I agree, just need to innovate or switch up your sideboard for the change. Adding lingering souls, pyromancers, or maybe bone picker(questionable though) might be a good idea right now just to help with the aggro heavy decks. If only baleful strix was in modern, oooh boy.
I’ve not had the best of luck as of late since my shop consists of tier 1, tier 3 and home brews. All of which are too hard to account for. The spread is so wide you can beat some known matches and lose to a lot of the random unknown ones. Only reason I still play GDS is because its my best deck vs Tron currently and that is the primary deck being played.
My next best deck is fish but there are a few affinity players and well that one is miserable.
Affinity is a big problem for this deck. They have so much evasion and little creatures it is an uphill battle most the time. For awhile, I've wanted to add Forked Bolt or Abrade just for my local meta but Bolt seems pretty lackluster in a bunch of other matchups. Abrade might be a fine addition and should be easier to cast vs. KCommand. Also, you could try the Lingering Souls in SB plan. I heard that card is stellar.
Not dead, just not popular right now while everyone is fanatically testing out BBE/Jace decks. It also doesn't seem to be a good idea running delve threats with Jace floating around not that it would stop you from countering/discarding him to begin with. Some are experimenting with faster builds including Bauble but it feels even more fragile IMO. It might also be worth sticking to the same build or experimenting with more threats? Not sure, just waiting for the meta to cool down some.
I'm testing 1 Tombstalker for 1 Angler and 1 Forked Bolt currently in a list with 4 Opt / 2 Serum. Won't know how good it goes until I actually play it. I want stalker for flying and forked bolt as a possible 2 for 1. Also, anyone consider Distortion Strike?
I won't go that far, I'll leave that testing to you. However, I want to add that I'm on Opt train right now. I really like card selection vs random card draw, scry 2. Snap Opt has also been great, letting you attack with snap on your turn. It also lets you bluff a stubborn denial which may throw your opponents off.
Let us know how dropping thought scour affects the deck!
4 grixis shadow in the t8 of scg Charlotte. 13 made day 2, as the most represented deck. 2nd was dredge with 5.
The rest of the t8 is dredge, living end, 2 eldrazi tron.
When I read this post, I feared that Grixis Shadow had totally dominated the field. But while 4 Grixis Shadow decks made top 8, only one other Grixis Shadow deck is listed in the top ~32 (a few decks are not listed for some reason). Plus, Eldrazi Tron won in the end. In the final interview, the winner mentioned that he lost only a single game to a Grixis Shadow deck all day, stating that he had felt favored against it after adjusting his sideboard.
In addition, Jund Death's Shadow, not long ago considered to be the best deck in Modern, is completely absent from the list of decks. So the number of Death's Shadows equals the number of Thoughtknot Seers this time.
Saying it was the best deck in Modern was a selling point. It drove huge sales to Jund players looking to stay on top. I don't read much into any articles that try to convince me of such. SCG mainly shows and talks up strategies during the entire stream to promote sales during and after events.
And now the showcasing of Grixis is doing the same thing. Convincing all those Grixis variant players to hop on board. Although I fear all the banmania talk circulating the State of Thread might hold some back. Grixis Shadow was a little too represented this last time. But looking at the field, people weren't trying to play against it(UW Control), just play it instead.
I haven't been able to beat affinity lately. Too many creatures to deal with and they drop their hand quick. Not sure if game 1 is even winnable unless they draw poorly. Game 2, just hope you draw your sweeper asap. I have both Anger and Return in my SB and like the split. I bring them both in when I need a sweeper. I played last night and could not draw the third land otherwise I would have wiped his board with Return. After the match I showed him a Staticaster and Kozilek's Return sitting in my hand the whole time and he cringed. Rise//Fall has been pretty sweet and been liking it thus far. It works decently in this deck I think. I wait to use it knowing they are banking some cards in hand while I have to deal with their boardstate.
Not sure what to sideboard out in that matchup other than Street Wraith, IoK and some Thoughtseizes.
Deprive basically feels free late game when you run out of lands to fetch. I guess you could always use them to lose 1 life when needed. I'm really tempted to run Deprive just to have that counter anything suite. When I played Shadow Delver one week it really threw people off. They thought I was running normal Delver so they're instinct was to kill him asap. This freed up Death's Shadow which came down late game. The only problem we have with Delver is his flip rate is 30% or that is how it feels most the time. He did speed up my kills vs infect when I dropped two back to back. Not that we have a problem vs. Infect.
If you decide to cut Kolaghan's Command entirely, I don't see how Grixis isn't just a worse Esper. I mean, bring in some Paths instead of Bolt/Terminate, and you'll have a real answer against Finks, Voice etc, while maximizing your Snappy potential (Snap on cc1 removal is much more easy to play).
I'm actually on Delver in Wrath's place, as I felt the need of another threat without exposing too much myself to grave-hate. He's doing a good-job at clocking the opponent, or just exposing less our Shadow to removals, eating them before. It's also insane when facing Company/Chord, because they have SERIOUS issues against flying threats. The shell is exactly the same, so I can suggest you to try it (yup, I understand that you dislike Delver, and so do I. But in this metagame it really feels good).
On Delver in Esper Shadow that is? Hmm, wraith brings that free card draw/loss of life which is key. If you are going to drop that maybe it would be Ok to run Deprive? Pick up a shock to replay for more life loss. Just an idea. Also, I see a list from Hareruya run 3 SSea's in the board.
In that UB list, I'd rather try Slither Blade than Delver of Secrets sadly...
Last night TNM was horrible, 0-3 drop. Lost every single game because the hands were bad after mulling down to 5 and the matchups were horrendous. Faced Storm, GR Tron, Bant Eldrazi. Didn't bother to stay for the last 2 games. Made two mistakes but they didn't matter once I explained them to my opponents.