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  • posted a message on [Primer] RG Ponza / Modern Land Destruction
    Thanks for sharing the report. ^^

    That's actually a close game... if you were able to C. Corrosion afffinity.. that would have been almost gg already. Saying this because my main deck used to be Affinity.. though I was forced to sell it to have some extra Christmas money.

    I guess the reason Hazoret is expensive, is because she's the real deal.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] RG Ponza / Modern Land Destruction
    Quote from MarcWizard »
    Quote from The Fluff »
    The thing about this nissa into P&K is that we want to be doing disruption with blood moon or LD T2 and T3 then playing our threat. Playing it backwards with threats then LD is not going to work consistently. That is the core to this archetype is the early mana denial.


    I agree with this. One of the things that got me interested in this deck is the angle in which it attacks other modern decks. Land destruction or moon, then followed by a threat. When all the cards that I ordered from SCG arrive... my main strategy would be to fire one or two land destruction spells or a moon, then follow-up with a dragon or whatever strong creature I have on hand.





    Well, you guys say this but seem to forget that in MTG we don’t get to pick our starting hand. Sometimes your Ponza shows up with no vegetables, which we mull. But also common are starting hands with great ramp and meat but no sauce. I mean, you’re not going to mull a hand with 3 lands, dork, tracker , stormbae and baloth.

    Of COURSE I would love to turn 2 blood moon turn 3 acid moss turn 4 titan all day Everyday - but it’s been Long accepted that variance will often gut a deck that tries to force its curve- that’s why we play trackers and other such 3-4 drops, no?

    And I did paint the sweet scenario of voice into pnk. However a voice at any point in the game where you have multiple dorks is also good. Pnk just generally does utility stuff, like I mentioned, it acts like a glue between the other cards.


    Ok, fair enough. There are some decks in my meta that hands without land destruction are keepable.. for example.. a hand with Baloth + other threat + sprawl and enough lands against Burn. Anyway, I don't intend to debate this much because the deck is not even fully in my hands yet.. some parts are still in transit at the mail. We can talk about this topic again when I already have the deck and gained some experiences using with it. Smile
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on SCG Article: Our format is too thicc for them to handle.
    Quote from mgoetze »
    Quote from Billiondegree »
    just curious: what was the obvious lantern start?


    Darkslick Shores, Inquisition, Bauble, Mox Opal.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcMz09L0NJg at 8:35


    Thanks for that. Honestly, I've never played against a Lantern deck.. it's totally absent in my meta. So if I've seen opal, shores and bauble.. might also think that it might be a homebrew that has tezz.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [Primer] RG Ponza / Modern Land Destruction
    The thing about this nissa into P&K is that we want to be doing disruption with blood moon or LD T2 and T3 then playing our threat. Playing it backwards with threats then LD is not going to work consistently. That is the core to this archetype is the early mana denial.


    I agree with this. One of the things that got me interested in this deck is the angle in which it attacks other modern decks. Land destruction or moon, then followed by a threat. When all the cards that I ordered from SCG arrive... my main strategy would be to fire one or two land destruction spells or a moon, then follow-up with a dragon or whatever strong creature I have on hand.



    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on What lands are people feeling/playing with?
    Using the Forests drawn by Rebecca Guay on my modern Ponza. ^__^

    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Chandra, the Firebrand question
    Ah, cool. Thank you. ^__^

    Well, that's all my questions.

    +1
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Chandra, the Firebrand question
    Ok, thanks again. Just one final question. What if I use the -2 ability of Chandra, Torch of Defiance, then cast Stone Rain. Opponent Stubborn Denial my Stone Rain. Would a copy of the Stone Rain still be created by Chandra -2?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Chandra, the Firebrand question
    Oh, sorry forgot to ask this important question. Is the spell copy created by Chandra, the Firebrand counterable by countermagic spells like Stubborn Denial or Mana Leak?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Chandra, the Firebrand question
    Ah, thanks a lot for the replies. Oh, so that's how it works. ^___^

    +1

    -- will be print screened, printed on bond paper and added to my rulings collection - helpful when brought to fnm's
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Chandra, the Firebrand question
    Hi, for example I have a Chandra, the Firebrand in play. Then use her -2 ability. I then cast Stone Rain. Can the opponent remove Chandra with a lightning bolt in response to Stone Rain, so that Stone Rain is not copied by Chandra -2?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Cards that should be reprinted to enter the Modern card pool
    Need Terravore... reprint please...
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    Ok thanks. Just wanted to make my Ponza deck look a little nicer, so might buy one. ^____^
    Is there an official statement from WoTC that masterpieces would never be reprinted?

    Unfortunately, funds are now very exhausted. Next extra cash that I will get is on beginning of January salary. Hopefully, the Trinisphere would still be in the 40-50 range at that time...

    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [Primer] RG Ponza / Modern Land Destruction
    Quote from Arcx »
    I vaguely remember there being a Heartbeat of Spring package someone ran in the mono green devotion list which looked neat.

    (Pro tip: Don't do this.)


    Quote from The Fluff »
    Somsone just did a buyout of all the the semi-played Tireless trackers at SCG, because they're at a Christmas discount. I could have sworn there are almost 20 of those two days ago, now all gone. Which forced me to buy 3 of the near mint ones today. Anyway, just 1 Trinisphere, 1 Moon and 4 Sprawls missing before my deck is ready to roll. ^___^

    Tempted to tenporarily substitute something else for the sprawls while they're out of stock at SCG... but probably a bad idea even at FNM level....

    The reason sprawl is out of stock and expensive is that it's not been reprinted and no card is quite like it.

    You could play extra birds I guess.


    Thanks for the suggestions. Anyway, I have the feeling that the deck would perform poorly if there are no sprawls... so will just wait for awhile. Next month SCG has probably restocked, and my wallet would have also recovered from all the holiday expenses. ^___^

    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    There's now a great number of Unst able lands in stock. 483 of them. Now I have some hope that they will indeed go down. Seems to be a lot of supply.



    ________________________

    On another question. Is it good to buy the Kaladesh masterpieces? I'm sort of tempted to buy the Masterpieces trinisphere. Are the prices of these cards likely to go up?
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Nissa, Steward of Elements
    Do you have a sample deck list? Smile

    And agreed that she's cool. I'm sure that the 9 dollars I paid were not wasted. Played a bit with Crystal Ball when it was in standard years ago... so I know that scry 2 every turn is deceptively powerful. However, my main problem is she is easier to dispose of than crystal ball, because can be attacked / burned. Which means I have to be slightly ahead or at least even in board presence with the opponent to benefit from casting her.
    Posted in: Modern
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