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The Dos and Don'ts of Silver-Border Commander
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    Played Jund,Jund,Abzan, Jeskai yesterday, after losing to mono-red chalice/moons... was a rough day Smile

    Out of curiosity, if you had complete free choice to pick your starting 60 against BGx, what would play?

    I know these are hard MUs, but I’m trying to see what people think are the best paths to victory, and key/bad cards, I.e how much to like mutagenic growth, distortion strike, Jace, Spell Pierce, spellskite, etc...

    Thanks!
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    I also found this thread to be too conservative at times. Criticism is great, but being nice at all time and with everybody is important.

    The mere fact that someone feels not welcome should be a warning sign for anyone who loves this thread.

    Let's rectify and act as school going forward Smile
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    DeMars mentioned Thorn of Amethyst in eldrazi tron. Would that be crazy to try in merfolk? Maybe even main deck in a lean simic version?

    That probably mean reducing the number of spreading seas, and that sounds like heresy. However I was curious if anyone had any thought on this.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    I going to try a 4 visions 4 sleight of hand version, to both enable quick become immense and help with consistency in grinder came.

    Thanks for the report!
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    Tezzeret's gambit also counteracts chalice on one, correct?
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    How does the 4 spellskite list look like?
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    Hi all,

    Just to try a new direction, Im going to test this version with traverse, as soon as I get my cards in the mail.

    It's a bit out there, but I'd like to try it. Any comment appreciated thanks!

    UG Modern Infect

    4 glistener elf
    4 blighted agent
    4 noble hierarch

    4 serum visions
    4 traverse the ulvenwald
    4 thought scour

    4 become immense
    4 vines of vastwood
    4 might of old krosa
    4 blossoming defense
    1 rancor

    4 inkmoth nexus
    3 breeding pool
    1 forest
    1 pendelhaven
    4 windswept Heath
    4 wooded foothills
    2 verdant catacombs

    Sideboard

    3 tormods crypt
    3 hooting mandrills
    2 dissenters deliverance
    2 viridian corrupter
    2 spell pierce
    2 dispel
    1 forest
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Any thoughts on disdainful stroke as an addition to the counters mix in the board? Useful in different matchups than negate (Eldrazi, titan shift) but is it reliable enough?
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Deck]Merfolk
    Hello!

    I played a 25-players EE trial event last weekend, playing Legacy for the first time this year (I have just moved to a NYC).

    I played a very streamlined list, with Copters and Harbinger filling in the flex spots. I didn't want try to predict the meta for an event of this size, so I preferred not to play any 1-ofs.

    I squeezed in the top 8 at 8th place, lost to Infect in the quarterfinals. In the swiss, I beat Grixis Delver, Big Red and BR reanimator, losing to Aluren and Grixis Delver. Overall, I thought the deck was well positioned, althouhg I could have played some games better.

    Not sure how good the sideboard was, of course I only played 6 matches.

    Copters were good at beating down, I was happy enough with them that I'll keep playing them. Given the match-ups I faced, Harbinger were very solid, I will keep them in for now.

    The list:

    4 Cursecatcher
    4 Silvergil adept
    4 Lord of Atlantis
    4 Master of the Pearl Trident
    4 True Name Nemesis
    3 Phantasmal Image
    3 Harbinger of the tide

    4 Aether vial
    4 Force of will
    3 Chalice of the Void
    3 Smugglers's Copter

    4 Mutavault
    3 Cavern of Souls
    13 Islands

    SB: 2 Relic, 2 cage, 2 dismember, 1 echoing truth, 2 vendilion clique, 2 wasteland, 1 surgical extraction, 2 umezawa's jitte, 1 pithing needle

    I was very happy with playing so many islands (to fight wasteland and blood moon) and keeping wasteland in the SB was fine. I would add a fourth cavern though, was one of the cards I wanted to see most. Personally, I really want a manabase that can ensure a turn 3 TNN as often as possible.

    Thanks, this thread is great!
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Dredge
    Thanks! I was just curions, haven't played against them in a while.

    I'm not sure we want ancient grudge against bant Eldrazi, do we? How good is thoughtseize there?

    Yes I'm still playing blue. The lack of fetches do come up sometimes, but tome scour has become better than neonate with the banning of Ggt. I've seen many turning to shriekhorn, its in the same logic.

    Playing in a GPT this weekend I'll report if it fires.

    Many thanks again!

    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Dredge
    Matchup question: how difficult are Gx TRON, Eldrazi tron and bant Eldrazi in your opinion ?

    How would you sideboard against? I'm not entirely convinced by takahashi sb guide.

    Thanks!
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Dredge
    With the full rainbow mana base, you can play both tome scour and fragmentize (wear and tear is also a possible option, although I'm not sure it's better).
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Dredge
    I really like GQ in the SB as well. Let us know how it goes. Do you still like pharaoh enough even as temur battle rage is seeing less play?
    I would personally also play a haunted dead in the board for anger and ugin decks.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Dredge
    I'm thinking of ingot chewer, as was suggested a few pages back. It's efficient when drawn naturally and I'm less concerned with enchantments at the moment.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Dredge
    I've had a lot of success in the past with tome scour, the card is great for the deck.

    Given that ggt is gone, neonate is less consistent as an enabler.

    I have a good rainbow list for those who are looking to try. It still goldfishes extremely well:

    4 bloodghast
    4 narcomeaba
    4 prized amalgam

    4 golgari thug
    4 stinkweed imp
    3 life from the loam
    1 darkblast

    4 faithless lootings
    4 tome scour
    2 insolent neonate
    4 cathartic reunion

    2 conflagrate
    1 flex (rally/Haunted dead/3rd conflagrate)

    1 dakmore salvage
    3 spirebuff canal
    2 copperline gorge
    1 mountain
    4 city of brass
    4 gemstone mine
    4 mana confluence

    The manabase has been polished for a while. The mana is quite good, although not perfect of course.

    Sideboard depends on the evolution of the meta.

    Thanks!
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
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