Snapcastro Mage – Tier 1 Modern Decks?

I’m back with another tournament update: the PTQ at ManaWerx, which, if I may say, was very fun and it was a very good experience, even though I didn’t make top 8—barely.  I’m not here to talk about the decks that won or made top 4 or top 8 for that matter, but the decks that did well but were not exactly recognized. Some of you might catch where I’m going if you had played against me at the PTQ or at Amazing Discoveries. I was not exactly playing the best or the tier 1 or even tier 2 decks for that matter, but I did end up going 5-2 at the PTQ with none other than Kithkin.

Let’s take a look at the mono white madness.


Creatures (24)
Burrenton Forge-Tender
Goldmeadow Stalwart
Figure of Destiny
Wizened Cenn
Knight of the Meadowgrain
Ranger of Eos
Cloudgoat Ranger

Spells (12)
Honor of the Pure
Spectral Procession
Path to Exile

Lands (24)
Rustic Clachan
Arid Mesa
Windbrisk Heights
12 Plains
Sideboard (15)
Surgical Extraction
Burrenton Forge-Tender
Suppression Field
Kitchen Finks
Day of Judgement
Baneslayer Angel

First of all, give a round of applause to Kithkin because not only did it go 5-2, but it beat some of the top tier 1 decks in Modern. In round 1, I played against Jund, probably the most popular deck in Modern–probably because of how convenient it is. Surprisingly, Kithkin is basically undefeated against that deck; it’s lost once, but Jund had the god hand.

Two of my wins and two of my losses were against Splinter Twin and Melira Pod, two of the top decks in this format. I know a lot of people don’t give Kithkin the chance to be a deck. In reality, it has proven to beat some of the top tier decks and can be built for roughly $100 which in this economy is a good thing.

The next deck I wanted to introduce is something that is kind of a dead deck but I think could be a potential tier deck eventually.

U/W Revelark

Creatures (22)
Aven Riftwatcher
Sower of Temptation
Venser, Shaper Servant
Snapcaster Mage
Geist of Saint Traft

Spells (13)
Momentary Blink
Mana Leak
Path to Exile
Spell Snare

Lands (25)
Seachrome Coast
Scalding Tarn
Arid Mesa
Hallowed Fountain
Celestial Collonade

Now I’m sure all of you remember Reveillark back in the day when it was in Standard and how good it was. I don’t really have a build for this deck so if you wanted to change the list you could; there are so many things that can be brought back by Reveillark this list is just off the top of my head. My friend Jason Black also remembers the combo you could pull off using Greater Gargadon. I think that’s still possible, but it seems to slow and an expensive land base, but you could try some build with that.

The reason I didn’t give this a sideboard is because for one, you can build the sideboard based on where you play and also I just don’t know what to put in it, so people so should comment below what they think should be in it.

The next deck I want to introduce is the black white token deck—some people say is a terrible deck, but they also said that about all of these decks so I guess it fits.

Black-White Tokens

Creatures (5)
Hero of the Bladehold
Tidehollow Sculler

Spells (32)
Elspeth Tirel
Liliana of the Veil
Honor of the Pure
Inguisition of Kozilek
Lingering Souls
Midnight Haunting
Path to Exile
Raise the Alarm
Spectral Procession
Zealous Persecution

Lands (23)
Arid Mesa
Ghost Quarter
Godless Shrine
Isolated Chapel
Marsh Flats
Verdant Catacombs
Windbrisk Heights

I did some playtesting with this deck before the PTQ because I thought I wanted to play it. The problem with this deck was that it got blown out by all of the other aggro decks; it was just too slow. The version above wasn’t what I tested with, but this is a lot better build: the Tidehollow Scullers and the Inquistions fit perfect in this deck. Hand disruption kills a lot of decks like Tron, Splinter Twin and Storm. These decks have some key cards in there deck that make them win, and if you get rid of them early it makes it easier for you to win.

The last deck I would like to talk about is a deck that hasn’t seen a lot of play, but I think has a lot of potential.


Creatures (25)
Arcbound Ravager
Etched Champion
Signal Pest
Vault Skirge
Steel Overseer

Spells (20)
Cranial Plating
Galvanic Blast
Mox Opal
Sharapnel Blast
Springleaf Drum
Steelshaper’s Gift

Lands (15)
Darksteel Citadel
Gemstone Mind
Inkmoth Nexus

Sideboard (15)
Tidehollow Sculler
Inquisition Of Kozelik
Ethersworn Canonist

I got this list from the Daily Event on 3/19/12 from, so it’s a fairly decent version of this deck. I have seen and lost to this deck when it was playing blue for Master of Etherium. The red is pretty good for Galvanic Blast and finishers like Shrapnel Blast; I’ve also seen it play Whipflare. That’s a blowout if you’re playing against another aggro deck. White for Dispatch is like playing Path to Exile but better, and Tempered Steel is still an option. The black in this deck for the discard is new, but I guess Tidehollow is an artifact.

So there’s tons of ways to experiment with any of these decks, so just try it. Please leave any questions and comments you have down below in the comments and submit us your lists so we can playtest them and tell you how they do.


Peace Out


The Snapcastro Mage