liliana, the Last Hope / Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

is appreciated if you like this deck.


Got beaten in the final. Only games I lost.

1-0 Control Mirror Match

Played a cocky little shit first up. You know the type: no chit chat, blank face, every play is srs bsns. Has obviously played in quite a few GPs (I checked the last fact).

He was playing the pro version of the deck. I riled him about that, trying to get into his head a bit.

Told him my version was probably weaker because it didn't have as much flexibility. Like hell it was.

Outran him in the first game with more cards that ripped spells from hand, more cards to deal with Sorin, Grim Nemesis and the like, and more life gain options.

Killed him with my Sorin and an Ob Nixilis Reignited Emblem.

Sided in Tainted Remedy which worked like a charm, putting him on a faster clock.

Second game went to turns. On Turn 5 he was on 4 life with an Ob Nix Emblem. I used my Ob to draw, putting him on 2 life, then hit with a Shambling Vent. He destroyed the Vent. I said to him, "You just COULDN'T let me win, could you?" He smiled because he thought I was joking. I wasn't.

A couple of more turns and the second game would easily have been mine.

I never seem to be able to win on turns.

2-0 Seasons Past

I did an illegal thing and switched decks for this match up, to Blockage.

I did that because my Control deck had thrashed this guy last week and he had gotten so discouraged. I was sure he would beat me easily.

I was so wrong.

What happened was that he had a shockingly bad draw, and I had a perfect one.

My Creatures stuck around for the most part, I was able to dispatch his, then the Unblockable nature of my deck finished him off.

One game I had a 4/4 Land Creature that I made with Roil Spout and he was on 1 life.

He was planning to block my Creature, but then I made it Unblockable with Rogue's Passage.

His inexperience showed in that he had been doing some good work with Hissing Quagmire. He played Duress, removed Declaration in Stone from my hand, leaving a Celestial Flare untouched.

He then hit with just the Hissing Quagmire, which I promptly dispatched with the Flare.

We played a third friendly game and he kicked my arse. Just had insanely bad luck with the first two.

0-2 Bullshit

This deck had been developed by one of the shop employees and was being played by another employee.

It had just come 15th in a local GP.

The employee playing it had notes for how to Sideboard.

While we were playing the person who built it came over to watch the game, and pointed out a trigger that my Opponent had missed.

I told him to either keep quiet or shove off. Except much nicer.

I couldn't remove all the Creatures in this deck, as he had a lot, and he also had a lot of Counter spells.

A lot of the Creatures were outside Languish range, like Brood Monitor.

For game two he Sided out all his Counter spells and sided in Thought-Knot Seer and Reality Smasher, which just made my life even tougher. I had Sided out all my Creatures.

He told me later that I should have put more Creatures in. Thing is, all the Creatures I have are in the Mainboard.

Something to think about, I guess.

Once again, dispatched in the final. Extremely salty that such a strong deck had been chosen to play in a fairly weak field.

Once again, Shambling Vent proved invaluable. Good doggy.

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AgentGreen says... #1

I don't think it's going to see much play either

It's a fantastic sideboard card that will shield you from hand hate, but beyond that there's not much there

July 19, 2016 6:23 p.m.

Argeaux says... #2

AgentGreen with the reveal of Yahenni's Expertise this deck may be viable again.

I need a good four of to round out my Sideboard, but I may give this a go next season.

December 27, 2016 8:02 a.m.

AgentGreen says... #3

Argeaux Dump Forsaken Sanctuary for Concealed Courtyard. Having the chance to use that mana right away is HUGE

I'm in the process of picking up 3 copies of Liliana, the Last Hope so I'm going to be fiddling around to make that happen. You're absolutely right that Yahenni's Expertise makes control a thing, and I am excited for that prospect

December 28, 2016 9:52 p.m.

Argeaux says... #4

Ah yes, you are right re: the lands.

That was just an oversight on my part.

I tried Liliana, the Last Hope in a Rakdos build but I could never make her survive.

She might work in this, due to all the removal. I'll have to test her.

I'd probably remove Gideon, Ally of Zendikar in the Sideboard for her.

December 29, 2016 2:08 a.m.

AgentGreen says... #5

For me Liliana acts as a tank/removal magnet; when she's down the opponent has to deal with her in a hurry or risk getting overran with Zombies

December 29, 2016 12:28 p.m.

clayperce says... #6

I see her the same way, AgentGreen. I kind of think of her as : Roll a D20. If 1-16, soak up at least 4 damage. If 17-19, soak up some damage plus pull something nasty from Graveyard. If 20, win the game.

December 29, 2016 5:53 p.m.

AgentGreen says... #7

Exactly clayperce, plus you can combo her off with Yahenni's Expertise

Play Expertise; clear the board, drop Lili, +1 and kill off a 4 toughness creature

December 29, 2016 6:47 p.m.

Argeaux says... #8

You both make interesting points, although I'm not sure how she soaks up 4 damage clayperce.

My biggest thing is that I probably can't have her and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar in the Sideboard, and he is how I beat aggro decks.

I would not run her Mainboard as the other two Planeswalkers have draw and destroy abilities, which are essential for this type of deck.

December 30, 2016 8:21 a.m.

clayperce says... #9

Yeah, I didn't explain that well. Though I can successfully race almost any other Planeswalker (including Gideon), Lili has to be answered. So I have to attack Lili (or redirect Burn to her) instead of my opponent. And because opponents almost always +1 her, she's usually starts with 4 Loyalty. So her worst case feels a lot like a "Gain 4 life" effect.

I truly have no idea if she'd be good for this deck, and I'm certainly never happy to see either her or Gideon. But from my (admittedly very narrow) perspective, Lili is actually worse (for me, I mean).

December 30, 2016 8:39 a.m.

Argeaux says... #10

I understand what you mean, now.

I guess in some ways she actually soaks up 6, because she also nerfs a Creature to give it 2 less damage.

It may just come down to meta. My local meta is a very strange one.

Gideon and Liliana are only going to last for one turn. So Gideon will drop a Creature and Lili will nerf a Creature.

The most success I've had with a Planeswalker lately was Chandra, Torch of Defiance. I often got to ultimate her and she easily stayed around for a couple of turns.

I will do some practice and see if I like how Liliana, the Last Hope works. I couldn't see how Gideon would work for me originally, until I found that he was good against aggro decks.

The good thing is that I have a playset of her, so it won't cost me anything if I decide to add her.

December 30, 2016 10:25 a.m.

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