A W/U/B Death's Shadow midrange deck that combines elements of "Grixis Shadow" (delve creatures, Snapcaster Mage) and the good white support cards that the "Jund" list splashes ( Ranger of Eos , Lingering Souls) and also Orzhov Charm .



Caldra says... #1

I run a pretty similar list but with a few changes:

I don't play Street Wraith it can be good but most of the time it's just you lose 2 extra life when you try to dig for some removal and try to survive, maybe sideboard vs slower decks.

I also don't play Ranger of Eos because he's so slow, if you ever get to 4 mana you have to tap out play a vanilla 3/2 so you can flood the board next turn, maybe sideboard vs slower match ups.

I play 2 Dismember instead of Orzhov Charm and an extra Rise/Fall, Dismember is just a better removal and you can adjust your lifeloss, I have no idea why this card sees no play in death shadow decks (?)

Rise/Fall only the U/B side is a 2 for 1 trade, for 3 mana you get a death's shadow from the graveyard into play and you bounce an enemy creature, great tempo card.

Also you mentioned Lingering Souls but I don't see it on your current list? I run 2 copies, really amazing results with it. One problem of the Death's Shadow deck is, that you go low on life, you have to attack with your threats but you can't because your opponent will kill you in response -> Lingering Souls makes your day.

I also play Stubborn Denial or Faith's Shield not quite sure which one is better and a single Liliana of the Veil

March 18, 2017 7:50 a.m.

Dennis14 says... #2

Street Wraith is useful for enabling both Death's Shadow and the delve creatures while cycling through the deck and keeping the land count low.

Ranger of Eos is a 1x-of which can be very impactfull later in the game, I might move it to the SB if it becomes a liability.

Lingering Souls (and Stubborn Denial) is in the SB as I'm not sure if deserves a maindeck slot over Liliana, the Last Hope which is one of my main recursion engines for the deck's threats.

With both Fatal Push and Path to Exile Dismember becomes unnecessary.
Orzhov Charm's main function in the deck is instant-speed Death's Shadow reanimation, but having the removal option (and the more fringe self-bounce option) is also good and helps grow the D.Shadow.
I think that it is better in this deck than a half of Rise/Fall.

March 18, 2017 12:51 p.m.

Caldra says... #3

yeah my opinion with street wraith is different, im just no fan of it.

I also run 1 lili + 1 rise/fall instead of 2 lilis, rise/fall is faster, more tempo oriented than lili. If you are ahead on board lili is godlike, if not rise/fall can push you ahead.

If you play orzhov charm to reanimate a Death's shadow or a stubborn denial/faith shield to protect them is nearly the same.

And you can never have too much removal in this aggressive creature oriented meta. Just side it out if it's too much.

March 18, 2017 2:47 p.m.

Dennis14 says... #4

Isn't Emerge Unscathed just better than Faith's Shield ?
You'll only be protecting creatures anyway and protecting yourself with "Fateful Hour" enabled seems like a rather fringe case.

The potential to use it for unblockable alpha-strikes (similar to what Jund does with Temur Battle Rage) seems interesting.

Orzhov Charm offers flexibility which I appriciate over the more narrow reactive options

March 18, 2017 5:05 p.m.

Caldra says... #5

hm didn't know the card Emerge Unscathed existed but I don't think it's better because the second cast that you get on the next turn, I'm not sure if that's useful?

Save your ds from a removal and next turn attack with unblockable?

Has to be tested :)

March 18, 2017 6:07 p.m.

Dennis14 says... #6

I think that I should probably move the Liliana, the Last Hope and Ranger of Eos to the SB and bring in the 3x Lingering Souls to streamline the deck a bit.

Also, is Gurmag Angler better than a 3rd copy of Tasigur, the Golden Fang ?
Avoiding duplicate legends and having a 5-power creature seems good but it is also more difficult to cast early and reduces the chance of drawing the Tasigur.

March 20, 2017 8:16 a.m.

Dennis14 says... #7

Also, would Rain of Tears be better than Fulminator Mage as LD in the SB for this deck ?

It can be flashbacked by Snapcaster Mage (unlike Fulminator Mage which needs Liliana, the Last Hope for repeated use) and hit basic lands.

March 20, 2017 8:45 a.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.22
Tokens 1/1 Spirit
Folders Cool Black
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