Death Not Taxes

by ReaperAndross on 03 May 2024

Main Deck (60 cards)

Sideboard (15 cards)

Instants (5)

Enchantments (4)

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Deck Description

Death's Shadow meets Phyrexian Unlife!

Probably not the most original deck idea out there, but it's something.

How to Play

Drain your own life total as much as possible with Shocklands and Fetchlands in order to get your life total as low as reasonably possible in order to slam down powerful copies of Death's Shadow and Shadow of Mortality.
Phyrexian Unlife is here to help keep you alive in the process, with Melira slowing down any attempts from your opponent to beat you down through the Unlife.

Deck Tags

  • Modern
  • Death's Shadow

Deck at a Glance

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Mana Curve

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Deck Format


NOTE: Set by owner when deck was made.

Card Legality

  • Not Legal in Standard
  • Legal in Modern
  • Legal in Vintage
  • Legal in Legacy

Deck discussion for Death Not Taxes

Thalia seems an odd fit, since you're running 26 cards it hates on. Curve is wicked small (bravo), and that obviously helps a ton, but 21 one drops sounds a hell of a lot faster than 21 two-drops.

Posted 03 May 2024 at 20:58


Yeah, she was added more to slow down opponents playing decks like Murktide and because I couldn't think of another decent early-game creature to stall an opponent with.
If you have any other suggestions, I'm all open! And I would have used Esper Sentinel if I could find more than one copy of it, with my local store being out of them too.

As for the mana curve, that's just Modern these days unless you're playing something like Tron.

Posted 03 May 2024 at 23:37


Sentinel was indeed going to be my first thought. Another good one would be Deafening Silence, which should shut down everything nice and tight while you suicide off life with the lands and so forth. Another alternative would be Root Maze, but that's gunna hurt your lands something awful, so probably not.

Also, are you as fed up with modern, and realistically this game, as much as I am these days? It's like every deck is a cousin-kissing inbred copy

Posted 04 May 2024 at 00:52


I've only been getting back into Modern recently, and MtG in general after Phyrexia returned since my leaving at Khans of Tarkir. But it does feel like it's been dragged down lately through a combination of extremely cheap and efficient creatures to a point where we used to view Legacy and Vintage back when I started back in Avacyn Restored.

Instead I've delved far, FAR deeper into Warhammer, started getting back into Cardfight!! Vanguard and went through the entire life cycle of the Force of Will TCG in my area until it died due to the power creep that the Eternal Formats are now experiencing, but at a more rapid pace.

Posted 04 May 2024 at 04:17


So, I've been thinking.
Maybe instead of Thalia, I should go with either Glissa Sunslayer because she beefy and does a lit of stuff or Orcish Bowmaster. Thoughts?

Posted 14 May 2024 at 23:55


I like Bowmaster for the speed and anti-Ravagan applications. Another thought would be Putrid Leech since it's conditionally beefy, helps you bleed on command, and is a bit faster than Glissa. Turn 3 you'll be swinging on a 5 turn clock with it

Posted 15 May 2024 at 04:02


I thought of Glissa because she's got First Strike, Deathtouch and those modal abilities which can drain me for card advantage, or help deal with something like Leyline or remove counters off a Murktide.
Bowmaster is just value, not just against Ravagan either, but also against something like DRC or Young Wolf in a Yawgmoth deck.

Leech is good for the drain effect, but Thalia, Glissa and Bowmaster are all more for controlling my opponent than being a beatstick.

Posted 15 May 2024 at 10:18