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  • posted a message on B/W vampires
    I have been doing some brewing with these new cards from Rivals of Ixalan and let me tell you. Radiant Destiny and Twilight Prophet are legit cards. And the best way to get to Ascend is by casting Call to the Feast and Legion's Landing. Below is a link to my current iteration of B/W vampires.

    https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/visual/881811
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Abzan Midrange / Junk / BGw Souls/ BG Rock
    Quote from SmauG »
    I've also posted this question in the modern prices topic, though here it's more about gameplay and meta viability.

    I play a quite strong midrange deck in standard and like the way decision making infuences the way the game works out for you. I have played against Abzan and absolutely love the deck, but I've always considered it to expensive!
    Nowdays, I own the full abzan manabase including manlands, all supporting spells and most sideboard staples. I also own a Tarmogoyf which I pulled once and love to play with it.
    Now I have the option to buy the rest (the usual suspects incl. Grim Flayer delirium, no Bob) for €400,- to €450,- which is about $500,- usd.

    My local meta consists of the following decks (including my own*):
    Esper Control
    Dredge
    Tooth&Nail
    Mardu Midrange
    Jeskai Tempo
    BW Eldrazi
    Bant Eldrazi
    GB-Tron
    E-tron
    Elves
    Humans*
    Bushwhacker Aggro*
    Bant Knightfall*

    On FNM level, most notably add:
    Grixis DS
    Grixis Control
    Affinity
    UR Storm

    The question here is: Is Abzan still a viable midrange strategy in this meta? Also, would the financial investment be stable enough for the years to come?
    I know it might be heavily biassed but hope to gain some straight answers Smile


    If midrange is your calling, then invest. I am currently playing the Abzan Traverse version of the deck and have put up just short of winning it all results. The deck is very interchangeable and according to your local meta, you can do damage.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on G/B Nest of Scarabs (-1/-1 Counters)
    Quote from udwdreams »
    I'm working on a version with red to add The Scorpion God.

    Dominiah: Relentless Dead / Plague Belcher is a Zombies theme. I'm not sure you have room for that in this deck. Besides, 2 black on T2 is not going to happen often.
    Defiant Greatmaw looks like a draft card, I'm not a huge fan. Eternal Ammit is probably much better.

    Nest of Scarabs is something to get away from I think. It has zero board impact when you play it, and for standard this is not acceptable.
    Rather, rely on Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and Obelisk Spider to act as your -1/-1 triggers, and leave Nest of Scarabs as a SB option against control decks.


    I get what you are saying about Nest of Scarabs but after looking at the UW Oketra's Monument deck and think, aren't we doing the same thing? Except our enchantment isn't legendary and gets bomby late game with a simple Channeler Initiate with multiple on the board. Soul-Scar Mage is something if you are going Jund to stay away from. Burn spells are terrible against control and minimal without him on the board. I literally only splashed the red for The Scorpion Godbut looking to fix the mana base, but primarily G/B. The deck can be played a lot like G/B energy if we added Traverse. We would play less lands.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on G/B Nest of Scarabs (-1/-1 Counters)
    Quote from hoser2 »
    Per this article (what I use, just skip ahead to the tables), you would want 12 R sources to cast Hazoret's favor on turn 3. If I count each Channeler Initiate as half an R source, I count 7 R sources, so I would add more. I really like Attune with Aether and Aether Hub for adding color sources to a 3 color deck.

    As for the value of Hazoret's Favor, I am skeptical, but eager to be proven wrong. Turning a steady stream of tokens into 3 power, maybe with deathtouch, would be hard for an opponent to handle. I am less sanguine about your token engine. Against your toughest opponents, if you can't produce tokens, they will be dead cards. Saccing the tokens is a significant cost. I much prefer the unequivocal card advantage of Driven//Despair. If you believe in it, go ahead and try, but my advice would be to cut them down to 1-2 at most until you are sure that they are helpful.


    Glory!!! Keep it 2 Color. Ammit Eternal and Hapatra Vizier of Poisons just screams use of Hapatra's Mark and Key to the City and Driven to Despair is a great advantage to use on your opponent. I love The Scorpion God but I cannot find a consistent mana base outside of Attune with Aether Hub or Traverse. But hey, A low to the ground deck like G/B Snek.dek this deck can compete.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on G/B Nest of Scarabs (-1/-1 Counters)
    Quote from AnImAr_ »
    Grind // Dust seems cool. Just got to play four Channeler Initiate. Like I said this is just something that I cooked up in fifteen minutes after seeing there was nothing else in Hour of Devastation. I do like Key To The City, too.


    Grind to dust is cool, 2 mana put 2 -1/-1 counters on up to 2, Sounds good but it would be sideboard against Winding Constrictor decks along with Solemnity.

    https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/689425

    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on G/B Nest of Scarabs (-1/-1 Counters)
    This deck has potential. You can build it similarly to the G/B Energy decks. Except, you can hit like a Mack Truck early and go wide late. Key to the City and Driven to Despair combos well together with Hapatra and Ammit Eternal.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on G/B Nest of Scarabs (-1/-1 Counters)
    4x Ammit Eternal
    4x Blooming Marsh
    4x Channeler Initiate
    2x Driven / Despair
    4x Exemplar of Strength
    4x Fatal Push
    6x Forest (BFZ)
    4x Hapatra's Mark
    4x Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons
    2x Hissing Quagmire
    3x Key to the City
    3x Nest of Scarabs
    4x Obelisk Spider
    2x Rhonas the Indomitable
    8x Swamp (AKH)
    2x Westvale Abbey *F*

    I am sorry on my phone can't make it a deck style. But this is where I would start as far as a shell is concerned.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on Aetherworks Marvel Decks
    Quote from nylarotep »
    What does everyone think of the Sultai Marvel lists that are floating around now?


    Playing [[Demon of Dark Schemes]] is awesome against the low to the ground aggro decks. It has a reanimator delirium sub-theme which is nice.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on G/B Nest of Scarabs (-1/-1 Counters)
    Quote from lajube »
    If tokens is the plan, then Catacomb Sifter makes sense, and now we have an extra tool to find the good cards. Yahenni makes sense if we have enough things that dump minuses on the enemy creatures. I don't really know, some serious innovation is needed to make a consistently powerful deck.


    Funny thing is, Bringing back a channeler initiate or Exemplar of Strength with Liliana while a Nest of Scarabs on board seems kind of bonkers. But I think the deck is missing a draw engine. Seasons Past or even a Rishkar Expertise seems like stretches, but having Nissa helpa drop low mana fatties is great, I am trying to maximize Westvale Abbey, the deck can grind through some stuff, going wide with tokens and adding Destined//Lead is funny
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on G/B Nest of Scarabs (-1/-1 Counters)
    Quote from lajube »
    Whoever said Nest is slow hasn't tried it. But your pile of tokens would appreciate a Nissa to pump them or something like that. My problem is what to do when Nest doesn't show up. Is this still a deck in that scenario? And that's why I don't like a card such as Emrakul's Evangel. If Nest shows up things are already good. If Nest doesn't show, this card doesn't really help.


    I agree Nest of Scarabs is not slow, just people doesn't like do nothing cards on turn 3. But truth to the matter the concept I feel people are looking at all wrong. Why not be a B/G tokens deck? Play Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and Liliana, Death's Majesty as token generators along with Nest of Scarabs. And your creatures should consist of Yahenni, Undying Partisan just to giggle at the zombie decks and being indestructible against board wipes seems good. Plague Belcher is an Amazing 3 drop when you can dump the counters on something else. Playing Nissa, Voice of Zendikar turn 3 and dropping plague belcher turn 4 with a revolted Fatal Push sounds amazing to me. I feel that in that way Seasons Past or some other card advantage engine should be implemented.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on G/B Nest of Scarabs (-1/-1 Counters)
    Key cards to build around is
    Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
    Plague Belcher
    Channeler Initiate
    Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons
    Scarab Nest

    Everything else should just be "good stuff" in Golgari Colors
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on U/B Improvise (Not the 0 CMC build)
    Something that I have been tinkering with.

    Inventor's Goggles with Weaponcraft Enthusiast and Bastion Inventor in the main board. The sweet thing about Willy's build is the Bastion has hexproof. So playing the goggles to make him bigger is fun. I dont splash red so I just played Murder instead of Licensed Disintegration and Weaponcraft Enthusiast instead of the motorist and pia. Mana is smoother for me. Metallic Rebuke is cool, but unless you are playing the O cmc build it's not that great. The no copies of Tezzeret seems legit, he doesnt do enough for what the deck is trying to do.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on GBx Delirium Midrange
    Quote from NoobPlayer90 »

    I think also with the loss of the Lanowar Wastes, Jund might be the right path. Tried a GB rotation proof deck, it does work for most games, but it is definitly lacking tournament worthy shannanigans. Not that I play tournament much.





    Come rotation there moat of the format boogie man of the format will be gone. This archetype will be much more fluid.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on GBx Delirium Midrange
    He exiles the top cards of the deck and is indestructible. Very hard to get rid of him once he hits the board. Even if I can drop Emrakul to block, doesn't save us.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on GBx Delirium Midrange
    Quote from Colt47 »
    You know, after looking at the deck lists for Delirium it just sort of hit me that the reason the pros all went with ramp is because the majority of enabling spells for delirium let you fish out lands. The deck is really good at getting lands and creatures thanks to Liliana, The Last Hope having a recurring creature fetch from the yard as well. The catch is we can't recover non-land / non-creature spells that well.

    Maybe a more aggressive build with red could work. Goblin Dark-dwellers being the expensive cap along with running Galvanic Bombardment, Collective Defiance, and Bedlam Reveler for even more fuel. By the time we'd cast reveler even in the tri color build we will have mill cards in there already in the form of Grapple with the past and Gather the Pack. We also got Savage Alliance as well.


    Yeah, I wouldn't dip into Red for this reason. I think the creature recursion is great. Playing Grapple with the Past or Grasp of Darkness on turn 3 can get us delirium quite efficiently as long as the card numbers are great and even.

    Liliana has proven to be amazing along side other Planeswalkers like in the B/W control deck. I have been having amazing Results with Nissa, dropping her after a resolved Ishkanah, Grafwidow is comical and can get to her ultimate really easy. Only problem with This deck is the top end, Ishkanah and Emrakul backed by different planeswalkers wins games.

    Autumnal Gloom is a great sideboard card against control. They can't get rid of it as easily as other stuff.

    Ulamog is scary against this deck. Bonds of Mortality seems to be an interesting sideboard card.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
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