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Perfect Strategy (1 vs. 1):

Card Explanations:

  • Blackmail: A card deceptively useful, very handy in this dedicated deck. The opponent shouldn't have usually more than 3 or 4 cards in hand, so this hits everything, including lands. When everything has to be discarded it doesn't matter whether they hide something or not.
  • Hymn to Tourach: Because Wrench Mind is "Meh", let's go Legacy singing some Hymns! This card is nuts, and Turn 2 Hymn does a lot of damage thanks to the random factor. For added fun, make the opponent shuffle his/her hand and choose the cards him/herself.
  • Hypnotic Specter: Because few things combine better with Dark Ritual than this baby. A T1 or T2 Specter will make some opponents sweat... specially those aggro and midrange players. Beware with counterspells and bounces...
  • Inquisition of Kozilek: Nobody expects the spanish inquisition! The poor-man's- Thoughtseize , more useful in early game than in late game, is still better than Despise and Duress, I believe.
  • Leechridden Swamp : Damage dealer for the late game, when you have lots of mana and few things to do with it. When the game stalls, this card helps alongside The Rack.
  • Painful Quandary: Finisher. Puts the opponent under lockdown, giving you time to plan and hit through combat damage and the enchantments.
  • Raven's Crime: An elegant discard card that uses those spare lands that fill your hand in the late game. You can't choose the card being discarded... no, you can't, but when the opponent's hand is falling apart like leaves in autumn... choosing is not a priority. Best played in Turn 3, after an Inquisition of Kozilek and a Hymn to Tourach.
  • Shrieking Affliction: A Neo-Rack that, in a dedicated deck, works better than the former. In combination with Painful Quandary, the Affliction will pin down any opponent and force him to not playing a card or lose between 5 and 8 life, considering he/she has only 1 or 2 cards in hand.
  • Sign in Blood: Draw engine that will, for the price of 2 life, keep the opponent on it's toes. Just when your hand seemed empty... BOOM, 2 new threats. Used best in Turns 4-5.
  • The Rack: A staple in this kind of deck, well supported by Shrieking Affliction this card is Game Over if your opponent can't top-deck an anti-artifact card within the first 7 Turns.
  • Victim of Night: This hits more creatures than Doom Blade and Go for the Throat (also there are some Wurmcoil Engines and Steel Hellkites in my playgroup), so it's my first choice. Also the is not a downside in this deck.

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+1 Nicely thought out deck!!!

July 29, 2016 5:18 p.m.

Busse says... #2

August 6, 2016 11:41 a.m.

asdfety123 says... #3

How about Wrench Mind also for more discard?

August 25, 2016 11:01 a.m.

Busse says... #4

August 27, 2016 10:09 a.m.


August 30, 2016 4:27 a.m.

malfeischylde says... #6

If you're running this, and feel that you sometimes get mana flooded, maybe you should run a pair of Barren Moor instead of 19 swamps, that way you can cycle a couple in a worst cast scenario?

August 30, 2016 7:02 a.m.

Busse says... #7

  • CrazyGood-MTG9797: Thanks for the love man! I would suggest you check the other decks for ideas if you want. I see you like white decks too :)

  • malfeischylde: Although I HATE those lands, it might not be a bad idea to have 2x or 3x of Barren Moor. Thanks for the point of view man :)
    I still have to test to a fine level how the speed is going (haven't played in 7 months, unfortunately), as the early 3-4 Turns HAVE to be valid, and I can't afford a Enters the battlefield tapped event ;)

Cheers to both!

August 30, 2016 1:04 p.m.

mattuch says... #8

In my discard deck I have only 16 lands and it works great. Allthought I have no Painful Quandary which is the most expensive card in your deck (but you have Dark Ritual and i don't). Sometimes I have some spare lands and then I pay retrace's cost of Raven's Crime with them, so I don't think that Barren Moor will be that necessery.

So how about 16 lands? You could put some more creatures then Stronghold Rats? Or some more draw source? Altar's Reap, Night's Whisper, Scarscale Ritual, Dream Salvage

August 30, 2016 2:09 p.m.

malfeischylde says... #9

seriously. I can't stand having a land that comes in tapped when it is really important that it doesn't. I actually cut the moor from my loma pox list, and am just keeping the tranquil thicket bc it synergizes with the deck better. Ireally don't want my lands to slow me down. As is, I two lands that don't even tap for mana. The struggle is real.

August 30, 2016 5:52 p.m.

malfeischylde says... #10

If what you need is actual draw power in mono black, there is also Skeletal Scrying. I was just thinking that land flooding isa real thing in mono color decks with no fetches.

August 30, 2016 5:56 p.m.

oldbatman says... #11

So how about that Guul Draz Specter instead of the Hypnotic Specter. Sure it comes out one turn longer but it will almost always come out as a 5/5 and stay that way on your turn with ample discard. Also, Asylum Visitor is on the cheap now. I've been testing it in my 8-rack/waste-not and it not only provides good draw but some really good power if the opponent doesn't have any creatures out.

September 1, 2016 3:49 a.m.

asylum visitor is a great call oldbatman! definitly something to cosider!!!

September 10, 2016 11:17 a.m.

Busse says... #13

  • malfeischylde: Tapped-lands are complicated, but sometimes they are worth the while. I take that you were talking about Leechridden Swamp and, as a matter of fact, that land did an impressive 6 damage in my last match. Even I couldn't believe it hahahah also when you are land-flooded, Raven's Crime takes care of it.
    Skeletal Scrying is a good choice, maybe having 2x or 3x AND some Sign in Blood. Cost is a little higher but at instant speed, so it has to be evaluated. Thanks for the advice ;)

  • mattuch: I'm going to cut 1x or 2x Swamps and evaluate from there. I get an annoying amount of land now that the Dark Rituals are taking care of some mana payments. I'm also adding some Black Sun's Zenith, so things and curves are a-changing again.
    Will see... stay tuned for updates! Cheers man

  • oldbatman & CrazyGood-MTG9797: Guul Draz Specter WAS in the original build of this deck, hell yes! But I cut it out because it was too slow and not really reliable. Now with the addition of Dark Ritual it could be viable. I love going Dark Ritual + Hypnotic Specter though hahahah, T1 is priceless.
    Asylum Visitor is good, but kinda risky. It's like Phyrexian Arena with legs. I might cut 1x Swamp, 1x Discard Spell and something else in place for 3x of these. They might be interesting to use (also they hit hard).

Thanks to all of you for your time and support! I also encourage the visit of the other decks of this cycles... who knows, you might get some ideas there! Cheers people!

October 4, 2016 12:57 a.m.

[dismember]-side or maybeboard?

October 5, 2016 3:19 a.m.

Confetti_wap says... #15

Sacrificed an onion????

November 21, 2016 2:54 p.m.

Burg+1 says... #16

Looking to build an 8 rack and this is a nice mid budget build with thought put into it. +1

November 29, 2016 6:19 p.m.

Busse says... #17

  • Burg+1: Thanks! It's missing the last The Rack though... don't forget to get it.

  • Confetti_wap: Yes indeed the onion is sacrificed... don't you feel empowered already? :D

  • CrazyGood-MTG9797: Dismember could without problems be in the sideboard 3x. It was originally in the mainboard with a 4x presence. I had to deal with lots of Wurmcoil Engines, so I removed it and put Victim of Night instead. You have to see your meta to define what removal to run.

Cheers to all, my people! Always a pleasure to read your comments!

January 9, 2017 2:34 p.m.

Voldsy says... #18

So with the reprint of Liliana of the Veil in modern masters 2017, do you have any suggestions for substitutions if I were to buy four? (Assuming price drops to a reasonable range) Or do you think Liliana would even be worth it?

March 18, 2017 3:53 p.m.

Busse says... #19

March 18, 2017 6:51 p.m.

whatskraken says... #20

Awesome deck! I really like Leechridden Swamp, I may put it in my EDH now!

March 19, 2017 11:16 p.m.

Ghosty says... #21

is Hymn to Tourach the only card illegal in modern?

May 15, 2017 10:02 a.m.

jaylawlerrr says... #22

Awesome deck & description. I've been putting together a deck similar to this. How do you feel about Underworld Connections vs Phyrexian Arena??

September 14, 2017 10:52 p.m.

oldbatman says... #23

The deck really shines getting all those discard outlets as possible. I took out the mana ramp and some of the draw spells in order to max discard spells.

September 17, 2017 5:56 p.m.

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