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The ban of Gitaxian Probe was suppose destroy a number of unfair decks in Modern. It certainly changed the way Infect plays and several of the other degenerative decks have had the bubble popped. Somehow one deck survived the ban, one that it was supposed to hurt significantly.
So how did this deck not die when Gitaxian Probe was banned?
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash.
— Bruce Lee
So let’s take a look at the evolution of Death’s Shadow.
Joel Larsson – PT Oath of the Gatewatch
Death’s Shadow Aggro
4 OTHER SPELLS
4 Mishra’s Bauble
This was the major version that grabbed our attention. Considering it was done around all the broke Eldrazi decks (pre Eye of Ugin ban), that should tell you about the power level of the deck. The main piece of the deck involved that blistering pace to which you can drop your own life total, play a Death’s Shadow, and then proceed to finish your opponent in one swing. This was due to the interactions with Fetchlands, Shocklands, Phyrexian Mana spells, and Thoughtseize to get your life total low enough for a Temur Battle Rage and/or Become Immence finish.
SCG Somerset Invitational – 3rd Place
Brad Nelson’s version added Steepe Lynx to help with fast kills.
So how did banning Gitaxian Probe change the deck?
Michael Majors – 5th Place at StarCityGames.com Modern Open on 2/25/2017
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
Michael Majors brought this version to the SCG Indy Open this past weekend.
This deck is very creature light (I’m not counting Street Wraith or Ghor-Clan Rampager) and very removal heavy. The deck was designed to be much more controlling but still be synergistic. To do this, Tarmogoyf was set up as the other major threat in the deck. The goyf can grow to a 7/8 in this deck thanks to the wide variety of card types in the deck (Artifact, Tribal, Instant, Sorcery, Creature, Land, Planeswalker). So beware the ‘gofy too.
When the deck turns the corner, it will close the game very fast.
Can you fight the shadow…or join it?
Is this the new face of Modern?
Until an answer can be found, it’s here.