I think they should just ban grapeshot and empty. This deck has been the reason why a good amount of cards are on the ban list, just get rid of it. I can see an argument to keep it alive by letting them play empty if they want, it is a significantly worse deck if that's their only win-con, but it still contorts what wizards can print in the future.
Killing storm takes away some of the more cancerous aspects of modern, it's a deck that you have to dedicate a lot of your sideboard to beat, it's a deck that can still win through your hate, and it can kill pretty consistently on turn 3.
I think unless they ban grapeshot they have to ban gifts. Past in flames can be beat by gravehate and it's really the last part in the combo, you have to already be set up to use it properly. Gifts sets them up and at least gets them up a card against gravehate (it can get 2 cantrips to help them find an answer for example). I don't think people want them to ban gifts, and I don't think it's fair that they keep this deck alive by banning cards that aren't a problem otherwise.
Legacy has force of will to deal with things like this, we don't have that. Maybe if they unban stoneforge and bloodbraid then the b/g/x decks can close the door on this deck after they disrupt it more consistently, but you still only get a 3-4 turn window (2-3 on the draw) to mess the deck up before it kills you and it has a ton of redundancy with cards like gifts so you can't take a long time to actually win.
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Nov 12, 2017immapwner posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)Posted in: Modern
Nov 9, 2017immapwner posted a message on [Primer] Abzan Midrange / Junk / BGw Souls/ BG RockI went 5-0 in a competitive league on mtgo with this list:Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
I beat it infect, uw control, affinity, storm, and Jund deaths shadow.
I know the main and board is pretty different from what's been going around.
First off tron in all forms is declining and creature matchups seem to be increasing with combo also creeping up a bit, so my deck is built to beat those matchups and ignore tron.
Wrench mind is almost perfect for those matchups because it's almost always a clean 2 for 1, and in those matchups you have want your opponent in topdeck mode immediately. Wrench mind worked out really well for me, but it might not be in the right quantity. I think I want either 2 or 3 and turn the cut ones into inquisition to get more turn 1 disruption. Hell it might be correct to just go 4 thoughtseize 4 inquisition. Thing is, in a matchup like humans, elves, storm, etc. you really don't care what gets discarded, so the two for one is better.
I am mainboarding one gaddock teeg and I have another in the board, and I want a third. This card is hilariously powerful, I can't believe he's not a staple. He hits something in almost every matchup. Some things he hits include, supreme verdict, cryptic command, company, chord, gifts, past in flames, scapeshift, Karen, ugin, all walkers outsid of little Gideon and the lilianas, chalice on 2, all is dust, conflagration, and I'm sure I'm missing a ton. I think he's better than ooze right now.
Anyway, just wanted to share my experience.
Oct 17, 2017I can get behind Chandra, but I don't think we will have enough mana lying around to make ballista worth it. If you consider our good draws, we want to be ending the game around turn 4 or 5 and ballista doesn't do much to get us there. Bomat courier, on the other hand, is another 1 drop (which is super important to putting pressure on the opponent early, especially since there are 2 control decks that really want to censor our early plays. It's also card advantage, we are really good at emptying our hand around turn 4/5 and this refills it if we haven't won by then.Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
But what I think is even more egregious is the fact that you aren't playing veteran motorist. He is our 2nd best card (1st one being heart of kiran) he sets up our draws (which is what makes him so good), crews the heart, and buffs our vehicles. He is an auto-include 4 of.
Oct 17, 2017I'm not sure we really need wheelsmith. Everything besides Bombay couriers trade with every creature that really sees play outside of large cubs/hydras. Not to mention that we have heart of kiran to fly over everything. I think we have 4 good three drop options to consider before that.Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
Gideon, which is just a 3 mana 4/4 that can crew and attack in the same turn as well as crew during the opponents next turn, he can shut down the opponents biggest threat, and stops approach until they can get a cast out.
Ruin raider gives us a bunch of cards, we're almost always on the front foot, so life loss shouldn't matter, an the ca pulls us even further ahead.
Pia nalaar is just a better wheelsmith since she makes an evasive threat, stops multiple creatures from blocking, and pumps our evasive threats.
Depala is ca and a lord for the majority of our threats.
Wheelsmith is so much worse than these options.
My list is a bit different. I've only put a few days into testing, but I did 4-1 a league with this last night.
Glorybound is great because he beats almost every threat in standard, the opponent almost always has to 2-1 themselves to trade in combat. He also gains a significant amount of life for us. I know he doesn't look great, but he is.
Sep 21, 2017After a bit of a break from magic, I'm working on this deck again. Looks like there's been a lot of upgrades.Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
I've been doing pretty well with this maindeck on mtgo.
DeckMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards Lands: 24
4 marsh flats
4 concealed courtyard
3 godless shrine
3 shambling vent
1 urborg, tomb of yawgmoth
1 vault of the archangel
4 tidehollow sculler
4 dark confidant
4 smuggler's copter
3 Liliana of the veil
3 Gideon, ally of zendikar
4 fatal push
4 path to exile
3 inquisition of kozilek
4 lingering souls
I was alittle skeptical about smugglers copter and I thought that ghost quarter would be better than mutavault. But I've been grinding in leagues and they are clearly amazing together. Gideon is also a ridiculously fast closer, you guys should try him out.
My sideboard is still in flux, this was it in the last league:
DeckMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards 2 pithing needle
3 rest in peace
1 zealous persecution
3 fulminator mage
2 Liliana, the last hope
3 leyline of sanctity
1 wrath of god
I lost to burn and living end, because I couldn't draw my hate fast enough, the same thing has been happening, like losing to dredge because of no rip, etc... Liliana was supposed to be hate against x/1's, card advantage for midrange mirrors, and be able to recur fulminators. Turns out she's just too slow. I'm thinking about cutting her, and one needle for this sideboard:
DeckMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards 1 pithing needle
4 rest in peace
1 zealous persecution
4 fulminator mage
4 leyline of sanctity
1 wrath of god
The top 8 decks of modern (according to mtggoldfish) are:
eldrazi tron, grixis death's shadow, titan shift, burn, storm, affinity, u/w control, and abzan.
I think we are favored already against death's shadow, and u/w control.
I think we are around 50% against affinity and abzan (maybe a bit better against abzan).
So I've molded my board to be really good against the other 4.
fulminator, needle and wrath for eldrazi
fulminator, leyline for titan shift
leyline for burn
leyline, and rip for storm
I'm kind of worried about coco, I haven't played against that deck with this yet. You guys seem confidant in that matchup though. Will only a sideboarded persecution and wrath be good enough with my main, I guess cutting 2 inquisition for them?
Feb 27, 2017immapwner posted a message on Mothership spoilers 02/27/17 - DAMNATION + ENEMY FETCHESSo do you guys think that since the fetches aren't in a regular standard set, that they are planning on making a frontier-esque format that doesn't have fetches?Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Does this mean the end of fetches in normal standard sets?
Jan 24, 2017One more question.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Since Serum Visions, ghostly prison, and inquisition of kozilek got reprinted in conspiracy 2, is it safe to say that they most likely will not be included in mm17?
I feel like it's almost guaranteed that they won't be reprinted again so soon, but I'd love to get yall's input on this.
Jan 5, 2017immapwner posted a message on Aethersphere Harvester - Russian spoiler from redditThis one giant middle finger to smuggler's copter.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Jan 4, 2017Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Is that all you got bro?
attack with the miner, flicker then:
herbalists, herbalists, rishkar pumping up an herbalist and the thraben inspector you played turn one, use the inspector to hold up blossoming defense. Adding 8 power on turn 3 (12 power total) AND holding up a protection spell. This card is going to be stupid. It's burning tree emissary all over again.
Jan 4, 2017I've been reading about people saying that if you have metallic mimic naming servo and animation module in play, if you can trigger the animation module, then you can basically make as many servos as you have mana available, since a servo would come into play with a +1/+1 counter, triggering the module, then you do it again and again.Posted in: Magic Rulings
I'm wondering if that actually works though. The mimic says that the named creature types ENTER PLAY with a +1/+1 counter, and animation module triggers when a counter is placed on a creature. So I guess my question is, would animation module trigger off of a creature entering play with a +1/+1 counter?
Jan 2, 2017Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Verbal »I'm not as sure the card is trash (you can cast it on turn 4 pretty easily), but the name sure is.
"I am the lord of unpriced preserves! Fear my rasberry goodness!!!"
I thought about him playing some jams on his guitar, his hands are in the perfect positions to add a guitar there in an alter.
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