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Quote from idSurge »The data breakdown for GP Oakland.
Quote from Wraithpk »I think the big takeaways from that data are:
1. Izzet Phoenix is the real deal, but it's probably being overplayed right now
2. Bant Spirits is very overplayed
3. Hardened Scales is very underplayed
4. GDS is the best fair deck
5. KCI probably deserves to eat a ban soon
6. GB Midrange is better than a lot of people seem to think
Quote from tronix »why does it even matter. if you want to feel vindicated in believing midrange sucks, you dont need to reach that far. it does. traditional GBx was destined to fall in power level as the card pool grew. the format moves towards extremes and you just dont cover as much as well.
besides no matter how you categorize GDS someone loses. GDS is propping both midrange and 'grow' spell based tempo in representation. with grow decks actually being worse off since the next 'best' option is probably UR wizards, whereas jund and rock occasionally post high profile finishes at the SCG and GP level.
Quote from AUTUMNTWILIGHT »I have barely seen Hardened Scales seems to me a worse KCI quite frankly. Like Humans is now a worse Spirits.
Quote from tronix »
mostly agree with your other claims. though i think UW control is in the same space as GDS for fair decks. i remember touching on the topic in a response to some generic reddit post, but i believe that UW fails to have a sustained presence despite its 'stats' because the deck runs contrary to what modern is about nowadays. the deck purely reactive and does its best (and succeeds to a good extent) to ignore text boxes, so it gets to that 'alright to pretty good' range against most anything. with modern being about deck counters, proactive decks jousting, and a fast shifting meta though UW isnt offering any edge that top level players might typically seek out. when your goal isnt so much to win matches, but to win tournaments (or place well); the risk reward payoff for choosing a deck that capitalizes on a good read on the top tables and a strong proactive plan that can muscle through games where variance swings your way is just better (imo).
Quote from natesroom »Where is the Hollow One Thread? i cant find it in aggro or combo