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The Magic Market Index for Oct 13, 2017
 
The World of Kamigawa
 
Treasure Cruisin' - Manaless Dredge
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    You guys mind sharing your decklists everyone?

    After a recent incredible 40-10 stretch leading up to July 4th, my last 10 Leagues have been the following:

    3-2: 2
    2-3: 7
    1-4: 1

    Incredibly, this all coincided with the new round of Leagues that opened up after July 4th. Frown

    Any tips or new tech or new insights from everyone?
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    4 Thalia's can be good depending on the meta. I used to run 4 Thalia GoT and only 1 Thalia Heretic Cathar. You could conceivably replace a 4th Thalia over the 4th Displacer as well (if you look at the Legacy and Vintage versions of the deck sometimes they seem OK with only 3 Displacers).

    After running some Smuggler's Copters, I think Matter Reshaper is where you want to stay at. The strength of this deck is how we can barf it out relatively quickly with some great disruption and solid sized creatures and do a lot in the early game. Smuggler's takes a turn to set up, requires another creature to pilot it...I don't know, I prefer to focus on closing the game out as quickly as possible. I've kind of resigned myself that our late game is basically praying for awesome top-decks. Haha Hazoret could be interesting to try as a 1 of. Seems easy enough to cast.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    I would say Ramunap makes a lot of sense if you have the full land destruction suite of 4 Ghost Quarters, 2-3 Tectonic Edges, 4 Arbiters and Mindcensor. I don't think the mana base can support that. Unless you ditch the 2 colored mana cards and just fill with all G or W cards (Aven Mindcensors, Ramunap, etc)
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    Agree with stabilo. You had no idea he would natural Tron so best you could do is play the ghost quarter on turn 2 instead of brushland as a means for him to maybe exile the ghost quarter instead but that's just hindsight strategy. I don't think there was anything you could have done differently.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    That's great! Encouraging to hear. I have all the cards for your WG list with the exception of a 2nd Gaddock Teeg. Sounds like both WG and RW are both strong. Overall, this deck seems to be in great position recently...I've gone on a crazy 40 - 10 clip recently with RW so not looking to move away from that anytime soon, but will definitely take WG for a spin soon.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    @Redtwister, how'd it go?
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    Greetings - hope you loved your trip!

    I think RW is really well-positioned right now. I'm still surprised how under the radar (maybe that's a great thing) this deck is - my last 7 leagues have been just killing it(1 5-0, 4 4-1's, and 2 3-2's) against a wide variety of decks (finally seeing some Death's Shadow wins as well as Merfolk and Death & Taxes). I guess our little gang here will have to keep it that way, but really feel like it's well-positioned against a wide variety of decks especially with our strong Anger of the Gods tech.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    Selesnya version I think has its merits. I played a few practice games in MTGO. The cons I see so far are:

    -No Anger of the Gods (seriously that card gives us a massive boost against all of the decks we are horrible against)
    -Can't hard cast Simian Spirit Guide. It's not important often, but sometimes you do want him as a chump.
    -Mana base. There are definitely tweaks that can be done, but for the most part even having 5 cards that require GW - Dromoka's Command 1-3, Qasali Pridemage 1-2 plus sideboard cards like Gaddock Teeg, etc) puts a strain on the manabase that just by variance alone can screw us in games that wouldn't be an issue with the RW version as the only cards we need to support are Anger of the Gods and Nahiri that 4x Simian Spirit Guides can support while SSGs can't support Selesnaya casting costs.

    Andrew/Redtwister,
    What are your builds looking like these days?
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    Yes, I kind of love the new Nicol Bolas, but agree not seeing much that look Modern playable.

    Slightly off-topic, but for the MTGO players, do you guys generally open your Treasure Chest prizes? This is my first Modern deck I've been able to go "infinite" with 62% win rate as opposed to my looonnngg-time go-to decks of Hatebears or regular D&T that would be around 54% - 58%. I have always opened every Treasure Chest and my good performances allow me to replenish tickets and keep going even when I have rough stretches in League play. However, I've also heard arguments against opening them and simply trading them in for tickets. What are you guys thoughts and what do you guys generally do with your treasure chests?
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    Hi Guys,
    Starting to see the Hour of Devastation spoilers coming out - anything we're excited about or NOT excited about (still mad at you Fatal Push)?
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    Awesome Stabilo! I am only running one but as a Singleton it hasn't come up enough for me to figure out if it's good or not. Thanks for testing ahead for us! I'll try the 2-1 split also.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    Actually, you're right. This could just be a classification issue where Grixis (Snapcaster, Tasigur, Delvers etc) I classify under Control for my tracking/analysis even if the deck runs Death's Shadow. Grixis is an easy match-up and has been propping up my Control wins for sure. My Death's Shadow numbers are strictly the Jund and Abzan versions where I'm 1-6. Good point.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    HI Stabil0,
    Definitely interesting seeing your results. Abzan is bad but I'm 5-6 so still winnable. Why do you think your Death's Shadow match-up is so favorable? That's probably the most stark difference I see in your results. Would love to hear what you think. Is it Chalice doing major work for you?

    Never won a match against Elves (only 3 matches though). D&T, Merfolk, and Affinity are both 35% across 10-15 games each.

    The rest are close enough in range and line up with what I am seeing so that's helpful.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    Awesome. I'll give it a shot as 1 or 2 of - let me know how it goes for you guys. Definitely like the value Matter Reshaper brings though (traded a Matter Reshaper with another Matter Reshaper playing Eldrazi Tron - his picked up an Expedition Map, mine picked up a Stony Silence, which was awesome).

    After playing over 260 MTGO League and 2 Man Queues matches (.61% win rate), these are the decks I'm below .500 on. Does this look similar/match what everyone generally views as Unfavorable Matchups for our deck? Anyone view these as Favorable in their experience? Why or why not?

    Creature Toolbox Combo Variations
    Merfolk
    Affinity
    Death & Taxes
    Death's Shadow
    Elves

    2 OR LESS MATCHES PLAYED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING:

    Bant Spirits
    UB Mill
    Restore Balance
    Slivers
    Faeries
    Lantern Control
    Grand Architect Aggro
    Tezzeret Control
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Death and Staxes
    Could you steal an opponents death's shadow and kill it if you have more than 13 life?
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
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