Personally, I think everyone is trying to get too cute with Walking Balista. I'm not totally against the idea, but I feel most people are overthinking it.
If you have access to one or two black mana (One for Viscera Seer and Zulaport Cutthroat), I think Zulaport Cutthroat can be equally effective for an instant win.
If you have Duskwatch Recruiter and infinite mana, grab every single creature in your library. Play every single creature with Zulaport Cutthroat being the last creature to come into play. Sacrifice everything. Your opponent is dead.
Zulaport Cutthroat can still kill your opponent even through most graveyard hate (exceptions being Rest in Peace and Leyline of the Void). It still works with Collected Company and Chord of Calling.
A person doesn't actually need black mana if a Chord of Calling is in the graveyard if running Eternal Witness. Play Eternal Witness. Grab Chord of Calling. Grab Zulaport Cutthroat. If you need Viscera Seer, just play the other Eternal Witness and grab the Chord again.
If Chord of Calling isn't available for some reason, but you have a Collected Company there is an alternative. First, grab every creature except Viscera Seer and Zulaport Cutthroat with the infinite mana and Duskwatch Recruiter. With the deck sufficiently thinned (and after casting all your other green creatures minus the Eternal Witnesses), cast Collected Company. A player should be able to find the combo pieces needed to kill you opponent on the spot.
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Mar 27, 2016Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)Quote from Ajax255 »I agree with Linvala, Keeper of Silence being taken out of the main board. While on this subject Friday I shut Jund down with Linvala, Keeper of Silence game two. Linvala, Keeper of Silence stopped Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet zombie tokens and Scavenging Ooze eating the grave. I couldn't help but laugh.
How did Linvala, Keeper of Silence stop tokens on Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. Yes, it has an activated ability, but the first ability is a replacement ability not an activated ability. Sorry, not trying to get snarky.
Feb 23, 2016I'm been having a lot of success with a sideboard of Ghostly Prison. Depending on the Eldrazi deck, I've had games where it has made their deck right down laughable. With Eye of Ugin not producing mana, I've had games where they can't even attack with only one other land in play. Birds and Hierarch can drop it on turn two. Ghostly prison can be good against a few other match ups like Kiki-Chord and Zoo decks. It at least buys enough time to combo out.Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
Anyway, just what I have found in playtesting.
Feb 13, 2016Meyou posted a message on The Story of Mercury - Comments Good or Bad WelcomeThanks Benjameenbear!Posted in: Personal Writing
I can't tell you how nice it is to have good constructive feedback.
I already know the spots you are talking about that are lacking. I got a little rushed, but also realized that I was going to change things in those sections. It is hard to devote too much time when I know that I will already be chopping something in the rewrites.
I agree. There are too many characters in the story. I was trying to push the whole five color thing, but a failure in hindsight. My writing style also fits with that aspect. I am a big believer in rewrites and chopping during that process. The first time through I just toss the whole pot of spaghetti against the wall. After I am done, I then go back through and polish what was good and chop the chaff. In no way am I trying to justify anything here, I'm just relating my process.
I will definitely keep your critiques in mind. I know I have been slacking, but mostly I was just waiting for some kind of feedback. Anything really. So, with that in mind, I greatly appreciate that you took the time to actually read my piece and to give me feedback.
Jan 22, 2016Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
I can get behind that. I think Gitaxian Probe should stay, but discard would be great as well. Thebreason that I think the deck has legs is there are a number of decks in Modern that have few win conditions. Runed Halo on Valakut stops that deck cold. The same is true for a number of other decks.
Jan 22, 2016Meyou posted a message on 'Lock and tapped" Need help with suggestions. ( casual , budget)Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)Quote from senress »Can you think of a way to make it fast enough for modern or any general tips? I just started playing Modern.
The are a lot of factors that limit the decks possible in Modern. If classic control was a thing, it might be possible. However, there are so many decks that will kill you before you have cast your first spell.
If you are new to modern, my advice is to watch some archive footage from recent big events. There's ton of stuff on youtube. You can also watch modern events through twitch on the weekend.
The best thing you could do is proxy up some of the more popular decks and play games against yourself. It is a great way to understand those decks. It isn't supposed to replace regular Magic. Rather it is a great way to learn. Proxy decks are also good way to test new ideas out against.
I'm definitely not trying to poo poo on your need to brew. I am simply saying this from experience that your idea is strong, but we just don't have the tools in the format to make it happen.
Jan 19, 2016Meyou posted a message on 'Lock and tapped" Need help with suggestions. ( casual , budget)Not to be a downer, but it is probably just too slow for Modern. It was a great combo in Standard for a time. Just about everyone missed the combo. If I remember right, the WotC staff actually had to point it out because nobody was seeing it. They actually waited a couple of months before finally revealing the combo.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
Anyway, it is a fun deck for casual, but not a deck that will cut it at the tournament tables. Fun idea though.
Jan 19, 2016Looking to the wisdom and hive mind of the community on this idea. It has potential of being either really good or terrible. The basic idea is to lock the opponent out the game completely. Not sure what kind of finisher would be good in the deck. Anyway, here it is.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
I don't know? Thoughts?
Jan 6, 2016Meyou posted a message on Fallen Royalty - The story I wished to tell for a decade.Not a bad beginning. You have my curiosity and that is what is important.Posted in: Personal Writing
My first critique is that some general formatting would go a long way. I'm not a grammar police person, but the lack of it here simply makes it hard to read. For a rough draft, I wouldn't worry about making it perfect. However, some general structure would be greatly appreciated.
For the language thing, I think you are doing quite well especially considering English is not your first language. I think you are being too worried about your language barrier. The writing so far is good. I'd worry less about the language thing and simply focus on your story. Besides, that is what editing and rewriting is for. Nothing is supposed to be perfect the first time. Many of my writing adventures need many rewrites and editing. It is a process.
Otherwise, I look forward to what you have to write.
May 25, 2015An Underground Sea is running at about $100. Also, I don't think they have square corners. They are just like Beta.Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
May 24, 2015I understand the margins would be slim. I was just thinking about increasing the supply.Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
However, I am also curious would anyone have a problem with it. If they legalized it, would anybody be upset? You know, like no fair, you are playing with gold-borders!
May 24, 2015Just musing, but what are your thoughts about legalizing the International Edition of cards for Legacy and Vintage. The prices for these cards are not cheap per se and they wouldn't flood the market. It'd be a small drop in the bucket, but its better than nothing. It wouldn't violate the reprint policy. We've already seen this done with a retraction of Chronicles from being banned. Everybody uses sleeves nowadays so the card backing should be a non issue. I'm not talking the about the gold bordered cards from the Collector's Edition. I am specifically referring to the International Edition.Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
Just curious what other people think about this. What do the Eternal Players think?
Feb 26, 2015Personally, I think computers should be more scared of us. We lie, cheat, kill, steal, hate, jealous, angry, hysterical, paranoid, and etc.Posted in: Debate
You know what the robot thought the second it became self aware, "Dam... these people are crazy."
Feb 24, 2015Don't forget about Magic Online. In theory, its them negating the reprint policy. MTGO is a training ground for getting rid of the reprint list. I'm not saying they will do it, but the mtgo vintage stuff gives them some actual hard data to chew on.Posted in: Magic General
Feb 10, 2015I personally won't worry about the reserved list getting revoked until I see reprints of other eternal staples. They could reprint Force of Will or Wasteland, but they haven't even done that yet. Until they do, I won't get too excited about any reserved list talk as they seem unwilling to do even that.Posted in: Magic General
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Feb 9, 2016Posted in: ArticlesQuote from lastdaysgunslinger »They have been in the process of this movie for over a year. Go to imdb for more info.
In Hollywood, that means literally nothing. Marvel's Any Man has been talked about for decades. Literally. Even then, just cause they are talking about it means nothing. Until I hear about casting, I won't hold my breath.
Sep 3, 2015Meyou posted a message on The Magic Street Journal: Glitter, Gimmicks, and Glamours - Wizards' Reprint ShenanigansDo you want to go to PAX and get a squire or would you rather get an ultra cool unique item? They are trying to give an incentive to showing up to these events. It is a smart move in my opinion. Now if we can only get them to do it for other big events like GenCon.Posted in: Articles
Nov 1, 2014I do give WotC slack with bestow. It was a new quantity that they haven't dealt with before. They are used to costing creatures, burn etc. Bestow was new. I can see them ratcheting up next time they revisit the mechanic.Posted in: Articles
What pains me is seeing a card like Back to Nature. It is two mana and an instant to boot. It is very aggressively costed against enchantments. No other type is that hosed. If they would have replaced enchantment with artifact, I bet there would have been some very unhappy Modern players of Robots/Affinity. Shatterstorm and Creeping Corrosion costs four and are sorceries. It is very hard to defend WotC and say there isn't a bias towards artifacts when I see something like Back to Nature.
Oct 28, 2014Thanks and more importantly, welcome!Posted in: Articles
Personally, I find it humorous everyone time I hear "it just dies to Doom Blade." It's iconic enough that I would love to get a T-shirt with that inscription.
Anyway, I agree that I think R&D is taking the approach of making more conditional removal like Last Breath. I think this will be good for the game in the end. We've seen this with counterspells in cards like Negate. I like that players have to make decisions when it comes to deck building and things aren't simply an auto include.
Oct 26, 2014Bestow was a hard effort by R&D to try something new to mitigate 2 for 1s. It was was an experiment. I forgot to mention during the article, but I was going to make a point about Underworld Connections and Chained to the Rocks. They are good cards, but mostly because fo the lack of land destruction in this and previous Standard environments. There was no Ghost Quarter floating around.Posted in: Articles
I do think they will eventually find the sweet spot for auras. It is a complicated matter and probably one of the harder things to fix in the game.
More enchant permanents and Rancors is always a good thing.
Oct 23, 2014If removal is too scarce, there are more board stalls than anything. Tarmogoyf versus Tarmogoyf battles aren't exactly fun. Lorwyn limited was especially bad with board stalls even with a bunch of creatures out. Creatures surpassing removal can just lead to some extended games because no player can attack profitably. I would hardly call that top decking. I would just call it boring.Posted in: Articles
Removal is fine and has its place. However, it is just sometimes too good.
Aug 24, 2014Thanks. I'm glad people are liking this article. It would be interesting to see what happens in the future if they can move mtgo release dates closer to the paper world. They've made promises for such a move, but I don't have much faith it will be any time soon.Posted in: Articles
Aug 23, 2014Posted in: Articles
I think the value of the MTGO Redemption program will be very player dependent. For the hardcore spike, it may not be reasonable. However, if spike is willing to wait to adapt the new cards from the most recent big set, he/she could redeem those big sets later. The most value at the moment is Theros. Even this late in the game, I can still play with those cards for another year (unless Wizards messes with the rotation as I proposed a couple of articles ago). As sets in the block get released, it might not be worth it. Example: Journey into Nyx.
The players most likely to benefit are the casual and Commander players. They can sit on their wallet until the prices bottom out. The same is true for those strictly collecting sets.
We could go on and on with many scenarios. It just depends.
Aug 23, 2014As with everything Magic, there are multiple different approaches you could take. Probably the simplest would be to purchase them through mtgotraders.com. You might want to read their FAQ first and then proceed to their complete sets list.They do at times have complete sets in stock, but I don't see any at the moment. Such a problem is easily taken care of by contacting them as explained on their complete list page. There are other sites, but I am simply suggesting mtgotraders.com since I am familiar with them and they are reputable.Posted in: Articles
Otherwise, you can just hunt around and purchase them through vendors. Filter the set you want and start purchasing. There is also trading. However, if you want easy and fast, something like mtgotraders is the way to go.
Apr 22, 2014When I first drafted this article, I actually had quite a few more examples. However, the numerous deck lists swallowed up the article. To make it "readable", most of those deck lists were eliminated. Once a person starts paying attention for those 8/8 splits, you notice them more often. It's like buying a new car. Once you do, its amazing how often you notice somebody driving a car like your own.Posted in: Articles
I realize the need for quantification, but this was the formation of the hypothesis stage. These hypotheses were formed after observing a series of patterns. We have yet to get to the actual testing of the hypothesis. Such a task is quite daunting, but may be an article in the future.
Sorry, but I didn't look at limited. It would be an interesting to look at the limited environment and try to see if similar patterns could be seen. My hypothesis is similar patterns do exist in those successful deck lists.
Thanks for reading. Hopefully, these thoughts will evolve over time.
Mar 5, 2014The trouble with fungi is many are unfamiliar with it. If it were something more familiar, the argument would be easier to make. Let's say we had a beast that gave creatures haste. In the artwork, the beast is tossing turnips into the air. In that case, you'd ask why is this beast tossing turnips and why is it giving creatures haste? Pick any other weird combination. How about cats, dogs, elephants? Would that make the artwork any understandable? It is the same with Vitaspore Thallid for me.Posted in: Articles
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