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:
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!
|Devoted Vivien Twin Pod by Selesneal, 9th at Modern Challenge, May 9|
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