Modern Deck of the Week: Devoted Vivien Twin Pod

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Modern decks among recent results. One of the most controversial Modern bans to this day include Birthing Pod and Splinter Twin. Let's see how recent counterparts have created a combo midrange shell.


vivien accomplice

There is a lot going on in this deck—which finished ninth at a recent Challenge. Let's first address the Vivien in the room. Here's the combo:

  • You need any three-drop creature and Vivien on the Hunt.
  • Sacrifice the creature with Vivien's plus to find Felidar Guardian.
  • Blink Vivien with Guardian to be able to reuse her ability.
  • Sacrifice Guardian to find Karmic Guide.
  • Return Guardian with Guide's trigger.
  • Blink Vivien again.
  • Sacrifice Guardian to find Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.
  • Make a copy of Guide and bring back Felidar.
  • Blink Kiki-Jiki with Felidar.
  • Kiki makes a Felidar token, that token blinks Kiki-Jiki, Kiki-Jiki makes another Felidar token … rinse repeat, say, a million times. Attack with a clowder of a million Cats.

As I said, the combo requires a three-drop and a Vivien. While the combo is cool, you need those prerequisites. Enter Planebound Accomplice. If you have four mana available, you can play it, activate it, and immediately put Vivien onto the battlefield. Conveniently enough, Accomplice costs three mana so it enables the combo both by providing a discount on Vivien and a body to sacrifice to start the chain.

The deck also plays Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Urza's Saga to pack a punch in the form of the best cards in the format. Sometimes you'll run away with the game thanks to the Monkey or amass an army of Constructs. Quadruple Wrenn and Six also provides a wild strong endgame with recurring Sagas.

As if that weren't enough, there is another combo in here too. Devoted Druid and Luxior, Giada's Gift can make, to stick with the same arbitrary number, a million green mana. There is only one Luxior main, but you can search for it with the four Sagas. Another aspect of the deck is Karn, the Great Creator, who has a whopping eleven artifacts in the sideboard to choose from. They include both another Luxior to support the Druid as well as the usual Walking Ballista to turn a million green mana into half a million damage.

This is probably the closest we'll ever get to a combo deck sharing similarities with the Birthing Pod and Splinter Twin builds of old. I have to say, it looks super intricate and intriguing. Good luck explaining the chain to your opponent at FNM!



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