But we have a more interesting contender: Narset, Parter of Veils has been making huge waves in Vintage as a way to make powerful draw-sevens such as Timetwister one-sided. With the Mythic Championships out of the way until July, everyone’s attention is focused on War of the Spark. View All 15 Decks Modern Preliminary #12231159 on 2020-11-23. Obviously, having a 20/20 flying indestructible on turn two or three is absolutely bonkers, as unless your opponent has an exile effect and the mana to cast it, they’re just dead. The deck runs Chord of Calling and Collected Company, so it can power out a lot of creatures in a turn, and as the main combo piece is actually a Persist creature, it means that usually it’s quite difficult to be able to actually remove it efficiently. Eggs is one of the weirdest, and most long-winded, combo decks ever dreamed up. The deck also makes great use of Phyrexian Mana and delve to cheat mana costs. Go infinite with cantrips using this enjoyable, C-tier brew using Omniscience. Eventually, you have built up enough Storm count, and you can use a finisher like Grapeshot, Brain Freeze or Tendrils of Agony to kill your opponent. It also mulligans poorly, despite needing a lot of the right pieces early on. This also works well with Vendilion Clique, which can turn into pure discard. It’s an archetype present in every format that Storm finishers are legal in, even in Modern to this day. Outside of Tron, I predict that Karn will appear in Prison strategies such as Four-Color Whir or even Big Red Prison. So what’s the top combo deck in Modern right now?…. I began playing Modern just after Birthing Pod was banned, and so Splinter Twin holds a special place in my heart as the “deck to beat” when I was new to the format. Karn, the Great Creator offers a few new abilities to Tron. Between Noble Hierarch and Birds of Paradise, there are usually a lot of low-cost creatures powered out early, making it easy to cast. Arguably the first “combo deck” that made it in tournaments, this deck was extremely … 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. featuring Herbal Poultice, no less! The fact remains, though, that no matter which style of deck, the combo was incredibly consistent, easy to tutor up and had the inevitability factor, as tapping out to further your own game plan could always immediately result in your death out of the blue, as early as turn two. You can’t get back exiled Tron lands, but it’s still a powerful ability. Or, if you want to put a stop to all the filthy degenerates, what strategies will you need to pile on the hate for? Exarch and Pestermite are perfectly costed at 3 mana and only one blue, with the ability to flash in at the opponent’s end step, tap down their waiting counterspell mana and then flow beautifully into an untap and turn-four Twin. However, you’re paying one mana per life and Thopter token, which is too slow to race unfair combo decks. When they rotated and Storm was left without its primary win condition, it became worse but still not unplayable. If you want to venture into combo, it’s a great place to start. That strategy has also popped into Modern, thanks to noted brewer Colney Woods. Modern has changed. The deck plays out very much like a control deck. This website is not produced, endorsed, supported, or affiliated with Wizards of the Coast. Frankly, it’s no wonder the deck took so long to come up with. Storm is a very consistent combo deck and a perennial player in Modern. It is the very definition of the classic turn four deck. 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. There are many exciting combo decks still available in Modern, whatever your style, and here I’ll examine the five best and most format-defining combo decks that have managed to survive the ban hammer. 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. The Top 5 Modern Combos – Past and Present, by Theodore Southgate, The Top 5 Modern Combos - Past and Present, by Kerry Meyerhoff. If you have Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, you can get it as early as turn two by making your Depths able to tap for black. Therefore, although I am aware Storm is a viable Modern deck, I believe that it belongs here in its strongest forms, among the best decks of history. ... Alexander can always be counted on to thoroughly explain all the choices he makes in deck design. 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. In addition, the fact that the main namesake of the deck is a tutor means that the deck can be incredibly flexible and fit any role required of it; if there is hate brought in for the combo, it can switch to bringing out Voice of Resurgence or Sun Titan and simply go for a brute force win, or even Qasali Pridemage or Gaddock Teeg to hate out the opponent’s strategy. Should it ever ascend once more to premier play, Wizards will quickly temper it again. Then they swing in. In addition to the land tutors in the deck, Sakura-Tribe Scout can drop in Blast Zone at instant speed. Visit our Manaleak online store for the latest Magic: the Gathering singles, spoilers, exclusive reader offers, sales, freebies and more! From there, the deck plays like the Grishoalbrand combo deck, using expensive green spells and Nourishing Shoal to fuel repeated draw sevens. 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. Splinter Twin is a blue/red combo deck for the Modern format (as of Jan 18th 2016, Splinter Twin has been banned in Modern format, rendering this deck unplayable). Angel’s Grace also works well at saving your life in response to a trigger from a Pact, if you’ve had to use one early to stop the opponent’s combo. It’s a very glass cannon situation, which is why, although the combo is incredibly powerful, it’s at the bottom of this list. The deck is incredibly difficult to play and to get your head around – particularly in the mirror match, as Second Sunrise affects both players – but if you could do it, it was a very potent combo. You have to sacrifice at least one land, possibly two in order to make the combo work, and your whole deck is centred around finding it as fast as possible; if your opponent manages to find their Path to Exile then you are set way back in tempo and unless you can present it again within a couple of turns, requiring several more combo pieces, you are probably going to lose. 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. Of course, the fastest version of the deck was incredibly all-in. There is something to be said about a deck that can kill you on turn 2 and also grind you out in a long game! The deck was made famous by Stanislav Cifka at Pro Tour Return to Ravnica, who cleared out a field of newly-unbanned Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle decks and newly-printed Deathrite Shaman decks to take the title. Read on….. However, for reference, here is a list of combo decks that have been prominent in Magic: The Gathering history. The combo itself is relatively simple, though it involves a lot of pieces. Infect is a straight-up busted Modern deck because it is so fast but also has a ton of play to it. It’s a very old school combo that goes back way before Extended existed, though it became mainstream with the release of M13 and Faith’s Reward. Infect + pump spells is a vicious combination. 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. Inclusion in the MTG Salvation Community by bobthefunny Jun 27, 2020 Spring Cleaning the Modern Subforum Primers by Torpf Jan 30, 2019 Abzan Company. In order to execute our combo we need to have access to a certain set of cards, and having the extra percentage points of finding them adds up incredibly fast. If the spell is successful, you sacrifice all your lands, fetch out two Valakuts and six mountains, and shoot the opponent for 36 damage. 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. By Eric Froehlich / September 29, 2016 October 10, 2019. The deck is very slow, though, and relies on chump blocking and sacrificing Sakura-Tribe Elders as well as cards like Lightning Bolt and Remand to keep the opponent behind on board until they can reach the event horizon. The combo, like Grishoalbrand, is based on drawing your entire deck. 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. It’s also got three win conditions (if you include Laboratory Maniac) backed up by Spoils and Pact of Negation, so there are always ways to try and get there. How's that for a rareless Modern deck . Essentially, in magical Christmas land, the deck spends turn one discarding a Griselbrand, and on turn two reanimates it with Goryo’s Vengeance. This deck, piloted by Sam Black, made an outstanding showing at Pro Tour Philadelphia in 2011 and was understandably banned not long afterwards. All mine decks are well tested and optimized in terms of draw power, dead hand, synergy. The ability to siphon through five cards and choose the best one for 1 mana is a great rate and these artifact combo decks (KCI, Affinity, and Lantern) don’t mess around. 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. 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. 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. It was a lot stronger in the past, and deserved its place here, but in its current iteration it has been sufficiently castrated (at least for now) and has been surpassed by other archetypes. Needing three separate pieces and having to go through the graveyard are two definite downsides to this combo. Put simply, you’re at the mercy of your draws in a huge way, and although you get a lot of looks at it, sometimes you just can’t get there. This is why it’s pipped to the post by our number one deck. 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. With so many things banned out, which combo decks still perpetuate and are as strong as ever? The combo is great, but if you don’t have it or they’ve found a way to stop it – you can just win anyway with brute force. Valakut strategies have been around in Extended since the beginning, and the card was banned out for a long period once the format became Modern, as Wizards thought that the combo with Scapeshift would be too good for the format. The skill level of a Kiki-Chord player will usually directly correlate with results, because the deck has that much flexibility and relies so much on pilot choices that it’s easy to see who can do it properly. The combo itself is pretty simple – Twin, when combined with Deceiver Exarch or Pestermite, forms an infinite loop. Exarch taps to create a copy of itself, the copy enters the battlefield, triggers and untaps the original, and the loop is repeated until the controller has X tokens, where X is any number he or she desires. 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. The introduction of Fatal Push as the new best removal spell created a big shake up in the metagame. LSV investigates. Academy, Neo-Academy (Tolarian Academy + Stroke of Genius) 2. Firstly, the namesake of the deck, and the card which was eventually banned, Blazing Shoal, which is the only pump spell necessary; and secondly, either a Progenitus or a Reaper King to pitch to it, tutored out of the deck with Summoner’s Pact or Spoils of the Vault. There is no doubt that Storm has the capability of being the best combo deck in every format. Karn should shine in all eternal formats, and even kills opposing Moxen in Vintage. Firstly, I have decided to include it here instead of in the Present part because, I believe, that Storm in Modern at the moment is not one of the five strongest combo decks. Even the Pyrite Spellbomb could easily be replaced by Grapeshot, Banefire or Laboratory Maniac to allow for extra win conditions post-sideboard. Both effects mean you can simply go to minus a million life and cannot lose the game from it, so you can execute the combo. You could lose out of absolutely nowhere if you let your shields down for a second, and therein lay the strength of this deck. 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. With a lot of small hatebear-ish creatures that fill up the board quickly, it does well in grindy board stalls and against removal. Then, the next turn you can draw Redcap and use it in the same way to just shoot your opponent to death. It also produces two more kill-on-sight threats for the opponent, as letting either of them live can immediately lead to trouble. With one Lotus Bloom you can consistently draw, and with two, you can go completely infinite. Mistvein Borderpost looks a bit odd in this list, but it fixes while also being pitchable to Commandeer and Disrupting Shoal. 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