Mono-White Midrange by anhau on MtGO

Creatures (28)
4 Auriok Champion
4 Blade Splicer
4 Eldrazi Displacer
4 Flickerwisp
4 Restoration Angel
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Wall of Omens

Non-Creature Spells (8)
4 Path to Exile
4 Aether Vial

Lands (24)
4 Battlefield Forge
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Flagstones of Trokair
4 Ghost Quarter
2 Horizon Canopy
5 Plains
1 Wastes

Sideboard (15)
2 Aven Mindcensor
1 Ethersworn Canonist
3 Gideon’s Intervention
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
2 Rest in Peace
3 Stony Silence


While Death & Taxes decks in Legacy have been a staple of the format, ports of it to Modern have had varying degrees of success, with the simple “tax” strategy not working nearly as well in a format as diverse as Modern. Instead, some players have been looking towards more midrange, board-control strategies to better port this strategy into Modern, which is the deck we’re featuring today.

This deck is very interested in controlling the board early on, and it does so through a few ways. Firstly, Wall of Omens is not a card you usually see in decks that want to attack, but it’s a good role-player in this deck, as it wants to control the board and smooth out its draws. Auriok Champion is the other 2 drop, and it’s very differently situated. It gains valuable life against the format’s red aggressive decks and is hard to kill due to its protection clause.

Further up the curve, Blade Splicer and Thought-Knot Seer both have powerful enters the battlefield effects that immediately control the board and strip the opponent of their best card, respectively. Both are excellent value for their mana cost, which is a common theme in this deck, and don’t mind being killed, as Blade Splicer represents two creatures, and Thought-Knot Seer returns them a random card, not the card you took like with previous similar effects.

In order to take advantage of these powerful enters the battlefield abilities, this deck has a couple of value-oriented flyers that allow you to retrigger these cards. They are Flickerwisp and Restoration Angel. Flickerwisp is a tad awkward in that it doesn’t have flash and returns the card at end of turn, but the presence of Aether Vial in this deck effectively gives it flash. Both of these flyers attack in the air for solid chunks of damage that let you finish the game off quickly when the ground is sufficiently controlled. They also enable this deck to play the long and grindy game, which is something that similar midrange decks tend to struggle with.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Plains

+1 Horizon Canopy


-1 Ethersworn Canonist

-2 Grafdigger’s Cage

+1 Rest in Peace

+2 Chalice of the Void

This is day 255 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 254 here, where we featured a Modern deck with 42 lands!

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