Shardless Agent Joins the Modern Format
Shardless Agent looks to be one of the highest impact cards to be printed — or in this case reprinted — in Modern Horizons 2.
This card is awesome in a number of ways. You can gang up with lots of Cascade action with cards like Bloodbraid Elf. This kind of a deck can probably overwhelm faster or more powerful combo decks by flipping over lots of disruption like Duress, Inquisition of Kozilek, or Thoughtseize.
Or you can flip over lots of removal! Remember, Shardless Agent is a 2/2 creature as well as a purveyor of Black Lotuses. Removal can just clear the path to get in for damage.
And of course, it is a three mana card with Cascade. Like Ardent Plea or Demonic Dread, this is a card that can aim for a Balance, Living Death, or now Replenish.
Damn from Modern Horizons 2 is Damn! Good
What is Damn?
Other than the best ever at what it is?
It’s a sorcery speedTerminate for players who don’t have access to red mana. Don’t sleep on this one! That’s not a bad use case.
It’s a Wrath of God that has play against Gaddock Teeg. That’s not bad at all, right? Maybe you can get caught by Spell Snare or Inquisition of Kozilek now… But this card’s functional equivalency to Wrath of God kind of can’t be exaggerated.
Of course in a deck that can tap for both black and white? Damn! That’s a good card!
Will Vindicate be Good in Modern?
Mike wants Vindicate to be good.
Patrick doesn’t believe that Vindicate can’t be good.
From Mike’s perspective… Molten Rain is often too slow against Tron (especially when you’re on the draw). How can Molten Rain that doesn’t deal extra damage be good?
But you know what won’t be too slow against Tron?
Break the Ice is really exciting against Tron! Even on the draw it can potentially disrupt their mana engine before it’s too late.
Mike wants this card to be good enough for main deck but is a little incredulous. Many other decks where Break the Ice has text are either aggressively too fast or have Aether Vial to get around it. But you know who doesn’t?
That deck that has 20+ Snow-Covered Mountains and specializes in midrange three mana permanents and / or 4/4 Dragons? The Overload is legitimately going to get them.
Don’t Look Here! It’s just a two-card infinite combo
So Modern Horizons 2 has given us a new and viable two-card combo. Let’s start with Sanctum Weaver.
This card is basically never worse than a 0/2 creature that taps for one mana of any color. Yes, it’s twice as expensive as a Birds of Paradise; but as an enchantment itself, it’s fail state is not that deep into failure. Where it gets exciting is with Freed From the Real:
Here’s how it works:
- On Turn Two, play Sanctum Weaver for 1G
- On Turn Three, cast Freed from the Real on Sanctum Weaver; ideally leaving up Sanctum Weaver
- Now you can tap Sanctum Weaver for [at least] UU. With Sanctum Weaver and Freed from the Real, you now have two enchantments in play. You can spend U of your UU to untap the Sanctum Weaver, rinse, and repeat. Every time you do this you leave yourself U.
- What can you possibly do with infinite mana of not just blue, but any color?
The answers to all these burning questions (and more) in this week’s podcast! Listen up: