Mining Modern - Sultai Evolution (Videos)

Feature Article from Corbin Hosler
Corbin Hosler
3/27/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Modern is in flux right now, and it's never been more fun. New decks are popping up left and right, and old archetypes are being reinvigorated at the same time. Hell, even Seismic Swans can win these days.

There are a lot of sweet decks and powerful cards to be played in Modern right now, and this week's deck showcases as many of them as possible. Enter Sultai Evolution.

This deck has a lot going on, so let's start at the top: Eldritch Evolution. I've become a huge fan of the card over the last few months, and this is probably the best deck I've found for it yet. Credit for this goes to Magic Online user DJMicrowave, who I played against a few weeks back while I was piloting Sultai Midrange, and whom played a pair of very close games against me with this deck. He was kind enough to share the list with me after, and I've been working on it since.

 Eldritch Evolution
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Odyssey Games, LLC 2 $1.25
Givens Magic Store 1 $1.30
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Dragonslayer Games 2 $1.43
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Edritch Evolution is an extremely powerful tutor effect. It allows you to pack a deck full of silver bullets that are extremely strong in the right context, and it provides consistency to get them into play. If this sounds familiar, it's because it's exactly what Chord of Calling has done for many years. While Chord has a specific drawback (expensive to cast), Evolution has a different one – you have to sacrifice a creature.

This deck aims to make that problem nonexistent. It's packed to the brim with value creatures on the low end, from Coiling Oracle to Wall of Roots to Kitchen Finks to Eternal Witness to Solemn Simulacrum. Even Catacomb Sifter and Vengeful Rebel are fine to sacrifice since they've already done work once they're in play. Vitally, all of these cards are perfectly fine on their own without Evolution, and in some cases ( Coiling Oracle) they're actually quite good on their own.

After an early game of mana dorks and Coiling Oracle, the midgame of the aforementioned cards allows us to stay even on the board, while also building up creatures that love to sacrifice to Eldritch Evolution or tap for Chord of Calling.

That's when things get exciting. There are a ton of great top-end cards in this deck. Glen Elendra Archmage is a beating against all but the most aggressive of decks, and Thragtusk is a beating against those. Shriekmaw can be evoked early or searched for late. Murderous Redcap is a comes-into-play removal spell that also sticks around.

There are the obvious bombs in Woodland Bellower and Grave Titan, and then there's Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, which serves all kinds of wonderful purposes in this deck. It makes nearly all of value creature into hyper-value creatures, and it also serves as another way to combo if we have Viscera Seer and Kitchen Finks or Murderous Redcap but no Melira, Sylvok Outcast. You can alternate using the persist and undying triggers after sacrificing the combo creatures, allowing you to loop them indefinitely just as you would with Melira.

 Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
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Tier Zero Gaming 3 $24.00
Game Haven MD 1 $24.50
The Sage's Shoppe 1 $24.57
Prof Bonds Emporium 1 $24.74
Good Games USA 1 $24.75
Mythic Realm Games 1 $25.14
Showtime Cards 1 $25.16
Legacy Defined Games 1 $25.24
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The sideboard contains more bombs, from utility creatures like Reclamation Sage to game-enders in Massacre Wurm. The deck can adapt to meet any strategy, and with seven tutor effects it can find its answers with relative ease.

It's all thanks to Eldritch Evolution. This deck has nearly infinite flexibility, and is a blast to play. If you like puzzles and figuring out different lines of play, this is the deck for you. I felt like we got a bit unlucky in the recorded matches, but there's enough there that you can definitely get a feel for how the deck plays and how to play it. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did learning the deck.

Thanks for reading,

Corbin Hosler


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