Quote from IzioI've played a lot against POD and most of the times I had the upper hand. Do you play deathrite shaman and scavenging ooze?
They're amazing in this MU. They help you to don't make them do the melira combo.
Post side aven mindcensor and grafdigger's cagehelp too.
Quote from damagecaseWith that many fetches Steppe Lynx might be a worthwhile include.
Quote from HandwrittenHeroI did try him...he basically winds up replacing the Experiment One slot if you run him since there's a lot of anti-synergy between the two and you certainly don't want 8 1 drops that are really terrible late game.
Lynx plays better with Boros Charm and usually pushes more burst damage against combo since you can more likely queue a big turn safely. Experiment survives a lot of removal better though and represents more reliable damage for the grindy games.
Plus 20 lands is not a lot, especially when you're pulling them out of your deck with fetches. Quite often a lynx could wind up sat around spent and ignored.
Quote from damagecaseAlso I'm not sold on VOR in Zoo, as it seems like a less then optimal turn 2 play considering what aggro in general is looking to do.
Quote from damagecaseThanks for the explanation. Have you considered Goblin Guide? Very aggro-minded and triggers the E1. My biggest complaint against him is I really don't wanna ramp my opponent but if your fast enough it shouldn't matter.
Quote from peke12Any comments and feedback on my deck below? I'd like to give it a try on tournaments
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Creatures: (25)3x Noble Hierarch3x Deathrite Shaman2x Scavenging Ooze3x Voice of Resurgence3x Tarmogoyf1x Qasali Pridemage4x Knight of the Reliquary4x Loxodon Smiter2x Thundermaw HellkiteSpells: (12)4x Domri Rade4x Path to Exile4x Lightning BoltLands: (23)4x Arid Mesa3x Misty Rainforest1x Marsh Flats1x Verdant Catacomb2x Forest2x Plain1x Treetop Village1x Kessig Wolf Run1x Blood Crypt1x Sacred Foundry2x Stomping Ground2x Temple Garden1x Razorverge Thicket1x Copperline GorgeSideboard (15)2x blood moon1x Oblivion Ring1x Qasali Pridemage2x Torpor Orb2x Wear//Tear2x Thalia, Guardian of Thraben1x Thrun, the Last Troll1x Gaddock Teeg2x Aven Mindcensor1x Sigarda, Host of Herons
Quote from damagecaseWith that many fetches Steppe Lynx might be a worthwhile include. Also I'm not sold on VOR in Zoo, as it seems like a less then optimal turn 2 play considering what aggro in general is looking to do.
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So put together
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4 Arid Mesa3 Misty Rainforest3 Verdant Catacombs1 Marsh Flats1 Scalding Tarn2 Sacred Foundry2 Stomping Ground1 Temple Garden1 Forest1 Mountain1 Plains4 Experiment One4 Kird Ape4 Loam Lion4 Voice of Resurgence4 Tarmogoyf2 Qasali Pridemage2 Loxodon Smiter3 Ghor-Clan Rampager4 Lightning Bolt4 Lightning Helix3 Path to Exile2 Boros CharmSideboard1 Ancient Grudge2 Aven Mindcensor1 Boros Charm1 Elspeth, Knight Errant2 Gaddock Teeg1 Path to Exile1 Qasali Pridemage1 Sword of War and Peace3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben1 Torpor Orb1 Wear/Tear
Anything I'm missing, weak to, thoughts on the build? I'm not going to claim it's the next best thing (it requires effort to win with...I'm not sure yet if that's the deck rewarding decisions or just being forced and that must be a good 100 games in with most spent tweaking the sideboard) but I do really love playing the deck more than most other decks I've picked up in the format.
Quote from bloodbrotherI like the interaction between Voice of Resurgence, Experiment One and Ghor-Clan Rampager. I'm thinking the 2 Loxodon Smiter could have been 2 maindeck Scavenging Ooze.
Quote from HandwrittenHeroPossibly...Ooze would at least be something good against the midrange decks (Jund and UWR) and still have the honour of hitting the sideboard against combo as per Smiter. Not playing nice with Goyf is a bit of a black mark, as is the mana requirements to get a good beater (20 land inc 12 fetches is really built to not have the spare mana) and loss of a way to evolve E1 to 3/3 as the magical regen amount.
I'll give him another try since I didn't think about Smiter out for him (Pridemage hit the bench last time around).
Voice and E1 is a very nice interaction indeed. Any time you provoke a reaction you likely get a free evolve. Rampager is definitely the best way in the deck to provoke on your own turn agains the interactive decks