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Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hungerand a game plan with naturally good cards in the format like
The Akroan War.
Blighstep Pathwayin its manabase, in addition to including new cards that can easily become Staples in the format:
Valki, God of Lieshas already been the protagonist of Twitter topics in other formats, while
Immersturm Predatorstill shows that evasive and difficult-to-kill threats are still as good as they were at the time of
Runeforge Championtogether with the rune cycle of the new set to generate card advantage, in addition to the classic shell that we have seen in some Boros lists with
Bonecrusher Giantand [ [Goldspan Dragon]].
Narset, Parter of Veilswith
Day's Undoingand , finally, the use of
Thing in the Ice, one of the most expressive clocks of Pioneer until today but that never had much opportunity to shine in the format, as its main wincondition.
Valki, God of Lies, whose Tibalt side can be played for free through
Bring to Light, in the same way that we will see with the Cascade in other formats.
Violent Outburstto cast a
Tibalt, Cosmic Impostorwithout paying its cost and accumulate horrors of Card Advantage from that. And it comes, of course, with variants! Here is the Top 8 of Saturday's Modern Challenge: 2 Four-Color Valki Cascade 2 Burn 1 Jund Valki Cascade 1 Four-Color Omnath 1 Bant Spirits 1 Death and Taxes Let's dissect this new archetype a bit, shall we ?
Violent Outburstto bring the Cosmic Impostor to the board as soon as possible, sometimes in Turn 2 thanks to the addition of
Simian Spirit Guideand [ [Gemstone Caverns]]. The deck's plan B includes trying to play as a kind of aggro lock with
Magus of the Moonand
Bloodbraid Elftogether with
Bonescrusher Giantand [[ Seasoned Pyromancer] to obtain value in the game and go for the beatdown.
Simian Spirit Guideand
Gemstone Caverns, but has a game plan with more friction and card advantage in the form of
Teferi, Time Ravelerand
Omnath, Locus of Creation, in addition to including more consistent means of protecting the "combo" and playing the mirror with [ [Teferi, Time Raveler]] and
Force of Negation. The deck's Sideboard features a plan that serves both to interact with other decks and to include other ways to interact and win the game like
Vraska, Golgari Queenand
Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath.
Brazen Borroweras a likely plan B when needed) and making use of a significant amount of free spells like
Force of Negationto punish the opponent's interaction. Unlike the previous version, the sideboard on this list includes Staples more aimed at protecting the deck or dealing with other decks in the most direct and objective way possible. On Sunday, we also had the presence of Valki Cascade decks in the Top 8: 3 Four-Color Valki 1 Simic Nexus 1 Rakdos Shadow 1 Dimir Mill 1 Merfolks 1 Hammer Time As we have already commented too much about Valki Cascade, I want to emphasize this time Kaktusowysmok's Merfolks, as it is one of the most classic archetypes of Magic and one that can make good use of important cards of the format today as
Force of Negationwhile establishing good pressure against opponents with your Aggro plan.
Bonder’s Ornamentto Pauper makes it very easy to add splashes to many decks as it is not only a mana rock, but also a Card Advantage engine. The fact that Ponza also uses
Utopia Sprawlonly makes it easier to include another color. Adding black to the deck means having better interactions against your opponent's early game in the form of
Chainer's Edict, in addition to including one of the most powerful cards against the Midranges and friction decks of the format in the sideboard:
Reaping the Graves, which generates a huge amount of value if two or more creatures with Cascade comes back with it, as these will generate even more value at the table as well as being difficult threats to deal with. On Sunday, the Pauper Challenge was composed of the following Top 8: 3 Izzet Faeries 1 Gruul Ponza 1 Tron 1 Dimir Delver 1 Dimir Faeries 1 Elves Among these, I highlight the list of Izzet Faeries of the player Brivenix, using cards like
Mistblade Shinobiand a card that has gradually become a staple of the blue-based decks of the format:
Behold the Multiverse, which allows with a low investment to have a good source of card selection while still allowing to keep mana open for any threats that the deck needs to respond to.
Force of Willand
Misdirection, greater consistency to doplay the combo in the first turns with the inclusion of
Elvish Spirit Guide] ] and the inclusion of the best Cascade creature ever made in the game in the form of [[Shardless Agent. But for me, what stands out on the deck is his true plan B:
Oko, Thief of Crownsbecomes the main wincondition of the deck with
Brazen Borrowerwhen you don't have the means to fight and win the game using your opponent's cards. On Sunday, we had the following Top 8 on Legacy Challenge: 3 Valki Cascade 2 Temur Delver 1 Four-Color Snow 1 Burn 1 Doomsday Again, we see Valki Cascade's decks appearing in the Legacy by weight in the Top 8, which may be a sign that the deck has enough potential to take a deck like Shardless Sultai to the Tier 1 level.
Lavinia, Azorius Renegadeas an answer against these decks that have become very popular right now.
Lavinia, Azorius Renegade,
Damping Sphere] ], [[Teferi, Time Raveler
Deafening Silenceand, depending on the deck,
Roiling Vortexcan also be a great way to punish your opponent as the combo does not win the game immediately. It is too early to say whether we are facing yet another broken archetype or not, but at least this archetype is unlikely to need direct intervention in the form of banning, since it is only necessary to change the rules in order to make two sides of the card count towards its converted mana cost or that each side has its own converted cost for situations like Cascade or Bring to Light. Until then, if you have the option to make a
Tibalt, Cosmic Impostorin turn 2, do so without guilt.