Video Daily Digest: The Dark Side Of The Force

Playing Tron in Modern is like turning to the Dark Side. But when Tron throws a party hosted by Xenagos, God of Revels, can Ross Merriam resist?

I know, I know. It’s Tron. And Tron is evil. It’s all that is dark and backwards in this world. The only people who like the deck are the people who are preternaturally adept at drawing the third Tron piece on turn 3 and having natural Tron into Karn Liberated on their mulligans to five.

I did not come to this decision lightly and the consequences of it will weigh on my conscience for years to come, but for better or (much much much) worse, Tron is a part of Modern and it behooves us to know the enemy.

Plus, this isn’t like most Tron decks. It has a bunch of cool Eldrazi and Tooth and Nail. You can play more like a straight combo deck, stalling until you hit nine mana and casting Tooth and Nail with entwine. A Xenagos, God of Revels and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn later and, well, the aeons will be torn. And that’s a good thing. I have no beef with anyone who wants to attack with Emrakul.

But there’s something about casting Karn Liberated on turn 3 that turns a good-natured combo deck into a loathsome Tron deck. And yes, this deck does contain Karn Liberated, since it’s just too good with the Urzatron. But try not to focus on that part.

Get back to looking at the Tooth and Nail. In order to support a double-colored casting cost, we see the incorporation of Prophetic Prism, which takes the place of some disruption or another cantrip like Relic of Progenitus. This also lets you play more colored cards overall and more colorless lands, which makes deck tuning and sideboarding a lot more flexible.

And to supplement the package of Eldrazi to put onto the battlefield with Tooth and Nail, we see Kozilek’s Return as the sweeper of choice. This is a very important change because the increased cost of this version’s threats means you’re going to fall further behind and need an even stronger play to catch up. Kozilek, Butcher of Truth or Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger may not be good enough to stabilize a lopsided battlefield, but when they come with a free Plague Wind, that changes very quickly.

Everyone loves a good repentance story, like Darth Vader telling LukeYou were right at the end of Return of the Jedi or Scrooge becoming generous. Maybe this version of Tron has enough cool quirks to it to redeem its player base.