Making It In Modern: Stitcher’s Supplier

Hello and welcome to the latest installment of Making It In Modern!  Last week, I went over my favorite deck in the format that I have been playing for about a year now, Dredge.  After posting my article in a Facebook group, one of the members of the group, Justin Randall asked me if I had thought of testing a new card from Core Set 19 in the deck.  At first, it didn’t even make it across my mind before I dismissed it, but then I thought about it a little bit more.  The card in question is Stitcher’s Supplier, and now I believe that Justin had a point in asking me about it.  Let’s take a look at this new zombie, and see if it has what it takes to make it in Modern.

Stitcher’s Supplier is a 1/1 zombie that costs only a single black mana, and when it enters the battlefield or dies, you put the top three cards of your library into the graveyard.  Obviously, this card has some great synergy with the graveyard matters decks in the format.  Whether you need to fill your graveyard to enable Dredge, add some fuel to a Delve spell, or bury a big creature to reanimate, the Stitcher’s Supplier probably has you covered.  This ability is pretty strong but it definitely fits better in some decks better than others.  Here are a couple of decks that can or have benefited from the printing of Stitcher’s Supplier.

Dredge

Creatures

3x Stitcher’s Supplier

4x Bloodghast

4x Narcomoeba

3x Golgari Thug

4x Prized Amalgam

4x Stinkweed Imp

1x Scourge Devil

Spells

4x Faithless Looting

3x Conflagrate

1x Darkblast

4x Cathartic Reunion

3x Life from the Loam

2x Collective Brutality

Lands

2x Blood Crypt

2x Bloodstained Mire

2x Copperline Gorge

2x Dakmor Salvage

1x Forest

2x Gemstone Mine

2x Mountain

1x Overgrown Tomb

2x Stomping Ground

4x Wooded Foothills

Sideboard

1x Abrupt Decay

2x Ancient Grudge

1x Gnaw to the Bone

2x Lightning Axe

2x Nature’s Claim

1x Collective Brutality

1x Maelstrom Pulse

2x Damping Sphere

1x Engineered Explosives

2x Tormod’s Crypt

This list was played to a Top 4 finish in a Hareruya Hopes event by Manpo Ryota.  This list is a bit more reactive than most builds with the inclusion of Collective Brutality in the main deck and the exclusion of Insolent Neonate.  Stitcher’s Supplier takes the place of Insolent Neonate in this list, taking the only one drop creature spot.  The mana base here is more set up to deploy a black spell on turn one with an extra fetchable Blood Crypt than what most Dredge decks have.  My concern with testing Stitcher’s Supplier in a stock Dredge list was the deck’s need to have red and green mana primarily and early to get the draw’/discard and loam engines online as soon as possible.  In this deck, I still feel like this is the case and Sticher’s Supplier isn’t necessarily the best turn one play.

In the grand scheme of things, I believe that Stitcher’s Supplier can take the spot of Shriekhorn, while the deck should still play a play set of Insolent Neonate.  Shriekhorn is less mana intensive being an artifact, but Stitcher’s Supplier can put the same amount of cards in the graveyard as Shriekhorn, but faster.  With the meta at large being fast and noninteractive, the best game plan for Dredge is to race.  I am on currently on the fence on whether I think Stitcher’s Supplier makes it into a stock Dredge list and keeps it competitive, but I believe it can fit very well in the Dredge deck list I posted last week.  My Dredge list plays 12 total lands that produce any color of mana in City of Brass, Mana Confluence, and Gemstone Mine to have whatever color of mana I need early.  When I test it, I will slot two of these to replace two Burning Inquiry to see how it does.

Bridgevine

Creatures

4x Bloodghast

3x Goblin Bushwhacker

4x Gravecrawler

3x Hangarback Walker

4x Insolent Neonate

4x Stitcher’s Supplier

4x Vengevine

2 Viscera Seer

4x Walking Ballista

Spells

4x Bridge from Below

3x Corpse Churn

4x Faithless Looting

Lands

4x Blackcleave Cliffs

2x Blood Crypt

4x Bloodstained Mire

1x Marsh Flats

1x Mountain

1x Stomping Ground

1x Swamp

3x Wooded Foothills

Sideboard

2x Ancient Grudge

2x Big Game Hunter

2x Collective Brutality

2x Ingot Chewer

2x Lightning Axe

3x Nature’s Claim

2x Thoughtseize

This list comes from Nublkau who took this list to a 5-0 finish in a Modern Competitive League on MTGO last week.  This deck actually has been featured a couple of times now in 5-0 MTGO lists and has been putting up some good numbers for a couple of different users.  The worries that I had about Stitcher’s Supplier in the Dredge lists were wiped away when I saw this list.  This deck relies on the use of red and black mana exclusively, making Stitcher’s Supplier less taxing in this deck compared to stock Dredge lists.  It also helps to execute the game plan of this deck a little better.  This deck’s goal is to get Vengvine’s and Bridge from Belows as well as incidentally good creatures to have in the graveyard as quickly as possible to flood the board utilizing cheap or free creatures cast to bring back Vengevines and make 2/2 zombies.

Having played a Bridgevine deck in a Star City Games Invitational Qualifier to poor results earlier this year, I can tell that Stitcher’s Supplier is a welcomed addition to this deck.  Being a cheap creature that synergizes with Vengevine and Bridge from Below this well definitely helps with the consistency issues that I felt this deck had before.  This card can get more cards into the graveyard than cards like Faithless Looting and Cathartic Reunion, which are fairly unnecessary in this deck.  Viscera Seer provides great card advantage and Gravecrawlers don’t have to be in your hand to cast!  Overall, I feel that this deck is the best fit for Stitcher’s Supplier and I believe this deck truly has the legs to be competitive.

Wrap Up

That’s all I have for you today!  What do you think of Stitcher’s Supplier and do you think that it can fit in any other decks?  Let me know by commenting down below, or giving me a follow on Twitter @T2TKS.  Also, don’t forget to give us a follow @MTGDeckTechs and give us a like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MTGDeckTechs/.  We are doing a giveaway when we get to 100 subscriptions on YouTube, so give us a sub and check out some of our digital content here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPFlPh6gxvS-gQ3xXOxj_7A.  Thank you for giving this a read, and I will talk to you all next week!

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Jason Stoops

Jason Stoops

Jason has been playing Magic: the Gathering for 20 years off and on. Jason first took to the game competitively in 2009, when Zendikar released and after a hiatus from 2012-2015, he came back for good when Battle for Zendikar released. Jason mainly plays Modern and Pauper and is an avid fan of green based midrange decks and other combo decks. He has two PPTQ top 4s on his list of achievements. You can follow Jason on Twitter- @T2TKS

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