Exploring Trains In Modern

What is the meaning of life? Is there a God? What happens when we die?

When you put Splinter Twin on the stack, you rise beyond these questions. Twin players all over the world lived the lives that we all wish we could. Every time they sat down for a game, they made the world a little warmer. They envisioned a beautiful, pure Modern. “I want my matches over on turn 4,” they cried, fists raised, “and turn 5 with Dispel backup! Everyone should be forced to represent a minimum of two pieces of removal after turn 3!” It brings a tear to my eye. I’m sure you all feel the same.

It was a simpler time. Spell Snare was enough. Tarmogoyf ended games. Affinity and Infect were the only things we had to fear, aside from fear itself. What’s Death’s Shadow? Isn’t that in Legacy Dredge?

There has never been a more perfect time that now for Wizards to save us from our linear nightmare of a format. Some suspect that the timing of the Splinter Twin ban is no coincidence; there have been rumors that the banning was motivated by the printing of a particular card from a recent set. They say that the well-staffed Modern testing team at Wizards immediately recognized its potential in the deck, and decided that it would be an offense for Twin players to continue without it. That their experience would be so much after their return with this card immediately in their 75, it would make the wait worth it. It would make up for lost time, make everything good again.

*quiet choo*

Do you hear that? What is that?


It couldn’t be…


“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you
want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
― Abraham Lincoln

That’s right folks. It’s time.

U/R Twain

Main Deck (60)
Splinter Twin
Deceiver Exarch
Aradara Express
Snapcaster Mage
Vendilion Clique
Serum Visions
Lightning Bolt
Spell Snare
Cryptic Command
Scalding Tarn
Polluted Delta
Sulfur Falls
Steam Vents
Stomping Ground
Desolate Lighthouse
Tectonic Edge
Sideboard (15)
Blood Moon
Anger of the Gods
Ancient Grudge
Engineered Explosives
Keranos, God of Storms

This is the endgame that Twin has been waiting for. What do you do when you’ve got an empty hand, a 1/4 , and a 3/1 on board? You don’t lose; that was the old way. Now, you rip an 8/6 off the top and crush your opponent next turn.

Can you hear that?

That’s the sound of the game being changed.

Everything is different now: we will have to conduct ourselves accordingly.

Jesse “Known Control Player” Francis has been playing every meme deck from mono black control up to Bant CoCo. Jesse is a Splinter Twin Enthusiast with a PPTQ, PTQ, and GPT top 8, along with a day 2 appearance at GP Toronto. He currently spends his days playing 4 color Nahiri and writing articles about Splinter Twin’s eventual return to the modern format.


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