“Not all nightmares can be escaped by waking."—Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver

So, do want to annoy your friends with a super cheap deck they won't see coming? Then this is the deck for you.

The plan is simple, get some heroic creatures on the battlefield, and keep hitting them with buffs and auras. The namesake of the deck is Ashiok's Adept , whose trigger forces your opponents to discard something every time you hit it. Here's the kicker though, you are not targeting anyone, so please ignore their Leyline. The CMC is a bit steep for modern in 3, so for this reason two other heroic creatures are included in Tormented Hero and Bloodcrazed Hoplite for life drain and counters respectively. Finally I added a couple of Gifted Aetherborn for good measure, as I really enjoy the stack of lifelink and Vampiric Link . For backup were including some targeted discard in Duress and Wrench Mind to make sure your opponent wont get an unnecessary advantage.

If you go hard in on the Tormented Hero from turn 1, with the right hand, you should definitely be able to win by turn 4 if left uncontested.

Finally, this deck works really well in Multiplayer especially, given that both Tormented Hero and Ashiok's Adept triggers for ALL opponents.


Tormented Hero -> Awesome life drain

Bloodcrazed Hoplite -> He grows quicker than you'd think. Also, should your opponent use counters, then he's is awesome.

Gifted Aetherborn -> There's just soo much value here. The lifelink in particular is great, but the deathtouch comes in handy as well

Ashiok's Adept -> Simply put, he can quickly empty your opponent(s) hand. Great stabiliser.


Aphotic Wisps -> Fodder for your heroics, but also draws you a card. Can also be used on opponents creature in a pinch.

Duress -> Pretty self-explanatory

Virulent Swipe -> Amazing card for the deck. You get to target your heroics twice. The damage bonus is sweet as well.

Defile -> Great removal-tool for a mono-black deck.

Wrench Mind -> Gets rid of a lot of stuff.


Demonic Vigor -> Added damage and protection for your creature

Molting Snakeskin -> Huge addition to the deck. When you regenerate your creature, it doesn't lose its auras which can be really helpful

Predator's Gambit -> Additional damage and avoidance all wrapped up in a single package

Vampiric Link -> Helps you stay alive for a little while longer.


Leechridden Swamp -> For that little bit of extra damage to your opponent

Howltooth Hollow -> Added functionality when you've emtied both your hands.


Despise -> Great card against a lot of control players with a lot of planeswalkers

Duress -> Just a really great card, so this finishes the playset.

Nihil Spellbomb -> The go-to graveyard-hate card for black if you're not interacting with it yourself.

Shattered Dreams -> Mono black always has problems with artifact based decks, so this should take care of that just fine.

Rain of Tears -> Quick way of handling your opponents problematic lands.

Defile -> Super targeted removal, that increases in efficiancy.

Languish -> Decent board-wipe should things get out of hand.


As this deck is pretty disruptive for your opponent to begin with, there aren't really a lot of big upgrades that one can make. The main ones that come to mind are:

Thoughtseize -> Just a great discard spell.

Inquisition of Kozilek -> The same can be said for this card.

Collective Brutality -> Very versatile card that can get you out of some tight places.

Funeral Charm -> Probably the cheapest suggestion here. Like the aforementioned its a very versatile card that can both trigger your creatures and get an opponent to discard.

Ashiok, Dream Render -> Very fitting new addition to the deck. Ashioks passive ability can really be a pain for a lot of modern players, and it's other ability takes care of graveyard decks pretty easily.

Liliana of the Veil -> More discard, too dangerous for your opponent to keep on the battlefield.

Field of Ruin / Ghost Quarter -> Some much needed removal of your opponents lands.

card:Tomb of Urborg -> Great with Defile and the removal lands.


Leyline of the Void -> A beast of a card for anything that interacts with the graveyard.

Surgical Extraction / Extirpate -> As a discard deck, these cards are really some of the best against big combo decks or ones like Tron.

Sorin Markov -> Great if you have a lot of lifegain decks in your local meta.

Fatal Push -> More like 'Fatal Kick' anyway, but gets rid of annoying creatures.

Damping Sphere -> High impact card against decks like Tron or Storm.

If you like this, please have a look at my other Super-Budget decks Super-Budget: Dangerous Defenders, Super-Budget: Aggro Allies or Super-Budget: Suspended Control. Also check out my latest deck: Super-Budget: Modular Elves.


Updates Add

So I bought the deck on MTGO (for the whopping price of 1,17 tix), and have been fiddling around with it for some time.

I decided to add another Ashioks Adept back in. I was never not happy seeing it in my hand, and the Heroic ability can be brutal for our enemies. I also found that once the opponent had removed my creatures, I was topdecking auras with nothing to attach them to. For this reason I maxed the Demonic Vigor. It was simply too good. The copies of Defile and Geth's Verdict has also been stellar. As for the mana base I went one down, and also swapped for a Howltooth Hollow. I have been able to activate it a few times, where it's definately come in handy.


20% Casual

80% Competitive

Date added 5 months
Last updated 2 months

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 1.35
Folders Super-Budget, Cool, Consider, modern
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