Living End is the first competitive deck I ever built. Back when I started playing competitively about a decade ago, Living End was the hot new tech in Extended, as the cascade mechanic had just been printed and cards like Violent Outburst were creating new decks.
Living End has come and gone in Modern in various forms, but thanks to another new card we're seeing a resurgence of the wacky "Mono-Blue Living End" deck. A shoutout to Hayseed, who 5-0'ed with the list we're playing today.
Welcome to Electro End!
As Foretold was the card that made this style of the deck possible back upon its release, and Electrodominance is the perfect addition. It gives you an additional four ways to cast the deck's namesake card – not to mention Ancestral Vision – without having to suspend them first. That means you can wipe the board with Living End as early as turn two, or later actually use Electrodominance or As Foretold as intended and play a value-oriented game with the cards.
But at its heart, Living End is still a combo deck, and this build – although perhaps strangely eschewing Street Wraith – is built to combo. Not only do its "combo pieces" like Curator of Mysteries themselves cycle to find the other half of the combo, but cards like Izzet Charm really do it all, serving as removal or combo protection or even just solid disruption. Heck, even the new addition Electrodominance still looks good at three or four mana taking down some of Modern's best creatures in a pinch.
One of the best parts about this deck is how easily it can beat graveyard hate. While Living End has always been better against 'yard hate than people think, this version really kicks it up a notch. Winning games with hardcast Vendilion Cliques and Curator of Mysteries works a little better than relying on Jungle Weaver, you know?
If we haven't yet, I think we may be nearing the point where this becomes the "best" version of Living End. While both this and the traditional build have their own strengths and weaknesses, it's hard to not think that a deck that can cheat Living End while still playing two-mana (or less) spells will do better than a deck that is arbitrary restricted to having no cards other than Living End that cost less than Violent Outburst.
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