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  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 20/05/2019)
    How do you play Hoogak in turn 2 without involving high Dredge cards? Sounds as plausible as playing 4 Hollow Ones off a Burning Inquiry. Even with dregdge cards, I doubt it is anywhere close to Dread Return in power level.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 20/05/2019)
    I saw a video of the allegedly broken Hoogak Bridgevine deck and it was disappointing, the new Hollow One. It's probably more consistent, but most of the time it is way too slow to be threat to many Modern decks. It is resilient enough to break into the defenses of the poor Jund-Jeskai piles that people love to bring to tournament tables, but so do many other decks. Does it beat Humans? Looks to me that the Meddling mage - Reflector Mage shenanigans would prevail.

    Personally I would get rid of Grave Troll, Stinkweed Imp and Golgari Thug in the sense that the three of them are a engine too powerful to fill a graveyard quickly, as in "instead of drawing a card, draw 6" for the proper deck. As long as those are in the format, the graveyard is a single card from being too broken.

    Anyway, it's interesting to see some changes on the landscape.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 20/05/2019)
    Gotta say I'm also disappointed by MH, looks like 60% draft fodder, 20% Commander and 20% Modern maybes. Laughed at the Commander Masters meme.

    My idea of a MH draft is to pick some Fatal Pushes or Accumulated Knowledge at common, Sinkholes and Berserks at uncommon and Armageddons or Back to Basics at rare. I'm surprised that even in the set for Spikes they didn't dare to put land destruction that actually cuts people of mana.

    But whatever, at least my Life from the Loam deck will lose by having different cards uncast in the hand this time.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on State of Standard Thread: bans, format health, metagame, rotation, etc!
    Digression:

    Hell yes. After several times of having my Selesnya aggro creatures deafened, contempted, cast down, countered, etc. I finally built a Gruul deck with Rythm of the Wild and 4 Vine Mares, 4 Gruul Spellbreaker in the MD and some proper company and went undefeated. Monoblack recursion, Grixis control, Jeskai control and Sultai midrange were ran over by hasty uncounterable hexproof mares.

    *yeah there were other shenanigans in play, but whatevs, control had to learn its place (yes, I was salty).

    On topic, yeah a reign of 3-color goodstuff was my first thought when Ravnica was announced. I would ask for the return of Blood Moon but by now even a significant portion of the players get mad when they lose to the card and consider it unfair. I hope the third set brings at least something akin to Anathemancer but don't hold my breath.
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 20/08/2018)
    The main point that I agree with is that cheap 1-for-1 removal is plenty and dime a dozen. Granted, the ability to hit an Inkmoth nexus or a man land is good but overall this isn't a game changer.

    RW is the king combination of sweepers and prison cards, it has much more potential than what it is given.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on GP Detroit Discussion
    Well it doesn't amount much but at least it beats Standard-Modern-Legacy Team Constructed. Nothing more disappointing that wanting to see your favorite format only to watch the same two top tier decks of any Standard format or the umpteenth flavor of Delver.

    But yeah let's hope viewership sinks so they stop this Team idea.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 20/08/2018)
    I'm bracing myself for the coming of the Surveil Variant of Treasure Cruise or Dig Through Time...

    And man, poor RW can't stop getting crap mechanics. Mentor, Radiance, Batallion... add Battle Cry since Mirrans were RW. I wish for the day the color pair is not seen as the weenie - burn color but the Armageddon and Stone Rain colors.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 20/08/2018)
    Legit question: which advantages does Hardened Scales Affinity has over the regular one? Which matchups that normal Affinity would lose does HS beat?
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 20/08/2018)
    Quote from Colt47 »
    No matter how people want to cut it, modern is stable for now despite people not necessarily getting their favorite deck. I'm more so bothered by the blogatog posts from Maro because I thought we were past this whole "we are designing for standard and not giving a crap about modern" BFZ / OGW days. I agree with him fundamentally on humans being impossible to avoid, but the way he is phrasing things makes me think that they have no qualms about running head first into stuff that potentially breaks modern.


    Regarding humans: nobody has ever said "stop printing humans at all", just "stop making the low mana cost creatures that are obvious format staples all humans". No body bothers if the majority of the jank limited commons are all humans, it's the one in a set cards like Kitesail Freebooter or Direfleet Daredevil the ones that make everyone rolls their eyes since they could have been easily been turned to inconsequential types like Orc, Bat, devil or whatever. All humans they want save the two-drop chase rare of the set is all we ask.

    About bans: damn, my Groves and Punishing Fires are still going to sit in my binder next to each other :sad. But well, so far the format is still good.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on State of Standard Thread: bans, format health, metagame, rotation, etc!
    Yeah in retrospective turbo-fog was a natural fit for Teferi. Like, instead of trying to have all kinds of permission and removal at the ready to protect, to the question of "how do we ensure Teferi survives on turn 5?" somebody finally mentioned "FOG!!". I wonder why R/B goes for the Insult which is kind of awkward if the opponent goes for the -2/-0 spell. IMO Sorcerous Spyglass on Teferi s also a beating since it forces them to topdeck fogs and Turns in the right order and screws them the moment they don't.

    Question: How scarce are the Nexus of Fate compared to any other mythic? Given that not all mythics appear in boxes, it appears that Nexus would actually be more abundant than any one. Not that I defend the card, just that if it is abundant enough maybe there's not the risk of preparing for a deck whose chances to face are lower, which would make it the best deck by default.

    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the August 20, 2018 announcement?
    I approve that motion. Proper reparations for making giving Elvish Clancaller 1 thoughness.

    And man, now I seriously need a Magikarp altered Dandan.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 02/07/2018)
    Back in the day, Extended was the way people would get extra mileage of Standard favorites. It was mostly a "season" format but still awesome.

    They could revive the format so existing Standard players don't get burned out of having their cards rendered useless. Modern-Extended-Standard should be the sanctioned competitive formats while dumping Legacy once and for all. As a still rotating format, Extended doesn't compete with Modern so it would be a far better idea than the damned Frontier proposal from MTGoldfish.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the August 20, 2018 announcement?
    Unban:
    Punishing Fire. Tronix beat me to it.
    Cloudpost. At this point 12post is probably weaker than Tron, or at least slower. However, the lifegain and the ability to hardcast Emrakul give it a different vibe.
    Preordain. Unbanning it is a way easier method of finish all the whining than axing Stirrings. Probably its biggest effect on the format too.
    Stoneforge mystic. Don't have high hopes for it but has been a pet card in the past.

    Ban:
    Mox Opal. Hits KCI hard, which deals with this "Ancient Stirrings decks" issue, and also puts Affinity on check, which has gained way too much with Karn 2.0.
    Aether vial. Without it Humans have to deploy their threats the usual way and can't exploit the EtB triggers at instant speed, plus it makes mana denial a viable plan to beat them.

    EDIT: What the hell is Ensnaring Bridge doing in the vote list?
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on State of Standard Thread: bans, format health, metagame, rotation, etc!
    Man if thread posting is any indication, Standard really is a dead format...

    Anyway gonna ask: is the fog-turns deck legit? I can see the allure of getting instant value out of a Nexus of Fate instead of having to wait some turns after casting Approach of the Second Sun but Nexus of fate seems to demand more space. That said, can the deck withstand fast aggro openings? Will suck a lot for the red zone if it does, although it opens a wild format where everyone durdles and cares little about attacking. I can dig a relief from the usual but it's hard to imagine this was intended.
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 02/07/2018)
    Here I hope they say "to hell with it" and reprint Vindicate for the Orzhov. As long as land destruction is reduced to a single 3 CMC spell in the format, their dreaded Ponza deck can't exist in Standard.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
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