Modern can be challenging to get into. The format boasts an ever-expanding card pool, a metagame that changes regularly, not to mention a handful of format staples that can be out of financial reach. On the flipside, Modern is a deep and rich format that lets you achieve success with whichever strategy you prefer playing. 

All of this can be intimidating if you are new to the format. There are plenty of options to choose from, and finding what you enjoy can be tough. Plus, whatever you pick has to stand up against some truly formidable decks, all of which attack the format in very different ways.  

So, how about playing a strategy that thwarts your opponent's game plan in every possible way?

Death & Taxes has remained a feature of Modern for years, a hybrid prison-aggressive strategy that cares about disrupting the opponent's game plan. It's a practical approach that sees extensive application in Legacy and even in Vintage. One of the biggest draws to playing Death & Taxes is the deck's ability to be either the aggressor or the controller. More often than not, you will be beating down with Flickerwisp or Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. This may not feel impressive, but it's about slowing down the opponent, allowing you to chip in with these evasive threats. 

Even better, Death & Taxes is one of the few Modern archetypes that does not feature fetch lands and has only a handful of expensive staples. As a result, this is a fantastic starting point if you want to jump into Modern without substantial financial investment. It will allow you to build plenty of format knowledge and understanding of which tools to use against other archetypes. This skill can extend into other Modern decks you may play in the future. Besides, Death & Taxes offers a phenomenal matchup against Tron, which is likely to see more play thanks to Double Masters, so now is an excellent time to pick up the strategy and hose the boogeyman of Modern. 

The Many Flavors of Death & Taxes

One of the benefits of playing Death & Taxes is that it comes in various colors and iterations, which means you can always switch around if you want to offer a different approach. Every color pairing contributes to a different axis of attack.

Mono-White Death & Taxes: The standard Death & Taxes strategy which offers the best consistency and promotes a strong board state. It usually features an Eldrazi subtheme for additional threats and value.

Azorius Death & Taxes: Often seen with a Spirits subtheme, this variant cares about chipping in with evasive threats such as Spell Queller and Selfless Spirit. As a result, Azorius Death & Taxes is more tempo-focused than other strategies on offer.

Orzhov Death & Taxes: The second most popular strategy within the archetype, which uses Tidehollow Sculler and Eldrazi as powerful threats. If you care about raw power, then this variant is for you.

Selesnya Death & Taxes: Also known as Selesnya Hatebears, this strategy cares about value and out-grinding the opponent. However, this variant is often the most expensive due to staples such as Noble Hierarch and Horizon Canopy

Boros Death & Taxes: It's the least popular of them all, but it's the most aggressive. Boros Death & Taxes attacks the mana base, using Magus of the Moon and Ajani Vengeant to great effect. 

Budget Mono-White Death & Taxes

To build Death & Taxes on a budget, I recommend starting with Mono-White. It's not essential to splash into a second color, and by sticking to one color you get more consistency with your threats, not to mention mana efficiency.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-White Death and Taxes (Budget) by Emmmzyne

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Cards

Kor Firewalker

Color Identity:W

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Protection from red
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Blade Splicer

Color Identity:W

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When Blade Splicer enters the battlefield, create a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token.
Golems you control have first strike.

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Smuggler's Copter

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Flying
Whenever Smuggler's Copter attacks or blocks, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.
Crew 1 (Tap any number of creatures you control with total power 1 or more: This Vehicle becomes an artifact creature until end of turn.)

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Aven Mindcensor

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Flash
Flying
If an opponent would search a library, that player searches the top four cards of that library instead.

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Field of Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles their library.

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Plains

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Tocatli Honor Guard

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Creatures entering the battlefield don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Burrenton Forge-Tender

Color Identity:W

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Protection from red
Sacrifice Burrenton Forge-Tender: Prevent all damage a red source of your choice would deal this turn.

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Phyrexian Revoker

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As Phyrexian Revoker enters the battlefield, choose a nonland card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated.

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Flagstones of Trokair

Color Identity:W

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{T}: Add {W}.
When Flagstones of Trokair is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may search your library for a Plains card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

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Mirran Crusader

Color Identity:W

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Double strike, protection from black and from green

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Restoration Angel

Color Identity:W

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Flash
Flying
When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

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Leonin Arbiter

Color Identity:W

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Players can't search libraries. Any player may pay {2} for that player to ignore this effect until end of turn.

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Ghost Quarter

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice Ghost Quarter: Destroy target land. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle their library.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Flickerwisp

Color Identity:W

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Flying
When Flickerwisp enters the battlefield, exile another target permanent. Return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Thraben Inspector

Color Identity:W

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When Thraben Inspector enters the battlefield, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Color Identity:W

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First strike
Creatures and nonbasic lands your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.

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Containment Priest

Color Identity:W

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Flash
If a nontoken creature would enter the battlefield and it wasn't cast, exile it instead.

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Disenchant

Color Identity:W

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Vryn Wingmare

Color Identity:W

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Flying
Noncreature spells cost {1} more to cast.

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Charming Prince

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.45

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When Charming Prince enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Scry 2.
• You gain 3 life.
• Exile another target creature you own. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Settle the Wreckage

Color Identity:W

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Exile all attacking creatures target player controls. That player may search their library for that many basic land cards, put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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The Death & Taxes shell is relatively affordable, featuring uncommons and heavily printed rares, making this list a decent starting point to build the archetype. Flickerwisp, Path to Exile, Blade Splicer, Thraben Inspector and Phyrexian Revoker all feature in Double Masters, so if you are willing to wait a little while longer, you can grab these for less than what they are now. Smuggler's Copter is an excellent option for pairing aggression with card selection. Usually seen as a two-of, Smuggler's Copter makes a great addition to Death & Taxes even in optimized builds as an evasive threat. 

Semi-Optimal Mono-White Death & Taxes

In terms of upgrades, it's essential to pick up Aether Vial first as it's the backbone of Death & Taxes strategies as we know them. 

It's the most crucial card in Death & Taxes, which unlocks the potential within the strategy. Aether Vial is a mana accelerant that allows you to deploy your threats at instant speed—it's an incredibly versatile card which unlocks the other upgrades within the semi-optimal build. Aether Vial will enable you to employ two threats a turn, complicating the opponent's game plan further. I highly recommend picking these up as soon as you have the budget build completed as it's so crucial to the strategy. Given its unique effect, Aether Vial retains a hefty price tag, but getting it allows you to dip into other strategies such as Rakdos Goblins or Five-Color Humans in the future. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-White Death & Taxes (Semi-Optimal) by Emmmzyne

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Cards

Blade Splicer

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.30

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When Blade Splicer enters the battlefield, create a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token.
Golems you control have first strike.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.73

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Flagstones of Trokair

Color Identity:W

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{T}: Add {W}.
When Flagstones of Trokair is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may search your library for a Plains card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

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Tectonic Edge

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Tectonic Edge: Destroy target nonbasic land. Activate this ability only if an opponent controls four or more lands.

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Thraben Inspector

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.17

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When Thraben Inspector enters the battlefield, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Aether Vial

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial.
{T}: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Kor Firewalker

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.29

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Protection from red
Whenever a player casts a red spell, you may gain 1 life.

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Restoration Angel

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.22

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Flash
Flying
When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

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Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Color Identity:W

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First strike
Noncreature spells cost {1} more to cast.

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Burrenton Forge-Tender

Color Identity:W

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Protection from red
Sacrifice Burrenton Forge-Tender: Prevent all damage a red source of your choice would deal this turn.

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Giver of Runes

Color Identity:W

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{T}: Another target creature you control gains protection from colorless or from the color of your choice until end of turn.

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Flickerwisp

Color Identity:W

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Flying
When Flickerwisp enters the battlefield, exile another target permanent. Return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Charming Prince

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.45

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When Charming Prince enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Scry 2.
• You gain 3 life.
• Exile another target creature you own. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Mirran Crusader

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $1.14

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Double strike, protection from black and from green

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Containment Priest

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.37

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Flash
If a nontoken creature would enter the battlefield and it wasn't cast, exile it instead.

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Disenchant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Color Identity:W

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First strike
Creatures and nonbasic lands your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.

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Field of Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles their library.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Leonin Arbiter

Color Identity:W

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Players can't search libraries. Any player may pay {2} for that player to ignore this effect until end of turn.

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Tocatli Honor Guard

Color Identity:W

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Creatures entering the battlefield don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Ghost Quarter

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice Ghost Quarter: Destroy target land. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle their library.

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Settle the Wreckage

Color Identity:W

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Exile all attacking creatures target player controls. That player may search their library for that many basic land cards, put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Aven Mindcensor

Color Identity:W

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Flash
Flying
If an opponent would search a library, that player searches the top four cards of that library instead.

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Phyrexian Revoker

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As Phyrexian Revoker enters the battlefield, choose a nonland card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated.

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I'll be honest; this is pretty close to an optimal build of Mono-White Death & Taxes minus a few sideboard and mana options. The upgrades are as follows, and recommend doing these in order.

Maindeck

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is a hallmark of Death & Taxes. It's the perfect turn-two play as it virtually time walks your opponent if they want to remove it. Giver of Runes is another ideal card for the strategy. Giving your threats protection from any color (including colorless!) is an effect Modern has wanted for some time. And while it isn't Mother of Runes, it's the next best thing. 

Otherwise, grabbing an Eiganjo Castle for a Plains and two Gideon, Ally of Zendikar for the sideboard is a decent way to round out this semi-optimal build. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is a fantastic answer for control archetypes, and Eiganjo Castle is a unique alternative to protect your legendary creatures such as Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Mono-White Eldrazi & Taxes

As mentioned earlier in the article, Mono-White Death & Taxes often features Eldrazi as powerful and disruptive threats. If you want to add Eldrazi to your build, I recommend trying something like this once you have semi-optimized your build.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Mono-White Eldrazi & Taxes (Semi-Optimal) by Emmmzyne

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Cards

Disenchant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Burrenton Forge-Tender

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.24

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Protection from red
Sacrifice Burrenton Forge-Tender: Prevent all damage a red source of your choice would deal this turn.

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Path to Exile

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.73

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Exile target creature. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.20

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Phyrexian Revoker

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As Phyrexian Revoker enters the battlefield, choose a nonland card name.
Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated.

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Flickerwisp

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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Flying
When Flickerwisp enters the battlefield, exile another target permanent. Return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.

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Eldrazi Temple

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {C}{C}. Spend this mana only to cast colorless Eldrazi spells or activate abilities of colorless Eldrazi.

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Tocatli Honor Guard

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.23

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Creatures entering the battlefield don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Leonin Arbiter

Color Identity:W

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Players can't search libraries. Any player may pay {2} for that player to ignore this effect until end of turn.

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Aether Vial

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial.
{T}: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Containment Priest

Color Identity:W

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Flash
If a nontoken creature would enter the battlefield and it wasn't cast, exile it instead.

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Shefet Dunes

Color Identity:W

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {W}.
{2}{W}{W}, {T}, Sacrifice a Desert: Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Kor Firewalker

Color Identity:W

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Protection from red
Whenever a player casts a red spell, you may gain 1 life.

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Thought-Knot Seer

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({C} represents colorless mana.)
When Thought-Knot Seer enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it and exile that card.
When Thought-Knot Seer leaves the battlefield, target opponent draws a card.

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Blade Splicer

Color Identity:W

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When Blade Splicer enters the battlefield, create a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token.
Golems you control have first strike.

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Eldrazi Displacer

Color Identity:W

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Devoid (This card has no color.)
{2}{C}: Exile another target creature, then return it to the battlefield tapped under its owner's control. ({C} represents colorless mana.)

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Thraben Inspector

Color Identity:W

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When Thraben Inspector enters the battlefield, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Plains

Color Identity:W

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Color Identity:W

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First strike
Creatures and nonbasic lands your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.

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Mirran Crusader

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Double strike, protection from black and from green

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Giver of Runes

Color Identity:W

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{T}: Another target creature you control gains protection from colorless or from the color of your choice until end of turn.

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Tectonic Edge

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Tectonic Edge: Destroy target nonbasic land. Activate this ability only if an opponent controls four or more lands.

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Ghost Quarter

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice Ghost Quarter: Destroy target land. Its controller may search their library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle their library.

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Settle the Wreckage

Color Identity:W

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Exile all attacking creatures target player controls. That player may search their library for that many basic land cards, put those cards onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle their library.

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Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

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First strike
Noncreature spells cost {1} more to cast.

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Eldrazi Displacer and Thought-Knot Seer are a hell of a pairing and can create a dangerous loop in the late game. These updates can be pricey due to the success of Eldrazi Tron as of late, but they offer a more reliable win condition. In rare cases, Reality Smasher crops up in Eldrazi & Taxes lists as a two-of, but I think Thought-Knot Seer is enough in most cases. 

In terms of an optimal Death & Taxes build, Stoneforge Mystic crops up alongside Sword of Fire and Ice and Batterskull to reference the Legacy variant. As a result, these cards are incredibly pricey, and I recommend holding off until they're reprinted in Double Masters. It's not essential to run Stoneforge Mystic, but it allows plays beautifully alongside Eldrazi Displacer and Flickerwisp to churn out powerful equipment and by reusing its enters-the-battlefield effect. 

As mentioned before, Death & Taxes's strength lies in its disruptive options preying on other strategies. It's not an easy strategy to pick up, as it requires format knowledge to understand how to use your tools effectively. Despite this, it's an exciting approach to play Magic that will put your opponents into challenge mode. As Benjamin Franklin once famously said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes (and maybe Eldrazi)."