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The Dos and Don'ts of Silver-Border Commander
  • posted a message on Unstable seems like a great hit - but is it really?
    It is entirely possible that people might want to draft unstable for the second week at my LGS as Ixalan has bored the draft crew immensely and it drew in more people than usual on the week of release.

    There may not be excessive demand for the cards, but if there's any kind of decent prize support there might be enough people to do it anyway.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [[Competitive]] Xenagos, God of Fatties
    Protection from enchantments.

    I'm personally testing out Territorial Hellkite. Sure, it attacks at random, but it seems very good at softening up players to be within 1-hit range of follow up plays. The major downside is that it is very poor at focusing down players, but if I wanted something that hits hard for VERY cheap (and therefore easy to sac for cards), I can't think of anything else.

    Suboptimal when played after turn 4, but not the worst thing after it.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on [Offtopic] Community Thread
    Quote from Donald »
    Anybody building unmander decks? Think I'm going to build X


    Remind me to put Geier Reach Sanitarium and tutors for it into every deck if I ever play against you.

    That guy belongs there...

    All things considered though, I love X. Too bad he makes a lot of capital offenses.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Your first Unstable experience
    There wasn't anything too crazy going on except that everyone in my pod except me misread capital offense and so I managed to nab 5 of them.

    Blurry Beeble is very good. Hangman is very good. Especially when you pick words like xylitol. Although it did allow my opponent to sneak an armchair under his arm while I was writing down the word.

    There was a special squirrel-themed prize for whoever dealt the most damage with squirrels that day.

    Someone managed to do an infinite amount of damage with a squirrel by pumping with a contraption that gives it +X/+X, where X is the greatest power among your creatures... he also had an Infinity Elemental out.

    Gimme Five is a very strong card.
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Ghave- Enchantress lockdown
    I always end up dying to new Emrakul's trigger because I always happen to be unfortunate enough to draw a tutor and I always run Toxic Deluge in my black decks.

    Good card is good, in any case.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    It is well within the company rights to do this especially if it is in their own interests and the interests of the community.

    Jeremy does not speak for even a significant fraction of conservative players, as I'm pretty sure they don't care and would just want to play the game.

    He is like the very people that some other vocal conservatives fight against. An individual who stokes controversy for his own selfish gain.

    Also, he isn't being banned for being overly conservative or belonging to a political affiliation. He is because he's being an ***.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Quote from Etherium Sage »
    Quote from plushpenguin »
    Also, I believe that assuming the reports you hear about can be fabricated or false works on the assumption that the victim is playing to be selfish or vindictive, which they aren't always doing.


    "Cynical" might be the best word to describe that.


    Cynical indeed. One consequence of this problem is that our trust in each other is at an all time low, leading people to believe that they can plausibly deny that such events happened.

    There are multiple factors that contribute to this. The people who disbelieve the news or contribute to denying them, the people on the left that blow up seemingly nonexistent issues to distract from both the real ones and feed their selfish selves, the people who set up bot accounts with the explicit purpose of feeding false information.

    All of this leads to what we have now. Some of us are willing to listen to you, but you must do the same for us first.

    As for this man, he's had this reputation for a while now. Let him fade into irrelevance like he deserves.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    As much as I dislike mob justice, people are running a very thin line on defending being an ******** on technical grounds.

    Also, I believe that assuming the reports you hear about can be fabricated or false works on the assumption that the victim is playing to be selfish or vindictive, which they aren't always doing.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Random Card of the Day - HIATUS
    I remember Avacyn Restored being such a bad limited format that this card reigned supreme over all commons.

    Here, it will do work less often than say.. Reflector Mage, but I can still see a home for this somewhere.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on [[Primer]] Thrasios/Vial Smasher, night of the living dead.
    Quote from plushpenguin »


    Also: I can do this, play Dack Fayden and Pestilence Demon. Activate Demon for the highest life total and redirect the damage to Dack rather than myself. Either way seems a little better than Lab Man since it's more fragile and can cost me the game if they have something I cannot stop.



    Unfortunately, this does not work


    Why not?


    Planeswalker redirection rule does not permit redirection to your own planeswalkers from your own source of damage. Only permits redirection to opponents.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on [[Primer]] Thrasios/Vial Smasher, night of the living dead.


    Also: I can do this, play Dack Fayden and Pestilence Demon. Activate Demon for the highest life total and redirect the damage to Dack rather than myself. Either way seems a little better than Lab Man since it's more fragile and can cost me the game if they have something I cannot stop.



    Unfortunately, this does not work
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on To Infinity Elemental and Beyond
    Just don't get hit with backlash.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Marchesa, Marionette Master - Undying Robots EDH Affinity
    Quote from illakunsaa »
    Quote from plushpenguin »
    Been reading up on this.
    I'm wanting to build something new that I haven't seen much of (My god Hulk/Engine is boring) but am wondering how this holds up against top tier decks?

    Also what would it look like budgetless?


    It isn't really a top tier deck. You're probably still better off playing Breya combos, because at least there you still have utility from your general.

    All you get from this general is an engine or a combo piece.. Your combos aren't infinite here for the most part. Other than Time Sieve, which is insane for all the right reasons.. Time Sieve also requires critical mass, which may be hard to achieve.

    It is still nonetheless probably the best Marchesa the Black Rose list simply because it doesn't need to attack to win. Or if it does, it is probably for 10 infect.


    I think the biggest hurdle to overcome for this list is that it is hard to run interaction. You need a creature, sac outlet and a way to draw cards. That is a lot of cards just devoted to keep the engine going. Many pieces have fairly high cmc too so you can't play them particularly early.

    Other problem is that gy hate is most likely game over if you can't get rid of it fast. Green based gy decks have efficient answers to gy hate but grixis really doesn't (counters are pretty much it).

    I saw a guy play this pretty cool looking Marchesa Wizard tribal and it seemed strong. I'm not sure this is the best Marchesa list but I don't run this exact list (I run a more eggs and modular focused list) so I can't really say for sure.


    Agreed. I run some amount of it and gy hate is a problem, which is also why I run removal + phyrexian revoker. The enchantment forms of gy hate are obviously the most difficult to fight.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Marchesa, Marionette Master - Undying Robots EDH Affinity
    Been reading up on this.
    I'm wanting to build something new that I haven't seen much of (My god Hulk/Engine is boring) but am wondering how this holds up against top tier decks?

    Also what would it look like budgetless?


    It isn't really a top tier deck. You're probably still better off playing Breya combos, because at least there you still have utility from your general.

    All you get from this general is an engine or a combo piece.. Your combos aren't infinite here for the most part. Other than Time Sieve, which is insane for all the right reasons.. Time Sieve also requires critical mass, which may be hard to achieve.

    It is still nonetheless probably the best Marchesa the Black Rose list simply because it doesn't need to attack to win. Or if it does, it is probably for 10 infect.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Marchesa, Marionette Master - Undying Robots EDH Affinity
    So, we have a new tool! One that will probably make it into this deck because Tolarian Academy as a payoff is absolute busted. The condition is very easy to meet in this deck.

    I also have cards that I want to cut. Bad Mike is still kinda ehh with all the artifact tutors. Combustible Gearhulk is also getting close to getting cut, but I could be wrong because I've simply never drawn it. I'm also almost okay with cutting a land with how easy it is to empty your hand in this deck. I want space for the new card and my Greater Gargadon back because people have been aggressively targeting my sacrifice outlets when they can.

    I might actually flat out swap Combustible Gearhulk for Sandstone Oracle because the card draw then becomes more reliable. Then I can keep my big manarocks and have a bigger focus on emptying my hand to go for critical mass more easily. A goal that the new card can assist me in achieving...

    Time Sieve is hyper busted and being a tutorable wincon means that it is now my win condition of choice.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
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