The taxman cometh and he cometh with more CARD ADVANTAGE. Gonti is pure value and playing with your opponents cards is probably the most fun you can have so let’s go! Got one Gonti, Lord of Luxury in the main and one in the side for twice the luxuriousness. He should be great in any midrange match ups, but certainly not ideal against aggro. I’m excited to try him out in a competitive league. Flickerwisp targeting Gonti? Eldrazi Displacer for all the Gonti glory? Sign me right up, sir, I’ll take 2!

Wanna see a decklist?

4 Aether Vial
4 Path to Exile
4 Leonin Arbiter
4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Tidehollow Sculler
2 Dark Confidant
4 Flickerwisp
4 Eldrazi Displacer
3 Wasteland Strangler
4 Thought-Knot Seer
1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury

2 Plains
1 Swamp
2 Shambling Vent
1 Godless Shrine
4 Caves of Koilos
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Ghost Quarter

1 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
1 Zealous Persecution
1 Orzhov Pontiff
1 Aven Mindcensor
1 Collective Brutality
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Wasteland Strangler
2 Rest in Peace
2 Fatal Push
3 Stony Silence

So yeah, typical Eldrazi and Taxes with a little Gonti splash. Swapped a Dark Confidant for the main deck Gonti. They do a similar thing as far as providing card advantage and Gonti has a significant edge when it comes to the body. Deathtouch ain’t nothing to scoff at, yo.

Check out this quick deck tech and competitive league:

(don’t read on unless you want spoilers)

So there is some room for improvement here. Certainly performed sub par mostly due to pilot error. I’ll be honest and admit I haven’t had as much time for magic lately and I was a bit rusty. I think I realized most of the mistakes afterwards, but the part that gets me is that I’m sure I missed some even after the fact. Going to need to up my game if I want to throw down with the top cats soon.

Mistakes aside, I think we got some below average draws and mulliganed a lot which also doesn’t help. Magic does have a fair amount of variance and sometimes they have turn one Steel Overseer, turn two Ghirapur Aether Grid. Not much you can do about it. That being said, I do think Gonti has legs. I mean, they aren’t shown on the art, but he has arms and looks humanoid so… Hah, yeah, he’s also a powerful card with great value in the modern environment. I’m looking forward to testing with him more.

Have you been testing Gonti? Do you have another cool card you like in the deck? Is it spicy? Let me know! I’m streaming a lot over at and I’m on twitter @kaosofmind.

See ya next week!