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Jan 24, 2018We have many new players because of the change to 20 LP. Combo is still present in French (Prosh, Kess, Teferi...), but not as oppressive as it was with 30 LP. I think the change was good and attracts more player to the format ( not necessary to this form tho...), at our LGS we had 27 players at our last FNM, just saying...Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
Jan 4, 2018At the moment i am running this list:Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
I like this state of the deck a lot. In addition to the oppressive mainplan, it has a solid manadenial plan. At the moment i am reevaluating Grim Flayer and Tireless Tracker. I am thinking about Pack Rat and Troll Ascetic.
I also try to fit in Flusterstorm, but i am uncertain if i want that card and what needs to go.
Oct 15, 2017I added Simic Charm for the lulz, dunno this slot is my flexslot i guess. Crop Rotation is a no go, getting this countered is to painfull.Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
Maybe graveyard hate could be a good choice... Scarab God is a though matchups
Oct 12, 2017After the tournament in Strasbourg, i wanted to give a short update on the list:Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
In anticipation of a Zurgo and Titiania heavy meta, i removed Daze from the list. Daze always felt like an autoinclude, but I noticed, that I rarely used the “Bounce an Island”-Mode, because the tempo loss would have been too much of an issue. I added Mental Misstep for Daze, since it can counter Zurgo on Turn 1 (Duh) and versus Titiania it find Fastbond or other mana acceleration.
I also had the chance to test versus Karlov, before the tournament, and it turned out, that countering Soul Warden, Soul’s Attendant or Mother of Runes is a very strong move.
Conclusion: Mental Misstep is the better free counter at the moment
I played in the tournament versus Grand Arbiter, Titania, Kess Extra Turns, Prosh (a friend from cologne) and the Leovold Mirror.
Despite having the most Judge calls for Orcale Wording (Puzzlebox and Anvil), I had a lot of fun. I was pleased with the performance of my deck. The only card, I disliked in this tournament was Traverse the Ulvenwald. The problem with this card, is, that it does not activate Delirium on its own. What do you guys think of that card?
Oct 3, 2017compare Hostage Taker to Palace Jailer, i think the card has not the same powerlevel.Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
Ponder and Brainstorm are card, that are used in vintage and lagacy, the other cards only see play, because the first to are banned in modern. You could argue, that Preordain is good enough for the deck, but it does not dig deep enough...
Softcounter depend on your meta and what you expect from your meta. Spell Snare and Spell Pierce are great in the right meta. I am playing next Saturday in Strasbourg and i expect to see lots of Titania and Zurgo. Thats why i added Mental Misstep to my list, to have a free counter versus Zurgo and an answer to Fastbond and Exploration. Spell Snare could get cut do to the lack of a frighting 2 drop commander.
I do not run dedicated finishers in my builds i see them more as big dudes, that are standing in the way and then beat the s*it out of my enemies. Thats why i do not run Titania. The best creature in your list, by far, is TNN.
- Always Ramunap Excavator. Crucible of Worlds is just a dead card versus Titania and Zurgo.
For a general advice, i like to point out my deck on TappOut.net i explained certain cards and some advises there.
Sep 30, 2017@MindrottedPosted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
Seems like a good midrange build, but i have to say, that i would not run Negate, Countersquall or Hero's Downfall. All of those spells, are not flexible enough and can be very bad topdecks. I also think, that Diabolic Edict is not needed anymore, Narset is to slow for us and Geist is banned.
Dark Confidant is to greedy, i think, since Zurgo is our main enemie. But those a just my two cents...
you are probably right, but as far as it goes, i am doing fine with Time Spiral, Puzzlebox, Anvil and Days Undoing in my deck. Since running so many "combo" cards, i am more relaxed pacting or milling those away, when i do not need them.
Rishadan Port is doing great in my deck, i felt that i never used Throne of the High City anymore, so i did that swap. Traverse the Ulvenwald was added to the deck, together with Search for Azcanta to be able to run 1 fewer land and for the reasons that you mentioned. I did add as well Ramunap Excavator, which is very strong with a lot of my lands.
i am thinking at the moment about adding Perilous Voyage in favor of Repeal and / or Recoil. I am also thinking about adding Ghastly Demise again, since Markov was eliminated from the competition. Am also not happy, that i had to cut Gifted Aetherborn but he just did not feel right in the deck. Am i missing something in the greater picture?
btw: i went 3-1 yesterday, winning against Prosh, The Scarab God (ugly matchup!) and The Gitrog Monster and loosing to Zurgo (sick draws).
Sep 11, 2017I think with the new PW Rule, we have reevaluate all the PWs. Especially Jace, Architect of Thought need a closer look. While i am convinced, that Jace, Architect of Thought might be a good addition for the deck, i am unsure if 4 Mana is not to much for the deck. Also i am unsure, what card could leave the deck for him.Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
I tried Teferi's Puzzle Box instead of Mind Twist. I drew it one game, where i was already winning, so i can not give good insight for this card. Many people kept on insisting on this card, so i gave it a try.
Quote from Mindrotted »Just went 2 - 1 at the weekly duel commander event at my LGS. 16 people tonight for two weeks in a row! Not a bad turnout if you ask me. Recently I've pushed my Leovold to a more midrange deck and have been happy with the change. If anyone wants a list I can post it.
The thing I wanted to suggest to folks having trouble in more aggro metas is mana dorks. They might seem odd at first, but they are part of the reason we are in green.
Grixis can be more of the total control package, but BUG really wants to take advantage of the fact that we have efficient threats and ramp to get us to them. Our mid-game is good and I wanted to get there faster,
I'd be curious to hear what other people are seeing in their meta. I know that it can vary wildly from shop to shop.
Sure go ahead and post the list, its always interesting to see other lists! But i have to disagree on the Manadorks, i have been there and the playstyle just does not fit mine. They tend to be in other MUs very bad topdecks and in control-MU they are to much of a commitment to the board, in my eyes. I have to add, that this deck does not struggle versus aggressive decks, but you have to build it with Zurgo and alike in mind to keep it this way. That's why i am tinkering most of the time on this aspect of the deck.
Sep 5, 2017I did not play Damnation for a long time, because swarm aggro was not really a problem in the meta. With Edgar Markov on the doorstep this changes. Nissa, Steward of Elements proofed to be to weak. Flip Nissa could be a good inclusion, but i am not certain.Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
I think Ghastly Demise might have been to narrow (due to non-black), also the reason you took it out I assume.. Grin
To be fair, black commanders where in the minority before Edgar Markov. But yeah, he is the reason Ghastly Demise left and Go for the Throat came back.#
Also the list on mtgtop8 was yours, right? I saw some really specific cards in there that I don't think others where playing.. I like that you are experimenting a lot with different cards... Grin
Yeah, that's me. What cards do you mean? To be honest i do not see many other Leovold decks out there. So i am not exactly sure, what you could call a "normal" Leovold list.
Bone Picker does not serve a purpose in this deck. He does not regain life nor is he big enough to black aggressive creatures without dying.
I agree on Siren Stormtamer. It just seems to be to weak.
Sep 1, 2017Have to agree with dachivale. Latest Changes to my List:Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
+ Nissa, Steward of Elements (But i am not sure about her)
+ Pernicious Deed
+ Go for the Throat
+ Liliana, the Last Hope
+ Jace, Architect of Thought
- Chasm Skulker
- Diabolic Edict
- Garruk Relentless
- Mental Misstep
- Ghastly Demise
The Deck gets a bit clunkyer but it can handle better Swarm Aggro. The new PW-Rule is great for us, since you are not producing dead cards when running more of the same name, what was a real issue in the past.
Engineered plague is a cool card and could be usefull vs Titania as well (naming Elfs), but i think there a to many matchups where it is just a bad card. Engineered Explosives could be interesting as well.
Jul 28, 2017Why is a reprint of the reserved list needed? They allready did it in the most elegant way, by printing it online, so they dont attack paper prices. If you want to play vintage or legacy, but you want to do it on a budget, you can play online.Posted in: Magic General
Jul 21, 2017Normally, I keep back, as regards format discussions, but this seems to me to be worth a comment. No matter what ban list you look at, not one follows a principle like the bannists of legacy or modern. There is to much listenting to the voices of individual people and most of the times principles of the format are ignored. Do you want to have the powerlevel of legacy or do you want to play singelton vintage? Do you want a competative format, where the best player wins, or a format that is friendly to newcomers? No matter how the decision looks, you should provide the appropriate weapons or just forbid them.Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
The idea that every color is evenly representet is utopian in a format that is so similar to legacy or vintage, and should not be forced with artificial bannings. #
As i see it, there are now 12(!) commanders banned, which could make a cool metagame (not all of them, looking at you Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary and Erayo, Soratami Ascendant). With the unbanning of Grim Monolith, Humility, Oath of Druids, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale and Back to Basics you could give other decks weapons to beat those "uber" commanders. Why not fix the meta, by giving it more power? Otherwise i would recommend to ban all non-modern cards...
Jul 19, 2017Ramunap Excavator needs testing, before i can say anything, but on the first glance i does not strike me very hard. That sad, its clearly better then Crucible, since Crucible got cut for being useless against aggro.Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
With the banning of Giest, I don't feel the edict effects are really necessary, and can be replaced with targeted removal or other cards.
That is not true, Narset and things like Marit Lage are still a thing.
As for the unbannings, Fastbond and Mind Twist should at the very least get some testing in, maybe not so much Tomb because of heavy color requirements.
Seems like this deck is one that would want to play Ramunap Excavator + Fastbond.
Why do you see Fastbond in this deck? Am i missing something?
Mind Twist will be tested, but i think, it is to expensive.
That seems like it's going to be the biggest shift from the bannings, probably want to run a lot of low CMC hate.
What do you mean by that?
Jun 26, 2017Spellskite is doing well, his interaction with Leovold is realy nice. Garruk Wildespeaker could be a good choice, but i like to have a mono green removal in my deck. I also try to avoid GG in my deck, were it is possible.Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
I got my Hands on a Grim Flayer and tryed him in deck. You are right about him.
Jun 21, 2017Garruk Relentless provides additional removal and can delay stuff like Geist. Those 2/2 are a good thread against control decks and once flipped, he provides even more protection. He feels like a non-suicidal version of Bitterblossom.Posted in: 1 vs 1 Duel Commander (French)
Treachery is in my opinion one of the biggest tempo swings you can do in commander. On top of that, you can steal the opponents commander, binding even more resources on your side. If he has a solution for Treachery, you made him invest Mana and a card, so you gained a lot of tempo. If he does not have a solution, you stealing one of the best creatures (or even the commander) on his side, giving huge tempo to you and CA.
Trygon Predator: I feel it's very slow since I have to wait a whole turn to attack with it, and it have to deal damage first. Why not just use spot removal instead?
He is better in situations where there is no enchantment or artifact and in situations where there a multiple enchantments or artifacts. He even pseudo prevents the opponent from playing enchantments or artifacts. But i have to agree, that he is kind of slow. I guess it comes down to preference.
Chasm Skulker: been playing this for a couple of weeks now and also feel its somewhat slow, since it only gets bigger when I draw a card.
He is slow, but he can provide additional blocker against aggro (it costs CA, but that is no real concern versus aggro), or he can win games versus midrange and control, where the match tend to be more drawn out.
Besides that, you have to agree, that he is amazing with Leovold, both Jaces, Brainstorm, Anvil of Bogardan, Cephalid Coliseum, Geier Reach Sanitarium and Ancestral Visions.
BTW: He was quickly picked up by all other blue decks in my LGS.
Obstinate Baloth, the alternative would be Thragtusk. With Zurgo in mind, i think, that Thragtusk is to slow.
I have to agree here, but i am not certain what to do about it. There are games, where she is amazing and then there are games, where she does nothing.Quirion Dryad: same as Skulker but weaker.
On the other hand, I miss a lot these cards in your build:
Titania, Protector of Argoth
Go for the throat
Go for the throat was cut because of Breya, now that she is gone, i could see a comeback, what would you cut for it?
Memory Lapse I simply do not like this card. I think with the new rule, that you can move your commander to the command zone, it got a lot worse.
Grim Flayer i do not have delirium often and i do not want to work towards it.
Titania, Protector of Argoth costs to much mana and i can win withe tools, i already have.
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