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Unstable Q&A with Mark Rosewater
 
The Dos and Don'ts of Silver-Border Commander
 
Word of Command: Un-believable
  • posted a message on Grand Prix Oklahoma City discussion
    I think the problem (regarding the coverage) was that the same couple of decks got shown over and over again. This made everything very repetitive and frankly said boring. It would have been way better if they would have shown a wider range of decks and/or didn't show the same match-up for several rounds.

    However, speaking out of experience, this is rather hard to do properly.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grand Prix Oklahoma City discussion
    Quote from Ayiluss »

    I think this was the second worst top 8 in Modern ever, only Pro Tour during Eldrazi winter with 6 Eldrazi decks in top 8 was worse. I expected a lot from this GP, lots of fun watching it and cool decks but I'm very disappointed.

    I hope this was just a lonely example and metagame call because Modern in general still looks fine.

    There have been many "bad" top 8s in history of Modern, however, what "bad" means is subjective.

    PT Philly was also a really wonky top 8, cause 7 hyper linear deck + a random tempo deck (mainly carried by the limited performance too). Heck, while the format back than was hilarious, it was still broken.

    Hence, I wouldn't claim that this was the second worst top 8, but it was one of the worse ones if you mainly enjoy Midrangey strategies.

    Greetings,
    Kathal

    PS: I like synergistic decks, so while I find some decks fascinating on how they work, I still wouldn't want to play them.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    Just wait two weeks, than it is off the paywall (IIRC).

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    I think Borbor looks more desperate, since Bobor is an actually win condition for the Griselbrand line. Furthermore, if he plays Tarfire next turn Borbor would be not enough, which makes countering it more jucy.

    Basically, we want to present the juiciest option to get countered and I think Borbor is more juicy (cause it really looks desperate and indicates, that we do not have anything in hand).

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Nissa, Steward of Elements
    There is currently no home for her, cause she is in the wrong colours to say it this way. UGx is a colour combination, which doesn't mesh well with the 0 ability (aka the main reason to run her). If you go into Bant, there are way better options (Knight as a utility creature and Gideon, Ally of Zendrika as PW). Other colour combinations have better PW to say it this way.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    This is the first one, I needed to think longer than just 30s Grin

    Assumption 1: He has a Remand/Mana Leak in Hand
    Assumption 2: He doesn't misplay with those cards or with the two Goyfs on board
    Assumption 3: He most likely has no Bolt or Snappy (cause an Ambush Viper would have been lethal here, same is true for Bolt).

    Question 1: Around what do we WANT to play? A counter (Negate, Remand, Mana Leak, Spell Pierce or Spell Snare (which is irrelevant)) and a burn spell (Bolt, Tarfire or Electrolyze)
    Question 2: Around what can we actually play around?

    Here it gets interesting. He has lethal on board, a simple Shoal with nothing added on it saves us against any form of soft counters but makes things more interesting when facing a Negate or Remand. However, also a breached wurm saves us, since he needs to chump and leaves three blockers behind, which are again lethal next turn.

    The problem is obvious: ATM we have a hard counter in hand, but cannot use it (cause of upkeep cost). We have "two" TTB, but are not sure if we can resolve either one in time.

    Going from gutfeeling, I would do the following: Shoal now (pitch Borbor), if he Negates/Remands, Shoal again with Wurm and splice TTB for another Wurm. If he lets it resolve, he will most likely attack with everything next turn which leaves him open for a Wurm attack.

    However, lots of ifs in there :/

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    Exactly, I was thinking it through what would happen if you let him untap (with a Griselbrand in play). Since that is basically suicide I advised against it.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    Second case:

    That one is good Grin

    However, the obvious line gets wrecked by a SSG :/

    So, what happens here is: let the Titan trigger resolve (he cannot shoot you with Valakut, but prevents the risk of some awkward utility lands). Than Ritual into Lightning Axe the Titan. You are "relic proof" cause of two cards in the graveyard and/or you can cast Goryo's in response to the Relic activation.

    The Ritual vs no Ritual is purely a personal decision. No Ritual allows some splice action (and a better TTB if you cannot win now), first Ritual sets up the other Rituals easier if you do not draw two SSGs. In this specific case I would most likely not Ritual right now and just keep it up.

    The only big question is now is to try to win on the spot, or pass and try to win in response to anything stupid he might want to do. If he grabs double Valakut, he can than go to attacks, attack, get two Mountains trigger both Valakuts twice (4 triggers) which shoots down Griseldaddy and deals overall 9 damage. With the respective land drop and a one land ramp spell you are looking at an additional 12 damage, which is more than lethal.

    Hence, I would try to win in this end step, with casting Ritual first.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    Lets start with the first one:

    Nvm, first and foremost I'm dumb (thought the Looting was a SSG). This changes everything :wall: Otherwise it would be an obvious free roll.

    So, lets re-assess this case than:
    - If you Pact, you "lose" to double interaction in your upkeep most likely (cause he "stifles" a draw 7 with Path since you need to use Pact on Spell Pierce)
    - If you Pact and he has only one remaining Interaction spell, you need to find everything necessary in the top 14 cards (so at least one Shoal to get one redraw). Nice thing is, that your deck is dividable by 7, which doesn't really matter, if there are two Shoals in the last 14 cards (two Shoals let you draw 35 cards). Even if you find three Shoals + Wurms, you can only draw 42 cards (you are exactly at 49 life). This makes things iffy, cause the fizzle chance is REALLY high and since you cannot pay for Pacts (cause not enough U mana) the chance is real, that you just die. If you won game 1 and it is game 2, than I would roll the dices tbh.
    - You don't Pact and hope, that he messes it up with Relic and allows you to go off in response. Most unlikely scenario given he plays UW Death and Taxes Grin . However, even if he messes up with Relic, you run into the same problem again regarding interaction. The only change is, that it will be most likely your turn, so you can use your lands twice, before Pact triggers happen.
    - You don't Pact, he plays correctly with Relic, you need to TTB. That case is the worst one imo, since a single interaction spell leaves you dead in the water (as long as you cannot cheat in a Borbor and somehow steal a win) since you cannot pay for Pact AND Wurm is not a one hit kill.

    So thinking it through, I would yolo it, cause I think in the long run with this exact hand it will be a loss. Especially, since he has a reasonable clock too. Furthermore, since he plays UW Death and Taxes, Vendilion Clique is a card, you need to be aware off, same is true for Spell Queller, which both increases the clock substantially AND give instant speed interaction. V. Clique is especially annoying cause of TTB, since he can just nap the creature in response (happened to me a couple of times >.>' ).

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    What cards did you board out?

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    Nothing worth sharing for now. However, if you really want a raw list that Gordon Ramsay would make an idiot sandwich out of me, I can share it Grin

    @finalnub, I think that the ADN match-up is slightly positive for us (around 55-45), especially due to the Clean-up step stuff I found out. Otherwise I really dislike Mono W Taxes match-up, but I have not played that much against it to give a good rating on how good or bad the match-up truly is.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    Yep, Esper Goryo.

    And I also agree regarding Search and have the same opinion about Traverse.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    Would play Sleight of Hands over Hugs tbh. Heck, even Chart a Course is better than Hugs in this regard, since you can discard after drawing cards and thus set-up some Goryo's stuff for Emmi.

    Besides this Search is amazing in the Esper Midrange shells from this deck (with Souls, Obzedat, Jace and co). However, totally different deck and it also plays totally different ^^

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    Quote from finalnub »
    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/rptq-top-8-decklists/cambridge-2017-11-12

    Dan Ward with a 7th place finish at a RPTQ with Grixis Breach featuring Search. No hugs/charts seems wrong, but good to see this deck put up results!


    Neither one is really great when you have access to Izzet Charm and Hugs is already borderline in the BR Version.

    I was pondering about Search for a while too. However, the inability to find a creature let me decide against it.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Grishoalbrand / Griselbrand Reanimator
    It was a second Wurm.

    But yeah, a clear mistake on his end for missing that line.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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