Grixis Death’s Shadow by Werepossum on MtGO

Creatures (16)
4 Death’s Shadow
2 Gurmag Angler
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Street Wraith
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Non-Creature Spells (25)
4 Fatal Push
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Lightning Bolt
1 Rise / Fall
4 Serum Visions
2 Stubborn Denial
4 Thought Scour
4 Thoughtseize

Lands (19)
1 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Steam Vents
1 Swamp
2 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
2 Big Game Hunter
2 Collective Brutality
1 Countersquall
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Stubborn Denial
2 Terminate
1 Threads of Disloyalty

Summary

Since Death Shadow Jund’s emergence in Modern as a top tier deck, many players have been trying to create equally powerful decks by pairing Death’s Shadow with other color combinations. Recently, we covered B/W Death’s Shadow, which uses Phyrexian Unlife to allow your Death’s Shadow to become as large as need be (Read it here!). Today we have Grixis Death’s Shadow, which brings a Delve package to the deck, and uses it instead of Delirium. This allows it to cut green entirely and play an additional color; blue, which gives the deck draw spells, counter spells, and Snapcaster Mage.

Death’s Shadow Jund has 2 main threats: Death’s Shadow and Tarmogoyf, supplemented by Traverse the Ulvenwald. This deck technically has more creatures, but the only other “beaters” in this deck are Gurmag Angler and Tasigur, the Golden Fang. This change gives the deck less consistency, but certainly more fire power in the early turns. A turn 2 Gurmag Angler or Tasigur is frequently difficult to compete with, and it takes a lot of the pressure off of Death’s Shadow itself to be the centerpiece.

The rest of the deck keeps a lot of the Jund version in tact, but adds Serum Visions, Thought Scour, and Stubborn Denial in blue, Lightning Bolt instead of Tarfire, and a singular copy of Rise / Fall, which gives the deck a little bit of spice to it. I’ve heard Rise / Fall in Modern be described as rolling the dice to see if you win the game on turn 2. Hymn to Tourach it is not, but there will be times when you hit the 2 most important cards in your opponent’s hand, and the game is essentially decided from that point.

Grixis colors have arguably the strongest and most potent sideboard cards in all of Modern, and this deck aims to take advantage of a lot of them. One poor matchup for this deck is traditional Jund or The Rock decks, but Threads of Disloyalty is fantastic when it steals a Dark Confidant or a Tarmogoyf. I recommend adding two more. Kolaghan’s Command and Stubborn Denial add the third copy of each to the 75, but I think both are a waste of a board slot, as the deck wants to be linear, powerful, and have its sideboard cards be matchup-specific.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Snapcaster Mage

+1 Stubborn Denial

Sideboard

-1 Kolaghan’s Command

-1 Stubborn Denial

+2 Threads of Disloyalty

This is day 78 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 77 here, where we featured a Standard deck that’s taking Eldrazi to a previously unexplored color combination.

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