I have been waiting for Soulflayer for a long, long time.
Soulflayer is unique in that it’s really efficient and demands a lot of thought. What are the most important abilities? What are the best creatures to grant those abilities? How do we combine this into a cohesive and consistent deck? This will require a lot of work but I’m up for the challenge in Modern!
If we want to super combo our Soulflayer, the most exciting card to me is Drogskol Reaver. Double strike and lifelink on a 4/4 flyer is enough to beat any kind of fair creature deck.
In Modern these are the two best hexproof creatures that already see play.
Haste is great for speeding up the clock against any deck, but especially against combo decks. Beyond Akroma the most exciting options to me are Vengevine and Falkenrath Aristocrat, although there are many more options.
Double Strike is for sure the craziest ability as it effectively doubles the size of our threat. Drogskul Reaver is a good one, but for cheaper options Viashino Slaughtermaster could be good.
Today I’ve got two potential options in Modern. One is a control deck with a similar feel to the Complex Dredge deck we enjoyed last year. The other is a Dredgevine-style aggro deck. Both good options depending on play style.
1 – Soulflayer Control with Unburial Rites
Raven’s Crime / Life From the Loam can decimate any slow start and win any long game and happen to work well as enablers for Soulflayer. Our backup plans are to grind as a control deck with Stinkweed Imp and Liliana of the Veil and to finish off with Unburial Rites on a massive fatty.
2 – Soulflayer Aggro with Vengevine
Everyone loves a nice fast Dredgevine list and I’m no different. This one is exciting as it has some crazy fast starts with lots of hard-hitting haste creatures. We have a consistent early-game rush and Soulflayer can come out as a hasty double strike flyer without having to run any cards that just rot in our hand.
Soulflayer Best Use
What do you think is the best use for Soulflayer? Play blue for Geist of Saint Traft? Play a grindy control game with Unburial Rites? Blitz out with Vengevine? Lots of good options and it depends on play style!
As we wait for Fate Reforged to come on Magic Online all we can do is brew, so let’s get to it! Let me know what you think!