Quote from Anne NoiseThat's weird, because it's in almost every deck I've seen, including every non-red deck in this subforum, and I'm never mad to draw one in a game. It's such a killer card for Affinity.
Quote from vaxxilsI am trying to find a good deck for modern. Usually I play control but since that does not seem viable in the the current format I want to try affinity. The decklist I end up using is very similar to legacy affinity and has worked pretty well in goldfishing but I would appreciate some feedback since I won't be able to play vs magic for another few weeks.
4 Signal Pest
3 Ethersworn Canonist
4 Vault Skirge
3 Etched Champion
3 Master of Etherium
3 Mox Opal
2 Springleaf Drum
4 Galvanic Blast
4 Cranial Plating
1 Thopter Foundry
3 Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
4 Darksteel Citadel
3 City of Brass
Quote from Mark Rosewater »In response to your Lightning Blast, I'll eat this burrito.
Quote from slipknot72102 »This is why I started playing magic in the first place. It wasn't PT aspirations just making noobs cry by doing things that are perfectly fair.
Quote from vaxxilsI find the three of them really doesn't set you back. Without them the deck requires a rather clunky mana base to fulfill the colour requirements and I found myself being colour screwed 3/4 games. Like I said I am not somewhere where I can test against other people, but I think City of Brass is the best solution.
I tried the Tidehollow Sculler and really like the look of him so far. I almost want to cut something for three of them. Galvanic Blast is amazing because even if they wrath you on turn 4 or 5 you can usually just finish them off with a blast. I have three Dispatch in the sideboard, but the flexibility of blast is more useful and justifies the mana base.
I have yet to find the Thopter foundry useful, do people think I should just drop it for a third Sculler or Ethersworn Canonist? This might just be because I am goldfishing though, it would be a great way to use extra opals and Memnite, turn 4-6 to finish them.
Quote from Diogenes
Nothing in this game is degenerate or completely dominant. They haven't banned anything in standard in a long, long time. Hell they should have banned affinity right away, but they didn't until boxed sales collapsed too. Hasbro had to come in and fire people.
I'll enjoy watching all the whiners eat crow monday.
Quote from DestinyHeroGoing through the MTGO Daily Event thread it seems there are generally two different successful variants with one Red Affinity running Galvanic Blasts and either Fling or Shrapnel Blast and the other being Tezzeret Affinity.
Has anyone tried out both enough to give out some insight and opinion on each?
Quote from ValdyrI'm running a RW version of the deck that has been pretty successful in my local meta, the white being for Steelshaper's Gift in the main (there is also Dispatch and Ethersworn Canonist in the sideboard). I've found that in effect having 6 Cranial Platings is making me fizzle by just drawing blanks less than I was before, which is a very real problem the deck can face. Has anyone else found success with this build?
Also, this is not the Fling/Atog version. I've found that following the various bannings, there are less games where I'm in a sheer clock battle (where the Fling/Atog package was useful) and more where I have to just get over the "hump" of other more interactive decks.
Also, I concur with Destiny's recommendation to not run Disciple. I tried it and unless you're running a full-on black version of the deck like tich does, it is very much a "win more" card. Signal pest, being an artifact with a form of evasion (you can strap Plating to it or feed it to Ravager), I find absolutely critical both to getting fast starts and to getting over/around the more interactive decks, which we can have trouble with if we play too interactively. It's also saved me by turning an army of Ornithopers, Memnites, Nexuses and Frogmites that I've coughed onto the board (and then found nothing on my next draw) into a moderately threatening force, at least early game.
Quote from Zetsubou2113I love Signal Pest as much as the next guy, but I just don't find myself using him much, really. Instead of casting pest, I'd rather cast a Drum so I can (usually) get a MoE or Champ out on turn 2.
Now, I'm not saying this works all the time, because I need to have a Mox, a Land, and a Drum. But even without, I just feel Pest is slightly less win-more than Disciple when we have other potential beatstick/quickwin/evasive cards.
Quote from The Dork KnightI'm stunned with how few people go the traditional R/U or R/U/b route.
I think thoughtcast and galvanic blast are both too good to ignore. Thats aside from the other spells those colours give you. If you're boarding in Blood Moon, you can just board out your thoughtcasts.