Grixis Energy by angelofdeath7 on MtGO

Creatures (19)
2 Champion of Wits
2 Gifted Aetherborn
4 Glint-Sleeve Siphoner
4 Glorybringer
2 Hostage Taker
1 The Scarab God
1 Vizier of Many Faces
3 Whirler Virtuoso

Non-Creature Spells (15)
2 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Doomfall
1 Abrade
4 Fatal Push
4 Harnessed Lightning
2 Vraska’s Contempt

Lands (26)
4 Aether Hub
3 Canyon Slough
4 Dragonskull Summit
4 Drowned Catacomb
3 Fetid Pools
1 Island
2 Mountain
4 Spirebluff Canal
1 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
1 Vizier of Many Faces
1 Abrade
2 Chandra’s Defeat
4 Duress
1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2 Negate
1 Never // Return
1 Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh
1 River’s Rebuke
1 Supreme Will


Energy decks in this format have taken over! Temur/4-Color Energy is arguably both the best and most popular deck in the format. The several variants of the deck are all differently positioned and have their various strengths and weaknesses. The deck we’re featuring today is Grixis Energy, and it aims to be the top Energy deck of the format.

As for the Energy cards in this deck, it plays the best of both the Sultai Energy deck and the Temur Energy deck in Glint-Sleeve Siphoner and Whirler Virtuoso respectively. Glint-Sleeve Siphoner provides a steady stream of cards tacked onto a good, semi-evasive attacker. The extra cards that Siphoner gets this deck allows it to out-value many of the other decks in the format. Whirler Virtuoso takes the excess energy that this deck produces and turns it into 1/1 flyers, effectively turning energy into full cards that trade with opposition creatures.

Gifted Aetherborn is a massive help to this deck’s matchup against Ramuanp Red, as it blocks and attacks well while gaining life. Champion of Wits has proven its value since it was printed. The card selection it gives on the front end is as impressive in the early game as the card draw on the back end is in the late game. Chandra, Torch of Defiance is another good source of card advantage for this deck. The mana ability is less useful here, as this deck is aggressively three colors, but the turn-after-turn card draw and the built in creature kill are both slam dunks in this deck.

At the top end, this deck relies fairly heavily on Glorybringer. The 5 mana 4/4 flying dragon is an excellent way of controlling the opponent’s board while putting them on a significant clock. Hostage Taker is another high end card that this deck is happy to play. It’s unimpressive as a 3/3 for 4 mana, but its ability to steal any of the opponent’s artifacts or creatures makes it a nearly guaranteed two for one if given enough time and a lack of removal from the opponent.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Vizier of Many Faces

-1 Fatal Push

+1 Abrade

+1 The Scarab God


-1 Never // Return

-1 Supreme Will

+2 Gonti, Lord of Luxury

This is day 321 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 320 here, where we featured a Modern deck that looks to play the most value driven creatures in the format combined with premium discard and removal to out-value its opponents.

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