Guys, I have an important announcement. The humans matchup is not good. Between Thalia increasing our costs and Meddling Mage naming Ad Nauseam, it looks like an uphill battle. Is there any way to improve it without resorting to the sideboard?
I have 3 Fatal Push in the side for this match, and that's it. I have one mainboard Slaughter Pact
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Nov 20, 2017Posted in: ModernQuote from BlueTronFTW »I find midrange grindfests incredibly boring, so I rarely play standard. I especially find it awful that four color decks are a possibility in standard. Mana is too good right now.
Meanwhile, we have 5 color decks in modern right now. What's your point?
Nov 20, 2017Even though standard is 50% energy, none of the games seem completely one-sided based on matchups alone. Whether you are playing energy, ramunap red, god-pharaoh's gift, tokens, or some sort of control list, there's a good chance that you will have a decent game. This is one of the reasons why I am really liking the format right now. Are there even any 20/80 matchups right now in standard?Posted in: Modern
Nov 15, 2017I'd like to build a storm mainboard that doesn't auto scoop to Meddling Mage naming GrapeshotPosted in: Tier 1 (Modern)
My options could be either running 1 mainboard Empty the Warrens as the alternate win-con or running some form of removal spell for Meddling Mage such as Echoing Truth, Repeal, Wipe Away, Dismember, Lightning Bolt, ect
Which do you think is the better option? And which removal spell would be the best to include?
Nov 15, 2017Dig Through Time was busted in more decks than just Omni Tell. In that deck it was just the most busted because it could be cast for free at timesPosted in: Modern
Nov 15, 2017Billiondegree posted a message on Extremely Slow Zombie and Three-Headed Goblin - Last Strike and Triple Strike!Ive been waiting so long for these two mechanics. I can easily see both in black border as wellPosted in: The Rumor Mill
Nov 14, 2017Posted in: ModernQuote from ktkenshinx »In other news, Standard is looking super awful again. 50% of the collective GP T8 was energy. Energy won two of the GP and won the recent PT, which itself had 50% of the T8 on energy and 40%+ of the Day 1, Day 2, and similar conversions into 18+, 21+, and 24+ brackets. I don't know how Wizards will react to this, especially if they receive negative feedback from TOs and LGS owners about attendance. But I do know R&D will dedicate resources to analyzing this situation.
How does that relate to Modern? I expect it means there's an even lower chance we see any changes in the January 2018 update. This was already unlikely per the last B&R update, and Standard's state probably makes it less likely still. I also think it will challenge the ridiculous Wizards platform of "less data, less format solving." Despite players having limited data (the MTGO changes took effect over the summer), Standard still got solved. This will hopefully serve as an indictment of that absurd stance and lead to more data release, not less. At the least, I think it will lead to more internal Wizards conversations.
I can't see standard having more bans.
Sure energy decks make up a huge % of the meta, but there are at least a few different variants of the deck (Temur, 4-color, Sultai)
In addition, there are other tier 1 decks that one can use and do well with (God pharaoh gift, Approach, Ramunap Red, Mardu Vehicles, UBx control)
This standard format is much, much better than what we saw for most of 2017
Nov 12, 2017Posted in: ModernQuote from spawnofhastur »Gifts only really does its thing because Storm can consistently have an early cost reducer, AND because Gifts piles become very much a catch 22 while they can play Past In Flames.
I feel like PiF is the real problem card here... turns out that worse Yawgmoth's Will is still a Yawgmoth's Will and still broken.
It's actually a better Yawg Will in the deck because it has flashback and can be cast for red mana.
Nov 12, 2017Posted in: ModernQuote from ktkenshinx »Quote from h0lydiva »I would say that the only actual cards in Storm that don't straight kill the deck if banned are the cantrips (they can just go and play other worse cantrips) and the Remands (they can just not play them).
If they hit any of rituals, Manamorphose, Gifts, creatures, storm spells themselves, PiF... the deck is dead for competitive purposes. From those, the closest to not killing the deck, in the sense that it would actually be dead but people would still play it pretending it's not the case, it's actually banning Empty.
Any other kills it dead. That one would leave nostalgics playing it.
The deck was playable before Baral and might be too good/fast now. Baral feels like the clear scale-tipper and ban target. Wizards doesn't care if it's less competitive. They just want it viable, and ritual/storm card bans just hurt playability too much. Maybe Wizards takes a totally new approach and just nukes the deck, but historically, that isn't precedented.
For dredge, the scale tippers were Prized Amalgam and Cathartic Reunion but they weren't the cards that ended up getting banned from the deck.
Just because Baral was what pushed storm over the top recently, it doesn't mean it will be the card that will be banned if the time comes for such a thing (we will see what the Pro Tour brings)
In fact, I would actually find it strange if Baral is targeted. Storm is a lot easier to interact with when you have to rely on creatures
I think banning Gifts alone would be most likely, with an explanation that it increases the consistency of the storm deck too much and causes its games to play out in the same way, which it really does. If Gifts was gone, storm players could still use Peer through Depths or Pieces of the Puzzle but it would not guarantee a win like Gifts does
Nov 12, 2017If they thought it was necessary, what would even be banned from storm?Posted in: Modern
It doesn't seem as obvious as previous bans such as Treasure Cruise, Birthing Pod, Deathrite Shaman, or Eye of Ugin.
Do you go for the cost reducers, another ritual spell, another cantrip, gifts ungiven, past in flames, grapeshot? I can honestly see an argument being made for any of these. Based on how they have treated storm in the past, they usually go for rituals (seething song and rite of flame) or cantrips (ponder, preordain, and gitaxian probe), but none of these categories of cards seem overpowered from a modern standpoint.
Nov 11, 2017Billiondegree posted a message on Do you think something like Energy could make more cards viable in competitive play?Glint-sleeve Siphoner is definitely not strictly worse than Bob.Posted in: Modern
Bob can sometimes kill you, whereas Siphoner is always optional
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