B/W Control by bobthedog on MtGO

Creatures (4)
1 Fulminator Mage
3 Wall of Omens

Non-Creature Spells (32)
1 Gideon Jura
2 Gideon of the Trials
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
4 Liliana of the Veil
3 Damnation
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Lingering Souls
3 Night’s Whisper
3 Thoughtseize
1 Wrath of God
4 Fatal Push
2 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Relic of Progenitus

Lands (24)
4 Concealed Courtyard
2 Godless Shrine
4 Marsh Flats
3 Plains
4 Shambling Vent
3 Swamp
4 Tectonic Edge

Sideboard (15)
3 Fulminator Mage
1 Night’s Whisper
1 Wrath of God
1 Celestial Purge
1 Collective Brutality
1 Fracturing Gust
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
2 Pithing Needle
1 Rest in Peace
2 Stony Silence
1 Surgical Extraction

Summary

The controlling elements in both black and white in Modern has, of late, made various B/W decks viable in the format. B/W Tokens and B/W Pox have both been good options in this format for the last few months, but it might be time for anther B/W deck to take the spotlight. The deck we’re featuring today is B/W Control, which aims to get an advantage over its opponents through planeswalkers, sweepers, and discard spells.

What separates this deck from many of the other midrange or control decks in Modern is the suite of planeswalkers that demand answers or threaten to take over games on their own. The first part of this is the “Gideon” package, which features Gideon Jura, Gideon of the Trials, and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. Gideon Jura provides a powerful attacker, removal spell, and effective life gain effect, while Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is a similarly powerful attacker, but provides a stream of tokens if need be.

Gideon of the Trials brings the “Gideon” package together, providing an effective removal spell, mid-sized attacker, and potential game-winning effect. Liliana of the Veil is the other planeswalker in this deck, and it has proven itself as the best planeswalker in the format for good reason. It puts a strain on the opponent’s hand, board presence, and threatens a game-ending ultimate all for the low cost of 3 mana.

Damnation and Wrath of God rarely see play in the same deck, but this deck wants several of these effects, and diversifying across mana cost decreases the amount of time where casting one becomes an issue. For discard spells, this deck uses the common combo of Inquisition of Kozilek and Thoughtseize. Fatal Push is the only targeted removal spell in the deck, but the overall lowering of mana cost in Modern has made this limited removal suite possible. Similarly, due to the importance of graveyard strategies in Modern, the mainboard copies of Nihil Spellbomb and Relic of Progenitus help to keep this deck competitive against those decks, combo-oriented or not.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Fulminator Mage

-1 Nihil Spellbomb

-1 Relic of Progenitus

+1 Inquisition of Kozilek

+2 Go for the Throat

Sideboard

No changes.

This is day 267 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 266 here, where we featured a Sultai Midrange deck that could be a contender come Ixalan’s release.

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