Once Upon a Time in Tron’s Reign

Cristian Ortiz Ros

Cristian Ortiz Ros

Introduction

Hi again everyone!

I really wanted to be here again and be able to share with you all my knowledge, which I hope will help you to see some things easier.

Urza's MineUrza's Power PlantUrza's Tower

Today, I come to bring you one of the most feared decks in the Modern outlook, yes, I am talking about Tron! Once setting up all Tron pieces it feels like a king and you can handle your colorless throne with casting spells of cost six / seven on turn three. You just need to gather three lands and it may sound unfair, but it is a complete reality.

Wurmcoil EngineKarn Liberated

I want to show you a bit the evolution of this deck over time, with which I have had the triple chance of almost being able to opt for top 8 in three Grand Prix, losing on all three occasions that long-awaited last round to glory! Of course, always against the winner of the event afterwards (it seems less painful this way).

Cristian Ortiz Ros

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Once Upon a Time in Tron’s Reign

Eye of Ugin

For me it is undoubtedly the golden moment in the strategy, with the 《Eye of Ugin》 still among our ranks and abusing it to sentence infinite games. A shame not to have such a card today, but the ban turned it into a simple distant memory.

PyroclasmCombust

Also highlight the red color that allowed us to more comfortably combat threats in the form of creatures carrying 《Pyroclasm》 playset in the main deck and 《Combust》 in the sideboard (the latter to stop the famous and ancient strategy of 《Splinter Twin》).

Evolving to Single Color Version Over Time…

As we can see here, red was ceased and Tron began to focus only on green, in order to further enhance stability when developing our game, to the point of becoming the most viable option today.

FogSpellskite

In this metagame, 《Death’s Shadow》 began to stand out in the format in a very aggressive way and UG Infect reigned mercilessly with 《Gitaxian Probe》, therefore the inclusion of 《Fog》 and 《Spellskite》 in our cards.

Two Years Later…

Thought-Knot SeerWorld BreakerUlamog, the Ceaseless HungerEmrakul, the Promised End

We are going to highlight this list the inclusion of more Eldrazi cards apart from the usual 《Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger》, with 《Eldrazi Temple》 to have the ease of playing a 《Thought-Knot Seer》 on turn three post sideboard, which more than once has been a very relevant move. Also remember that 《Eldrazi Temple》 is going to be like an additional 《Urza’s Mine》 or 《Urza’s Power Plant》 when it comes to casting our aliens, as it will add two mana.

And as I mentioned earlier, Mono Green has been the way forward in the evolution of the strategy.

A Few Months Later…

Relic of ProgenitusSurgical Extraction

Although this was not a 100% real metagame list because it was a Team Unified Modern tournament and I couldn’t share any cards with my teammates, it hardly moved away from the usual 75 that were played at that time. Decks like Dredge or the famous 《Krark-Clan Ironworks》 strategy and the arrival of UR Phoenix to the format forced you to fill your deck with many answers for graveyard, such as the three 《Relic of Progenitus》 in the main deck and the three 《Surgical Extraction》 in the board.

It is time to gradually focus on the present and the full power of the deck today.

London Mulligan

Tron is one of the most benefited decks with the new mulligan rule. Furthermore, it is the number one deck for me without a doubt.

Now I am going to show you what would be a clear example of this benefit that I am telling you.

Ancient StirringsExpedition MapKarn Liberated
Urza's MineUrza's TowerUrza's TowerUrza's Tower

In principle a very clear keep seven, right? We have Tron on turn three with 《Karn Liberated》! Easy. But what if we would mulligan into four cards? What would happen? Well, we would still have our 《Karn Liberated》 on turn three!

Expedition MapKarn LiberatedUrza's MineUrza's Tower

Moreover, if we would mulligan into three cards, we would continue to have all Tron pieces on turn three. In this case we don’t have any threat but drawing one of them isn’t that hard and having Tron on turn three with mulligan to three is just insane. This strategy benefits too much from having the option to draw seven cards in each of our future mulligans.

Expedition MapUrza's MineUrza's Tower

Current Decklist

Well, it’s time to get in today!

Karn, the Great Creator

This is the list that I choose today since it includes 《Karn, the Great Creator》 among its ranks and this allows us to win games in different ways: look for a 《Mycosynth Lattice》 and leave our rivals without options to win at the moment that they touch the battlefield. It looks like a more than valid choice, but this is not all.

Mycosynth LatticeTrinisphereLiquimetal Coating

We have the option to cast a 《Trinisphere》 vs UR Storm if we make Tron on turn three accompanied by this new king of the crown. In addition, we will always have the option of searching for 《Liquimetal Coating》 vs any first strategy to invalidate a land in his next turn making target in his upkeep.

>If four Karns was already amazing, why not play eight?

Once Upon a Time in Tron

Once Upon a Time

However, this is not all on this list, no, no. We are clearly going to highlight the inclusion of 《Once Upon a Time》!

To date I declare myself an absolute fan of this card, yes, it is more, I am going to show you now a clear example of what benefits us to include it in our strategy.

Once Upon a TimeChromatic StarSylvan Scrying
ThragtuskKarn LiberatedKarn LiberatedUrza's Tower

With these seven cards, we have a good chance of having Tron on turn three easily. We play 《Once Upon a Time》 as the first spell for free and we try to take one of the other two Tron pieces we need and then we use 《Chromatic Star》 to play 《Sylvan Scrying》 on the second turn and look for the third piece.

I suppose you are wondering “but what if I do not see a land that I need in those five cards?” Well, in that case we are removing five cards from the top and we would have the draw of the turn plus the draw of 《Chromatic Star》 to find it. It means that we have a chance to find a land from extra seven cards with 《Once Upon a Time》! And if we are on the draw, the number rises to eight!

More than once we will play this spell without its mana cost but it is still fine card even if we have to pay the normal cost. Since apart from land it also allows us to obtain a creature instantly, among 《Wurmcoil Engine》, 《Thragtusk》, 《Walking Ballista》 or even 《Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger》, depending on the approach or the game we are playing.

To be honest, my conclusion is that this card is completely mandatory in our main deck.

And finally, the time to show you how to face different confrontations with these same 75 cards has come.

Sideboard Guide

Azorious Control

Path to ExileForce of NegationJace, the Mind Sculptor

vs. Azorious Control

Out

Wurmcoil Engine Wurmcoil Engine Wurmcoil Engine
Walking Ballista Walking Ballista
Oblivion Stone

In

Thragtusk Thragtusk
Nature's Claim Nature's Claim
Veil of Summer Veil of Summer

Burn

Goblin GuideBoros CharmSkewer the Critics

vs. Burn

Out

Karn, the Great Creator Karn, the Great Creator Karn, the Great Creator Karn, the Great Creator
Oblivion Stone Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

In

Nature's Claim Nature's Claim Thragtusk Thragtusk
Spatial Contortion Wurmcoil Engine

Jund

TarmogoyfWrenn and SixLiliana of the Veil

vs. Jund

Out

Walking Ballista Walking Ballista
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Karn, the Great Creator

In

Thragtusk Thragtusk
Veil of Summer Veil of Summer
Dismember

Tron

Ancient StirringsWurmcoil EngineKarn Liberated

vs. Tron

Out

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

In

Nature's Claim
Nature's Claim

Eldrazi Tron

Chalice of the VoidThought-Knot SeerReality Smasher

vs. Eldrazi Tron

Out

Chromatic Sphere Chromatic Sphere Chromatic Sphere
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

In

Thragtusk Thragtusk Dismember
Nature's Claim Nature's Claim

Titan Shift

Sakura-Tribe ElderScapeshiftPrimeval Titan

vs. Titan Shift

Out

Walking Ballista Walking Ballista
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon Oblivion Stone

In

Thragtusk Thragtusk
Nature's Claim Nature's Claim

Grixis Shadow

ThoughtseizeDeath's ShadowSnapcaster Mage

vs. Grixis Shadow

Out

Walking Ballista Walking Ballista
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

In

Thragtusk Thragtusk
Dismember

Amulet Titan

Amulet of VigorAzusa, Lost but SeekingPrimeval Titan

vs. Amulet Titan

Out

Thragtusk Thragtusk
Wurmcoil Engine Wurmcoil Engine

In

Nature's Claim Nature's Claim
Dismember Spatial Contortion

Dredge

Golgari ThugNarcomoebaPrized Amalgam

vs. Dredge

Out

Karn Liberated
Karn Liberated

In

Thragtusk
Thragtusk

Humans

Champion of the ParishThalia's LieutenantMantis Rider

vs. Humans

Out

Wurmcoil Engine Wurmcoil Engine Wurmcoil Engine
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

In

Thragtusk Thragtusk Spatial Contortion
Dismember

Four-Color Whirza

Arcum's AstrolabeGoblin EngineerUrza, Lord High Artificer

vs. Four-Color Whirza

Out

Thragtusk Thragtusk
Wurmcoil Engine Wurmcoil Engine

In

Nature's Claim Nature's Claim
Dismember Spatial Contortion

Valuing Our Cards Power in a Ranking (Not only by table presence, also by circumstances and stability)

Card Power Rank Name
#1 《Karn Liberated》
#2 《Karn, the Great Creator》
#3 《Wurmcoil Engine》
#4 《Walking Ballista》
#5 《Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger》
#6 《Thragtusk》
#7 《Ugin, the Spirit Dragon》

TIPS

Conclusion

Well and so far, today’s article! I really hope this has been very helpful and you to play this strategy much easier with reading it (even if it does not have too much difficulty).

Thanking Hareruya again for giving me the opportunity to explain my knowledge here and I look forward to seeing each other again very soon.

As always, if you have any questions, I will be happy to answer you on social networks.

And they lived happily ever after.

Cristian Ortiz Ros (Twitter / Twitch)

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Cristian Ortiz Ros Cristian Ortiz Ros is a veteran player from Spain. He is a Modern enthusiast and well known as an expert of the format especially his hallmark deck; Living End. He became the finalist of the Grand Prix Copenhagen 2017 with it and he finally won the whole thing at the Grand Prix Madrid 2017 with UR Storm. Also, Cristian is very famous on Magic Online and surprisingly, he did earn 38 trophies in a cycle and he finished that cycle as a trophy leader. Read more articles by Cristian Ortiz Ros