Modern Unburial Gifts

Posted in Daily Deck on November 12, 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.

Today we're going to be looking at a fun Modern deck that ORS piloted to a 3-1 finish in a recent Daily Event on Magic Online. The deck is based around Gifts Ungiven, one of the most versatile search cards in the format. Gifts Ungiven decks are some of my favorite decks to play. They are very decision-intensive for both you and your opponent. Gifts Ungiven puts a lot of power in the hands of your opponent, and if they make an unwise decision you can benefit from it.

The most common way to play Gifts Ungiven is to search for only two cards instead of four. Gifts Ungiven allows you to search your library for up to four cards, and you have no obligation to find all four. If you search for only two cards, your opponent has no choice but to put those two cards in your graveyard. So generally, when you play this card, you will find two cards that you want in your graveyard, such as Unburial Rites and a creature to reanimate. Most decks straight-up lose to cards such as Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite or Iona, Shield of Emeria, and reanimating them as early as turn five can be lights out.

Gifts Ungiven can also be used as a huge value card. There are many cards in this deck that can be cast from your graveyard or have synergy with the graveyard. Finding three different removal spells and a Snapcaster Mage, for example, will ensure that you will have two removal spells to cast against your opponent's creatures. Against a control deck, you can find a package of Liliana of the Veil, Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, and Snapcaster Mage. These cards will make your opponent's decisions pretty difficult, as this combination will rip apart their hand. Depending on the situation, finding two spells, a Snapcaster Mage, and a Jace, Vryn's Prodigy can be pretty hard to fight through as well.

ORS's Unburial Gifts

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