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

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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

Snek Deck


4x Harsh Scrutiny
3x Ob Nixilis Reignited
3x To the Slaughter
4x Transgress the Mind


2x Cataclysmic Gearhulk
4x Declaration in Stone
4x Fumigate
4x Ruinous Path


I have found that I need to guarantee land drops more for my games, so I have gone up to 26 lands, which is more normal for a Control deck.

To accommodate this I have removed all the Yahenni's Expertise, which seemed to be my least used cards.

There are plenty of board wipes in my Sideboard, much more definitive ones than just a -3/-3.

This left me with a vacant slot. I am trying an extra Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, as the lifelink is very useful.

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Argeaux says... #1

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... #2

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... #3

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... #4

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... #5

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... #6

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... #7

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... #8

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... #9

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.

Argeaux says... #10

AgentGreen I played this deck in the current Standard for the first time tonight.

It performed really well, even with me making a few mistakes with my plays.

clayperce and AgentGreen you were spot on about Liliana.

With all the removal I have it was fairly easy to protect her and get her Emblem out.

February 1, 2017 9:02 a.m.

AgentGreen says... #11

Told ya Argeaux. Once she's down it doesn't matter what type of deck your opponent has; if they can't deal with Liliana she will overrun you

February 1, 2017 1:05 p.m.

Argeaux says... #12

AgentGreen it's the "dealing with" part that's problematic.

I played her in one game and she got wrecked straight away by Ruinous Path.

The fellow I got her Emblem out against said that he didn't have any Ruinous Path in his Sideboard, even though he was playing .

I have no idea why. Maybe he will add some now.

However, the game she worked in was glorious, so she's staying for now.

February 1, 2017 3:16 p.m.

AgentGreen says... #13

That's the point; they burn a Ruinous Path on her, and that's one less removal against Avacyn or Kalitas

February 1, 2017 5:52 p.m.

Argeaux says... #14

Well yeah, that's Magic in a nutshell.

Also it's why Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is sometimes better than Liliana, the Last Hope.

Unless he is countered he will always make a knight or an emblem.

February 1, 2017 6:26 p.m.

AgentGreen says... #15

Argeaux do you find yourself getting more consistent land drops with 26 lands? I know you don't have any draw spells but do you find you run into blocks of land per turn and run into trouble?

March 20, 2017 3:56 p.m.

Argeaux says... #16

AgentGreen I haven't actually played a tournament with 26 Lands, yet.

It's been a meta call. I usually play Control with 26 Lands because I can't afford to miss land drops.

This has become even more important facing a deck that plays Elder Deep-Fiend which taps my Lands.

I have also often found myself wishing I had land on Turn 3 or 4, which I didn't have.

I'll let you know how this goes at tournament.

March 20, 2017 10:45 p.m.


What do you mean by tournament? At what level?

And by 'meta' do you mean your local meta (FNM) or the Standard meta?

April 20, 2017 11:35 a.m.

Argeaux says... #18

Tournament means any tournament sanctioned by Wizards.

Magic Tournament Rules

Meta refers to both the meta overall, and the meta at a local level.

Magic Meta Game

April 20, 2017 12:16 p.m.

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