Modern Greater Gifts

Posted in Daily Deck on June 10, 2015

By Melissa DeTora

Melissa is a former Magic pro player and strategy writer who is now working in R&D on the Play Design team.

Greater Gifts isn't the first deck I've featured by RaptureReady, and I'm sure it won't be the last. RaptureReady, whose real name is Shane McDermott, is known for building unique Modern decks and tearing up the daily events on Magic Online. It's pretty impressive to see someone play a different deck each week and do so well, especially when his decks are not top tier.

Today's deck is an old favorite from Kamigawa block. At a first glance this deck probably doesn't make a lot of sense. There are some Dragons, some mana ramp spells, and some removal, which are usually what you'd find in control decks. However, this deck is doing something a little different. The deck plays the powerful Gifts Ungiven package, which is mostly used to search up Unburial Rites and a giant creature to reanimate, like Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite.

Gifts Ungiven does a lot more in this deck than reanimate a creature. Typically you want to search for your main combo—Yosei, the Morning Star and Greater Good. Your last two cards are ways to get these cards back into your hand, like Noxious Revival, Reclaim, or Eternal Witness. Once Greater Good and Yosei are in play, your plan is to sacrifice Yosei to draw five cards and basically lock your opponent out of the game for a turn. You have a pretty good chance of drawing into more Yoseis or Unburial Rites to repeat this process.

Greater Gifts has come a long way since its Kamigawa Block days. Back then we had to rely on Hana Kami and Goryo's Vengeance to keep the chain going. It was a pretty mana intensive combo but it worked. Unburial Rites is by far a superior choice as far as reanimation goes. The deck is much more resilient now with the Raven's Crime/Life From the Loam Package as well as Liliana of the Veil.

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