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Jul 10, 2019So it looks like there was a massive buyout of storage matrix to increase the price from .75 to $8. That's gross right there. I remember trying to make a deck with it before but it never fit well. There is something Urza, Lord High Artificer good to tap it with now. Still It's gross. I hate buy outs.Posted in: Modern
Jul 9, 2019Hi all,Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
I was trying to modify over deal guy ale to modern. I decided to use green black to due the access to assassin's trophy and the lack of vindicate in modern. I did take out phyrexian arena. But it could just be put back in. Swapping out. An unearth and a fatal push. I did win a match against some new artifact Urza deck. But I didn't see any infinite combo in it. I won that in 3 because he played Ulimog from the top of his library game 2 and ruined me. I was wishing I had white in the deck for path to exile. I was struggling a bit with using white because I needed an alternative toassassin's trophy but I didn't like Anguished Unmaking or oblivion ring. I did put inblast zone, I made other little tweeks here and there. No sideboard yet. It was fun to play. Suggestions?
Jul 8, 2019Pcrusader, I would suggest changing the mana base. Lower the basic mountain count down to 1. You could put in 3Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
Blood Crypt or other black/red land. I've played three test games and I was stuck with not being able to play unearth. Maybe it doesn't happen often but I was stuck with two Primal Beyond and a mountain. While I wanted to play unearth. I do see the flamekin harbinger as valuable find your sideboard elemental. I do like having the repeatable lightning skelemental. I found myself wanting to search for it all of the time. Seems good.
Jul 4, 2019If they ban anything they aren't going to ban the newest cards they just printed. That would hurt sales. Their option is to ban older cards, inside of the shells of the graveyard decks. Anything that is free is a target. I don't expect any bans. I only expect unbans. We shall all just have to wait and see. Or they could just print cheaper modal graveyard hate cards at 2 or 1 mana. Similar in function to Rakdos Charm. Things that cost 3 are too slow for the current format.Posted in: Modern Archives
In the mean time. I'll be working on other hobbies. Such as relaxing by a pool and enjoying summer.
Jul 2, 2019Pcrusader if you have a decklist and a sideboard post it. In and out side boarding examples for match ups too. I would like to see the deck so I can test it out. I like Risen Reef it probably draws a lot of cards and it's a dual target which makes is perfect. That could easily replace Prime Speaker Zegana.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
Jun 28, 2019I think one of the main issues people are having with modern currently are free spells or free effects. You used to have to pay mana for almost everything. the things you weren't paying mana for weren't that game changing. The card pool built up and free has become a problem. Wizards tried to answer that with the force cycle. Gitaxian Probe was banned because it was free. There used to be a time where mana leak was more than good. The amount of graveyard decks have made thoughtseize a weak spell. Siege Rhino used to be a playable card. The speed of the current format is crazy fast. Too fast to be any fun for me. Paying for a tournament feels like a waste of money these days.Posted in: Modern Archives
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Jun 28, 2019SpeedGrapher posted a message on primalcrux and a double trigger of Vesperlark or Thunderkin AwakenerIt's my understanding the the toughness/power of primalcrux is checked when it's in the graveyard based on the number of green mana symbols I have in play. So I can get one primalcrux out of the graveyard with Vesperlark or Thunderkin Awakener no problem. I can't get a 2nd next turn. I think I can get two if I attack with two Thunderkin Awakener or use Rally the Ancestors for two Vesperlark triggers. I want to make sure I'm correct?Posted in: Magic Rulings
Jun 27, 2019Looking at the current ban list and the new legacy like modern we have entered into. I don't see a reason for Umezawa's Jitte to still be banned. Paying 4 mana total to put it out and equip seems rather fair in the context of the graveyard decks that are around now. I'm wondering is Stoneforge Mystic into a batterskull could even keep pace these days. Those would be some some good unbans.Posted in: Modern Archives
Jun 27, 2019I think they are going to do tribal commander. The core set has a lot of tribal cards. Then we will have more cards that we wish where in modern for about a year and then surprise when modern horizons 2 is printed all of those cards will be included. Or you could use all of the multi color legends in the core set as your color map for the commander decks. I still think it's odd that these two sets Horizons and Core 2020 could easily be booster drafted together and you could have a commander themed draft.Posted in: Speculation
Jun 26, 2019SpeedGrapher posted a message on [M20] Core Set Magic 2020 Previews: Modern DiscussionYeah,this was clearly an overflow set for the cards they couldn't fit into modern horizons. This set also has a heavy commander/EDH theme just like horizons did. Either that or power creep has just gone up a few more ticks. Every card seems value driven and under costed. Such as Cavalier of Night. Destroy a creature, life link and replaces itself. Okay.Posted in: Modern
Quote from idSurge »I swear, this set could have been sold as a Modern Horizon's, and nobody would blink. A lot of things look close to broken.
Jun 24, 2019You have two target sets one for Vesperlark and one for Thunderkin Awakener with some cards being shared targets.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
Lark targets: Primalcrux, Cytospawn Shambler,Prime Speaker Zegana
Awakener targets: Vesperlark, Primalcrux, Cytospawn Shambler, spark trooper
Dual targets: Primalcrux, Cytospawn Shambler
Prime Speaker Zegana can potentially draw you 7 cards with a Cytospawn Shambler or 9 cards with Primalcrux.
Spark Trooper a little life gain never hurts, plus you can hard cast it is you need to. As you will run out of cards.
If you are out of cards, hope that you draw a Rally the Ancestors. Then cast it for 4 mana. As long as there are still targets in your graveyard you can probably hit really hard. You can even do it end of turn for vesperlark blockers which turn into bigger creatures when the vesperlark gets exiled.
This is the down side where if you don't have the cards in your graveyard then you are stuck. It's fun but probably too fair for modern. Since you have to pay two mana to get a creature into play vs zero for the new turbo dredge. If you want to try a new fun graveyard deck give this a whirl and see what happens. I did make a mistake I thought thunderkin said less than or equal to, so noThunderblust.
Posters below have mentioned Lightning Skelemental. It's for sure good enough. I just had not gone the three color route yet nor made the mana base for that. It is a pretty easy splash of one blood crypt. Just need to play 4 more fetch lands.
Note on primalcrux. You can't reanimate more than one due to the power/toughness being checked while it's in the graveyard. Meaning you can only have 1 green mana symbol on the battlefield to reanimate it. This may necessitate playing 3 instead of 4 but it was one of the best targets when I was looking over the elements for a dual target.
Alternate lark targets.
I wanted to look at some alternate vesperlark targets just to explore them. There are a lot of routes to go.
Trostani's Summoner That's 10 power split between 4 creatures.
Pentavus You can pay mana get all of your flyers. Kill him then reanimate again.
Triskelion Repeatable 3 damage.
Zur the Enchanter If you can put in some enchantments.
Body Double Copy other creatures you can't target with vesperlark.
Vesuvan Shapeshifter In play copy effect.
Fortune Thief Stay alive longer. Easy to kill.
Kalonian Hydra It becomes and 8/8 on the first attack.
Master of Cruelties Drain them to 1. Burn for the win.
If someone can work in a guaranteed toughness buff for Thunderkin Awakener. You will gain access to other elementals to put into play but what that effect is I'm not sure. You'd also probably have to play 8 of those effects just to make sure you get it. Incandescent Soulstoke while slower already puts out any elemental. It does pump for +1.
You could use Slitherhead it's a free effect. I didn't want to deal with pumping Thunderkin Awakener at all but if you have a good effect let me know.
Side boarding/ match issues
I just lost to ensnaring bridge played by burn. If he didn't side in the bridge I would have won. I did side in Wispmare expecting graveyard hate. It was super amusing when I blew out game one with Rally the Ancestors into three Thunderkin Awakener he had killed and Primalcrux, Cytospawn Shambler, spark trooper.
Lesson learned here is that the deck can't be 100% graveyard based. Even if you side in enchantment hate Leyline of the Void can still ruin you. That game by itself makes a lower curve more appealing where I could cast everything if I wanted to but just have some good repeaters.
Jun 24, 2019So this new mill deck wins either by dredge style creature rush or turbo mill. That means pillow port will have a spot light or turbo fog. Ghostly Prison and singleton main deck Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. That's so much fun. For those of you who have never thought of that as an anti-mill card, it's amazing. I play it in one of my decks all of the time. O and you're welcome. I only give you all the best SB cards solutions ever.Posted in: Modern Archives
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Jun 18, 2019Have to wait and see if this site stays okay or not. I would like less censorship and "you can't say that" policing. It depends how to user base is. A lot of a forums are very light on content due to years of policing. There are also too many consolidated threads.Posted in: Articles
Feb 7, 2014My favorite magic card is chance encounter. It was always tons of fun to play against other people who just couldn't deal with all of the coin flips. I also play a bunch of fogs to prevent myself from dying. Combined with impulsive manuevers and a lot of squirrel tokens make for a lot of coin flips and fun.Posted in: Announcements
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