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  • posted a message on Mono-blue Tempo
    Quote from magic geek »
    As example, a standard Sphinx of Foresight now costs 41 cents on SCG, so, the card is trash and they have lots of them.
    But, a foil version costs $4, and they are out of stock.

    What?
    The foil (non-promo) version of sphinx is TEN times more expensive, and out of stock.


    Ever hear of a thing called EDH? I hear they like their foils over there. That's probably why it's sold out. Nobody is playing the card in Standard.

    Also, I've tried a few different cards and SB strategies with this deck, and at this point my advice is to read Autumn Burchett's article and do exactly what they say. It has been working really well for me on Arena lately.
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on Mono-blue Tempo
    Also, I'll echo whoever said you should play best-of-3 with this deck if you're on Arena. In Bo1, I was struggling to do better than 50-50, but since I've been focusing on Bo3, I've gone on an 11-2 run and moving up into Platinum. That may be luck, me getting better with the deck, etc. but the matchups are just generally a lot better in the Bo3 queues.
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on Mono-blue Tempo
    Quote from Colt47 »
    I recently started main decking entrancing melody to help with shoring up my aggro matches and have to say I'm impressed. Taking even one of the early drops to your side is huge.

    Also helps against tithe takers.


    Going with the 1 main, 2-3 board strategy, or are you running multiple in the maindeck? The former is what I'm doing, and seems to be the popular way to run the deck right now, but I haven't tried multiples.
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on Burn
    Quote from B4t34u1vr3 »
    What do you think of shrine of burning rage? It's kind of slow, but a potent finisher, something which a mono red Modern burn deck sorely lacks.


    This is the Legacy thread, but Shrine is too slow for either format.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Mono-blue Tempo
    Had a good day today, went 19-2 in Bo1 play on Arena and went from Bronze to Gold (I just started playing Arena this week). Competition wasn't all that strong and no sideboarding, but still pretty happy with that record.

    Quote from magic geek »
    Rujasu - Since you're running 19 land, have you considered the extra Island SB?
    It is a rare deck that plays extra land in the Sideboard. Maybe 1%, maybe less.


    I mention it because it was in Burchett's SB when they won the MC. I don't know if it's optimal or not, just throwing it out there.
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] yakusoku's Budget Guide to Standard
    Anyone interested in an updated version of this thread? I'm just getting back into Standard, but overall it seems like a good time for budget players with mono-U being a cheap deck that just won the MC, and mono-R being a popular cheap deck as always. I'm sure a White Weenie deck can be assembled without too much money as well, and it's a straightforward archetype to learn for new players. Any other good options we could highlight?
    Posted in: Budget (Standard)
  • posted a message on Mono-blue Tempo
    Quote from A_E_I_Own_U »

    So I think I have the MB that I want to play. The only card I'm debating on is Warkite Marauder.
    Also, I need one more card for my SB. Should I just keep Deep Freeze in the SB for Niv?


    Since you're running 19 land, have you considered the extra Island SB?
    Posted in: Proven (Standard)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    is it worth messing with people's lands with Tideshaper Mystic as well as give spreading seas 5-8 in a pinch?


    Considering that the card has been around since Lorwyn, probably not. Other than turning on Islandwalk (at the expense of not being able to attack with it!), it's not going to be useful in terms of messing with opposing colors. You can't use it on their turn, and if you use it on your own turn, they can just play their spell in response. Sure, I can think of a few niche situations where it would work, but there are a ton more where it's going to be a plain old Merfolk of the Pearl Trident.

    I know in the past, people were using Sea's Claim as the 5th-8th Seas. That seems to have fallen out of favor though.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Christine Sprankle and Harassment in the MTG Community
    Quote from GloriousGoose »
    it's the systemic toxicity in this and other male nerd dominated hobbies that continues unabated.


    Anything male-dominated, really. It's not limited to nerds and it's not limited to hobbies.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    it increases the consistency of spreading seas effect, to grant islandwalk to the team. (it would be copies 5-6 or 5-7)

    Sure, but it's completely redundant if you already have Spreading Seas or if your opponent is already playing an Island (and there is a lot of blue right now).

    Also, I've played Spell Pierce in the mainboard recently, and... don't. There are too many matchups right now where it is just not useful.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on what was your first deck?
    A friend of mine taught me to play and gave me a mono-blue deck. Cards I remember from it:



    It was a pile even back then, but it was fun. And yeah, Second Chance is still my favorite card, if you hadn't figured that out already.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Quote from pabloduque32 »
    MoW was such a game changer before, but I think he's starting to be a meta call. Any sugestions for testing?


    Yeah, I think MoW is just flat-out bad right now. Not to be too obvious, but Phantasmal Image? Maybe with 2x Kopala, since Kopala actually offers some protection for Image, whereas Kira doesn't?

    Also, anyone have any thoughts on the Gifts Storm matchup? Clique and GY hate seem really strong against it, and obviously countering Gifts whenever possible.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Merfolk


    It's funny, I was just thinking of putting a single Clique in the maindeck, and there it is. Anyone else tried Clique lately? Not the biggest fan of Crudele's list otherwise, but it's clear that Harbinger is a must-have right now.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Quote from Kizzel »
    What are your thoughts on Mizzium Skin as a sideboard option? Gives each creature hexproof and +0/1 to get around some sweepers and bolts.


    +0/+1 is rarely ever going to be relevant as a combat trick, so you're almost always going to be using this against a non-creature spell. Maybe an ability, maybe a creature with an ETB, but usually a non-creature spell. So, if the idea here is to counter a spell, why not just go with something more versatile like Negate or Spell Pierce in that slot?
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Right, I think the issue with MOW is that it's too slow on offense and doesn't always line up well on defense. I think you generally cut MOW just because you have to cut something, and you need to keep Cursecatcher/Lords to give yourself the chance to curve out. I'd cut maindeck Tidebinders before MOW if you're running those, but otherwise I can't think of anything I'd cut before MOW.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
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