It’s not quite a huge secret that I like to play Faeries in Modern. I brew with them, I collect them, I play them, I love ’em!
Let’s talk today about a cool (soft) lock that the deck has with Mistbind Clique and Quickling.
It is a lock because it taps all your opponent’s lands! It is soft because they can respond with instants, for example killing combo pieces at the right time. If the game has gone long though then you usually have a cheap counter or two (Dispel, Spellstutter Sprite, etc.) and it’s probably fine!
There are two main versions: 2 Quickling 1 Mistbind, and 2 Mistbind 1 Quickling.
2 Quickling 1 Mistbind (6 mana)
Play Quickling and – in response to the bounce trigger – play Mistbind, championing Quickling.
The Quickling trigger resolves but since the Quickling is exiled under Mistbind now, you don’t have to do anything and your Quickling will still be OK under your Mistbind.
You now have a Mistbind championing a Quickling.
Next (opponent’s) turn play quickling, bouncing Mistbind. The first Quickling is released. Use its bounce trigger to bounce the Quickling you just played. Replay Mistbind, championing the released Quickling. You’re back where you began the turn (plus summoning sickness on the Mistbind), and all the opponent’s lands are tapped!
2 Mistbind 1 Quickling variant (4 mana)
As in the first case, play Quickling then Mistbind to get a Mistbind with a Quickling championed under it.
Next (opponent’s) turn play Mistbind, championing the other Mistbind. The Quickling is released. Use its trigger to bounce the Mistbind you just played. The first Mistbind is released. Champion the Quickling and you’re back where you began (again, with summoning sickness on the Mistbind but all your opponent’s lands tapped).
And that’s the Mistbind Clique Quickling Lock!