Modern NeoBrand Combo

Hey guys! It’s Sushiske, here to bring you a dose of Modern Magic! Today I wanted to take a look at the new ‘One-turn-kill’ deck in Modern, the NeoBrand combo deck. Recently this deck has been taking Magic Online by storm, with a conflux of variations of the deck emerging with the new London Mulligan rule. But, as the implementation of the London Mulligan is still up in the air, will this deck survive without it? Will the next Banned and Restricted announcement deal with this deck? Today, I’ll be looking at aspects of the deck that make it so powerful, as well as looking at the survivability of the deck.

The Deck:

NeoBrand by RagingTiltMonster

Creatures (18)
Allosaurus Rider
Autochthon Wurm
Chancellor of the Tangle
Laboratory Maniac
Simian Spirit Guide
Wild Cantor

Spells (27)
Eldritch Evolution
Nourishing Shoal
Noxious Revival
Serum Visions
Sleight of Hand
Summoner's Pact
Lands (15)
Botanical Sanctum
Breeding Pool
Gemstone Mine
Misty Rainforest

Sideboard (15)
Chalice of the Void
Echoing Truth
Leyline of Sanctity
Nature's Claim
Pact of Negation
Reclamation Sage

For those of you that haven’t seen this before (surprisingly a lot of people – I had to explain the deck to my local LGS owner a few days ago), the deck’s main goal is to have an opening hand with Neoform and Allosaurus Rider, and to Neoform into a Griselbrand, drawing yourself using a combination of big creatures and Noroushing Shoal and then winning with a Laboratory Maniac. This is made possible on turn one with cards such as Simian Spirit Guide and Manamorphose. The deck runs eight copies of the Spirit guide with Chancellor of the Tangle, and Eldrich Evolution acting as a secondary, slower Neoform. Summoner’s Pact allows us to find our pieces, and we don’t have to worry about paying back the cost as our aim is to win in one turn – otherwise, the deck has already lost. All of this is what makes the deck so powerful – as this is all possible before your opponent has put down a land. You essentially have no chance to make a play if you’re on the draw, and you have no chance to win unless your opponent whiffs if you lose the initial die roll.

The Future of NeoBrand?:

The London Mulligan rule especially helps this deck win turn 1, as it increases the probability of your opening hand having the pieces that you need to win the game. Under the Vancouver Mulligan, the current chances of winning (with winning equal to having Griselbrand on the battlefield) are:

Turn 1 Griselbrand: 13.80023632780165%

Turn 2 Griselbrand: 29.433854665535216%

Turn 3 Griselbrand: 56.146363386581388062388%

Turn 4 Griselbrand: 76.7681201344817956531831236%

The Neoform Discord Server –

This doesn’t take into account Serum Visions, however the odds are greatly increased with the London Mulligan, with the nature of the mulligan making it easier to have the cards that you need in your opening hand – ChannelFireball did an amazing article on The London Mulligan helping decks which require specific cards, which I honestly recommend reading.

The London Mulligan was a major success, with speculation being that it will be implemented during the next Banned and Restricted announcement – on the 20th of May 2019, and if this is true it will become legal in DCI sanctioned Modern tournaments. This means that the NeoBrand Combo deck will possibly be a Tier 1 or 2 deck, as the probability of the turn 1 kill would be a lot higher than the Vancouver Mulligan, which is scary and dangerous for the format. However, this could be solved with the banning of Simian Spirit Guide, a ban that has been called for a lot recently (due to decks like this and the Jeskai Narset Turn 1 Kill – also including Simian Spirit Guide and Griselbrand.)

Also, with Modern Horizons on the, well, Horizon, a ‘fan favourite’ blue card was speculated during the initial announcement. Many people think this will be the famed Legacy/Vintage staple Force of Will, which would probably be an instant 4x in every control deck. This could possibly mean that this deck is stamped out due to the power level of such cards. Force of Will would be a deadly card to this deck, as you could just counter the Neoform without even having a land out.


Let me know what you think! Will the NeoBrand combo survive? Will it crumble under the wrath of R&D, or even due to Force of Will? Tweet me, @sushiske, or MTGSpark (@SparkMTG), and let us know what you’d like to see next too. Thanks for reading this article, it means so much!

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