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  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)
    Quote from gkourou »
    Are Jeskai Queller and Jeskai Control lumped into the same Jeskai Control category? Is that right?
    Yup, and rightfully so imho.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)
    Quote from Spsiegel1987 »

    I would like to see BBE at the very least, and I wouldn't be upset about SFM. I really have no idea what an SFM unban would look like, it'd have so many implications, it would be jammed into UW, Jeskai flavors, Taxes (maybe, the community seems split), and I'm most certain Mardu would be huge, since all it's missing is a cheap bomb, best removal in the format by a long shot).

    Don't forget Abzan in this list. Abzan would definitely put SFM and would probably become the best BGx variant.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)
    Quote from Spsiegel1987 »
    I'm not sure why you guys think midrange cards being unbanned is going to alleviate things


    Yeah, let's unban BBE and SFM...to still lose to Tron and Titanshift?

    HolyDiva's experience doesn't make me feel warm or soft about modern.

    It is just one short period though, modern players may overreact and show up with too much land hate or decks that punish ramp.

    All those jeskai/UW Control players explains why GDS did so poorly, go draw is a nightmare for them.

    It looks like Tron/Titanshift was a good call since they saw how popular Jeskai and Go-Draw Jeskai was becoming. Those decks suppress their bad matchups in the process.

    I think that SFM specifically would help for several reasons. Firstly, it would help white as a color in the format (irrelevant though to tron). She would also give a decent boost to D&T decks which can keep Tron decks honest, but they lose to too much of everything else. With a relatively stronger D&T, Tron and E. Tron would be worse choices.

    BBE would help a struggling Jund which is lagging behind an evolving meta game. It might also give a small boost to decks like eternal command or other flavors of URG.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (Rules Update 27/10/17)
    My take on the GP is the following:

    Top 8 looks horrendous. 5x Big mana decks, 2 graveyard combo decks and 1 combo deck.

    HOWEVER, if one looks at the top 32, the image looks much healthier and the top 8 can be explained. There are a lot of control decks (3 Jeskai Queller, 2 Jeskai Control, 1 Grixis control, 1 UW control), some aggro/creature based combo (1 Affinity, 1 Burn, 1 Elves, 1 Humans, 1 Infect), some pure combo, some graveyard based combo and the only very lackluster archetype is midrange with only 2x GDS.

    In such a top 32 it makes sense that Tron and other big mana decks would do well. Control decks have started gearing towards beating E. Tron and creature based decks like humans (meaning they include more mass removal), thus making their plan (even more) susceptible to big Tron and Scapeshift. With 15 decks of top 32 being some version of control or some version of Tron, you bet Tron would have the upper hand.

    In all, I believe, GP showed the following things:
    1) E. Tron can be targeted and kept in check. Only 2 in top 32 with 0 converting.
    2) Storm had a staggering performance on camera and seemed like it was dominating the field, but in the end there were only 2 in top 32.
    3) Control seemed to be struggling contrary to recent results but in the end had several appearances in Top 32
    4) Tron is just too good in this metagame. However, years of modern have shown that Tron can be defeated.
    5) Titanshift is better than recent results were suggesting, but not heavily dominating, it had only 2 copies in top 32, both of which reached the finals, mainly because of an extremely favorable meta game.

    In relation to format health, the PT and future bans/unbans:
    1) This GP was an alarming bell, but its top 32 showed that we still have room to wiggle.
    2) PT is close, if we have the same trend (control decks "almost" getting there, Tron dominating, midrange really low) then big mana will be a candidate to take a hit
    3) BBE and SFM both seem almost laughable at this point. We saw SO many T3 powerful things this weekend that a Batterskull T3 sounds underwhelming, if that can actually be a thing.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grixis Control
    Corey went 12-3 into the top 16. Almost made it to top8 (again). Great performance and showing for the deck Grin
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grand Prix Oklahoma City discussion
    Well, We had at least 2 control decks on 12-3, a Jeskai control and a Grixis control!
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grand Prix Oklahoma City discussion
    I can't believe I am rooting for dredge to win :p
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grand Prix Oklahoma City discussion
    It seems like at least one Tron deck will make it to the top 8. Tron seems much better positioned this weekend to ETron.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grand Prix Oklahoma City discussion
    Top 4 decklists for GP Madrid are up! https://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/gpmad17/top-4-decklists-grand-prix-madrid-2017-12-10
    Looks nice! 2 control decks, 1 Jeskai draw-go and 1 WU control as well!

    I have to say that I am getting a bit tired of watching UR storm decks featured at GP Oklahoma. Judging from the standings, it seems like there are other decks they could show, but they sort of got stacked with storm players for whatever reason.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grixis Control
    Quote from tlhunter07 »
    He said he's playing a different list than the one in that video.
    Yeah there are a number of cards we haven't seen yet like Hero's downfall.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grand Prix Oklahoma City discussion
    Damn that Grixis control vs Eldrazi Tron was depressing. Both games Corey almost getting there and losing on a series of top decks basically. Especially game 2, Sam Pardee (ETron) was with 0 lands T3. Still 2 Eldrazi temples count for more than 2 mana Frown
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grixis Control
    Here is the video of Corey's last Grixis control take: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcMz09L0NJg
    He also beat burn 2-0 on camera at GP Oklahoma!
    He was also interviewed by Rich Hagan, where he repeated his long standing argument, Grixis control is a deck that you need to CONSTANTLY be aware of what you are doing and what the metagame looks like. Always know new brews and be prepared for everything.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grand Prix Oklahoma City discussion
    Corey Burkhart is just TOO GOOD. This game one against burn was so clean I can't even process it.
    Edit: Man Corey is an insane player. 2-0 against burn, one of the worst MUs. Game two wasn't even close.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grand Prix Oklahoma City discussion
    Quote from ktkenshinx »
    Kicking things off in the thread, opening coverage with Faeries vs. Kiki Chord is awesome. Not sure if that's representative of the field, but hey, it's a cool opening.

    I think we're going to see a big Storm showing this weekend. I'm also excited to get some GP data added to some of the analyses we've been doing, particularly one about player performance at Modern events that I've been tracking.
    That blood moon sadness thought Frown
    Posted in: Modern
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