Maand: augustus 2016

Modern Monkly Decklists 21/08/2016

22 players challenged the rain last Sunday to play some Modern. All of them had the same question: who would take home the prestigious playmat and the slots? After 5 rounds of pure skill and a bit of luck 8 players were left standing. And in the end, unlike Emrakul, Brent managed to emerge victorious with Abzan CoCo, congratulations to him! Till next time 🙂

Metagame Breakdown
2 Abzan Coco
1 Jund
1 Infect
1 UW Conrol
2 Dredge
1 Scapeshift
1 Blue Moon
1 Slivers
1 Eldrazi Tron
3 Merfolk
1 Zoo
1 Kiki Evolution
1 Ad Nauseum
2 Affinity
1 Knightfall
1 Elves
1 Skred

Brent Vos – Abzan Coco

Creatures (29)
Birds of Paradise
Noble Hierarch
Wall of Roots
Viscera Seer
Melira, Sylvok Outcast
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
Kitchen Finks
Murderous Redcap
Anafenza, the Foremost
Scavenging Ooze
Eternal Witness
Restoration Angel
Fiend Hunter
Orzhov Pontiff
Spellskite

Spells (8)
Collected Company
Chord of Calling
Lands (23)
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Temple Garden
Overgrown Tomb
Godless Shrine
Forest
Plains
Gavony Township
Razorverge Thicket
Horizon Canopy

Sideboard (15)
Sin Collector
Voice of Resurgence
Lingering Souls
Reveillark
Kataki’s War’s Wage
Selfless Spirit
Distended Mindbender
Abrupt Decay
Path to Exile
Qasali Pridemage
Aven Mindcensor

Xandor Tollenaar – Jund

Creatures (14)
Tarmogoyf
Dark Confidant
Grim Flayer
Scavenging Ooze
Kitchen Finks
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Planeswalkers (3)
Liliana of the Veil

Spells (20)
Lightning Bolt
Terminate
Dreadbore
Abrupt Decay
Thoughtseize
Inquisition of Kozilek
Maelstrom Pulse
Kolaghan’s Command
Lands (24)
Overgrown Tomb
Mountain
Blood Crypt
Stomping Ground
Twilight Mire
Wooded Foothills
Verdant Catacombs
Bloodstained Mire
Swamp
Forest
Blackcleave Cliffs
Raging Ravine
Hissing Quagmire

Sideboard (15)
Ancient Grudge
Golgari Charm
Thrun, the Last Troll
Ishkanah, Grafwidow
Fulminator Mage
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Jund Charm
Night of Soul’s Betrayal
Whispers of Emrakul
Kolaghan’s Command
Kozilek’s Return
Nihil Spellbomb

Maarten Witte – Infect

Creatures (13)
Noble Hierarch
Glistener Elf
Blighted Agent
Viridian Corrupter

Spells (27)
Spell Pierce
Dismember
Twisted Image
Distortion Strike
Apostles Blessing
Become Immense
Might of Old Krosa
Gitaxian Probe
Vines of Vastwood
Mutagenic Growth
Lands (20)
Forest
Misty Rainforest
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Inkmoth Nexus
Pendelhaven
Breeding Pool
Dryad Arbor

Sideboard (15)
Dispel
Spell Pierce
Spellskite
Wild Defiance
Kitchen Finks
Grafdigger’s Cage
Dismember
Nature’s Claim

Nick Wildschut – UW Control

Creatures (14)
wall of Omens
Snapcaster Mage
Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
Vendilion Clique
Dragonlord Ojutai

Planeswalkers (1)
Elspeth, Sun’s Champion

Spells (19)
Cryptic Command
Ojutai’s Command
Supreme Verdict
Spell Snare
Mana Leak
Negate
Condem
Path to Exile
Sphinx’s Revelation
Lands (26)
Flooded Strand
Hallowed Fountain
Glacial Fortress
Celestial Colonnade
Ghost Quarter
Island
Plains
Mystic Gate
Minamo, School at Water’s Edge
Eiganjo Castle

Sideboard (15)
Supreme Verdict
Geist of Saint Traft
Stony Silence
Negate
Crucible of Worlds
Rest in Peace
Surgical Extraction
Dispel
Celestial Purge
Lone Missionary
Blessed Alliance

Leo van Gent – Dredge

Creatures (25)
Insolent Neonate
Bloodghast
Prized Amalgam
Haunted Dead
Narcomoeba
Stinkweed Imp
Golgari Grave-Troll

Spells (15)
Lightning Axe
Collective Brutality
Life from the Loam
Conflagrate
Tormenting Voice
Faithless Looting
Lands (20)
Dakmor Salvage
Mana Confluence
Stomping Ground
Blood Crypt
Steam Vents
Copperline Gorge
Wooded Foothills
Bloodstained Mire
Mountain

Sideboard (15)
Leyline of the Void
Darkblast
Collective Brutality
Abrupt Decay
Ancient Grudge
Nature’s Claim
Gnaw to the Bone

Harm-Joost van Kuijk – Abzan Coco

Creatures (29)
Birds of Paradise
Noble Hierarch
Wall of Roots
Viscera Seer
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
Melira, Sylvok Outcast
Kitchen Finks
Murderous Redcap
Scavenging Ooze
Fiend Hunter
Courser of Kruphix
Spellskite
Eternal Witness
Spike Feeder
Archangel of Thune
Selfless Spirit

Spells (9)
Collected Company
Chord of Calling
Eldritch Evolution
Lands (22)
Horizon Canopy
Gavony Township
Forest
Plains
Swamp
Godless Shrine
Temple Garden
Overgrown Tomb
Windswept Heath
Verdant Catacombs
Marsh Flats
Razorverge Thicket

Sideboard (15)
Path to Exile
Abrupt Decay
Shriekmaw
Selfless Spirit
Pharika, God of Affliction
Thrun, the Last Troll
Sigarda, host of Herons
Yixlid Jailer
Anafenza, the Foremost
Kataki, War’s Wage
Orzhov Pontiff
Qasali Pridemage
Sin Collector

Rens Overgaauw – Dredge

Creatures (26)
Golgari Grave-Troll
Narcomoeba
Bloodghast
Prized Amalgam
Stinkweed Imp
Golgari Thug
Insolent Neonate
Greater Gargadon

Spells (14)
Faithless Looting
Bridge from Below
Tormenting Voice
Conflagrate
Life from the Loam
Collective Brutality
Lands (20)
Wooded Foothills
Bloodstained Mire
Dakmor Salvage
Mountain
Stomping Ground
Blood Crypt
Steam Vents
Mana Confluence
Copperline Gorge

Sideboard (15)
Darkblast
Abrupt Decay
Nature’s Claim
Leyline of the Void
Ancient Grudge
Gnaw to the Bone
Greater Gargadon

Joey Wittebol – Scapeshift

Creatures (5)
Snapcaster
Sakura-Tribe Elder

Spells (29)
Bring to Light
Search for Tomorrow
Remand
Lightning Bolt
Scapeshift
Worldly Counsel
Cryptic Command
Hunting Wilds
Damnation
Electrolyze
Maelstrom Pulse
Anger of the Gods
Izzet Charm
Farseek
Lands (26)
Steam Vents
Stomping Ground
Misty Rainforest
Island
Breeding Pool
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
Forest
Overgrown Tomb
Watery Grave
Swamp
Mountain
Blood Crypt

Sideboard (15)
Obstinate Baloth
Engineered Explosives
Ancient Grudge
Anger of the Gods
Agent of Erebos
Counterflux
Back to Nature
Crumble to Dust
Glen Elendra Archmage
Izzet Staticaster
Creeping Corrosion
Slaughter Games

Modern Monkly Decklists 31/07/2016

Xandor monk

On this humid but nice Sunday 38 players decided to sweat and play Modern. There was a ruggedly handsome cowboy who fought through 6 rounds and TOP-8 to emerge victorious with his trusty Jund. The name of this cowboy was Xandor. He took home 3 slots (NK, Dutch Open and the Monkly Invitational) and the special playmat. Just fresh of his victory and a manly meal Xandor jumped on his horse (scooter) and rode off in the sunset…

Metagame Breakdown
4 Jeskai Nahiri
3 Jund
3 Merfolk
2 Dredge
2 Suicide Zoo
1 BreachShift
1 Little Kid Junk
1 Eldrazi Tron
1 Turns
1 Death & Taxes
1 Abzan Eldritch Evolution
1 UW Control
1 Grixis Delver
1 BUG
1 Grixis
1 Naya Burn
1 Mardu Tokens
1 G/R Tron
1 RUG Midrange
1 WR Tempo
1 BG Midrange
1 BW Tokens
1 Reckless Zoo
1 BG Hardened Scales
1 Abzan Coco
1 UR Storm
1 Affinity

Xandor Tollenaar – Jund

Creatures (14)
Tarmogoyf
Dark Confidant
Scavenging Ooze
Kitchen Finks
Pia and Kiran Nalaar
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Planeswalkers (3)
Liliana of the Veil

Spells (20)
Lightning Bolt
Terminate
Dreadbore
Abrupt Decay
Thoughtseize
Inquisition of Kozilek
Maelstrom Pulse
Kolaghan’s Command
Lands (24)
Overgrown Tomb
Mountain
Blood Crypt
Stomping Ground
Twilight Mire
Wooded Foothills
Verdant Catacombs
Bloodstained Mire
Swamp
Forest
Blackcleave Cliffs
Raging Ravine
Hissing Quagmire

Sideboard (15)
Ancient Grudge
Golgari Charm
Thrun, the last troll
Thragtusk
Fulminator Mage
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
Jund Charm
Night of Souls’ Betrayal
Kolaghan’s Command
Kozilek’s Return
Nihil Spellbomb
Whisper of Emrakul

Andy Cooman – Breach Shift

Creatures (15)
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Courser of Kruphix
Obstinate Baloth
Primeval Titan
Emrakul, The Aeons Torn

Planeswalkers (3)
Nahiri, the Harbinger

Spells (17)
Farseek
Search for Tomorrow
Scapeshift
Lightning Bolt
Anger of the Gods
Through the Breach
Lands (25)
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
Stomping Ground
Wooded Foothills
Forest
Arid Mesa
Bloodstained Mire
Mountain
Sacred Foundry
Blood Crypt
Plains
Swamp

Sideboard (15)
Leyline of Sanctity
Relic of Progenitus
Sudden Shock
Shatterstorm
Slaughter Games
Obstinate Baloth

Charly Traarbach – Eldrazi Tron

Creatures (22)
Endbringer
Matter Reshaper
Reality Smasher
Thought-Knot Seer
Spellskite
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Kozilek, the Great Distortion

Spells (14)
Warping Wail
Dismember
Gut Shot
Chalice of the Void
Expedition Map
Lands (24)
Eldrazi Temple
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Tower
Ghost Quarter
Cavern of Souls
Wastes
Sea Gate Wreckage

Sideboard (15)
All is Dust
Basilisk Collar
Dismember
Grafdigger’s Cage
Gut Shot
Pithing Needle
Ratchet Bomb
Relic of Progenitus

Ivan Golovko – Little Kid Junk

Creatures (28)
Scavenging Ooze
Loxodon Smiter
Voice of Resurgence
Siege Rhino
Qasali Pridemage
Anafenza, the Foremost
Wilt-Leaf Liege
Noble Hierarch
Birds of Paradise

Spells (9)
Path to Exile
Abrupt Decay
Lingering Souls
Lands (23)
Forest
Gavony Township
Godless Shrine
Horizon Canopy
Windswept Heath
Plains
Razorverge Thicket
Swamp
Temple Garden
Verdant Catacombs
Overgrown Tomb
Marsh Flats

Sideboard (15)
Engineered Explosives
Thoughtseize
Stony Silence
Thrun, the Last Troll
Timely Reinforcements
Fulminator Mage
Spellskite
Kitchen Finks

Kevin Brouwer – Turns

Creatures (4)
Vendilion Clique
Thassa, God of the Sea
Snapcaster Mage

Planeswalkers (1)
jace Beleren

Spells (32)
Serum Visions
Gigadrowse
Spell Snare
Remand
Telling Time
Shadow of Doubt
Dictate of Kruphix
Cryptic Command
Time Warp
Part the Waterveil
Temporal Mastery
Lands (23)
22 Island
Inkmoth Nexus

Sideboard (15)
Hurkyl’s Recal
Ancestral Vision
Relic of Progenitus
Dispel
Engulf the Shore
Hibernation
Wipe Away
Echoing Truth

Leo van Gent – Dredge

Creatures (24)
Golgari Grave-Troll
Stinkweed Imp
Bloodghast
Narcomoeba
Insolent Neonate
Prized Amalgam

Spells (15)
Faithless Looting
Tormenting Voice
Lightning Axe
Conflagrate
Life from the Loam
Lands (21)
Copperline Gorge
Wooded Foothills
Bloodstained Mire
Blood Crypt
Stomping Ground
Mountain
Dakmor Salvage

Sideboard (15)
Thoughtseize
Engineered Explosives
Ancient Grudge
Lightning Axe
Darkblast
Gnaw to the bone
Nature’s Claim

Laurens Van der Beek– Death & Taxes

Creatures (30)
Leonin Arbiter
Tidehollow Sculler
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Flickerwisp
Wasteland Strangler
Eldrazi Displacer
Thalia, Heretic Cathar
Thought-Knot Seer
Reality Smasher

Spells (8)
Aether Vial
Path to Exile
Lands (22)
Eldrazi Temple
Godless Shrine
Caves of Koilos
Ghost Quarter
Shambling Vent
Plains
Swamp

Sideboard (15)
Spellskite
Kor Firewalker
Burrenton Forge-Tender
Pithing Needle
Eidolon of Rhetoric
Rest in Peace
Stony Silence
Grafdigger’s Cage
Disenchant

Joost Verburg – Eldritch Evolution

Creatures (28)
Aven Mindcensor
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Restoration Angel
Birds of Paradise
Eternal Witness
Noble Hierarch
Reclamation Sage
Scavenging Ooze
Kitchen Finks
Murderous Redcap
Orzhov Pontiff
Siege Rhino
Sigarda, Host of Herons
Sin Collector
Voice of Resurgence
Spellskite

Spells (9)
Eldritch Evolution
Path to Exile
Chord of Calling
Lands (23)
Forest
Gavony Township
Godless Shrine
Overgrown Tomb
Plains
Razorverge Thicket
Swamp
Temple Garden
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Woodland Cemetery

Sideboard (15)
Abrupt Decay
Anafenza, the Foremost
Eidolon of Rhetoric
Entomber Exarch
Fulminator Mage
Qasali Pridemage
Thoughtseize
Thrun, the Last Troll
Kataki, War’s Wage
Kor Firewalker

Duel Decks: Nissa vs Ob Nixilis

We are finally able to see decklists of the new Duel Decks: Nissa vs Ob Nixilis, and they are very spicy! Whether you’re already missing Zendikar or you just want to play some super-fun Planeswalker grudge matches, you can pick up Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis on September 2. Happy dueling and see you at the tournaments 🙂


It’s safe to say that Nissa Revane and Ob Nixilis do not get along. Really, really don’t get along. They can’t agree on anything—if Nissa said pizza was delicious, Ob Nixilis would call it the foulest dreck to ever plague the Multiverse.

While the Eldrazi were the (absurdly) big villains of Battle for Zendikar block, Ob Nixilis was also on the plane, plotting from the shadows to regain his Planeswalker spark. Trapped on Zendikar for centuries from the combined effects of the plane’s wild mana and a hedron embedded in his forehead, he grew to actively loathe the world itself.

Nissa, by contrast, has a deep bond with Zendikar. It’s more than just her homeworld; it is her friend, her protector, her ward. She is the only one who can speak to its very soul. When, in the midst of her desperate fight to save the plane from the Eldrazi, she came upon Ob Nixilis trying to consume the last of its life force, she attacked him. Though he was larger, stronger, and more experienced, Nissa’s agility and resourcefulness, bolstered by Zendikar’s wild mana, allowed her to overcome the Demon and protect the essence of the plane. But Ob Nixilis, although wounded and defeated, was still alive—and he is not the sort to forget a grudge.

Even their magical abilities are polar opposites. Nissa is an animist who speaks to the land itself; she can nurture life and restore vitality, or call massive elementals of earth and plant matter to fight at her side. Ob Nixilis’s magic, on the other hand, consumes and destroys life. It’s not even death magic, per se, like that wielded by Liliana—it’s more like anti-life magic. He can weaken his enemies and erode solid matter, and he even consumes the life energy of other beings to increase his own power. No matter what circumstances they met under, Nissa and Ob Nixilis could never be anything but enemies.

Their vast differences take center stage in the upcoming Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis, available September 2. Ob Nixilis’s deck is mono-black, full of destruction and life loss. It offers plenty of ways to remove your opponent’s creatures and bring your own back from the graveyard, mirroring Ob Nixilis’s own essence-draining power. Nissa’s deck is mono-green and overflowing with life. It can drop useful Elves early and ramp its way to massive Elementals in just a few turns, much like how Nissa herself can channel the feral power of nature to great effect. Both decks have plenty of tricks at their disposal, and I put them to the test by sitting down and playing both sides of this conflict.

I started off piloting Ob Nixilis and pretty quickly got worried, as my opponent assembled an impressive ground force before I could lay down so much as a single blocker. But one Giant Scorpion was enough to stem the tide, at least for a little while, and I used the breathing room to begin my demonic plotting.

My creatures were largely outmatched in both size and quantity, but they made up for it by making combat unattractive for my opponent in a variety of ways. The Scorpion and its fellow deathtouchers basically sat around, periodically yelling “Come at me, bro!” at Nissa’s creatures and occasionally trading with the biggest ones. Blistergrub valiantly held the ground alone for a few turns because my opponent couldn’t afford to both lose 2 life and put the third and final counter on my Quest for the Gravelord. Gumming up the ground like that allowed me to survive long enough to start casting my big Demons and start swinging away!

Some of the black deck’s tricks are totally self-contained. My opponent looked pretty happy when I cast Priest of the Blood Rite at 6 life…and then much less happy when I cast Altar’s Reap on my Priest, negating the downside, keeping the Demon, and getting two cards out of the deal.

I also enjoyed playing with Unhallowed Pact—reanimating my own creatures was great, but the best was when I cast it on my opponent’s Cloudthresher and followed up with a Doom Blade on said Cloudthresher.

And of course Ob Nixilis Reignited himself is the centerpiece of the deck, complete with excellent new art. Here he gets an action shot, and looks as dangerous as a perennially pissed-off Demon Planeswalker should. His ability to clear the board and keep your hand full is as powerful as ever, and the rest of the deck works wonderfully around him.

A couple of other cards have also received the new-art treatment: Doom Blade and Ambition’s Cost. With the menacing red and black encroaching from the edge of Doom Blade’s image, it’s easy to imagine that it represents Ob Nixilis himself annihilating an enemy.

After all the death and destruction, I was happy to switch to Team Nissa for a little while (the secret password is just whisper-shouting “Ashayaaaaa!”). I’m a green mage at heart anyway, so sitting down with a deck full of Forests and their denizens felt right.

You know what feels great? Having something to play on the first turn—especially when that something is a Scythe Leopard. In fact, it felt so great that I played a second Scythe Leopard on turn two (side note: those namesake scythes on its limbs must make it really hard to walk—maybe the Leopard just uses them to cling to trees and fall on its prey’s head?).

On turn three, I made my land drop, triggering both my Leopards’ landfall abilities, then cast Wood Elves (complete with new art by Josh Hass), dropping another Forest on the battlefield and triggering landfall again. In total, my double Scythe Leopards hit for 6 damage on turn three, which is a pretty explosive start by any measure!

Another card that’s surprisingly strong in this deck is Crop Rotation. Beyond being able to cash in a basic Forest for a Khalni Garden (and the Plant token it generates), it also provided an instant-speed way to trigger landfall, essentially functioning as a one-mana combat trick that pumped multiple creatures. It also comes with some delightfully literal new art that makes me imagine a grizzled old farmer-mage sighing and telling his apprentice, “Bartholomew, how many times to I have to tell you that ‘crop rotation’ means something different out here?”

A lot of Nissa’s creatures are pretty small individually, but they have a lot of ways to get scarier in a hurry—including with the help of Nissa herself! Nissa, Voice of Zendikar is the all-star of the deck, alternately spitting out Plant tokens to hold the ground and adding +1/+1 counters to the whole team. A motley crew of 1/1 Elves and 0/1 Plants only takes a few turns to become an unstoppable army when Nissa is around! Like her nemesis, Nissa also got some cool new action-shot art, in which she truly does look like a force of nature.

There are also, of course, plenty of creatures in this deck that don’t need any help to be big and scary. Nissa has always had a bond with Elementals, magical creatures formed from earth, plants, and magical energy. They fill the top of the mana curve in this deck, and they are often just what you need to finish off the game.

My personal favorite is probably Thicket Elemental, but I’m pretty biased, since this bad boy singlehandedly won me a game. Pro tip: wait to cast it until you can pay the kicker! Then you basically get to “cascade” to another creature, except better, because it doesn’t check the converted mana cost of the second creature. So casting a Thicket Elemental, paying the kicker, and dropping my Oran-Rief Hydra for free was so awesome it kind of felt like cheating. And no, my opponent did not survive the following turn.