Magic: the Gathering
Mizzix's Masteryto break
Velomachus Lorehold, but we do have another combination of cards that could very well be an even more efficient combo in the format:
Indomitable Creativity, which essentially works like a one-card combo by sacrificing the various tokens the deck can produce,
Sage of the Falls's ability will trigger, and you may draw a card and discard a card. Every time you draw a card,
The Locust Godwill create a 1/1 Insect token with Haste that will trigger Sage of the Falls again. With this combination, you can have an army of 1/1 tokens with flying to attack the opponent and win the game in the same turn. Otherwise, the deck works essentially as a Jeskai Control with counters, removals, draw spells,
Shark Typhoon, among other options. However, it's not just Jeskai Creativity that seems to be migrating from another format straight to Pioneer:
Curious Obsessionis an option that doesn't usually see play outside of blue decks like Mono-Blue or Spirits, but is almost as effective in this deck as it would be in the other Tempo decks as it allows you to maintain a card advantage engine while clears the opponent's board with your spells. It wouldn't surprise me to see Izzet Prowess become one of the mainstays of the format in the near future.
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer.
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferermade a huge impact on Legacy last week, this week was the time to see the albino monkey doing results in Modern with different archetypes as well.
MonkeyBladeas they're calling it, bets on a good old Control plan, using Ragavan mostly to get value with the ability to Dash while responding to what the opponent proposes to do.
Kaldra Compleatis another MH2 addition that has received a lot of popularity on the
Stoneforge Mysticdecks and, unlike many players expected, is not necessarily competing with
Batterskull. Instead, it's being played alongside the classic artifact that defined Stoneblade as one of Magic's main archetypes for the past decade.
Force of Willor good cantrips. The best cantrip of the format, however, is
Mishra's Bauble, which in addition to being free to play, enables Delirium for
Dragon's Rage Channelerand can be constantly reused with
Lurrus of the Dream-Den.
Thieves' Guild Enforcer,
Robber of the Rich, creating a creature engine that is not only very efficient at proactively playing with discard and removals, but also creates a variety of ways to produce 2-for-1 effects.
Lurrus of the Dream-Denhas finally gained space with the departure of
Seasoned Pyromancer, and it becomes impossible not to enable it with the well-known
Dragon's Rage Channeleras a more aggressive drop than the other one-drops the deck used to play. Another nice addition to the archetype, which has some ease with splashing colors, was
Prismatic Endingwhich deals with permanents that are naturally problematic for the archetype such as
Heliod, Sun-Crowned, among others. However, it wasn't just the Ragavan decks that stood out this weekend. Let's start with Boros Stoneblade:
Imperial Recruiter, who acts as a tutor for almost every creature the deck has, always based on what exactly you need. The deck has a huge number of creatures with great ETB effects such as
Charming Prince, among others, and of course, this interaction couldn't miss
Solitude, which with
Ephemeratecan generate enormous value by exiling the opponent's creatures. The deck's Sideboard brings even more versatility by having a toolbox of cards that fit within specific matchups, but which can all be tutored with
Imperial Recruiter, thus creating a great base of Hatebears that the opponent needs to respect.
Fractured Sanityto speed up its clock. In many ways, Mill ended up becoming significantly similar to Prowess in Modern, with
Ruin Crabbeing their versions of
Soul-Scar Mageand [[Monastery Swiftspear] ] for what the deck proposes to do.
Faithless Looting" or
Faithless Salvagingif you prefer, as well as including a robust base of creatures from the new set with
Dragon's Rage Channeler. It might not sound like a big deal, but the fact that
Faithless Salvagingworks as a free spell the next turn after it's cast makes some significant difference to the archetype, as it frees up mana the next turn to prepare the explosive plays with
Urza's Saga, which tutors
Amulet of Vigorto close the combo with the bouncelands or
Expedition Mapwhich makes it possible to close the combo with
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, making it even more consistent. Amulet Titan is very likely to become the best deck of the format in the coming weeks due to the consistency the deck gained with the new land-enchantment, and it will be up to the rest of the Metagame to exploit the archetype's weaknesses.
Ignoble Hierarchto speed up mana and improve the deck's beatdown plan, and
Grist, the Hunger Tide, which can be Tutored with
Chord of Callingand
Eldritch Evolutionand has a set of abilities that interact incredibly well with the rest of the deck and adds yet another inevitability to the archetype. In many ways, Golgari Yawgmoth reminds me of the old
Birthing Poddecks, but with a lot more focus on performing your combo rather than looking to play with toolbox elements that happen to include a combo. This consistency between threats that are good on their own and interact for infinite combos with
Yawgmoth, Thran Physicianmakes the deck a great choice for Modern these days.
Gearseeker Serpentto increase the clock and also serve as a stonewall against the opponent's
Myr Enforcer, while also choosing to use
Etherium Spinnerto better handle the matchup against Faeries. The Grixis version, on the other hand, is more focused on Mirror, and perhaps because of that it is the one that gets the most good results nowadays.
Disciple of the Vaultmakes a big difference in this game, where it punishes the opponent for sacrificing their artifacts. This version also creates an extra reach for games where the board gets crowded and full of creatures, as it opens up another efficient angle of attack.
Cleansing Wildfireand artifact lands, in addition to using
Chrome Courierto get another 2-for-1 ability in an evasive body.
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrathand
Jace, the Mind Sculptor, along with a set of cantrips by
Abundant Harvest(which, don't tell anyone, but interacts absurdly well with Brainstorm), plus a pack of removals and super efficient counters make this deck a real competitor in the Metagame. The inclusion of
Endurancein the maindeck with a fourth on the side catches my attention, but the new Elemental has proven its worth within the Legacy by showing itself as a card that interacts incredibly well against some major decks in the format today like Hogaak and Doomsday, while its body, cost and the fact of having flash are relevant when playing against Delver or when you need to establish pressure at the board.
Ragavan, Nimble Pilfererto gain value and speed up the deck's clock when creating Treasure tokens. It may seem unproductive to use Ragavan and thus create a valid target for cards that are commonly useless in the opponent's hand against this type of deck, but Ragavan is an extremely relevant card when your opponents don't have those cards in hand, as it's preferable not to counter it since, despite the amount it accumulates, cards like
Show and Telland
Sneak Attackare much more important targets as they essentially win the game.
Blazing Rootwallanow has even more consistency in being able to play
Vengevinefrom the graveyard. One of the most fascinating interactions this deck has is how
Lion's Eye Diamondcan essentially function as a one-card combo in this list even on turn 1, if your hand has enough resources to make explosive plays.
Lion's Eye Diamond,
Auriok Salvagers's combo gained new pieces and more consistency with
Urza's Saga. The combo, which essentially consists of playing
Auriok Salvagersand then using
Lion's Eye Diamondto add 3 white mana, using two mana to return it to the hand and then playing it again, generating, that way, Infinite white mana that can then be used to make a giant
Walking Ballista, or create infinite tokens with
Retrofitter Foundry, now has a strong tutor in the form of
Urza's Sagathat allows the deck not to just fetching the combo pieces and adopting other means of stabilizing the board with the Construct tokens.