This Phyrexian poster-child has always been on the competitive fringe. This deck is powerful and comes up from time to time in modern as a Tier 1 crusher. It's an unexpected powerhouse that thrives in an unprepared meta.
Let me know what you think of this build. Any comments/suggestions and +1 Upvotes are appreciated.

Inquisition of Kozilek
Great T1 play. Lets you know how much time you have to get everything in motion. Love to follow this up with Surgical Extraction and wipe out a key piece against combo decks. Blackmail also works well on T1 as you will often be shown an unwanted fetch land which you can then mass remove.

Gifted Aetherborn
Fantastic card. It is perfect for T2 to get a decent body and some really useful evasion. The Lifegain aspect of this card is great as it often gives you the time you need to get to the mid-game and ultimately the WinCon. Same for Vampire Nighthawk

Liliana of the Veil
Overall, an extremely versatile card that must be dealt with.

Phyrexian Obliterator
The overpowered juggernaut that makes opposing players pray for removal while they quiver in their seat with the fear of sacrificing everything in order to protect their last remaining life points. Best of all, Obliterator gives you massive devotion for the win condition. If he makes it past Path to Exile or Dismember .

Fatal Push
Removal for almost everything in modern that matters. Courtesy of Channel Fireball
Any creature from Affinity other than Etched Champion
Any creature from Infect, including Inkmoth Nexus
Any creature from Burn; Goblin Guide , Eidolon of the Great Revel
Any creature from Death’s Shadow Zoo, including big Death's Shadow s
Any creature from the Kiln Fiend deck
Any creature from Collected Company decks
Any creature from Jund, including Raging Ravine
Any creature from Abzan; Grim Flayer , Kitchen Finks
Any creature from U/W Control, including Celestial Colonnade
Any creature from Merfolk, including Master of Waves
Noble Hierarch , Thought-Knot Seer , Eldrazi Displacer from the Eldrazi deck

So there's that...
But just in case, there's one Dismember for something like Reality Smasher or Archangel Avacyn  

Gray Merchant of Asphodel
By the time this is ready to cast, your devotion should be around 7-12. Occasionally 4 in a pinch. Love this card. Don't really want more than 2 though because Dark Confidant can be a big hit. Unless you've gained enough life off Aetherborn and Nighthawk already.


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I've revisited this deck again after picking up [Primer] - Jund Midrange for the past 1-2 years. Still Jamming Jund, but I want to bring this back around to my LGS as it is the only deck I've gone 4-0 with. (3-0-1 Technically, but was able to stomp the guy I split with afterwards) I've resorted my cards several times over the past couple years and my Obliterators always look so enticing every time I thumb past them.

I've re-tooled the deck to include white for Revoke Existence out of the SB for Leyline of Sanctity and other problem Artifact/Enchantment cards. Excited to sleeve this up again and run it through its paces at my LGS.

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28% Casual

72% Competitive

Top Ranked
  • Achieved #31 position overall 2 years ago
  • Achieved #4 position in Modern 2 years ago
  • Achieved #1 position in Modern Primer 2 years ago
Date added 5 years
Last updated 2 years
Exclude colors URG
Splash colors W

This deck is Modern legal.

Rarity (main - side)

8 - 1 Mythic Rares

30 - 10 Rares

10 - 1 Uncommons

4 - 3 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.50
Tokens Emblem Liliana, the Last Hope, Zombie 2/2 B
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-3 Banehound main
+3 Cryptbreaker main
-4 Gifted Aetherborn main
+4 Gravecrawler main
+1 Isolated Chapel main
+2 Liliana, the Last Hope main
-2 Phyrexian Arena main
-1 Plains main