Abzan Vial Company by antoine57437 on MtGO

Creatures (24)
3 Eternal Witness
2 Fiend Hunter
4 Flickerwisp
1 Scavenging Ooze
3 Selfless Spirit
4 Tidehollow Sculler
3 Voice of Resurgence
4 Wasteland Strangler

Non-Creature Spells (14)
4 Aether Vial
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Collected Company
4 Path to Exile

Lands (22)
1 Forest
1 Godless Shrine
3 Marsh Flats
1 Overgrown Tomb
2 Plains
4 Razorverge Thicket
1 Swamp
1 Temple Garden
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
1 Anafenza, the Foremost
1 Aven Mindcensor
2 Burrenton Forge-Tender
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
3 Eldritch Evolution
1 Kambal, Consul of Allocation
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Phyrexian Revoker
2 Reclamation Sage
2 Sin Collector

Summary

Collected Company decks in Modern have changed and morphed over the years, with some focusing on combos, some focused on maximizing value, and some looking to dump as many creatures onto the battlefield as possible. The deck we’re featuring today is Abzan Vial Company, which features a high density of powerful enters the battlefield abilities that are incredibly powerful when triggered at instant speed.

Aether Vial and Collected Company are the cards that really make this deck tick. Aether Vial is one of the core cards in one of Legacy’s most popular archetypes, but it sees less play overall in Modern. The 1 mana artifact technically uses up a card without replacing itself, but the mana and board advantage it affords over several turns makes it an incredibly potent option. Collected Company is also a mana advantage card many times that it’s cast, but the real reason to play it is the 2 for 1 value it brings most times it’s cast.

As for impactful and proactive two drops, this deck plays Voice of Resurgence and Tidehollow Sculler. Voice of Resurgence tends to cause problems for fast and slow decks alike, as its trigger causes it to be a 2 for 1 if it trades in combat or if the opponent is forced to use a removal spell on it. Tidehollow Sculler nabs the best spell out of the opponent’s hand and thus acts as a 2 for 1 unless the opponent can remove it.

As a powerful combo with Tidehollow Sculler (and Path to Exile), this deck plays Wasteland Strangler. Eating a card that was exiled through Sculler effectively guarantees a 2 for 1 both for Sculler and Wasteland Strangler. To round out the core creatures in this deck, Eternal Witness serves as a rebuy effect that gets 2 card’s worth of value, Flickerwisp retriggers the valuable enters the battlefield effects that are common in this deck, and Selfless Spirit offers some much needed protection for the creature base in this deck, which tends to be very weak against board wipe effects.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Scavenging Ooze

+1 Voice of Resurgence

Sideboard

-1 Anafenza, the Foremost

+1 Scavenging Ooze

This is day 271 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 270 here, where we featured a Legacy deck that takes a format classic and adds a combo finish.

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