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The World of Kamigawa
  • posted a message on [Novel In Progress] Dark Depths - The Last Mirran
    Added Act 3 Part 4 - meet papa Vorinclex! One of these days Urabrask is gonna be useful.
    Posted in: Personal Writing
  • posted a message on Best swordsman in the multiverse?
    Toshiro Umezawa fought off some highly skilled Moonfolk with his Jittes.
    Nahiri, the Lithomancer - Her and Sorin duel, twice.
    Odric, Lunarch Marshal & Thalia, Heretic Cathar in the story pretty much own the other Cathar's during their escape.
    Arlinn Kord was once a pretty skilled Cathar in the story.
    Nissa, Worldwaker has some epic sword skills with her staff that turns into a sword, indicated in The Teeth of Akoum and the latest Kaladesh storyline. (See: Sword of the Animist)
    Elspeth Tirel fought in the pits with Koth, murdered Phyrexians blender-style with Koth and Venser, and fought alongside Ajani. She killed Polukranos and Xenagos with a really big sword.

    Many of the characters you've mentioned don't have any specific evidence in cards or the story that indicate they have any particular sword skills in fairness. Gerrard Capashen was notoriously useless at everything during the entire storyline tbh.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Make Mill Great Again U/B Mill
    Took the deck apart to make a standard UB godless shell. Just isn't viable.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Post-rotation UB(x) control
    Quote from zhafzhaf »
    Hi guys!

    I’ve been running a URb before rotation, mainly splashing black for Scarab God.
    But with the reprints of the check lands, i went full grixis.

    Still working on my list especially the sideboard. Deck has been smooth lately. I’m just wondering if I should just go straight UB control instead of playing a 3rd colour? Because i think red has better removals? (Harnessed Lightning, Abrade, Hour Of Devastation)

    Feel free to comment on my list!


    Creatures (5)
    3 Torrential Gearhulk
    2 Scarab God

    Planeswalker (1)
    1 Nicol Bolas

    Enchantment(2)
    2 Search for Azcanta

    Instants (25)
    3 Censor
    4 Glimmer of Genius
    3 Fatal Push
    3 Harnessed Lightning
    2 Vraska’s Contempt
    2 Essence Scatter
    3 Disallow
    3 Supreme Will
    2 Abrade

    Sorcery (2)
    2 Sweltering Suns

    Lands (25)
    2 Evolving Wilds
    3 Dragonskull Summit
    3 Drowned Catacomb
    4 spirebluff Canal
    4 aether hub
    2 Swamp
    2 Island
    1 Mountain
    2 Field of ruins
    2 Fetid Pools


    SIDEBOARD
    2 Gifted Aetherborn
    1 hour of devastation
    2 bontu last reckoning
    1 Essence Scatter
    2 Negate
    3 Magma Spray
    1 Search For Azcanta
    2 Duress
    1 Lost Legacy

    sideboard notes

    Ramunap Red
    IN
    3 Magma Spray
    1 Essence Scatter
    1 Hour of Devastation
    2 gifted aetherborn

    Out
    2 Search for Azcanta
    3 Censor
    1 Nicol Bolas
    1 Abrade

    UW Approach/Control Mirror
    IN
    2 Negate
    2 Duress
    1 Search For Azcanta/ Lost Legacy ( for approach)
    2 Gifted Aetherborn


    Out
    3 Fatal Push
    2 Sweltering Suns
    1 Abrade
    1 Harness Lightning


    How has 25 lands fared for you? Seems too low with Gearhulks and Bolas on top end - considering you don't have Opt for mana fixing? Also, running 3 colors and having 2 Field of Ruin - did you ever find yourself mana screwed due to colors not available? I wanna try this list but adding one more land and probably dropping the suns for a singleton Hour of Devastation.

    I tested my Godless decklist last night and anything more than 24 lands would have cost me games. I found myself in excess of 8 lands every game because they went on so long, and picking up land drops was killing me.

    I played a mirror matchup that played more midrange and decided to mainboard Yahenni's Expertise. Hostage Taker was surprisingly bad against my deck list, as was Kitesail Freebooter. Every time I was robbed of cards I almost immediately got them back to my hand, costing him a creature. In the end I lost the games against him because he ran Skysovereign, Consul Flagship and I ran out of steam. Definitely need to up my Torrential Gearhulk number to 3.

    Gonti, Lord of Luxury was great. Weirdly I found myself cycling Censor every time I found it in my hand. Not once did I use it to counter a spell of any kind. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about its presence in the deck.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    Quote from Jay13x »
    I feel like we're still missing some puzzle pieces, whatever is happening here. There's a lot of clues as to what is going on behind the scenes, but nothing to clinch it.

    Quote from kolayhe »
    I like that the writers temporarily toyed with us that Ixalan's binding symbol was related to Azor I. Either that was a purposeful red herring given the similarities or they're being blatant with their links. They even hinted at Niv Mizzet being the flying thing. I think it's definitely to push us off the Ugin theory.
    What? When did they hint at Niv-Mizzet being the winged beast?

    I just meant the gentle nod towards his statue in Jace's dream.

    "She wore a blue cloak and hood, and lay on the central dais of the Forum of Azor. Niv-Mizzet, the parun of the Izzet, was looking down at her"

    Just seemed interesting they'd mention him by name and no one else. I just felt like this was subtle attempt to throw us off.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on How do I get a new commander playgroup?
    My meta is super weird. At the LGS we have about 15 EDH players. Half of them play pre-con decks, or something close to that. Me, my brother and two friends play highly competitive commander (Jhoira for me, Narset Turns, Oloro Stax and Prossh Foodchain). The rest play sorta random stuff they've thrown together like izzet chaos and some just very random things. We are pretty much universally hated at the LGS because of our competitive decks and players feeling like they're not able to play their decks. If a pod contains any of us four the game is usually over turn 3 or 4, or at the very least our opponents know they've lost. I say people should run more answer cards instead of playing their own tunnel visioned decks, but that's a conversation for another thread. We have destroyed souls for long enough, so we've made some adjustments.

    We now play cEDH amongst ourselves on a Thursday, every Thursday since the rewards for FNM are irrelevant now and we get more games in, and more hours per dollar enjoyment. Each of us has two or three EDH decks now. A cEDH deck for Thursdays, and another less brutal deck. So I'll play Alesha Stax if I feel like ruining everyone's night and making the game last longer, or Goblins for fast paced political fun. Likewise the Narset player has Rakdos aggro, the Oloro player has Neheb-Aggrivated Assault and the Prossh player borrows a deck.

    So why not go to your meta and just ask them to consider making lower tuned decks? They get to spend their time and money making new decks with their supplies of cards and the less competitive people that turn up get to "play their decks" as so many people put it. I don't know, establish a LGS banlist or put a cap on total deck cost or something. They sound like terrible ideas to me but whatever helps.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Ixalan General Discussion
    I like that the writers temporarily toyed with us that Ixalan's binding symbol was related to Azor I. Either that was a purposeful red herring given the similarities or they're being blatant with their links. They even hinted at Niv Mizzet being the flying thing. I think it's definitely to push us off the Ugin theory.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on [Novel In Progress] Dark Depths - The Last Mirran
    Added Act 3 Part 3. Urabrask getting bitch slapped about by everyone.

    Apologies for the lack of updates lately. Sleep is hard. For the record however, we're about over the halfway mark!
    Posted in: Personal Writing
  • posted a message on Commanders you think that deserve their bad reputations...
    Quote from Mercury01 »


    Watching a high-powered Narset deck work is like watching someone do their taxes.


    You've obviously never seen a Razaketh Storm EDH deck. Literally waiting around for half an hour to build their storm count through tutors and mana acceleration. The sad part is you don't realise you're screwed until it happens - the first time anyway.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Post-rotation UB(x) control
    Alright, so I don't have Scarab Gods or Vraska's Contempt, nor the cash to buy them, so this is my slightly cheaper list. Haven't yet had the chance to test it. I have a single copy of Search for Azcanta so not really worth putting it in there. I'd rather feed the energy from Glimmer to Aether hubs than rub Hieroglyphic Illumination.

    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on Do you choose to be a jerk if you have the chance?
    I generally enjoy Artifact Blasting turn one Mana Vaults. Especially when you subsequently resolve your own turn one mana rock.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Commander Etiquette
    Quote from 3drinks »
    Quote from Xcric »
    Quote from 3drinks »
    Quote from Xcric »
    this is also something to avoid doing.

    evaluate current board state, don't just choose targets because someone runs counterspells, or because you don't like that a deck might have ld in it, or a stax effect, or a combo. i get really tired of hearing losing players whine and cry about blue and how broken it is, when really they just weren't prepared. what it does is creates an environment where that blue player CAN take advantage of the game because you don't like aspects of it.


    Maybe if they did something other than counter my cards, bounce my interactions to make me feel useless, I wouldn't feel so agitated by them. You wanna counter me? Here, I'll give you something to counter. Play with this t2 Scald, make sure you never ever tap out without a Force backup because I'm going to Boil/Omen of Fire you. I get about six different counters of my own, and they are reserved only for counter-warring the U player, or protecting my U hoser. "Keep countering all of my plays...I will run you cards out too, and then you won't win. Now you see how I feel." And then I will Seedtime to refresh myself.

    As long as people play these 35+ counter decks, I will keep playing dedicated hate and hard hosers. As long as I'm the only guy at the table to not be on U, I will keep playing Cryoclasm. You keep doing a good job ensuring my Mogg Salvage is always free to cast. I will continue forcing Boseiju, and Samut-via-Cavern-backup, with Sable Stags, Scragnoths, Kavu Chameleons, and River Boas. And I will continue sending these uncounterables and protection-from-you guys at you, as long as you continue trying to make my limited time playing this game miserable.

    So, no, don't tell me to stop focusing on the U player sitting from atop his throne of eleven mana and thirty counterspells like he's not the kingmaking threat that chooses who wins and who loses. Years of experience, bad beats, and getting combo locked have shaped my deck building & play strategy to what it is today.




    thats cool, but i'm sure the zombies player over in the corner is the one really disrupting you, even more so if you've geared your entire deck to hate on the perceived threat of blue. you're just upset that the blue player did one clutch counter to keep you in check so you're throwing everything you have at them regardless of everything else.


    No, I've gotten like this BECAUSE I'm literally not allowed to resolve any spells. U/W Taigam can go resolve SFM for Batterskull, but I'm not allowed a faithless looting/wild guess/char to kill a Tamiyo about to ult.

    No, I can't have this Goblin Legionaire, but it's okay to let Narset cast Recurring Insight.

    So I take matters into my own hands.


    That's poor assessment on a player's behalf, nothing to do with the colour they're playing. You could resolve any creatures you like, but a Blue/Red/Black/White player can kill them all on a whim using any number of control spells. Do you get mad everytime your commander gets Terminated? When your Bob gets Path to Exiled? Cause I don't see the difference between an instant speed kill spell in Rakdos and a Counterspell.

    Literally last night we had a pod of 5, one of which was playing Prossh. Turn one he drops a Burgeoning. The following four players drop lands and so does he. Turn two he fetches Food Chain and plays a mana dork. The next turn, if he has any kind of mana ramp or land drop he wins. Turn 3 he hits a Goblin Matron into Reckless Bushwhacker, casts Prossh and says "I Win".

    I cast Disdainful Stroke on his Prossh and the table survives the turn. People get to play their decks.

    Don't hate the colour, hate the player.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Mono Black Control/Discard
    Torment of Scarabs is a glorious card. I played 6 matches against Ram Red and lost them all, only getting my opponent down to 2 life in one of the games. Duress is kinda not the card I hoped it would be. My opponent found he had a hand he couldn't use most of the game, but when it came to top deck mode he eked out a win every time. Lost Legacy is really not as good as I had hoped, so I put it in sideboard and opted for Doomfall mainboard instead.

    Torment of Hailfire was average. It wasn't bad, but it also wasn't the finisher I had hoped it would be. I found myself getting to 5 mana very easily, and always ended up casting it for that much. The issue is turns 8+ I ended up top decking lands a lot, even with 22. This deck really can't afford to sacrifice life for cards either, because it gets pounded so hard early game against hyper aggressive decks.

    I've found against hyper aggressive decks like Ram Red, they get in too much early damage turn 1 and 2 with Earthshaker Khenra and Bomat Courier. We need more instant speed hand disruption, because the sorcery aspect is really killing the tempo of the deck. Annoyingly I put in Yahenni's Expertise to specifically combat Ram Red and didn't see it in any games whatsoever...
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on [Novel In Progress] Dark Depths - The Last Mirran
    Added Act 3 Part 2, writing Phyrexians is haaaaarddd!
    Posted in: Personal Writing
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