Sunday, November 3, 2013

The decks of the Modern Noob: Time Walk

I am a noob when it comes to playing Modern. That's why I have started a series about learning modern. You can follow it on my YouTube channel (,, my website and here.

This is a longer explanation of what The Modern Noob is:

I will use this space to present the decks I am playing while I am trying to learn the modern metagame. I am mainly playing cheaper decks that have put up results. This deck has some results but has only been played by its maker; Farfere. It is quite unusual.

The Deck
It turns out that there are several Time Walk effects in Modern. What would happen when they are combined in a deck? Well, this is what would happen:

4 Temporal Mastery
4 Cryptic Command
4 Walk the Aeons
4 Serum Visions
2 Jace Beleren
3 Sleight of Hand
4 Howling Mine
24 Island
4 Time Warp
1 Elixir of Immortality
2 Spell Snare
4 Remand

2 Spell Pierce
1 Laboratory Maniac
2 Gigadrowse
2 Swan Song
2 Ætherize
2 Echoing Truth
2 Trickbind
2 Rapid Hybridization
Sideboard plan

Jund: -3 Sleight of Hand, +2 Spell Pierce, +1 AEtherize
Bad matchup

Affinity: -4 Remand, +2 Aetherize, +2 Hurkyl's Recall

GR Tron: -1 or 2 Spell Snare, +1 or 2 Spell Pierce
Very good Matchup

Melira Pod: -2 Spell Snare, +2 Spell Pierce
Good matchup

UR Splinter Twin: -2 Spell Snare -3 Sleight of Hand, +2 Swan Song, +2 Trickbind, +1 Rapid Hybridization
Very bad matchup

UWR Control: -2 Spell Snare, +2 Gigadrowse
Very good matchup

Scapeshift: -2 Sleight of Hand, +2 Swan Song
Good matchup

GW Hatebears: -4 Remand, +2 Aetherize, +2 Rapid Hybridization
Good matchup
Mono Red Burn: -3 Sleight of Hand, -1 Remand, +2 Spell Pierce, +2 Gigadrowse
Bad matchup

Living End: -2 Spell Snare, +2 Swan Song
Very good matchup, watch out for Ricochet Trap

Kiki Pod: -2 Spell Snare, -2 Sleight of Hand, +2 Spell Pierce, +2 Trickbind
Bad matchup

Step 1: Ensure we draw more than one card per round with either Howling Mine or Jace Beleren.
Step 2: Start timewalking
Step 3: Ensure you don't deck with Elixir of Immortality.
Step 4: Ultimate Jace Beleren two times.
Step 5: Profit

What happens if you actually play this crazy deck in a tournament?

I just did that a couple of hours before I wrote this blog post. Check out the full tournament report here:

It was extremely stressful and I definitely need to practice more with the deck, but I did win a lot.

Where can you learn more about the Modern Noob?
I publish a weekly summary on here is an example:

More articles here:

New videos are posted several days a week on

My contact information
Twitter: @MagicGathstrat,, and

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