5-Color Ziggurat by moleria on MtGO

Creatures (32)
3 Anafenza, the Foremost
4 Birds of Paradise
3 Falkenrath Aristocrat
2 Kitchen Finks
4 Mantis Rider
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Qasali Pridemage
4 Siege Rhino
4 Voice of Resurgence

Non-Creature Spells (6)
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Path to Exile

Lands (22)
4 Ancient Ziggurat
1 Forest
3 Gemstone Mine
4 Mana Confluence
3 Pillar of the Paruns
4 Razorverge Thicket
3 Reflecting Pool

Sideboard (15)
1 Kitchen Finks
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Gaddock Teeg
2 Izzet Staticaster
2 Rest in Peace
3 Sin Collector
4 Tidehollow Sculler

Summary

Ancient Ziggurat decks used to be somewhat of a joke in Modern, but the recent rise of 5-Color Humans has many players thinking that the creatures-only land could be a powerful enabler of multi-colored decks. The deck we’re featuring today looks to use all five colors to cast the most powerful creatures in Modern.

Because this deck uses all five colors, ensuring that there won’t be uncastable cards stuck in hand is priority #1 in this deck. Birds of Paradise and Noble Hierarch are mana dorks that help with this issue, as Birds can add any color, while Hierarch adds one of three different colors while giving an added boost in Exalted. In the lands, the aforementioned Ancient Ziggurat, as well as Gemstone Mine, Mana Confluence, Pillar of the Paruns, and Reflecting Pool can all produce all five colors of mana.

Once this deck’s mana is in place, it acts more like a creature-heavy midrange deck than anything else. Voice of Resurgence is an annoying, card-advantage producing 2 mana creature that is a huge issue for many decks in the format, while Qasali Pridemage is a solid attacker that has a lot of added value against artifacts and enchantments. Mantis Rider keeps the aggression going while also providing a good blocker and solid evasion, the latter being something that these decks tend to struggle with. Kitchen Finks is, similar to Voice of Resurgence, a 2-for-1 waiting to happen, as it attacks and blocks well while gaining life that can be very relevant in several matchups. Anafenza, the Foremost is the last 3 drop in this deck, and it’s a doozy. It is perhaps the most aggressively-slanted creature in this deck, but it can singlehandedly put the game out of the opponent’s reach if they cannot answer it.

At the top end of this deck, Siege Rhino slots in very nicely. It’s an undercosted creature that is easy to cast in this deck, providing a huge creature to the board and a massive swing in life. Falkenrath Aristocrat is a card that we don’t see a ton of in Modern, but it earns a spot here, thanks to its evasion and ability to take advantage of small creatures on the ground, especially those that either come back after they die or leave a creature behind, to get larger and close games out quickly.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Falkenrath Aristocrat

+1 Kitchen Finks

Sideboard

-1 Kitchen Finks

-1 Gaddock Teeg

-1 Sin Collector

+3 Meddling Mage

This is day 359 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 358 here, where we featured a unique take on the Modern Ponza deck, utilizing a powerful combo!

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