Modern in the end of 2019 finds itself locked in a world of Urza, Lord High Artificer, Oko, Thief of Crowns and Karn, the Great Creator decks. Oko, Thief of Crowns is commonly found in the Urza, Lord High Artificer decks-Sultai Urza. However, there has been a new surge of Bant Control decks centered around Teferi, Time Ravaler and Oko, Thief of Crowns:

Bant Control

Creatures: (6)
Ice-Fang Coatl
Snapcaster Mage

Instants and Sorceries:. (20)
Cryptic Command
Entreat the Angels
Force of Negation
Opt
Path to Exile
Terminus

Artifacts: (4)
Arcum’s Astrolabe

Planeswalkers: (53)
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Teferi, Time Raveler
23 LANDS
Breeding Pool
Field of Ruin
Flooded Strand
Hallowed Fountain
Misty Rainforest
Mystic Sanctuary
Polluted Delta
Snow-Covered Forest
Snow-Covered Island
Snow-Covered Plains

SIDEBOARD (15)
Ashiok, Dream Render
Celestial Purge
Disdainful Stroke
Pulse of Murasa
Return to Nature
Stony Silence
Timely Reinforcements
Veil of Summer
Winds of Abandon

This deck takes the typical build of UW Control decks in modern with the addition of Oko, Thief of Crowns and Ice-Fang Coatl in the main board and Veil of Summer in the sideboard. If you haven’t had the chance to play against Oko, once it has resolved and had a chance to move to six loyalty, it is very difficult to kill. With support of counter spells and powerful planeswalkers, once this deck gets ahead on board, it’s very hard to for opposing decks to catch up. This deck is also playing the Terminus and Entreat the Angels package, which allows for big swings on the board state and help turn the game into Bant Controls favor.

As for Urza, Lord High Artificer, this is the Big Bad of the format. Sultai Urza made its splash in the Star City Games Atlanta Open when six of the top eight decks were this new take on Urza.

Sultai Urza

Creatures (11)
Emry, Lurker of the Loch
Gilded Goose
Urza, Lord High Artificer

Instants and Sorceries (5)
Cryptic Command
Metallic Rebuke

Artifacts: (18)
Arcum’s Astrolabe
Engineered Explosives
Mishra’s Bauble
Mox Opal
Sword of the Meek
Thopter Foundry

Planeswalkers: (45)
Karn, the Great Creator
Oko, Thief of Crowns
19 LANDS
Breeding Pool
Flooded Strand
Misty Rainforest
Mystic Sanctuary
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Snow-Covered Forest
Snow-Covered Island
Watery Grave

SIDEBOARD (15)
Assassin’s Trophy
Collective Brutality
Damping Sphere
Ensnaring Bridge
Fatal Push
Grafdigger’s Cage
Mycosynth Lattice
Pithing Needle
Sword of the Meek
Thopter Foundry
Veil of Summer

As you can see, this deck utilizes all of the aforementioned cards, Urza, Lord High Artificer, Karn, the Great Creator, and Oko, Thief of Crowns. Sultai Urza is a blend of control, mid-range and combo that maximizes the Gilded Goose and Oko, Thief of Crowns synergy of consistently producing food for Urza. Turns out, making an artifact that can tap for mana for doing virtually nothing is very powerful and efficient. Karn is the cherry topping to this efficient grind machine of a deck, with the free win of minusing two and getting Mycosynth Lattice. Oh, did I also mention cards like Mox Opal and Emry, Lurker of the Loch that make for turn 2 or 3 Urza, Karn or Oko.

So what am I playing in the face of these format warping cards?

Eldrazi Tron

Creatures: (16)
Walking Ballista
Endbringer
Wurmcoil Engine
Matter Reshaper
Reality Smasher
Thought-Knot Seer

Instants and Sorceries: (3)
Warping Wail
All Is Dust

Planeswalkers: (6)
Karn, the Great Creator
Ugin, the Ineffable

Artifacts: (11)
Chalice of the Void
Expedition Map
Mind Stone
Mystic Forge

Lands: (24)
Wastes
Blast Zone
Cavern of Souls
Eldrazi Temple
Ghost Quarter
Scavenger Grounds
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza's Tower
Sideboard: (15)
Ensnaring Bridge
Grafdigger’s Cage
Liquimetal Coating
Mycosynth Lattice
Pithing Needle
Relic of Progenitus
Sorcerous Spyglass
Tormod’s Crypt
Witchbane Orb
Walking Ballista
Wurmcoil Engine
Witchbane Orb
Sorcerous Spyglass
Torpor Orb

Why Eldrazi Tron? This is sort of a 2 part answer.

Part 1. It is a proactive deck with a free win combo in it (again, thanks Mycosynth Lattice).

Part 2. Chalice of the Void. Chalice of the Void is still one of the most powerful cards that Modern has to offer. Chalice on the board can just take over the whole game. Putting down a Chalice on the right number can effectively shut off half of an opponent’s hand. If followed up by a Thought-Knot Seer, it is very difficult for an opponent to get back into the game.

Now, back to my Part 1 of why to play this deck. Etron may have the name “Eldrazi” in its title, but really this deck wants to utilize Karn, the Great Ceator to its highest potential. Your sideboard acts as a fully functional wish board for your Karn. Mind Stone helps you deploy early Karns and Though-Knots.

Why play Warping Wail as your primary source of removal? I firmly believe Warping Wail is the unsung hero of this deck. It removes Emry, Urza, Noble Hierarch, Monastery Swiftspear, Ice-Fang Coatl, and so many more early play problem cards that Etron can quickly fall behind.

Also, have you ever countered a Scapeshift with a colorless spell, you should try it sometime and let me know how elated you feel afterward.

Lastly, the recent addition of Ugin, the Ineffable has felt wonderful. On occasion, Etron will assemble a turn three tron and really had an underwhelming turn three with having access to seven mana. Now with Ugin, assembly turn three tron can make for very powerful turn three plays. Ugin allows for you to cast your cheap artifacts for free and the cost reduction on your Eldrazi does not go unnoticed.

The dream: Get Ugin and Mystic Forge into play at the same time. Playing two or three spells in one turn with this deck, typically sets up for a locked win as having multiples of Eldrazi on the board are impossible to attack through and very hard to block. So how are we beating turn two Oko? Pre-Board, assemble karn lock as fast as possible. Sideboard, bring in the Pithing Needle and Sorcerous Spyglass. Playing a turn one Needle does wonders against a deck that typically relies heavily on Oko to do a lot of the early game leg work. This allows you to be able to play cards like Chalice and Liquimetal Coating with no fear of becoming Elks.

I will continue to work on Eldrazi Tron for future tournaments, but I would make it a strong choice in your Modern tournaments for the foreseeable future.