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

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

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This was the first time I've played this deck since adjusting it for the current season.

I forgot a lot of the card interactions and made quite a few mistakes while playing.

The field was fairly varied. It was nice not to see wall-to-wall Delerium, Saheeli Guardian, and Tokens.

0-2 Delerium

Lucky me. My first match was against one of the top decks.

Of course I lost without dealing any real damage.

Not a fun match.

2-0 Aetherflux Reservoir Combo

He got so far ahead of me in the first game that I thought he would win it for sure.

I was getting salty.

He kept countering everything and I told him that playing against a Control deck wasn't much fun. He said he wasn't playing Control and I pointed out to him that his deck may not be full on a Control, but it certainly had Control aspects.

I was able to come back by getting combat damage in with Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Shambling Vent, and gaining life through their abilities.

He had Pia's Revolution on the field but, with all my life gain, I just keep choosing to take 3 damage.

I eventually whacked him down to 0.

The next game he got mana flooded, so I won that easily.

I do not like winning or losing due to mana problems.

2-1 Fabricate

The idea of this deck was to flood the board with Servos, pump them up with Gideon's Emblem and Angel of Invention, then hit for massive damage.

He got me in the first game so I Sided in Liliana, the Last Hope and Cataclysmic Gearhulk.

I thought Liliana would put him on a fast clock, and the Gearhulk would wipe away a lot of his Servos.

I also got rid of To the Slaughter for Declaration in Stone. I forgot how good that card is.

Only Dec in Stone came into hand but it was basically all I needed.

I was able to get Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet on the field, animate a Shambling Vent and hit with them a couple of times, which gained me life while my Opponent lost life.

With removal cards I was able to slowly kill his Creatures, get myself some 2/2 Zombies, sac a Zombie to bump Kalitas up, rinse and repeat.

At one stage I board wiped all his Creatures with Yahenni's Expertise, and he never recovered from that.

For the final game I got Liliana out on Turn 3 and was able to protect her until I could Emblem her.

Then it was Zombies ahoy until he conceded.

I was protecting Liliana with an Archangel Avacyn  Flip and then I put Cataclysmic Gearhulk on the field. He said I had to sac the Gearhulk but I pointed out that it was both a Creature AND an Artifact, so it was safe.

1-0 Tokens

Our first game was very grindy.

He was able to do combat tricks to kill an Ob Nixilis I had on the field.

I was able to get a second Ob Nixilis out, but he was able to constantly hit it with a Hissing Quagmire, and I couldn't get any Instant speed removal in hand.

I kept activating Ob Nixilis's +1 but wasn't drawing anything useful. My life fell until it was down to 9.

I was able to gain a bit of life by blocking with a Shambling Vent, but he had built Hissing Quagmire up with +1/+1 Counters so that it was now a 5/5.

I FINALLY drew into Fatal Push and played it on the Quagmire.

He went to say, "That doesn't do anything," but I reminded him that lands have 0CMC. He looked so annoyed as he put the land into his Graveyard.

After a while I was able to get Sorin, Grim Nemesis on the field, draw into cards that would help me remove his Creatures, and got Archangel Avacyn  Flip hitting away for 4 each go.

My final play was getting Cataclysmic Gearhulk on the field. It didn't make him have to sac anything, but it allowed me to hit him for more on the next turn.

He was on 6 with two blockers.

When it was my turn I sacced Blighted Fen to force him to sac one of his Creatures. I was on 6.

I played Anguished Unmaking on his remaining Creature and hit him for 8.

He pointed out to me that it would have been better to use Ob Nix and Sorin, Grim Nemesis, who were both on the field, to kill his Creatures without losing life.

That first game ran long and we ran out of time to complete our second game. He would clearly have won that because I had no Creatures on the field and no cards in hand, and he was httting me for 11 on our last turn.

I had also Sided out Transgress the Mind and Anguished Unmaking. He had Nissa, Voice of Zendikar on the field but I had no easy answers to her in my deck.

I was able to wipe his Plants out with a Dec in Stone on one Turn, but that didn't hold him at bay for long.


Yahenni's Expertise fills the void left by Languish very nicely.

The Scry on Harsh Scrutiny makes it a good replacement for Duress. NOBODY seems to be using it, but I love cards that let me see my Opponent's hand.

Fatal Push is a strict upgrade to Dead Weight - LOTS of copies of the card around in the meta.

I used Blighted Fen more times than I thought I would. Two copies seems right, though, so that colour screw is avoided.

Final Thoughts

I need to get a bit better with some of my plays.

I am glad that I am only playing this deck every two weeks. It is interesting to play but it makes me feel bad constantly wrecking my Opponent's stuff.

I will be playing my Speedway Champions deck on Friday, which I'm looking forward to.

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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.

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