Saturday, June 13, 2015

[Modern] Splinter Twin Not Infinite 2 of 2

Click here for part one of this challenge.

At least by this late in the quest I am able to cast Splinter Twin. Here I lost against a very interesting Champions of Kamigawa block build. I kept losing my Wurmcoil Engines and my opponent kept stealing them.

3. I take the White/Black Theros Enchantment Creatures deck and make a White Black Red deck with Splinter Twin. I can ping for 1 multiple times, but just not enough times. I need to do this for 7 or 8 damage per turn late game, and not for 2 or 3.... that just isn't worth it. 

Occasionally I get lucky and win, but a good deck needs to be lucky more often than that!

I play against Flickerwisp and Restoration Angel and decide to add them to my build. I also added Mesa Enchantress for additional card draw.

But there are problems with Mesa Enchantress and Restoration Angel. The token generated by Splinter Twin does not double with Mesa Enchantress because it wasn't cast, and flickering a token with Restoration Angel kills it.

As an aside, I played with this version of the deck against a Land Destruction (LD) deck, and I completely get why LD is not a promoted strategy by Wizards... it is so NOT FUN!

Here is a deck I play against sometimes that I find interesting. Trasure Hunt with Reliquary Tower allows you to have a very large hand. 

In this version with Seismic Attack each land my opponent discards from the two Treasure Hunt draws hits me for 2 damage, and in this case, for the win (my loss).

In this game I got use Flickerwisp to recover a Grave Titan that my opponent's Olivia Voldaren stole... but it kept happening and I didn't have an infinite supply of Flickerwisp's. My opponent lost from bad plays, but they had the better deck.

I got to use Etched Champion with Cranal Plating a lot, but that's just my Tezzeret the Seeker deck. When I want to place Splinter Twin in my sideboard I know I have reached the end of this challenge, and it is time to put it on the shelf, along with the Tibalt challenge, and wait for new cards to help the build.

There are many decks that are one or two cards away from being viable and this is one of them. If Splinter Twin is not banned but the combo that makes it Tier 1 is (Pestermite and Deceiver Exarch) and new cards to help Splinter Twin are not issued, in my opinion Splinter Twin will go down to penny rare value. Maybe I will change my mind about that if and when I get to play with Blade Splicer in this deck... later.