Modern Deck of the Week: Deep Blue Something
- Filip Skórnicki
Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Modern decks among recent results. This time we're diving into one of the cleanest (and weirdest) decks you may ever see! But it went 9-0-2 and took first place at a recent Modern Open.
This is a uniquely consistent deck in that it runs a whopping twelve playsets main. It has a very clean mana base, as it's monoblue, and can therefore afford more utility lands. Blast Zone is a flexible removal that can sweep the board, especially against decks with a lot of one-drops, for example Shadow or Hammer builds. It also rocks a full eight creature lands. Faerie Conclave and Hall of Storm Giants make sure the deck essentially never runs out of threats, which also dodge sorcery-speed removal such as Supreme Verdict or Prismatic Ending.
It's also highly interactive. Dismember is arguably the best removal spell that a blue deck can have access to. Despite the life loss it incurs, it hits essentially anything you would want: Omnath, Locus of Creation, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, Ledger Shredder, Rhino tokens, Solitude, and many more. Counterspell, Subtlety, and Force of Negation make for a powerful trifecta of countermagic that tags virtually any deck in the metagame. The last two being able to be cast for free adds to the deck's velocity. Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft provides a nigh-uncoditinal bounce effect to get rid of annoying planeswalkers and other miscellaneous permanents.
In order to close out the game, the deck mainly relies on the previously mentioned creature lands and its pair of flash fliers. Brazen Borrower and Vendilion Clique act as disruptive and evasive clock pieces. Clique is going to shine against control, combo, and big mana, while Petty Theft will help against aggressive decks. Subtlety is quite chonky so it can both attack and block. Svyelun of Sea and Sky is essentially a card advantage piece that also blocks—blocks and has the key 4 toughness. Adaptable and flexible threats are the name of the game.
If you enjoy playing off-meta decks that provide a deep gameplay experience, I can't recommend this one enough.
|Monoblue by David Bishop, 1st at Modern FaceToFace Open|
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