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  • posted a message on New MTG Player, what do you think?
    I really like the new Nissa, but I don't think that merfolk really need it. I think they work best as an aggro deck. I drafted some rares, but here is what I did without spending rare or mythic wildcards (not updated for WAR):

    This deck was not great, but I could win about half the time with it at low gold and fulfill quests that involved casting U or G spells.

    Raphael Levy (Hall of Famer) took this to the last Standard Mythic Championship and did quite well.

    In your shoes I would start with Kumena, Deeproot Elite, however many Breeding Pool, Hinterland Harbor, Unclaimed Territory, Silvergill Adept, Deeproot Waters and Merfolk Mistbinder as you can muster. Add the Skydivers, Jade Bearers and Herald of Secret Streams along with any other merfolk at less than 3 mana that you want to try.

    Spend some uncommon wildcards on up to 3 of the good uncommons (Mistbinder, Silvergill Adept, Deeproot Waters, Unclaimed Territory). Maybe throw in a few spells that you like (Contentious Plan?, Incubation, // Incongruity, Spell Pierce, Dive Down, Disperse).

    Fill in the lands with some Simic Guildgates and Woodland Stream, Islands and Forests until you have at least 14 G sources and 14 U sources and about 23 lands.

    Fill in up to 60 with merfolk around the 1-3 mana cost so that you don't have too many 3 drops.

    Test and iterate.

    When Dominaria comes round as the draft format (hint: the day after tomorrow) do as many drafts as you can and snag Hinterland Harbors if possible. Likewise Ravnica Allegiance for Breeding Pool and Benthic Biomancer. Ixalan block for lots of cool merfolk of all rarities and Unclaimed Territory.

    I hope this helps, but I realize I may have gone far afield from your intention. Please feel invited to correct my misapprehension or post your next iteration.

    If you can, the decktags are super-easy and make it easy to mouse over your deck and see what the cards are. They are described here.
    Posted in: Budget (Standard)
  • posted a message on New MTG Player, what do you think?
    Welcome!

    I see a lot of cards that do good things, but not necessarily together.

    I see parts of a ramp deck with Nissa, multiple parts of a proliferate merfolk deck, parts of a control deck, parts of a planeswalkers monsters deck and parts of a proliferate monsters deck. While there are synergies, I think it would be stronger if it were more focused. So I have questions.

    Is this on Arena? Do you have the starter decks available to you?

    What is the most important thing you want this deck to do? I want to help you build a merfolk proliferate deck, because I was reasonably successful with a budget merfolk deck on Arena before War of the Spark came out. But that's just me. This is your deck. What is the key combination of effects that you want to win games of magic with?
    Posted in: Budget (Standard)
  • posted a message on State of Standard Thread: bans, format health, metagame, rotation, etc!
    I have no objective criteria for these tier listings. If anyone wants to propose some, feel free. I am just looking at significant tournament results.

    Eyeballing the Syracuse results and MPL decklists, I conclude that Esper Midrange is Proven, Jeskai Superfriends is Established. 4C Dreadhorde could also be Established, but it can be covered by our GBx Midrange thread. Esper Control seems to have fallen to Established. The MPL decklists seem dated.

    In the absence of significant disagreement, I will implement this on about Wednesday.

    - hoser2
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on Magic Pro League Week 2 - Standard - 5/18
    The season continues. You can watch on twitch.tv/magic starting at 3 PM ET (noon PT). More information is on the mothership and the announcement for the previous week.

    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on GB/x Midrange
    I really like both cards, but when posting in competitive, I feel the need to honor the constraints of the section. I do believe the common wisdom that a 4-drop creature needs some ETB effect or at least haste to be viable, particularly in a format with a 4-mana wrath in one of the best decks.

    Roalesk seems interesting in Vannifar pod chains as it has both an ETB and an upon dying effect, but the threshold for 5 drops is even higher. Storrev produces value with a successful swing along with an above curve body. I cannot honestly recommend either for a competitively-optimized Sultai deck. Please prove me wrong!
    Posted in: Established (Standard)
  • posted a message on Arena Bo1 Standard Metagame Thread
    MTGADecks seems to have a very good listing of the current meta with decklists.
    Posted in: Arena Bo1
  • posted a message on Arena Bo1 Standard Metagame Thread
    Welcome to the Arena Bo1 Standard Metagame Thread!

    Arena Bo1 Standard was recently created. It has been hypothesized and perhaps even established that Bo1 Standard differed from Bo3 in that without sideboarding, linear strategies were favored (aggro, combo, control) and midrange was disfavored. Whatever the cause, there is a distinct meta in Bo1 and the tier rankings of Bo1 decks do not match their Bo3 cousins. In addition, there is a card exclusively banned in Bo1: Nexus of Fate which further alters the Bo1 metagame. In the runup to the Mythic Invitational, a number of decklists were proposed, but information has been harder to find since the Release of War of the Spark.

    This thread is intended to provide information and host discussion about the Arena Bo1 Standard meta.

    Posted in: Arena Bo1
  • posted a message on GX(x) Midrange
    With a current active GBx Midrange thread, I'm locking this. Please let me know if you object. - hoser2

    A_E_I_Own_U, I think I asked you to start this. If you feel burned, I apologize and welcome any appropriate private feedback.
    Posted in: Established (Standard)
  • posted a message on UB(x) control
    With current Esper and Grixis Control threads, where Esper is active, I'm locking this. Please let me know if you object. - hoser2
    Posted in: Established (Standard)
  • posted a message on GB/x Midrange
    Another 3-0-1 with Sultai Midrange at a Monday night Standard Showdown. Pulling an M19 Vivien from the Showdown pack means that I should play the deck at the coming MCQ, right? Probably not, but unless my Arena testing goes horribly, I am liking it. All the grinders look scornful, so I don't think it will be wearing the target.

    Beat a Naya Aggro brew 2-0, Bant Hero 2-0 and Wb Aggro 2-0 before chopping with Esper Control. Massacre Girl was quite good out of the board against Bant Hero and WW. Davriel was solid and Nissa took over in a game against Bant Hero. Otherwise, a pretty stock list taking some inspiration from Yellowhat.
    Posted in: Established (Standard)
  • posted a message on State of Standard Thread: bans, format health, metagame, rotation, etc!
    The Tier rankings I see:
    Proven (Tier 1-1.5): Esper Control, Wx Aggro, Mono-R
    Established: Mono-U, GBx Midrange, Gruul, Nexus, Bant Mid/Flash, Esper Mid, Grixis Control

    Based loosely on: SCG Richmond Open/Classic, Fandom Legends 5/9, MPL Week 1

    Corrections, improvements? I expect to be wrong on some borderline situations and don't want to create a problem, so please let's just try to get this approximately right (or if someone wants to go nuts on this, PM me with a proposal).

    I expect to implement this (with corrections based on feedback) on Wednesday.

    The next significant results seem like SCG Syracuse Classic, MPL Week 2.

    Since the MPL decks are submitted a week in advance and are not actually played very much in the league, I am not sure how up-to-date and significant they are. My assumption of their significance is thinking that the pros test them heavily before submission. I think time will tell whether they are a trailing indicator, a leading indicator, an inbred metagame or some combination.

    Edit: I left Phoenix in Established also. It looks to me like we need Nexus, Bant Midrange/Flash and Esper Midrange threads if anyone feels inspired.

    Edit 2: The (MOCS?) Standard Premier #11866401 seems like a relevant tournament result.
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Feather, the Redeemed
    MCQ top 8 tournament report for a Boros version here.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
  • posted a message on GB/x Midrange
    Llanowar Elves into t2 Davriel has been great against Esper Control. It seems kinda bad aginst Mono-R, particularly on the draw, but I have only faced Esper Control with it so far.
    Posted in: Established (Standard)
  • posted a message on [[Official]] The "I Need Help Deciding What To Play!" Thread.
    I am evaluating Sultai myself. Threeferi doesn't seem like a problem, but Narset hoses Krasis hard and Tibalt hurts the lifegain on Wildgrowth Walker and Krasis. I am hoping the early creatures and Vraska, Golgari Queen will help keep Narset and Tibalt in check. I am interested in Yellowhat's list from the Fandom Legends tournament, although I wonder about Karn and the second Nissa. I have an MCQ in a week myself.

    Esper is probably the better deck, but you better be ready for the mirror and play quickly, as it isn't fast.

    Drakes and Phoenix both seem hurt by Narset and Threeferi. I wouldn't want to be on either, but if you have a good plan to deal with the Esper 3 mana planeswalkers, you could profit, I hope. Is there a good 1-2 mana flyer? Does Pteramander give enough pressure?
    Posted in: Standard (Type 2)
  • posted a message on GB/x Midrange
    Yellowhat (Gabriel Nassif?) took down the Fandom Legends tournament on May 9th with this spicy Sultai list.
    Posted in: Established (Standard)
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