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Modern Turns: a Primer
Turns is one of my favorite decks to play in any format of MTG. It’s an incredibly unique deck in
that it completely and utterly locks your opponents out of the game, allowing you to set up
some pretty crazy board states and use some hilarious wincons. Once you go off, there are
endless possibilities. It plays quite a bit differently than storm, as while storm is more focused
on accelerating your own game plan, turns focuses more on slowing down you opponent’s,
making it a much more interactive deck.

Another thing that makes turns so fun is just how versatile of a deck it is, being that your main
combo is 12-18 walk or near walk effects plus 7-8 mine effects, there is plenty of room to
experiment with your own pet cards. In my time playing modern, of the few people I’ve seen
playing this deck, I’ve seen a huge variety of types. In this primer, we will be talking about U/b,
but I’ve seen every single color splashed and even differences in strategies. I’ve also seen
incredibly graveyard heavy lists, enlisting the help of Azcanta, Jace VP, and Thought Scour to
power up Snapcaster and more easily cast Temporal Trespass.

With that being said, let’s get into the meat of what these decks are, see a few different lists,
get into how to play them, how to build them, and how the cards work.

Table of Contents
Examples of Turns lists
Mono Blue

page 3

Graveyard Turns

page 5

Blue Black Turns

page 7

Building a Proper Mainboard
The Mine Effects

Page 9

The Soft Mines

Page 10

Time Walks

Page 11

Almost Time Walks

Page 13

Snapcaster Effects

Page 14


Page 15


Page 16


Page 18

Hand Disruption

Page 19

Building a Proper Sideboard
Graveyard Hate

Page 20

Artifact Hate

Page 21

Burn Hate

Page 22

Pages 3-8

Pages 9-19

Pages 19-22


Pages 22-27


Page 27

Mono Blue

1 mikokoro, center of the sea
1 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Oboro, palace in the clouds
18 Island
2 Snapcaster Mage
4 Cryptic Command
3 Exhaustion
4 Gigadrowse
4 Part the Waterveil
2 Remand
4 Serum Visions
4 Temporal Mastery

4 Time Warp
2 Search for Azcanta
4 Dictate of Kruphix
2 Howling Mine


4 Dispel
4 Hurkyl's Recall
2 Sun Droplet
2 Thing in the Ice
1 Threads of Disloyalty
1 Trinisphere
1 Vedalken Shackles

Mono Blue is the most common list out there, and also the most consistent in a vacuum. Of the
turns variants, this one fares the best against control decks, however you already should have
quite a strong matchup against them to begin with. There aren’t too many fancy tricks with this
deck, but being that it’s the core of turns I think it would be a good starting place to talk about
the roles of some of the most important cards in the deck.

Graveyard Turns

2 Temporal Trespass
4 Time Warp
3 Part the Waterveil
1 Temporal Mastery
2 Exhaustion
2 Snapcaster Mage
2 Magus of the Bazaar
3 Gigadrowse

2 Cryptic Command
4 Dictate of Kruphix
2 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy
2 Search for Azcanta
3 Fatal Push
4 Thought Scour
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Collective Brutality
1 Swamp
2 Watery Grave
8 Island
4 Drowned Catacomb
2 Polluted Delta
1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
1 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Mikokoro, Center of the Sea


1 Thing in the Ice
2 Laboratory Maniac
2 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Dispel

4 Hurkyl's Recall
4 Extirpate

U/B Graveyard Turns is a different take on turns that focuses on getting cards into the
graveyard and using them as a resource. This means making Temporal Trespass easily castable
as a 3-mana timewalk, popping azcanta as soon as possible, powering up Jace Vp, and giving
snapcaster mage plenty of things to do. The self-milling action in this deck also makes it
conceivable to win with everybody’s favorite wincon, Laboratory Maniac.

Blue Black Turns

2x Baral, Chief of Compliance
2x Cryptic Command
4x Dictate of Kruphix
4x Drowned Catacomb
2x Exhaustion
3x Fatal Push
3x Gigadrowse

2x Howling Mine
1x Inkmoth Nexus
1x Inquisition of Kozilek
8x Island
1x Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
1x Minamo, School at Water's Edge
1x Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
3x Part the Waterveil
2x Polluted Delta
2x Search for Azcanta
4x Serum Visions
2x Snapcaster Mage
1x Swamp
2x Temporal Mastery
1x Temporal Trespass
2x Thoughtseize
4x Time Warp
2x Watery Grave


2x Collective Brutality
4x Hurkyl's Recall
2x Delay

2x Dispel
4x Extirpate
1x Thing in the Ice

I think that it’s important to talk about Blue Black turns for multiple reasons. Firstly, because
this is the list that I currently run so I know the most about. Secondly, I truly believe that blue
black turns is the best turns deck in the format right, and is good enough to be competitive.
And that’s not just me, Back in August of 2017, it actually top-8’d a GP. This is for a variety of
reasons, black gives the deck access to some prime time removal, proper graveyard hate, and
oh so important hand disruption. These are important because it gives Turns a fighting chance
against aggro decks, which are by far its worst matchup. For the rest of this Primer, I will be
talking about U/B Turns.

Building a Proper Mainboard
The Mine Effects

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