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  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Negate is my go-to sideboard card, and it's done well so far. I'm surprised to hear you have Needle and Skite and no Relics, though; 4 Relics is damn near mandatory in this meta.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Agreed; blue control and Jund are a field I am much fonder of than the likes of Affinity/Elves/Lantern.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    He doesn't match up terrifically against Jace himself, but he squares up much better against the shell Jace is likely to be in, which I predict will be a Jeskai deck with a plethora of cheap spot removal. Dodging Bolt, Helix, and Electrolyze is big game.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    The unbanning of BBE and JtMS are very strong incentives to return to the classic mono-U list; grindy decks are better than ever, and we need to grind in turn. They will drag us into the midgame with their spot removal almost by default, and we need to make sure we're comfortable there. I'm also considering either Kira or Kopala to be very helpful in the coming months. I had fun with my little Tropical experiment, but the winds of change do not favor it.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    We've long had access to that sort of effect in Triton Shorestalker, and that's never been considered worthy of inclusion. This deck is really good at evading blockers, so the beef is much better.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    I don't think Kumena or Kira is better than Reejerey for Tropical Fish. I'd jam that instead. And I can't advise running a list without Harbinger - Snag and E-Truth simply are not better cards than a bounce effect that is also a body. No Mutavaults is not something I'd advise, either - Tropical can't run as many as mono-U, but I'd never run fewer than 2. Your sideboard is also a bit light on countermagic for my taste; I'm not a fan of Spell Pierce in postboard games, and you don't have any Dispel. I think Cage in addition to Relic is unnecessary, and Recall is just too narrow.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Your opponent's spell will resolve as normal. Kopala has to be on the battlefield when costs are being paid to have an effect.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Merfolk Joe looked at the land count in mono-U long ago, and he concluded 20 lands was optimal, especially if you're on 4 Master of Waves. Nothing has changed on that front.

    6 G sources isn't reliable enough to cast Mistbinder on curve. Once you've decided to splash for that, you're all-in on Tropical.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Don't say "OK" when someone casts something at the Competitive REL level; they may interpret it as the spell having resolved, and by the time you look through your cards and think about presenting the counterspell, it may be too late. That one is 100% on me.

    In other news, I wanted to share my report detailing my experiences with Tropical Fish in Modern. tl;dr is that 16 Lords are amazing, and Branchwalker was deeply disappointing.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Hi everyone, just wanted to share my report on my Top-16 run at the SCG Classic this past weekend. Check it out and let me know what you think!
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    @bptrumpet: I used to run 2 Kopala in the spot now occupied by Weavers. I prefer Kopala to Kira because he's less dead in removal-light matchups. I wouldn't recommend dipping below 3 Master of Waves, personally, especially if you expect attrition matchups.

    @Shadowwarrior346: Good job! I'm surprised that you don't flood a fair amount with that list. I'm on 18 lands 2 Vaults (a necessary concession to make the mana work), and even then I find that I sometimes have too many. I almost never want to see more than 4 lands in a game.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    I've been running 18 lands in Tropical Fish with lots of success. If your only 3-drops are 4 Reejereys, the deck can very easily support 18 land. That said, I am on only 2 Mutavaults, but I frankly haven't missed them much.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Quote from xelerate ยป
    Congrats Roland! Do you know if there will be any video footage of any of your matches?


    Sadly, no. I was never on one of the feature matches.

    Thank you all for your support.

    @Sliceydicey: Weaver was awesome. It's really making a case for being locked into my flex spots going forward.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Hi everyone,

    Just wanted to report that I attended the SCG Modern Classic in "Philadelphia" today (airquotes used because the location was a half hour away from the city - I should know, I live there), and I bagged myself a Top-16 finish! I'll be writing up the report as an article for ModernNexus, but I just felt like I had to get this info out to you now. Keep swimming!
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    It's versatile, but kind of color-intensive. Holding up 2 mana is also kind of a pain. I don't see the need for them, but you could try them and see what happens.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
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