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  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    Yesterday I felt like a zombie and wasn't able to type anything down but today I want to post some thoughts.
    I just checked the Top 8 Decklists and now I am pretty sad that I didn't make Top 8 because 6 out of these 8 decks are pretty good match-ups (4x Shadow, 1x EldraTron, 1x Affinity).
    If you check the metagame you see that Shadow and Burn were very popular and I kind of "won the lottery" three times during my nine rounds Smile
    Even though I couldn't find the time to take detailed notes on every match here's what I played against and what I can still remember:
    Round 1 - 2:0 vs UW Control Geist won both games, one game I had Geist and Emerge in my starting hand but he took my white mana with Spreading Seas, so I had to pressure him with Delver and Lavamancer. He killed both with Verdict but the next turn I got my white mana and could play Geist...
    Round 2 - 1:2 vs Boros Burn Lost this one very unlucky. First game I got stuck on 2 lands for too long and lost the race. Last game Delver didn't flip for several turns. Still got him down to 1 life with flipped Delver on board and Spell Snare in hand. I was at three life and he top decked a Lava Spike.
    Round 3 - 2:0 vs Naya Burn Easy win with 2 Deflecting Palms
    Round 4 - 2:1 vs Bosos Burn Pretty easy win again. Used the same 6 card "Burn package" from my SB like in the games before (Dispel, Spell Snare, 2x Palm, Celestial Purge and Worship).
    Round 5 - 2:0 vs Amulet Bloom Killed his Sakura-Tribe Scout and Azusa the second the came into play. Snatched one Azusa from his hand with Clique. He couldn't find amulet both games. He got to Titan but he lost the race both times.
    Round 6 - 1:1:1 vs Company That was a interesting combo version with Scryb Ranger + Knights of Reliquary and Vizier + Druid and a lot of stuff to grind opponents down. We both won a game and the last game ended with a draw because the time was up. I was too scared to get comboed out so I might have wasted too much burn to kill his combo pieces when it wasn't necessary.
    Round 7 - 2:0 vs Esper Shadow Won both games thanks to Deflecting Palm and Path+Snap+Path / Burn+Snap+Burn. I think one game I raced him with Geist.
    Round 8 - 1:2 vs RW Blink That was one of the decks I feared to encounter. Aether Vials, Restos and Wisps flickering Blade Splicers and Thraben Inspectors. First game he drew like 4 extra cards thanks to his Inspector. That card is much better than it seems. I hardly drew any burn that game and lost. Second game I was able to kill him pretty quick. Third game was long and painful and eventually 2 Resto Angels killed me. During these 3 games I didn't see a single copy of my Geist playset -_-
    Round 9 - 2:1 vs Edrazi Tron These were intense and interactive games. First game Spell Pierce saved me from Chalice and I raced his Elrazi with Geist + Burn. Second game Delver revealed Palm so he couldn't attack with his Smasher but assembled Tron and destroyed my 2 Delvers and then me with 2 ever-growing Ballistas. Third game I had 2 Delvers in my starting hand and drew 2 more until round 4. He couldn't beat that much pressure.
    After the tournament I have to say that Snapcaster is the best card in the deck hands down. Never run less than 4 copies! Almost every opponent had to read Emerge Unscathed and I catched several opponents on the wrong foot with it. Deflecting Palm did some good work too.
    That's all that comes to mind right now.

    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    Played 9 rounds today from 10 am till 8 pm and just got home (well, to the hotel). I am too tired to post a detailed report but I ended up on place 33 out of 386 players with a 6-2-1 score. Wasn't enough to play in the top 8 but it was a very fun experience and I am happy with my result Smile
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    Hi CurdBros, thanks for rooting for me Smile
    Today's Modern Grand Trial started with a delay at 4 pm and since I had mixed results I dropped after 5 hours (event was set for 7 rounds).
    I had a good start with 2:1 victory over Naya Burn (Geist + Worship in play won game 3) but then I lost 0:2 against UW Control and in both games I had no chance at all. My opponent was running little 3-mana Gideon and he was too good -_-
    Third round went well because my opponent played Infect and he had no chance against so much removal. Won this match 2:0. However, round 4 I lost against UB Fairies 0:2 (his playset of Cryptics got me good) and round 5 I lost 0:2 against GW Beatdown. That was a fast match: Game 1 we both went down to 2 life real quick. He was lucky, drew a Ooze and gained 2 life so my Helix in hand wasn't enough. Next turn he could attack me for lethal. Second game I was mana scr*wed and he gained unlimited life with Finks, Seer and Vizier (he used Chord for Seer when I tried to remove Vizier).
    After returning to the hotel I realized that I didn't even take a single mulligan during all these games. I think that's one of my biggest problems. I keep hands that don't have enough pressure just because they offer 2-4 lands with all colors. I'll work on that tomorrow Smile
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    Thanks. The event starts on Friday. I can win byes for the first two rounds there. Saturday is the main event and I guess I'll be playing for 10 hours. Never played that long and I hope that I can stay focused.
    I really want to try Hazoret because I really miss playing a 4-drop. Elspeth, Hero of Bladehold, Venser... I love these cards. Hazoret is easier to cast though with her 3R cost. Which card would you cut for her?
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    Hi CurdBros, grats!
    I love this new illustration and I wish I could play it in my deck but as you know I am not comfortable with running UUU cost cards Smile
    But the card looks super sweet!

    I tweaked my deck a bit and added 3 more cantrips (1 Electrolyze, 2 Remand for 1 Valorous Stance, 1 Spell Snare, 1 Boros Charm) and I changed 1 Clique main board for 1 Lavamancer. (pic attached)
    In the tournament practise room I still run into a lot of brews but my record this week is 10-1 so far so I am somewhat confident for the tournament this weekend.

    Decks with life gain are the ones that give me the most trouble so I am still considering at least 1 Skullcrack in the SB. I also started thinking about Hazoret. She should be a perfect fit for this deck as a 1-of to provide more reach. What do you think? Has someone tested her mainboard?
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    Just had a very interactive and highly entertaining match so I recorded the replay. First time I tried the software. Seems okay. My opponent made a few mistakes that cost him the game but I still think this is more interesting than the average MtG vids on Twitch Wink
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    I haven't posted anything in a while, so let me tell you the few news I have to tell Smile
    One week ago I finally bought MTGO and the deck I already own in paper.
    The deck hasn't changed a lot during the last months, only some minor tweaks.
    Here it is:

    I am playtesting/training to use at the big tournament in Hamburg in 2 weeks.
    The landbase is a bit different now because I want to play both Shinka & Eiganjo. They are really good with Geist & Clique and some opponents might overlook Shinka since they are not used to it. The problem however is, that the deck uses far more blue mana than red/white, but the lands produce all colors about equally. So far it hasn't been a problem since 8 fetches help me to even get UU consistently on turn 3-4 but it looks off on paper. Any advice?
    The other minor tweak I made is to the SB. I cut Stone Rain and added Sulfur Elemental instead. Stone Rain is awesome sometimes but under pressure I often didn't find the time to cast it because it doesn't advances my board state. It's only good when I am already ahead. Sulfur Elemental negates one of the biggest problems for this deck: Lingering Souls. It's also very good in another difficult match-up: Taxes. Flash & Splitsecond also make it good against control lists and decks that use board wipes in general.
    With the main board I am still pretty happy. Sometimes I wish my Spell Snare would be a Dispel, but I guess it would just as often be the other way around if I would run 1 Dispel main instead.

    It doesn't really fit here but let me also write some thoughts about MTGO. After two years of playing Xmage it's quite different...just not at all like I expected. I thought the players would be more pro and competitive and the software would be really bad but in fact it is the other way around (so far).
    After getting used to it the software is really nice to use and so far I always found an opponent without any waiting time and stumbled over no bugs.
    However, even though I use the "tournament practice" room many opponents give up really quickly like children and only 1 out of 3 players even greets back (at Xmage almost every player greets). And many players run strange decks that are not part of the current metagame. I played against UG Control, Mill (2x), Treasure Hunt, Ponza (2x), Goblins... Was that just bad luck?
    Well, so far my winning percentage is at about 75% and I am happy about that, but I wish I could test more often against the "big ones" (Shadow, Eldrazi, Storm...)
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )

    @ccc1522: Just do it like I and run a copy of Jeskai Charm, then you have both Azorius & Boros in your hand with one card. I don't even run Pyromancer and therefore never have 8-9 tokens but often it's enough to cast it when I attack with Geist to deal 2 damage more and gain 8 life! Won me so many races and the best part is that you can just end a game with 4 dmg to the face or put a Tasigur or whatever back on top of your opponent's library.

    Talking about sideboards, what do you guys think of this new card:
    I am going to include at least one in my SB.
    1. Instant speed!
    2. You gain control over the card for good (unlike Threads of Disloyalty which becomes nothing when your opponent plays Abrupt Decay)!
    3. Rather cheap since it let's you steal a Shadow for 3 mana or a Tarmogoyf for 4 mana for example!

    One more question about sideboarding from my side:
    I often board out 2-3 of my 4 Serum Visions and I wanted to ask if everybody is doing it this way?
    My reasoning is that I would only use these Serum Visions to find the cards I boarded in so it makes more sense to me to replace them.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    Hi guys, I was also on vacation for a long time and it was real good.

    Last week I started playing again at FNM and went 2-1-1. Well, better than to start with a negative record Smile
    So today I received something really awesome with the mail: my birthday present to myself.

    My new set of Delvers signed and altered by Nils Hamm. They just have to flip the next turn every time Smile
    Next month I'll play at Modern MKM Series in Hamburg which will be my first big tournament. I hope they'll bring me luck...
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    Quote from Cody_X »
    I would highly recommend a copy of valorous stance if you want more hard removal.
    It lets you give things indestructible (best on geist, but still relevant), as well as killing eldrazi, shadows, delve creatures, etc.


    That's why I am running one copy mainboard. This gives me 5 cards (Stance + Paths (and even more counting Snapcaster)) to deal with big threats and 6 cards (2x Emerge, 1x Stance, 3x Boros Charm that can prevent my creatures from dying). I think Valorous Stance is a better choice for UWR than Dismember.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    Quote from Tdog09876 »

    Congrats on the success. The one area that looks a little weak is against graveyard strategies. How do you beat dredge, living end with only 2 surgicals?

    Thanks! And thank you too, CurdBros.
    Graveyard hate is an interesting topic. I tried several different cards within the last two years. I never liked cards that affect my own graveyard too so I never played Relic or Rest in Peace. Instead I went for Tormod's Crypt and Hallowed Moonlight in the past. Both aren't bad but I'd rather add cards that flip Delver to my SB than Artifacts so Crypt had to go and Moonlight just wasn't effective enough since the opponent can opt to leave his creatures in the graveyard and try again next turn. So, about half a year ago I ended up trying 2 Surgicals and I have been happy with them ever since. I just love it against decks playing Thought Scour. Smile
    But back to Dredge and Living End:
    I know that I won the last two matched (online and offline) against Dredge with my current SB. I think my deck is aggressive enough to race them.
    4xSnappys x 2xSurgicals can buy time as well as Supreme Verdict which resets the game. Worship also works very good against Dredge.
    Living End, being a combo deck, can drop 20 power on the battlefield on turn 3 with a very good hand, but Spell Pierce is a good defense against that (among many other equally devastating early plays). Living End often operates with very little mana so Spell Pierce and even Stone Rain (to keep them off their third color) are quite useful. Verdict can reset the board after they go off and Deflecting Palms can help to win a race. I think I just have to live with the fact that this match-up is 50/50 and a bit luck-based.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    Hi guys,
    Last week I was busy and didn't get to play a lot but this Friday I went to FNM and I won the event (24 players, 4 rounds)!
    Still using the same deck since it is working so well and I don't think that I will change anything soon.
    Round 1: vs Affinity 1-1-1
    First game I had to mulligan, kept 4 lands and 2 spells. Sryed a land to the bottom, drew two lands, died...
    Second game I had turn 1 removal, turn 2 Stony, turn 3 Geist. He died pretty fast.
    Third game was crazy. I drew way too many lands again (think I had 7 in play on turn 8 -_-) but Worship saved me. Unfortunately I couldn't win since he had Ravager and I never got to two removals. With his flying manlands + Overseer counters his defense was too good and lifelink kept him out of burn range. Neither of us managed to win within the 5 extra turns.
    (I used 6 SB cards in this match-up. I think after SB my deck was favored to win.)
    Round 2: vs Eldrazi Tron 2-0
    First game I had two flipped Delvers on the field turn 3. He managed to get rid of them but his life total was already too low so I won the race with Geist and Burn.
    Second game it was Geist vs Smasher but I won that race thanks to Deflecting Palm Smile
    (I think I used 9 SB cards here. This SB is excellent against Eldrazi Tron.)
    Round 3: vs Titan Shift 2-1
    First game he pulled a Titan turn 3 with ramp and Spirit Guide -_-
    Second and third game I won rather quickly with Delver pressure and burn and (one game only) thanks to Disdainful Stroke.
    (Only 3 efficient SB cards for this match-up.)
    Round 4: vs Grixis Shadow 2-0
    I was at 7 points and only one player had 9 points so I had to win to become the only player with 10 points.
    Both games went perfectly.
    First game he looked at my hand with Inquisition, after shocking himself to 17, only to see Bolt, Helix, Boros Charm and he saw his doom coming. After a few turns I had him at 4 and he had two 9/9 Shadows in play when I top decked a Boros Charm. I didn't draw a single creature this game, only burn spells.
    Second game went completely different. I beat him down only with creatures that game--first Delver then Geist. He died to unblockable Geist (he had two Snappys but my Geist had protection from Blue) and I still had Path and Palm in hand. That quick victory felt really good.
    (I used 5 SB cards here. After SB I feel pretty confident against Grixis Shadow.)

    Regarding decks that go wide:
    I only played against Affinity this time, but Verdict and Lavamancer are very good answers in my opinion.
    Also, decks that go wide often have no answer to Worship and if you run enough burn you can still race them Smile

    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )

    I got a few more games in with my deck and since the results are very good I'd like to share them.

    2:0 vs GW Tron
    2:0 vs Rhonas Zoo
    1:2 vs Living End with Madcap SB
    2:1 vs BW Pox
    2:0 vs BR Control
    2:0 vs Grixis Shadow
    2:1 vs GB Elves
    0:2 vs UW Hatebears
    2:0 vs Titanshift
    2:0 vs Abzan Company with Druid/Vizier
    2:1 vs Abzan Company with Druid/Vizier (rematch)

    First three matches were at FNM, the rest is from playtesting online and with friends.

    For reference, this is my current deck (Sorry about using a pic again. I am too lazy to type up the list.)

    I think the deck is almost perfect this way. It applies constant pressure like a burn deck but it has a much better late game.
    During these games I found that it is very important to hit the 4th land drop at least on turn 5 so I highly recommend a mana base which can acomplish that. I won at least three games thanks to Boros Charm, Snap+Boros Charm or Deflecting Palm, Snap+Deflecting Palm.
    I can also only agree with Spell Pierce being the best counter spell for this deck. People still ask me why I am running Spell Pierce mainboard... How can they not see how good it is? It stops all the Chords and Companies flying around. It saves Delver from Bolt or Push, it can stop early game stoppers like Blood Moon, Chalice, Planeswalkers and even greedy late game cards like Sphinx's Revelation. You just don't want to have two in hand so running "only" two copies seems to be the best choice.
    The 3 Serum Visions paired with 1 Sleight of Hand may seem odd but I am kind of testing if I like the Sleight better when I draw it instead of another Visions. It digs deeper to search for lands or threats yet it doesn't help to flip Delver...
    Regarding the other mainboard cards, I am mostly impressed by how much power the deck gained since I added 3 Boros Charms + 1 Jeskai Charm. Also Emerge Unscathed has been my MVP card in several games, making Geist unblockable for the win!
    I am also very happy with my new SB choices. Worship and Verdict always shine--when I resolve them they win games. Besides them, Lavamancer has been very good for me in many matches (Zoo, Elves, Hatebears, Company).

    Hopefully these notes are helpful in some way to any of you Smile

    Played another FNM yesterday. These are the results:
    2:0 vs BW Walkers (inexperienced player with a brew)
    2:0 vs RW Allies (these two games seemed unwinnable for my opponent)
    2:1 vs Rhonas Zoo (lucky with the right top deck for the win)
    0:2 vs Jund
    This last match was tough. We both were the only players with 9 points and my opponent is kind of an end boss in my store Smile
    He is a very experienced and clever player with an all foil Jund deck. First game I got him to 3 life with an unblockable Geist attack but I only had Clique and another Geist in hand. Next turn he would kill me with Goyf (and get out of burn range with Ooze) so I had to win that turn. I played Clique on myself to draw a new card for my 2nd Geist but it was a land. The helix was beneath it, so I lost by one card. The fact that I had 5 lands in play at that point shows how unlucky that game went. -_-
    Second game unfortunately I had no chance. He had Collective Brutality from SB and played it with two modes, killing my Delver and discarding my Path. So I had no answer for his Goyf. I played Geist but he had Lilly and even drew a second one and it was over pretty quick. I had boarded out two Delvers but my opponent said I should have taken them all out since he runs so much removal and sweepers. Are you taking out all 4 Delvers against Jund?
    I realized that all 3 counters in my SB (Dispel, Ceremonious Rejection, Disdainful Stroke) do nothing against Jund. My mainboard Snare and Pierce are good but I didn't draw them (well, they are only 3 out of 60 cards). Many of you are running Gideons for that match-up in the SB, right? Against which other decks are you using them?

    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Featured Thread -] WUR Delver
    Quote from CurdBros »

    Awesome write-up Stevomat!

    I haven't gotten a lot of play against Living End, but I assume it's not a great matchup. What do you guys side in against them?

    I love the pics of your deck. It looks awesome. How long did it take you to to get all the foils? I too foiled my list and it took a long time, but it was fun doing it.

    Thanks, CurdBros!
    Since FNM I played 4 matched online and went 4-0 shredding all my opponents to pieces. This deck feels so awesome to play. With so much burn power this deck obliterates Shadow decks Smile
    Regarding the foils, there aren't even that many foil cards in my deck, are there? I chose the Paths because it's the best illustration, the 3 basics I wanted to be something special. Slight and Visions are the best looking versions in my opinion. I think it took 2 years until I had all the cards together. I'd love to use the 2 Spell Pierces as Masterpiece cards but I don't want to spend 25-30 Euros on each of them.
    Regarding Living End, I boarded 2 Surgicals, 2 Deflecting Palms, 1 Verdict to "reset" the game after he goes off, 1 Worship. I would have won if he hadn't used the Madcap combo...
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    I went back to the roots with my deck yesterday at FNM and it went pretty good. I posted it over at the UWR Delver thread with yesterday's results if you're interested.
    (I really think these two threads should be combined into one UWR Tempo/Delver thread)
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
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