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  • posted a message on Fun, Casual Budget Ideas? (New to Modern)
    I'm dropping out of Standard, and the competitive scene in general, but would still like to play casually with my roommate. He likes the game but refuses to invest money, time, or thought into building a deck (kids). I'd like create 2-4 cheap decks with unique a unique fell, theme, synergy, or mechanic (think DotP decks). My problem is that I've only gotten into the game this last September, and have only been playing Standard.

    I'm looking for either full decklists, "back-bone" cards to build around, or the names of archtypes to search-up. Throw anything at me, and try to keep ideas below $30-40 a deck.

    I've no idea of mechanics or archtypes beyond Stanard, and I won't limit you to these, but here's some I like: Golgari Reanimate/Scavenge, Orzhov Midrange, Humans/Weenies, Voltron/Enchantments, or Big Monsters. I've a shockland-less W/r Heroic Auras deck, as well as a Red Devotion sans Purphuros/Stomrbreath/Shrine to Nyx.

    Also, could someone point me towards the cheapest and useful special or dual lands? Thank ye, sirs.
    Posted in: Modern Archives - Deck Creation
  • posted a message on [[Official]] [Primer] Wx Heroics
    Quote from L0ng5h0t
    I have been noodling around online with both my UW and WR versions of the deck and I've decided that I like the explosiveness of the WR deck better. I played around with Vanguard of Brimaz, but found that that he really didn't have much impact on games one way or another. Having to play the Spear to support him actually seemed to slow me down more that I was comfortable with.

    Here is what I'm currently running online

    Revoke Existance is a metagame call to help me deal with all the random enchantment and Gods that pop up online.

    Seems similar to my W/r, but with even less creatures. How are your hands? I find I was always short a creature, and will soon try a mono-white WW/Countless Battles variant.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on First Time Pc Builder: Review my build/Case and Monitor Help?
    Hey, there. Sorry I didn't get back to this earlier... my notifications are a bit odd since the site switched to Curse

    Anyways, I ultimately went with this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2UyZE

    I chose an Intel i5 and GeForce 770. It saddens me to learn that the i7 is on sale for $270 rather than the $320 when I placed my order, but I supposed it's not TOO much a difference when you work tax in. But yes, I chose from chops that had free shipping and allowed me to dodge taxes. Price after rebates war $1090.00~ish

    I chose the NZXT 410 Phantom SE Case with Gun-metal Finish because it seemed a decent case, and because of the Gun-metal Finish. G-u-n m-e-t-a-l.

    The monitor I chose was an ASUS 24" VG248QE: Going 27" without also going 1440p seemed like a foolish choice, so I opted for a higher-end 24" 1080p. It was between this ASUS and a BENQ, but my friends disduaded me from choosing BENQ due to their personal experiences. It would seem the BENQ in question had more problems with saturation, while my ASUS has problems with black levels in certain settings: I found an ICC profile that should compensate, however.

    Also unlisted is my choice of keyboard: I opted for the Microsoft Sidewinder x4. Wired, adjustable LED, membrane buttons, no key-press limit for $50. The next comparable non-mechanical option was $20 more but with more critiques than the Sidewinder... though I'd much prefer the white LEDs. As for mouse I'm using a junker $20 that I've had for awhile.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention! I was a first-time buyer from PC Outlet, SuperBiiz, and NCIX. I've had great experience with all but NCIX. Their order processing and payment verification took three days, and they ended up double charging me for the monitor: one from my intial attempt to pay through paypal, and the other from talking with a customer service rep. I placed the order on Sunday and this just shipped half of my order today, on Friday. Everything else has already arrived!
    Posted in: Geeks Corner
  • posted a message on [[Official]] [Primer] Wx Heroics
    Quote from Siiepher
    I really don't understand why so many people run Hopeful Eidolon. It just doesn't seem like enough value in a card. The 4 mana bestow just for 1/1 and lifelink seems pretty meh.

    Hopeful, when paired with Ethereal Armors, is arguably better than Favored Hopelite. The boosted Hopeful can net you a great deal of life, and bestowing it on a late-game draw is nice.

    via Aoi~
    T1: Hopeful Eidolon (Favored Hopelite, Nyxbox Rollicker, Nyxborn Shieldmate)
    T2: Ethereal Armor + Ethereal Armor = 7/7 First Strike
    T3: Ajani, Caller of the Pride -or- Gods Willing+Boros Charm if you're w/r.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on First Time Pc Builder: Review my build/Case and Monitor Help?
    Got a build together, which is up for review. I'm confident in it, so now I need a monitor and case to put it in, should someone be able to help me out.

    The build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2TO8l

    Going 27" 1080p, just because the price difference between 25" 1080p and 27" 1440p is too much for my budget. The two candidates I have unless someone recommends otherwise...

    ASUS VS278Q-P - 1ms, lower contrast, 2 HDMI Ports.
    ASUS VK278Q - 2ms, higher contrast, 1 HDMI Ports, $20~30 more.

    I'm leaning towards the latter for the contrast, but I can't speak for the 1ms difference in response times. Any critiques?

    Honestly, this is the hardest part. I want Mid tower with a couple USB 3.0s on the front, quiet fans, with no LEDs. Obviously airflow and space at precident, but it's been difficult finding something I like. My budget on this is $100, though I'd like to spend closer to $50. Anyways, what I picked out...

    Fractal Design Core 3000 $85~
    NZXT Tempest 410 $66~
    Rosswill R5 $73~
    NZXT Phantom 410 $91~

    I'm completely open to recommendations, but I'm leaning towards either the Tempest of Phantom at this point.
    Posted in: Geeks Corner
  • posted a message on [[Official]] [Primer] Wx Heroics
    Growing tired of bad draws with my 21 Creature/18 Trigger/21 land W/r deck. But then this appeared before me...

    Played my W/R Heroic Auras against a Mono-White Weenie Auras, and it wrecked my deck.

    Built this against what I saw. I need two Eidolons to play it. Will let you know how it goes when I do.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on Non-Magic Sales/Trade Forum, Search Haves/Wants gone?
    Thanks for the feedback. I've another small question...

    Is there a way to subscribe to your trading post listing? I couldn't find one.
    Posted in: Forum Software Feedback and Bug Reports
  • posted a message on Non-Magic Sales/Trade Forum, Search Haves/Wants gone?
    1. Non-Magic Sales/Trade: I had a thread trying to trade my YGO for MTG, but seems that the sub-forum has been removed and I can no longer access my Thread. Will it be coming back, or is it appropriate to post it in the Sales/Trade sub-forum?

    2. Search Have/Wants: I loved the ability to match multiple Haves/Wants, and is a reason why I moved here from Pojo, but I can't seem to find the functionality after the switch conversion. The only similar function I can find is searching CARD for CARD via Trading Post. Does it still exist or will it ever again be a thing?
    Posted in: Forum Software Feedback and Bug Reports
  • posted a message on [[Official]] [Primer] Wx Heroics
    Quote from TequilaFlavor
    I found that you usually want to play some more creatures than Heroic enablers, simply because having creature cards in your hand with no Heroic enablers isn't great, but having Heroic enablers in your hand with no creatures to enhance is much worse (obviously).

    I'm not talking about the opening hand here, either, I'm talking about being a few turns in the game, having your early creatures die to removal and then only redraw Heroic enablers and no creatures.

    I've lost quite a few games this way.

    For me personally, I found that 24 creatures and 16 enablers worked best, but I only played a G/W version and a G/R version, (obviously) didn't have access to the BNG cards and a lot depends on personal playstyle/preference and - of course - the (expected) meta.

    You're right, it's a problem I've had before, and I got around by playing more defensively: Swapping Chained's for Brave's, keeping Mana open and an extra creature on the field for Devour Flesh. I want to change that but find it hard to let any of my triggers go, but I may be able to take a land or two out...

    Comparing the THS to BNG version, I've dropped...

    2x Fabled Hero
    4x Precinct Captain
    4x Phalanx Leader, in favor of...

    2x Akroan Skyguard
    4x Nyxborn Rollicker
    4x Hero of Iroas

    This has removed all of my WW requirements, 3cmc creaturesc and pressure on mana-fixing. Buddy of mine proxy'd this and suggested...

    -2 Chained to the Rocks
    +2 Nyxborn Shieldmates (Or other useful creature)

    -2 Temple of Triumph
    +2 Mutavaults

    -1 Plains
    +1 Mountain

    I'm in favor of turning two of the Temples into basic lands or creatures, but am unsure of how Mutavaults will play out. I certainly hate playing against them, but I'm unsure how they'll fit into this deck.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on Best color for a builder on a budget
    I started with Theros and played a Heroic deck because it seemed cheap and explosive. I typically go 4-1 or 3-2, and more often than not drag matches out to three games.

    White's typically the core, and the most effective splashes are blue, red, and potentially black with BNG. There's a primer that just hit page 19 that I recommend you skim through. I'm sure you can keep your budget of $20 if you skip out on the shocklands.

    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on [[Official]] [Primer] Wx Heroics
    My updated W/r Heroic Auras. Sideboard's a mess, so don't pay much mind to it. I appreciate all feedback.

    Precinct Captain vs Phalanx
    Precinct on his own can be an effective wall and attacker, and will feed into EoCB, while Phalanx needs to have support and a fuller board to get use of it. I still believe PL to be a T3 or T4 drop, and he seems more effective in instant decks rather than enchantment decks.

    Hopeful Eidolon vs Nyxborn Shieldmate
    Hopeful Eidolon can be amazing either enchanted or as an enchantment. It has the same synergy with EoCB and Etheral Armor as Shieldmate does, but it pairs better with Etheral Armor on T2 due to Lifelink. To cast it as an aura is more expensive than Shieldmate, Gift of Orzhova or EoCB, but having another mode of Lifelink isn't something to scoff at.

    Gift of Orhova vs Ajani, Caller of the Pride
    Hero of Iroas, to me, is one of the best Heroic cards in the set. 1W is much better than the WW of Precinct Captain or Phalanx Leader, and it reducing the cost of Auras by 1C is amazing... and because of this I'd like to play Gift of Orzhova or Ajani. True, Ajani is more of a finisher/bomb, but GoO can be played on T3 with mana saved for Gods Willing/Brave the Elements (or Mizzium Skin for /u) if you've HoI in play.

    Eidolon of Countless Battles
    I love this card in almost every aspect. Art, theme, effect, and cost... but I feel this may be my "Anax and Cymede", where the idea of it may be better than the execution.

    Misc Comments/Questions:What are your opinions on Akroan Skyguard in W/r Auras and Instants? I couldn't let Precinct Captain go.

    I think Auras stand a better chance against Bile Blight and Drown in Sorrow, but as usual, Remove and 2-for-1 effects are our downfall. I'm having trouble deciding which protection spells to MB, even if they're not Heroic triggers.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on How do you guys value your cards?
    "How much can I get these cards for right now?"

    Current, consistent prices between Amazon, TCG Player, and eBay BINs, ignoring insane under-cutters. People who use mids on cards that are moving fast bug the hell out of me. Why would I pay value a card that I can get for $.70 at $2? Why would I value something $2 more than I can buy it for because of a couple high listings?

    If I sell I usually take 10% off the price that I'd trade by.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Need help transitioning in new set
    I'm in a similar boat to you. I mainly play R/w Devotion or WW splash Black, and Drown in Sorrow has me sweating. The only "counter" to DoS I see for Red or White is Fortify, or Profit // Loss with X/2 creatures... white not having many X/2s, but with a few on the way. (The two spoiled cats, Hero of iroas)

    I'm considering B/W Midrange or the more cost-effective, I've-got-mostly-everything Big Boros. The only way I could afford to run B/W would be to trade off some of my WW or Red

    Anyways, my Red Deck:

    Creature [26]
    4 Stormbreath Dragon
    4 Burning-Tree Emissary
    4 Ash Zealot
    4 Fanatic of Mogis
    4 Boros Reckoner
    4 Frostburn Weird
    2 Chandra's Phoenix

    Spells [3]
    2 Mizzium Mortars
    1x Magma Jet

    Artifact [2]
    2 Hammer of Purphoros

    Enchantment [3]
    3 Chained to the Rocks

    Planeswalker [1]
    Chandra, Pyromaster

    Land [25]
    11 Mountain
    2 Temple of Abandon
    4 Temple of Triumph
    4 Sacred Foundry
    4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

    (Forgot my exact sideboard. Boros Charms,
    Assembles, Cacklers, Angers, Wear//Tear)

    There's a Big Boros deck that took first a few days ago that I may draw inspiration from, thought I'm not big on Purphoros.

    Any opinions on R/B built around Mogis/Burn? Seems like a could-be-feasable alternative. Any advice/speculation is appreciated.
    Posted in: Standard Archives
  • posted a message on [Single Card Discussion] Mogis, God of Slaughter
    As someone who plays WW splash black and Red Devotion in a Black-heavy meta, the Drown in Sorrow spoiler makes me cringe. What are your opinions a Red Devotion Splash Black starring Mogis in the face of this new reveal?
    Posted in: Standard Archives
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