Having only been playing for a bit over a year I am not very knowledgeable on cards outside of standard. I recently got smashed at FNM by a Zada deck which prompted me to look into this for modern (and commander?)

I was thinking this may involve something like Arcbond

What is the one-turn win combination, using Zada, Hedron Grinder, that requires the least number of cards and external effects, in Modern?

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The only interesting guaranteed (assuming no external effects) one-turn win combination I can find that uses Zada, Hedron Grinder is the Arcbond combo described in this question, or some variation of it. Basically, you need the following:

When you control the mentioned creatures, and then cast and resolve each of those spells in turn targeting Zada, the result is an arbitrarily large amount of damage dealt to each creature and player, and the combo's controller gaining large amounts of life, until every other player has lost.


This is the most optimum one turn win combination I have identified, using Zada, Hedron Grinder, that is Modern Legal.

Deck can be Red White, minimizing color burden. With Seeker of the Way and Zada in play and untapped, cast Arcbound, targeting Zada; Prowess trigger, Seeker of the Way has Lifelink. Tap Zada and Seeker of the Way for the convoke cost of Ephemeral Shields, targeting Zada; Prowess Trigger. Cast Wild Slash targeting Zada; Ferocious conditional satisfied, damage can't be prevented.

One turn win can be achieved with 4 open mana sources on turn five.

  • What makes this "optimum", compared to using a cheaper Lifelink creature, a cheaper Indestructible-granting spell, and/or any other one-drop burn spell?
    – murgatroid99
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 5:31
  • @murgatroid99 Ephemeral Shields casts for free. The interaction of Seeker of the Way and Wild Slash makes the damage from the combo unpreventable. Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 5:36
  • Transcendent Master (leveld up) could be used to replace both Seeker of the Way and Ephemeral Shields.
    – Hao Ye
    Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 20:02
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    @HaoYe Transcendent Master doesn't make Zada indestructible, costs 15 mana. If Zada isn't indestructible, the combination won't work. Commented Mar 7, 2016 at 20:07

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