Mono-Blue As Foretold by 1310hazzzard on MtGO
When As Foretold was printed, many immediately saw the potential of the 3 mana enchantment. Since then, it’s seen play here and there, but it never quite seems to have found the perfect shell to support it. The deck we’re featuring today is staking a claim to that, however, as it combines As Foretold with a powerful combo deck and a well-supported tempo-control shell.
Despite not being entirely reliant on As Foretold, this deck more or less needs it for the strategy to work. The 3 mana enchantment essentially allows you to double up on your spells, increasing in mana cost as the turns go on. When combined with Ancestral Vision, however, it is an immediate draw 3, which can bury the opponent in card advantage. When combined with a card like Mana Leak or Remand, this deck can more or less afford to play a tap out game while keeping up counter spells to keep the opponent at bay or protect its important cards.
The main game plan of this deck (besides drawing a bunch of cards and countering the opponent’s action), is to get Living End cast through an As Foretold. In order for the Living End to be impactful, this deck plays a number of cheap cyclers, just like traditional Living End variants. Street Wraith is a free draw, while Architects of Will, Striped Riverwinder, and Curator of Mysteries cost 1 mana, the latter offering not only an evasive body when brought back from the graveyard, but also a good threat to cast on turn 4 to gain card advantage as the game plays out.
While at its core wanting to cast Living End like the other decks featuring the spell, this deck plays significantly differently. Cryptic Command is an incredibly powerful tool in this deck, where every mode is relevant. Countering spells, bouncing permanents, and drawing cards are all things that this deck wants to do, and tapping out the opponent can be exactly what this deck needs to force through damage. Tolaria West is a rarely seen card in Modern, but one that fits excellently into this deck, as it can search out Ancestral Vision to draw cards or Living End to combo the opponent out.
Here are the changes I would make going forward:
+1 Mana Leak
This is day 339 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 338 here, where we featured a unique Modern deck centered around casting Enduring Ideal and locking the opponent out of the game!
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