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Modern Jeskai Kiki – Deck Highlight

 

Modern Jeskai Kiki by Tylamonster

 

It’s been a while since I’ve broken any mirrors, and this deck from last week’s Modern Challenge certainly makes it tempting. Splinter Twin may be gone, but Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker is not, and the combination with Restoration Angel leads to a win almost as easily as the original Twin combo. Let’s take a look at the latest flavor of Archmage’s Charm decks in Jeskai Kiki.

 

Header - The Game Plan

Control the game with counters and removal, then finish with Restoration Angel into Kiki-Jiki.

This deck plays the usual suspects when it comes to interaction and card advantage, but has a different finisher than most. Kiki-Jiki also has additional utility with Wall of Omens or Solitude, meaning that you don’t have to combine it with Resto to have it do something.

 

Header - Key Cards

CounterspellArchmage's Charm

These two cards basically come stapled together at this point. In order to make the mana work for one, it works for the other, and both are powerful enough that they are well worth having a blue-heavy mana base. By having eight unconditional counterspells, you cover your bases against anything the opponent could throw at you.

 

Prismatic EndingFire // Ice

Don’t leave home without your Prismatic Endings. A removal spell that can hit just about anything at equal efficiency is great, and this card is fast becoming a Modern staple. Fire // Ice is a nice one too, as it’s flexible enough to be useful in every situation.

 

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker (Timeshifted)Restoration Angel (Timeshifted)Wall of OmensSolitude

The creature package provides defense with the Walls and Solitudes, card advantage with the Restos and a finisher with Kiki. It’s a good value engine and win condition all in one, and none of these cards besides Kiki are dead on their own (which is a big part of the appeal).

 

Chalice of the Void (Timeshifted)

Thanks to Prismatic Ending, Chalice of the Void is a popular choice for control decks these days. It can shut down almost half of some decks, and happens to be awesome against the cascade decks as well. It’s a powerful card, and getting to play it alongside cheap interaction is the dream.

 

Header - Tips and Tricks

  • This is a control deck more than a combo deck. You don’t need to jam Resto and Kiki at the first opportunity.
  • Solitude and Resto on four mana is a fantastic play.
  • Instant-speed Supreme Verdict off of Teferi’s +1 ability is a great sequence.

 

Header - Breaking the Mirror

I don’t actually think this plan is a literal mirror-breaker, but it’s always nice having a combo finish in a format as wild as Modern. When you play against something like Tron or Storm, having a turn five kill can be key, and you aren’t sacrificing much by including Restoration Angel and Kiki-Jiki in the deck. Good luck, and may you always get to copy Wall of Omens, the true Kiki combo.

 

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