Quote from Fred Bear »I'm curious how you've been doing on the different rungs of the ladder. I've made Gold I with my current list after shifting to BO3, but I am in a 2 steps forward, 1 step back right now, and have managed to tilt myself back to Gold 3 on occasion... I can't really tell if the streaks are me, Arena, or the deck. It just seems odd that I can go 5 matches in a row with the opponent drawing perfectly...
Quote from Fred Bear »In order to offer advice, what's your goal?
Quote from Impossible »Well the biggest thing I can see in your list is the lack of draw spells. Not a single copy of either Chemister's Insight or Precognitive Perception in the 75? And only 2 copies of Teferi? I can't say I'm a fan. I can't say I'm a fan. How do you pull ahead after trading resources early?
Quote from Impossible »I mean I see the Dawn of Hopes but honestly they seem pretty loose to me. They're slow, take forever to start providing any extra cards, and even when they're finally 'on' they're extremely mana-intensive. Are they actually good for you?
Quote from Impossible »I don't really do the Constructed Events so I can't tell you how well it does there, but I've been pretty steadily climbing the BO3 Ranked queue since I started playing this list. It is unfortunate that Mono-Blue Tempo just won the Pro Tour because I think that's the only significantly unfavorable match up I've run into so far.
Quote from Fred Bear »As I said, I've not been impressed with [Dawn of Hope] in the mirror. The creatures turn on removal and it also gives Mortify a target.
Quote from Fred Bear »A good starting point would be either Ikawa's list from the Mythic Championship or Michael Hamilton's 10-0 list from the same event.
Quote from Fred Bear »tune to a specific match-up (something you face more of - a real effect based on time of day on Arena)
Quote from Fred Bear »Not being sure of your budget, it's also hard to make specific suggestions, but Sorcerous Spyglass isn't going to be as good as The Immortal Sun (especially with Dawn of Hope in your deck). I would not waste time on Unmoored Ego in BO3. Thief of Sanity is much better. 4x Thought Erasure is well worth it as it disrupts and smooths your early draws. I prefer 2x Search for Azcanta as I really don't need the 2nd. Nexus isn't worth it to stop mill. You'll win before it gets to that point or you could use 2x Devious Cover-Up as mill protection. Mastermind's Acquisition is probably too slow, too. You are better off going for greater consistency. I mean, I get being used to it from EDH, but in constructed queues, the return will be greater on consistency. That's how the RDW guys make it to Mythic, right, the same thing, over and over and over and over again reduces their variance...
Quote from jsNZ »This is a solid point. I often find UWx matchups to be difficult as they pull ahead and filter bad cards using Chemister's Insight. I'm not sure how I feel about Precognitive Perception - thats a very expensive draw spell!
The two copies are partially because I like to run different wincons and partially because I feel gross playing Teferi tbh. Running two instead of four is like a middle ground that I feel happy with.
I pull ahead mainly using Azcanta and Dawn of Hope. So those decks where I can 1-1 them long enough I do fine. But those control decks with better draw end up pulling ahead of me and locking me out.
Quote from jsNZ »Yes. I feel Dawn of Hope is a very strong card. It works well in this deck as I end up going into draw-go mode late game, and using the surplus mana for tokens. It also triggers draw off of many of my removal spells and Kaya. It is slow to get going, but this is a slow deck that goes late so I'm not feeling too bad about that. I love that I can drop it safely with counters up, long before larger threats like Teferi can do so.
Quote from jsNZ »As a long time U-Tempo player, I feel like this match comes down largely to luck. If they have the nuts any control deck is just screwed that game. I will use some of the ideas from this deck when I rebuild the list I have - love seeing another player running Kaya!
How do you feel your matchups vs Jeskai control, Gates or the Nexus deck are? Those are my biggest weaknesses at the moment and I feel your counter/draw heavy build is a better match for them.
Also, how is Ethereal Absolution in the SB? I have considered it due to the synergies with Dawn of Hope. But it just feels so big and clunky and often does nothing the turn it comes down.
Quote from Belechannas »What combo between Ashiok and Kaya, Ozhov Usurper do you mean? Ashiok exiles the opponent's graveyard every time it mills. It seems like an anti-synergy.
Quote from sys41o »Quote from Belechannas »What combo between Ashiok and Kaya, Ozhov Usurper do you mean? Ashiok exiles the opponent's graveyard every time it mills. It seems like an anti-synergy.
It works but you have to +1 Kaya while they have cards in their graveyard then -1 Ashiok for this to work. You can only +1 Kaya if there is a card in a grave yard. That being said you can +1 targeting a card in your own grave yard then use the +5 against an opponent after milling them a couple of times.