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Jack, I hope this Junior year of high school is just as good or better as your last three! Remember though, you don't want to start looking older than the teachers!
"You heard it here folks:
Anyone who disagrees with "Jack from NC" is an idiot."-The Dead Weatherman
You'll almost ALWAYS have metalcraft and free equip is superior to insta-equip.
And speaking of which, have you considered Cranial Plating?
That with Inkmoth Nexus can get pretty scary
Hahaha! I'm actually on my LAST stretch of my Bachelors degree. I swear after this I'm not even going to look at any kind of acadamia for at least a year. I'm up to my eyeballs in pseudo-intellectuals and hipsters with hobo bears. East Carolina is some ****, yo'.
Quote from JivanmuktaI hate casual players. I'd rather watch magic die than see them happy.
Quote from Jack_from_NCHahaha! I'm actually on my LAST stretch of my Bachelors degree. I swear after this I'm not even going to look at any kind of acadamia for at least a year. I'm up to my eyeballs in pseudo-intellectuals and hipsters with hobo bears. East Carolina is some ****, yo'.
@Ryujin: cut the Shikari, just run Puresteel. The draw and free equip is usually much more relevant than the instant speed equip.
Quote from RyujinDone.
Where did my signets and stuff go?
Put them back along with Expedition Map and Sensei's Divining Top.
I think I <3 you salvaging station
Quote from Jack_from_NCSalvaging station is a hallmark in the deck, though I've often questioned if it pulled enough weight. If lotus bloom didn't exist, I'd seriously consider cutting it now that Trading Post is a card.
Hoping I can bump with a major testing update by the weekend. Keep your eyes peeled.
Quote from RWF_LessAny big and/or new ideas for testing Jack?
Quote from cryogen »I hope for a you ban.
Quote from JivanmuktaI think theres a point with Sharuum decks where there just isn't much to change. Aside from meta based variations of course.
Quote from RWF_LessI suppose you're right. Sharuum is a well-defined entity.
Also, you should be posting new ideas for Jarad!
Quote from Jack_from_NCBumbledate again:
Tainted Aether went in over Engineered Explosives this weekend. The testing pool consisted of the following:
Phelddagrif (Draw a lot of cards, kill everyone with WSZ/USZ/Squall Line)
5 cc Random Stuff
WB Vish Kal Voltron
In a series of 8 games, Aether made an appearance in 5. While having a higher mana cost and less versatility than Engineered Explosives, Aether kept Ghave and Vish Kal in check by forcing their board to maintain an abundance of creatures to accomodate the dudes they actually WANTED on the field. Coincidently, Aether almost shut down Ghave's combos completely, which was VERY impressive.
I attempted to use it as a combo piece twice, succeeding once. It is by no means a replacement for Sculpting Steel-in a deck with more redundant Sharuum trigger combo targets, I could see the application. But in a list as tight as this, I don't believe it takes precedence over any other given Combo piece.
Overall, I was impressed with the card's multiplayer application, but not to the point of including it in the current list. For all the problems the group gave me, I was still able to combo off regularly and/or shut them down before they were capable of winning. Vish Kal was even running Griselbrand due to it's legality in our playgroup, and still lacked the necessary speed to win. Aether neither gave nor detracted from that speed, merely adjusted the way in which I interacted with the table.
Which brings me to my next point-the only reason I wasn't killed for playing this card was due to the severe lack of enchantment disruption and lack of creatures maintained on the board. This card is VERY politically offensive in an already offensive deck. This is counterproductive to how we wish to play Sharuum entirely.
I rule that Tainted Aether works best in the Control centric builds of Sharuum, or ones which focus solely on the Sharuum-trigger Bitter Ordeal combo. Otherwise, it is an excellent sideboard card in a Token-heavy meta, or in one which focuses solely on aggro.
Quote from RWF_LessI seem to be having this dilemma in many of my lists too, you find a card you like, and the performs well, yet actually including it is another step beyond. I think what happens is our lists get so tuned that for a new card to actually make it into the deck, it has to blow away something we already run.
Quote from Jack_from_NCWhat's even worse with Sharuum is that it takes an artifact-heavy block like Scars of Mirrodin to produce even a small selection of cards worth including. The most recent addition was Trading Post-I honestly can't remember how long before that I found a card absolutely worth including within the list. I'm hoping RTR gives me some sort of draw-ditch spell worth using, but I'm not holding my breath.
Aether would be awesome if I wasn't such an ******* about performance with this list. It's perfect for casual/Control lists.
Quote from Kay-hinAeHi, i have build your deck on page #1, that very great I don't touch any "slot", just switch 2 card of the same effect.
I feel Compulsive research is better than Impulse.
You could put a land (playable via Crucible of worlds)
or piece of combo into yard :
creature for Reanimate or Animate dead. (i use animate dead over Reanimate, go use a Enchant (most of time artefact also) removal on that and not on a piece of combo !! Thanks !!
sculpting steel/phyrexian for combo
or SoTM wich will come back...
Depend of the game state of course.
Just my 2cents
Quote from RWF_LessIntuition:
Instant speed, get 3 cards (2 in the yard, 1 in hand)
Sorcery speed draw 3, discard 1 or 2.
How can you possibly compare these two? Intuition is leagues better than Compulsive Research.
Quote from Jack_from_NCHe said Impulse, which to be fair, is a decent comparison.
Quote from RWF_LessI can't read. I need to go back to work...
Quote from Jack_from_NCBumpdate-
So I've discovered Tainted Aether at last thanks to Chad, one of my followers on Twitter who is also building Sharuum. Here's his detailed take on Aether:
Aether could be used as a substitute for Sculpting Steel, but given Sculpting Steel's versatility this won't happen. However, it makes an excellent board control device and is politically neutral. Saccing creatures is hardly a bad thing in the current list, and if all else fails, we can blow it up with Dispeller's Capsule.
I'm going to be testing it this weekend in substitution for either Engineered Explosives or some random selection. I'll give a full report on Monday.