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Vexing Zoo - Remix (feat. Death's Shadow)

Modern Aggro BR (Rakdos) Competitive Reanimator Zoo



This deck is built around Vexing Devil and it's ETB effect. With the release of Claim / Fame that works alongside Postmortem Lunge and Profane Command, it has enough umph to bring Vexing Devil in enough times (or another creature depending on the circumstances) that it shouldn't have a difficult time bringing an opponent down to 0.

All the creatures have been kept cheap and easy to return from the graveyard. Discard Death's Shadow or Bloodghast to Faithless Looting in the early game to set some good things up once your opponent makes you sacrifice a few Vexing Devils. Use phyrexian mana and immolate yourself to set up for a big swing with a hasty death's shadow off of a Postmortem Lunge .

Monastery Swiftspear has a big advantage with a surprise Mutagenic Growth . Temur Battle Rage works with enough creatures naturally, or with a Mutagenic Growth .

One important interaction to remember, is that if an opponent makes you sacrifice a Vexing Devil that has come in off of a Postmortem Lunge , it goes to your graveyard and is not exiled at the end of your turn which allows you to reuse the devil.

I have no experience with Immortal Servitude , but it seems like it could be powerful late game, inciting quite the difficult decision for your opponent depending on how many devils are in your graveyard.

One of my main concerns with the deck is obviously graveyard hate, but I think it's just something you have to deal with if you play the deck. The sideboard needs some work.

Thanks for all of the help getting this to the top page everybody! Please feel free to hit that upvote if you like the deck! I'm excited to put it into action as soon as possible.

I think a few changes are coming to smooth out the strategy just a little bit soon. Mardu could be the way this ends up going, or at least have a variant of it.


I've got most of the deck aside from the Bloodghast playset. I'll be testing it out in the next week or two in some local modern tournaments. Thanks a ton for the upvotes and helping the deck make it to the top page! It's very appreciated.


jamesfiek says... #1

So I think that this deck actually has a lot of potential, but I think it may be trying to do too many things. I would try to drop some things for a set of lightning bolt. It would be great in this type of deck to remove blockers or finish the opponent. Corrupt for one is was away too slow in a DS deck, so drop that. Kiln fiend is cool, but once again it's getting a little off track. Also apostles blessing is more of a sideboard card, as its kind of useless in some matchups.

July 31, 2017 3:59 p.m.

Hey jamesfiek, thanks a ton for the comment. Often times when I create a deck, it starts to do too many things without my realization. I'm going to make some adjustments to try and smooth out the deck's purpose. The bolts are a great idea and I can definitely take a few things out for them. (I should have seen that before, haha)

July 31, 2017 6:01 p.m.

Exiled_soul says... #3

What do you think of going mardu and splashing white for Orzhov Charm? Literally all the modes are beneficial for a deaths shadow deck. You can return a creature with cmc 1 to the battlefield or you can kill a creature and lose life for it to pump your deaths shadow. Just a thought that came to mind!

August 2, 2017 12:03 a.m.

Hey Exiled_soul, thanks for the suggestion!

That could certainly be a great addition to the deck and fortifies the main strategy. I'll have to play with the mana base and see what other white cards I could run.

August 3, 2017 1:31 a.m.

Look up modern rakdos w/claim on youtube. The guy has a pretty similar build and it wins a lot of the time. I have been working on something similar but I splash white for Lightning Helix and Orzhov Charm

August 7, 2017 2:17 a.m.

My fault another user suggested the charm. Another good reason to splash white is Wear / Tear for sideboard.

August 7, 2017 2:19 a.m.

Hey Hyperalgialysis, thanks for taking the time to comment! I'll definitely check out that video on youtube. The splashing for white is very tempting. I'm stubborn with trying to make original ideas work, but with all the versatility in modern it seems silly to limit the deck.

August 7, 2017 6:58 p.m.

TreyV says... #8

I know it would shift the deck quite a bit, but this build feels like it would be freaking retarded with Snapcaster Mage.

August 11, 2017 10:50 p.m.

Ragelog says... #9

If you're thinking of splashing white perhaps a certain number of Ranger of Eos?

August 12, 2017 5:22 a.m.

Xyckno says... #10

I like to play Browbeat in these kind of decks.

August 12, 2017 9:06 p.m.

Thanks for the comment TreyV, I think this deck is meant to be too quick to take advantage of some of the best blue cards like Snapcaster Mage. Thoughtscour comes to mind if I were to try and dive into that though!

Hey Ragelog, that's a great idea for something to pair with Orzhov Charm into mardu. Mardu just keeps looking better and better especially for tossing Stony Silence into the SB.

That flavor on Browbeat is right on with the whole brew Xyckno! Thanks, that would be a fun card to play and would be good after hopefully dumping some things out of my hand in the first couple turns.

August 12, 2017 11:59 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 1.41
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Top rank #3 on 2017-08-10
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