Kiki Chord by Futjee on MtGO

Creatures (28)
4 Birds of Paradise
2 Eternal Witness
1 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
3 Noble Hierarch
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
3 Reflector Mage
2 Renegade Rallier
3 Restoration Angel
1 Reveillark
4 Voice of Resurgence
2 Wall of Omens
2 Wall of Roots

Non-Creature Spells (10)
3 Chord of Calling
4 Eldritch Evolution
3 Path to Exile

Lands (22)
1 Breeding Pool
1 Fire-Lit Thicket
1 Forest
2 Gavony Township
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Plains
2 Razorverge Thicket
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Steam Vents
1 Stomping Ground
1 Temple Garden
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
1 Aven Mindcensor
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
1 Glen Elendra Archmage
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Loaming Shaman
1 Lone Missionary
1 Magus of the Moon
1 Path to Exile
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Thragtusk
3 Unified Will


Frequently, 4-color variants of the Toolbox archetype (usually featuring a combo finish with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker) have always played second fiddle to Abzan versions of the deck that win through combos with Melira, Sylvok Outcast. Through all iterations of the Toolbox archetype, Kiki Chord, as it’s usually known, has been the more powerful but less consistent choice. The beautiful thing about having that quality is that you can show up to any tournament with this deck in any metagame and have a chance of taking home the trophy.

Because the deck uses cards that let you search your library for any creature you want, it’s very common to see a lot of different creatures that have more narrow applications. Pia and Kiran Nalaar offers significant power in a single card, Reveillark adds a lot of card advantage pinned onto a creature, and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos with Restoration Angel, and gains your incremental value every turn when paired with other creatures like Reflector Mage and Eternal Witness.

The most exciting inclusion in this deck is 4 copies of Eldritch Evolution, which gathered a lot of hype around it when it was spoiled, but has been entirely absent from Standard. The value it gains when it sacrifices a creature with a death effect, like Voice of Resurgence, is excellent, and having access to a lot of different types of creatures gives this deck a lot of game against the field. The inclusion of Aether Revolt’s Renegade Rallier gives the deck an impressive ability to grind out the opponent. Finding it off of an Eldritch Evolution sacrificing Voice of Resurgence is no joke.

As expected, the sideboard is a lot of 1-of creatures that can be searched for by Eldritch Evolution and Chord of Calling. Each one has an important effect in a targeted matchup. Most people call these types of cards “silver bullets.” Going forward, the sideboard should be tuned to the specific metagame that you are expecting. A lot of the work that you have to put in if you want to play this deck happens before the tournament even starts, so keep up with the metagame!

Here are the changes I would make going forward:


-1 Wall of Omens

-1 Eternal Witness

+1 Path to Exile

+1 Noble Hierarch


-1 Magus of the Moon

-1 Path to Exile

+2 Fulminator Mage

This is day 66 of’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 65 here, where we featured a Standard deck that’s looking to metagame the format for this coming weekend.

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