14, Apr, 24

Strange Mono-White Tron Deck Surprisingly Dazzles in Major Event!

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One strategy that has stayed consistent for many years in Modern has been Tron. Despite constant fluctuations in the metagame over the years and a plethora of elite cards getting introduced each set, this potent strategy revolving around the power of Urza’s Tower, Urza’s Mine, and Urza’s Power Plant has remained steady.

What’s interesting, though, is just how many different variants of Tron have put up results in Modern. Mono-green Tron is certainly the most popular and has stood the test of time. Sylvan Scrying adds some extra consistency towards assembling all three Tron Lands as quickly as possible.

However, multiple other variants have had success. Mono-blue Tron has popped up every now and again as a more interactive strategy. Eldrazi Tron maximizes the power of Eldrazi Temple and can steal games with Chalice of the Void. We’ve even seen combo-style Tron decks featuring Mystic Forge get their time in the spotlight.

Today, we are going to focus on a version of Tron that is relatively new and has flown under the radar. This deck recently made top 32 of the Magic Online Modern Showcase Challenge, with an attendance of over 200 players. Is this deck the real deal? Let’s find out.

Tron Core

Urza's Tower

The main goal when utilizing the Tron Lands is, unsurprisingly, to generate a massive mana advantage. While this deck doesn’t have access to Sylvan Scrying, it does still get to make use of Expedition Map as a way to find a missing Tron piece. This mono-white Tron deck, in a similar sense as mono-blue Tron, isn’t quite as reliant on assembling Tron by turn three. Instead, the objective is to use a slew of interactive elements to delay the game and at some point, assemble Tron and use the excess mana to your advantage.

There are a few payoffs that, while castable in the mid-game, get significantly better with Tron Lands in the mix. First, this deck utilizes a playset of The One Ring. Not only does The One Ring provide a huge boost of card advantage, but it helps dig for any missing Tron Lands. Once you have all three in play, the extra mana can help you convert those extra cards into board presence.

This leads to our second major payoff: Karn, the Great Creator. Karn is fine to cast without access to all three Tron Lands but gets significantly better when you have tons of mana to work with. Then, you can use Karn to tutor up a huge haymaker like Sundering Titan or Cityscape Leveler to win the game with. Of course, you can always grab utility Artifacts like Ensnaring Bridge or Cursed Totem when necessary.

Beyond The One Ring and Karn, there are a couple one-ofs that can singlehandedly swing a game in your favor when you have lots of mana at your disposal. Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger is the ultimate win condition, helping you shut the door in grindy games. Meanwhile, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon can reset even the scariest of board states, leaving behind a must-answer Planeswalker that threatens to win the game by itself. Most of these cards are rather typical inclusions in Tron decks, so this begs the question: what does white have to offer?

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Top-Notch Interaction

Solitude

As mentioned, mono-white Tron and mono-blue Tron have some similarities. Rather than focusing on getting a mana advantage as quickly as possible, both of these Tron variants want to interact on the early turns. As such, they are less reliant on a quick mana boost and less vulnerable to hate pieces like Blood Moon as a result.

By far the most important piece of interaction that would draw a player to play white in their Tron deck is Solitude. Solitude is excellent and preventing you from falling behind. As a free disruptive element, it pairs nicely with Karn by making it significantly more likely you get to untap with the powerful Planeswalker. Likewise, Solitude is strong in conjunction with Then One Ring, keeping your life total high while you continue to draw cards.

The printing of Reprieve also played a big role in the development of the mono-white Tron deck. Between Solitude, Oust, and various board wipes like Wrath of God, this archetype has plenty of Creature interaction. Reprieve is an excellent insurance policy against unfair strategies. For instance, getting to Reprieve Living End or Crashing Footfalls can be devastating for the opponent.

To help answer a wider array of problematic permanents, Get Lost and March of Otherworldly Light show up here, too. This deck is well-equipped to deal with Creature heavy-decks as well as Urza’s Saga shells.

Finally, a cool inclusion in this deck is Search for Glory. Search for Glory is a nice resource to have when you have all your requisite Tron Lands in play. It can grab Ulamog, any of your Planeswalkers, select one-ofs like Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines, and The One Ring. You can even search for Snow-Covered Plains in a pinch if you’re light on Lands, which is a nice option to have.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Archive Trap

While mono-white Tron does have some similarities to the more popular mono-green Tron, there are some major differences when it comes to the strengths and weaknesses of the strategies. Mono-white Tron is much stronger against hate pieces like Blood Moon or Magus of the Moon out of Izzet Murktide. Simultaneously, mono-white Tron has the necessary disruption to avoid falling too far behind against Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and counter magic.

Mono-white Tron also does a much better job at keeping fast Creature decks like Hammer Time in check. This shouldn’t be too shocking, given the wide range of removal present in the mono-white Tron deck. These removal spells can help in a variety of matchups, including Golgari Yawgmoth and Rakdos Scam.

Where the big weakness of mono-white Tron lies in comparison to mono-green Tron is in matchups where the removal isn’t super impactful. Decks like Scapeshift combo that can win the game without committing much to the board are hugely problematic. In these types of matchups, you really need to get a mana boost early and slam a quick haymaker, which mono-green Tron does a significantly better job of.

Speaking of which, mono-green Tron has a huge edge over mono-white Tron in the pseudo-mirror for similar reasons. There are also decks like Dimir Mill that, between the presence of Field of Ruin, Surgical Extraction, and a win condition in milling that is hard to mess with, completely wreck mono-white Tron on all levels.

With this in mind, if you want to play mono-white Tron, be prepared for some polarizing matchups. When your white removal spells are strong, you’re probably in decent shape. Otherwise, you may be in for a rough time. Still, if you like Tron but are tired of losing to quick starts from aggressive decks or an abundance of hate pieces from the opponent, consider giving this unique variant a whirl.

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