When I first heard about the London mulligan rule, my mind immediately went to combo decks. Which decks improve the most because of this new rule? The decks that need to find very specific cards in order to win. In the case of Cheerios, you really do need either Puresteel Paladin or Sram, Senior Edificer in your opener in order to be happy keeping. That's not to say there aren't hands you can keep without them, but they are quite situational.

This deck has the explosiveness to be very competitive. In fact, it is one of the very fastest decks in Modern in terms of when it can win. When you're left undisrupted, turn three wins happen quite frequently. In this set of matches we saw how explosive the deck can be, though we also got primarily favorable matchups. The Reverse Engineers are an addition to help grind out longer games. Even though we didn't have to go on the Monastery Mentor plan in this set, there are definitely times you have to rely on alternative ways to win. Here is the list I was considering for Mythic Championship II:

The deck looked pretty disgusting in these games, and sometimes that's just how the matchups unfold. When you're able to do your thing it feels amazing. There will also be situations when the deck looks pretty bad because you have a bunch of random zero mana equipments with nothing to do with them. Of course, these are the situations you have to try your best to avoid. By running cards like Noxious Revival, Reverse Engineer and Repeal in the deck you gain a bit more redundancy outside of the core combo cards.

This is a deck I am going to continue to play in Modern moving forward. I actually think the current metagame is good for this deck, as Tron might be your best matchup. Whether or not the London mulligan rule stays in place will also affect the power level of the deck. If you expect a lot of Grixis Death's Shadow in the metagame, that is the matchup I have struggled the most to beat because of all their interaction.


Seth Manfield

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