Yes. Burn. [[Lightning Bolt]] is very, very unlikely to get powercrept. That's the answer, and if you want a deck that doesn't change much, yes it's burn because it's designed to reduce the opponent's life total to 0 in the most direct way possible, meaning it's not going to change much. You may not be a burn player, but that's your answer. Otherwise, no. If you look back to say the [2016 meta](https://mtgtop8.com/format?f=MO&meta=118&a=) or[ 2017 meta](https://mtgtop8.com/format?f=MO&meta=142&a=), the mains and sides of even Modern old-timers like Tron and UW change year to year to account for the meta, new threats being printed, new answers being printed, and one or the other being banned. That being said, there are some that have remained pretty consistent except for minor upgrades; G Tron had the [[Karn the Great Creator]] Package and dropped a color, but has otherwise been pretty consistent, Amulet Titan barring bans has only had a few major changes - [[Urza's Saga]] & [[Dryad of Illysian Grove]]. But that's the thing with an non-rotating format, there are going to be cards that enable narrower strategies printed as the card pool gets bigger; so nothing is guaranteed. TL;DR: Buy lands. Play Burn if you don't want to buy new cards. No deck remains unchanged.


Decent mana base is best for long term play. It’s not very exciting until you realize how much easier it is to put different decks together.


What is a land base that could start making for future decks? I am not sure.


Thanks so much, I appreciate the help.


##### ###### #### [Lightning Bolt](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/f/2/f29ba16f-c8fb-42fe-aabf-87089cb214a7.jpg?1655641518) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Lightning%20Bolt) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/2x2/117/lightning-bolt?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/f29ba16f-c8fb-42fe-aabf-87089cb214a7?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Karn the Great Creator](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/3/e/3ec0c0fb-1a4f-45f4-85b7-346a6d3ce2c5.jpg?1566819742) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Karn%2C%20the%20Great%20Creator) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/war/1/karn-the-great-creator?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/3ec0c0fb-1a4f-45f4-85b7-346a6d3ce2c5?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Urza's Saga](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/c/1/c1e0f201-42cb-46a1-901a-65bb4fc18f6c.jpg?1626099958) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Urza%27s%20Saga) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/mh2/259/urzas-saga?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/c1e0f201-42cb-46a1-901a-65bb4fc18f6c?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Dryad of Illysian Grove](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/6/d/6d964876-194b-49f1-8e74-cfe9269f2c62.jpg?1584114361) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Dryad%20of%20the%20Ilysian%20Grove) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/thb/169/dryad-of-the-ilysian-grove?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/6d964876-194b-49f1-8e74-cfe9269f2c62?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) ^^^[[cardname]] ^^^or ^^^[[cardname|SET]] ^^^to ^^^call


GTron is a good bet. It is almost always playable, and rarely receives updates. Also, with a few exceptions, the list is fairly cheap (at least when compared to tier one decks).


Mana bases and fetch lands. Newer cards always get printed.


Any specifics for mana bases, I really don't know what to start with.


Pick colours you like and get shocks, fast lands, fetches in those colours


Burn will never die, but I understand if you don't like it. Green Tron would be my second bet, but it has definitely been dumpstered by the meta from time to time. Not that expensive to build/upgrade over time typically. It has longevity, but Grixis Death's Shadow seems to fluctuated between the top and bottom over the past five years or so. Note that it has changed quite a bit from the original build and can be expensive for that reason. If you want a more fringe tribal deck, Merfolk is powerful in the right matchups.


Tron sounds like it’s up your alley. As an archetype, it’s been around for over a decade(?), I think. It’s a combo/ramp deck centered around assembling three specific lands. [[Urza’s Tower]], [[Urza’s Power Plant]], and [[Urza’s Mine]]. Individually, the create one colorless mana a piece. But when you have all three on the field at the same time, or have assembled Tron, as we say, then the 3 lands produce a whopping 7 mana. With that much mana, as early as turn 3, you’re able to cast things like [[Wurmcoil Engine]] and [[Karn Liberated]] or [[Karn, the Great Creator]] and a choice sideboard card. Now, Tron isn’t quite the boogeyman it used to be. A lotta hate cards have been printed Tron, like Thanos, is inevitable. Despite the hate, the deck has evolved but never truly died. No matter how it gets sliced, 7 mana on turn 3 is a powerful position. Mono G Tron is probably the most prominent. It is hyper focused on assembling Tron as quickly as possible and then start throwing haymakers alike the aforementioned Karns but also things like [[Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger]] as early as turn 4(rare but possible) Eldrazi Tron is a more midrange build. It doesn’t assemble Tron as fast but uses Tron combined with [[Eldrazi Temple]] to power out Eldrazi creatures like [[Matter Reshaper]]. There’s also Blue Tron which utilizes blue mana and counter magic to control the board and Prison Tron which seeks to basically lock your opponent out of the game. I’m not as familiar with these variants. Once you have the core cards for Tron, though, you can pivot to any of these decks


##### ###### #### [Urza’s Tower](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/9/e/9e369f3f-354b-42bf-9b2f-286912730c6c.jpg?1599710735) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Urza%27s%20Tower) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/2xm/331/urzas-tower?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/9e369f3f-354b-42bf-9b2f-286912730c6c?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Urza’s Power Plant](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/5/4/54445d1f-5426-47e9-9e02-0274cea7174f.jpg?1599710725) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Urza%27s%20Power%20Plant) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/2xm/330/urzas-power-plant?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/54445d1f-5426-47e9-9e02-0274cea7174f?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Urza’s Mine](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/0/8/08dea8f6-bd32-44a3-bec4-93a5607819df.jpg?1599710699) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Urza%27s%20Mine) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/2xm/329/urzas-mine?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/08dea8f6-bd32-44a3-bec4-93a5607819df?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Wurmcoil Engine](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/5/d/5d275f04-cc60-4e3f-95cc-3d02bc916b82.jpg?1599710280) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Wurmcoil%20Engine) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/2xm/308/wurmcoil-engine?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/5d275f04-cc60-4e3f-95cc-3d02bc916b82?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Karn Liberated](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/4/b/4b0c6662-4dde-40a2-97e0-0318478c0367.jpg?1599705787) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Karn%20Liberated) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/2xm/1/karn-liberated?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/4b0c6662-4dde-40a2-97e0-0318478c0367?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Karn, the Great Creator](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/3/e/3ec0c0fb-1a4f-45f4-85b7-346a6d3ce2c5.jpg?1566819742) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Karn%2C%20the%20Great%20Creator) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/war/1/karn-the-great-creator?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/3ec0c0fb-1a4f-45f4-85b7-346a6d3ce2c5?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/1/1/1192f7a9-102e-4b3a-b154-18c8eb332217.jpg?1562899233) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Ulamog%2C%20the%20Ceaseless%20Hunger) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/bfz/15/ulamog-the-ceaseless-hunger?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/1192f7a9-102e-4b3a-b154-18c8eb332217?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Eldrazi Temple](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/c/4/c42049e2-fe4e-4fe9-9599-faf1af50b97d.jpg?1593095918) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Eldrazi%20Temple) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/ddp/68/eldrazi-temple?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/c42049e2-fe4e-4fe9-9599-faf1af50b97d?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) [Matter Reshaper](https://c1.scryfall.com/file/scryfall-cards/normal/front/3/9/3906b61a-3865-4dfd-ae06-a7d2a608851a.jpg?1562906487) - [(G)](http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Matter%20Reshaper) [(SF)](https://scryfall.com/card/ogw/6/matter-reshaper?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher) [(txt)](https://api.scryfall.com/cards/3906b61a-3865-4dfd-ae06-a7d2a608851a?utm_source=mtgcardfetcher&format=text) ^^^[[cardname]] ^^^or ^^^[[cardname|SET]] ^^^to ^^^call


If you’d asked me years ago I’d have said Affinity. Deck was good from the formats inception until the Opal ban. I’d say Tron and Burn are the two most likely decks to stay pretty stable and be pretty competitive.


well. Affinity is back to being viable. same with Living End. they just took breaks


I don’t think mill will change much in the future. It got a bunch of cards recently and it’s hard to think more powerful mill cards will be printed. It also has a decent amount of interaction if you are trying to avoid games that feel similar. Additionally, the deck is priced below average at ~$700usd. But with that being said endurance is very frustrating to play against.


Tron is a long lasting deck, with plenty of variants. G Tron and Eldrazi Tron are great depending on your play style. I personally own a G Tron deck as my major competitive deck and secondly a BW Stoneblade brew. That being said there a couple of decks that are long lasting in concept and play but change every now and then due to mega changes. Decks would be: UW and UWx control variants. Death and Taxes, mainly the 60 card variant. Can be easily converted to Legacy 60. Jund, Jund is tricky regarding its place in the meta as it’s good against fair magic decks but the style and cards will always be a mainstay. Storm is also a good deck, on the cheaper end but has fallen out of favour recently. Twiddle storm is a new variant and could potentially be long lasting. That being said Storm is unlikely to disappear. Wish was also a big upgrade. UB mill has gotten better if you like that kind of thing. I do lol I’ve probs missed others but yea, I think these are the safer options. Some are more expensive than others of course but it comes down to what you enjoy the most since you are making the investment.


Besides burn, decks that don’t change much tend to be pretty bad because the power level and complexity of magic is always steadily increasing overtime and now that modern horizons is going to be a biannual event it doesn’t look like that’s ever going to change. Most of the decks that closely resemble their list from 3 to 5 years ago Are also mostly pretty bad and their Low play percentage and lack of top finishers at big tournaments reflect this. Burn is good, Tron’s okay, modern is always changing. If you are really on a budget and don’t want half your list power crapped out from under you, pauper might be a format worth your interest. It’s got a lot of universal archetypes like blue Delfair variants and else which have been around forever and even when cards get pushed out of the matter most of the top decks are only like $50 total so you switching between them is no problem.




Amulet titan has managed to stick around for a decade. It’s complex. It will continue to scale in power level because it’s lands are what push it over the top. Field of the dead and saga were big boons. Burn. G tron. Shadow decks have remained similar. They’re all good stuff cards and while they go through ups and downs they’ve stayed relevant for years.


Green Tron, Eldrazi Tron, Yawgmoth, Humans, Merfolk, Death and Taxes, Bogles, Titanshift, Elves, Storm.