U/R Breach by gsy on MtGO

Creatures (8)
4 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
4 Snapcaster Mage

Non-Creature Spells (28)
1 Roast
4 Serum Visions
3 Cryptic Command
2 Electrolyze
2 Izzet Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Remand
2 Spell Snare
4 Through the Breach
2 Blood Moon

Lands (24)
2 Desolate Lighthouse
7 Island
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Steam Vents
1 Stomping Ground
2 Sulfur Falls

Sideboard (15)
1 Roast
2 Ancient Grudge
2 Anger of the Gods
3 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Dispel
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Keranos, God of Storms
1 Negate
2 Threads of Disloyalty

Summary

In Modern, combo decks come in many different forms. Some do big and powerful things one one turn with a variety of spells, some look to combine two spells to kill the opponent, and some like to put massive creatures into play. The deck we’re featuring today is U/R Breach, which plays a strategy similar to Legacy’s U/R Sneak & Show, looking to get a big creature in play as fast as possible.

The combo of this deck is Through the Breach and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. This combo hits the opponent for 15 and forces them to sacrifice (usually) all of their permanents, leaving them in the dust. While it doesn’t do the entire 20 damage needed to kill the opponent, but with the combination of lands that deal damage to their controller and the presence of Snapcaster Mage, Lightning Bolt, and Electrolyze help deal the last few points of damage.

Unlike most combo decks are dedicated to the combo and nothing else, but this deck has a classic U/R Control package in it, featuring the likes of Serum Visions, Cryptic Command, Remand, and Spell Snare. This type of tempo package allows the deck to disrupt the opponent’s strategy for a long time until it can force through a Through the Breach.

Snapcaster Mage is particularly excellent in this deck, as it contributes greatly to both halves of its strategy. On one hand, it can be used as copies 5-8 of Through the Breach to finish the opponent off, and on the other hand it can be used to contribute to the tempo portion of the deck, casting cheap spells and chipping in damage. Blood Moon is usually not a player in these types of decks, generally because they either accidentally hate out their own manabase, or it’s simply not impactful enough in terms of protecting the combo.

In the sideboard, this deck firmly takes on the control role. Keranos, God of Storms allows the deck to have great game against the slow decks in the format, while Dispel and Negate fight against control decks and Ceremonious Rejection gives game against decks like Eldrazi Tron. Threads of Disloyalty is especially powerful in this deck in this format, where Death’s Shadow decks run wild.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Roast

+1 Blood Moon

Sideboard

-1 Engineered Explosives

+1 Negate

This is day 217 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 216 here, where we featured a Standard Eldrazi deck that uses the powerful creatures that white offers.

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