This deck was designed around the new plainswalker Vraska the Unseen to make use of her -7 as a win condition. The concept is to fill the field with Deathtouch creatures and to use them to clear out your opponents creatures. Use removal cards like Abrupt Decay and Putrefy to control the field as well as Thoughtseize to deal with any threats in the opponent's hand, leaving the field open for the 1/1 assassins to finish the job.

Any tips or suggestions is greatly appreciated!



Deck has been updated with the new Standard cycle and the Theros set!

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Bow of Nylea ? That way you can use some creatures without deathtouch?

September 29, 2013 3:58 a.m.

Madnote says... #2

The Bow of Nylea is amazing, even without its deathtouch component. Ultimately it did not make the cut as of now (which could change) because I am wanting to use the deathtouch creatures defensively, essentially as a deterrence to keep opponents from attacking while I am building up to a Vraska the Unseen or Hythonia the Cruel win. Since the bow only makes them deathtouch while attacking, an opponent with bigger creatures could simply not block, then stomp me on his turn. But, as I said, the bow is amazing and I am definitely still keeping it in mind while play testing.

September 29, 2013 11:37 a.m.

Bretbod99 says... #3

I love this deck idea. It really helped in the building of my Vraska deck. Maybe add some Dash Hopes replacing a couple Thoughtseize because I find my Vraska has been Dreadbore or Hero's Downfall a lot. Also instead of having 4 Overgrown Tomb I run with 2 of them and 2 Golgari Rot Farm . I find it easier to get Vraska out early game with that. Thanks!

September 29, 2013 1:26 p.m.

Phinix says... #4

Did you tought about Sylvan Caryatid insted of Darksteel Ingot ? 1 less mana and Same effect and u have some more creatures. Maybe 4 of em and one fog less. Hope You like the idea

September 29, 2013 3:02 p.m.

Madnote says... #5

The whole purpose of the Darksteel Ingot as opposed to some other mana ramp options was due to Gaze of Granite . Losing a mana ramper late game isn't too much of a dilemma, but I still like the fact it is safe from it.

September 29, 2013 5:21 p.m.

Faerion says... #6

Hi, this is a very cool deck, I've a fun combo you can include which can help Vraska's tokens to pass by killing all the opponent's board, Golgari Decoy + Gaze of the Gorgon . I tested it in a deck and, it's an horror for the mass tokens deck like Selesnia or humans. Have a good play.

September 30, 2013 2:40 a.m.

Phinix says... #7

Maybe for the Sideboard and then put Hero's Downfall also in the Sideboard

September 30, 2013 12:34 p.m.

Madnote says... #8

Thanks for the tip on Gaze of the Gorgon , it is really cool! Unfortunately it is not standard, so I would not be able to play it in this deck.

September 30, 2013 6:36 p.m.

Bow of Nylea and Golgari Decoy seem to have a lot of synergy good way to clear the board. Looks good on paper but is prolly inconsistent just a suggestion tho :)

September 30, 2013 7:17 p.m.

SlingerOGrady says... #10

Duress is a decent substitute for Thoughtseize if you can't afford 4 of them, like me.

October 8, 2013 1:36 p.m.

pseudochron says... #11

I've been tinkering with a Vraska deck as well and I've found that Fleetfeather Sandals work great with her, maybe even better than Rogue's Passage . You can attack with a flying assassin the same turn that you ultimate, they never see it coming!

October 20, 2013 11 a.m.

D6Damager says... #12

How has this deck been performing for you? Really interested in Vraska but feel she may be too slow.

November 4, 2013 1:40 p.m.

gothhenge says... #13

I like Golgari Decoy for this deck, even without Gaze of the Gorgon . Dangerous (half of Armed / Dangerous ) also performs the same function in a creatureless package: If you force your opponent to block one of the Assassin tokens with all their creatures, the other 2 can get by unfettered (barring a monstrous Hundred-Handed One , but that's what Putrefy or Hero's Downfall are for). Mogis's Marauder can be devastating as well, giving your Assassin(s) intimidate and haste. Prowler's Helm can also be used to make them unblockable (except by Walls, but who plays those anyway?). I really like the idea of giving them haste, so Mogis's Marauder and/or Fleetfeather Sandals seem like the best bets to me.

November 26, 2013 3:17 p.m.

Nyzzrym says... #14

Switch the fogs out for Druids's Deliverance. Populate for Vraska.

February 9, 2014 8:19 p.m.

SuperCasual says... #15

What would be able to substitute for the Abrupt Decay and the Hero's Downfall ? For those of us who can't afford to spend this much money. Thanks:)

April 7, 2014 11:53 p.m.

apetrok81 says... #16

SuperCasual In current standard with all the enchantment creatures Fade into Antiquity is a great cheap removal for any enchantment creature or even God..... Exile target enchantment for 2, what's not to love? (except maybe the 25 cent price tag) , Putrefy , Dark Betrayal (for black), Ultimate Price (if mono colored).

May 9, 2014 11:06 a.m.

Have you tried Doubling Season??

May 23, 2015 11:01 p.m.

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This deck is not Standard legal.

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Illegal cards Thoughtseize, Hythonia the Cruel , Reaper of the Wilds
Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.68
Tokens 1/1 Assassin
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Top rank #12 on 2012-09-21
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Revision 3 (4 years ago)

+4 Overgrown Tomb main
+4 Putrefy main
+3 Fog main
+2 Diabolic Tutor main
+2 Treasured Find main
+3 Darksteel Ingot main
+3 Reaper of the Wilds main
+2 Gaze of Granite main
+2 Hythonia the Cruel main
+4 Thoughtseize main
+3 Wasteland Viper main
-3 Rancor main
-3 Prey Upon main
-4 Typhoid Rats main
-3 Vampire Nighthawk main
-3 Revenge of the Hunted main
-3 Deadly Allure main
-3 Naturalize main
-4 Woodland Cemetery main
-3 Golgari Decoy main
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