U/R Kiki-Jiki by maluma on MtGO

Creatures (14)
4 Deceiver Exarch
2 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
2 Pestermite
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Torrential Gearhulk
1 Vendilion Clique

Non-Creature Spells (23)
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
4 Serum Visions
2 Cryptic Command
2 Electrolyze
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Peek
4 Remand
2 Spell Snare
2 Blood Moon

Lands (23)
1 Cascade Bluffs
1 Desolate Lighthouse
2 Flooded Strand
6 Island
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Steam Vents
3 Sulfur Falls

Sideboard (15)
2 Anger of the Gods
1 Ceremonious Rejection
2 Dispel
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Keranos, God of Storms
1 Negate
1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Roast
1 Shadow of Doubt
1 Vandalblast

Summary

The banning of Splinter Twin in Modern has had massive ramifications on the format over the last several years, with many new decks able to exist thanks to the absence of the powerful enchantment combo. However, this archetype could still very well be viable with a few tweaks, as found in the deck we’re featuring today, U/R Kiki-Jiki.

This deck can win by playing a fair game, just like the Twin decks back in the day. However, it would much rather just combo its opponent out. The combo is having either Deceiver Exarch or Pestermite on the battlefield, and getting a Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker activation targeting one of the aforementioned creatures. The copy then untaps the Kiki-Jiki, which gives another activation, so on and so forth. This two card combo is very powerful, as both of the blue creatures can be cast at instant speed, letting this deck untap and get the other part of the combo in play, dodging sorcery-speed interaction completely.

Just because this is technically a combo deck doesn’t mean it’s not interested in playing a fairly traditional U/R Control plan. Snapcaster Mage is an extremely powerful and value-oriented creature that allows this deck to rebuy spells it’s cast earlier in the game and use them again to great effect. Similarly, Vendilion Clique is a powerful way in these colors to strip your opponent of their best or most impactful card while adding a very sizable evasive beater to the board. Jace, Architect of Thought and Torrential Gearhulk are more concerned with the long-term game plan of this deck, but both are almost always worth the card and mana investment you put in, and can win games on their own.

To facilitate many of the cards in this deck and the instant-speed way it wants to play, this deck plays counter spells in Cryptic Command, Remand, and Spell Snare, removal spells in Electrolyze and Lightning Bolt, and draw spells in Serum Visions and Peek. Lastly, while not at instant speed and not helpful for the combo, Blood Moon makes an appearance in this deck, and for good reason. The 3 mana enchantment allows this deck to have impactful mainboard hate for many of the greedy decks in the format, helping it combat midrange, control, and combo decks alike.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Jace, Architect of Thought

-2 Peek

+1 Cryptic Command

+2 Opt

Sideboard

-1 Negate

-1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar

-1 Shadow of Doubt

+1 Vandalblast

+1 Ceremonious Rejection

+1 Roast

This is day 319 of Spellsnare.com’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 318 here, where we featured a Standard deck that looks to cast flyers and play Favorable Winds to create a massive army.

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