Ever since the introduction of Vizier of Remedies, Modern has never been the same. It didn't take long for people to figure out the way the card formed a combo with Devoted Druid to produce infinite mana, and the Abzan Company decks of the past changed forever.
Since then, we've seen a ton of ways to play the combo, from traditional Abzan Company decks to Elves to "turbo" variants running Simian Spirit Guide to Bant value decks that included the combo. It's been all over the place, which makes sense given how many different things you can do with infinite green mana, from "level one" of Walking Ballista to the next step of Duskwatch Recruiter to find Ballista or Rhonas the Indomitable.
But new toys keep coming, and the deck just keeps improving. The latest advancements? Shalai, Voice of Plenty and Postmortem Lunge. And this might just be the best build of the deck yet.
Postmortem Lunge was once relegated to the land of bad puns, but it's always been a powerful card and one that has flirted with the edges of Modern from time to time. This deck brings it to the forefront, using it as yet another piece of redundancy to assemble the combo and win the game.
I think this is the most consistent of all the Vizier-Druid combo decks. By cutting Collected Company – something unheard of not long ago – the deck is able to Overload on tutors, not just power. With a full playset of Eldritch Evolution to go with Chord of Calling – not to mention the steady and reliable Fauna Shaman – it can reliably put together the combo on turn three more than any other deck in the format. You can even discard a piece of the combo to Fauna Shaman to go find the other piece, and then use Postmortem Lunge to bring it back.
Shalai, Voice of Plenty is the other big innovation. Not only does it protect your team from spot removal until after you've made infinite mana (since you can just make mana in response to a removal spell pointed at Shalai if you have the pieces out), but it also serves as a win condition. Infinite green mana works just as well with Shalai as with Rhonas the Indomitable, though notably without trample. Still, it's a protection piece that also works as part of the combo, which is perfectly on theme for a deck where seemingly every card exists to put together the combo.
Wherever Modern goes from here, it seems some form of this combo will go with it, and this might be the most consistent version yet to come out. If this is up your alley, enjoy lunging!
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