Esper combo control shell with Steward of Solidarity and Intruder Alarm as the combo. Non-combo wincon is creatures with vigilance. This way you can still attack while Intruder Alarm is on the board. Sun Titan can get both combo pieces from the GY with it's trigger as well as Snapcaster Mage, Spellskite and even lands.

The sideboard is pretty flexible, just use whatever you need against your meta. I have the Batterskull in the sideboard for both the life gain and in case I want to go more creature heavy. Though I typically don't find myself siding out the combo for the creature like in twin. It's harder to "scare" your opponent into inaction due to the combo not being instant. As such, I find it hurts more by not having the combo.

I'm not set on the counterspells yet and need more play testing, but the intention is to use as many 1 mana counterspells as I can to be able to protect the combo on turns 3 and 4 if needed. Obviously against a non-interactive deck, just go off on turn 3. But I like being able to go off turn 4 while having protection online instead of having to wait until turn 5. Unfortunately, the combo isn't instant speed, so running 4 Dispels isn't going to suffice. It's not twin in that respect, but it's a whole turn faster which makes it much more viable than Felidar Guardian and Saheeli Rai.

Alternatively, you could run Cryptic Command instead of Sun Titan to synergize with Intruder Alarm by tapping your opponents creatures, but I find Cryptic Command doesn't help protect the combo as easily in the early game. Of course, if you were to do that, you would want to run Serra Sphinx instead of Serra Angel to ease the mana requirements. I personally prefer having the 1 mana counterspells to hold up for turns 3 and 4 while going for the combo.

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Ballzanya says... #1

September 13, 2017 10:45 p.m.

dlanz says... #2

Thank you for the suggestion Ballzanya. I'll try it out, but I didn't go with any of the 3cmc token generators because they seem a little clunky. Steward of Solidarity curves into Intruder Alarm perfectly. If I use the 3cmc token generators I can't cast intruder alarm until turn 4 while having no protection up for Thraben Doomsayer on turn 3. Although, running more than 4 token generators would make the overall combo easier to get, so definitely worth a try.

September 17, 2017 12:26 p.m.

Ballzanya says... #3

You could play Apostle's Blessing to protect the doomsayer. But it still requires one mana. (the 2 life shouldn't be problematic)

September 18, 2017 4:19 a.m.

Ballzanya says... #4

Also, it would be a whole different deck, but instead of a control shell, you could go bant. You'd then get Presence of Gond, and you could play Geist of Saint Traft, Thrun, the Last Troll or Troll Ascetic, or even Sylvan Caryatid as hexproof creatures to just put the presence on. You could also play Beck / Call and draw a million cards when you make all the tokens.

September 18, 2017 4:23 a.m.

Ballzanya says... #5

Oh, and if you do go in that direction, you can add Essence Warden or Leyline of Vitality to the sideboard for infinite life with the combo.

September 18, 2017 4:25 a.m.

Ballzanya says... #6

Also, the bant version gives you either Birds of Paradise or Noble Hierarch so you can cast intruder alarm on turn two.

September 18, 2017 4:28 a.m.

Ballzanya says... #7

If you stay with the esper deck, you could try Bloodline Keeper  Flip as a one-of.

September 18, 2017 4:31 a.m.

dlanz says... #8

Ballzanya I really like Bloodline Keeper  Flip, it can double as a beefy creature and a combo piece. Also, Apostle's Blessing would be really good at protecting my creatures, but not much else so I'd have to see how it plays. But I can definitely see its use. While a bant version looks nice, I'm not too keen on leaving the control shell.

September 19, 2017 7:24 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

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