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Mononoke & The Medicine Seller

Modern Aggro Primer Spirits Tribal W/U (Azorius)



I travel about as a common Medicine Seller, when in truth I seek out Spirits, more commonly known as 'Mononoke'.

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In order to properly exorcise these Spirits, it is crucial that I understand each shape (Katachi), truth (Makoto) and reasoning (Kotowari).

I've grown to realize that there are some Mononoke that can be used against other opposing forces.

Mausoleum Wanderer is our earliest Spirit, and provides us with a means to counter spells at different points in the game.

Rattlechains is a terrific two-drop; not only can it flash in and provide protection to a spirit but it allows other spirits to be cast at instant speed.

Selfless Spirit is a powerful tool that can prevent incoming board wipes by giving other creatures indestructible.

Phantasmal Image - mana Spirit Lord, that also makes our Captains Hexproof.

Drogskol Captain is our only Spirit Lord, and a potent one at that as it also provides other spirits with Hexproof.

Geist of Saint Traft is our big winner. A Legendary Spirit that has a 4/4 Fallen Angel attacking whenever it attacks.

Tribes certainly prevail throughout Modern's history, with Elves and Merfolk being the most powerful of them all. The truth is that Spirits may not have the diversity that Merfolk have, but we've new Spirits thanks to the SOI Block, and also different ways at increasing the potency of our attacking Spirits. Steel of the Godhead will be our most powerful enchantment, granting Geist of Saint Traft Lifelink and Unblockable. Hyena Armor is essentially a way to prevent and redirect damage unto it with its Totem Amour ability. Unstable Mutation is a terrifically cheap pump spell, that slowly diminishes with each turn. A good interaction with it is to pump Mausoleum Wanderer as it improves the range of spells we can counter.

also gives is a strong array of countermagic and control. Path to Exile is by and large our strongest; it gets rid of important creatures like Death's Shadow and has the potential to fail in finding a basic land. Remand and Spell Pierce are our countermagic that can basically timewalk an opponent with Remand as we benefit from a draw, or just a hard counterspell for anything costing .

Here is a brief explanation regarding my sideboard slots for this deck:

Dispel - added countermagic versus control.

Leyline of Sanctity shuts down Burn or any Black Disruption spells.

Rest in Peace Shuts down Dredge, and Grixis Death's Shadow, along with nullifying Tarmogoyf's power.

Spreading Seas is a great way to stall against Tron.

Supreme Verdict a powerful, uncounterable board wipe in a pinch.

Fracturing Gust powerful enchantment/artifaft wipe with added lifegain.

Austere Command utility spell with terrific removal.

For those of you who are a fan of the anime Mononoke, your love is always appreciated. And for anyone who hasn't seen it, it comes highly recommended.

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A Spirit as Powerful as GST deserves tokens that truly depicts a spirit-summoned Angel:

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Ghosty says... #1

Since you have such a low Avg. CMC I'd suggest to cut lands down to 20-21 and add Leyline of Sanctity and/or Disallow (or other counterspell)

August 6, 2017 7:05 a.m.

n0bunga says... #2

Ghosty thanks for the suggestions! Leyline has always been my sideboard slot as a 4 of! :P I'll contemplate Disallow but to be honest if I were going that route, I should just get Cryptic Command.

August 6, 2017 8:10 a.m.

GeminiSpartanX says... #3

If you do decide to cut down on lands, Aether Vial would be a good inclusion to help cheat on mana costs. Especially in this deck, it can allow you to deploy threats while holding up counterspells.

August 7, 2017 10:42 a.m.

Kiivuhl says... #4

looks like to much lands... 22 should be enough. 24 lands is only if you want to play 5cmc spells in 5 turn.

Maybe some Mana Leak or Think Twice?

August 7, 2017 11:02 a.m.

n0bunga says... #5

Thank you both for bringing that to my attention! 2 lands are cut in favour of 2 Aether Vial!

August 7, 2017 12:24 p.m.

This deck5 sure does have a lot of spirit

August 10, 2017 12:37 p.m.

Rubalu says... #7

This is an awesome deck, and the anime is just as great!

August 13, 2017 9:14 p.m.

Noctem says... #8


Have you been playing this deck in the current meta? How are your matchups vs the tier 1-2 decks of the meta? Affinity, Death's Shadow, Eldrazi Tron, Burn, Merfolk, Valakut, g/w company...

Thinking of getting into modern and I like this kind of tempo aggro.

August 13, 2017 9:57 p.m.

n0bunga says... #9

Noctem so far I've played it against Jeskai Control and Grixis Delver. Both fared extremely well and lost an equal amount. So it really comes down to how fast we can establish a board. The countermagic interactions with Mausoleum Wanderer has really come in handy, especially when you flash spirits in to pump it up.

I have recently made some changes. I still felt like I saw way too many lands so I cut a basic, and Unstable Mutation was a fun-of and not worth it. Phantasmal Image has been included to act as a backup Lord, and Sphinx's Revelation has been added as a one-of, in case I ever flood out.

I'll be taking this to MDN night on Thursday so I'll find out how other archetypes are!

Rubalu Thank you very much! And the anime is tremendous!

August 13, 2017 10:12 p.m.

Noctem says... #10

Cool +1 from me. Looking forward to hearing about your results :D

August 14, 2017 5:49 a.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #11

God almighty, do you ever sleep? Or eat? XD

Your deckbuilding never ends, hehe. Regardless, I'm always a fan.

August 14, 2017 11:30 p.m.

plasmor99 says... #12

August 16, 2017 8:54 p.m.

plasmor99 says... #13

oh nvm i'm an idiot

August 16, 2017 8:55 p.m.

n0bunga says... #14

Daedalus19876 heheh what can I say? :p always appreciate your input.

plasmor99 LOOOL it's all good bro it happens.

August 16, 2017 9:20 p.m.

plasmor99 says... #15


August 16, 2017 9:21 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.00
Tokens 4/4 Angel
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-2 Unstable Mutation main
+1 Aether Vial main
-2 Plains main
-1 Hyena Umbra main
+4 Phantasmal Image main