Opening the Cabal Coffers to Modern – Preview Highlight

I don’t know about you, but when I see a land that taps for more than one mana, I take notice. Lights start flashing, alarms go off, and my gears start turning about how to use it. Cabal Coffers is just such a card.



Since Cabal Coffers is a reprint, the “how to use it” part doesn’t require too much stretching. It’s a staple of casual and Commander play, and it was incredibly strong when it was legal in Standard (then “Type 2”). 

Being originally printed in Odyssey, Cabal Coffers is an example of a beloved card that’s never before been legal in Modern. In Vintage and Legacy, the speed of the formats and the prevalence of Wasteland prevent it from being a tournament staple. I’m unreasonably excited to see what it can do in Modern.


Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is the best friend of Cabal Coffers, and yet the timing was never right to build a top tier deck with both cards legal at the same time. Urborg supercharges Coffers by allowing it to count itself as a Swamp (and other copies as well, since Cabal Coffers is not legendary). It also grants some flexibility in playing other lands like Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, Field of Ruin, Bojuka Bog or anything else that might be important to your strategy. 

With Urborg, Cabal Coffers and two other lands, you can access five mana. With a fifth land on the battlefield, you can access seven mana. Things scale impressively from there, and adding in extra copies of Coffers can make things absolutely crazy.

Other interesting pairings with Cabal Coffers include Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and Dryad of the Ilysian Grove.


Golos, Tireless PilgrimDryad of the Ilysian Grove

What decks should use Cabal Coffers? And what should you do with the mana? 

Well, Coffers can be a strong consideration for any black deck that’s looking to play a long game. If you’re often going to have five or six lands on the battlefield, and if you have something to do with extra mana, this may be the card for you. 

Mono-Black Devotion is a natural strategy that comes to mind. Such a deck could feature Phyrexian Obliterator, Gray Merchant of Asphodel and ways to draw additional cards like Phyrexian Arena

Alternatively, the reprinting of Cabal Coffers could revive some powerful mana sink cards which haven’t seen Modern play in a while. Death Cloud and Emrakul, the Promised End come to mind. 

One thing for sure is that Mono-Black Control mages everywhere will be rejoicing and looking for the best ways to use this card. If you have any cool ideas, please feel welcome to drop them in the comments section!


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