pie chart

Silent Scepter





An attempt at a tournament-solid Modern deck. Silence on an Isochron Scepter, FTW.

Also, trying to figure out if I should maybe be mainboarding or at least sideboarding Angel's Grace. It's just such a great lockdown card in order to stall to get what you need.

Thoughts and suggestions?



nrumby says... #1

I would consider getting the shock land Sacred Foundry , it took a dive in price due to its anticipated appearance in the new ravnica set. You also can fetch for them with the Arid Mesa. Other than that, brilliant deck!

July 6, 2012 3:22 p.m.

This is a really cool deck idea. +1 from me.

July 7, 2012 11:42 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #3

Isochron Scepter makes for some of the worst experiences I have EVER had in any games and just to give you an idea how much I hate it, the second card on that list is Gwafa Hazid, Profiteer ..... +1 and that whole thing. disgusted look at Scepter.

July 24, 2012 11:27 p.m.

Jokernaught says... #4

I love these types of Scepter decks haha. Wild Guess /Faithless Looting might be interesting for draw. as well as Shatter .

July 25, 2012 12:44 a.m.

Enryore says... #5

Awesome deck, totally lockdown. Finally someone who uses Silence , it's a really great and underrated card indeed. Found it kinda strange to find Isochron Scepter in a red/white deck, but it sure seems to do the trick nicely.

For artifact destroyer, you might as well sideboard Shattering Spree , it's just.. horrifying for every artifact deck and will not be too much for just 1 artifact. If you like more versatility, Revoke Existence is the very best choice.

Anyways, Good job!

July 26, 2012 6:07 a.m.

genius1234 says... #6

I do like this deck, and I have always wanted to try something like this.

But all I can do is cringe when I see the 4 Ghost Quarter in there.

I would recommend using 2 more Mountain and 2 more Plains in place of ghost quarter. Or even replacing 2 of the GQ for 1 more of each land.

But that is just my opinion. Do you own the cards, and have you assessed the local meta-game?

July 29, 2012 2:08 a.m.

scholar says... #7

@genius1234, I have most and should have the rest of what I need by mid-week. What is your argument for removing Ghost Quarter in favor of more basic land? I'm all ears...

July 29, 2012 9:02 a.m.

TheThanatosian says... #8

Seems to me Chandra, the Firebrand would be better than Ajani Vengeant here.

August 10, 2012 1:42 p.m.

scholar says... #9

@TheThanatosian, Ajani Vengeant has better game-controlling abilities in my opinion.

August 10, 2012 4:11 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #10

"free" Lightning Helix > "free" Reverberate in almost every instance.

August 10, 2012 4:13 p.m.

tclaw12 says... #11

Leonin Arbiter would go really well with the Ghost Quarter , this would also let you Path to Exile without them getting a land. This means you couldn't fetch with Arid Mesa after but it might be worth a try

October 5, 2014 8:38 p.m.

scholar says... #12

@tclaw12, I don't think Leonin Arbiter is a really good addition to this deck/concept. Leonin Arbiter does not offer any real board or game control and has drawbacks via Arid Mesa as you had suggested. Thanks for your suggestion though.

October 5, 2014 9:28 p.m.

uiuiho12 says... #13

Snapcaster is a really good idea.

October 5, 2014 10:59 p.m.

I'd swap out Chandra's Phoenix for Kiln Fiend for crazy damage. Also, War Elemental could get pretty crazy, especially with the silence protecting him while he's still a "baby."

October 7, 2014 5:28 a.m.

scholar says... #15

@Buckminsterfullerene, those are nice suggestions, but this deck isn't about doing damage. It's all about removal and stall until the win condition comes out or they can't do anything about how I'm controlling the game and I just burn them to death while controlling the battlefield. Chandra's Phoenix is the better choice in my opinion, because it can withstand board wipes and creature death cards. That little 2 damage in the air adds up pretty quick, especially against decks with a lot of counter magic and/or cards that won't let me target the other player.

October 7, 2014 5:22 p.m.

freehopper says... #16

I think the argument (from before) for removing Ghost Quarter would be to make sure you hit your coloured lands on time. I don't know if it's the correct amount, but having 2 is a lot nicer.

October 7, 2014 5:36 p.m.

RandomRaven7 says... #17

Awesome original idea. I would love to see it play against the current modern Meta to see how it stands up against common decks. +1

Phyrexian Obliterator Approves as well.

October 7, 2014 5:37 p.m.

neosapien says... #18

How about Deflecting Palm ???

October 7, 2014 6:01 p.m.

scholar says... #19

@neosapien, nice suggestion. The only problem I have with Deflecting Palm , is it can only deal with one thing at a time, but I like how it keeps things even. To the maybeboard for now. Thanks.

October 7, 2014 6:52 p.m.

scholar says... #20

What do you all think of the land amount? Should I drop to 22 or 23?

October 7, 2014 6:54 p.m.

jsansoldo says... #21

Welding Jar is a great sideboard to keep the Scepter Alive. There are some deck in modern that have Artifact removal maindeck, and everyone have it on the sideboard.

Since you plan on playing all your hand all the time, Ensnaring Bridge is also a good option vs... well, all creature based decks.

Actually, why the monored burn decks in the format dont stablish some more control options, with Ensnaring Bridge , 4x Blood Moon maindeck, 4x Leyline of Punishment and Shrine of Burning Rage ? Look consistent to me, hahaha.

October 8, 2014 9:51 a.m.

scholar says... #22

@jsansoldo, I don't play all of my hand all the time. I keep it to control the board, destroying creatures when I need. Of course, if the Silent Scepter is out, I could probably dump my hand into the opponent.

October 8, 2014 5:47 p.m.

OculusTri says... #23

Just out of curiosity because it's clearly a judgment call, but why did you go w/r instead of w/u?

October 16, 2015 3:01 p.m.

scholar says... #24

@OculusTri, this is more of a casual deck with some ability to actually win. It's not really competitive by any means. With that out of the way, White for Silence, one of the main crux cards of the deck and Red for the burn, which is more-or-less your win condition. Lock them with Silence and burn them until you win.

October 21, 2015 12:52 a.m.

Please login to comment

Compare to inventory
Date added 5 years
Last updated 3 years

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.00
Folders zzz - interesting!, FNM, Modern, For Ideas, deck that I like, Control
Top rank #16 on 2012-07-11
Views 10315

Revision 3 See all

3 years ago)

+4 Deflecting Palm maybe
+4 Boros Charm maybe