I played in the PTQ today (yesterday) and I just got land flooded every game. I went 1-2 and dropped. Needless to say I was frustrated. I drew so many lands and so many Aether Vials. I lost to U/W Gifts for god's sake.
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I really like that list a lot. I love the focus on the synergies and intricacies of the deck. After tweaked and all that, this is what I am currently working with.
Judge's Familiar is starting to feel really awkward to me. In some matchups it's great, but sometimes it's bad. In other matchups it's bad, but sometimes great. Since it's not 4, it's not always in your opening hand, and that's when you want to see it, but running 4 means you'll see it more often throughout the game. I am thinking about cutting it for something more consistent, or with more synergy. I'm thinking either slotting Pack Rat back in, or running some number of Stonecloaker or Whitemane Lion or Jotun Grunt. I like Jotun Grunt because he's big and cheap, but he doesn't really feel like he fits the deck's plan very well. I like Stonecloaker because he doubles as grave hate and can randomly win your fights against Tarmogoyf or Reanimator Strategies, and is very synergistic with Mangara, and our ETB effects, but our 3 drop spot seems crowded. I like Whitemane Lion. He's cheap, effective, synergistic, but is very lackluster and "vanilla" feeling. Pack Rat is great because he avoids flooding, and is actually useful in multiples.
So many choices. I love this deck for that reason. There are so many varieties of this deck that everyone plays their own sort of "flavor", and most of them are good.
Edit: Has anyone tried Crucible of Worlds? The old Crucible + Strip Mine lock...And with Pack rat you can discard lands and then play them. Just brainstorming here...