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  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    Well Given the unbanning of Jace seems I may need to invest in a couple more cavern and find a way to get that 4th smasher in there. Jace in modern, what a time to be alive.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    I'll spare you all the details of my awesome FNM where I went 4-0 Smile I have put together a spreadsheet of all the matches I've played from last feb to this feb. I cut out any budget decks or new players. This is obviously just FNM results so gleam what you will but my FNM is competitive.

    On friday I made a couple very small changes. Changed 1 cavern to a treetop village and 1 inquisition to a nihil spellbomb. Overall I like the changes but I'm unsure if I want the second cavern. I'll keep treetop for now as it was good but it's for sure one of my flex slots. I beat jund, tron, 8 rack and storm. I happened to draw the spellbomb g1 vs storm and it basically won me the game by itself...so dumb. I think It's going to keep it's slot haha.

    My slots are basically My land flex slots are:
    1 cavern
    1 treetop
    1 GQ
    1 field

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1I7tAKH_KeCpAibz0EKfcF4s4RXVxR8D0NGnPJQbyORs/edit?usp=sharing
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    I got a streamer play this deck through a league. Wasn't able to get the entire match but here's a great clip of a mono U tron. The list is very similar to what I've been toting except he changed a couple of the cards in the mana due to card availability.

    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/226788659
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    Lost my win an in to top 4 to a total bonehead play. I beat Storm (Woo finally!), mono blue living end, drew to jeskai isochron scepter,
    silence and then lost to tron.

    In the Tron match He had an active relic and I have a decay and surgical in hand and just GQ his tower. He passes and then we go back so he can fetch after a judge call. It's fine no biggy but it screwed up my train of thought and totally blew my surgical in response to his map activation forgetting I had to bait his relic with my decay. So as you would expect eh relics himself. DOH. I'll try not to do that again I guess. I'm not saying I would have been able to as I need him to basically tap out and use his relic, so it might have been too late regardless but I didn't even give myself the chance.

    I've made the decision to firstly go back and start a spreadsheet of all my matches so far and see where I'm at. Secondly, I'm going to rent this deck online for the next month to start seriously testing for GP Hartford.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Abzan Eternity
    Only seeing this on paper and my only reference is the goldfish video (I did watch the who thing) it appears you don't have enough reliable ways to trigger journey. You have 4 elders and 3 decays and a sliver. You kinda have to hope and pray to get there. I also feel you need fatal push over path as in a pinch you can push your guys to trigger journey.

    I very much like commune with the gods. Card is super sweet and should see more play. However I think the thinking with grisly, satyr and elder is they all provide you a way to guarantee land drops or even ramp you. When the majority of your curve is sitting at 4 you kinda need that. I'm sure it can be worked around though. Satyr for instance is not particularly strong on it's own. Obviously, your build is less GY reliant with no unburial so i wouldn't consider him needed at all.

    The biggest issue I see is this deck does basically nothing until turn 4. The curve is pretty awkward. No t1 plays, t2 you have some plays depending on the match and then what do you do t3? play journey and maybe get it to flip? Lets say it's t4 and you have 6 mana from journey and elder, what do you do and how do you stop any sort of combo or aggro deck, it's probably too late. There are so many lines this deck can take which I like but it has so very little disruption until it's pretty much too late. I'm talking only in reference to a large data set like a 16 round tourney. Obviously you have tools to stop people but you are banking on drawing perfectly.

    I think if there's a way to lower the curve and make it a little more aggressive or super controlling I would be super on board. If I were to build a journey deck I would start with renegade rallierand work around him. That card has been bonkers for me especially when you can blink and recur him. GQ + rallier + gq is a real deal strategy. Heck maybe even a viscera seer could be solid.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    Top 4 finish for me last night. We all split top 4 so no further games. I added in the 3rd scooze main and I like it I think.

    r1 mardu reveler
    Not super hard games. Just dodge lingering or save my mass removal for it. He got stuck on 2 lands for a while but he's only running like 19 lands which seems super low but I get his curve is tiny also. No big deal, I'm kind of set up to beat decks like this.
    1-0

    r2 storm
    Dr Rich Shay again put me in the dirt. Every time I start t1 thoughtseize into t2 scooze and still lose. I at least took him to a game 3 but good lord I just cannot beat him. So it means my SB cards just aren't impactful enough on their own. I need multiple pieces of hate it seems. It's possible he is also just lucky but I'm going to assume I am just making tiny mistakes or just not choosing the right things even though I don't think I was making any real misplays. The deck is just so resilient/\.
    1-1

    r3 RUG moon
    This was gerard fabiano list I believe with value town deck with blood moons. We played 3 games for fun but I went 2-1 winning the first 2. He's got the tools to get me for sure but my top end is so much better especially if I can find cavern. Not much to report out of hte ordinary.
    2-1

    r4 affinity
    We played a total of 2 matches as I needed all the experience I can get since affinity is no longer a big deck in my lgs. I won both matches fairly easily. I know first hand though how hard affinity can be and I'm not sure I can ever beat their nut draw but long as I can keep parity I'm usually fine. I just ripped all of my removal when I needed it and brought the beats.
    3-1

    top 8 GR Ponza
    Oh boy was I worried about this match. Got crushed game 1. game 2 I made sure to play around moon and got rewarded. After a couple of discard I just kept dropping big dudes and eventually even his guys couldn't get around. Stormbreath dragon isn't very good when it's forced to block haha. g3 I kept a semi greedy hand with oath and a wastes and a llanowar wastes. I played oath and sandbagged the wastes. He slams moon but I play my wastes and proceed to just keep slamming thought-knots and kill him lol. He got stuck on 3 lands for a pivotal couple of turns (I killed a bird t1) which let me take his acid moss with TKS. Had he ripped it killing my wastes I was probably screwed. I think he made a couple of mistakes this game which really cost him like risk exposing the bird t1 when he probably could have used sprawl instead.
    4-1
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    Another top 8 finish for me at FNM!

    I lost to none other than Dr. Rich Shay in top 8 on pieces of the puzzle storm. Let me tell you having played storm about 6+ times now. This is in no way shape or form a good match up at least in my experience. I'll admit, I'm not sure pieces is in every storm list but it wrecks me. g1 I had t1 thoguhtseize, t2 scooze, t3 brutality + scooze activation and went into t4 with 2 activations up and I still lost. g2 I had a little more fight but I just drew extremely mediocre. I drew 3 oath of nissa (which surprisingly hasn't happened to me yet) and not enough disruption. He had a remand for my tks then He found an echoing truth for cage and then comboed off to kill me. Post board I have a solid 8 cards to fight them but not a single one is a guaranteed win. I feel like I just need to be lucky in that match and draw the right cards at the right time.

    Played a bonus round against 5c tribal flames aggro deck. The guy has been doing well with it and I thought he was just lucky. Well, it's actually pretty solid. Sure the mana is greedy as hell and no way he can beat a blood moon but good lord that deck hits hard. I lost eventually g3 as I was stuck on 2mana for way too long. Had I been able to curve out it would have been a very different game. Pretty sweet deck though. Nothing like a 2 mana lava axe...
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on The Gitrog Monster - Non-combo Infinite Value
    I am all aboard both these 2 new cards. I do worry about how difficult it is to trigger ascend reliably. Just makes this card a late game card which I'm not sure I need more of but I do like the redundancy it does give. I'm going to try it as honestly I like it more than azusa at first glance. I find her to be too hit or miss. I'm sure I'm wrong but gonna try it anyways.

    I really love world shaper honestly depending on the style of deck I can see it being a fine value card as well as just a completely busted combo piece. I play with death cloud and smallpox and a ton of value mill cards and I want to live the dream.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    placed 1st at fnm!. We split top 4 due to it being too close to the midnight prerelease so that kinda stinks, I was hoping to get in a couple more matches but what can you do.


    r1 GR Ponza. Played 3 games. I got completely screwed g2 as I expected. G3 he played strangely. I guess he wanted to aim to develop his board as opposed to just stone raining me over an over and turns out that was a super bad decision for him. I was able to untap, lost legacy his blood moon. then untap, pulse his arbor elves then surgical his stone rains, snagging one from his hand. From there he rips a bunch of lands and I was able to get out of my mana issues to secure victory.
    1-0

    r2 mono blue living end
    g1 I was able to disrupt him long enough to get out some threats and a scooze. g2 he just rips perfect after I thought it was an easy win. I guess visions will do that along with a million cyclers. I didn't see my damnation. g3 he draws a lot of as foretold and not a lot of relevant things and I was able to slow him long enough that as foretold didn't matter through surgicals and scooze, etc.
    2-0

    r3 GWb counters company
    long super exciting games. I drew pretty well and I think overall made solid choices although I'm sure I made plenty of non-optimal plays. Just so many decisions vs that deck. I have a TON of SB cards to make this match in theory pretty good but it never felt easy. Grafdiggers and night of souls betrayal were mvps this match.
    3-0

    r4 eldrazi tron
    we drew this match to get into top 4 but we played a 2 preboard games for fun. I bricked pretty hard in this match but it wasn't due to anything I could control. Although I will say, in g1 I went for t2 tks and ended up getting locked out from a chalice on 1. I drew 4 1 drops in a row to end my hand as 3 oath, 2 inquisition, 1 push and 2 lili LOL. Had I played a little slower and went t1 oath I would have been fine as I could at least cast liliana. It's so hard to turn down t2 tks though. Liliana though is probably my best card in this match. Maybe vs that deck it was worth it to play t3 tks. I'm not sure to be honest. Usually chalice on 1 isn't that bad but sometimes you just draw the wrong half of your deck haha.

    Pulse was super mvp last night as was surgical. It was nice to actually have surgical be good. I still plan to go up to 3 scooze main. I've been toying though instead of a 3rd scooze for a tireless tracker but that's probably not right. I picked up a treetop but played quagmire instead. Honestly it's probably worth keeping in the quagmire over the more aggressive treetop. Being able to kill huge dudes is worth it for me as I don't have the best removal for cmc 4+. While I didn't have it in e-tron and living en it excels a lot on those matches. Also it was relevant keeping a large scooze at bay for a bit in my r3 match.

    I really really love this deck. This is the longest I've ever been on a deck and I have no intentions to change anytime soon. I'm almost done foiling it out too but only mega expensive things left.../cheer for sketti monsters!
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    I was on the receiving end of their nut draw vs above average hands and lost quickly and decisively. Average hand vs average hand, ours are better overall I'd say but we need a very tailored hand to beat combo in general, something like t1 disruption into t2 scooze. Or multiple discard/removal spells over first 2 turns. If we are taking a turn off it's a pretty decent chance we may lose vs a competent player. I guess that's basically every midrange deck though haha.

    I've played storm about 5 times now with my current setup and I think I'm 2-3 vs it. I would say pilot error on my part and I'm sure there were decisions I could have made to win those games like more aggressive mulling or taking card X over card Y. Storm has gotten extremely resilient too depending on the build. Most of the games they just found the remaining pieces they need and I can't stop a top deck.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    Interesting thoughts. I like the idea of another scooze honestly. Storm isn't huge in my meta but I know it's picking up steam in general. I think upping my chances of getting one actually would help out other matches as well in game 1. I can't justify 4 though. I've lost games even through a scooze so I don't think my SB would change but means I can diversify and not have to use leylines. I'm not a huge fan of surgical but I do like cage.

    This deck should be decent against storm outside nut draws from them. We certainly do have the tools.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    as in go 3 scooze total? Bog still seems too random for me. I feel like I need something faster than scooze in the SB. Storm can certainly kill you before scooze matters as it did to me. I know that's not the norm but still. I did love having scooze main.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    Went 3-1 at my 33 man FNM. No changes to my list. Certainly some sb woes I think. More into that later

    r1 GR ponza
    Did my best to play around his LD and just did what my deck does, disrupt and beat down. g2 he took me to pound town and blood moon shut me out long enough to drop a titan and I couldn't get back in while sitting with a pulse in hand Frown g3 I hit lost legacy on blood moon on my t3 and managed to snag one from hand and from there it was no problem as I had not a ton to fear.
    1-0

    r2 mono black devotion
    I had enough discard and such that I was able to race through an obliterator and discard anything else of relevance he drew. g2 was much the same. This felt pretty easy but things just lined up well for me. I have a feeling it's probably a pretty good matchup for me long as we can dodge the grey merchant for too much.
    2-0

    r3 life from the loam value dredge
    This is just an aggro, value town, smallpox, squee, goblin nabob, zombie infestation dredge build. It can grind like you wouldn't believe but it's also really slow which I think is it's greatest weakness. It can't just explosive nut draw into a million amalgams and ghasts. g1 scooze sealed the deal for me. Glad I had it. g2 I didn't have too much and he was able to hide behind zombie infestation for so long with a squee and loam making 2 zombies every turn for "free". He forgot about hissing quagmire for the entire game which allowed me to dodge the GQ he wasn't using on me. Honestly had he just been GQ me every turn I would have eventually lost for sure since he just had infinite blockers. Well his huge missplay means his alpha went short by 1 attacker allowing me to just swing back when he had essentially nothing on board.
    3-0

    r4 storm
    I was facing none other than Dr. Rich Shay and he put me in the dirt. g1 he's on the play and storms me on his t3 my t2, sweet. I played a scooze and thought I would be fine. nope. g2 I had my SB cards and legacied his gifts. Easy. g3 he storms me again on his t3 my t2 after I thoughtseized him on my t2. He had essentially nothing but a baral in play, baral and a past in flames in hand. He rips pieces of the puzzle into 2 rituals and goes off from there. I had a tks coming down the next turn which I feel would have sealed my victory but that didn't happen. sigh.
    3-1

    I ended top 4 but everyone wanted to split and cube so I didn't get any more matches in which I'm sad about. I still can't decide on SB GY hate. So far I like grafdiggers cage so those will stay but I dunno on surgicals. Either I need to add a 3rd or dump them and add back in leylines. Maybe 2 surgical, 2 lost legacy 2 cage is enough. If only I could have a 1-2 more SB slots. I just need to grind some matches vs these kind of decks I think to know for sure.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    The more I discuss and talk about Journey to Eternity, the more I like it. It certainly doesn't help in our bad matchups which is legit but there are a lot of decks like grixis, jund, etc that would have a hell of a hard time with instant speed goyfs or hell smashers.

    If you can put it on a reshaper the value you get is just insane as long as it sticks and you can kill it. There is value in even using removal on your own guy as it comes back. Wonderful mirrorbreaker card. I'll try it in my 75 but I'm not overly optimistic about it. I hope I'm wrong.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on BG Eldrazi Midrange
    Without a reliable sac outlet the enchantment isn't great. It may mean your guy becomes unblockable or you just board stall with it. With PtE as mentioned and no way to fully control when your guys die without losing value to do so makes it a no from me. I mean, using a removal on your own guy to trigger it isn't the worst but you are still using a card where as you might just get free value with a sac outlet or forcing them to kill it. I think it's interesting and perhaps in certain matchups it's good. It could be a decent mirror breaker kind of card. It doesn't help our bad matches which is the biggest problem I have with it.

    I'm late to the discussion on the Red v Black but I personally don't think red adds much but it is a different take on the deck. I do actually like the obligator it's a very strong aggressive card and if you can maintain momentum it's hard to lose which is what the deck aims to do vs BG inherently is more controlly midrange. And for that purpose, having a mana dork t1 ups the chance of being able to play a 4 drop t2 and smashers t3. Obligator is also very good against tron. Deck does seem soft to storm but it does have tools to fight pretty much everything. There's certainly another forum for this deck style I'm sure. I certainly prefer what black has to offer. Interesting side note, we are much better vs boggles then they are, too bad that's not really a thing. I guess it comes down to the meta as this deck is better vs some decks than others.

    I have tried out nobles and birds before and sometimes they were fine sometimes they weren't. Being able to accelerate is not to be underestimated and I have waffled back and forth thinking about adding them back again. Being able to play your stuff ahead of curve is the only reason decks like these can compete. I think for me it's hard to remove that interaction with our bad matchups, at least some, in g1. Sometimes t1 discard into goyf just wins where as t2 reshaper does not, or at least not nearly as often.

    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
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