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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 [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    People wouldn’t be selling them for that much if people weren’t willing to buy them for that much. They don’t earn the sellers any money at all if they’re priced too high to move.

    It looks like others are more willing to throw money at pimping their decks than you are.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on RG Super Vengevine
    I've been dabbling in a monored manabase version - though I play the Vengevines and Street Wraiths, I have absolutely no means to hardcast Street Wraith, and the only way Vengevine can even theoretically be cast is off two BTEs (and if I'm doing that, things have gone horribly awry).



    Some neat things in there... Neonate and Brawler as additional discard outlets to get Venge or Phoenix to grave and/or get a discount on Hollow One... Brawler, along with Hollow and Venge, big enough to meet Flamewake's condition...
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    Quote from Joban8 »
    Unstable was released literally two days ago...the prices will undoubtedly drop. Foil prices may vary depending on how common they are, but the non-foils won't get more expensive than they are during release weekend.

    In regards to getting a steamflogger instead of a land, I haven't heard that claim, so not sure about that one. I opened three boosters for *****s n gigs and every pack had the same contents after your commons, uncommons, rare: Full art land, two contraptions, foil token (assuming this slot could also be a foil land).


    The Steamflogger Boss is on the land sheet. People who open a Steamflogger Boss are opening it in the land slot and not opening a land. What I don't know is the probability of a land being 'replaced' with a Steamflogger Boss. But it is definitely, confirmed, nonzero.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Stompy
    If there was a ‘best list’ people could agree on, we wouldn’t be 6180 replies deep.

    Some people like Blossoming Defense. Some don’t.

    Some like Narnam Renegade. Some don’t.

    Rhonas. Groundbreaker. Dungrove Elder. Hashep Oasis. Treetop Village. All of these cards are loved by some and shunned by some.
    Posted in: Modern Archives - Established
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    Can’t you get stuck with steamflogger boss instead of a land? What’s the probability of that?
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Mono-black Sacrifice Deck
    With Nantuko Husk being your only sacrifice outlet, in any game where you don't draw one of them the rest of your deck really doesn't work. And having a 5-cost tutor for it quite likely doesn't come in time. In this deck (where all your mana is black and all your threats are small), Beseech the Queen is likely a better tutor for you than Razaketh's Rite.

    I don't think you're going to have so-many-spells-in-a-turn turns to ever make Aetherflux Reservoir a viable wincon. It's your only method of gaining life. If your deck ran other lifegain I could see Reservoir being a playable, but this deck just won't be gaining over 30 life in a game where it won't already be winning by creature swarm anyway.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Promos Revealed: Captain's Hook, Evolving Wilds & More
    Quote from Havrekjex »
    Wait wait wait... this confirms that saprolings will really and finaly return RIX? Oh joy
    I would rather expect Saprolings and Illusions in Dominaria, which is the next set. That token is likely to be tied to that set and not RIX.


    It has the RIX expansion symbol. Maybe they're teasing a forthcoming Dominaria Saproling theme with a small Saproling dabble in RIX, but RIX will have at least one card that creates a Saproling token.

    Quote from Havrekjex »
    Can anyone make out the collector numbers? Merfolk/Treasure 01, Blessing/Elemental 02 and Saproling/Illusion 03, right?


    That's right. And those represent which FNM months they'll be available in 2018.

    Quote from Havrekjex »
    Edit: Wait, that's Illusion is produced by Jace, right? Hmm


    Yep, it even has the IXA expansion symbol on it. This doesn't foretell anything about RIX. Just that they're making a two-sided foil promo FNM token for currently-in-standard token-making cards, and the March 2018 one of them is on one side an IXA illusion token, and on the other side a RIX Saproling token.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Promos Revealed: Captain's Hook, Evolving Wilds & More
    Quote from Ryperior74 »
    Quote from broodwarjc »
    Captain's Hook at 3 cost went from maybe pleayable to nope, nope, nope. Seriously, you LOSE THE PERMANENT if it gets detached, why have it cost so much? Also, we already have one or two other promo Evolving Wilds, another one over the tens of thousand other cards we could have a promo of is irksome.


    Uh-oh

    You forgot something




    Biggest hint grab in reins and slave of bolas and Spinal Embrace

    Also what does Admiral Beckett Brass do?


    Temporary steal the opponents creature attach the hook to it after the attack Unequip it you got rid of the creature


    Many of those are modern and not standard. Modern already has Grafted Wargear, which does what you want more reliably because its equip cost is 0 while this has an equip cost of 1. For this, you basically need two mana in addition to the cost of your steal effect - one to equip this to the stolen creature and one to equip it to something else. Wargear does that at no additional mana cost.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Stompy
    I think Manglehorn has been the usually sided in artifact hate since its printing.
    Posted in: Modern Archives - Established
  • posted a message on Infinite Loop Combo?
    Yeah, the stations work fine. But "enduring renewal + ornithopter or memnite + blasting station or grinding station or altar of the brood." implies that you only need any one of those last three or'ed items. But if the only one of those three you have is Altar of the Brood, your Ornithopter/Memnite doesn't have a means to die.

    If you propose a combo of A+ (B or C) + (D or E or F), then that means all of ABD, ABE, ABF, ACD, ACE, or ACF work. But in this case, ABF (ER + Orni + Altar) and ACF (ER + Memnite + Altar) do not. If you don't have a Station, you don't have a combo. Which means Altar isn't an 'or' that could replace one of them. In this case it's win-more. If you had a station you don't need altar, and if you don't have a station you don't have a complete combo.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Infinite Loop Combo?
    Your Altar of the Brood version doesn't work because nothing's making the Ornithopter or Memnite die. That's why my suggested version runs Hangarback Walker or Walking Ballista or Endless One - because not only can they cost 0, but they go ahead and die for you all on their own.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Could a Twin/Kiki type deck come back at this point?
    I've built around Modern Pauper Twin (Midnight Guard + Presence of Gond, plus some defense like Apostle's Blessing or Vines of Vastwood and some library digging like Commune with the Gods and Benefaction of Rhonas) - for laffs. I dream of it becoming viable one day, but for now it's just hilarious to have the occasional T3 million-elf army from a modern pauper deck if your opponent is playing his own uninteractive deck or doesn't draw removal.

    1. Land, manadork
    2. Land, Midnight Guard
    3. Presence of Gond, make a million elves.

    (Of course I'd slowroll that if playing more seriously, to keep removal defense up).
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Infinite Loop Combo?
    Another monowhite loop consideration: a deck with 4 Felidar Guardian and 4 Restoration Angel can rack up ETB triggers with any two of them as long as they aren't both angels (so two Cats, or one Angel and one Cat).

    In your white token deck, if you're running Blade Splicer these fit nicely anyway even when they don't come together for the infinity combo. Felidar can re-trigger Legion's Landing or Cartouche of Solidarity for token generation, too.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Infinite Loop Combo?
    Enduring Renewal + Altar of the Brood/Pious Evangel (and its flipside for the killing wincon, rather than just endless lifegain) + any of Hangarback Walker / Endless One / Walking Ballista. With Enduring Renewal out, you cast the X/XX creatures for X=0, trigger anything that triggers on a creature or permanent entering the battlefield, leaving the battlefield, or dying, and get the card back in your hand to do it all over again.

    Or you could just play the deck as a pure lifegainer using Soul Wardens and the like, then once you've gone to infinite life, use Felidar Sovereign or Aetherflux Reservoir or Approach of the Second Sun as eventual wincon.

    Note that Ranger of Eos can tutor up both a Soul Warden *and* an X or XX cost creature.

    Likely need to run Idyllic Tutor to get redundancy on the Enduring Renewal though. That's the real reason this sort of deck usually runs a secondary color - better means to tutor up that critical enchantment.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Stompy
    Baloth is 3 devotion, Tracker is 1.

    Tracker gets big and useful in longer games, but I don't think we ideally play the long game. If all goes well, we win before we play our fifth land.

    We run slim enough a manabase that we sure aren't counting on hitting another land drop on T4 after dropping lands turns 1-2-3 and Tracker on 3. So it usually won't swing as big as Baloth.

    Think it's more of a candidate in +1/+1 counters-matter builds.
    Posted in: Modern Archives - Established
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