Magic: the Gathering
By Leon, 01/04/20
Heliod, Sun-Crowned, the new card can create a combo that only needs 2 cards: itself and
Heliod, Sun-Crownedmanages to give lifelink to
Walking Ballistafor 2 mana, so for each counter you remove from the ballista to deal 1 direct damage to your opponent, you also gain 1 life.
Heliod, Sun-Crowned's ability also allows you to put 1 +1/+1 counter on a creature each time you gain life, so for each damage the ballista pings, you can put an additional counter +1/+1 on it, that can be removed to deal more damage, becoming an infinite combo that allows you to gain infinite life and deal infinite damage to target opponent. Interesting no? Before in an article, I explained the difference between 2-cards combos to 3-cards. 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%. Of course, redundancy in the combo allows you to change these odds, so we'll present Modern decks here with the combo of the moment trying to produce a lot of redundancy!
MONO-WHITE SOUL SISTERIt's been over 6 months since a soul sister deck has appeared on the metagame! But recently, last month, we saw a deck with
Martyr of Sandsdoing 5-0 at MTGO . The deck is simple and straightforward, intended to get over 30 life to activate
Serra Ascendantability and create a significant clock in the opponent. As Heliod trigger ability works for each life gain, I changed
Martyr of Sandsfor the soul sisters:
Soul's Attendantwho can become a
Heliod, Sun-Crownedin the battlefield.
Ranger-Captain of Eosthat can get
Walking Ballistawhen it enters the battlefield. The deck have a midrange stance, but with a 2-card combo that can win the game at any time and with cards that have extreme synergy with each other on the deck.
SELESNYA DEVOTED HELIODThe other option we see with Heliod is to insert it into a familiar and already strong deck in Modern format: Devoted Druid! We made some changes to this 5-0 list here.
Vizier of Remedies; so Ballista was already naturally entering the deck. The combo has the advantage of being protected by
Giver of Runesand having many tutors:
Finale of Devastation,
Ranger-Captain of Eosand
Once Upon a Time.
Have we missed any decks on which
Heliod, Sun-Crownedcan shine? Comment and let's add here in the article!