Deadguy Ale by bpaine on MtGO

Creatures (12)
4 Dark Confidant
4 Monastery Mentor
4 Tidehollow Sculler

Non-Creature Spells (25)
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lingering Souls
3 Thoughtseize
1 Anguished Unmaking
3 Fatal Push
3 Path to Exile
4 Zealous Persecution
4 Smuggler’s Copter

Lands (23)
2 Caves of Koilos
3 Concealed Courtyard
1 Flooded Strand
3 Godless Shrine
1 Isolated Chapel
4 Marsh Flats
2 Plains
3 Swamp
2 Tectonic Edge
2 Verdant Catacombs

Sideboard (15)
1 Fatal Push
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Path to Exile
1 Thoughtseize
3 Burrenton Forge-Tender
2 Damnation
1 Disenchant
2 Pithing Needle
3 Tormod’s Crypt


The archetype Deadguy Ale is a Legacy deck that’s B/W or Abzan and features low cost value oriented creatures backed up by removal spells and discard. Since it broke on the Legacy scene, it has evolved considerably and looks very little like the original decklist, and is frequently used as a term to apply decks with similar overall strategies. The deck we’re featuring today falls firmly into this category, using several new cards to help the deck’s strategy.

Dark Confidant is a crucial card to this deck’s strategy, as it offers a steady stream of cards that lets this deck be just as card advantageous, if not more so, than any deck in the format. This deck stays low to the ground as to minimize the drawback of Confidant. Tidehollow Sculler is another creature that guarantees that it hits the opponent’s best card while adding a threat to the board. It may not hit particularly hard or be as card advantageous as Dark Confidant, but it is remarkably consistent.

Monastery Mentor has seen play here and there in Modern and Legacy, and it may be time for it to make another appearance. It pumps out creatures with little to no effort and quickly scales damage the more non-creature spells that are cast. This deck has a significant number of 1 and 2 mana non-creature spells, so Mentor shines here. Smuggler’s Copter was banned in Standard, and for good reason. The 2 mana vehicle is extremely close to a 3/3 flyer for 2 mana with significant upside, and is the ideal card for this deck, as it offers a good attacker with evasion that is very easily crewed.

White and black offer a lot in the way of discard and removal, and this deck takes full advantage of both. For discard, this deck plays the dynamic duo of Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek. For removal spells, Fatal Push and Path to Exile are both one mana removal spells that trade up in mana most of the time, helping this deck be more mana efficient than almost all of its opponents. Zealous Persecution has good applications in this deck, and is less situational in this deck than in most, as this deck is adept at putting several creatures on the board very quickly.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Anguished Unmaking

+1 Path to Exile


-1 Inquisition of Kozilek

-1 Path to Exile

-1 Thoughtseize

+3 Collective Brutality

This is day 320 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 319 here, where we featured a Modern combo deck that brings back an old favorite to Modern.

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