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  • posted a message on [Primer] RG Ponza / Modern Land Destruction
    I'm actually running a version that appears to be a hybrid of both of those decks. Just trying to find something a little different than the run-of-the-mill versions that people would expect. I'm packing slightly more land destruction with 3 each Stone Rain/Pillage/Molten Rain, Domri Rade/Vivien Reid/Domri, Choas Bringer to search out my creatures. Dependant on my opponents I would sideboard in Karn, the Great Creator in the place of the other Planeswalkers. So far it seems to work, but the basically free Force of Negation is frustrating.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] RG Ponza / Modern Land Destruction
    I guess this thread is dead afterall.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] RG Ponza / Modern Land Destruction
    Has this deck pretty much been abandoned? I think that there are lots of decks that this is good against, but can suffer against UW Control running multiple copies of Force of Negation. Any tips on how to beat it?
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Quote from Simon DS »
    That meta sounds very hostile to Elves. Honestly I don't think this is a good time for the deck. Ironic that Modern Horizons was supposed to be a boon for Elves, but instead might be one of the worst sets for us in recent memory with the introduction of Lava Dart, Plague Engineer, and Wrenn and Six to the format.

    Tajuru Preserver is going pretty deep. That is far too narrow of a card for my tastes. I prefer Damping Sphere, which forces them to make 7 land drops before they can cast All is Dust and also has utility against other Tron and Phoenix decks.


    I have never actually drawn my Damping Sphere, so I never think about it. Sometimes I wonder if I even have it in my deck after sideboarding! But I do agree that the meta in my area is extremely hostile to Elves. I've run RDW, Living End and Valacut Ramp previously, so perhaps I may go back to a red deck for a little while while I wait for a little more life to be breathed into our little green friends.

    Thanks for all the insight! Don't know what I would have done without this group and forum!
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Quote from Simon DS »
    I would actually expect Infect and possibly Burn to decrease in popularity, as the format should slow down and become more interaction-oriented now that BFB has been banned. I am looking forward to seeing more Humans, Dredge, Amulet Titan, and Tron again. Humans especially is probably my favorite Tier 1 matchup in modern.

    It is true though that Elves doesn't feel amazing right now. Modern Horizons gave us Nurturing Peatland and Collector Ouphe, which were both nice upgrades but neither was a huge shot in the arm. Lava Dart, Wrenn and Six, and Plague Engineer are all seeing a lot of play right now and can be pretty unbeatable. I would not recommend Elves to anyone going into a large tournament with high level competition. As a "casually competitive" FNM-level deck though I think it's still totally fine.


    A recent $1k in my area was won by Mono Red Phoenix. There were 2 of the Pyromancer decks in the T8, a BG Rock, Devoted Devastation, Thopter Sword, and 2 UR Phoenix. I haven't seen the results of one from yesterday and we have a $5k coming up in a few weeks that I'd be interested in playing in if I believe I can get a shot at a T16.

    I've been seeing an increase in Tron at the weekly tournament. Is Tajuru Preserver a worthwhile SB card for us in that matchup, and if so, what do we pull?

    *Edit* Eldrazi Tron won this weekend's $1k. I'm thinking that Tajuru Preserver will be a great help against All is Dust, since that is the only board sweeper they run.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Quote from Simon DS »
    [quote from="MTG_Bob »" url="/forums/the-game/modern/established-modern/aggro-tempo/767834-collected-company-elves?comment=2540"]None of those are particularly good matchups, although UW Control is easier I think since they no longer run terminus. You could consider removing some number of Dismember from your sideboard in favor of Fatal Push, as they're functionally equivalent in the matchups you named and the life loss from Dismember is significant against Burn. Melira, Sylvok Outcast is also a very real hate card against Infect, and worth considering in your SB if it's a major portion of your local meta.

    To be frank I don't think the Mono Red Phoenix/Prowess Burn matchups are fixable. Any deck running Gut Shot and/or Lava Dart should be heavily favored vs. Elves. I mostly hope to get lucky in those matches.

    With limited information, the best advice I feel I can offer is to know your role in these matchups. Don't be afraid to block early and trade off creatures against Infect, as we have more sources of card advantage than them. Force U/W to have the sweeper on curve - play aggressively and try to apply as much pressure as possible in the early turns. Going into a match with a gameplan helps me play the early turns successfully and also helps me understand what I needed to do differently when I lose.


    I've been trying to outrace them as much as possible. I think with the Bridge from Below banning, my area will go to even more Infect/Burn/UW Control then before since there won't be as much of a need for graveyard hate. Perhaps it is time to shelf Elves again until they come up with something that makes them truly impressive once again? Which sucks, I enjoy playing the deck and they aren't played locally by anyone else.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    I'm running pretty much the same list Simon DS posted last, but I'm not making headway. I'm not running the Peatlands, since I already own a playset of the Woodland Cemetery, but other than that deck is the same.

    The current meta in my area is heavy Infect, followed by UW Control and Burn/Mono Red Phoenix. I can't seem to even get started before I'm either dead or they control the board state. Any suggestions?
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
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