My finals are upon me so this is a bit of a shorter article, but bare with me while I discuss this gripping Magic topic. Let’s talk about Copycat in Modern.

4-Color Copycat by Wagz36 on MtGO

Creatures (23)
1 Tireless Tracker
1 Eternal Witness
2 Restoration Angel
2 Reflector Mage
2 Lotus Cobra
3 Voice of Resurgence
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Felidar Guardian
4 Wall of Omens

Non-Creature Spells (15)
1 Mana Leak
3 Path to Exile
3 Eldritch Evolution
4 Oath of Nissa
4 Saheeli Rai

Lands (22)
1 Island
1 Plains
1 Razorverge Thicket
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Stomping Ground
1 Temple Garden
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Gavony Township
1 Breeding Pool
2 Forest
3 Flooded Strand
4 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
1 Unified Will
1 Blessed Alliance
2 Blood Moon
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
2 Meddling Mage
1 Negate
1 Obstinate Baloth
1 Reclamation Sage
2 Stony Silence
1 Tireless Tracker

Great, so it is pretty easy to see what is going on here. This deck is meant to abuse Eldritch Evolution so that Lotus Cobra or Wall of Omens can be turned into a Felidar Guardian, which will combo with Saheeli Rai. Another thing that is great about this build is that it doesn’t rely too heavily on Birds of Paradise. Oath of Nissa actually has a significant upside in this deck because Saheeli Rai can be difficult to cast even in Modern. This is also the Modern brewer’s dream in that Saheeli Rai and Eldritch Evolution were cards that were both very hyped for Modern but didn’t exactly break through in the way that they were originally predicted to.

 

This deck could also really have a serious impact on the format because of it’s versatility. This deck doesn’t have to combo off. Simply creating a huge amount of creatures and activating Gavony Township can be enough to win a lot of games. This deck seems like it is going to to struggle against the faster decks in the format. Storm, Death’s Shadow, and the like are probably going to be able to run over this deck with little to no resistance.

However, it is a certainly resilient deck against other midrange decks and with the popularization of Vizier of Remedies decks, this deck might be an option that is simply a turn faster that also has a serious advantage in a midrange-slanted metagame. Additionally, I really appreciate how this sideboard is constructed and I feel that this deck is one that would be good to bring to a tournament when Modern undergoes changes and is a little unstable, mainly because even experienced opponents are going to have a much harder time deciding what cards to counter and what cards to get you to discard with their discard spells.

I think that Felidar Guardian is a more interactive and more fun version of the Splinter Twin deck and frankly I am desperate for something like this to spice up Modern. I also love that this deck isn’t set in stone, as there are so many different ways to build it. While this deck may be obviously powerful, I am left with two big questions:

Can Felidar Guardian give credence to midrange decks that aren’t entirely combo oriented, and is there a value Felidar Guardian deck out there that could see play?”

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