My suggestion would be to make your maindeck as good as possible against certain MUs, and help the remaining ones via your SB.
Don't try to be good VS everything in your maindeck, it's impossible with vampires.
Engineers come off your opp's SB, so your X/1s can be cut in favor of Aetherborns for example. But Aetherborns are good at protecting Sorin too, so they may be worth the maindeck anyway.
White offers the Lord but also Adanto Vanguard, which pumps Knight of the Ebon Legion proactively if needed, and is good with Sorin's +1.
Besides, I really like Falkenrath Aristocrat over the other 4-drops, be sure to stop Mantis and Phoenix looks important. It misses a good recursive vampire on top of Bloodghast though. This deck needs another good vampire, no matter what kind of deck I want to build. Still short a card for being competitive imo.
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Jun 27, 2019I have a first draft for the deck, but I think it has to be in Boros colors and is probably not quite the same archetype as the one depicted in this topic.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
I ain't sure the Givers are right and how many Paths are necessary. Could be 4 Path + 2 Spellskite instead.
I ain't sure about the manabase, if it's worth going down to 15 lands, and what split is best among Canyons and Vantages. The fetchlands are right though, it fixes red and thins the deck a bit. Nexus is both an artifact and a threat, looks superior to Darksteel Citadel in a list with Engineer.
Mortarpod is a necessary target for Gift in case we have equipments but no creature. I ain't sure Husk is necessary as a 1-cmc target though.
Puresteel Paladin doesn't seem good as there's no room to play a million equipments and it's hard to get Metalcraft. Engineer on the other hand goes rolling with just 1 artifact, it's way more convincing on paper, and the effect is what the deck wants. It tutors and plays around Meddling Mage as a bonus.
Goblin Gaveleer seems worse than Skirge, and the mana isn't great, I wanna play as few red cards as possible.
Jun 27, 2019Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)01/08/2008 This will count the number of symbols in its mana cost while it’s on the battlefield. The ability functions while it’s in other zones, but since it isn’t a permanent while in those zones it won’t count itself.
It means you can't "reanimate" a Crux if you have another one on the board.
It doesn't mean it's a bad card to have 4 copies of. If one is already reanimated, you can probably target something else with Lark and Awakener. But it's true it can lead to the situation you described, and it's impossible to have 2 on the BF.
Flickerwisp can exile the Crux you got with Lark, so you can attack with Awakener and target another Crux.
Jun 26, 2019Interesting archetype !Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
So, in terms of interesting elementals with either toughness or power = 1 or less, outside of the 2 staples Awakener and Lark, we have :
Omnath, Locus of Mana
Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar
There are some more Maro-like creatures, some more Flamekins, but they seem bad, Smokebraider being intriguing enough in my eyes though.
The 0/0 and */* are good because they synergize with both our enablers. Crux seems stronger than Multani and Shambler.
Skelemental is stronger and easier to cast than both Groundbreaker and Ball. Not sure we want more than 4 cards like that, and Trooper is better as copies #5-8.
Flickerwisp seems to good to pass, as it's interactive with the opponent, evasive, and synergizes with Lark and a few others.
No list yet, but I'm working on a draft.
Jun 26, 2019Humans usually beat graveyard strategies outside of Living End. A key SB card is Auriok Champion, which gains life as the opponent recurs creatures from his yard. Reflector Mage is super key in the main.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Our bad MUs are decks with sweepers (Tron, UW control, Living End, Anger of the Gods decks), and this new boy doesn't help in that department.
Now on its own, Apostle has pro black, which is inefficient VS Phoenix, Hogaak or Vengevine. It's already hard to handle a GY with Scooze, so paying twice the amount while we play Ziggurats seems awkward af.
All in all it's a bad SB card for the deck imo, but it might see play for a very narrow metagame. Until proven wrong the card doesn't quite fit the metagame. Even then, a card like Remorseful Cleric might be better suited.
Jun 22, 2019Oath of Nissa, Flagstones of Trokair, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Eiganjo Castle, Mox Amber and Vivien's Arkbow come to mind. The idea isn't to mill cards, it's just to discard the right one and reanimate it while playing a bunch of legendary you proactively sacrifice (either because of the legend rule or with abilities like the new Elvish Reclaimer). Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is another discard outlet, Liliana of the Veil too.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is an obvious BFF.
I don't know what to do in standard with it, and in Modern it's probably super janky, but wow it offers some spicy deck design space.
Jun 20, 2019It's more of a 1-of, as a very expensive finisher imo. Life matters for G Stompy, that's one reason to play 1 color only, so you can race fair and start games at 20 life instead of 17 like most decks in the format.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
If you splash a 2nd color, it's actually not a given to play Oasis, as you may prefer Horizon lands and/or run fetchlands which, on top of Oasis, start to stack up dangerously.
Jun 20, 2019Maybe something could be done with Chancellor of the Dross + Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord ?Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
It may be considered as the Creeping Chills we don't want to hardcast in Dredge, that we can discard to another spell for value (vampire or noncreature), and eventually cheat into play with a topdeck Sorin. All of that on top of a very aggro shell to make sense off turn 0 life drains.
That's the most timmy thing I can think of right now. Cheating Nocturnus into play is good too and realistically hardcastable though, probably the best bet so far !
What do you guys think of Knight of the Ebon Legion ?
Jun 17, 2019headminerve posted a message on [M20] Core Set Magic 2020 Previews: Modern DiscussionThis leyline is very scary. It's one that can stack in your opening hand. Like, hello take 2-4-6 everytime you target me home.Posted in: Modern
Jun 17, 2019headminerve posted a message on [M20] Core Set Magic 2020 Previews: Modern DiscussionScheming Symmetry is nice in Mill, it forces the opponent to search, and between Ashiok and Trap, the synergy is there.Posted in: Modern
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