Improving at MTG – Historic Orzhov Death’s Shadow Game Play Review Part 2

Welcome to the return of our new YouTube channel! We’ll be going for a variety of content to compliment our articles. In this first part of the series, we will be conducing a game review of my build of Historic Death's Shadow!



Lurrus Shadow v2
by DoggertQBones
best of 3
7 mythic
38 rare
15 uncommon
0 common
Instants (6)
Fatal Push
Infernal Grasp
Sorceries (9)
60 Cards
Go Blank
Portable Hole
15 Cards


Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is the content manager of MTGAZone and a high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, and GW Company in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on Twitch and Discord.

4 Responses

  1. BtB says:

    only watched the 1st 2 videos and I liked it so far, thanks for that!

    Sharing my view on the discussion about playing Thoughtseize when he finds the Ocher Jelly: while I totally understand your line of thinking, I think there’s one reason why I would have done the same. At this stage of the game, I would have had no idea what the guy is playing because the cards he played so far are so out of Meta (at least for what I know of it).
    So at this stage, the opponent still has enough cards in hands that I can hope by playing thoughtseize to get a grip on “what the hell is going on”, and maybe even stop his evil plans… and turns out that it is more or less what happens.

    So I think that the point about “gaining information” should be put in the scales when weighing the decision, and in such a situation I personally feel that it was the best play.

    All this being said, I’m a very mediocre player, and barely play Historic so…. take my point of view for what it’s worth 🙂

    • DoggertQBones says:

      That’s an extremely reasonable take on the problem as well. Personally I’m so entrenched in playing around what you know since trying to extrapolate what the opponent could have with little context is a rabbit hole that I feel wastes time compared to just making the best line with the given information. With that, my given information was that they’re playing a random creature deck that’s likely just to play the biggest creature possible next turn to block and figured that’s what should guide our decision making. However, since that’s how I approached it, I would’ve lost a game you and Mike would’ve won so it’s tough to say who is ultimately correct. I think it’s still my line as playing around what you can most reasonably infer I think is a statistically better strategy, but there could be nuances that I’m missing then.

      • BtB says:

        Totally agree that this should not be looked at looking at who would have won or lost the game!
        And I totally get your point, while you gain information (which is great), you don’t advance your gameplan…

        I guess one thing is how able you feel to “guesstimate” what the other guy is playing…
        In this case, Historic has various crazy things you can make with counters, he could have been playing a poison deck, a planeswalker deck, even trying to win with Strixhaven Stadium… so I was not even sure if it was big creatures coming or something else.
        So in this case, different decision may come from different ability to gauge the situation.

        One thing as well… it’s easy for me to throw those lines of reasoning looking at a video, not even sure what I would have done “live” anyway 🙂

        • DoggertQBones says:

          For sure, I try to temper my plays in terms of what I would do in the moment as well as anyone can come up with much better lines if they take 5+ minutes per play. The way I go about it is I give myself roughly 30 seconds to a minute to come up with a play and then talk about whether that’s right or not. In the Jund Citadel video I was going to talk about a line I wanted to do that took me like 5 minutes to figure out and would’ve said this is what I would do in the moment vs what I think is the correct line, but realized I miscounted and it didn’t make the cut!