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I first became acquainted with Magic: The Gathering during Alpha set. After that initial foray where I was introduced by a neighbor to the game, I didn’t play again until the Tempest block. Then I took a long, 20 year hiatus until 2019 when another neighbor reinvigorated my desire to play by urging me to buy some Dominaria and Core 19 packs for a friendly draft. Since then I’ve found myself addicted to deck building.

I prefer traditional formats like Vintage/Legacy/Modern/Standard/Pauper as opposed to this zany, newfangled “Commander” format all the kids are raving about.

I lean toward the / end of the color spectrum; preferred hubs are Reanimator and any type of build that uses uncommon or otherwise off the wall strategies or win-cons.

God I miss the old artwork and flavor text from the older expansions; some of the new stuff is half decent but it doesn’t hold a candle to the gorgeous art of cards like those found in the Arabian Nights expansion or Mirage block. And then there’s the classical literary quotes on cards like Repentant Blacksmith , Juzam Djinn , Hammerheim , Karakas , Pendelhaven , Revelation ...the list goes on! I weep softly when I realize just how lackluster today’s MtG sets are in this respect, by comparison. But, I digress.

Feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have on any of my decks; all upvotes are much appreciated as well.

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Deck is improving since the initial forum post, but I see a few questionable things. Your only blue spell is Dispel , which is very situational. You’re in Vintage which has access to far better counter magic, although you’d need to invest more heavily in to take advantage of them.

The filter lands are alright, but unless it’s for budget reasons (which is understandable) there are better choices. If you ran fetchlands you’d find what you need while also thinning the deck for better subsequent draws.

You’ve dipped your toe into the waters of the Reanimation archetype with Animate Dead , which is perfectly fine. It would mean a radical retooling of the deck, but you could get Utvara (or any dragon you wanted) into play much faster if you went full on Reanimator. You could feasibly stick an Utvara at least a couple turns sooner than what you have here. But again, that might not be the direction you want the deck to take, which is fine. Bear in mind that many of the “best” cards in Vintage for a given strategy are quite costly, so sometimes it just isn’t viable to add certain cards.

Take all the above with a grain of salt; ultimately the design of the deck is all up to you and you should feel free to craft whatever you want.

May 10, 2021 3:40 p.m.

Thanks. I believe Ignorant Bliss is the weakest link here so I replaced them with Nahiri's Wrath . There’s a few ways to draw/tutor in the deck so IB got the axe.

May 9, 2021 6:25 p.m.

Looks good overall, although Sol Ring isn’t Modern legal. Maybe run Arbor Elf or something similar and you’ll retain the same level of ramp.

May 9, 2021 5:33 p.m.

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I don’t count Access Tunnel as a land (even though it is), since it was the only way I could think of to enable ‘unblockability’ within Standard’s incredibly limited card pool. I think I got hung up on worrying about how to guarantee that at least some combat damage per turn got pushed through. That said, you’re probably right; more removal is always a good thing.

May 8, 2021 4:16 p.m.

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#5

A lot of the possible suggestions will depend on whether or not you intend to keep it as a budget deck. Fetch and/or Shock lands, for instance, could speed things up—but they’re quite pricey.

May 7, 2021 3:36 p.m.

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#6

For ‘someone who doesn’t play Modern’ this is quite well put together. +1

May 7, 2021 8:22 a.m.

It isn’t here, so I’m guessing Hymn to Tourach would make the deck too powerful?

May 7, 2021 12:02 a.m.

No prob, deck looks good. Nice synergies between a few of the rogues.

Nah, I prefer to play everything in paper.

May 5, 2021 11:25 p.m.

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#9

Great build, definitely one of the more competitive zombie decks I’ve come across. +1!

May 4, 2021 9:38 p.m.

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May 4, 2021 6:22 p.m.

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If budget allows, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is a must have.

May 4, 2021 2:27 p.m.

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I’d lower your creature count and add protection/removal of some kind. Tons of great choices in Modern; green can grant hexproof or steroid buffs with something like Blossoming Defense , and white can get rid of things with Path to Exile or On Thin Ice . There’s always Mana Tithe too. Just some suggestions; there’s tons of options.

May 2, 2021 6:25 p.m.

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Looks good overall. Maybe look into Fatal Push or Tragic Slip as creature removal over Hero's Downfall . They can both be triggered pretty easily by way of Rotting Rats or if you added some fetchlands to pull swamps. Also, Surgical Extraction might be a better overall pick than Extirpate , but your mileage may vary.

May 1, 2021 11:20 a.m.

Epic suggestion Angel_Zero, thanks a bunch. I wasn’t familiar with that card either, but it’s definitely going in now.

Edit—Bah! I forgot this deck has issues when I try to edit it, so I can’t add it to the description. Just know I intend to make room for 4 copies of Nahiri's Wrath . Thanks again!

April 30, 2021 3:58 p.m. Edited.

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Swords to Plowshares isn’t Modern legal. Might I suggest Path to Exile instead?

April 29, 2021 8:42 p.m.

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Great call on Terastodon and Forbidden Orchard , both compliment Oath of Druids .

April 29, 2021 11:37 a.m.

No prob. I always viewed the card as rather poor, until someone pointed out to me that the Deathtouch keyword is retroactively applied through the Longbow’s ability if the creature it’s equipped to has that characteristic. That changed my opinion of the card to be sure.

April 28, 2021 11:25 p.m.

Nice build. Just a thought- Viridian Longbow would basically become a sniper rifle if you equipped it to one of your many Deathtouch creatures. It might be worth adding a copy or two. That way, if the opponent is reluctant to block with a particular creature because they’re trying to keep it alive, you have a way to circumvent that annoyance.

April 28, 2021 9:19 a.m.

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Welcome to Modern. The Gatherer website has a nice succinct explanation of the format. I’d post a link but I’m not quite sure how. In any case, it’s an excellent format and my personal favorite.

April 26, 2021 10:05 p.m.

Thanks Caran_Lyg, I had fun building it. I feel as though Ignorant Bliss is a bit questionable, but my reasoning was to try and dodge discard spells like Thoughtseize . At least from Turn 2 forward. I haven’t playtested this yet so we’ll see.

April 25, 2021 10:21 p.m.

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