Quote from ottosmagic13 »Containment priest isn't even good against us. If that is their answer I'm happy, it's like the people that bring in Grafdigger's Cage
If it's on the field LE takes care of it. If they got it in the yard then we have fairies to remove it and additional answers in the board.
Quote from n0bunga »Has anyone seen the mono red version of Living End that’s 5-0’d a few leagues?
3 Deadshot Minotaur
4 Desert Cerodon
4 Flameblade Adept
4 Hollow One
2 Insolent Neonate
4 Monstrous Carabid
2 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Street Wraith
3 Urabrask the Hidden
2 Cathartic Reunion
4 Faithless Looting
4 Living End
Quote from Raver »MTGGoldfish keeps a pretty accurate spread of the current meta, it's not perfect but it is very useful to see what decks you should be expecting, especially those on the first page.
Currently the big hitters are: Dredge, burn, phoenix, and grixis death shadow. Obviously modern is a very open meta and is the one where people are most likely to jam pet decks no matter what meta but given the above 4, it's safe to say that we're being pulled in many directions and looking at some less than favorable matches.
My personal opinion is that modern the format post KCI is still simply too fast and operating on too many different axis for living end to deal with without making concessions in our 75 that pulls the deck in many different areas.
Against the top 4, shaving some LD actually has some benefits, the only deck that LD can (not guaranteed) to hit hard is GDS, the other decks either don't care, can recover, or are resilient. The problem is that UW/x and tron are evergreen decks so the need for LD is always present and shaving these pieces opens you up to losing percentage points against the two aforementioned decks.
I think if the plan is to jam living end into this meta, that the key has to be in the SB. Looking at the current top tier decks, a 8 leyline plan (white and black) is very much something to consider. 8 leylines alone covers the top 4 decks pretty well and can hit a smattering of others in the process.
Quote from PopeJP »Hey guys, long time no see.
I'm back and ready for more of these shenanigans. I've thrown together a list similar to the one from GP Oakland, but I'm not so sure what the meta looks like these days so I had a couple of questions.
Of course I've always loved Faerie Macabre, but why are we maindecking her now? Ironworks combo? General Snapcaster hate? Dredge?
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Are there fewer Counterspells these days that going down to only two Ricochet Traps is the way?
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Going from 4 each of Beast Within and Fulminator Mage down to 2 and 3 respectively is losing a LOT of LD for me. I'm guessing not running a full set of Fulminator isn't standard, but even that aside I'm going down to 75% of my current LD. I'm guessing Tron isn't nearly as common anymore?
Good to be back in the thick of it, but man I'm gonna miss Deadshot Minotaur. I just don't like the art on these new guys as much.
Edit: Also, are decks creature-centric enough that we don't need Dryad Arbor anymore?