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Magic Market Index for Sept 22, 2017
 
The Limited Archetypes of Ixalan
 
Treasure Cruisin' with Monored Burn
  • posted a message on Salvation's SCCT/OCaaT - Single Card Ideas By YOU!
    That seems potentially broken in the right deck (for example, allowing Urza-tron to cast things like Progenitus). But hey, lots of cards are broken in the right context. Sounds good to me.

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    Purity of Design W
    Enchantment (R)
    Players can't cast artifact spells that aren't colorless.

    Just exploring unused design space. I actually think this is not that useful, only affects affinity marginally and you'd rather just play Stony Silence.
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
  • posted a message on Temporary State of the Meta Thread (Rules Update 7/17/17)
    Quote from h0lydiva »

    Second, the bans lead to more bans is just false no matter how you slice it. The last bans in Standard left a format that is fine and doesn't need any more bans.

    In the context of this discussion, "needs bans" is a subjective observation. I believe his point would be better stated as: banning cards leads to further calls to ban more cards by people who support banning cards as a solution.

    As an example, in Modern, when it came to Birthing Pod, there were those who supported banning it and those who did not. In general, you will find correlation among those who supported or did not support the bannings of Birthing Pod and Splinter Twin, and likely among those who will support or not support a future ban as a solution to a perceived problem in the Modern metagame. I'll put it this way. Let's go back in time to when Birthing Pod was still legal. Those who were okay with it might have made an argument similar to gkourou's, which is that we don't need to ban Birthing Pod, and that banning it will just lead to another deck rising to become oppressive in its place, and then another ban. But the views of those players were disregarded and Birthing Pod was banned, and Splinter Twin eventually took up the mantle as the oppressive deck of the format. Then came calls to ban Splinter Twin, and another subset of players (which, I venture, overlap considerably with the previous subset) made the argument that banning it would just be a continuation of the cycle of knocking off the top deck leading to another deck becoming oppressive in its place. Then we had the banning of Summer Bloom to kill the Amulet Bloom deck that became oppressive, then Gitaxian Probe (although that's less to do with a specific oppressive deck), and now you hear new calls for things like Chalice of the Void, Eldrazi Temple, Death's Shadow, Street Wraith, etc...

    Gkourou's position is consistent because he is describing the desires of the group of players who frequently call for bans as a solution, not the actual state of whether or not the ban happens. He, perhaps (I don't want to speak for him), has been opposed to previous bans as well.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Temporary State of the Meta Thread (Rules Update 7/17/17)

    The last time Affinity won a Grand Prix was back in June of this year, so not that long ago at all: https://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/gplv17-modern/top-8-decklists-2017-06-18

    Somehow I missed that one. I stand corrected.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Temporary State of the Meta Thread (Rules Update 7/17/17)
    Quote from h0lydiva »
    For the sake of argument I would say we go full NUKE: Death's Shadow, Eldrazi Temple, Grapeshot and Valakut. This assuming Affinity can be reasonably controlled.

    You'll notice that gkourou didn't even list Affinity in his long post, and there's a reason for that. I believe that the only reason Affinity is still considered Tier 1 is because it's one of the oldest good Modern decks and it feels wrong to demote it. As an Affinity player, I can say that Modern is a pretty treacherous place for the deck these days. Chalice and Stony Silence are basically game over and those two cards are everywhere now. Ultimately, I would say that Affinity has failed the test of Tier 1 for quite a long time. When is the last time Affinity has won a major event (PT, SCG Open, Grand Prix, I'll even give RPTQ as valid for a major event, but not PPTQ)? When is the last time it has had a dominating presence in the top 8 or top 16 of such an event? I thought these were the criteria for determining which decks are Tier 1.

    It hasn't happened in a long time. The deck is Tier 2, maybe Tier 1.5. Definitely not Tier 1 anymore.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on R/x Aggro
    I think this deck will unquestionably be the top deck at least at the start of the new season, perhaps dominating a second pro tour. Some other thoughts:
    1. I think the artifact variant with Inventor's Apprentice is pretty interesting. But I don't like splashing black here, it makes the mana base too unreliable for a deck that needs to play untapped land every turn and needs to avoid colorless mana for the other spells in the deck.
    2. I think Rigging Runner is the best 3rd 1-drop. It's ideally played turn 2, but if it's your only 1-drop you can still play it turn-1. A 1/1 first strike on turn 1 is not a disaster.
    3. Here's the list I want to test as soon as I have the cards:

    Yes, the sideboard is currently only 13 cards, and it's really a very rough draft at the moment. It will be finalized last-minute depending on what the metagame starts to look like. The extra mountain is for circumstances where you want 4x Hazoret, 4x Chandra, and 4x Glorybringer. 24 land isn't enough for that.
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on What do you call this type of card box?
    It's transparent hard plastic box, sometimes hinged and snaps shut, another variation has two halves that slide together. They are often used for shipping a small stack of cards in the mail (usually in a cardboard box). They usually fit cards snugly and therefore the cards can't be sleeved. I would estimate they hold somewhere between 40-100 cards.

    It would be easy if I could post a photo, but since I don't know what they're called, I don't know what to search for, and I don't have any of them at the moment. I need to buy a bunch of them on amazon/ebay/whatever but all my searches for "mtg card box" or similar searches turn up deck boxes.

    Thanks for any assistance.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    Quote from Elixir99 »

    Don't think I'm on board with cutting Blinkmoths.

    Believe me, it's not something I'm completely comfortable with either.

    How is Bomat Courier working for you?

    It's great, amd my opponents think so because it's usually the first creature they try to kill.

    As far as the Stony Silence issue, have you tried Hazoret the Fervent? You could also include an additional copy of Aether Grid.

    The problem with both of these is that it's extremely hard to cast anything other than a 1-2 cmc colorless spell after Stony Silence has landed. It shuts off all the Darksteel Citadels, Mox Opals, and Springleaf Drums. The solution for Stony Silence, if it exists, must be a plan to prevent it from entering the battlefield to begin with. That solution has to be 1-2 cmc because Stony silence is 2 cmc. And it really should be 1-cmc so you can even stop Stony Silence on the draw. That pretty much leaves Spell Pierce and discard as options.

    Also, what's up with Heroic Intervention?

    It's proven to be the most effective defense against Supreme Verdict. They'll usually tap out to play it ASAP since it can't be countered. I have tried other alternatives, like Thoughtseize, but that doesn't help if it's not in their hand and then they draw it afterward. It's also pretty nice against Kolaghan's Command which I've been encountering maindecked in about 40% of the matches I've played recently.

    And why Hurkyl's if you're already running 2X Ancient Grudge?

    It's an absolutely blowout in the mirror, usually you can win on the spot if the board state is clogged.
    Posted in: Tier 1 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Rigging Runner
    RR lost both Falkenrath Gorger and Village Messenger. Falkenrath Gorger is replaced with Soul-Scar Mage. As of yet, this is the best replacement available for Village Messenger.
    Posted in: Standard New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Rigging Runner (?)
    If this is the only 1-drop in your deck, then it's bad. But if you're playing it in a deck with 4x Bomat Courier and 4x Soul-Scar Mage, then it's a very good card. It's a 1-drop meant to be played turn-2 alongside another 1-cmc spell.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    Master of Etherium is a lot worse now because of Fatal Push. Too often you're spending your whole turn's mana casting something that your opponent kills at your eot with 1-mana removal.

    Actually, I think Fatal Push has really made this deck a lot worse than it used to be. Also the surge in Eldrazi Tron that makes Etched Champion bad. Also Kolaghan's Command is seeing a lot of maindeck play, and Stony Silence is in more than half the sideboards. I'm not really sure this deck should be considered Tier 1 anymore. When is the last time Affinity won a major Modern event, or had significant presence in top 16?
    Posted in: Tier 1 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    I'm experimenting a bit, challenging a few long-held traditions just to see where it goes. I want 4x Galvanic Blast in the main deck, and I'm running 4x Bomat Courier as well. That's the only colored mana in the main deck, so it's obvious that the basic land is going to be Mountain.

    However, the sideboard has 2x Thoughtseize, 2x Heroic Intervention, and 2x Spell Pierce. Being able to get the right mana for these is potentially problematic. So I'm going to experiment cutting 2x Blinkmoth Nexus to bring the total count of Glimmervoid+Spire of Industry to 5. This also gives me a little bit of insurance in being able to cast the colored spells should my opponent land a Stony Silence (although that's usually game over anyway).

    Here's what I'm hoping to be testing pretty soon:


    I'm considering that Spell Pierce may end up being so essential to stopping Stony Silence and Chalice of the Void (X=1), as these are probably the two cards in Modern that destroy Affinity more than anything else, that I may end up taking out the Spellskites, which have seen almost no play lately and which have been lackluster when I did play them, for Spell Pierce number 3 & 4.
    Posted in: Tier 1 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    If you're playing Spell Pierce out of the sideboard, is it better on the play or on the draw? I know controlly cards are typically added on the draw, but Spell Pierce is typically used as a tempo play against control.
    Posted in: Tier 1 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Overflowing Insight Magic the Amateuring
    Everyone worried about how it would have worked with Torrential Gearhulk if it had been an instant are forgetting that Gearhulk decks have been practically pushed out of the format by aggro, and that red aggro is losing almost nothing with rotation. Adding in a 7-cmc instant that can be played off Gearhulk for free from the graveyard doesn't change things much if the deck playing Gearhulk typically loses before it can cast the Gearhulk.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Unstable Full-Art lands!

    A better comparison would be what the Unhinged ones were worth during the first year they were available and while the set was still in print.

    I would actually say somewhere in between. When Unhinged was first released, the community as a whole didn't quite have the awareness it does now about the collectability of special basic lands. Of note, consider that the "judge foils" started out at nearly the price they are at now. Scarcity had something to do with that, for sure, but Gurus have always been scarce and they were pretty much ignored in the beginning.

    The fact that the set may see continuous printing based on demand may not matter much, as this is an Un-set and the contents are pretty much otherwise worthless aside from drafting and very casual play. It's going to be hard to convince more serious players to buy packs even if they want the lands.

    My guess would be $15-20 for the foil lands to start, probably rising sharply after production officially ends, and stabilizing at $25-30 in a couple years.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 9/11 - Dowsing Dagger / Lost Vale - also Iconic Masters Release Notes
    Potentially ramps you to 4 mana on turn 3, probably a solid choice for UW flying aggro (both colors have a 1/1 flying 1-drop in this set)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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