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By: Arctic_Ghost, Arctic_Ghost
Oct 21 2021 1:02pm

Cascade is a powerful mechanic in Magic. It allows you to play 2 spells for the price of one and usually the spell with Cascade is quite powerful in its own right.

Urza Tron (Urza’s Tower, Urza’s Power Plant and Urza’s Mine) is also quite powerful because it gives you tons of mana to work with so that you can cast big and powerful spells early in the game.

Today we will be looking at a list that combines the 2. While this isn’t anything new, I haven’t talked about it before and it is time I correct that. The cool thing about Cascade is that if you Cascade into casting another spell with Cascade, the chain keeps going. What more can you ask for?

The list we will be looking at today was piloted by the player reizouku and was part of the 5-0 dump from 10/6/2021. I won’t waste anymore of your time and we will get right into the list: 

Annoyed Altisaur, Boarding Party and Maelstrom Colossus – Here are the meat and potatoes of the deck. Do not play less than 4 of these in my opinion as they are your main ways of winning.

Mulldrifter – No Tron deck would really be complete without 4 copies of (Mulldrifter::LRW).

Crop Rotation – This helps you assemble Urza Tron easier and faster. You also can find some special lands if you need to such as Bojuka Bog against graveyard strategies or Mortuary Mire to return a creature you need.

Ancient Stirrings – A great card for a Tron deck like this. It can find a Tron piece, a mana rock or a copy of Maelstrom Colossus to get the ball rolling. I would play 5 copies if it was legal.

Pulse of Murasa – An instant speed gain life card that also returns a Cascade creature back from the graveyard. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Weather the Storm – A great card against Burn or aggro in general to buy as much time as needed. Since you are an Urza Tron deck, you should have tons of mana to work with and can resolve multiple spells in a turn, allowing you to get a decent sized Storm count.

Chainer's Edict – Bogles has started to become popular again and you will need some Edict effects. This one is great because it has Flashback. This means you get 2 copies for the price of one.

Pestilence – An amazing card against aggro decks as you can continually wipe the board every turn. Since most your Annoyed Altisaur and Maelstrom Colossus:CMR) have a lot of toughness, it should be easy to keep this card in play. The reason you only play 1 copy is because you only need 1 in play and other copies are redundant. Also you don’t have room for everything.

Prophetic Prism and Bonder’s Ornament – Here are your mana fixers for the deck. While Prism is cheap and draws a card, Ornament is actually mana ramp that draws a lot of cards over time. These are pretty much staples of any Tron deck.

The Manabase

Urza’s Tower, Urza’s Power Plant and Urza’s Mine – These lands right here, are the whole point of your deck. Do not ever play less than 4 of each.

Thriving Grove – Your main dual land of the deck. You do play multiple colors so these help with mana fixing at the time you need them to and in the long run will be better than the gain life lands in my opinion.

Quandrix Campus – I love these lands and wish more decks used them. They create a great way to fight the late game when the board state is stalled and the game becomes a top deck war.

Cave of Temptation – Mana fixing and helps buff one of your creatures later in the game as well. It isn’t the best land ever, but it does the job well.

Bojuka Bog and Mortuary Mire:BFZ) – Here are some utility lands. While Bog is good to fight the other Tron decks and graveyard decks in general, Mire helps you fight the late game by being able to return your big Cascade creatures back and get more value.

Last up we find 2 basic Forests for a total of 22 lands. I think the manabase is just fine like this. If you want to add a 23rd land, I would towards Prismari Campus or Thriving Bluff for some extra fixing.

The Sideboard

Bojuka Bog – In the case of you needing more graveyard hate, this is a good one because you have 4 Crop Rotation to go and get it.

Chainer's Edict – In the case of you needing more edict effects for something like Bogles, this is the best one in my opinion. If you had access to Mystical Teachings, playing something like Diabolic Edict would be a good one of since you can fetch it.

Weather the Storm – More Burn hate and ways to stall against aggro decks.

Cast Down – More removal is always a good thing.

Dust to Dust – Affinity is still one of, if not, the most played deck currently. This may be a bit hard to cast early, but it is still one of the best hate cards against them.

Fangren Marauder – The best answer to Affinity. This creature makes their Atog do almost nothing and makes their Disciple or Fling combo kill almost non existent.

Fiery Cannonade – A board wipe is always a good thing to have. I would personally like a third one.

Gorilla Shaman – Great Affinity hate.

Multani's Decree – Great hate against Bogles.

Reap and Sow – This is interesting because not only is it hate against other Tron decks, but it can also get your own pieces as well. In slower midrange matchups (not Delver), this is a good card to have.

Verdict and Final Thoughts

I have been messing around with this deck for a number of days and it is about as fun as I expected to be. You feel so powerful when make a Cascade chain going and suddenly your board state has a bunch of big creatures in play that win the game the next turn.

I have experienced a few flaws with this deck however. Like any Tron deck, if you don’t get Tron going, your deck will be a little handicapped with how much stuff you can play in a turn. However, this deck is particularly weak to not having Tron in play. You don’t have interaction in the early game and so it is possible for Aggro decks and Delver to get under you quickly. You also have only 1 board wipe and it can be quite slow, so you have almost no come back factor.

I think with this version of Tron, you want to be aggressive with your mulligans. These are just my opinions. I am also not a huge fan of Pestilence here. Yes, you can keep it out for a while, but it can be hard to cast on curve and you don’t have a ton of life gain. If you are too far behind, getting it out there won’t help. I am not a fan of the one of Chainer's Edict either because you have to just draw it or Cascade into it, so you are relying a little too much on luck to go your way. Again, just my opinion. I would rather make the deck more consistent and add in 2 Fiery Cannonade to the main and add the Edict to the sideboard.

So the question. Do I think you should play this deck? I like it for leagues, but for challenges I personally don’t feel comfortable with it. I feel like this deck is a bit easily disrupted and it only takes 1 turn of you missing Tron for something to go wrong. Against counter decks, they can easily counter a big threat and then kill the other. Against aggro, they can swarm the board and go around your big creatures. I am not saying this deck is bad, just that the other versions of Tron are better to rely on.

You might be saying, “but it has a good Affinity matchup”. Well, yes and no. You have very good hate for Affinity, but Affinity can still be too fast and have their own answers to your hate cards. When you back up the hate cards by a fast clock or control cards, then yes I would agree you have a good matchup. However in this deck, you are playing hate and still giving them a chance to deal with your hate cards or come back from them. Again, not saying the deck is bad, just not as good as it looks on paper.

However, with all this being said, as always, do remember my words are not gospel. I will always encourage you to try a deck that I bring you despite my personal feelings. Remember that results will vary and always remember to practice!

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