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Jan 14, 2019knto posted a message on Is there any good combo decks in Standard right now?This thread is pretty lacking. There are combos involving Squee, the Immortal+skirk prospector+3 runaway steam-kin/goblin warchief to make infinite mana. If you throw in siege-gang commander it is an instant kill. Often you draw into this combo with Vanquisher's Banner+Squee, the Immortal+skirk prospector+0-2 runaway steam-kin/goblin warchief though so you may have to sacrifice a few goblins to destroy your own banner using Goblin Trashmaster. This is generally used as the win condition of the previously mentioned goblin storm deck if you need to play around settle. Another more all in option is Squee, the Immortal+Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle+skirk prospector+Goblin Instigator for infinite tokens/mana but unlike the previously mentioned combo Teshar isn't a card you would be running anyways. If you really want a janky combo deck check out rainbow lich. Ali Aintrazi has an article on it and has played it to some success. https://www.coolstuffinc.com/a/aliaintrazi-10192018-mastering-rainbow-lich . You get to do dumb things. Even farther into the realm of jank is Hyper Cancer form MTG Original Decks(youtube channel) which is really just a lifegain/ixalan's binding deck with no wincons except gaea's blessing.Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
Jan 11, 2019For me, "that guy" is the person who comes stoned and has to read and reread every card they drafted so that you go to time on the first game. He ends every night with atleast 2/3 of his matches being draws. I hate that guy.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Jan 10, 2019knto posted a message on Persistent Petitioners (Strictly Better MTG Spoiler) - mill commonPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from 1110mystic »
Is there any combination of cards in Modern that allow you to tap out, draw your deck, and win on the spot?
Additionally, someone better at math than me - assuming that each other non-land card in your deck is a 4 of, how many PP and cards in your deck do you need in order for casting the Sphinx to a guaranteed win?
to guarantee a win you will need no more than 2 non-Persistent Petitioners. If you want to calculate the chance of it whiffing. That would be a finite percolation problem which you would probably just estimate from simulating it a couple hundred times
import numpy as np
while dudes_in_hand>=2 and decksize>0:
for i in range(4):
print("You did it!")
print("You dun goofed!")
except you would run that a few hundred times and keep tallies instead of printing witty remarks. (ps I wrote it in python because I hate semicolons)
edit: typo. also imagine there are tabs for my loops
Jan 10, 2019It seems like a posiible option for white weenie mirrors. playing this the turn before a history of banalia ultimate will save a lot of damage. It's probably not good enough to see play, but maybe the meta will be very tempo-yPosted in: The Rumor Mill
Jan 10, 2019Best of one's are the same as they have always been. Fun for casual jank, frustrating for competitive formats. For a company whose success hinges on their game not being gambling they sure seem keen on making the game closer to gambling.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Jan 10, 2019Depending on your opponents colors this will be anywhere from limited all star to replacement lvl card selection. Interesting. If we get disperse or something similar at common it will probably achieve mythic uncommon status.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Jan 10, 2019knto posted a message on Persistent Petitioners (Strictly Better MTG Spoiler) - mill commonSweet jesus you can target yourself. This will make quite the rally deck in modern. The best will be when you bring in your sb lab maniac and then deck yourself with these plus surgical extraction. It's beautiful.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Jan 9, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Dunharrow »This is a tough card to deal with.
I hope this becomes a standard deck with Mirror Image. Infinite ETBS on turn 6 (or earlier with ramp).
You can play with Arcades and a bunch of walls to basically draw your deck.
Or Aviation Pioneer for infinite thopters.
Or Homarid Explorer to mill your opponent.
Or Sailor of Means for infinite mana.
Or Skymarch bloodletter to win the game.
Honestly... not sure which colors would work best for a combo like this, and it is not very fast, but it's a combo.
Probably bant. Bant gives acess to Mirror Image and creature tutor creatures Knight of Autumn and ramp creatures. Even without a combo, Llanowar Elves into Llanowar Elves into this is a turn 3 8/9 vigilance.
Jan 9, 2019Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from void_nothing »
I was about to make this same point - if you cheat a +1/+1 counter onto this it seems pretty potent.Quote from pierrebai »Holy cripes, the counter can come from anywhere! That's some mana acceleration. Turn 2 druid, turn 3 land, something something something that puts a +1/+1 counter, you got 5 mana.
mana ramp is only really good at the start of the game. I think cheating counters onto this will require too many things to go right for it to consistently cheat you on mana. Most of the time just running another ramp spell will work better. Exp: this into Circuitous Route untap turn 4 with 5 mana. That also hedges against removal blowouts and Circuitous Route doesn't need this to be good and works in multiples.
Jan 9, 2019It seems fine. Maybe this will end up being what gyre sage wanted to be. I see it more as a manadork that can is a relevant topdeck. I doubt the 3 mana part will be that relevant. Maybe if you run a lot of 6+cmc cards it will come up.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Jan 9, 2019Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I have to disagree. Hired Poisoner was already one of the better commons and 1 extra toughness means it can also wall tokens making it quite the defensive creature. The difference between 1 and 2 mana isn't that big in limited (except when talking about instants) so I would say that it is already a step up from Hired Poisoner. I played Thrill-Kill Assassin as a 1/2 most of the time in limited even when I was rakdos. On top of that it gets a 1/1 flyer on death. Compared to Martyr of Dusk one of the top commons from Rivals. Seeing as how this has both a better body and better token, I can't imagine it ever being printed at common.
I even think it has a chance at constructed. It's great for gumming up the board and then going over the top.
Jan 9, 2019I agree this looks like a premier anti combo card in eternal formats. It can remove combo pieces and prevent storm like kills. There is already plenty of hate for those kinds of decks, but having another option is great. In standard it doesn't seem very good, so it will still feel bad to open.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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Oct 2, 2015knto posted a message on The Magic Street Journal: Wizards Always Hurts The Ones They LoveWhile I agree with most of the article, specifically the part about speculation, I think you were a bit off the mark on pucatrade. Obviously it is a business that is intended to make money, but from what I have seen they do so by providing a service. The value of pucapoints is held relatively constant despite new users joining. The reason they offer rewards for inviting is 2 fold: 1 it brings in new players which not only means more people to potentially spend money but also a larger trading pool for all of the users, and 2 It allows for the introduction of more points into the system which is vital to keep it from failing as a micro economy (if there aren't enough points no one can afford cards and so no trading happens. This is a direct result of the price controlling but it is preferable in my mind than opening the market up to speculation). The point that "Pucatrade claims that pucapoints 'are not a virtual currency'" but that it is in fact one is much more accurate. I suspect it mas more to do with the legal implication of a currency than actively deceiving the user base. I regularly trade online and pucatrade has worked out fine for me. If you are looking for rare cards then you're going to have trouble finding them just like a regular trade system, but pucapoints make it a little easier since you don't have to have cards off their wants list. I have used the service to get rid of cards I wasn't using and to get cards that I wanted or needed plenty of times and am satisfied with the service but it is slower than a store and it takes forever to get someone to send you older cards. You can argue that it is run poorly and you could even argue that the service actually hurts the users instead of heloing them but comparing it to bit coin or saying it is a ponzi scheme is just wrong. The only people I know who are even dissatisfied with the service are people who had ridiculous expectation or who felt that trading moderators handled situations badly.Posted in: Articles
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