Historic Throes of Tibalt’s Trickery – Deck Highlight


Historic Throes of Trickery by Andrea Mengucci



Tibalt’s Trickery is a degenerate combo card that’s banned in Modern, but still legal in Standard, Pioneer and Historic. The card has always been used in a meme-combo deck, only reasonable to play in Best-of-One on MTG Arena when your opponents are often unable to deal with your quick turn two combo. Jumpstart: Historic Horizons changed things with the addition of Throes of Chaos, the first cascade card on the client, which guarantees you to hit Tibalt’s Trickery and cuts your chances of missing in half, as you’re now only bricking when you reveal a second copy of Tibalt’s Trickery.


Throes of ChaosTibalt's TrickeryUlamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Throes of Chaos is also resilient to discard spells, as thanks to the ability retrace, you’ll be able to recast Throes of Chaos by discarding a land and paying it’s mana cost.

Counterspells hurt the deck more, since you only have access to three Tibalt’s Trickery, meaning that you won’t be able to go off more than three times. The most popular countermagic in Historic is Memory Lapse, which is exceptionally annoying since they’ll make you redraw Tibalt’s Trickery, which is often just a brick.

The deck works well in Best-of-One, but I’m trying to make it work in Best-of-Three, where your opponents will be able to sideboard cards like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben or load up with tons of counter magic. This is why I decided to build a transformational sideboard, getting rid of Tibalt’s Trickery and Throes of Chaos to replace them with Explore, Growth Spiral and uncounterable spells to fight control decks.

The deck is still work in progress, but I thought it was a cool new combo deck to showcase to the lover of unfair strategies.


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