B/R Control by cyaso on MtGO

Creatures (7)
4 Demigod of Revenge
2 Fulminator Mage
1 Olivia Voldaren

Non-Creature Spells (29)
2 Liliana, the Last Hope
3 Anger of the Gods
1 Beseech the Queen
2 Collective Brutality
1 Damnation
1 Dreadbore
2 Faithless Looting
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Night’s Whisper
2 Thoughtseize
2 Fatal Push
1 Kolaghan’s Command
3 Terminate
3 Blood Moon

Lands (24)
2 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
3 Canyon Slough
3 Dragonskull Summit
1 Mountain
4 Polluted Delta
1 Smoldering Marsh
6 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Bitterblossom
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Liliana of the Veil
4 Madcap Experiment
1 Night of Souls’ Betrayal
2 Platinum Emperion
1 Shadow of Doubt

Summary

Control decks in Modern come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing seems to be consistent between them: blue is king. The efficient card draw and counter spells that blue offers makes it a no-brainer for control players. Today we’re featuring a control deck that actively counters the general thought about this type of strategy in Modern, and uses several odd cards to piece together impressive victories.

Removal spells are the core of any control deck, and this deck features many exciting options. Dreadbore, Fatal Push, Kolaghan’s Command, and Terminate are all good one-for-one removal options, with Dreadbore offering some flexibility and Kolaghan’s Command being an all around all-star when it hits an artifact or brings back Fulminator Mage against a deck reliant on lands. The most exciting removal spell in this deck, however, is Collective Brutality. Killing a creature a stripping a spell from the opponent’s hand is incredible value, especially when the card discarded to the escalate cost has value in the graveyard, which this deck has a lot of.

For creatures, this deck’s package is thoroughly surprising. Fulminator Mage is a very good land destruction spell that can be brought back through Kolaghan’s Command and Liliana, the Last Hope. Olivia Voldaren demands a grindy matchup for it to thrive, but it can be near unbeatable when it’s left unchecked for long periods of time. The centerpiece of this deck is Demigod of Revenge. With self-discard or mill spells such as Collective Brutality, Faithless Looting, and Liliana, the Last Hope, throwing copies of the 5/4 haste creature into your graveyard is very easy, making it a 1 turn kill a lot of the time when you finally cast one from your hand.

Further disruption in this deck comes in the form of board wipes Damnation and Anger of the Gods, and land hate in Blood Moon. Both board wipes are good options in the current metagame, with Damnation especially good against Grixis Death’s Shadow and Anger of the Gods a premium spell against decks like Affinity and Counters Company. Blood Moon is always a potent threat in Modern. Greedy manabases and the continued success of Eldrazi Tron has made it an increasingly appealing option.

Here are the creatures I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Terminate

+1 Collective Brutality

Sideboard

-1 Bitterblossom

-1 Night of Souls’ Betrayal

-1 Shadow of Doubt

+3 Dragon’s Claw

This is day 163 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 162 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that looks to maximize the power of all of its low-costed creatures.

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