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FREE Modern MTG Deck Guide Update – Izzet Murktide is Still Busted!

According to my Modern Power Rankings, Izzet Murktide has been the best deck in Modern ever since Yorion, Sky Nomad ban. You can follow my weekly veedeos about this deck, as well as my monthly Deck Guide update on CFB Pro.

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This weekend, I competed in LMS Trieste, a 396-person tournament that qualified for the Regional Championship where I finished 11th place with an 11-4 score playing my petdeck, the aforementioned Izzet Murktide.

After the event, I did few adjustment to my list and sideboard guide and today, I’m ready to share them with you!

 

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Modern Izzet Murktide by Andrea Mengucci

 

 

Header - Card Choices

The main deck of Izzet Murktide hasn’t changed much ever since Ledger Shredder joined the team with Streets of New Capenna, but there’s a few deckbuilding differences from other lists that I want to discuss.

I like to play four Ledger Shredders and three Dragon’s Rage Channelers. I found my deck improved drastically ever since going up to four Shredders, as it helps smooth your draws, gives you consistency and is an excellent card in the mirror and against cascade decks. Ledger Shredder helps you a lot post-sideboard when opponents bring Endurance and Leyline of the Void in against you, letting you keep grinding with Ledger Shredder and discarding Murktide Regent to it. You have to try to maximizing it by slow-rolling a Mishra’s Bauble, which gets better and better in this deck, but we know playing Murktide is an art, so it shouldn’t be a rule of thumb and you need to read your hand before committing to a slower plan.

Recently, there’s a lot of hype around Underworld Breach, which not only gets played in Jeskai Breach (the second best deck in Modern according my Modern Power Rankings), but I tried it in Izzet Murktide in my latest veedeo as well. At the LMS Trieste, I played one copy of Underworld Breach over the third Murktide Regent and I regret it. I only played one mirror match and instead got paired against plenty of aggressive decks like Hammer and Rhinos where a turn three Murktide Regent is way more important than a turn five Underworld Breach, especially since Dragon’s Rage Channeler often dies against Temur Rhinos and gets boarded out very often against graveyard hate such as Endurance or Sanctifier en-Vec.

I played one copy of Spell Snare over the fourth Lightning Bolt as interaction for a while now and I’ve been more and more impressed with it. I was happy to see that Mattia Rizzi, who Top 8’d LMS Trieste, had two in his main deck. Spell Snare is really good in the mirror as it counters a turn two Ledger Shredder on the draw as well as being good against Hammer Time and its many high-impact two drops. While it’s bad versus Four-Color Rhinos, it’s solid against the Temur Rhinos version since it counters a Petty Theft (from Brazen Borrower) bouncing your Murktide Regent.

 

Header - The Sideboard

I really like my sideboard and I have strong opinions about Brotherhood’s End. It’s only good in one matchup, Hammer Time, while being clunky against other decks where you’d like to sideboard it in like Jeskai Breach, Merfolk and Zoo. I much prefer Engineered Explosives, which is not only great at answering annoying permanents like Sigarda’s Aid and Sanctifier en-Vec, but also helps against the third most popular deck, Crashing Footfalls.

While it’s true that Hammer Time sideboards in Pithing Needle for your Explosives, you’re likely able to play around their Saga on chapter three as well as being able to answer the Pithing Needle with Abrade, Brazen Borrower or Otawara, Soaring City. Because of Engineered Explosives, you’re able to play very aggressively against Rhinos and safely tap out to resolve a Ledger Shredder or a Blood Moon without worrying too much that your opponent will untap and resolve a Crashing Footfalls. I’m happy to play three copies and won’t cut them anytime soon.

I really like Subtlety in the mirror match and against Elementals and in general. Every time I sideboard out Dragon’s Rage Channeler, it gives the deck more threat density that can play around graveyard hate. In the mirror match, Subtlety can be a mirror breaker on a Murktide Regent, especially since the game goes long and you’re always able to hardcast it. I also like it against Hammer Time on the draw because of its ability to trade tempo for an extra card that you get back by being on the draw.

Finally, I decided to add a Relic of Progenitus over Unlicensed Hearse after the event, since I was not impressed by the Hearse against Underworld Breach and wanted an effect that could eat the entire graveyard to efficiently answer them. I like Relic over Tormod’s Crypt or Soul-Guide Lantern because it can be brought in against the mirror since it’s not card disadvantage that hurts your opponent’s graveyard in the same way Unlicensed Hearse does.

 

Header - Sideboard Guide

That’s enough for my monthly update on Izzet Murktide. Next month, I’ll be writing a Deep Dive for CFB Pro, where I’ll go in-depth with play sequences of Expressive Iterations and Mishra’s Bauble as well as writing how the most popular matchups play out. For now, I’ll leave you with my sideboard guide, which often takes in the play/draw difference into consideration as well as which specific version of deck your opponent is playing.

Izzet Murktide

Izzet Murktide

+1 Mystical Dispute +1 Abrade +1 Unlicensed Hearse +1 Subtlety +1 Relic of Progenitus

-3 Dragon’s Rage Channeler -2 Counterspell

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Hammer Time

Hammer Time

+2 Dress Down +1 Abrade +2 Blood Moon +1 Fury +3 Engineered Explosives

-4 Counterspell -3 Dragon’s Rage Channeler -1 Expressive Iteration -1 Murktide Regent

(On the draw: -1 Blood Moon +1 Subtlety)

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Temur Rhinos

Temur Rhinos

On the Play:

+2 Flusterstorm +1 Mystical Dispute +3 Engineered Explosives

-3 Dragon’s Rage Channeler -1 Lightning Bolt -1 Brazen Borrower -1 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

On the Draw:

+2 Flusterstorm +1 Mystical Dispute +3 Engineered Explosives +1 Fury +1 Subtlety

-3 Dragon’s Rage Channeler -4 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer -1 Lightning Bolt

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Four-Color Rhinos

Four-Color

On the Play:

+2 Flusterstorm +2 Blood Moon +3 Engineered Explosives

-3 Dragon’s Rage Channeler -2 Lightning Bolt -1 Spell Snare -1 Brazen Borrower

On the Draw:

+2 Flusterstorm +2 Blood Moon +3 Engineered Explosives +1 Fury

-3 Dragon’s Rage Channeler -4 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer -1 Spell Snare¬†

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Indomitable Creativity

Indomitable Creativity

With Persist

+2 Engineered Explosives +2 Blood Moon +1 Flusterstorm +1 Unlicensed Hearse  +1 Relic of Progenitus

On the Play: -3 Lightning Bolt -1 Unholy Heat -1 Murktide Regent -1 Ledger Shredder -1 Brazen Borrower

On the Draw: -3 Lightning Bolt -4 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

Without Persist

On the Play:

+2 Engineered Explosives +2 Blood Moon +1 Flusterstorm 

-3 Lightning Bolt -1 Unholy Heat -1 Murktide Regent

On the Draw:

+3 Engineered Explosives +2 Blood Moon +1 Flusterstorm +1 Mystical Dispute

-3 Lightning Bolt -4 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

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Jeskai Breach

Jeskai Breach

With Urza’s Saga

+2 Dress Down +2 Blood Moon +1 Unlicensed Hearse +1 Relic of Progenitus

-1 Brazen Borrower -1 Murktide Regent -1 Counterspell -1 Lightning Bolt -2 Spell Pierce

Without Urza’s Saga

+1 Relic of Progenitus +1 Unlicensed Hearse +1 Mystical Dispute

-1 Brazen Borrower -1 Murktide Regent -1 Counterspell

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Living End

Living End

On the Play: 

+2 Flusterstorm +1 Mystical Dispute +1 Subtlety +2 Blood Moon +1 Unlicensed Hearse +1 Relic of Progenitus 

-1 Spell Snare -4 Unholy Heat -3 Lightning Bolt

On the Draw:

+2 Flusterstorm +1 Mystical Dispute +1 Subtlety +1 Unlicensed Hearse +1 Relic of Progenitus 

-1 Spell Snare -4 Unholy Heat -1 Lightning Bolt

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Yawgmoth

Yawgmoth

+2 Dress Down +1 Subtlety +1 Abrade +2 Blood Moon +1 Fury +1 Unlicensed Hearse +1 Relic of Progenitus 

-4 Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer -3 Dragon’s Rage Channeler -2 Spell Pierce

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Rakdos Scam

Rakdos Scam

+1 Fury +1 Unlicensed Hearse +1 Subtlety +1 Abrade +2 Dress Down

-4 Counterspell -2 Spell Pierce

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Four-Color Elementals

Four-Color Elementals

+1 Mystical Dispute +1 Subtlety +2 Blood Moon +1 Fury +2 Dress Down

-3 Dragon’s Rage Channeler -2 Spell Pierce -1 Lightning Bolt -1 Brazen Borrower

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Azorius Control

Azorius Control

+1 Mystical Dispute +1 Subtlety +2 Blood Moon +1 Fury +1 Abrade 

-3 Lightning Bolt -2 Unholy Heat -1 Murktide Regent

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Merfolk

Merfolk

+1 Subtlety +1 Abrade +1 Fury +3 Engineered Explosives +2 Dress Down

-4 Counterspell -2 Spell Pierce -1 Spell Snare -1 Expressive Iteration

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Mono-Green Tron

Mono-Green Tron

+1 Subtlety +2 Blood Moon +1 Abrade +2 Flusterstorm

-4 Unholy Heat -1 Expressive Iteration -1 Brazen Borrower

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Burn

Spoiler

+2 Flusterstorm +1 Subtlety +1 Fury

-1 Brazen Borrower -2 Expressive Iteration -1 Consider

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Izzet Prowess

Izzet Prowess

+1 Fury +2 Engineered Explosives +2 Flusterstorm

-4 Counterspell -1 Brazen Borrower 

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Five-Color Domain Zoo

Five-Color Domain Zoo

+2 Dress Down +2 Blood Moon +1 Fury +3 Engineered Explosives +1 Subtlety

-4 Counterspell -2 Spell Pierce -1 Brazen Borrower -1 Expressive Iteration -1 Consider

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Amulet Titan

Amulet Titan

+2 Dress Down +1 Subtlety +1 Abrade +2 Blood Moon

On the Play: -3 Lightning Bolt -1 Spell Snare -1 Ledger Shredder -1 Expressive Iteration

On the Draw: -2 Lightning Bolt -1 Spell Snare -2 Spell Pierce -1 Ledger Shredder

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Dimir Mill

Dimir Mill

+2 Flusterstorm +1 Mystical Dispute +2 Blood Moon +1 Relic of Progenitus

-2 Consider -4 Ledger Shredder

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5 thoughts on “FREE Modern MTG Deck Guide Update – Izzet Murktide is Still Busted!”

  1. Thank you for making this free. I agree with your choices for sideboarding; but how would you board against bring to light scapeshift or titan shift?

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