Hello Torturer, Welcome to your dungeon.

While your conventional 8 rack torture chamber might be more consistent, our method is much more... entertaining... (maniacal laughter). let me show you your tools.

Turn one, use our Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek, remove any threat they could get out before turn three.

set up our Waste Not initiative on turn two, and make a Dark Deal on turn three. Feel the power course through your veins, as every card they put into the graveyard gives you an inexhaustible mountain of resources. Hordes of flesh-eating zombie, endless pools of mana, and drawing enough power to keep their hand empty for the rest of their pitiful existence

Revel in the satisfaction of watching their mindless gaze stare blankly at the battlefield, as every last shred of hope is taken away from them. Use the rest of your tools to keep their hands empty. Like Raven's Crime, a perfect recurring discard that allows you to turn even lands into weapons. Wrench Mind, the perfect two drop to utilize after a Waste Not Dark Deal combo, and if you so request I, Liliana of the Veil will come to your side.

If they managed to summon some pathetic whelp of a creature, don't worry, this is all part of the plan. Smallpox plays heavily in our favor, as almost no weapon is as debilitating as stripping them of the very resources they draw from to survive.

Be smart, calculative, and above all ruthless. You've been chosen, don't disappoint me.

  • Liliana Vess



Polupus says... #1

Nice description! +1

My only criticism is you might need more creature removal, but I don't know. I haven't tried Waste Not. Does it give you enough zombies to protect yourself? My experience with this kind of deck is that without Ensnaring Bridge in the main, we need a hefty amount of ways to deal with creatures.There is some anti synergy between Waste Not and Ensnaring Bridge since the opponent can just discard noncreature spells to force you to draw and then get in while defenses are down. I can see infect taking advantage of this strategy since they just need to get 1 card in your hand, attack, then pump them up.

The sanitarium is a nice touch with Waste Not as is Dark Deal, but I think Dark Deal would quickly turn into a dead card against decks that dump their hand in the first 2 turns like burn and affinity. But those decks are also helping out your racks, so I guess you'd have flexibility for sideboarding them out in those matchups.

Lantern of Insight might help you out when the opponent is empty handed and you are looking for the most opportune time to activate the sanitarium, but it seems kind of gimmicky and better suited to some kind of discard heavy lantern control deck.

How is 21 lands working for you with Smallpox? I run 24 and I still sometimes feel like going to 25.

I was thinking that if I was going to run Waste Not I would pair it with more land destruction to stuff up their hands when they can't play what they need to, giving the enchantment more value, but that would make your main wincons less effective and shift the deck to a more resource denial build.

June 19, 2017 6:40 p.m.

Polupus says... #2

Oh and Empty the Pits might be a good finisher with Dark Deal. It's black's White Sun's Zenith.

June 19, 2017 7:38 p.m.

Polupus Awesome suggestions.

First, no, the zombies don't protect from creatures that well, they're more of a finisher after their hand has been emptied. It's true this deck is paper against scissors when it comes to aggro, so if that's the case I usually side out Waste Not and Dark Deal in favor of Dismember, Ensnaring Bridge, as well as Funeral Charm and it works fairly well.

Dark Deal can dry up often, maybe it's a good idea to try 3 instead of 4. too bad it doesn't have cycling, that'd be a dream.

Lantern of Insight looks so fun. it doesn't matter if they see what I have, they know it's just going to be discard. Keeping an eye on their deck would be cool.

21 lands works perfectly when it works, but more would be consistent, especially with Raven's Crime. I'll add some more. Dakmor Salvage works well in a pinch.

Empty the Pits looks fun, but more like a luxury than a necessity, Would still be fun to try out, though! Thanks for the critic! I've made changed to the deck :-)

June 19, 2017 8:10 p.m.

Hey I'd definitely throw in some Bojuka Bog over a couple Swamps, shut down Goyfs and Dredge and Living End, otherwise you'll be partially playing into their strategy. I'd also toss in a sweeper like Damnation or even Languish in case the board gets overwhelmed.

Nice build, looks fun but frustrating to play against (I suppose that's the point!). +1

June 20, 2017 3:11 a.m.

D1beast says... #5

this isn't budget... Nice deck though

June 20, 2017 3:55 a.m.

Jimmy_Chinchila Bojuka Bog is a great idea. I included it in an earlier version of the deck, I just don't like etb tapped for such a quick deck. I'll put it back in, it has its strengths. Damnation could also be good. Thanks for the suggestions!

D1beast No it's not, but luckily it's very easy to replace down to a budget deck without compromising the integrity too much using replacements like Blackmail and Liliana Vess.

June 20, 2017 11:55 a.m.

D1beast says... #7

Thank you!

June 21, 2017 4:07 a.m.

ramstutz says... #8

UR Aggro player here, so I don't know anything about piloting this type of deck, just what I can guess how I would want to play against it. I'd consider Mishra's Bauble as a good sub for the lantern to help time the sanitarium. You don't really lose card advantage but you can use it to avoid messing with your Ensnaring Bridge because the card draw is next upkeep, plus it doesn't hurt your curve. Not sure how effective this would be. I think the other comments on creature removal are sound, as there are a lot of naya blitz/zoo decks in my meta. Maybe even a Noxious Revival to make the deck seem more consistent, while keeping your hand count low. I dig the flavor though!

June 21, 2017 11:33 p.m.

The7thBobba says... #9

Lovely description and cool deck to boot! Stay frosty!

August 19, 2017 5:10 a.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 1.69
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+2 Bojuka Bog main
-2 Swamp main
+1 Damnation side
-1 Syphon Life side
-1 Bojuka Bog maybe
-1 Damnation maybe