[Deck] Modern Opal Loch-Lurking


Hello there! It’s Sushi here, sorry for the lack of articles from myself recently – I’ve been of poor health, and also have been making a film! Exciting times!

Today I present to you – my Mono Blue Emry, also known as ‘Opal-Loch Lurking’! It’s essentially my own take on the Mirran Spy and Retraction Helix combo, but with extra Emry, Lurker of the Loch.

Now, “Why aren’t you playing Jeskai Ascendancy?” is what you may be asking, since Jeskai Ascendancy is the premier Emry deck in Modern, right?

Right, guys?

The answer is that I feel like Mono Blue is a lot slower and more flexible; Mono Blue Emry can grind out longer games due to her flexibility, carddraw with Paradoxical Outcome and the ability to flex cards into the deck a lot easier. However, this deck is not the same as JA; it’s like the comparisons between Green Tron and Blue Tron – that’s the best way I can describe it.

The Deck

Modern Opal Loch-Lurking by Sushiske

Creatures (12)
Walking Ballista
Emry, lurker of the loch
Mirran Spy

Spells (10)
Retraction Helix
Force of Negation
Paradoxical Outcome

Artifacts (21)
Mishra’s Bauble
Mox Opal
Mox Amber
Altar of the Brood
Arcum’s Astrolabe
Paradox Engine
Lands (17)
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Snow-Covered Island

Sideboard (15)
Pithing Needle
Relic of Progenitus
Amulet of Safekeeping
Damping Sphere
Defense Grid
Ensnaring Bridge
Force of Negation



I played two matches (well I played five, but three AFK’ed in the first round).

Match 1: Jund

Game 1

I was on the play against Jund. I kept an opening hand of Mox Opal, Polluted Delta, Snow-Covered Island, Mishra’s Bauble, Emry, Lurker of the Loch, Paradoxical Outcome and Arcum’s Astrolabe.

I won the game, getting Emry down turn 1 and then hitting Walking Ballista with the mill ability, then being able to Paradoxical Outcome to get a Mirran Spy on turn three as they tapped out with Liliana of the Veil, making me discard my drawn Arcum’s Astrolabe.

Boarded in Amulet of Safekeeping and Dismember, and boarded out Arcum’s Astrolabe and Retraction Helix

Game 2

I mulled down to 4, as two of my hands had no lands and one of them had two copies of Paradoxical Outcome. Safe to say I lost this one with a feisty Tarmogoyf to the face.

Game 3

Game 3 was great. I played Amulet of Safekeeping turn 1 and hit my Mirran Spy on the second turn draw, so all I needed was Emry, Lurker of the Loch. I used Walking Ballista to kill the Dark Confidant on board and, well, yeeted.

Match 2: Living End

This match was two games as we DCed around Game three.

Game 1

Game one was a stomp against me. I got Living Ended and I had no way to come back, as my Emry, Lurker of the Loch was killed by the opponent’s Archfiend of Ifnir.

Boarded in Relic of Progenitus and boarded out [/c]Arcum’s Astrolabe[/c].

Game 2

I came, I saw, I conquered. Filled up my graveyard with Mirran Spy, and controlled their grave with Relic of Progenitus to eventually just win when they cast their Living End, as they had no idea what my combo was at this point.


So, this deck was fun to create and play. It was definitely not as efficient as Jeskai Ascendancy, however, and may not be as good, but it made some good showings against both decks I tested against. I wish I could play more games but people kept on disconnecting from me, which sucked.

Let me know what you think, though! Join our discord to discuss this deck with us, or comment below and tweet us @wubrguk! But for now, have a nice rest of the day, and *googles catchphrase* I really need a better outro…

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