Modern Monday: Sultai Delirium

Sultai is clearly my favorite combination of colors. I’ve been a fan of cards like Mystic Snake, Villainous Wealth, and Putrefy since they’ve existed. I still think Spiritmonger is a beast (figuratively, not just literally), and I keep trying to convince my friends to let me put it in the Cube. When someone subscribes to my stream, my message welcomes them to the Sultai Brood. So when I find a Sultai deck in Modern that doesn’t look like your standard, er—typical fare, I get excited. Especially when it has Standard cards in it!

As you might have imagined, today’s list fits all of that criteria. Magic Online user jadoth has 5-0’ed three separate Leagues with the following Sultai list in Modern, albeit with a little tweaking in between each victory.

Sultai Delirium

Whenever I produce a Modern Monday, I like to take a look at the “new” cards that are included, or rather, cards that are still present in Standard. It’s always awesome when cards from new sets make their way into Modern, and this deck has quite a few.

The card that defines the deck is Traverse the Ulvenwald. You also have Ishkanah, Grafwidow, Liliana, the Last Hope, Tireless Tracker, and Emrakul, the Promised End. In Modern! If you want to get really crazy, peep that Tooth Collector in the sideboard. I bet some of you don’t even know what that thing does! I also happen to be quite fond of Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy in any format really, more so when he’s enabling delirium. You also have Walking Ballista in the sideboard if the aforementioned cards weren’t enough for you.

Well, aside from being my favorite color wedge, this deck looks incredibly spicy. Let’s see how hot it ends up being.

So yeah, not too shabby. I played terribly in the control matchup, but when I get below around 5 minutes or so, I start to panic. Look, I was under a lot of pressure, okay? Gosh.

Whenever you play a deck like this, online or otherwise, I recommend you keep a list of the cards that are searchable. Not just your lands, but your creatures as well. You should always know what you’re able to get with both Traverse the Ulvenwald and with fetchlands. You should also know how many basics you have in the deck, but that’s easy to commit to memory.

Just like every deck with Mishra’s Bauble, ugh—why can’t we just have something else? This is basically the artifact version of Street Wraith, right? Only, you know, that costs $40. Behind Liliana, the Last Hope and Tarmogoyf, it’s the most expensive card in the deck. That makes no sense to me, but I’m not an economist.

I can’t express how fond I am of seeing a deck play cards like Mystic Snake, Grave Titan, and Big Game Hunter. I also love the synergy between Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy and the Hunter.

This deck was right up my alley for so many reasons. Counterspells, big creatures, Mystic Snake, and Sultai. If there was a Venn diagram of all the things I loved about decks, there would be a significant amount of overlap here. The fact that jadoth was able to 5-0 three separate Leagues with the deck, and I was able to go 4-1 with it, should be a testament to its strength. A previous version he was playing also had a Thragtusk in place of the Ishkanah, which might be better considering that graveyard hate is a real thing. Who knows? Either way, I wholeheartedly endorse this list!

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