Esper Goryo’s Vengeance by _qfortier on MtGO

Creatures (8)
1 Griselbrand
4 Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
2 Obzedat, Ghost Council
1 Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Non-Creature Spells (31)
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lingering Souls
3 Pieces of the Puzzle
4 Serum Visions
1 Set Adrift
4 Thoughtseize
3 Fatal Push
1 Go for the Throat
4 Goryo’s Vengeance
1 Murderous Cut
4 Thought Scour

Lands (21)
3 Darkslick Shores
2 Flooded Strand
1 Godless Shrine
2 Hallowed Fountain
1 Island
4 Marsh Flats
4 Polluted Delta
2 Swamp
2 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
1 Fatal Push
2 Celestial Purge
2 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Collective Brutality
1 Damnation
1 Darkblast
1 Dispel
2 Fragmentize
2 Rain of Tears
1 Ravenous Trap


Goryo’s Vengeance has been a constant force in Modern for a while, but the deck that features it has been largely unchanged throughout the years. However, in a MtGO PTQ this weekend, we saw something very different featuring the powerful 2 mana reanimation spell.

Normally, a full suite of Griselbrand and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn are the exciting targets for Goryo’s Vengeance in Modern, but have you ever considered Obzedat, Ghost Council? The Gatecrash mythic interacts extremely well with Goryo’s Vengeance, allowing you to choose to exile Obzedat to itself rather than to Vengeance. This then lets you essentially cast Obzedat for 2 mana if it finds its way into your graveyard, and it absolutely will in this deck.

With Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy, you can reanimate it and tap to transform immediately, letting you get a 2 mana planeswalker and not have to exile to Goryo’s Vengeance. Of course, there’s still the high upside of casting Goryo’s Vengeance on a Griselbrand available to this deck, but as a 1-of compared to the full playset of Obzedat.

Because of the change of reanimation target, the overall game plan of the has to change as well. Tasigur, the Golden Fang, discard spells in Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek, Lingering Souls, and the series of removal spells in the deck all let you grind your opponent down. Thought Scour gives the deck a certain level of consistency it would otherwise struggle with.

The other easy way of getting cards into your graveyard is Pieces of the Puzzle, which is, all things considered, unplayable in Standard, but has somehow found a home in this deck. For one card, it could bring a Goryo’s Vengeance into your hand and an Obzedat, Ghost Council or Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy into your graveyard.

The sideboard of this deck has a little bit of everything, including land destructing in Rain of Tears, counter spells in Ceremonious Rejection and Dispel, and removal spells in Fatal Push, Collective Brutality, Damnation, and Darkblast. It also has artifact removal in Fragmentize and color-specific removal in Celestial Purge. Purge is used most frequently against Jund for Liliana of the Veil, but the rise of Death’s Shadow has seen it make a resurgence.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Set Adrift

+1 Inquisition of Kozilek


-2 Ceremonious Rejection

-1 Darkblast

-1 Ravenous Trap

+3 Nihil Spellbomb

+1 Fragmentize

This is day 94 of’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 93 here, where we featured an innovative U/R control deck in Modern that has a powerful combo package featuring a Kaladesh rare.

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