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Modern Battle of Wits (Plus a Million Combos!)

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This is it, the last day of 2018.

It's been a crazy year for Magic, perhaps one of the most exciting in the entire history of the game. MTG Arena! Esports! The return of the SCG Tour Player's Championship! Huge sweeping changes to the Pro Tour! The return to the return of Ravnica! It's been intense from start to finish and it's looking like 2019 is going to be even more crazy.

Before 2019 hits however, why don't we take a step back, relax, and have a little fun.

Battle of Wits | Modern | Jim Davis


If you have a Modern tournament coming up and need to do well, I would not recommend playing this deck. However if you want to challenge yourself with a bunch of fun puzzles and never play two games that look alike, this is an awesome way to do it.

Battle of Wits

Aside from the deck's main focus of playing 240 cards to support our Battle of Wits, this deck looks to use its large size as an advantage rather than a disadvantage. One of the issues with playing certain combos in Modern is that they take up a lot of space and can lead to drawing dead or awkward cards. When you've got 240 cards in your deck, you're much less likely to draw that Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, or Platinum Emperion. Your bullets can stay bullets, only there to fish out when you need 'em.

And boy does this deck have bullets.

Aside from the usual Battle of Wits plan, this deck is jam packed with as many two-card combos as we could find in the Modern format. Many of them have cross-synergy as well, letting you set up odd combinations with your large variety of tutor effects. A short list of your combos:

Nahiri, the Harbinger
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

Scapeshift
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Restoration Angel

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Felidar Guardian

Saheeli Rai
Felidar Guardian

Devoted Druid
Vizier of Remedies

Knight of the Reliquary
Retreat to Coralhelm

Madcap Experiment
Platinum Emperion

It's honestly possible I missed one.

Regardless, sometimes it's healthy to just let loose and have some fun. We didn't win a single match, but we got to play some cool games and figure out some fun puzzles. Winning is usually the goal, but part of the process to that can be giving yourself some R&R as well. Smile, have some fun, and remember the big picture.

On to 2019!