There was a brief window in Modern's past when Goryo's Vengeance reanimating Griselbrand was the best thing one could be doing. The all-in, graveyard-reliant combo with no backup plan proved not to be good enough long term. However, later, people started experimenting with a shell that incorporated the reanimation spell into a different strategy, one with a ton of disruption and a strong plan B. Esper Vengeance was born. This deck fell off the map too, but thanks to Midnight Hunt, now it will come back … with a vengeance.
The goal is to put Obzedat, Ghost Council into the graveyard and to reanimate it with Goryo's Vengeance. The key then is to stack the triggers in the end step properly: you want Obzedat to exile itself to its ability first and then have Goryo's delayed trigger resolve. This way Obzedat will keep coming back, draining for 2 life and hastily attacking. It cannot be fatally pushed, bolted, or prismatically ended; Path to Exile sees barely any play. The only way to get rid of it among popular interaction pieces is Unholy Heat, but Obzedat will be back soon.
This primary game plan is supported by a plethora of interactive spells—discard, removal. Teferi, Time Raveler helps as both interaction and trump against cascade strategies and control decks. He also makes it impossible to ever interact with our Obzedat. We have some other creatures as well to bolster our secondary game plan: Tasigur, the Golden Fang and Geist of Saint Traft are great beaters, Snapcaster Mage brings a lot of utility, and a full playset of Jace, Vryn's Prodigy // Jace, Telepath Unbound is basically another win condition.
Not only does Jace flashback all of our spells, including the namesake Vengeance, but his ultimate is another way to win the game on a different axis. The Prodigy also gives Goryo's Vengeance a secondary target to reanimate. When the creature turns into a planeswalker via a trip to exile, Jace escapes Goryo's grasp just as well as Obzedat does.
Midnight Hunt will give us Faithful Mending, a spin on the now banned Faithless Looting. The colors fit perfectly, the extra life is a nice bonus, and it even has flashback too! Previously the shell had to rely on enablers such as Collective Brutality. This card will be so much stronger.
I can't wait to loot an Obzedaddy in the end step and Goryo it back!
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