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What is Combo Prison?


There have been all sorts of hybrid archetypes in the history of Magic.

Decks like Faeries or Mono-Blue Aggro fall under the realm of Aggro / Control, in that they definitely want to attack and kill you but have many control elements as well. Aggro / Midrange decks like Gruul Aggro definitely want to start attacking quickly, but also have the tools to play a longer game. Combo / Control has always been popular, think Spinter Twin, while Aggro / Combo is a huge part of Modern, think Affinity or Infect. Even Control / Prison jives well like Whir Prison or Blue Moon.

However, some archetypes don't mix very well.

How about Combo / Prison? There haven't been many examples of that over Magic's history, which make sense because a deck looking to lock someone out of playing is spending most of its energy doing that. The cards that would help piece a combo together are usually locked out by the various prison pieces.

Well do we have a deck for you today.

Time Stamps:

Match 1 - 00:05:57

Match 2 - 00:25:06

Match 3 - 00:34:10

Match 4 - 00:45:58

Match 5 - 01:08:18

This is one of the most innovative decks I've seen in a while, piloted by parabol336 to a 5-0 finish in a Modern league on Magic Online.

Chalice of the Void
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

It takes the core of the Devoted Druid / Vizier of Remedies combo deck, strips out the one-mana plays, and adds in a Chalice of the Void / Thalia, Guardian of Thraben package that is actually quite brilliant. Cards like Path to Exile, Fatal Push, Lightning Bolt, and Thoughtseize tend to pick Devoted Druid decks apart because of their reliance on untapping with an 0/2 creature, and Chalice of the Void helps to shut most of that nonsense down. We're also at a point in the format where Chalice of the Void is lights out against a large swath of the top decks, and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is a real annoyance.

Simian Spirit Guide
Gemstone Caverns

The problem that Prison decks usually have is that they don't actually kill their opponent fast enough, allowing them time to wriggle free of their constraints. Well this deck is capable of killing on turn two, is that fast enough for you? The cards that help make Chalice of the Void come online quickly also let us cast Devoted Druid on turn one, giving us some serious goldfish potential.

Typically Devoted Druid decks struggle against the fair decks of the format with all of their removal spells, but as we saw in our somewhat bizarre league of five fair decks this deck is more than capable of overcoming them with its Chalice of the Void and Thalia technology.

I would not be surprised to see Devoted Druid tapping and untapping in Top 8 of Mythic Championship London this weekend.

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