The fear mechanic holds a special meaning to me, and as such I decided to attempt to build deck showcasing it as a tribute, as well as to prove that it can be a viable option for casual and budget settings. Because this is more of a casual play oriented deck, budget concerns were paramount: this deck is around $70, which may or may not be considered a budget build in some circles; I'll let you decide whether you consider this a "budget-friendly" deck.

By harnessing the fear (and intimidate) mechanic as a means of making attackers not easily blocked by opponents, cards like Quietus Spike and Elbrus, the Binding Blade   become significant threats due to their triggering effects, and can potentially serve as win conditions. Additionally, Mask of Memory may facilitate card draw to supplement my hand strength through quasi-unblockable damage driven in by fear mechanics. Further, Vorpal Sword will make a formidable alternate win-condition late-game (once its modern legal, of course). Finally, Sword of Sinew and Steel is included as a means of ensuring damage is consistently pushed through to opponents, due to its protection from black as well as its ability to destroy artifacts both serving to overcome the weaknesses of the fear mechanic. Additionally, the deck features an array of creature removal such as Cast Down and Fatal Push aimed at destroying any black/artifact creatures not affected by fear or intimidate, as well as serve to fill graveyards with creatures, thus allowing me to cheat out Avatar of Woe easily. Additionally, Blind Zealot can serve this purpose to ensure viable blockers never last long on the opponents' board.


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74% Casual

26% Competitive

Top Ranked
  • Achieved #9 position overall 1 month ago
  • Achieved #5 position in Modern 1 month ago
  • Achieved #1 position in Modern Artifact 1 month ago
  • Achieved #1 position in Modern Equip 1 month ago
Date added 1 month
Last updated 4 days

This deck is Modern legal.

Rarity (main - side)

4 - 0 Mythic Rares

4 - 4 Rares

12 - 11 Uncommons

20 - 0 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.40
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Revision 3 See all

1 month ago)

-1 Avatar of Woe main
+4 Blind Zealot main
-3 Geth's Verdict main
-1 Lifebane Zombie side
-1 Mask of Memory main
+2 Swamp main
+2 Vorpal Sword main