Modern Dimir Tibalt – Deck Highlight


Modern Dimir Tibalt by Reflax


This past weekend, two nearly-identical decks appeared in the Top 8 of the Magic Online Modern Challenge. I nearly scrolled right past them, because at face value, they look similar to existing archetypes. Upon further examination, there’s a lot of cool stuff going on in this Modern Dimir Tibalt list.

We start out with a Dimir or Sultai Control deck. The most efficient removal and permission spells are supported by the built-in card advantage or Archmage’s Charm, Cryptic Command and Cling to Dust


Bring to LightValki, God of Lies // Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor

Next, the eye settles on Bring to Light. This is a powerful five-color payoff which you wouldn’t expect to see in a mana base designed to support triple-blue spells. However, the reality is that this deck isn’t using Bring to Light as a five-color payoff. Instead, it’s happy to cast it with converge of only two or three different colors of mana because this supports finding Valki, God of Lies. Just like in Standard with Emergent Ultimatum, once Valki satisfies the original requirements of the search, you’re free to cast Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor for free.

So where Azorius Control has Teferi, Hero of Dominaria as a five-mana win condition, Dimir now has Bring to Light for Tibalt, which is the same mana cost but dramatically more powerful.


Lurrus of the Dream-DenSnapcaster MageMishra's Bauble

Additionally, structuring the deck in this way facilitates Lurrus of the Dream-Den as a companion. Imagine a strategy designed around cheating a seven-mana permanent onto the battlefield, yet which still gets to play Magic’s most powerful companion. Lurrus helps the control deck grind with recurring Mishra’s Baubles, Snapcaster Mages and even Nihil Spellbomb and Engineered Explosives after sideboarding.

I was already intrigued by Dimir Control, based on the efficiency of its answer cards. This deck includes two major breakthroughs for leveling up the power of the archetype. Count me in!


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