There are a lot of cool things you can do with Luxior, Giada’s Gift. The most obvious one looks to be turning your planeswalkers into big creatures. In a way, you can finally turn Oko, Thief of Crowns into a 3/3 Elk.
In Standard, you can smash for nine (or more) with Arlinn, the Moon’s Fury.
In Historic, you can turn Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner into an 7/7 as early as turn three.
But if there is one format in which Luxior should find a guaranteed new home, it’s Modern. Our goal will be putting together a two-card combo that makes infinite mana on turn three:
- Turn 1: Luxior.
- Turn 2: Devoted Druid.
- Turn 3: Equip, make green mana with the Druid, add a -1/-1 counter to untap it, use it to get another mana and so on. You now have yourself as much green mana as you want.
In the past, these infinite mana Devoted Druid decks used cards like Duskwatch Recruiter to find the combo pieces (Devoted Druid and Vizier of Remedies) and then use it to go through the library and find Walking Ballista. This works really well in a Collected Company shell, but there’s more.
These days, we have another broken card in Modern that will fit into this deck perfectly.
It adds mana on the first two turns and then gets you a Luxior – perfect! You can float mana from it when the last chapter goes on the stack, but you don’t actually even need the third mana source to equip on turn three because the Druid can produce two mana itself. But there is more Saga can get for you.
Now that we have a creature in play that just gave us infinite mana and which we can untap as many times as we want, let’s equip it with Viridian Longbow and shoot the opponent a million times to end the game!
Now that we have our main combo and win condition, what else can we fit into the deck? I spent way too long thinking about this myself, going through modern decks and scribbling down notes, when I realized I can just go ahead and ask Matt Nass for a quick opinion! It wouldn’t be a stretch to call Matt one of the best Modern players ever, especially when it comes to combo decks. So here’s what I ended up with after picking his brain and scouting some Modern deck lists.