I may not be a permanent resident of Valuetown, but I've visited a time or two. A very important guest, if you will. Of all my many trips to Valuetown in Mining Modern, I've never come back from town as rich as this.
Valuetown is a beautiful place. And today I want you to travel there with me.
Welcome to the Golgari neighborhood.
Todd Stevens has been streaming this deck recently, and it's awesome – have I mentioned he's my teammate on the Team Modern Super League? Of course, Todd is known for his Green-White Valuetown deck of choice, which can create giant Knight of the Reliquary while also locking an opponent off mana thanks to Ghost Quarter, Aven Mindcensor and Ramunap Excavator – and more recently Wayward Swordtooth.
The problem that deck has is closing games out – eventually the opponent is going to dig themselves out of the hole, and you need to be able to punish their stumbles. While that's occasionally a struggle for that deck, this black-green version of Valuetown has no problems ending a game – I mean, have you read Ob Nixilis, the Fallen?
And how about playing Ob on turn three? Thanks to Heartless Summoning, this deck gets to the big hitters quick. And nothing hits bigger than The Gitrog Monster, which is an absolute house in this deck, enabling an absurd stream of card advantage as soon as it lands, and enabling extra land drops to boot, the biggest complement to Ramunap Excavator I've ever seen.
This deck aims to assemble its value engine – an extra land drop creature, a way to ensure lands to take advantage of that, and then a way to pay off those land drops – this thing is absurd. Ghost Quarter lock someone all while drawing cards? Sure. Loop multiple Horizon Canopy a turn from the graveyard? Why not? And how about the best land-based kill this side of Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle? Ob Nixilis has your back for that one.
Throw in hand disruption and a solid removal suite, and this deck has the tools to stick in the game early while creating an avalanche of advantage in the late game. Is Black-Green Valuetown town better than the original green-white version? I can't say for sure, but I do know that dealing 15 damage to someone in a single turn with Ob Nixilis, the Fallen has to be one of the best feelings possible in Modern.
Thanks for reading,