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Quote from toroks »So Green Sun's Zenith in modern means you can GSZ for Dryad Arbor and effectively play two lands + a bird or noble turn one, and follow up with a turn 2 Collected Company, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss or other 4-drop...? That is absoultely ridiculous, and why on earth would they prefer that over Birthing Pod?
Quote from pierrebai »1. Linear deck are easier to play initially, but knowing to play against hate is harder.
2. Most linear decks also have more dead hands. Hollow one without it's discard spells is an auto-mulligan. Non-linear deck tend to be more resilient.
3. I think this is not tied to linearity per-see. It's about average mana cost. Many non-linear decks have low curves too. It's just that linear decks tend to all be about winning quickly, so they do not play high CMC cards. Modern always has been a low-to-the-ground format, with a few obvious ramp exceptions.
4. Non-linear decks also tend to have fewer horrible match-up. Linear decks have unwinnable matchups.
5. This is the same of linear deck. The only difference is about which player drew better or won the die roll. They also need a good SB to beat the other linear decks. Linear deck also tend to have effective hate cards played against them in SB.
I agree that there is a kind of SB lottery, where what you decide to bring can put you down in a given meta-game. But I tend to favor versatile open-ended SB. I always have a few GY hate, I always have EE, I always have a few shattertorm-like cards.