Crabs are not a bad include for G3. In fact, they can make you nigh unbeatable.
After G1, you can start a comment while sideboarding. They may initiate asking where all your creatures are. Or you can comment on all their removal. Tell 'em you don't run any critters if they ask. Watch their deck in G2. If they boarded out their removal, you are going to absolutely nail them to the wall in G3 with the Crabs. It's definitely worth mulliganing for. You have to play the long game and set them up a little.
The risk here is that the proper sideboard against Mill is often to throw the sideboard into the deck - 75 is harder to mill than 60, even if their deck is more inconsistent.
Remand has seen better days. I don't care for them, it was a Twin specialty, since Twin left their mana open due to flash. 4 is awfully expensive, when 1 or 2 will do with Dispel or Negate. Creatures are not a worry, that's what Ensnaring Bridge is for.
Experimentation is good. Edison had to find 10K ways to not light a bulb. The answer is very close. It may even be a left field answer like Spy Network (not Modern legal) or See Beyond or even Index. Something that sets up our draws. Halimar Depths, anyone?
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Jul 31, 2017Fluff, buy the Ramunaps.Posted in: Modern
Goyf is going to be far more stable over the next month than Ramunap will be. If you need them, lock into them now, before the price jumps. You can always save and get the goyfs a month later. That might not be the case for the Rams.
Jul 28, 2017A new format drives interest, It does not compete with Modern, it supplements it. Modern players will make decks for the new format. People will be encouraged, 'Is Modern too expensive? Did you miss the join-in when it was cheap? Here's your chance to get in on the ground floor of a new format!'Posted in: Modern
Modern is large. It's a lot to learn and remember. It is expensive if you want multiple decks. People will enjoy a format that is far smaller, and not as intensive to learn.
And it keeps things fresh. It will come, like it or not.
Jul 28, 2017Smart players will begin picking up these staples now. Current Standard players who complain about the price of Modern would do well to hang onto their cards. Those who do, will be set for the new format, whatever and whenever it is.Posted in: Modern
Jul 28, 2017Frontier was a shot across Wizards bow. And they are responding, each set has staples for a new format. It may be a few years, be eventually, Wizards will be announcing a new format. I'd imagine they have at least one person on it already, as far as designating what cards they want from Modern into the format, and then re-arranging the costs. Relic of Progenitus becoming Crook of Condemnation is a prime example.Posted in: Modern
Jul 27, 2017These Expeditions/Masterpieces/Invocations are the new Judge foils. Long term, their value to collectors will rise. For blingers - those EDH players who use the most expensive version they can find, and so on, will continue to be in demand.Posted in: Modern
They make a great repository for your money, and clearly someone else thinks so, as they sink heavy money into amassing multiples.
The market is hard to predict with all the swings, but regardless of the price you buy in at, I highly doubt you will regret it in 5 years, which is a small window for investments.
Jul 26, 2017Interesting that for all of the talk of Goyf being dead, all 4 printings were up between $6 and $15 today.Posted in: Modern
Good cards remain good cards, it seems. Fatal Push drastically changed the face of Modern, yes, but they have to have the card in their deck, and they have to have the card in hand. Otherwise, 'Push beats Goyf' is just theory, meanwhile Blossoming Defense and Heroic Intervention are in Goyf's colors.
Jul 24, 2017Chalice of the Void - maybe the most expensive card in magic?Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
I expect it will be reprinted in one of the THREE masters sets releasing in the next year.
How does your mill deck handle Chalice on 1 and 2?
Jul 23, 2017(Note to Moderators and readers - I realize this is not strictly a discussion of Modern card prices, but at the same time, these cards are modern and standard legal. I understand if this is moved, but note this is NOT a discussion about Frontier.)Posted in: Modern
I'd like to discuss a new format that is looming. As I've seen new sets roll out with the hologram, I'm becoming aware of format staples being printed under new names and with new costs. I am watching the groundwork be laid out for a brand new format, and precautions taken to ensure certain elements remain under control. This format will likely supplement Modern. In my estimation, we are in the final year or two of Modern as a format. Modern Masters was a beautiful way to monetize the demand before letting it go the way of Legacy (yet Legacy seems to be getting more popular, as people realize you can build decent decks without dual lands)
I'm not going to go into an exhaustive list, but, for instance, we do know MaRo is adamantly opposed to fetchlands in any new format replacing Modern. As such, a new format will not be able to grab the named dual lands currently in Modern. I do not expect any card to be able to do that on the level of current fetchlands. I could see a card released in coming years that searches for a specific basic such as 'search your library for a Plains', as have been printed in the past. This will not occur until the BFZ cycle rotates out, obviously. But will it wait until the Kaladesh cycle rotate? If such a card is released, their playability in a new format is greatly enhanced.
Meanwhile, the only real fetchland in the current crop of sets that we accept as being eligible for a new format, be it Khans of Tarkir or Origins, is Sylvan Scrying. In a new format, as the only non-basic land tutor this card could easily see a sharp spike upwards. Likewise for other format staple replacements like Transgress the Mind ( IOK/Thoughtseize), Vessel of Nascency, Attune with Aether, and a host of others.
My father has a test on investing: "If I put $X on the ground and walked away, would it hurt me?" If the answer was no, he could invest.
With cards like Sylvan Scrying, Crook of Condemnation, Immolating Glare that would quickly become format staples it might not be a bad investment to sink $25 into getting ~100 them, in the hopes that in a few years, they become a huge demand item, with the attendant spike. If they do not, you haven't lost much. The trick is figuring out which currently cheap cards will be these staples.
Jul 22, 2017A new primer needs to cover Esper and UG/BUG mill as well.Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
The major problem with a primer is that everyone has different preferences. For example, I'm very big on the mill/extract plan to destroy their ability to achieve their goals. Others want the extraction in the sideboard. I'm also a big fan of Ensnaring Bridge. I don't like Fraying Sanity, others think it's the missing piece we've longed for to make Mill tier 2. So, if I wrote a primer, these biases would become apparent. I would expect biases from others as well.
The best primer may well be a team effort, wiki-style. Having someone organize a new primer and give credit to each person for writing a section may be best. Mining this thread for the best info may also work. I really do not want to see 3 different mill primers written for UB, BUG/UB and Esper. The card base is not really that diverse.
Jul 20, 2017Replace Expedition Map with Cranial Plating, and it's a good list.Posted in: Modern
Tron doesn't need a ban to slow it down. We have Ghost Quarter and Fulminator Mage. Add Surgical Extraction to the mix, and Tron can be dealt with.
I think they banned the wrong Eldrazi enabler, myself. Eye of Ugin is legendary. That alone kept it in check. Unban Eye, ban Temple, problem nerfed but not destroyed.
Jul 19, 2017Some notes: Hedron Crab and Jace's Phantasm can go in the sideboard. Mind Funeral is a great answer to Chalice of the Void. Jace's Archivist is too slow, and you do not want to give your opponent a chance to draw into anything. Memory Erosion would be a better card. If you just want to flat out make them repeatedly mill, Chronic Flooding does the trick, potentially puts them off their mana and is harder to remove.Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
Not sure why Death's Shadow causes problems - they run 3 creatures, one of which tends to be a 1 or 2 of. Extractirpate Death's Shadow, and the deck falls apart.
Jul 18, 2017Posted in: ModernQuote from BlueTronFTW »Price memory is a pain. But obviously somebody must be paying that price. If nobody was buying AV vendors and individuals would start to drop the price for the sake of liquidity. The problem is a physical card takes up so little space that there isn't much opportunity cost to just keeping it tucked away unlike a larger physical good, let's say a pair of shoes, where if that shoebox stays on the shelf it reduces the effective inventory.
That's only part of inventory tracking. Space is one aspect, the other aspect is turnover. If I have an AV that I cannot sell, I have $50 of my money tied up, and I'm not making money. But if I had, instead, 10 Crested Sunmare's, and I am selling them rapidly due to demand, not only have I made a profit, I have rotated that money, and have a lot more flexibility to purchase other cards as they are offered to me.
Tying up large amounts of money in slow moving cards is one of the biggest mistakes a card store (and finance motivated player) can do. The LGS that's big on singles doesn't deal much in Legacy or Vintage outside ABUR duals unless he has a buyer on record. He'll buy a Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, but only because he has a couple buyers lined up. If he bought a Tabernacle and it sat for more than a week, he's losing money he could have spent on cards that would have sold and freed the money back up.
Jul 18, 2017If you want to go creatureless, you need Mesmeric Orb as a main mill engine. Suddenly, Fraying Sanity T3 is a good play. Let me go make a quick list.Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
4 Ghost Quarter
1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
4 Archive Trap
4 Ensnaring Bridge
4 Fraying Sanity
4 Mesmeric Orb
4 Mind Sculpt
4 Tome Scour
3 Chronic Flooding
2 Visions of Beyond
This mono-blue mill list is 55 cards, and 20 lands giving you 5 flex spots. Add more counters, or change the mana base to add black for Surgical Extraction and/or Extirpate, run another land for Engulf the Shore, whatever you wish.
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Aug 2, 2016There is something going on with black green zombies? Certain key cards moved up in price, as you noted with puzzlement. I'm thinking subtle forces are in play expecting a breakout at Pro Tour, and are speculating.Posted in: Articles
I'm working on it, as I think the pieces are there for Zombies to beat Bant Company by going wider than Bant can cover. The various sacrifice a creature cards, Dark Salvation and Languish along with Clip Wings may yet be combined into a force that tumbles Bant Company.
Nov 24, 2015Daeyel posted a message on The Magic Street Journal: How to Handle "That Guy"The comments in this article are valid, and warrant contemplation.Posted in: Articles
However, any effort to respond to complaints by women about their treatment at any WOTC sanctioned event are undermined by..... WOTC.
I give you:
Liliana, Defiant Necromancer
I could go on, but I don't think it necessary. Nor will I go into the blatant appeal to the (immature) male fantasy of the good girl (Liliana, Heretical Healer) gone bad/with a dark side (Liliana, Defiant Necromancer) other than to remind you it is real, and that WOTC is deliberately and consciously pandering to it for monetary purposes.
Consider that for a minute. On the one hand, WOTC makes sexist products deliberately designed to entice, attract and encourage purchase by immature leering males.
Then, when someone has the audacity to act like an immature leering male, suddenly, according to that same WOTC, they are the bad guy and the Judge or owner should then intervene?
Women have a legitimate complaint, and as a WASP heterosexual male, I want that to change, and will do what I can to help it change. That said, until overtly sexist art like Liliana, Defiant Necromancer goes away, I'm pretty much going to insist that WOTC has set the sexism standard here, not 'That Guy'.
Change that, and we can make headway.
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