Frankly, it’s no wonder the deck took so long to come up with. Perhaps there is yet hope in the future for this iconic pair to be seen together again in Modern; but for now, their long reign has come to an end. Many people believe that Twin wasn’t strong enough to be banned (myself included) and feel that it actually held the format in check, in a strange way. The Top 10 Best Elves In Magic: The Gathering’s History, by... Standard Win-a-Box & WPNQ Preliminary #2 (Pioneer Constructed) at Manaleak (29.02.20 -01.03.20) – Tournament Report & Decklists. This was unlikely to happen due to the amount of free answers they employed, and the availability of Gitaxian Probe to check the opponent’s hand for free as well, but the rare times it did, it was more likely to lose to itself and its own triggers than to continue the game and lose to whatever deck the opponent happened to be playing, which is always a big warning flag for Wizards. If the spell is successful, you sacrifice all your lands, fetch out two Valakuts and six mountains, and shoot the opponent for 36 damage. One of the biggest winner of this change has been Ad Nauseam â a deck that does not care about creature removal at all. The true strength of the Twin decks lay mainly in the counterspells, the control suite and the Snapcaster Mage value turns which could happen freely, because the opponent was always terrified to tap out or use resources to stop anything that wasn’t Exarch. Home; MTG Salvation Forums; The Game; Modern; Established (Modern) Combo; Search Search all Forums Search this Forum Tools New Content Jump to Forum Combo. Here you will find content to help you from the kitchen table to your first GP, and everything in between. It also mulligans poorly, despite needing a lot of the right pieces early on. This combo was very effective in Extended, first arising with the release of Zendikar before Thespian’s Stage was even out, in an incredibly fast form which centred around finding combo pieces and winning by turn three. Amulet Titan will also be likely to find a spot for one. The inclusion of Eternal Witness allows you to buy back your Chord immediately, allowing for a great curve of Witness to buy back Chord, into Angel blinking Witness to buy it back again, into Kiki-Jiki on subsequent turns. Aluren (Aluren + Pandemonium + Cavern Harpy or Horned Kavu) 3. On decks with 2-card combos, we have a nearly 50% chance of finding the combo in up to 7 draws, while on 3-card combos, the probability drops to 10%. Karn should shine in all eternal formats, and even kills opposing Moxen in Vintage. Itâs reasonably fast, usually killing on turn three or four if undisrupted, but it really shines in how rarely it fails once it gets started. Another infinite combo has arisen that involves Spike Feeder and Archangel of Thune. Arguably the first âcombo deckâ that made it in tournaments, this deck was extremely â¦ Without certain bans and restrictions – ie in a vacuum – Storm is the deck the majority points to as being “the best”. The key thing to remember about Ad Nauseam is that it requires a lot of mana to “go off”, so you have a quite clearly telegraphed turn when your Lotus Blooms come off suspend and your opponent will likely have disruption at the ready. Deck of the Day â Modern Ascendancy Combo. Storm, as a concept, simply revolves around generating more mana through Manamorphose, Desperate Ritual, Seething Song, Rite of Flame and similar effects. Despite its potency in the early turns, Neoform Combo is very weak to any kind of disruption such as Thoughtseize and leans on the London Mulligan for consistency. Throughout the years, Wizards has repeatedly attempted to temper Storm, first by banning Preordain and Ponder, then Rite of Flame, then Seething Song. Essentially, in magical Christmas land, the deck spends turn one discarding a Griselbrand, and on turn two reanimates it with Goryo’s Vengeance. Arguably the best combo deck in Modern right now, Splinter Twin was the winner of Grand Prix Antwerp last weekend. Disrupting Shoal and friends hope to keep that from happening. However, if you draw both Valakuts, it’s very difficult to recover from; not only does it make your win condition susceptible to cards like Spreading Seas and Ghost Quarter, but at that point it’s incredibly slow and requires playing mountains manually most of the time, and shooting down the board to stay ahead rather than actually killing your opponent. Most popularly, it was included in the Birthing Pod lists of two and a half years ago, when Phyrexian mana proved yet again that it’s a silly mechanic and allowed access to a very easy and consistent turn-four infinite combo that was very hard to interact with. The Top 5 Modern Combos – Past and Present, by Theodore Southgate, The Top 5 Modern Combos - Past and Present, by Kerry Meyerhoff. It’s certainly very strong and in the right pair of hands can be an excellent choice of deck; however, although the combo element is easy, picking your moment, knowing the meta and most importantly knowing the interactions in your deck requires a lot of time and effort, so if you want to play Kiki-Chord well, you need to really devote yourself to it. Any new strategy in Modern takes time to refine, and I expect to see many iterations of Narset Day’s Undoing over the coming months. The uncommon planeswalker cycle has made an impression in the format already with Ashiok, Dream Render and Saheeli, Sublime Artificer making early Modern apparances. In addition to the land tutors in the deck, Sakura-Tribe Scout can drop in Blast Zone at instant speed. Not only can Karn enable sideboard threats, the -2 can return artifacts exiled by Surgical Extraction or Unmoored Ego. This new Modern combo deck is causing a ton of buzz about a possible banning, but is it as powerful in practice as it is on paper? 2019 Holiday Exchange! The deck also makes great use of Phyrexian Mana and delve to cheat mana costs. etc., making X many hasty 3/4 flyers. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. The problem wasn’t necessarily that the deck was too powerful, or that it had unreasonably good cards; only that even Cifka, the man who masterminded the deck and a professional chess master, took an age to win a match with it. It’s placed at number three for its consistency and the way it can stall games out for turn after turn until it’s ready; however, it’s very easy to fluff the combo turn due to bad luck or pilot error, so for that reason, it’s not made it into our top two. Though Ad Nauseam itself is a card that sees play in Legacy and even Vintage, it’s part of so many different combos, and the specific one I’ll discuss here has been Modern-specific since its inception. This week I dive into War of the Spark’s impact in Modern so far, and what we can expect to see in the coming weeks. Too deeply to tell.”. Of course, that’s the strategy that most Infect decks employ; however, this particular combo-oriented list includes very consistent and deadly ways of ensuring the kill. The first week with a new set is always exciting as we see players try out new cards in established decks or witness new archetypes being created. For discussion of the Modern format. It consists of having a sacrifice outlet – usually a Viscera Seer – a creature which prevents -1/-1 counters or puts +1/+1 counters on creatures such as Melira, Sylvok Outcast or Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit and finally a Persist creature to sacrifice for infinite value. Merfolk are the best tribe, no questions asked. The typical Modern Scapeshift deck looks like its Extended forebearer, a Temur Control deck that sacrifices speed for disruption like Remand and Cryptic Command, and card selection like Bring to Light, Peer Through Depths, and Compulsive Research. The inclusion of Patrician’s Scorn to blow up opposing Leylines of Sanctity is also very handy, although you must be incredibly careful using it in conjunction with Phyrexian Unlife so you don’t kill yourself. It also produces two more kill-on-sight threats for the opponent, as letting either of them live can immediately lead to trouble. There have been murmurings about banning this combo out, but the reason they haven’t – and the reason why it’s last on this top five – is because of its inconsistency. A favourite in Modern since the very beginning, Ad Nauseam is the classic turn four â¦ Unlike most combo decks, Amulet Titan had the ability to morph into a midrange deck that could go toe-to-toe with the interactive decks; in fact, Amulet was heavily favored against them. Conley’s list also features new War of the Spark utility land Blast Zone. There is no doubt that Storm has the capability of being the best combo deck in every format. Ad Nauseam is one of the cornerstones of Modern combo, a quirky and interesting deck that’s relatively easy to pilot, pretty fun to play and is very unlikely to get banned out. The combo works because Valakut checks as it enters the battlefield, and sees all the other lands entering at the same time, but in that same vein, because it can see all the mountains, it knows that you control five or more, so for each mountain that enters, it triggers once. However, now that Dredge has been put back on the naughty list, and the meta has become more aggro and creature oriented, Grishoalbrand might be well placed to make a comeback. He came up with the list not long after the Splinter Twin ban, as a way of incorporating combo into the creature decks that surged in popularity after the Eldrazi trampled into the format. Inclusion in the MTG Salvation Community by bobthefunny Jun 27, 2020 Spring Cleaning the Modern Subforum Primers by Torpf Jan 30, 2019 Essentially, you consistently draw cards without losing any mana in the process, and then using Lotus Bloom you cast Second Sunrise, returning all your “eggs” to the battlefield and beginning the whole process again. Fact not Fiction – Breaking Modern by Michael Maxwell. Let me know in the comments! The number one combo deck of all time in Extended and Modern is actually a twist on the current, more watered-down Infect archetype – Blazing Infect. ... Alexander can always be counted on to thoroughly explain all the choices he makes in deck design. The pilot and creator of this build of the deck, Patrick Dickmann, played it masterfully throughout the tournament. The deck is still around in Modern today in the form of Krark-Clan Ironworks combo; however, it’s much less consistent and quick without Second Sunrise, and therefore a lot easier to handle. Modern is Magic: the Gathering’s second most popular format, and it features cards from all Magic sets stretching back to Eighth Edition and original Mirrodin block. Please check my other decks. From there, the deck plays like the Grishoalbrand combo deck, using expensive green spells and Nourishing Shoal to fuel repeated draw sevens. And if they had no cards in hand previously, you can lock them out of the game. With Modern Horizons around the corner, maybe a card like Arcane Denial will join the format. The two-card combo could even prove to be an alternate win condition package for blue control decks to include in their 75. Lore Broker does an incremental version of the same thing. The information presented on this site about Magic: The Gathering, both literal and graphical, is copyrighted by Wizards of the Coast. I don’t expect to see Neoform Combo break Modern if the London Mulligan comes into full effect as it’s so easy to disrupt and doesn’t have a long-game strategy. If you’re thinking that this combo has a lot of moving pieces and seems very long-winded, you’d be completely correct. Eventually, you end up with most of your deck in your hand and the rest in the graveyard, and you can flash back a Past in Flames to do it all again. Storm is a very consistent combo deck and a perennial player in Modern. Since the emergence of the original list, there have been various different builds brought to light, some even including blue mana for Serum Visions and tempo counterspells such as Remand which aren’t so fast, but which try to protect themselves a little more. Essentially, you can sacrifice the Kitchen Finks X number of times, with either Melira preventing the Persist counters from going onto it or Anafenza immediately cancelling them out with bolster, and use Viscera Seer’s ability to scry Murderous Redcap to the top, gaining infinite life in the process as a by-product. As I mentioned last week, if a card becomes too powerful due to the London Mulligan, this should raise questions about that card’s legality in the format rather shifting blame towards the London Mulligan. In addition, Karn compliments Mycosynth Lattice incredibly well by acting as a one-sided Stony Silence. As you can see in the list above, the -2 ability enables a “Wish” sideboard for situational cards even in game one. The combo is very effective because not only does it just require any seven lands (as long as two are green) and Scapeshift, but it is actually backed up by counterspells as well. In the Modern format of Magic: The Gathering, some decks blend basic archetypes to create something entirely new. This article is going to be a bit of a special one, which will delve into the history of Modern and its predecessor, Extended, to talk about the most degenerate, fun and wacky combos that have ever graced the format. War of the Spark looks to be making a fantastic impact in its first week. Abzan Company. Gifts Storm. It can be aggressive, grindy or just turn around and kill you out of nowhere, and with Eternal Witness constantly buying back resources and access to white’s removal and sideboard hate, it’s got many different options for how to play the games out. With one Lotus Bloom you can consistently draw, and with two, you can go completely infinite. It really is very easy to disrupt, and although you have Pact of Negation to protect you, you must be aware of your opponent’s board and open mana, and play around things accordingly. However, its fragility in the face of drawing Valakuts is a big issue, and its backup plan is slow and arduous, and for this reason it’s placed at number four. Then, they pitch Simian Spirit Guides, to cast Desperate Rituals, to gain enough mana to cast Faithless Looting if they need to draw more, or Through the Breach if they’ve already found their combo. It’s very dull, sometimes requires note-taking or doing maths on paper to figure out what you can or can’t do, and makes everyone involved wish they were anywhere else. Although going 5-0 in a League may not be a high-profile achievement, the deck offers plenty of potential. In this series, I’m going to explore Modern in-depth, looking at the format in its current state, analysing what existed in the past, and giving you an idea of what sort of cards to play, or play around. It made every game a tightrope of tough decisions. The following is a guide to the range of materials... We are the longest running Magic: The Gathering retailer in the UK, trading since 1998. All mine decks are well tested and optimized in terms of draw power, dead hand, synergy. The deck is simultaneously a zoo deck, a hatebears deck and a combo deck seamlessly wrapped up in a package of mana dorks, tutors and removal. It’s an archetype present in every format that Storm finishers are legal in, even in Modern to this day. Mistvein Borderpost looks a bit odd in this list, but it fixes while also being pitchable to Commandeer and Disrupting Shoal.