Modern: Grixis Shadow, Optimization and Tempo
In today's article, we will take a closer look at Grixis Death's Shadow, which combines the classic and the contemporary to create one of its most optimized versions!
Grixis Shadow - Tacosalad
Analyzing the List
wantto lose. However, it remains a controlled use, giving the player the choice to get a basic land or simply pulling a tapped shockland so as not to lose two life points in moments when you don't need the setup. Another card that also helps our life loss strategy is Thoughtseize. As one of the best discards ever printed, Seize gains more strength here, since its drawback is converted to the deck's engine, not to mention that thanks to the information and the exchange of resources that the card is crucial for "controlling" our opponent and not lose more life than necessary.
and planeswalkersfor just one mana. However, there are specific situations where Heat isn't enough, situations where the most important thing is not the creatures' toughness but their cost, so Fatal Push covers the "fifth removal" slot well for specific moments, like a creature attached to Colossus Hammer, or even to creatures with protection (keep in mind that Phyrexian Crusader was a huge thing on the MTG Vegas, as it escapes the most present removals of the format).
yourendstep. Also, I've seen Dress Down being used to stop Dragon's Rage Channeler from attacking in unfavorable exchanges, not to mention that the card works well to stop ETB' and other opposing effects.
Rhythm and Tempo
tempo, the number of setups and different deck requirements make it have a very specific margin of functionality. The good thing is that they are controllable setups, which allows the player to find them at the same point in the game, and this point is crucial for you to finish the game; taking too long can cause your resources to lose functionality and thus become increasingly difficult to beat your opponent. For example, there will be a moment in the game where you will have Delirium, the opponent will have a relevant number of cards in the graveyard, and you will have enough life for your Death's Shadow to be a threat, at which point you have access to the best removals, counters and beaters, making it very difficult for the opponent to fight back, since everything you have works better and costs less. Seizing this moment to end the game is crucial, even more so for Shadow, which involves the "low life" factor. But when managing the resources and uniting the functionality of the cards, Grixis Death's Shadow becomes an almost unstoppable deck, being extremely difficult to play against and winning many times for absurd advantages.
Alternate Card Choices
SoulStrong's list, which used a single Snapcaster Mage in their build. The reality is that the deck is also a compilation of the best spells in terms of cost-effectiveness, so reusing them is extremely beneficial. He doesn't have the best aggressive body, but he can do some interesting tricks and trades.