B/G Infect by _matsugan on MtGO

Creatures (16)
4 Glistener Elf
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Phyrexian Crusader
4 Plague Stinger

Non-Creature Spells (23)
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
3 Thoughtseize
3 Become Immense
4 Blossoming Defense
1 Dismember
4 Might of Old Krosa
4 Mutagenic Growth
1 Vines of Vastwood

Lands (21)
1 Bloodstained Mire
2 Blooming Marsh
1 Forest
4 Inkmoth Nexus
3 Overgrown Tomb
2 Pendelhaven
1 Swamp
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
1 Thoughtseize
2 Collective Brutality
1 Creeping Corrosion
3 Fatal Push
3 Gut Shot
3 Nature’s Claim
2 Viridian Corrupter

Summary

Infect decks in Modern have ebbed and flowed in terms of their popularity, but it looks like they could perhaps be on the upswing again thanks to metagame shifts. U/G (and Sultai to a lesser extent), seems to be the weapon of choice for players looking to count to 10, but the deck we’re featuring takes the deck in a different direction, by sticking to only black and green.

Just like every other Infect deck we’ve seen in Modern, Noble Hierarch and Glistener Elf are at the core of this deck. Noble Hierarch, while not an Infect creature itself, is amazing for this strategy. It pumps Infect creatures a considerable amount when they attack alone, and helps this deck get a mana advantage over its opponent, which is something that it needs to leverage to win a lot of matchups. Glistener Elf is arguably the strongest Infect creature, as it has the keyword at only one mana, some that no other creature can say.

What separates this deck from normal Infect decks is the absence of blue (and Blighted Agent). Black gives this deck access to both Plague Stinger and Phyrexian Crusader, which are powerful sources of Infect damage. Plague Stinger makes up for the evasion lost by not playing blue, while Phyrexian Crusader is a difficult to block 3 mana threat that has built-in insulation against white and red, two of the most common colors where removal spells are found in Modern.

Just like other Infect decks, this deck has the capability of killing its opponent in one go, thanks to a plethora of pump spells at its disposal. Might of Old Krosa, Mutagenic Growth, and Become Immense are solely interested in pumping, while Blossoming Defense and Vines of Vastwood are able to protect the creature as well. One notable difference between this deck and the blue version is the presence of discard effects. Thoughtseize and Inquisition of Kozilek give this deck a new angle of attack, allowing it to strip the opponent of their more relevant card as another way of protecting crucial Infect creatures.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Become Immense

+1 Vines of Vastwood

Sideboard

-1 Nature’s Claim

+1 Fatal Push

This is day 351 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 350 here, where we featured a Legacy midrange deck that’s been exploding on the scene in the last several months, Czech Pile!

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