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Type: Deck Idea
Variant Tag: conConstructed
Format: Modern
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Main Deck - 50 cards, 16 distinct
Name  Edition Price Type Cost
Rarity Color
Creature (14)
4 Athreos, God of Passage
$15.96 Legendary Enchantment Creature - God
3 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
$0.63 Legendary Creature - Kor Cleric
4 Serra Ascendant
$6.99 Creature - Human Monk
3 Tidehollow Sculler
$1.08 Artifact Creature - Zombie
Instant (4)
4 Path to Exile
$7.83 Instant
Sorcery (3)
3 Thoughtseize
$16.02 Sorcery
Enchantment (8)
3 Leyline of Sanctity
$21.20 Enchantment
3 Leyline of the Void
$47.20 Enchantment
2 Nevermore
$0.97 Enchantment
Land (21)
2 Emeria, the Sky Ruin
$6.69 Land
2 Field of Ruin
$3.19 Land
3 Godless Shrine
$10.74 Land - Plains Swamp
4 Marsh Flats
$38.87 Land
5 Plains
N/A Basic Land - Plains
1 Swamp
N/A Basic Land - Swamp
4 Windswept Heath
$14.24 Land
Sideboard - 47 cards, 37 distinct
Name  Edition Price Type Cost
Rarity Color
Creature (28)
1 Angel of Invention
$2.00 Creature - Angel
1 Auriok Champion
$4.25 Creature - Human Cleric
1 Cathedral Sanctifier
$0.18 Creature - Human Cleric
1 Fulminator Mage
$16.82 Creature - Elemental Shaman
1 Glory-Bound Initiate
$0.33 Creature - Human Warrior
1 Grand Abolisher
$6.26 Creature - Human Cleric
1 Kambal, Consul of Allocation
$1.18 Legendary Creature - Human Advisor
1 Kami of False Hope
$0.63 Creature - Spirit
4 Knight of the White Orchid
$1.76 Creature - Human Knight
1 Legion Conquistador
$0.16 Creature - Vampire Soldier
1 Martyr of Sands
$0.38 Creature - Human Cleric
1 Obzedat, Ghost Council
$0.94 Legendary Creature - Spirit Advisor
1 Ranger of Eos
$2.22 Creature - Human Soldier
1 Soul Warden
$0.42 Creature - Human Cleric
1 Soul's Attendant
$1.73 Creature - Human Cleric
1 Squadron Hawk
$0.19 Creature - Bird
1 Stonehorn Dignitary
$0.31 Creature - Rhino Soldier
1 Sun Titan
$3.32 Creature - Giant
1 Thraben Inspector
$0.57 Creature - Human Soldier
1 Wall of Omens
$2.54 Creature - Wall
4 Wilt-Leaf Liege
$2.93 Creature - Elf Knight
1 Zulaport Cutthroat
$0.40 Creature - Human Rogue Ally
Sorcery (3)
2 Dusk // Dawn
$1.29 Sorcery
1 Proclamation of Rebirth
$7.61 Sorcery
Artifact (1)
1 Spear of Heliod
$1.16 Legendary Enchantment Artifact
Enchantment (8)
4 Always Watching
$0.92 Enchantment
1 Hidden Stockpile
$0.24 Enchantment
1 Leyline of Sanctity
$21.20 Enchantment
1 Leyline of the Void
$47.20 Enchantment
1 Worship
$9.46 Enchantment
Planeswalker (4)
1 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
$12.01 Planeswalker - Elspeth
1 Gideon of the Trials
$5.06 Planeswalker - Gideon
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
$8.10 Planeswalker - Gideon
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
$50.62 Planeswalker - Liliana
Land (3)
1 Mistveil Plains
$0.88 Land - Plains
1 Vault of the Archangel
$2.85 Land
1 Westvale Abbey
$4.55 Land

I built a b/w version of martyr of sands which was super consistent. Black adds a dimension to the deck that was lacking in interaction and payoff cards. I don't want to get to close to a b/w token deck, as those suck, but a rapid devotion deck could be really interesting. Being able to swing with an athreos on T4 reliably would be very interesting. Creating the tension where your opponent is under enough pressure that they can't pat life to deny creatures would be very powerful. If at the same time you had to much life to properly race, enough card advantage and interaction to deny there game plan, it would be hard to lose. Maindeck leyline, atheros, and wilt-lief liege is amazing in a field of jund/ midrange. I also noticed that nominal creatures send to be endlessly recurred. Also interesting is the interaction of nevermore/thoughtseize/tidehollow sculler is like a better version of what humans does. dusk/dawn is sick on both ends. Knight is kind of perfect, and is likely to be recurred repeatedly.

The problem is that there are too many cards. There's like 40 two drops, all with their own merits to this strategy. I really like Ayli, but she needs lifegain to be effective, and a martyr or souls package is at least 12-14 cards. It hard to boil it down to a mix that creates the aggressive disruptive resilient deck I described above. And it has to be aggressive to leverage atheros well, which is the best card in the deck.

Got a little time to brew, so i'm picking it back up. There are things about the current metagame that are very interesting. For example, life gain and leyline of the void hose hollow one, and lifegain sucks for humans. There's a down tick of noncreature combo decks, which is where this deck suffers. You can hit liege's off of Burning Inquiry, which is just awesome. And you still have the hand disruption/ Nevermore plan, which is cool. Maindeck leyline's is obscenely powerful, if you can back it up with something, and actively builds towards your atheros. Having pre-game actions is another way to play early. Mana disruption is really big, and this decks is ok with that, and can even play knight of the white orchid if it wanted too. Wall of omens seems awesome for a more over the top list, as it blocks a ton of things well, more with always watching, and rebuys are card advantage. They will seldom pay the 3 life to stop more walls.

Dominaria cards of interest:
Fall of the Thran
Urza's Ruinous Blast
Arvad the Cursed
Primeval's glorious rebirth

A lot of theory crafting would be necessary to hone this deck in, and given the wide range of threats, it would basically need to be tuned to whatever metagame you played. Instead of a stock list, it's more like a range of list's that suit different needs.
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