Want to build an Isochron Scepter deck. Which is objectively better?

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Posted on Aug. 10, 2018, 11:48 p.m. by DMFF

I have constructed and tested each of these decks online and have most of the cards to build either one of these. I am taking this to the public for a 3rd party unbiased view of which one is objectively better and what I should ultimately build.

The Decks in question:

Isochron Bolas Midrange


Mardu Isochron Pyromancer

Please give reasons as to why I should choose one over the other. Thank you for your service! This will be an enormous help and will dictate which deck will be made as a paper deck next!

xaerusblade says... #2

isochron is not really a good card in modern. as you would devote one turn to cast it and wait another turn to use it unless you have enough mana available..

the only thing i think isochron is good is if you have a prison style deck with it..

putting a Fog or Holy Day like effect and a finisher via Luminarch Ascension.

August 11, 2018 12:58 a.m.

DMFF says... #3

This really isn't an answer to the question I was asking though. I have tested both of these decks, they both work quite well. I just wanted feedback from people looking to see what the general Magic community thought was objectively better of the two I listed.

Thanks anyway.

August 11, 2018 1:12 a.m.

DOGxOFxWAR says... #4

Looked at both decks, Not much i can say with the bolas setup.. But, I kinda think the Scepter, Goes amazing in Pyromacer, or any Burn deck thats not Burn dependent. Manamorphose is a great card for the scepter. I have a Tap/Land Control deck I been workin on, and I run the Scepter with Mind Bend. Pretty cool card, Good Luck!

August 11, 2018 4:20 a.m.

Funkydiscogod says... #5

I would love to see a deck based on Mind Bend.

The best use I could think of was changing Chandra Ablaze to Blue, and dumping enough extra turn spells in the yard so she could ultimate again before the opponents' next turn (her ultimate doesn't exile the graveyard), and burn them out while discarding blue cards in an infinite turn loop.

August 11, 2018 9:37 p.m.

DMFF says... #6

That is a neat deck idea Funkydiscogod, but it isn't the question I asked :( I want feedback on the two decks listed. Which one of them is better. Maybe I should just ask people at my LGS :(

August 12, 2018 2:10 a.m.

Funkydiscogod says... #7

Oh, right. Back to the topic.

I think the Mardu list makes better use of the Scepter. There isn't really anything in the Grixis list that would make me want to sideboard in Pithing Needle and name "Isochron Scepter". That Mardu list is a different story, because if I know you have Silence and Isochron Scepter in your deck, I'm bringing in needles and artifact hate.

August 12, 2018 10:07 a.m.

DMFF says... #8

Thank you for your input! I appreciate this greatly. So far I have heard from some people at my LGS as well. Mardu was favored there among my peers as well, with a good handful still liking the Grixis as well. Is there anything you would change or add to the Mardu variant or is it fine where it stands?

August 13, 2018 5:57 a.m.

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