Black Green Traverse, List and Sideboard Plan

Jeremy Dezani

Jeremy Dezani

Black Green is my favourite modern deck in this metagame. Here is my actual list and all you need to know about the utilization of the sideboard.


Jeremy Dezani – Black Green Traverse

2 《Swamp》
1 《Forest》
3 《Overgrown Tomb》
4 《Verdant Catacombs》
3 《Marsh Flats》
4 《Blooming Marsh》
1 《Treetop Village》
1 《Ghost Quarter》

-Lands (19)-

4 《Dark Confidant》
4 《Tarmogoyf》
1 《Scavenging Ooze》
2 《Tireless Tracker》
1 《Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet》

-Creatures (12)-
4 《Traverse the Ulvenwald》
4 《Fatal Push》
4 《Inquisition of Kozilek》
2 《Thoughtseize》
2 《Abrupt Decay》
2 《Go for the Throat》
1 《Collective Brutality》
2 《Maelstrom Pulse》
3 《Mishra's Bauble》
1 《Nihil Spellbomb》
4 《Liliana of the Veil》

-Spells (29)-
3 《Collective Brutality》
2 《Flaying Tendrils》
2 《Grafdigger's Cage》
2 《Nihil Spellbomb》
1 《Big Game Hunter》
1 《Fulminator Mage》
1 《Chameleon Colossus》
1 《Ishkanah, Grafwidow》
1 《Creeping Corrosion》
1 《Damnation》

-Sideboard (15)-
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Grixis Death’s Shadow

Snapcaster MageDeath's ShadowKolaghan's Command

This matchup is going to be a topdeck match a lot of time because both players play lots of discard and removal. The goal is to get a card advantage and have few bad cards for the late game.

Liliana of the VeilChameleon Colossus

《Liliana of the Veil》is a really annoying card for Grixis. 《Chameleon Colossus》 is a beast in this match and it is almost impossible to lose with it in play.

Fatal PushAbrupt Decay

《Fatal Push》 and 《Abrupt Decay》 do the same job, one is cheaper but the other one can be an answer against 《Liliana, the Last Hope》 or 《Liliana of the Veil》. Also 《Abrupt Decay》 can’t be countered by 《Stubborn Denial》.

VS Grixis Death’s Shadow


Out

Thoughtseize Thoughtseize Fatal Push Fatal Push
Collective Brutality Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet


In

Chameleon Colossus Big Game Hunter Nihil Spellbomb Nihil Spellbomb
Ishkanah, Grafwidow Damnation

BW Eldrazi Aggro

Tidehollow ScullerWasteland StranglerRelic of Progenitus

《Liliana of the Veil》 is great against eldrazi creatures but 《Lingering Souls》 is hamstringing it. You need cards which can deal with the tokens like 《Ishkanah, Grafwidow》.

Flaying Tendrils

《Flaying Tendrils》 can also kill 《Tidehollow Sculler》 and 《Wasteland Strangler》. The 4 《Relic of Progenitus》 will decrease the power of your 《Traverse the Ulvenwald》. The match is going to go long, so you should decrease the number of discard spells because they are bad topdecks.

VS BW Eldrazi Aggro


Out

Liliana of the Veil Traverse the Ulvenwald Inquisition of Kozilek Thoughtseize
Nihil Spellbomb


In

Ishkanah, Grafwidow Big Game Hunter Flaying Tendrils Flaying Tendrils
Damnation

Uxx Control

Supreme VerdictAncestral VisionCryptic Command

Control decks can have wildly different lists, so the in and out depends of what you saw from them game one.

Go for the ThroatMaelstrom Pulse

《Abrupt Decay》 is good against 《Detention Sphere》 and 《Rest in Peace》. 《Go for the Throat》 is good against 《Tasigur, the Golden Fang》 and 《Celestial Colonnade》.

《Maelstrom Pulse》 helps against everything including planswalkers but it’s an expensive card. If your opponent is playing 《Snapcaster Mage》 and 《Lingering Souls》 you can add a 《Grafdigger's Cage》 to the 3 《Nihil Spellbomb》.

VS Uxx Control


Out

Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet Go for the Throat Go for the Throat


In

Ishkanah, Grafwidow Collective Brutality Collective Brutality Collective Brutality
Fulminator Mage Nihil Spellbomb Nihil Spellbomb

VS Dredge


Out

Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push
Liliana of the Veil Liliana of the Veil Liliana of the Veil Liliana of the Veil
Go for the Throat Go for the Throat Abrupt Decay Abrupt Decay


In

Flaying Tendrils Flaying Tendrils Collective Brutality Collective Brutality
Grafdigger's Cage Grafdigger's Cage Nihil Spellbomb Nihil Spellbomb
Damnation Ishkanah, Grafwidow Chameleon Colossus Fulminator Mage

Eldrazi Tron

Thought-Knot SeerReality SmasherEndbringer

I had a lot of sideboard cards for this match before, but I realized it is not really necessary. You don’t have useless cards in your main deck, all removal has targets. 《Liliana of the Veil》 is also much better for this match than against BW eldrazi.

VS Eldrazi Tron


Out

Nihil Spellbomb
Collective Brutality
Fatal Push


In

Ishkanah, Grafwidow
Big Game Hunter
Fulminator Mage

Affinity

Signal PestCranial PlatingEtched Champion

As usual the most annoying card you can face as a BG deck is 《Etched Champion》. Adding 4 “Wrath” effects which could kill it is important. You have a lot of removal for the other creatures.

VS Affinity


Out

Dark Confidant Dark Confidant Dark Confidant Dark Confidant
Go for the Throat Go for the Throat Thoughtseize Thoughtseize
Nihil Spellbomb


In

Ishkanah, Grafwidow Collective Brutality Collective Brutality Collective Brutality
Fulminator Mage Creeping Corrosion Flaying Tendrils Flaying Tendrils
Damnation

Collected Vizier

Devoted DruidCollected CompanyVizier of Remedies

You can compare this match to the old UG infect deck. Playing removal on creatures and discard their 《Collected Company》 and 《Chord of Calling》 is the best way to win the game. 《Collective Brutality》 is perfect for doing both.

Collective Brutality

If you have too many creatures you lose the game, this is why you side out 2 《Tarmogoyf》. You cut 2 《Inquisition of Kozilek》 because you can’t discard a《Collected Company》 with it and you prefer removal for the late game. If you think your opponent is playing more than 2 《Eternal Witness》 you can also add a second 《Nihil Spellbomb》.

VS Collected Vizier


Out

Inquisition of Kozilek Inquisition of Kozilek Tarmogoyf Tarmogoyf
Liliana of the Veil Maelstrom Pulse Tireless Tracker


In

Grafdigger's Cage Grafdigger's Cage Flaying Tendrils Flaying Tendrils
Collective Brutality Collective Brutality Collective Brutality

VS Burn


Out

Dark Confidant Dark Confidant Dark Confidant Dark Confidant
Nihil Spellbomb


In

Ishkanah, Grafwidow Collective Brutality Collective Brutality Collective Brutality
Fulminator Mage

VS RG Ramp


Out

Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push


In

Fulminator Mage Big Game Hunter Collective Brutality Collective Brutality

VS RG Valakut


Out

Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push
Abrupt Decay Abrupt Decay


In

Big Game Hunter Collective Brutality Collective Brutality Collective Brutality
Chameleon Colossus Fulminator Mage

VS Abzan


Out

Fatal Push Inquisition of Kozilek Thoughtseize Thoughtseize
Collective Brutality


In

Ishkanah, Grafwidow Big Game Hunter Nihil Spellbomb Nihil Spellbomb
Damnation

Jund

Dark ConfidantTarmogoyfヴェールのリリアナ

Only 《Kolaghan's Command》 use the graveyard, so you don’t need 《Nihil Spellbomb》. Same as with Grixis Shadow, the one for ones in both decks will transform the game into topdeck mode. Decreasing your discard and increasing your threats are the key to the late game.

VS Jund


Out

Nihil Spellbomb Collective Brutality Thoughtseize Thoughtseize


In

Damnation Ishkanah, Grafwidow Chameleon Colossus Big Game Hunter

VS Ad Nauseam


Out

Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push
Nihil Spellbomb Go for the Throat Go for the Throat


In

Fulminator Mage Collective Brutality Collective Brutality Collective Brutality
Creeping Corrosion Ishkanah, Grafwidow Chameleon Colossus

VS UR Storm


Out

Go for the Throat Go for the Throat Fatal Push Fatal Push
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet Tireless Tracker Tireless Tracker


In

Grafdigger's Cage Grafdigger's Cage Nihil Spellbomb Nihil Spellbomb
Collective Brutality Collective Brutality Collective Brutality

VS Living End


Out

Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push
Go for the Throat Go for the Throat Abrupt Decay Abrupt Decay
Liliana of the Veil Liliana of the Veil


In

Big Game Hunter Collective Brutality Collective Brutality Collective Brutality
Fulminator Mage Chameleon Colossus Nihil Spellbomb Nihil Spellbomb
Damnation Ishkanah, Grafwidow

VS Lantern Control


Out

Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push Fatal Push
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet Go for the Throat Go for the Throat


In

Creeping Corrosion Ishkanah, Grafwidow Nihil Spellbomb Nihil Spellbomb
Collective Brutality Collective Brutality Collective Brutality

VS Elves


Out

Tarmogoyf Liliana of the Veil Liliana of the Veil Liliana of the Veil
Nihil Spellbomb Tireless Tracker Inquisition of Kozilek Inquisition of Kozilek


In

Damnation Collective Brutality Collective Brutality Collective Brutality
Grafdigger's Cage Grafdigger's Cage Flaying Tendrils Flaying Tendrils

I hope you will also find success with this deck.

Thank you for reading,

Jeremy DEZANI

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