4-Color Zoo by bobthedog on MtGO

Creatures (24)
4 Knight of the Reliquary
4 Noble Hierarch
1 Qasali Pridemage
4 Spell Queller
4 Tarmogoyf
3 Voice of Resurgence
4 Wild Nacatl

Non-Creature Spells (14)
2 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
1 Bant Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Lightning Helix
4 Path to Exile

Lands (22)
4 Arid Mesa
1 Forest
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Hallowed Fountain
2 Horizon Canopy
3 Misty Rainforest
1 Plains
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Steam Vents
2 Stomping Ground
1 Temple Garden
4 Windswept Heath

Sideboard (15)
1 Lightning Helix
2 Dispel
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Izzet Staticaster
2 Mirran Crusader
1 Negate
2 Stony Silence
1 Tectonic Edge
2 Unified Will

Summary

The unbanning of Wild Nacatl in Modern gave a lot of excited Zoo players hope that their favorite deck would once again be a dominant force. However, while Nacatl itself has been seen in Modern, the traditional Zoo deck hasn’t quite as of yet. For the final Deck of the Day, we’re going to feature a Zoo deck that adds blue as a way of making the deck more competitive in this Modern format.

Despite Zoo not being as aggressive as some of the other aggro decks in this format, this deck is looking to get on the board as early as possible. The aforementioned Wild Nacatl is the best way to do this, as it very frequently represents a 3/3 attacker as early as turn 2. Noble Hierarch, on the other hand, plays better with this deck’s high-end cards. The mana it provides on turn 1 lets this deck gain a mana advantage over the opponent and helps with attacks as well. Voice of Resurgence is a powerful somewhat recent addition to this deck, adding a decently sized creature on the board that limits how the opponent plays and makes a usually large creature when it dies.

One of the central features of Zoo is its ability to have the largest creature on most board states through the early and middle turns. Tarmogoyf is a great way of doing exactly that, as the 2 mana creature grows as the game progresses. Knight of the Reliquary similarly grows out of control as the game goes on, as well as offering some excellent additional utility with Ghost Quarter and Horizon Canopy sitting in the deck. Spell Queller offers a new angle of attack for this deck, allowing it to play on the opponent’s turn more than previously, as well as allowing a proactive disruptive effect that this deck was desperately in need of.

Elspeth, Knight-Errant is another iconic card from the Zoo deck, and one that makes an appearance here. The 4 mana planeswalker demands an answer on nearly every board state, otherwise it threatens to produce additional creatures or push through a ton of damage with the powerful ground creatures this deck puts on the board with ease. Lightning Bolt and Lightning Helix are arguably at their best here, as the dual functionality of these spells as both removal spells and burn spells are essentially the only non-creature effects this deck wants to have. This is supplemented by another removal spell in Path to Exile and a dual counter spell/removal spell in Bant Charm.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Knight of the Reliquary

+1 Qasali Pridemage

Sideboard

-1 Lightning Helix

-1 Grim Lavamancer

+2 Unified Will

This is the final day of the 2017 Deck of the Day column. Thank you so much for reading! If this is your first Deck of the Day, I recommend you take a look at a bunch of the other ones found on Spellsnare.com. There’s another 364! If you’re looking for a longer form recap of Deck of the Day as well as my thoughts on the project as a whole, stay tuned this week, as there will be a Postmortem style article released. Happy New Year!

This is the final day of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we featured a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 364 here, where we featured a Standard deck that looks to only be getting stronger as Rivals of Ixalan is right around the corner.

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