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by Lev Novak

Let’s talk about an under-used, potentially broken Modern-legal uncommon.

No, not Sky Hussar although there’s some synergy there. No, I’m talking about Trusted Advisor

Trusted Advisor is an odd card at first glance It’s a 1/2 for U, back when anything above a 1/1 was slapped with a drawback. But today, we’re exploiting that drawback.

Magic: Origins has provided a tremendous boost to Trusted Advisor by offering two crucial cogs in Harbringer Of The Tides and Faerie Miscreant.

Harbringer Of The Tides gives us a strong, recurring tempo play and Faerie Miscreant gives us an extra boost for running faeries, like Spellstutter Sprite and Vendilion Clique. It’s also an extra faerie for Mistbind Clique which, coincidentally, forms a lock with Trusted Advisor.

Aether Vial is going to flash in those engines for free when we return them with the Advisor.

Huh. Now we’re getting somewhere.

Let’s take a look at the whole picture before we talk about any more of the individual cards.

Trust Me (Modern)

Lands (22)
11 Island
Flooded Strand
Polluted Delta
Seachrome Coast
Hallowed Fountain

Creatures (34)
Faerie Miscreant
Harbinger Of The Tides
Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
Master of Waves
Meddling Mage
Mistbind Clique
Restoration Angel
Sage of Epityr
Spellstutter Sprite
Trusted Advisor
Vendillion Clique
Voidmage Prodigy

Artifacts (4)
Aether Vial
Sideboard (15)
Meddling Mage
Rest In Peace
Hurkyl’s Recall
Echoing Truth
Ephara, God Of The Polis

Trusted Advisor is the engine of the deck, but every card here has seen at least some Modern play. No card here is jank, which is part of the deck’s appeal. If an opponent is burning out your Trusted Advisor every game, you still have a potentially strong tempo game with fliers, beaters, and efficient disruption that comes packed on creatures.

Your ideal turn one play is an Aether Vial, followed by a Sage of Epityr or a Faerie Miscreant if you’re holding a Spellstutter Sprite. Once you set up the engine, drop your two-drop: either a Meddling Mage to act as a pre-emptive Remand, a Harbinger Of the Tides to fight off tempo or a Spellstutter Sprite. Then, drop a Trusted Advisor. You can recycle all your triggers all game. And if your advisor eats removal, guess what? Your efficient troops can do their job.

You win by pecking at them in the air after an attrition game with Harbinger bounce and Spellstutter counters, or by a lock with [/c]Mistbind Clique[/c] or Spellstutter Sprite off your Trusted Advisor. Remember that digging for that combo with a combination of Sage of Epityr, fetch lands, and Trusted Advisor works nicely.

Sideboarding should speak for itself, though it’s flexible for your taste. Meddling Mage is a pet favorite of mine in this deck, though. You can reset it with Trusted Advisor and it works great at both blocking and drawing removal. Pestermite is more of a budget replacement. Ephara, God Of The Polis, meanwhile, is a brutal and immovable piece in attrition wars and a secondary win condition.

Sky Hussar may also be a card used for those fans of absurd, abusive value-decks.

Happy playing!

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