G/W Value Town by patxi on MtGO

Creatures (29)
2 Aven Mindcensor
1 Azusa, Lost but Seeking
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Courser of Kruphix
1 Eternal Witness
4 Knight of the Reliquary
4 Noble Hierarch
2 Ramunap Excavator
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Tireless Tracker
4 Voice of Resurgence

Non-Creature Spells (8)
4 Collected Company
4 Path to Exile

Lands (23)
5 Forest
1 Gavony Township
4 Ghost Quarter
2 Horizon Canopy
2 Plains
2 Temple Garden
4 Windswept Heath
3 Wooded Foothills

Summary (15)
2 Eidolon of Rhetoric
1 Eldritch Evolution
2 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Sigarda, Host of Herons
2 Stony Silence
2 Surgical Extraction

Summary

Collected Company has been one of the defining features of Modern since it was printed. The instant’s ability to be both card and mana advantageous made it a must include for many existing decks, as well as a card that can be built around. We’ve seen dozens of these decks pop up, including Value Town, which is the deck we’re featuring today.

Primarily, this deck is looking to be a value-based G/W deck that loves to play the long game. Collected Company is a great card for this strategy, as it grabs two creatures for the cost of one. Additionally, it’s maximized in this deck, as the creatures it hits here tend to do more than the creatures in other decks. To help minimize the one negative feature of Collected Company, its mana cost, this deck plays the full playset of Birds of Paradise and Noble Hierarch.

One of the core strategies of this deck is mana denial through Ghost Quarter. Over several turns, recurring Ghost Quarter will permanently limit the opponent’s mana. Ramunap Excavator allows for this recursion, using the graveyard as a resource. Knight of the Reliquary similarly finds additional copies of Ghost Quarter, as well as growing larger turn after turn and becoming the biggest creature on most board states. Azusa, Lost but Seeking takes this part of the deck into overdrive, allowing this deck to gain a considerable mana advantage over the opponent.

While many Company decks have a combo finish, this one is more interested in playing to the board. Voice of Resurgence is an excellent 2 mana creature that is a good attacker or blocker on the front end and can grow significantly larger once it dies. Tireless Tracker is a great source of card advantage that demands an answer, playing extremely well in this deck that already focuses on getting lands into play. Aven Mindcensor is a solid evasive creature that naturally shuts off much of the format, but leaves this deck’s strategy alone completely outside of fetchlands. It also has fantastic synergy with Ghost Quarter, which makes is a great overall inclusion in this deck.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

No changes.

Sideboard

-2 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion

+1 Stony Silence

+1 Surgical Extraction

This is day 363 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 362 here, where we featured a Modern Eldrazi deck that takes the archetype in a new and interesting direction.

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