Once More Through the Breach

Posted in Feature on September 24, 2013

By Luis Scott-Vargas

Luis Scott-Vargas plays, writes, and makes videos about Magic. He has played on the Pro Tour for almost a decade, and between that and producing content for ChannelFireball, often has his hands full (of cards).

I love a good Tron deck, and this deck reminds me of a similar list I tried a while ago. It still keeps the blue part from blue-white Tron, which means all sorts of sweet cards like Thirst for Knowledge, Gifts Ungiven, Compulsive Research, Remand, and Repeal, but the second color this time around is red. Red brings a few removal spells to the table, but the big addition is Through the Breach.

Through the Breach

By adding Through the Breach, this deck gets to play a five-mana spell that annihilates the opponent's board, as well as dealing a bonus 10–15 damage. Of course, the deck is still quite capable of casting giant Eldrazis, but having a way to cheat them out makes things much easier and makes the deck much more dangerous. Wurmcoil Engine also likes heading in the general direction of the breach, providing a 12-point life swing and the two tokens it is famous for.

Much like how the red-green Tron deck is just land-searching, Karn Liberateds, and lands, this deck has all card-draw in the non-threat slots. Remand and Pyroclasm are the token disruption spells, and they are overshadowed (both numerically and conceptually) by the litany of card-drawing the deck has. There's nothing better than chaining Compulsive Researches and Thirst for Knowledges, with a stray Gifts Ungiven thrown in here and there. Gifts doesn't even have any specific combos—certainly nothing as streamlined as Unburial Rites. Instead, it just gets you value, the way it should be.

Tron decks are getting more and more focused, a far cry from the blue-white Tron deck I used to play. That's fine, and a sign that Modern is becoming more advanced, so I'll content myself with the thought that Compulsive Research is a Modern-playable card.

bax's UR Tron

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