Modern keeps giving us more toys and decks to play with. This time it’s Innistrad Midnight Hunt that has brought the final piece of the puzzle to complete a shell that tried to break through – Esper Reanimator.
In the past, people brewed around Gifts Ungiven, Unburial Rites, and some pay-off usually Iona, Shield of Emeria or Elesh Norn. The main idea was to find the Rights and one of the payoffs with Gifts, they’d be automatically ditched into the graveyard, and you could use Rights flashback to cast it and return the payoff. It was played in an otherwise controlly shell to make sure you can stay alive before you execute the combo. However, the current Modern reality wouldn’t allow such a simple, one-dimensional gameplan to work.