The trade-offs are fairly straightforward with a R build.
You gain Obligator, Chandra, and some good sideboard tools (Abrade and Anger of the Gods):
Eldrazi Obligator is a very good card. I've used it in an Eldrazi Wr build and it was a good attacker that could just sneak wins out with 5 mana. Arguably the mana is much easier when you are not a 3 color build.
15+ R sources is good enough for 2 main Chandra and the sideboard choices. Rugged Prairie is probably worth trying as a 1-of to make RR easier.
What you lose are the tech lands (no Mutavault, no Blinkmoth, 1 GQ, 1 Scavenger Grounds) and Mono-color mana reliability.
I always like Anger of the Gods against the go-wide decks (Humans, Spirits, Goblins, Merfolk) all of which are oddly enough Tribal too, and also Creature Combo.
Abrade has some nice uses.
Aside from those two cards, however, I think R is pretty thin. I don't like Blood Moon, though I don't know how else they beat Tron decks, or Shatterstorm (With Abrade, do we need it for the Whir decks?), but that might be what they are forced into.
Another point, I think Warping Wail is potentially decent right now, and it is also an answer to Urza.
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Jul 15, 2019Still under the radar, not being talked about, but lookee here at Jack Champagne's list, 6th at the Worcester Classic.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
I'd love to hear how the 3 Karn main went for him, that is a pretty big commitment to that line. I think I prefer the Karn, Scion of Urza approach main, but then the SB changes too since you can't run all of those singleton hate pieces.
On the other hand, also a very streamlined utility lands manabase, 0 Zhalfirin Void and 0 Scavenger Grounds. I think I would want the 3rd Blast Zone, but maybe I am wrong.
If you go Liquimetal Coating in the side, I think you want Crucible of Worlds too for the GQ recursion.
Jul 15, 2019Ross Merriam came in 2nd at the SCG Open Worcester with this list.Posted in: Established (Standard)
I've been doing some testing with this:
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4 Merfolk Trickster
4 Siren Stormtamer
4 Spectral Sailor
3 Tempest Djinn
3 Brineborn Cutthroat
4 Curious Obsession
3 Dive Down
3 Lookout's Dispersal
3 Spell Pierce
3 Wizard's Retort
3 Cerulean Drake
1 Surge Mare
2 Aether Gust
2 Essence Capture
1 Tale's End
3 Entrancing Melody
I don't know how I feel about Brineborn, but I wasn't liking Pteramander and the fourth Djinn, and I wanted a little extra Pirate for Lookout's Dispersal and focusing on a more flash-centric approach. The lack of evasion is pretty bad, though, and it doesn't power up quite as much as you would hope. If you draw it without many cards in hand, it is a flash 2/1.
I'll probably move back towards the Autumn Burchett/Ross Merriam lists.
Mono-Red is still tough, albeit a little better, but I think Ross showed that we can technically beat anything.
Jul 11, 2019I like this, interesting to consider if the format goes back to Dredge, Humans, Tron, Izzet Phoenix and Wrenn Six Jund, which seems likely. Not sure if UW Control gets better or worse or breaks even.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Jund might make Mariner better, I'm kind of so-so on it but taxing removal, hand destruction and edict seems vey relevant especially with Giver.
Jun 19, 2019@StreexITPosted in: Aggro & Tempo
It's a crazy Modern GY format where 2 mana GY hate just means Game Over (for the person playing GY hate!)
So far, this is a format where you have to beat UW Control, GY decks (Bridgevine, Phoenix, and Dredge), Humans (for now, might also get run out of the format), possibly Neoform, and whatever the latest Whir Prison Combo deck, and then every other possible thing.
Jun 19, 201910 R sources is a bit light, especially for sideboard with Anger. I've run an Eldrazi and Taxes W build, and while you don't use much main and maybe 10 is ok, it is going to be rough post-board. Also, you do lose a lot of the utility lands.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
If you want to add a color, maybe more like Tom Medvec's deck, rather than the Serum Powder builds? Then again, it isn't the Serum Powder deck.
However you go, though, good luck!
I'm with you. Karn hasn't been good enough to main for sure. It is an interesting out to Artifact decks, however, which we have not had.
I'm not sure about the 2nd Copter, maybe that has to be a Relic of Progenitus now, or even 2 and no Copter, which is just too slow. Thoughts?
I was doing Ravenous Trap, but with 4 Leyline, probably don't need it, especially if I add Relic to the main. I have two spots I have not decided on yet.
Jun 17, 2019Playable in UW, almost everything flies, but it doesn't stop The New Stoopid. Fair card for a fair format, but that isn't Modern. Tmpo/Aggro Control can't deal with the obscene linearity without disruption. Maybe Force of Negation is playable, not sure it solves the issue either.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
May 22, 2019UW can find room quite easily. I think you cut back on -2 Rattlchains, -1 Selfless Spirit, -1 TGoT. Between another 1 drop and more resilience, it seems like a strong addition.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
May 17, 2019I think I am off Warping Wail for the moment. Probably going to test this build, see how it goes. I like being able to get things that fight things out of the sideboard for certain matches. I like Scion and Ugin for the control and mid-range matches. Copter might come out of the main entirely, since I don't like being at 22 creatures, especially since it is really 18 as we can't cast SSG.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
May 16, 2019For those running Karn, the Great Creator, how many are you running? Is it mostly a 4 mana Stony Silence with upside?Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
I would add, Karn's +1 with Liquimetal Coating is some bizarre land destruction and you can open up some non-creature permanents to being hit by Dismember where we probably won't get Blast Zone to 4 or even want to do that. It would be funny to make Worship a 4/4 and Dismember it. Or a planeswalker.
[+1]: Until your next turn, up to one target noncreature artifact becomes an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost.
May 14, 2019So what are the builds in testing right now? I'm on this:Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
I'm not sure about the manabase. I feel pinched between all of the utility lands. Maybe Zhalfirin Void is the one we can most afford to lose? Maybe I want more manlands? I don't know.
And I'm genuinely unsure about Karn, either Karn. I like Karn, the Great Creator in certain matches, and to just go get something. I like Karn, Scion of Urza against mid-range and control.
Then again, despite being 6 mana, I like me some Ugin, the Ineffable.
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