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Deck Highlight: Modern Temur Taking Turns

Modern Temur Taking Turns by TRAILOVSKY

I have a soft spot in my heart for Taking Turns style decks (see here and here for proof) and when I stumbled across this Modern list, my eyes lit up. Wrenn and Six and Tamiyo, Collector of Tales add a lot to the deck and in general since planeswalkers are excellent with extra turns. Let’s starting taking some, shall we?

The Game Plan

The goal is to untap with a planeswalker in play, then start casting Time Warps, using Tamiyo and Jace to regrow them or find more.

This is a midrange deck and a fast one at that. With eight ramp spells and four Remands, it can land a planeswalker on an empty board fairly reliably. It also uses Ice-Fang Coatl and Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath mostly because they’re just broken Simic cards.

Key Cards

Jace, the Mind SculptorTamiyo, Collector of TalesWrenn and Six

Planeswalkers are where the real money is here, as all of these help you develop your board and gain card advantage turn by turn. Jace and Wrenn and Six both even help protect themselves, and Tamiyo is a nice way to enable Uro as well.

Time Warp

Planeswalkers and Uro make Time Warp into a powerful play and casting one with even one Walker in play is usually huge. This isn’t an infinite Time Warp deck as much as some but it’s still possible to string two or three together between Tamiyo and Jace. In fact, if you have Tamiyo in play before casting Time Warp, you almost always get to Warp multiple times.

Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Do you really need to hear more about why Uro is good? It’s 2020 and Uro is busted in every format where it’s legal.

Arbor ElfUtopia Sprawl

These both ramp individually and they double up when combined (because Elf untapping a Sprawled land is +2 mana). Utopia Sprawl does require a Forest-based land selection which does unfortunately rule out Mystic Sanctuary.

Tips and Tricks

  • Try not to put Utopia Sprawl on a non-basic land beause of all the effects that kill non-basics in the format.
  • Don’t name Uro with Tamiyo since you want it in the graveyard to escape.
  • Board position is extremely important because of how many planeswalkers you have so it’s worth a lot to try and keep the board clear.
  • Jace‘s Brainstorm ability with Tamiyo‘s +1 is a nice little combo to draw an extra card that you put on top and mill the rest away.
  • You don’t need to go for max value with Time Warp – having just one planeswalker in play is often enough, especially if it’s Jace or Tamiyo, so don’t get greedy.

Do The Time Warp (Again and Again)

I enjoy any and all decks playing Time Warp and this is no exception. Plus, it plays Uro, so it can’t be that bad a choice. Enjoy!

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