Big, splashy Planeswalkers are among the most fun and exciting cards in Magic. That’s why it’s such a shame that we see so few of them in eternal formats. Sure, you have Tron decks that can power out Karn Liberated and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, but how much do we see the like of Nicol Bolas and other expensive Planeswalkers with colored requirements? This week, Chris Randel has a crazy idea that looks like all kinds of fun:
Tron Superfriends - Modern | Christopher Randel
- Creatures (6)
- 1 Dragonlord Silumgar
- 1 Linvala, the Preserver
- 1 Platinum Angel
- 1 Thalia's Lancers
- 1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
- 1 Wurmcoil Engine
- Planeswalkers (8)
- 1 Ajani Unyielding
- 1 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
- 1 Gideon Jura
- 1 Jace, Architect of Thought
- 1 Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh
- 1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
- 2 Garruk Wildspeaker
Glancing over the spells, this can look like a typical Tron deck. It’s easy to see the Chromatic baubles, Sylvan Scryings, and Ugin and write this off as just another Tron variant. But Oath of Nissa changes everything. This is a deck that desperately wants to open on a copy of Oath of Nissa. That card allows you to both assemble Tron and cast a ton of interesting Planeswalkers. The backup plan is to tutor for a Cascading Cataracts to open up all the expensive Planeswalkers you could ever want.
There’s a lot of interesting things to think about in this deck. Nicol Bolas, God Pharaoh is certainly the most powerful Planeswalker you get access to, although Ajani Unyielding helping you to find more Planeswalkers and other haymakers is certainly powerful, especially because the card is easier to cast off of your Baubles.
In addition to the possibility of casting one super powerful Planeswalker, you should also consider the power of playing multiple middling Planeswalkers. For example, Garruk Wildspeaker and Jace, Architect of Thought or even Jace, the Mind Sculptor. One of the biggest problems with Planeswalkers is that you have to untap before you can aggressively try to protect them. If you can generate enough mana to resolve more than one on the same turn, all manner of interesting possibilities open up.
One of the interesting things about this deck is how you make the mana work. Unlike traditional Tron decks, you care a lot more about consistent access to colored mana, so just relying on baubles isn’t going to cut it. Oath of Nissa is the gold standard. Cascading Cataracts fixes all the colors you need at once, but doesn’t do so while actually generating mana. It’s possible that cards like Prophetic Prism and even Terrarion are more of what this deck is looking for to help generate enough colored mana to cast your expensive haymakers.