Modern Temur Twin

Posted in Daily Deck on February 4, 2015

By Shuhei Nakamura

Shuhei Nakamura is a member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame, former Player of the Year, and is one of just six players with more than 400 lifetime pro points.

Question. The first Modern Pro Tour was Pro Tour Philadelphia in 2011. What deck won that Pro Tour?

The answer is Samuele Estratti's Splinter Twin.

Play Splinter Twin on a Deceiver Exarch that can tap, untap it with the copy, repeat any number of times, and attack for a million. It's a deck that creates a combo with only two cards.

The good thing about this deck is that it has two cards for each side of the combo. You can play a maximum of eight cards each with Deceiver Exarch and Pestermite, plus Splinter Twin and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.

In addition, the creature you need to summon first has flash, which makes it easier to take your opponent by surprise. You can even protect the combo by tapping your opponent's lands.

The fact the combo is at instant speed is a big deal. It means tapping out any time after the third turn may be your opponent's last. Even if your opponent leaves up mana for removal, if you cast Deceiver Exarch and tap his or her mana in a way to prevent your opponent from using that spell, he or she is left with no good choices. What do they do?

Your opponent can't cast the removal in response to Splinter Twin, because Deceiver Exarch will have already tapped the needed land. This is your opponent's last chance to cast the spell if you have Splinter Twin, but what if you don't have it? The mind games can be endless.

When Splinter Twin loses, it's mostly by removal to the creature side of the combo. To cast an Aura on a weak creature and get away with it without letting your shields down is not easy.

I believe the reason this deck has existed ever since Modern began is because many people love the tension of when or when not to combo off. Nowadays, it seems splashing Tarmogoyf to go offensive is quite popular. I am looking forward to see what Splinter Twin deck will be at the Pro Tour.

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