Since the Splinter Twin ban earlier this year, I've written a lot in this space about potential successors to the archetype. Most of them embodied the same combo-control philosophy reliant on creating false tempo by keeping your opponent in a constant state of fear. But there were variants of Splinter Twin that were dedicated combo decks, often using mana acceleration to both power out the combo and utilize hate cards, like Blood Moon.
Today's list is the spiritual successor to those Twin decks. It is a dedicated combo deck, playing a healthy number of each piece, plenty of tutors to find them, and several ways to accelerate it out and protect it from disruption.
The result is a deck that has an impressive and reasonable sequence ending in a turn-three win:
Turn 1: Birds of Paradise/Noble Hierarch.
Turn 2: Deceiver Exarch/Pestermite tapping an opposing land on their upkeep.
If you play first, your opponent better have some one-mana interaction or they are dead. And since this deck has plenty of tempo elements, your opponents are incentivized to tap out on the early turns.
Phantasmal Image was always an excellent card with Birthing Pod, since copying a creature that costs more than two mana let you skip the curve restriction. It functions similarly with Eldritch Evolution. Copying an Eternal Witness or Reflector Mage lets you get some added functionality before turning it into the game-winning Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker.
In a deck with Collected Company, it also gives you a two-mana card with the power of a three-mana card, so you can help counter the incentive Collected Company provides to load up on three-drops. Phantasmal Image is the straw that stirs the drink, so to speak.
Spellskite, Voice of Resurgence, and Eternal Witness let you play through disruption effectively, and Reflector Mage lets you pivot into an aggressive deck when necessary while also buying you some time against other aggressive decks.
There is some spice in the sideboard which you can customize to your liking (sai clearly doesn't like losing to Burn), but the maindeck is lean and focused, just like a combo deck should be. The one exception here is the singleton Reclamation Sage, which is necessary for Spellskite, Ensnaring Bridge, and the like, which I can understand. There is more than enough here to ensure that you're attacking your opponent with a million Faeries, Wizards, or Frog things. Or, if you want to rub it in, all three.
- 2 Spellskite
- 4 Birds of Paradise
- 1 Bounding Krasis
- 4 Deceiver Exarch
- 2 Eternal Witness
- 1 Noble Hierarch
- 2 Pestermite
- 2 Phantasmal Image
- 1 Reclamation Sage
- 3 Reflector Mage
- 3 Voice of Resurgence
- 2 Wall of Omens
- 3 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker