Esper Thopter/Sword by thenobodys on MtGO

Creatures (1)
1 Ethersworn Canonist

Non-Creature Spells (39)
3 Liliana of the Veil
3 Collective Brutality
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Lingering Souls
4 Serum Visions
4 Whir of Invention
2 Ensnaring Bridge
4 Mishra’s Bauble
3 Mox Opal
1 Pithing Needle
2 Relic of Progenitus
3 Sword of the Meek
4 Thopter Foundry
1 Time Sieve

Lands (20)
4 Darkslick Shores
3 Flooded Strand
2 Glimmervoid
1 Godless Shrine
1 Hallowed Fountain
2 Island
4 Polluted Delta
1 Steam Vents
1 Swamp
1 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
1 Ethersworn Canonist
2 Pithing Needle
2 Felidar Cub
2 Fragmentize
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
3 Izzet Staticaster
1 Kambal, Consul of Allocation
1 Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
1 Witchbane Orb


When Sword of the Meek was unbanned in Modern, many players were very excited to see how it would change the Modern metagame, as its combo with Thopter Foundry is a very potent option for control decks looking for a finisher and dedicated combo decks alike. However, it hasn’t done anything to write home about yet, but it could be that the right list hasn’t been found yet.

One of the various ways that this deck controls the opponent is through discard. This deck plays Liliana of the Veil, Collective Brutality, and Inquisition of Kozilek to this end. Liliana of the Veil is the most powerful of the bunch, as it grinds the opponent’s hand to dust over several turns, and can also protect itself through the -2 ability controlling the opponent’s board. Collective Brutality has quickly become a format all-star, as it operates as a kill spell and a discard spell for just 2 mana.

The next important section of this deck is the synergistic artifact package. Ethersworn Canonist, Ensnaring Bridge, Pithing Needle, Relic of Progenitus, and Time Sieve are all impactful, yet situational, artifacts that can win games on their own. Ethersworn Canonist singlehandedly stops Storm in its tracks, Pithing Needle is a flexible pseudo-removal spell, Relic of Progenitus hedges against he format’s graveyard decks, while Time Sieve combos with Thopter/Sword to take infinite turns. However, the best of the bunch here is Ensnaring Bridge, as many decks have a hard time answering it in game 1 and it slows down the opponent enough for this deck to get a real stranglehold on the game.

The whole deck is tied together by powerful draw spells and fast mana. Serum Visions is the most consistently powerful draw spell in the format, and the scry in this deck is more important than normal, as the deck is usually looking for specific cards in most situations. Mox Opal is usually turned on early in this deck, and it’s important to ramp out the more powerful late game in this deck quickly. However, arguably the most important card in this deck is Whir of Invention. The powerful search effect can find either half of the combo or a disruption card like Ensnaring Bridge. The consistent power of this card lets the deck run much more smoothly.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Mishra’s Bauble

+1 Lingering Souls


-1 Ethersworn Canonist

-1 Kambal, Consul of Allocation

+2 Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas

This is day 211 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 210 here, where we featured a Modern Collected Company deck that looks to deprive the opponent of all of their mana.

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