Modern Deck of the Week: Take All the Turns with Time Sieve

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Modern decks among recent results. This time we're revisiting a Cookbook shell that got a new life thanks to Ledger Shredder. Can we eat all the Food, combine all the Clues, and take all the turns?

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We've seen many Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar shells come and go. They all eventually fell flat as they relied way too heavily on the aforementioned creature and drawing specifically one Ovalchase Daredevil. Multiples are redundant and so you had a lot of dead air. However, now with Ledger Shredder, not only can you dig more aggressively to find the legendary chef and The Underworld Cookbook. You also enable said chef, ditch unwanted pieces, extra Daredevils … It's the perfect glue the deck didn't know it needed.

The endgame combo then enlists Time Sieve and a few artifact friends to take an extra turn. Usually, that'll be the Cookbook making Food tokens, in conjunction with Daredevil to ensure there is inexhaustible discard fodder. Serving up one Food token a turn would be a lot of work though. This is where Academy Manufactor comes in. If we were to make a Food token, we create one Food, Clue, and Treasure instead. In short, rather than one, we create three game objects, each with its own utility. With that in mind, two Coobooks and a single Manufactor or one Cookbook and two Manufactors create enough tokens to go infinite with Time Sieve. Obviously, it's not really infinite—you merely take all the turns until the game ends, one way or another, that is, you deck yourself or kill the opponent.

It's all surrounded by really strong cards. (The combo itself is otherwise in danger of suffering from too low individual card quality.) The deck plays a full four of Emry, Lurker of the Loch, which allows you to cast milled Sieves or Cookbooks, to generate card advantage by recasting Mishra's Bauble each turn, or to find key one-ofs such as Aether Spellbomb or Nihil Spellbomb. It's also an Urza's Saga deck, which means it has a strong plan B in the form of Construct tokens and can tutor up the Cookbook.

This quirky combo deck can play a long game, an interactive game, or can linear people out. You will certainly catch a lot of opponents off guard when you sleeve up the Sieve!

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