Splinter Twin

Splinter Twin

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Enchanted creature has ": Put a token that's a copy of this creature onto the battlefield. That token has haste. Exile it at the beginning of your next end step."

Splinter Twin Discussion

SaberTech on Animar, Soul of Combos | Animar cEDH

1 week ago

Hi. Saw you asking for advice on the Animar Discord but didn't want to clog up the channel so I figured I'd leave some comments here. I'll try to focus on more budget friendly changes since you already know about the more expensive recommendations.

The first thing that stands out to me is that you've doubled down on a lot of redundancy of similar effects to make your combo options more consistent. Since you don't have Imperial Recruiter and Weird Harvest, I can see why you would do that for a more casual meta. What has happened though is that you have filled up slots that would normally go to the other cards that help Animar function faster. A number of cards could be trimmed out to put in important lower-curve cards.

To start with, you actually have too many combos in the deck that are clogging up cards slots. You already have Ancestral Statue + Walking Ballista, which is Animar's bread and butter. Competitive decks generally focus on assembling that as quickly as possible and protecting the combo.

The typical secondary combo line in cEDH Animar is the Kiri-Onna loop, but that requires you to put a lot of money into your mana base to make sure nearly all you lands produce blue mana for maximum efficiency, so lets skip that for now.

Another backup combo is Barrin, Master Wizard/Temur Sabertooth + Dockside Extortionist, which you already have. Barrin is generally favoured because of its versatility, but the Sabertooth works too and the combo can potentially produce infinite mana without Animar. The combo works well in the cEDH meta because of all the cheap mana rocks and enchantments that get played, but there's a chance it won't be as consistent in more casual metas.

In addition to the main combos, you often see Purphoros, God of the Forge as a backup kill condition. Since you have that too you are fairly well set for win-conditions.

On top of that though, you also currently have the Kiki/Twin combo package, Cloudstone Curio with a couple morph creatures and eldrazi, Deadeye Navigator + Peregrine Drake + Acidic Slime, and Oracle/Labman to win by decking off of "enchantress" effects like Beast Whisperer. You honestly don't need all of that. Some people may run Thassa's Oracle as an option for when damage might not win the game, but the rest could be heavily trimmed to make room for other important ramp and interaction.

So, cards to cut:

Deadeye Navigator is an easy cut. The higher cmc creatures clog up opening hands and force more mulligans. Cloudstone Curio can't be tutored for in your list, which makes it unreliable. Taking that out makes Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger unwanted. That leads to taking out Nettle Drone and Thought Harvester because they are just redundant effects that you already get with Ballista and Purphoros. Laboratory Maniac can come out because it will generally be a more fragile Thassa's Oracle. You could take the oracle out too because there are ways to just bounce and kill with Ballista, even when you are being forced to draw cards off of Glimpse of Nature or Beast Whisperer. I can see why you might want to leave that one in though.

The Kiki/twin package takes up a bunch of slots with cards that don't really do a whole lot on their own except for Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, which some people think is too unwieldy to cast consistently because of the RRR in its casting cost. Splinter Twin isn't tutorable in the deck, so it's unreliable. Bounding Krasis and Breaching Hippocamp are just redundant bodies that don't even have the same versatility in their effect that Pestermite and Deceiver Exarch, and even those can be a little lack-luster.

If you aren't looking to take all the unnecessary combos out, I can see leaving some of the Kiki stuff in as a 2-card combo that isn't reliant on Animar. Just Kiki, Pestermite, and Deceiver Exarch on their own is enough. If you want to double down on it a bit though, you can consider putting in Zealous Conscripts. With the Conscripts, you can open up a 1 turn combo line with Vannifar.

Other cards worth cutting are Guardian Project (can't be tutored or cost-reduced), Soul of the Harvest (expensive and Primordial Sage is better), Vigean Graftmage (don't have enough +1/+1 counter synergies for this to be worth the slot), Farhaven Elf (better off with a 1 CMC mana dork), Solemn Simulacrum (better off with a 1 CMC mana dork), Tidal Barracuda (it may protect you from counterspells on your turn, put there is just too much risk with letting your opponents cast all their stuff at instant speed on every other turn). There are other cards that could be cut, but those are the ones that really stand out.

To replace the cards you take out, you'll be wanting the 1 cmc mana dorks and mana acceleration that was recommended on Discord, some more card draw/cantrip creatures like Mulldrifter and Generous Patron, and some cheap/free counterspells.

Anyway, I know this is a long wall of text but I hope the feed back helps give you a place to start making tweaks to your deck. And, of course, the people on the Animar Discord are always happy to offer advice.

aholder7 on Has This Happened/What Would Happ

2 weeks ago

as someone who has cast Rakdos Charm against a Splinter Twin deck on a few occasions. i assure you, they take lethal. the problem is when they don't specify a number at all and simply say "i cast Splinter Twin and kill you". because you know they mean they make some large number even if they didn't say it. But if you ask "how many do you make?" they now realize you have something like Rakdos Charm or an equivalent card and now decide to figure out exactly how many they should make instead of the ludicrous amount they were going to do before.

enpc on Has This Happened/What Would Happ

2 weeks ago

aholder7: the only issue with that is if you're doing something like creating tokens. I was talking to another player (Player A) who was recounting a modern game where his opponent (Player B) was running a Splinter Twin deck (when that was still a thing) and made "like a billion tokens" only for Player A to cast Rakdos Charm so Player B took "like a billion damage". This then caused Player B to argue that he hadn't defined the number so he shouldn't have to take lethal.

It also shows why picking realistic numbers is important. Sure, you're probably safer picking a billion life over making a billion tokens, however why pick a massive number if you don't need to.

Massacar on B&R July 13 2020

3 weeks ago

It's rumored that Splinter Twin might get unbanned in Modern.

A lot of people are speculating that Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath get the hammer in at least one format.

GoblinElectromancer on Double Masters Speculation

1 month ago

Maybe Splinter Twin will be reprinted and unbanned...

tpmains on Double Masters Speculation

1 month ago

I think that they're going to really play up the "double" gimmick. Brothers Yamazaki, Desolation Twin, Double Negative, Evil Twin, Splinter Twin, Twins of Maurer Estate

arcane_trouper on MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Infinite Cards

1 month ago

Wow, great work MagicalHacker. Reformatted with card links and averages (rounded up) of the range of decks the combos are in. I figure a single number for each 2 card combo makes it easker to tally up and figure percentages later. So 120,411 two-card combos total.

7293 Deadeye Navigator + Peregrine Drake

6255 Exquisite Blood + Sanguine Bond

4652 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Zealous Conscripts

4545 The Gitrog Monster + Dakmor Salvage

3688 Basalt Monolith + Rings of Brighthearth

3073 Demonic Consultation + Thassa's Oracle

2990 Demonic Consultation + Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

2957 Niv-Mizzet, Parun + Curiosity

2658 Mikaeus, the Unhallowed+ Triskelion

2445 Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Curiosity

2410 Grand Architect + Pili-Pala

2370 Demonic Consultation + Laboratory Maniac

2333 Mindcrank + Bloodchief Ascension

2315 Worldgorger Dragon + Animate Dead

2242 Umbral Mantle + Priest of Titania

2132 Niv-Mizzet, Parun + Ophidian Eye

2129 Mindcrank + Duskmantle Guildmage

2010 Godo, Bandit Warlord + Helm of the Host

1957 Aurelia, the Warleader + Helm of the Host

1852 Dualcaster Mage + Twinflame

1809 Deadeye Navigator + Palinchron

1673 Worldgorger Dragon + Dance of the Dead

1714 Traumatize + Fraying Sanity

1689 Necrotic Ooze + Buried Alive

1679 Exquisite Blood + Vizkopa Guildmage

1662 Umbral Mantle + Elvish Archdruid

1598 High Alert + Axebane Guardian

1558 Combat Celebrant + Helm of the Host

1532 Ad Nauseam + Angel's Grace

1523 Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Ophidian Eye

1514 Traumatize + Keening Stone

1483 Mindcrank + Syr Konrad, the Grim

1466 Eldrazi Displacer + Peregrine Drake

1429 Staff of Domination + Priest of Titania

1388 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Felidar Guardian

1390 Fleet Swallower + Fraying Sanity

1358 Worldgorger Dragon + Necromancy

1311 Aggravated Assault + Sword of Feast and Famine

1302 Grim Monolith + Power Artifact

1304 Reiterate + Mana Geyser

1279 Umbral Mantle + Karametra's Acolyte

1263 Heliod, Sun-Crowned + Walking Ballista

1245 Sage of Hours + Ezuri, Claw of Progress

1251 Exquisite Blood + Cliffhaven Vampire

1239 Time Sieve + Thopter Assembly

1227 Fleet Swallower + Keening Stone

1231 Necrotic Ooze + Entomb

1223 Food Chain + Eternal Scourge

1218 Aggravated Assault + Savage Ventmaw

1225 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Combat Celebrant

1170 Najeela, the Blade-Blossom + Nature's Will

1167 Basalt Monolith + Power Artifact

1188 Aggravated Assault + Neheb, the Eternal

1155 Helm of Obedience + Rest in Peace

1153 Exquisite Blood + Defiant Bloodlord

1112 Niv-Mizzet, Parun + Tandem Lookout

1107 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Deceiver Exarch

1103 Devoted Druid + Vizier of Remedies

1087 Freed from the Real + Incubation Druid

1076 Umbral Mantle + Marwyn, the Nurturer

960 Najeela, the Blade-Blossom + Cryptolith Rite

1025 Splinter Twin + Zealous Conscripts

1011 Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind + Tandem Lookout

1008 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Pestermite

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