Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Modern Bible of RG Tron Chapter five - The Ulamog Deck

This week we will present the first of our three deck lists for RG Tron. We will call this deck list "Ulamog" as it features The Infinite Gyre.

This deck list does not play Emrakul
We will talk further about that in Chapter 24.

The plan
The strategy remains the same as detailed in the other chapters. We are just assuming that three Wurmcoil Engines and Ulamog will be enough to finish the opponent. In chapter 24 we will argue why this is highly likely.

Slaughter Games and Llanowar Wastes/Tendo Ice Bridge
As we are not playing Sundering Titan, we can use our one flexible land slot to help us get Black Mana for Slaugher Games (a devastating sideboard card against many decks). We will go deeper into how to use Slaughter Games when we discuss sideboarding in general and the SB plan for this deck in chapter 17. You need a minimum of 3 Slaughter Games and you really want 4.

Ulamog, the Aeons Torn
Ulamog might look weak compared to Emrakul but is primarily used in two ways. The first way is a bridge between assembling Tron and casting Emrakul. Emrakul often comes down on turn six or seven, which may be too late against many decks. To be able to cast an Ulamog on turn five and get the benefit from the Vindicate effect might be enough to rescue you. The second way to use Ulamog is as the ultimate finisher of the deck. His only weakness is Path to Exile. If he is not Path to Exiled, he will often win you the game. Annihilator 4 and Indestructible goes a long way. If the opponent somehow manages to remove your Ulamog, you can often just search for him with Eye of Ugin and recast him (against Counterspells mostly).

The Deck List
1 Tendo Ice Bridge
1 Eye of Ugin
1 Forest
1 Ghost Quarter
4 Grove of the Burnwillows
4 Urza's Mine
4 Urza's Powerplant
4 Urza's Tower

1 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
3 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Spellskite

4 Oblivion Stone
4 Karn Liberated

4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Chromatic Star
4 Expedition Map
4 Sylvan Scrying
4 Ancient Stirrings
3 Relic of Progenitus
4 Pyroclasm

4 Nature's Claim
3 Slaughter Games
1 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Spellskite
2 Boil
2 Torpor Orb
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

Changing the sideboard
Naturally you have to adapt your SB to metagame changes. This is just a sample sideboard. We will discuss sideboarding extensively in upcoming chapters (starting in chapter eleven)

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