Modern Musings: Untapping Lands Michael Shapiro October 16, 2017 Modern Musings Hey everyone and welcome to another Modern Musings! This week we are going to be taking a look at one of the more broken effects in the history of magic and how it applies to us in modern: untapping your lands. Now I’m not talking about getting to untap your lands at the start of every turn, I’m talking about effects that untap your lands, like Arbor Elf. Of course, effects that untap your lands are not new to magic, we’ve had such effects since at least Antiquities in the form of a very famous card: Candelabra of Tawnos. Fortunately for us, we have a Candelabra of Tawnos in Modern in the form of Magus of the Candelabra. Let’s take a quick look at the differences between this guy and his namesake card: Pros: Doesn’t die to artifact hate Can use a creature tutor to get him into your hand or into play Cons: Dies to every played creature removal spell in the format Has summoning sickness Why Now? So why am I bringing Magus of the Candelabra up now? Mostly because I think he has untapped potential in comboing with the new Ixalan lands. In particular, I’m looking at Growing Rites of Itlimoc // Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun and/or Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx as a potential way to abuse it, which as of now puts us solidly into Elves or Mono-Green Devotion territory. I think that Elves doesn’t really need much help right now, so I decided to see what Mono-Green Devotion would look like with these cards: Genesis Wave Devotion4 x Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx1 x Sheltered Thicket1 x Kessig Wolf Run15 x Forest (347)3 x Garruk Wildspeaker3 x Magus of the Candelabra3 x Wistful Selkie1 x Craterhoof Behemoth4 x Utopia Sprawl2 x Llanowar Elves1 x Emrakul, the Promised End1 x Hornet Queen4 x Arbor Elf3 x Primeval Titan1 x Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger3 x Primal Command2 x Growing Rites of Itlimoc // Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun2 x Harmonize4 x Genesis Wave Sideboard1 x Tormod’s Crypt2 x Creeping Corrosion3 x Surgical Extraction – Buy-a-Box Promo3 x Ruric Thar, the Unbowed1 x Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite1 x Thrun, the Last Troll4 x Great Sable Stag Buy This List This is what I came up with, and it’s still a little rough around the edges, but I think that Magus of the Candelabra fits very well into a deck like this. In addition to Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Growing Rites of Itlimoc // Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun, the Magus can also untap lands that have been enchanted with Utopia Sprawl. I am less sure about how often our new Gaea’s Cradle with flip though with the creature density being not as high as a collected company deck. So what are we going to do with all this mana we are generating? The answer is that we have a variety of top end finishers, from Genesis Wave to Emrakul, the Promised End. Well, that’s all for this week guys. If you think you have an idea utilizing Magus of the Candelabra, feel free to let me know and join me next week when I unveil my special Halloween-themed deck. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.