Over TWO DECADES Magic has been going strong, and today, it is bigger than ever. The game continues to grow and grow and grow. It's really amazing. It's amazing to have security as a gamer—security that the game we love, the game we put everything into, the game I live for and make my living from WILL be around.
You know what I think it is? New cards. Probably obviously (probviously?). If the format is imbalanced, the next set will patch it. If the format gets stale, the next set will patch it. You can leave the game and come back years later and it is FRESH. Or you could never leave the game and before you have time to get bored—FRESH AGAIN.
And here we are in Brewer's Paradise once again as DRAGON'S MAZE is unleashed!
Dragon's Maze Combo
This new set is incredibly exciting. It isn't a ton of cards. Not every card will contend at the tournament level. But there are some cards in there that have INSANE implications, and my mind is already racing. Let's not wait. Let's get started!
All right, this card is insane. I need to build combo Elves.
Modern Combo Elves
THIS. DECK. IS GOING TO BE. SOO MUCH FUN!
Seriously. I love combo Elves. And this version has so many cool things going on.
Yes, these lands actually draw with Beck.
Wait… Intruder Alarm is also bonkers with CALL! OMG. Using Intruder Alarm to get up to 4UW or 4UUWG is believable and a potential instakill.
I can't wait to churn through my deck, tapping and untapping my mana army, supersizing my mana army, and attacking for 10 billion.
There are so many weird ways to go off turn 3 with this deck. Imagine this start:
(Mediocre start so far.)
Modern Combo Robots
Draw cards. Play these:
Draw cards. Play THESE:
Kill with these:
Nothing more to see here. Move along!
Modern All-In Combo Robots
Turn 1 land.
Turn 2 land, Genesis Chamber.
Turn 3 Beck.
Memnite. Draw 2.
Ornithopter. Draw 2.
Glint Hawk. Draw 4.
Frogmite. Draw 2.
Glint Hawk. Draw 4.
ETC. ETC. ETC.
Now let's look at Standard.
Alright, I NEED to put Omniscience into play.
Omni-Aid 01 “Unrealistic”
We need to fill the graveyard, so let's try out these:
If we're going to be drawing and pitching, how about these?
And if we're going to be playing all that AND this:
We might as well roll the dice with these =D
Yeah, this deck is going to be unbelievably fun.
I want to try this version too:
Omni-Aid 02 “Realistic”
Mulch and Grisly Salvage seem like great ways to hit land drops and fill the graveyard as well, and this version will have much better mana, because it doesn't rely on early-game blue mana. This version might be more realistic, but I'm reluctant to play without the rush of Unexpected Results.
What if we go all in?
Omni-Aid 03 “All-In Unrealistic”
Now this is what I'm talking about! If we're gonna go big, let's GO BIG! What if we just hope for the best and kill them turn 4 or 5 every turn?
This version has LOTS of search.
ONE way to play.
And a one-shot finish:
Yes, actually making the mana base for these decks is gonna be tough. The mana might be egregious, but the expectation is that if we have all shock and buddy lands and 4 Chromatic Lantern, we'll get there if we try more often than not.
All right, moving on—Notion Thief.
Who else is thinking what I'm thinking?
Notion Thief Featuring Worldfire
I want to shout out Derek Adams for putting out the shell of this deck. He has been beating me once a weak with a UR Delver deck featuring Spelltwine/Worldfire shenanigans. So when I saw Notion Thief I figured I would try it here.
Discard your hand, I draw 14?
Are we done?
Notion Thief Featuring Past in Flames
What's a man/woman to do with a fresh grip of 14 cards?
What about this?
Back to this?
The point is, making your opponent pitch their hand and drawing 14 cards is really, really unfair. Beyond that point all we have to do is figure out what to do with the 14 cards. Hmm.
Dragon's Maze Combo
My heart is pounding! Really, it is. I can't wait for Dragon's Maze to come out online. I love Fogdoor, but man, I am itching to play with some of these new cards. All kinds of doors have been opened to new combo decks in Standard and Modern, and I want to be the first through them.
Questions! Comments! Think there's something I forgot?
P.S. *These decks are UNTESTED!*
This means the numbers aren't necessarily right. This also means YOU could be the first one to actually play games with this deck TONIGHT. I am waiting for the cards to come onto Magic Online myself.