B/W Leylines by charkattack on MtGO

Creatures (4)
3 Cryptbreaker
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Non-Creature Spells (32)
1 Gideon Jura
2 Gideon of the Trials
3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Liliana of the Veil
1 Ob Nixilis Reignited
1 Sorin, Grim Nemesis
3 Collective Brutality
1 Damnation
4 Lingering Souls
2 Night’s Whisper
1 Wrath of God
3 Fatal Push
3 Path to Exile
3 Leyline of Sanctity
3 Leyline of the Void

Lands (24)
2 Concealed Courtyard
3 Field of Ruin
2 Ghost Quarter
2 Godless Shrine
4 Marsh Flats
3 Plains
4 Shambling Vent
2 Swamp
1 Tectonic Edge
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Sideboard (15)
1 Damnation
1 Fatal Push
1 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Leyline of the Void
1 Path to Exile
1 Anguished Unmaking
1 Blessed Alliance
1 Disenchant
4 Duress
1 Flaying Tendrils
1 Hero’s Downfall
1 Stony Silence


In Modern, Control decks all look very different from one another. While U/W and Jeskai are arguably the historically best colors for Control in Modern, recently B/W Control has been putting up excellent results on MtGO, with its only problems coming thanks to the incredible diversity, especially of combo decks, of Modern. The deck we’re featuring today takes the B/W Control archetype and looks to add another angle of attack to it with the aim of making it better-suited for the format.

Primarily, this deck gains an advantage over its opponent by playing one or more of its many planeswalkers and protecting them for enough time for a card advantage to be generated. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is great at this, as it produces 2/2 tokens until the board is controlled and can attack when this deck is ready to turn the corner. Gideon of the Trials helps to supplement this game plan, locking down a creature while this deck is on the back foot then providing a great attacker when its on the front foot. Liliana of the Veil, Ob Nixilis Reignited, and Sorin, Grim Nemesis are the actual card advantage-generated planeswalkers, with Liliana pressuring the opponent’s hand and Ob Nixilis and Sorin drawing cards turn after turn.

The main innovation in this particular version of the deck, and why the name has changed, is the inclusion of both Leyline of Sanctity and Leyline of the Void. Control decks tend to struggle to deal with the incredible diversity of Modern without taking preemptive action, and this is certainly that. Leyline of Sanctity shuts off or severely limits much of the format when played, including Burn, R/G Titan, and Storm, while Leyline of the Void is a similarly incredible option against Dredge and Death’s Shadow. In order to make these cards worth the inclusion when not in the opening hand, Cryptbreaker is played as a great way of producing tokens from useless cards, drawing cards, or feeding Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, which is this deck’s go-to plan to bolster its life total turn after turn.

The rest of this deck looks very similar to more traditional B/W Control decks, thanks to the inclusion of Fatal Push and Path to Exile as the one mana removal spells, with Collective Brutality offering a flexible removal spell and discard spell in one card. Damnation and Wrath of God are both played in this deck as ways of resetting the board, while Night’s Whisper is the most efficient way in this format of gaining card advantage, and compliments the planeswalker plan nicely. Lastly, Lingering Souls is a critically important card to this deck, as it’s wanted at every point in the game. In the early turns, it offers good blockers that can trade with opposition creatures. When under duress, it can provide a significant amount of chump blockers, while having enough fire power in the late game to win games on its own.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Gideon of the Trials

+1 Liliana of the Veil


-1 Anguished Unmaking

-1 Flaying Tendrils

+1 Stony Silence

+1 Blessed Alliance

This is day 326 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 325 here, where we featured a Modern Delver deck that aims to be the most powerful one available, going fully into four colors.

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