Deck Guide of the Day: W/B Hate Bears

Hatebears has been a successful deck for years in many different flavors, from Modern to Legacy to Vintage. Using powerful creatures that can enter the battlefield cheaply and disrupt your opponent provide that combination many decks are looking for in aggression and disruption simultaneously.

Leonin Arbiter does serious work in Modern. There are lots of search abilities between fetchlands, Path to Exile, and countless other effects. Aven Mindcensor has a similar impact on the game, while Thalia, Guardian of Thraben slows down the opposition and makes the benefits of playing cheap spells in Modern much tougher to manage.

Leonin ArbiterAven MindcensorThalia, Guardian of Thraben

Stopping the opponent from casting their spells and search abilities is fantastic, as is the addition of further disruption. Path to Exile can turn into an improved Swords to Plowshares with an Arbiter or Mindcensor in play. Ghost Quarter turns into Strip Mine.

Path to ExileGhost Quarter

Flickerwisp is one of the most powerful creatures imaginable in conjunction with Æther Vial. An instant speed creature that can target opposing permanents becomes an improved Restoration Angel. Don’t forget that you can vial in Flickerwisp in response to the Tidehollow Sculler enter the battlefield trigger and permanently exile a card from their hand. Of course, when Sculler enters the battlefield, it triggers again, and you get another card out of the deal. Completely insane. Protecting your creatures is great, and the addition of Athreos, God of Passage furthers that game plan, and a potential 5/4 indestructible threat when the game gets bogged down is another nice bonus.

FlickerwispTidehollow ScullerÆther VialAthreos, God of Passage

Here’s the full list:

Creature (27):

2 Athreos, God of Passage
2 Aven Mindcensor
1 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
3 Dark Confidant
4 Flickerwisp
2 Kitchen Finks
4 Leonin Arbiter
2 Serra Avenger
3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4 Tidehollow Sculler

Spells (11):

4 Path to Exile
4 AEther Vial
1 Sword of Light and Shadow
2 Honor of the Pure

Lands (22):

6 Plains
1 Swamp
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Eiganjo Castle
4 Ghost Quarter
2 Godless Shrine
2 Isolated Chapel
2 Shambling Vent
2 Tectonic Edge
1 Temple of Silence

Sideboard (15):

2 Disenchant
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
2 Kor Firewalker
2 Mirran Crusader
3 Rest in Peace
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
2 Thoughtseize
2 Zealous Persecution

Hate Bears is a solid strategy that many Modern players love. This deck certainly is able to dominate your next Modern tournament!

Thanks Everybody for reading,

Andreas

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