G/W Hatebears by DrNutzlos on MtGO

Creatures (29)
4 Blade Splicer
2 Eternal Witness
4 Flickerwisp
4 Leonin Arbiter
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Restoration Angel
4 Scavenging Ooze
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Non-Creature Spells (9)
4 Path to Exile
4 Aether Vial
1 Smuggler’s Copter

Lands (22)
1 Forest
2 Gavony Township
4 Ghost Quarter
4 Horizon Canopy
3 Plains
4 Razorverge Thicket
4 Temple Garden

Sideboard (15)
1 Blessed Alliance
2 Burrenton Forge-Tender
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
2 Reclamation Sage
1 Rest in Peace
2 Selfless Spirit
3 Stony Silence

Summary

G/W Hatebears is a Modern deck that has always hovered around tier 2 of the format. It’s a half-aggressive, half-disruption deck that looks to put a mana squeeze on the opponent while it beats down. It’s frequently likened to Death & Taxes in Legacy, but certainly less powerful. Hatebears as an overall strategy will only get stronger as time goes on, because it will likely never have a card banned, and Wizards of the Coast will only print more “small creatures with disruption” in the future that can find their way into this deck.

Unlike other decks, the main disruption that this deck offers comes from its creatures. Leonin Arbiter‘s power in an individual game can vary anywhere from a vanilla 2/2 for 2 to an unstoppable force that stops your opponent from winning single-handedly. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben‘s power level has fluctuated as Modern goes through constant changes to the banned list. During the era where Storm was popular, Thalia was unstoppable. In this current metagame, the 2/1 first striker is less than exiting against decks like Eldrazi Tron and Abzan Company, but thrives against control decks and most combo decks.

Scavenging Ooze merits an inclusion, even without its potency against Dredge, which appears to be on an upswing in Modern. The remaining creatures are there to gain the value lost by playing modestly-sized creatures. Blade Splicer attacks very well, and gets out of hand pretty quickly when a Restoration Angel comes down.

 

Like most Aether Vial decks, G/W Hatebears is looking to take advantage of the so-called mana production of Aether Vial to cast more spells than the opponent in the early turns of the game. Many of the creatures are very effective at instant-speed as well, which makes getting Aether Vial on line in the early turns a top priority for this deck. Path to Exile, while almost counter-productive to the deck’s mana denial strategy, is far and away the best removal spell that this deck has access to, so it’s forced to bite the bullet on this one. The singular Smuggler’s Copter seems like an incredible card in this deck. This deck has several creatures that aren’t the most efficient attackers, so being able to turn those into a 3/3 flyer that filters out bad draws can be backbreaking for the opponent.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Scavenging Ooze

+1 Smuggler’s Copter

Sideboard

-1 Blessed Alliance

-1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant

-2 Engineered Explosives

-2 Selfless Spirit

+1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

+1 Rest in Peace

+1 Reclamation Sage

+3 Kor Firewalker

This is day 81 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 80 here, where we featured an old Standard favorite that’s looking to make a comeback.

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