R1 vs ANT
I didn't know what he brought because he has most relevant Legacy decks, but I had 2 Chalices in hand and started with Chalice for zero turn 1, into Chalice for 1 on turn 2. Scoop phase.
Sided in Graveyard hate + Flusters and removed TNNs and some other high cost random dudes.
First Chalice got destroyed while Relic managed his graveyard. He had to go off but Relic successfully shrinked his Cabal Rituals. Catcher made him pay 1 mana (from 4 to 3) so his Tutor only found Ponder. He fizzled.
R2 vs UG Infect
I mulled to 5 (Island and 4 Lords) but he mulled to 3. I managed to not cast a spell and lose.
Game 2 and 3 my deck was low on creatures but loaded with interaction. His counterspells were not matched properly with Flusters, Chalice put a hold on his stuff, Wasteland destroyed Nexus and my anemic beats got there after many turns.
R3 vs Eldrazi
I Wasted his Eye, countered first monster accelerated with Simian SG and played some TNNs.
Side was nice for game 2 since Dismembers, Harbingers and Vensers replaced Chalices and Catchers for nice tempo match.
2 Reality S were returned with 2 Harbingers and tempo loss was too much for his racing.
R4 vs Punishing Jund
I drew 2 Copters which, helped by Chalice on 1, raced his ground dudes, while being safe from Bolt, Push and Punishing Fire.
Game 2 was more or less the same, Copters won by themselves.
Recap. I had to play 3 Copters because they are our "Delver" and "Brainstorm", it blocks Delvers (always annoyed by that card) and helps Silvergills keep the motor running. I see no reason for going with any less than 3, while 4 could be clunky.
I prepared my deck for Storm, Eldrazi, D&T, Delver, DRS decks and being soft to other stuff.
Worked this time.
(In response to FANAttiC's question about Night's whisper v. Dread of Night) Yes, I did. Derp.
I am playing in a large tournament this weekend, and seriously considering trying out a dark merfolk list. Either that or a list that is more geared towards mana denial, with some B2B main. I don't know. Just super on the fence about what to play in general.
I am still without chalice's as well, so that limits what I want to do.
cutting Chalice and an extremely stable manabase for DRS, 2 Leovold, some removal, and nice SB cards? DRS is stupid good and the removal/sb cards are quite nice... but??? I don't see it.
Regarding Relic of Progenitus, when do you usually bring it in? Obviously the Reanimator and Dredge matchups. But what about various iterations of Delver? What about Snapcaster decks? What about Loam/PFire decks?
I bring in Relics when I see 2+ cards that rely heavily on the graveyard. For example, Czech Pile has Deathrite and Snapcaster, so I bring it in. I wouldn't bring it in against a Delver deck that only has Deathrite, but I would against Canadian Threshold (which has Nimble Mongoose and Tarmogoyf).
My 60 feels pretty locked-in of late. I finally gave up on Phantasmal Image and started running 4 Harbingers in order to get extra points against Delver and Dark Depths decks, and that's been working out well. I'm mostly just grinding the occasional league while waiting for Rivals, though.
Was the variance on Phantasmal Image just too much to take? It does often seem like that card is either the stone cold nuts (copying Lord, TNN, Silvergill, opposing fatty) or a complete dud (empty board, open mana with 1 guy on board, etc.). I see that Harbinger shines in Delver/Delve match-ups. How does it do against the field?
Harbinger has done pretty well against the field. Creature combat is becoming more and more important nowadays, and Harbinger makes sure you don't lose races to random creatures. And yeah, PhImage was just too high-variance for my taste (as has been the case virtually every time I play it).
Been watching tuxdev streams lately... thanks for the stream man, its great to watch competent Legacy Merfolk! Good luck at the GP!
I noticed the chat conversation abut Harbinger/Clique/Image/Copter, etc. I think I like some split of Image/Harbinger could be the best option. That's why I'm running 2/2 split along with 2 Smuggler's Copter and 2 Daze maindeck with pretty much tuxdev's sideboard.
Yes, you absolutely should side it in, naming sneak attack. Shutting off half of their "A" in the A+B combo makes things very much harder. It's generally not worth naming griselbrand, using that ability is often a death sentence for the opponent because of how aggressive we are.
I have been running 2x Grafdigger's Cage alongside 2x Relic of Progenitus for the longest time in my SB as y grave hate of choice. Lately, though, I find that I am rarely ever siding in the Cage. It really shines against only about 5 matchups (Reanimator, Dredge, Elves, Storm, Loam?) and never otherwise gets boarded in. I am thinking of cutting them to add in another Relic and then freeing up that spot for something else. Do you all swear by the card?
I have been running 2x Grafdigger's Cage alongside 2x Relic of Progenitus for the longest time in my SB as y grave hate of choice. Lately, though, I find that I am rarely ever siding in the Cage. Do you all swear by the card?
I've seen some Venser, Shaper Savant lately in some sbs, other than Sneak and Show and Marit Lage decks are there other decks where it is good to sb it in? I am convinced at least 1 will replace one of my 2 Echoing Truth but I am wondering if I might go up to a second copy. Any thoughts?
I have couple of Vensers for years, they are my get out of jail cards: Sneak&Show, Marit Lage, all the you-can't-attack crap like Bridge from Burn, Solitary Confinement from Enchantress and Glacial Chasm; then returning Sword of Fire&Ice inside combat, countering random Verdict or Terminus, bouncing Delver, Eldrazi dudes or Reanimator targets like Elesh Norn, Griselbrand, Emrakul or Blazing Archon, etc.