Modern GW Death and Taxes by RESPECTTHECAT
I was watching the Modern Challenge last Saturday as my friend Josh McClain made Top 8 with a GW Heliod Company deck. In the quarterfinals, he played against a unique take on the white Death and Taxes archetype, so I looked up that list to highlight. Josh did end up beating this deck, but it still looked sweet to me.
This deck adds green to the typical white shell of Thalia, Vial, Arbiter and Stoneforge. Green gives it access to Oath of Nissa, Eternal Witness and Noble Hierarch, which also all make the Yorion, Sky Nomad companion aspect better (because who plays 60 cards when you could play 80?).
This trio is what puts the taxes in “Death and Taxes.” Thalia is the best of them, but all of them punish the opponent for trying to do things, up to and including fetching lands. Arbiter is also savage with Ghost Quarter, and these three miscreants can easily manascrew unsuspecting opponents.
The best white card in the format is an auto-include here. Skyclave Apparition covers all your bases and more, all for the low price of just three mana.
- Getting Vial up to five in anticipation of Yorion isn’t crazy. You even get to flicker Vial with Yorion so you can build it back to two or three.
- Shalai’s activated ability is a great finisher – don’t disregard it.
- Stoneforge plus Maul is a combat trick of sorts, so you can set up some nice plays with it.
If you’re looking to collect on unpaid bills, this is a good choice. It’s got the depth and fun of Yorion with the aggressive tax element, and it looked pretty good last weekend. Just watch out for those late penalties and you’re good to go.