U/B Thopter/Sword Tezzerator by ors on MtGO

Creatures (0)

Non-Creature Spells (37)
4 Liliana of the Veil
2 Tezzeret the Seeker
4 Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
4 Collective Brutality
4 Damnation
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Ensnaring Bridge
3 Sword of the Meek
3 Talisman of Dominance
4 Thopter Foundry
1 Witchbane Orb

Lands (23)
1 Academy Ruins
4 Darkslick Shores
1 Darksteel Citadel
2 Inventors’ Fair
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Swamp
4 Temple of Deceit
2 Watery Grave

Sideboard (15)
3 Witchbane Orb
4 Fatal Push
4 Pithing Needle
4 Relic of Progenitus


Since the unbanning of Sword of the Meek, players have been trying to find the optimal shell around the famed Thopter/Sword combo. Some have tried dedicated combo variants, some have added the two card combo to the Copycat shell, and some have taken the more traditional control route. The deck we’re featuring today aims to bring this combo to the U/B Tezzerator deck which has always been on the verge of breaking through on the biggest Modern stage.

Primarily, this deck is looking to take advantage of the aforementioned Thopter Foundry + Sword of the Meek combo, which turns every 1 mana pumped into it into a 1/1 flyer and a life. While not game ending the first time, over the course of a couple of turns it completely turns the tide on every game where it’s assembled.

Another dedicated part of this deck is the Tezzerator package, which includes Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas and Tezzeret the Seeker and several impactful artifacts. Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas is an extremely efficient source of card advantage, while it impacts the board with its -1 ability and threatens to end the game with its ultimate. Tezzeret the Seeker is used mainly used as a way of searching out artifacts, but it also has the ability to end the game in the right situations. Ensnaring Bridge is perhaps the most impactful of these artifacts, as it can lock the opponent out of the game if they cannot interacts with it.

Lastly, this deck also includes some very impactful control cards in black, which help to control the game. Liliana of the Veil is the most efficient planeswalker at doing this in Modern, as it constricts the opponent’s hand while controlling their board state, demanding an answer more times than not. Damnation is a great way for this deck to control the board and have a powerful reset button, helping this deck’s non-creature spells further control the game. Lastly, Inquisition of Kozilek and Collective Brutality are used as ways of stripping the opponent’s hand of interaction, while Collective Brutality has the added bonus of killing small creatures.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Witchbane Orb

-1 Thopter Foundry

+1 Talisman of Dominance

+1 Pithing Needle


-1 Pithing Needle

+1 Witchbane Orb

This is day 316 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 315 here, where we featured a Standard deck that aims to filter through cards and reanimate powerful creatures.

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