This week in Modern Mentor, I wanted to do something slightly different. Let’s walk through me playing one of the Level 0 decks mentioned in my last article. I consider myself fairly well versed with Tron, but in this new meta of bannings, constructing the deck is going to be a challenge. So for today, I made a video series consisting of three videos featuring the most recent edition of the list that I have been battling with both in paper and online.
RG Tron – Jordan Kennedy Test List
Deck Tech and Round 1: Grixis Control
I’ll leave most of the commentary for the video, as I was doing my thinking in real time as I went through the options of the deck. Basically though, deck construction will focus on this: how many Kozilek’s Return do we use versus how many Pyroclasm, and what is the proper split of creatures between Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, Wurmcoil Engine, Kozilek, the Great Distortion, and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger?
As to the Kozilek’s Return vs. Pyroclasm question, it is probably going to be a 50/50 split, but I wanted to try all four Kozilek’s Return to start with because I don’t want to lock myself into confirmation bias or anything. This way, I am definitely giving all four a shot, and I can evaluate actual data as opposed to just theory-crafting. In reality, the answer as to what composition is correct will likely change as the format moves and grooves within itself, but for now, let’s just try to hammer out some generalities.
One note about the game that follows: because I’m testing in the beta, there are some bugs that come up, and they sometimes impact the results of this match. For example, in this round, my opponent is able to sacrifice his Fulminator Mage despite me having a Pithing Needle naming “Fulminator Mage.” This is obviously incorrect, and my opponent graciously agrees to not exploit that bug for the sake of our testing. It thankfully didn’t affect the match, so no worries there, and both my opponent and I reported the error to the proper channels.
I attempt to evaluate the current list that you see above in these rounds of battle.
Round 2: Soul Sisters
This match we get to use Kozilek’s Return here and truly evaluate it against Pyroclasm. I’m excited to see what you guys think after watching this round against Soul Sisters!
Round 3: Mono Black Eldrazi
This is a deck that has been pretty interesting for me to test against in the new meta. The BW Eldrazi deck has been a great matchup in game 1, and I would consider Tron ahead in post board games as well.
The mono black version, however, is a different story. In my paper testing thus far, I have found the matchup to be about 60/40 in favor of the Eldrazi player. Ghost Quarters that stall my plan all while playing a functional version of Mishra’s Workshop (Eye of Ugin + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth) makes for a difficult matchup. The BW version may be better against the field, but this more streamlined and consistent Mono Black version is certainly better against me.
Future testing will remain to be seen, but for the time being, I’m going to sleeve up one copy of Pyroclasm and see how that works out against the field.
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