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  • posted a message on Modern Horizons Discussion Thread
    Counterspell is definitely not in the category of the 1-mana removal spells (it's a 90's way of seeing Magic in a sense). The flexibility with counterspells right now is laughable, it's like giving players the choice between Lightning Strike and Searing Spear. Like standard-level bad, and it's been that way since Modern inception. Counterspell costs UU, so the flexibility will remain : some decks will prefer good blue mana counters and others good 1 mana blue mana counters.
    The other option is to print a new card that would be a strictly better Mana Leak or sthg, and let all those 2010-power level counterspells finally become obsolete and rest in peace. Hallelujah. Evil Lol

    Sneak Attack is scary. It would let Emmy come back in business and turn Reanimator & GR Titan into monsters. I believe Through the Breach is already good enough: it's counterable, cast a turn later, and only a one-shot. The amount of upgrades Sneak Attack brings looks too strong for what Modern can take imho. Simian Spirit Guide and Desperate Ritual would be much better too.

    Now I wish they make a cycle of those Cabal Therapy imitations (ala Magus cycle), I don't care if they eventually suck in Modern, at least it will demonstrate what cards Wizards don't want to reprint in Modern. Welcome to the overcosted Sylvan Librarian, Shower & Teller, Sneak Attacker and Karakasi !
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 11/03/2019)
    If only it was about colors. It's more about color combinations and archetypes. You unban Preordain as if it didn't overlap in Looting decks, you associate Stirrings and Library while they don't serve the same archetypes and color combinations. And so on. I mean, it can work, but that's some random speculation you make here.
    Banning stuff solves an issue for an upcoming big tournament. It shakes the metagame and it's good for the audience on Twitch. In your analogy, Wizards bans dangerous weapons that some pupils carry at school, not some yummy cookies.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Modern Humans
    Damping Sphere becomes a good card for you then, you can run 2 copies in your SB. Lavinia could be a suggestion, but those decks run sweepers post-SB, which is a problem. Sphere still dies to Explosives and O-Stone.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Bant Walls Worship
    Why all recent posts are in bold ???

    Tetsuo Umezawa, Fugitive is still a nice card, as well as Tower Defense. As Bellune said, the deck lacks good walls, the birds / noble one-drop is awkward with Arcades.

    I think we may get a bunch of playable walls with MH, maybe WAR, but without a huge upgrade, this deck does nothing great. Some examples of reprints :

    Fell the Mighty / Wave of Reckoning
    Meekstone (too strong though, OG effect of Marble Titan)
    Enlightened Tutor (too strong though)
    Eladamri's Call
    Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa

    Wall of Blossoms
    Sunscape Familiar
    Wall of Junk
    Shield Sphere
    Wall of Nets
    Wall of Tears

    Even then, most of these cards don't make the deck clearly good.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on UR Phoenix
    Izzet charm: Is it worth 1x if you already have 2x Lightning Axe?

    It's gonna be super situational. Charm shines only when its three modes are useful in a MU. If you have nothing worth countering and your cantrip count is already maxed out, no need to play Charm. It's a meta call.
    2) Crackling Drake: Shall we agree that 2x main os OK? I think this is the main tendency right now. I have doubts that it may be slow and high cost (we have 18 lands)

    Don't worry, trust the history of the deck. It's similar to Titi, it's somewhat hard to get it to work sometimes, but the pay-off is worth it.
    Also, regarding Games 2 and 3, Pteramander is a way worse card than Young Pyromancer (GY hate). Could you tell me why chose one over the other? Also, if I should face Mirror, Amulet Titan, Burn and Horde decks (spirits, goblins, merfolks...) what's best?

    Ptera over YP. You can't buy time with YP VS Titan, Spirits and the mirror. It seems better to race those decks with as many flyers as possible. Post-SB Ptera is a card you may wanna cut, especially if it's just 2 slots.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 11/03/2019)
    London Mulligan Rule, MH, WAR, this year is the most mindblowing one in my experience of Magic, in terms of announcements. The things they try in such a short amount of time is beyond believable.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on UR Phoenix
    Damn, I've been testing the Dredge matchup and it seems nearly unwinnable in game 1

    It's Magic ! Creeping Chill is the most annoying card to me, because it helps them recover even if I got a fast flipped Titi. The randomness of Dredge is frustrating at times, for both sides of the table. Don't bother about G1.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Do you enjoy modern right now?
    This looks like a redundant topic, but also a useful poll. Players will discuss the same things here as they do in the "official" thread. It'd be nice to have this poll at the begining of the official thread, so we know a bit more about the silent crowd.

    Overall, enjoyment seems to equal the ratio between expectation and experience. The more you want from the format, the worse you'll feel.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    It has become incredibly frustrating to discuss changes in modern, where at the start of this increase in linearity I'm arguing with people that this plate of pasta would be much better if we removed the gravel from it, and people insisting the gravel is just fine

    Is this hyperbole also ? :p
    When I look at the numbers, Modern is diverse and top decks were not always the same in 2018. Phoenix decks are super popular right now, shared by two distinct variants. MTGtop8 says 11% of the perfs. That's close to what Twin did before its ban, sure. In all of 2018, no deck was on average over 9%. Wouldn't some players whine a bit too much ?

    Yes, some decks are a bit out of control for a moment, but Wizards did a good job about them right ? I feel like some players can't suffer an unfavorable meta for a month without neverendlessly whining. I think the format is pretty good because it's easy to figure out what goes wrong, react fast, and balance the meta again (thanks to the banlist and new printings, it's not only via "adapting" our lists to the meta).

    Not to flame, but I feel like this topic is constantly fed by old tired Modern analysts. I'm curious whether we could raise the forum so players emotionally complain less and build more cold-blooded criticism, sharing the negative AND the positive in a reasonable manner.

    But if you actually would try to max your win percentage to steal a big tournament, there are at most 5 decks you should seriously consider. Isn't it just common sense that if you have to submit to the matchup lottery, the winning strategy is to linear as hard as possible and steal at least game 1?

    You don't steal a big tournament if you choose among the top tier decks. You steal it if you win with an underdog deck, that's what I call "steal".
    Then, you play more post-SB games than G1s. It's part of Magic to concede G1 to linear strategies, like in Legacy & Vintage. This is where noone is wrong or right, you either choose to play a strong G1 deck, or a strong G2 deck. Not sure it has something to do with the idea linear decks make a format worse.
    There's also the fact that if you want to win big tourneys, it implies you gotta spend money first, probably in several expensive decks. To be competitive, you don't complain about the meta, at first you complain about how much money you wasted in decks and trips. Only something stupid like the Eldrazi Winter (because you're tired losing the mirror at the top tables) can cause you to complain about the meta, really.

    Is Modern "narrow" right now ? Maybe, but I don't care, I believe it's smart to see Modern in the long term, accept to lose money because of bannings, and accept to let go my pet deck for a better one from time to time. I was on Pod, then on Elves, then on Humans, now on Phoenix. I feel good. Smile
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on Modern Horizons (Updated)
    Unless this set signals a paradigm shift. I think there’s a very real chance they’re aiming to bring Modern more in line with Legacy and they could use this product to raise the power level across the board.

    It's not how you do it cleverly though. Even though they tested the set in the Modern environment, they're aware they can't really figure out the meta, the same way they can't know that No-Ban List Modern is impossible to figure out without several tournaments. They're cautious enough for one single card unbanned, there's no chance they add several cards that would be logically banned in the first place. If one Legacy staple is injected, that's already quite a bald move.
    I can't believe they would ignore the phrase "it's not broken, don't fix it". Modern is one of their Poppins Money Bag, you don't unify Modern and Legacy by forcing Modern to walk the plank.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Modern Horizons Discussion Thread
    You don't like Stifle but you're in for Pillage and Vindicate ? The latter has enough mana restictions to see the light of day, but the first one is just another 4 Stone Rains for GR Land Denial archetype, already very happy to run Bloodbraid Elf to cascade into them.

    I'd love Wall of Blossoms as a tiny improvement for the Walls deck.

    Someone mentionned Faeries at one point, that would be cool to support the archetype.

    I really wish to see a bunch of stuff from the sets between 2000 and 2003, the illegal black-border sets of Modern (not that those are the only ones).
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Modern Horizons (Updated)
    I think a good way to look at Legacy material being in MH1 is to compare cards to the banlist. If Dark Ritual was on the Modern banlist, would Wizards be ok to unban it ? The answer is obviously NO, and the most superficial reason is that a similar card, Rite of Flame, is on that banlist (of course you can analyse the card and its impact on the format). Check out all the powerful cards this way and you get a quick answer to your expectations.

    On top of it, it's an entire set, so see it as a bunch of cards being unbanned : would Wizards unban 10+ powerful Legacy cards at once and let them FROLIC in Modern ? Even 5+ ? I don't believe so and noone should. Let's keep our expectations reasonable (= low).

    On the other hand Cabal Therapist is a huge hint that we'll see nerfed Legacy staples. It could be any card you dream of on legs, either overcosted or slow af. One should expect cards that are just above standard powercreep, and that play fair in Limited.

    Which leads to the strong chance of seeing huge tribal support. Wizards know tribal is popular amongst all categories of players and very functional in Limited, spreading power amongst several colors. The idea of old school fetchlands would be super smart as well, it's a cheap gateway for new players into Modern.

    Now they said the most powerful card of the set is blue, so to those who think Counterspell couldn't be in, please reconsider. I believe the mystery card has chances to be way over the power level of Counterspell. Or they bluffed.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Modern Horizons Discussion Thread
    Some very nice expectations there, but a few seem just 100% impossible :

    Stifle is a very dangerous card, too risky. And it's already very miserable to play against in Legacy, I don't see reprints that make games frustrating enter the Modern Pool. If the blue card they talked about is very strong as they teased, I'd rather have Daze, which seems to be the only reasonable blue powerhouse of Legacy. TNN, FoW, Stifle, S&T, those cards create more issues than they open gates. I highly doubt Daze would be in because Counterspell is right in that slot and so freaking likely to be in, but who knows.

    High Tide is fast mana, it's broken. No chance. Otherwise, U Turn banned somehow, and I'm just scratching the surface.

    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    By the way, with the lack of UGx midrange decks in the format, I could definitely see Baleful Strix and Shardless Agent be in there. Temur doesn't have what it takes to make BBE + AV good enough, Sultai is always a worse Abzan or Jund deck, and Bant doesn't exist. It's a better argument to me that the inherent power level of those cards in a vacuum.
    And I'd love to play Strix in artifact decks and Agent in Humans ! :p

    Therefore, I could definitely see an Enlightened Tutor reprint as works on two different fronts; it'd be a welcome addition to niche enchantment-relevant archetypes (e.g. Bogles) while also helping to give White some more options and boost that part of the color pie.

    Idk, it would scare the hell out of me. Bogles isn't my concern at all, it's more broken stuff like Enduring Ideal, Thopter Foundry, Jeskai Ascendancy & other combo / prison decks. I think i'm fine with the 3-cmc tutors we have right now (even though they're unplaybale) like Tr- Mages, Idyllic Tutor, that kind of garbo (that's why I'd be ok with Recruiters).
    Also I keep in mind they don't unban SFM, because it makes games too consistent. Cheap tutors have the potential to create that kind of problem.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    +1 about Library. We can see in Legacy it's a card you play 1 copy, Maybe 2 max. It would help BGx decks a tad bit for the control MUs, and probably be in green decks SBs. Would Tron and Amulet Titan want to play this card ? They could print Mirri's Guile instead though, in order to take fewer risks.

    On the whole, I think that's pretty reasonable and fair when looking at the format as a whole. However, they essentially said that some inclusions were made with particular decks/archetypes in mind. Therefore, I could definitely see an Enlightened Tutor reprint as works on two different fronts; it'd be a welcome addition to niche enchantment-relevant archetypes (e.g. Bogles) while also helping to give White some more options and boost that part of the color pie.

    Maybe. I try to put myself in their shoes, and I would probably come to the conclusion tutors are risky, but indeed, they surely tested these cards in specific decks and figured out whether they're safe better than what I can imagine. W&S.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
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