Straight forward Golgari deck, scavenge high powered creatures to power up creatures with death touch or trample. Doubling and moving counters just makes it that much more fun to play.

Scavenge Death's Shadow with Varolz, the Scar-Striped to put 13 +1/+1 counters on Lotleth Troll (trample!) and/or Vampire Nighthawk (lifeline and death touch!). Tormented Soul , a recent addition, has worked out quite well. Sadly it took the place of Scute Mob who I love; and will eventually work into another deck.

Double the +1/+1 counters of each scavenged Death's Shadow to 26 with Corpsejack Menace on the board. Multiple copies in play at once gets even more awesome.

A combat trick your opponent will only fall for once:After scavenging a bunch of +1/+1 counters onto at least one creature, attach with Vampire Nighthawk with no counters. The opponent will probably not block because of death touch. In that case Bioshift the counters onto the unblocked Vampire Nighthawk for at least 15 damage and lifelink, or the kill if the counters were doubled once or more.

Bioshift turns out to be a good way to save counters if your creature is the target of a deadly spell, or just for abusing Corspejack Menace's doubling ability.


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skoobysnackz says... #1

I think Grim Flayer would be really good here, cool deck!

January 27, 2017 12:44 a.m.

derekb79 says... #2

Thanks skoobysnackz! Grim Flayer is perfect for this deck. I love Lotleth Troll but for the same mana cost Grim Flayer will provide a lot more control. I haven't played MTG since Modern Masters 2013 so I have a lot of cards to look through if I'm going to start working on decks again. Thanks again for the card suggestion! I'll definitely work it into the deck.

January 27, 2017 7:58 p.m.

Lmao, scavenge on Death's Shadow, so good.

January 27, 2017 8:34 p.m.

ej133 says... #4

I don't really see why using Tormented Soul.

Wouldn't Slitherhead be more useful?

February 14, 2017 2:46 p.m.

derekb79 says... #5

Tormented Soul occupies the 1 CMC slot instead of Slitherhead because it is unblockable. I want creatures who are most likely to do player damage, to buff with counters scavenged from Death's Shadow.

February 14, 2017 7:27 p.m.

Valid_username says... #6

Winding constrictor, Hardened scales?

February 19, 2017 2:09 p.m.

Valid_username says... #7

Like your deck by the way. +1 surely!

February 19, 2017 2:10 p.m.

MattStar says... #8

Your build seems pretty mama intensive. You might want to consider Rishkar, Peema Renegade, Gyre Sage, Satyr Wayfinder, and/or Slitherhead. Running any of these should allow you to cut some lands so you have fewer dead draws.

February 23, 2017 9:39 p.m.

CricketYT says... #9

Force of Savagery is my favorite "combo" with varolz outside of shadow, could be worth a look.

February 28, 2017 9:30 p.m.

kbrads49 says... #10

Take out the Corpsejack Menace too high mana cost for modern. Maybe replace with Force of Savagery. Also I love this deck! Maybe through in Phyresis?

March 1, 2017 5:32 p.m.

kbrads49 says... #11

Also, maybe a few mana dorks to speed things up, this thing wants to go off pretty fast. Uktabi Drake is one of the few one drops in green plus it has flying, great target for counters if you want to go off in a single turn or if you can afford the echo cost.

March 1, 2017 5:38 p.m.

mitchasm says... #12

Hi. Not sure if you'd want to go this direction, but Tainted Strike might make for an interesting addition.

March 4, 2017 12:36 p.m.

brcap says... #13

Cool idea, but I think you go too far on the counters. At some point it treads into win-more territory and out of being well-rounded. You need more interaction in modern. Drop Bioshift for Fatal Push, and even your whole sorcery package for Abrupt Decay and Maelstrom Pulse. I see what you're going for with Jarad's Orders, but a 4 cmc "do nothing the turn you play it" is too slow for modern, so is Corpsejack Menace unfortunately. Frankly, the difference between 13 and 26 counters on beatstick is irrelevant. I'd run Satyr Wayfinder so that you're more likely to have fuel to scavenge, and/or Grisly Salvage.

March 8, 2017 4:38 p.m.

you should replace your Tormented Souls with Silhana Ledgewalkers it's a much better target. A hexproof flyer is tough to deal with. It may even remove your need for Bioshift and free up 3 spaces in your deck.

March 11, 2017 6:26 p.m.

Silhana Ledgewalker might be a good alternative I agree. Would prevent removal that Tormented Soul is vulnerable to.

March 11, 2017 9:52 p.m.

ccc1522 says... #16

i would switch nighthawk for a Vengevine. Take a look at my RBG vengevine deck which is fairly similar to yours. perhaps look at Relentless Dead.I wouldnt switch Lotleth Troll for Grim Flayer as lotleth has alot of utility and can even ensure flayers delirium comes online.

March 12, 2017 9:01 p.m.

Babaloo28 says... #17

I think this deck is great! Also it could be super budget if you just replace Death's Shadow with Force of Savagery, and your dual lands with cheaper ones like Llanowar Wastes and Temple of Malady. You should make that deck and link it to this one!

April 10, 2017 4:32 p.m.

landofMordor says... #18

I agree with several previous comments -- out with Bioshift, Corpsejack, Jarad's orders, treasured find, vines of vastwood. They're "win more" conditions, where you've already won by the time you get the combo online -- instead, dedicate those slots to cards that help you win games you might not otherwise win. I would, however, keep in Lotleth Troll, contrary to some above suggestions.

I would put in Abrupt Decay, Fatal Push, Force of Savagery, maybe even Lupine Prototype or Pharika, God of Affliction (in SB for reanimator matchups). Blossoming Defense or Destined/Lead should be easy defense for your beaters instead. Finally, Momentous Fall for card draw if you need it. Hope that helps!

April 12, 2017 9:46 p.m.

That1guy69 says... #19

How does it do at an FNM or something?

April 14, 2017 7:59 p.m.

Tethys says... #20

This deck needs ramp. Your 3- and 4-drop creatures are crucial to the deck's strategy, but a lot of decks will just kill you before you can get the strategy going. Adding 4x Birds of Paradise would do wonders for speeding up your clock as well as mana-fixing, and you only have 4 cards in the deck that are viable Turn 1 plays right now. Not to mention they're flying and consequently synergize well with Bioshift in late game.

Grisly Salvage would be really strong in this deck. I would run it at least as a 3-of. Cantrip tutoring the creature or land that you need (at instant speed no less) while also filling up your graveyard is exactly what this deck wants to be doing.

Good luck with it and happy brewing. +1

April 16, 2017 1:26 p.m.

tazleon7 says... #21

i like this deck its not, just another goyf deck and looks like it could ramp out more counters than a hardened scales deck, i might actually have to test this one see how it goes :D

April 30, 2017 12:09 a.m.

you should consider running some sort of infect, the name of the spell escapes me but its a one drop +1/0 and you could easily win the game on turn three or four via it

May 4, 2017 8:35 p.m.

and If you wouldnt mind, I would like to maybe make a budget version of this deck with a few of my own ideas?

May 4, 2017 8:38 p.m.

Catalog9000 says... #24

Any massive +1/+1 counter deck needs to consider running Hindervines. Just saying :)

May 12, 2017 10:29 p.m.

Inside says... #25

oh shoot that looks pretty cool man

June 3, 2017 2:31 a.m.

dimirFTW says... #26

Change out your skylasher for a Miscutter Hydra, still pro plue, cant be countered and has haste. plus yu can play for how much you want than scanvenge more onto it

July 2, 2017 6:01 p.m.

Nephilim says... #27

Have you thought of Nemesis of Mortals?

July 4, 2017 4:28 p.m.

bricek10 says... #29

what about Kin-Tree Invocation to get a 13/13 or 26/26 from death's shadow?

July 14, 2017 7:57 p.m.

bricek10 says... #30

I think Tormented Soul is much better than Silhana Ledgewalker for this deck as it is cheaper,however I think Claim // Fame would be better because you could get death's shadow back from graveyard

July 14, 2017 8:02 p.m.

Tormented Soul is not even a little bit better than Silhana Ledgewalker because all the main removal cards in modern can get rid of it. Claim//Fame's home is in a grixis Death's Shadow deck where it can be used to its fullest potential. That's my opinion:)

July 14, 2017 10 p.m.

wrong link, here's the right one: Claim / Fame

Also, I this deck you want Death's Shadow in the graveyard so you can scavenge him.

July 14, 2017 10:21 p.m.

Varon says... #33

I run a deck with some similarities take a look for some ideas Gnawing on Death

August 16, 2017 9:18 p.m.

Nitrobadger says... #34

just gave you like #100. Congrats! Really cool deck!

August 31, 2017 8:54 p.m.

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