G/W Worship Prison by airfarmer on MtGO

Creatures (15)
3 Birds of Paradise
1 Courser of Kruphix
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Sylvan Caryatid
3 Wall of Roots

Non-Creature Spells (20)
4 Idyllic Tutor
4 Heroic Intervention
4 Leyline of Sanctity
4 Privileged Position
4 Worship

Lands (25)
2 Forest
1 Mistveil Plains
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Temple Garden
4 Westvale Abbey
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
3 Beast Within
3 Greater Auramancy
3 Rest in Peace
3 Sigarda, Host of Herons
3 Solemnity

Summary

Due to the sheer number of cards in Modern, there are a lot of odd strategies that are always on the fringes of the format. Prison decks specifically have had a hard time breaking through in Modern, despite having many cards that can lock certain opponents out of the game. The deck we’re featuring today focuses on the white enchantment Worship, protecting it, and locking your opponent out of the game.

Worship effectively wins the game when the opponent cannot beat it. It does require that you have a creature in play, which this deck has plenty of. The best of the bunch is Sylvan Caryatid, as it has built in protection. Caryatid, and the rest of the creatures, focus on mana production in order to get Worship and way to protect it out quickly. Birds of Paradise and Noble Hierarch do this at one mana, while Courser of Kruphix allows you to dig through your deck quickly for the important cards you need to win.

This deck has several ways of protecting its Worship and partnering creature. Leyline of Sanctity is a powerful mainboard card that protects this deck from discard spells which could effectively ruin it, and it also has good tangential applications against many decks in the format. Privileged Position protects a Worship and its creature when they are already on the board, and multiple copies of Position protect each other, making targeted enchantment removal completely ineffective.

The other way this deck has of protecting its important permanents is through the Aether Revolt rare, Heroic Intervention. Most indestructible spells like this won’t protect non-creature permanents, but Heroic Intervention‘s flexibility in this way makes it a valuable inclusion. In order to find your Worship or Privileged Position to protect it, this deck plays 4 copies of Idyllic Tutor. While not flashy nor mana efficient, the Tutor is critical to this deck.

Once the prison element of this deck is online and fully functional and protected, this deck has a couple ways of winning. The quick win is through Westvale Abbey, as this format can rarely deal with a flying creature of that size with indestructible, one activation is usually enough to get the job done over several turns. However, if you really want your opponent to suffer, Mistveil Plains can also serve as a win condition, as you continuously put cards on the bottom of your library, decking your opponent after many turns.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-2 Wall of Roots

+1 Birds of Paradise

+1 Courser of Kruphix

Sideboard

No changes.

This is day 204 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 203 here, where we featured a unique Standard reanimator deck that looks to cheat a 7 mana artifact into play as early as possible.

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