Modern Cosmic Imposter Jund by Phill-Hellmuth
Tibalt’s Trickery has been the talk of the town in Modern, able to (potentially) cast an Emrakul as early as turn three. While outrageously powerful, there are two big downsides to such a strategy. First, the randomness – Tibalt’s Trickery doesn’t do what you want it to do every game. Second, the inability to play a “normal” game – if your combo doesn’t work out, you don’t have much of a backup plan.
With that context firmly in my mind, I stumbled upon this deck.
The premise is the same. There’s only one card with converted mana cost less than three (in this case, it’s Valki, God of Lies), which means that Violent Outburst and Demonic Dread will cascade into it with 100 percent certainty. Once cascade has recognized Valki as a valid card to be cast, you can choose which side of the double-faced card to cast for free. Here’s a hint: it’s often a good idea to cast the seven mana planeswalker.
What I love is that the rest of the deck is focused on three and four mana cards that contribute to playing a normal game. This is important for two reasons. First, you don’t fold to an Ethersworn Canonist or a Teferi, Time Raveler. You can wait for a Murderous Rider to kill them or you can simply overpower them with Seasoned Pyromancer and other creatures. Second, your deck is well suited to supporting and winning the game with Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor.
The Cosmic Impostor may or may not be able to win the game all on his own. However, if you back him up with blockers, removal spells and disruption in the form of Magus of the Moon and Blood Moon, victory becomes all but assured.
What I love about this deck is the mix of power and consistency. You’ll get many free wins when you can cast Cosmic Impostor quickly, or when you can lock your opponent out of the game with turn two Blood Moon. Other times, you’ll settle in for a longer battle involving Bloodbraid Elf, Seasoned Pyromancer and interactive spells. The ability to play both types of games is rare and highly appealing.