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  • posted a message on Mummies Don't Care.
    If they're the same as before, what's the flavor for them having one extra toughness?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Hour Patch for MWS?
    Anyone have a patch of Hour of Devastation (the set) for Magic Workstation? Thanks! Grin
    Posted in: Third Party Products
  • posted a message on BW Eldrazi Processor
    alright i did two modern events at GP San Jose. I'm making this brief since I'm super tired:

    Modern 1

    Match 1 Sultai

    Game 1 - Had a double relic hand. He discarded one of them, but the other kept his monsters in check until I dropped a couple of reality smashers to overpower him.
    Game 2 - Much of the same.

    Board: In - 2 Celestial Purge 1 Wrath of God Out - 3 Thoughtseize.
    Outcome: 1-0

    Match 2 Affinity
    Game 1- I drew four reality smasher. Got two into play. Got him down to 1, but he won the race with plating.
    Game 2- Overloaded him with removal. Lingering souls did its job and blocked the fliers that I didn't pick off.
    Game 3- He mulled to five. Tried to kill me with inkmoth attached to plating. Disenchant the plating and chumped the inkmoth for the win.

    Board: In - 2 Disenchant, 2 Stony Silence, 1 Zealous Persecution, 1 Wrath of God, 1 Pithing Needle, 2 Blessed Alliance.
    Out - 3 Thoughtseize, 3 Relic, 2 Reality Smasher, 1 Matter Reshaper
    Outcome: 2-0

    Match 3 Junk
    Game 1 - I had the perfect hand with mind stone, thought-knot, smasher, and eldrazi temple. He had double thoughtseize and then topdecked triple lingering souls.
    Game 2 - I had double lingering souls and thought-knot seer. He had liliana, the last hope and path.

    Board: In - 2 Celestial Purge - 1 Zealous Persecution - 1 Wrath of God
    Out: -3 Thoughtseize - 1

    Outcome: 2-1

    Match 4- Draw with Titan Breach.

    Modern 2

    Match 1 Izzet Control
    Game 1- I grind him with eldrazi and spirit tokens.
    Game 2- I thoughtseize the blood moon he boarded in. He's stuck on two lands for awhile, which is a death sentence for him.
    Board In - 2 Celestial Purge Out - 2 Fatal Push
    Outcome: 1-0

    Match 2 Soul Sisters
    Game 1 - I remove many of his critters, but I'm over zealous with my tokens and he uses elspeth to give his 17/17 flying. I'm exactly at 0.
    Game 2 - He's at 4 with an Archangel of Thune to block my spirit tokens. I use collective brutality drain him for two and to kill a sculler holding my other collective brutality. Having that extra reach helped.
    Game 3 - I honestly don't remember this game, but I lose nevertheless.
    Board In - 1 Zealous Persecution 1 Wrath of God Out - 2 Thoughtseize
    Outcome: 1-1

    Match 3 Eldrazi Tron
    Game 1- We trade eldrazi, but he has more eldrazi than I do.
    Game 2 - He mulls to five. I'm stuck on colorless lands for 10 turns and die as he draws enough cards to get back into the game.
    Board In - 1 Crucible of Worlds, 1 Wrath of God, 2 Blessed Alliance, Out - 2 Fatal Push - 2 Relic
    Outcome: 1-2

    Match 4 Bant Eldrazi
    Game 1 - Drowner of hope does its thing and taps my guys.
    Game 2 - He has me at one with five creatures on the board and me with nothing. I topdeck wrath. I have one land for white mana only, but I ghost quarter one of my own lands to get my basic plains and cast the wrath. I claw back in and take the game.
    Game 3 - I kill three thought-knot seers in one turn with blessed alliance, path, and fatal push. He has worship and a drowner.
    Board In - 1 Wrath of God, - 2 Blessed Alliance. -3 Thoughtseize
    Outcome: 1-3

    The deck put up a pretty impressive fight if I lived long enough, even in matchups that are otherwise bad. But I also got got quite a few hands that forced me to mull. Oh well, variance is magic. I'll probably draft all day Saturday and maybe play modern again Sunday. Cheers Kekeke
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on BW Eldrazi Processor
    Decided to continue with BW over Tron. I don't know what the meta at the GP will be like, so I want to be as flexible as possible. However, given the recent bans and Fatal Push being printed, I've made my list as anti-tron as possible without sacrificing points in other matchups. Would collective brutality be a good fit given its versatility? I tested anguished unmaking, but the three life really hurts. Oblivion ring as a singleton accomplishes the same thing, but without that annoying three life loss. I just hope not to run into any abrupt decays or esper charms.

    Any comments would be great.


    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Colorless EldraziTron (1/2016 - 1/2017)
    Hey guys, I'm heading to GP San Jose next week. Should I pick up this deck or BW Processors? What are the strengths and weaknesses compared to each other? How does Eldrazi Tron do in the current meta? I played BW when Eye was still legal, but the format has changed a lot since then XD
    Posted in: Modern Archives - Established
  • posted a message on BW Eldrazi Processor
    Hey guys, I'm heading to GP San Jose next week. Should I pick up this deck or Eldrazi Tron? What are the strengths and weaknesses compared to each other?

    I was initially an early proponent of this deck, back when Eye was still legal (I posted in this very forum!), but its changed so much since, so I want to see which is doing better before I spend the $$ to upgrade my old deck in one direction or another.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on MWS AER Patch?
    It works, awesome thank you! Smile
    Posted in: Third Party Products
  • posted a message on "What Deck Should I Play" thread
    Hi guys,

    I'll be doing modern side events at GP San Jose in 2 weeks. BW Eldrazi processors or Dredge with Golgari Thug? The former was my original deck choice, but the last few weeks indicate there might be a window where Dredge can win. My logic:

    1. Fatal Push does nothing to dredge, but encourages the type of decks that Dredge preys on. Less aggro because Black-based midrange will be running push, which means more decks like Tron. The meta should be friendly for dredge.
    2. The GGT ban will lure everyone into a false sense of security, encouraging them to take out their SB graveyard hate.

    Thanks Smile
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on MWS AER Patch?
    Does anyone have the patch for Aether Revolt? Much appreciated, thanks! Smile
    Posted in: Third Party Products
  • posted a message on BW Eldrazi Processor
    Quote from D90Dennis14 »
    No, it just goes to the GY.


    Has anyone tried a B/G version of the deck ?
    I'm in process of trying different color combinations and having access to Ancient Stirrings and Abrupt Decay seems very good.

    Here is my idea:


    Dryad Militant is both decent as early pressure and provides more fodder for proccessing.

    What do you think ?


    I swapped out the Militant for Scavenging Ooze and Decay for Go For the Throat (I don't own any decays). I'm only on initial testing, but it's surprisingly solid. It plays closer to Bant Eldrazi than BW. Might want to consider some Noble Hierarch or Birds of Paradise for Bant's speed.

    Of course, if we do that, why not just go Bant Eldrazi at that point? I think the discard of black makes it worthwhile. Discard alone makes the deck feel more proactive. Plus we can experiment with Lilianas (both LOTV and LLH). And collective brutality is still a beating for burn and infect.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on US Election Day and results thread 2016
    Quote from Glamdring804 »
    Quote from magickware99 »

    Actually not trying to be cute; just finding it difficult to believe that 4 years of business as usual will mean death. I think you're being overly dramatic.

    Trump has already said he is going to ignore the Paris Climate Accords, which are a comprehensive start to the work we need to do to save the ecosystem. The Paris Accords need to be adhered to by every nation with any industrial development for them to actually be effective. If an economic powerhouse and supposed "world leader" decides it's not going to pull its weight, then every other nation on the planet has the grounds to pull out of the accords as well. Once Trump gets out of office, it won't be as simple as just "Okay, he's gone, let's reinstate the accords." He will have already done irreparable damage to the agreement, and put us back at square one. He has the potential to not just delay the desperately needed mitigation of the climate catastrophe, but actually set us back several years or even decades.


    Trump came out to CA once back in March or April. His visit drew two different reactions (just hearsay from people I know):

    Liberals - He says there's no drought here, what an idiot!
    Conservatives - He's right, Democrats value fish over people.

    That's the problem with the climate change argument. If you focus on polar bears, coral reefs and endangered species, the blue collar workers in Wisconsin and Ohio don't care. They think you value fish over them. Instead, connect the environment to things the average Joe can relate to. Hammer home what lack of regulation can do to clean water, like Flint Michigan.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on The Modern Price Discussion Thread
    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    Scrying Sheets is on the rise... is there some deck using it from a recent event? Or is it just speculation or a deck article?


    Skred Red won GP Dallas. It runs two.

    http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/gpdfw16/top-8-decklists-2016-11-06
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Donald Trump's Presidency
    Quote from Surging Chaos »
    Quote from magickware99 »
    I think this current election cycle is proof that-

    1- The overall system works.
    2- The Republican Party needs to die and rise from the ashes to form a new party that will shed itself of its white nationalist elements, accept that social conservatism is dying, and attempt to take from the Democrats its more moderate parts and prevent the rapidly strengthening liberal elements of the Democratic Party from eventually hijacking the Democratic Party in the same manner that the white nationalists hijacked the Republican Party.
    Quote from Xeruh »
    Number 2 is what my political science teacher was predicting. Basically everything would lurch left soon in the political arena, although his prediction was more that the Republicans would basically collapse, Democrats take up the new right wing position, and a new left party would emerge. I'm honestly looking forward to a big shake up, the political system feels like it could use a hefty reform, this will help to accomplish that. I guess we will see what happens after the presidential election, but it seems likely something major will happen from here on out with our current parties.


    I've been thinking about this more and more, and I'm considering a situation where the Republican party doesn't collapse, but simply becomes a party that largely abandons presidential runs and focuses exclusively on congressional, governor, and other state races. Despite the dire straits the GOP is in right now, they still have a very firm grasp on governors, the House, and state legislatures.

    I do not see the Republicans winning another presidential election, ever. They are already at a huge disadvantage in the electoral college due to the blue wall to begin with, but the latest fallout from this year and last year in 2012 has shown they are going to be locked out of the White House for good. Consider states like Virginia and North Carolina; both of which used to be easy wins for the GOP, are no longer safe. The former has been cemented as a permanent Democratic stronghold and the latter is a now a swing state that is probably going to lean Democrat once the state urbanizes more. Colorado is the same issue as well; massive urbanization in this century turned the state solidly blue.

    And it just gets worse for them. Georgia is in danger of turning blue now. If that ever happens, the GOP is finished in the electoral college for good. Then you throw in TEXAS of all states, which Trump is just barely holding onto right now. I can definitely see a future where Texas becomes a swing state due to the increasing minority population and the amount of urbanization going on down there (see the pattern here?).

    Even if the GOP tries to make a concerted effort to purge the racist and social conservative elements of the party, they are going to have a massive push back from their voting base. "Trumpists" may not make up a majority of the GOP, but they make up a sizeable chunk of the GOP base that they simply cannot ignore for risk of losing elections left and right. These people reliably vote every election cycle (which includes midterms). Evangelicals also reliably vote every election cycle in addition to the Trump supporters. In the end, it's all about votes. That's why the GOP brought these people into the party after they signed a deal with the devil to implement the Southern strategy.

    The GOP is completely boxed in. They already can't win the presidency yet they feel complacent with winning downticket races. The underbelly of the party is harming them on the national stage, yet it is in their best interest to not completely cut loose those people because they need the votes. That's why the party is dying but also "not dying" at the same time if you can believe it.


    Losing Virginia and North Carolina this election isn't crippling, as Iowa and Ohio are leaning Republican more. Not a good trade, but the party can survive it. The real danger would be losing Georgia, Arizona, or Texas. Especially Texas.

    The simplest solution would be to find new or reclaim old voters. Muslims were once solid Republicans, but the anti-Muslim rhetoric has scared them away. Asians used to lean Republican, but the racism and the Putin love has scared them away. Hispanics could easily be part of the Evangelical bloc, but all the anti-immigration stuff is a line in the sand. The problem is, with the Trumpists, they've pushed away every minority voting group that would normally have voted GOP, but were driven away by the racism. If the party can eject the racists and begin marketing to the minority groups that are more conservative, they could pick up those groups again.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Gary Johnson
    Quote from Hellgrammite »
    So, let's all mock Johnson for "What's Aleppo?"


    Seems kind of stupid, as I doubt half the people mocking him on social media knew what was going on or where Aleppo is. Hell, the first several links if you google "Aleppo" mention Gary Johnson in the description :p. There are plenty of actual things to mock about Johnson.


    I would not necessarily expect a presidential candidate to know what Aleppo is, though it would be interesting if he personal knowledge in the area (visited there, was an ambassador to Syria...ect.)

    The actual president unlikely would know about Aleppo until their advisors bring it up. Then the president would ask where is Aleppo, what is the situation, and then figure out ways to handle it.

    Johnson made the mistake of acting like a human being, which is what presidents do behind doors. Asking a question to increase his knowledge. Too often we are used to politicians getting fed pre-determined questions, or giving vague answers to avoid discussion.

    I am not exactly the biggest fan of Johnson, but he have seen some of his interviews and has a lot of interesting points on multiple issues. The grievance here isnt that he didnt know what Aleppo is, its that the entertainment television (called news in America) finds a needle in a haystack, and declares the barn should be burned. I mean how is he supposed to know what Aleppo is when ironically the media focuses on stories like this!

    Johnson asking what is Aleppo is the most honest thing I have heard a candidate say so far this election.


    I liked his response to the "controversy." If a politican makes a mistake, this is the kind of response I want to hear, not Trump's doubling down or Clinton's lawyerism. He lost a few points in knowledge and foreign policy, but gained a few points in character. At the least, he didn't double down or deny he said it, so this should blow over in a week. Of course, with the debates this month, that might not be enough time.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on BW Eldrazi Processor
    Quote from jayprev »
    I think it's keep, mulligan, keep, but that first one is a tough call. T2 removal if they're on aggro, then lingering souls spam into Sorin to catch up, seems reasonable if not great. Plus you have all your "colors" there.


    Agree. The first hand is the trickiest, because its great if you find the third land before turn three, but terrible if you don't. I would definitively keep it if I were on the draw, but being on the play makes it a closer call.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
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