Twin Masters

In the upcoming days I will be looking at the financial impact of MM15 on some of the most successful Modern archetypes.

In the upcoming days I will be looking at some of the most successful Modern archetypes. I will be sorting example decklists into reprints and non-reprints to visualize how much they are impacted by Modern Masters 2015, and to dig for the best investment targets in the respective decks.

We will start with Splinter Twin, as it won the last Modern Pro Tour and the last Modern Grand Prix as well. Here is Dan Lanthiers GP Vancouver list:

Reprinted cards

2 Vendilion Clique

2 Cryptic Command

4 Splinter Twin

4 Remand

2 Electrolyze

4 Lightning Bolt

With multiple of its expensive cards reprinted, Twin is one of the few decks that might actually become cheaper due to MM15.

Not reprinted cards

4 Deceiver Exarch

2 Pestermite

2 Grim Lavamancer

4 Serum Visions

1 Dispel

1 Flame Slash

1 Peek

1 Spell Snare

4 Scalding Tarn

3 Misty Rainforest

3 Steam Vents

1 Stomping Ground

1 Tectonic Edge

5 Island

1 Mountain

Too new to be reprinted cards

3 Snapcaster Mage

1 Wooded Foothills

3 Sulfur Falls

1 Desolate Lighthouse

I will do the same sorting for the sideboard, but keep in mind that sideboards tend to vary much more than main decks for any given archetype. In this case some of the sideboard cards have shown up in the main deck of other successful Splinter Twin lists, so those are more likely to be part of any 75 card Twin package.

Reprinted cards (SB)

1 Spellskite

1 Dismember

Not reprinted cards (SB)

1 Dispel

2 Ancient Grudge

2 Blood Moon

1 Engineered Explosives

1 Sower of Temptation

1 Shatterstorm

2 Negate

Too new to be reprinted cards (SB)

1 Jace, Architect of Thought

2 Keranos, God of Storms

Here are my favourite long term picks from the deck:

1) Snapcaster Mage 

Unlikely to be reprinted into Standard, Snapcaster is the best card to own until the next Modern Masters set is announced. It will just get more expensive all the time. You should have bought them for 20€, you should have bought them for 30€, you should have bought them for 40€, and next year you will wish you had bought them for 50€.

2) Blood Moon 

All versions are on an upward trend. Due to the six different printings, you need to pick the version that moves best for you, or diversify your supply, but unless it is reprinted in Magic Origins (which it should not, because it would wreck Standard), all versions will be profitable for a long time.

3) Engineered Explosives

 A very flexible sideboard card, that is slowly starting to get the recognition it deserves in Modern, Legacy and even Vintage! It can go into any sideboard and be used against any type of nonland permanents. You can get really tricky with overpaying colourless or multiple of the same mana to get the right amount of charge counters while still dodging Chalice of the Void, or Counterbalance in Legacy. It is also somewhat unaffected by cost increasing cards like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben or Thorn of Amethyst. I really enjoyed the look on my opponent's face when I played Explosives for X = 0, paying 2 different mana due to his two Sphere of Resistances to break his mana denial lock in the Vintage tournament of the MKM Series in Rome.

As a Sunburst card it is unlikely to be printed again any time soon, and therefore it should slowly return to the price it had, before MM1 cut the price in half two years ago.

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