Deck Highlight: Modern UW Spirits

Spirits has been floating around Modern for years, and recently picked up a couple juicy new additions. If you’re into pressuring the opponent with flash creatures and countering key spells, this is the deck for you.


Disrupt the opponent with Spell Queller, Mausoleum Wanderer, and Skyclave Apparition, while stacking lords like Drogskol Captain and Supreme Phantom.


Aggro-Control This deck is a tricky one, and can be very difficult to play against. It plays almost entirely at instant speed, especially when it draws Aether Vial, and has a ton of tricks and interaction that force the opponent into bad choices. It can also put a lot of power and toughness into play, way more than you’d expect from such a deck. Having a ton of lords adds up, and the deck can go from having a 2/1 in play to attacking for 7 very easily.

Tips and Tricks

  • Essence Flux can let you reset what your Spell Queller is eating, pump Mausoleum Wanderer, or re-trigger Rattlechains (among many other things). Keep an eye out for ways to use it.
  • If you have a Teferi, Time Raveler in play, bouncing or otherwise removing your Spell Queller from play does not let them cast their spell. Thanks Teferi!
  • If you can land two Drogskol Captains, they protect each other, which is a hard lock against some decks.
  • As it is in any deck running it, Aether Vial is the best card to see in your opening hand. I would rarely mull any hand with it.

You Should Play This Deck If…

You like keeping your opponent off balance long enough to squeak out a win (and enjoy playing with tricky cards). This deck is definitely solid, and has access to a lot of powerful synergies as well as individually powerful cards.


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