Modern Titan Shift

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Posted March 27, 2017 by Abdullah Elhawary in Tabletop

For the last few months, I have had the same answer to the question everyone loves to ask: What’s the best deck in Modern? Titan Shift. It’s a fast, linear deck with a good sideboard plan against the rest of the fast linear decks. Unfortunately, this is what Modern has devolved to due to the extinction of Splinter Twin but that’s another argument for another day. I’ve been playing the deck for the last few weeks to great success. I do think the older version of the deck that runs Anger of the Gods in the mainboard is outdated so I thought I’d share with you my updated list. Here is the list I was originally testing:

GR Titan Shift

Test Deck by Abdullah Elhawary

Maindeck:

Lands (27):
4x Cinder Glade
3x Forest 
7x Mountain
4x Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
2x Stomping Grounds
3x Windswept Heath
4x Wooded Foothills

Creatures (8):
4x Primeval Titan
4x Sakura-Tribe Elder 

Sorceries (16):
4x Explore
2x Farseek
4x Search for Tomorrow
4x Scapeshift
2x Anger of the Gods

Instants (6):
4x Lightning Bolt
2x Summoner’s Pact

Planeswalkers (2):
2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Enchantments (1):
1x Prismatic Omen

Sideboard:

1x Grafdigger’s Cage
2x Nature’s Claim
1x Ancient Grudge
2x Sudden Shock
2x Tireless Tracker
2x Choke
2x Crumble to Dust
3x Obstinate Baloth

Despite playing an outdated version of the deck, I still had a good win percentage, which illustrates how good the deck actually is. Here are some notes from my initial testing:

  1. The deck plays 13 mountains so whenever you cast Scapeshift, make sure you can actually kill your opponent. The key number of lands to sacrifice to Scapeshift is 7 because of the way Valakut is worded (the phrase “other mountains” being key)
  2. Anger of the Gods was bad against most of the popular decks
  3. Prismatic Omen was always a card that I liked having access to as a one of
  4. Grafdigger’s Cage and Sudden Shock were practically useless out of the board due to the death of both Infect and Dredge
  5. I needed more answers to Death’s Shadow
  6. Despite not being at it’s best in the current meta, Lightning Bolt is still a great card

I refined the deck after taking these things into account, and this is the result:

GR Titan Shift

Test Deck by Abdullah Elhawary

Maindeck:

Lands (27):
4x Cinder Glade
3x Forest 
7x Mountain
4x Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
2x Stomping Grounds
3x Windswept Heath
4x Wooded Foothills

Creatures (8):
4x Primeval Titan
4x Sakura-Tribe Elder 

Sorceries (14):
3x Explore
3x Farseek
4x Search for Tomorrow
4x Scapeshift

Instants (6):
4x Lightning Bolt
2x Summoner’s Pact

Planeswalkers (2):
2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Artifacts (2):
2x Engineered Explosives

Enchantments (1):
1x Prismatic Omen

Sideboard:

3x Relic of Progenitus
2x Nature’s Claim
1x Ancient Grudge
2x Anger of the Gods
2x Tireless Tracker
1x Choke
2x Crumble to Dust
2x Obstinate Baloth

Sideboard Guide:

Affinity:

In:
2x Nature’s Claim
2x Anger of the Gods
1x Ancient Grudge

Out:
1x Farseek
1x Scapeshift
1x Explore
2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Burn:

In:
2x Obstinate Baloth

Out:
2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Tron:

In:
2x Crumble to Dust
2x Obstinate Baloth

Out:
2x Engineered Explosives
2x Lightning Bolt

Junk:

In:
2x Obstinate Baloth
2x Tireless Tracker

Out:
2x Lightning Bolt
1x Explore
1x Prismatic Omen

Jund:

In:
2x Obstinate Baloth
2x Tireless Tracker

Out:
2x Explore
1x Search for Tomorrow
1x Prismatic Omen

Death’s Shadow Aggro:

In:
3x Relic of Progenitus
2x Obstinate Baloth

Out:
1x Prismatic Omen
4x Lightning Bolt

Grixis Control:

In:
3x Relic of Progenitus
2x Obstinate Baloth
2x Tireless Tracker
1x Choke

Out:
1x Prismatic Omen
2x Scapeshift
1x Search for Tomorrow
4x Lightning Bolt


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Abdullah Elhawary
Abdullah Elhawary