This is my take on a competitive Persist deck, built on somewhat of a budget. The only expensive cards in the deck are cards I either already own (Ignoble Hierarch, Profane Tutor, Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth) or are main combo pieces and/or are cards I feel are necessary for the consistency of the deck (Altar of Dementia, Melira, Sylvok Outcast, Nurturing Peatland).

The game plan is pretty simple. First, get out any of the persist creatures, Murderous Redcap, Putrid Goblin, or Safehold Elite. Next, cast either Melira, Sylvok Outcast or Thran Vigil, which removes the -1/-1 counters placed on the creatures from their persist trigger when they die and return to the battlefield, making them essentially immortal. Once that's set up, put out either Goblin Bombardment or Viscera Seer to have infinite free sac triggers and win with infinite damage through either Bombardment or through Redcap, or put out Altar of Dementia to infinitely mill away your opponents. Profane Tutor might not be completely necessary, or even that great since you have to wait two turns to actually use it once you pay for it, but having a couple of them can help when there's so many different pieces to the engine needed to pull off the combo.

It's a fairly reliable turn 4 win, though with this mana base sometimes it takes to turn 5, but with a god hand it can win on turn 3. The perfect hand for this deck looks something like this.

Opening Hand: Ignoble Hierarch, Putrid Goblin, Thran Vigil, Goblin Bombardment, Forest, Mountain, Swamp.

T1. Play the Forest then cast Hierarch.

T2. Play the Swamp then cast Thran Vigil.

T3. Play the Mountain then cast Bombardment and Goblin and sac him to Bombardment as many times as it takes to win.

I think the mainboard is in a good place right now, but I do need help making a good budget sideboard as I’ve never actually made a proper competitive sideboard before. So if you have any comments on how to improve the deck and/or sideboard (while keeping it reasonably budget) or have any questions about it, let me know! Thanks in advance!


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25% Casual

75% Competitive

Top Ranked
Date added 1 week
Last updated 2 days
Exclude colors W

This deck is Modern legal.

Rarity (main - side)

2 - 0 Mythic Rares

24 - 0 Rares

16 - 7 Uncommons

14 - 8 Commons

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 1.89
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-1 Forest main
+2 Llanowar Wastes main
-1 Swamp main