So it’s 4pm GMT and some of the new Amonkhet spoilers have just been revealed. Man, there is a one card that I’m talking about. I’m sure everyone knows about him by now.
It’s Gideon of the Trials.
So just to let everyone in on a little secret, I already love Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. I’m already thinking that he is one of the best planewalkers ever made. With him, this brings in a lot of opportunities for a more controlling Mardu deck in standard.
This is something I have just built as a rough idea:
So this is my rough draft of a mardu control deck for the next format and I can’t wait to play.
Until the new set is out, I should talk about something else that thing is actually another Mardu deck (this is my flavor of the week) and that is a modern deck. Credit for this goes to one of my friends, Wayne Dillon, who has put me on it for an upcoming Axion Mega GPT, where the top prize is 2 flights to Vegas for the Grand Prix. The deck is more of a black white shell splashing Nahiri combo but it has been fairly strong in testing. Currently, it only really struggling with bigger control decks U/W, Jeskai, etc. Apart from those decks, it has been doing well against Death’s Shadow, Zoo Burn and even Tron (that might actually be more of a luck thing though).
The current list we have is below:
B/W Nahiri Modern
Now, this deck might look like just another slow modern deck. I’ll give you the truth. It does spin its wheels a little sometimes. When it turns the corner and tries to finish the game, it does it incredibly fast, either with Lingering Souls and Gideon or by hitting Nahiri’s ultimate and just throwing an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn at them.
There is a big elephant in the room. If your playing modern and you believe that Death’s Shadow decks are clearly the best deck, I’ve got a secret. I’m gonna give everyone a look at the list I’d play. This list was taken to a top 8 of an MTGO PTQ by the man who taught me how to play Magic, team Scotland member Chris Davie:
Now the idea with this version of the deck is to overload opponent’s cheap removal spells with your Lingering Souls and Ranger of Eos in the main. This gives you a more resilient mirror match as well as a better match against the aggro decks of the format. If I was personally going to play a version of this deck at an event in the coming weeks, this would be the exact 75. I trust this man’s judgment.
Like always, I hope this has been informative to everyone and look forward to hearing feedback from you.
Until next time,