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Jul 15, 2019Against Tron - You need discard spells in your opening hand, preferably Thoughtseize. Then you need to gifts for this pile as soon as possible;Posted in: Combo
Alternatively this other pile is great against them:
Which of these piles to go for will depend on the game state. If you have the mana to cast Unburial from hand, then I would go for the first pile as it allows repeatable land destruction. The second pile is less mana intensive and assures you will lobotomize a tron land from their deck.
For my money, I would always play a single Fulminator in the main deck just because it's so good against Tron and UWx. Both decks can be very problematic for Gifts so I like to have an option in game one.
Jul 15, 2019The deck is extremely flexible. You just need to have some strong early game interaction so you can force them into late game where you can lock them out with a Gifts. The only "core" of the deck is as follows:Posted in: Combo
DeckMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards 4 Gifts ungiven
1 Snapcaster Mage
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
1 Unburial Rites
The other colors and overall play style of the deck is really up to you. Obviously Esper colors are required, but you can splash green, red, both, etc. I like playing basically BGx with a light blue and white splash for the Gifts package. But my recent list I've been working on is Mardu with a blue splash. See post #3980 above
Jul 11, 2019In my example I actually am suggesting to drop green from the deck completely. Allow us to play basically a Mardu with some light blue splash for utility. I played a few matches with thy deck and I made some changes to my list above. I'm rather enjoying this actuallyPosted in: Combo
The deck can be a little slow and grumbling but I increased the looting to 4x since it's the only card selection I have really outside of some Jace activations. Getting the Sun Titan online with Fulminator is so savage against decks like Tron, Jund, or UWx. Hopefully I have enough raw removal to deal with fast aggro though. I need to play more matches
Jul 10, 2019I've been really loving W6 lately... It's synergy with our deck is great. Going less all-in on the delirium theme and just trying to play more like normal jund with a combo kill. My current listPosted in: Midrange
I'd like to fit a third W6 in somehow but there's just no room.
Lower Bauble and Traverse count means I needed more land so I'm up to 19 now, but I cut 4 slots total (2 each Bauble/Traverse) so I had two flex slots that I'm trying out Dreadhorde Arcanist in. I played a bunch of matches with the Mardu Shadow list over the last week and while I do love them, I'm a BGx player at heart so I'm trying to find ways to improve my current favorite deck using the lessons from Mardu.
While Tarmogoyf certainly misses the consistent 5/6 provided by the full set of Bauble, I think Gurmag is nowhere in the meta right now the 4/5 is usually good enough. I've played about 8 matches with this list so far in practice.
The other big change you may notice is that I switched from basic forest to basic mountain. This is because I'm much heavier on red now. Open to critique here. Thanks
Jul 10, 2019Are we thinking something likePosted in: Combo
Or are we thinking of going red?
Jul 9, 2019I don't think there's a savage-enough lock to grab with Gifts to make this archetype competitive at the moment. There are too many decks that don't care about Elesh Norn or Iona. And I feel I'd really want to play some amount of Faithless Looting which means addressing another color. In the right meta game I still think 4C gifts can dominate. But it has to be rather fair, as decks like Red Phoenix and Tron will just Slaughter youPosted in: Combo
Jul 9, 2019Hardly. It's now just more of an aggro deck than a combo deck. The important thing is that they did not ban Alter of Dementia. I would start with a list like this:Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
DeckMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards Creatures (28):
4 Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis
4 Stitcher's Supplier
4 Carrion Feeder
4 Insolent Neonate
4 Faithless looting
4 Alter of Dementia
3 Cathartic Reunion
2 Lightning Axe
3 Blackcleave Cliffs
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Bloodstained mire
3 Polluted Delta
2 Blood Crypt
2 Overgrown Tomb
4 Nature's Claim
2 Assassin's Trophy
1 Ancient grudge
3 Collective Brutality
Without BFB we have room for more digging spells. I've chosen Cathartic Reunion here but others may be better, such as Grisly Salvage
Jul 8, 2019With Bridge From Below receiving the ban, it's probably safe to remove the main deck Spellbomb and tweak the Sideboard a bit. I still like Yixlid Jailer because it shuts down dredge nicely. But maybe not 4x is needed? My shot at a new listPosted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
The duress is very experimental. Thinking I can bring it in against UW Control, Tron, and Burn. Three popular archetypes that are worse than 50/50 in my experience. I really would like to test out 1 or 2 Seasoned Pyromancer but I just can't bring myself to commit to a double red spell in this deck.
Jul 8, 2019I could definitely get behind some Hexdrinker in traditional Jund but not in Traverse Shadow. We just hardly have mana to spare for something like that.Posted in: Midrange
Also, it has protection from instants so you can't use TBR on it.
Jul 7, 2019I liked Arcanist more after I added a couple Lightning bolts. Maybe the 8th discard spell is correct also. That makes me want to add a single Seasoned Pyromancer to mitigate late game discard draws. But I'm not sure if I want 5x main deck three drops. Maybe I'll also try 20 land as some lists have donePosted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
Jul 6, 2019Regarding Remorseful Cleric vs Yixlid Jailer - Jailer only needs to exist and he shuts them down. With any one-shot graveyard effect, it's very easy for them recover. It honestly doesn't sound like any one here has played that many matches against Hogaak. It's a ridiculously fast engine and it can refill its graveyard in nothing flat. The last piece of graveyard hate they're worried about is a Nihil Spellbomb or a Remorseful Cleric. The deck has so many cogs they can even win over Surgical. Yixlid and Leyline are far and away the best answers, but they are much more prepared for one of those over the other. And don't kid yourself, no one is clocking Hogaak with a 2/1 flyer.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
Temur Battle Rage is just great, especially in a deck that can reliably supply a Shadow (unlike Grixis Shadow). Funny enough Arcanist hasn't been that impressive to me. It's the best at filling the Snapcaster role sans blue, so I'll stick with it for now. I'll admit, when it's good..its really good. I personally wouldn't consider going up to 4 unless we substantially change the non-creature suite of the deck.
Jul 6, 2019Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
Jailer is the best form of hate against Bridge Vine because they run so few answers to it. Dark blast is about the only thing that can deal with it but even then we have unearth.
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Jul 5, 2019This deck is the real deal. I would like to request from the mods for a primer for this archetype because, while similar in ways to both Jund and Grixis, it is really a whole new Shadow variant and IMHO more powerful than it's predecessors. It has the staying power of Grixis Shadow while supplying more consistent threats as Traverse Shadow could. It doesn't rely as much on the graveyard as either of the archetypes though and that may be the best part.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
(I'm not volunteering to write the primer per se..because Flying Delver and Izzetmage are the BEST, but if no one is interested I would be willing to get started on it..anyone else interested?)
Personally I'm not sold on the Baubles in Abe & Jeremy's list from the SCG lineup but its hard to argue with their results. I can't imagine playing Shadow without Temur Battle Rage though. It makes winning matches like Tron and Burn so much easier. Even Hogaak can be difficult because they make a lot of blockers (despite 3 of their main cards inability to block).
Here is my list and some thoughts:
I'm always worried about losing to Tron and Burn so I've tailored my sideboard a bit. My biggest concern with the current stock list is that the sideboard has so many three-drops. It doesn't make sense to take out more than 1-2 captains so by bringing in something like 5-6 three drops I just worry it increases the curve too much post board. There are a few other lists that run zero baubles and instead run 3x Nihil Spellbomb and 20x land and then Seasoned Pyromancer as an additional way to help mitigate flooding. Seems promising but again, such a high mana curve with 5-6 maindeck three drops.
I really like Lightning Bolt in the deck as it gives another spell for Arcanist to target and it helps shore up the Infect and Humans match-ups. I won a game against Tron just by Bolting them twice and flashing it back twice with Arcanist (and a single attack from a 5/5 Shadow). In the few games I tried with the Bauble list I found that Arcanist often times swings blank because my graveyard has only Wraiths and Baubles. And regarding Arcanist and it's relevance against infect - he is sorcery speed even when your removal is instant, so it's good to have more instant speed removal in the case of Inkmoth Nexus. Bolt of course is also another way to hurt yourself when you need to swing big with Shadows.
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Jan 25, 2012I feel that Mayor of Avabruck has little synergy with your deck, and isn't going to pull his own weight. Maybe consider Viridian Emissary in his place? Another 2 drop that fixes your colors when he dies. Could be good..Posted in: DNAphreaker Blog
Jan 20, 2012Solar Flare and Mageblade don't really have copious amounts of artifact removal.. (or any at all really)Posted in: FuneralofGod Blog
The birds is mainly to guarantee a turn 2 Sword or Dungrove. Plus it's a flying body to hold the Sword..
Between 3 Garruk (who does more on his own) and 2 GSZ, there is plenty of tutoring.
Lost in the Woods - Yeah it's probably too overcosted. I love the flavor though..
Jan 19, 2012http://forums.mtgsalvation.com/blog.php?b=6769Posted in: Zelderex Blog
Here's a similar thought I've been having. Cards that I think are traps - Predator Ooze, Prey Upon, and Garruk's Companion. All of those cards are great in theory, but there just aren't enough solid uses for them right now. Especially the Ooze, what with Vapor Snag running rampant.
Jan 16, 2012I made a couple of changes based on testing I did last night and your recommendations. Good call on the Mana Leaks, they were useful in the first 3 or 4 turns but quickly became dead cards in my hand. My FNMs have at least 30 ppl each week, and I've rarely played the same person twice (actually never I think) so I'm not too worried about being hated on. The meta is mostly Wolf Run, UR Tempo, Solar Flare, and RDW. Flare is the only match I foresee being difficult..Posted in: FuneralofGod Blog
Jan 10, 2012Innistrad pre-release sealed deck event - I opened Liliana of the Veil, Skaab Ruinator, Bloodline Keeper, and 2 dual lands. Then my buddy opened a Snapcaster, Olivia, and a dual land. This was all just in our sealed deck. The packs I got as prizes (going 4-0) yielded Stromkirk Noble, Bloodgift Demon, another dual land, and some other junk..Posted in: KIllerKongo Blog
Jan 1, 2012First you suggest that I remove some of the Vandals, which is my only ETB effect creature outside of the single Scrapmelter, then you say I should add Mimic Vat to abuse my ETB effect creatures? That doesn't make any sense at all..Posted in: FuneralofGod Blog
I am trying to work Naturalize into the sideboard. I'll probably replace a couple of Mountain with Copperline Gorges and try running 2x Naturalize in the sideboard.
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