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  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the February 12, 2018 announcement?
    GDS, JDS, UW Control, Jeskai Control and BRw Pyro

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan Modern Discussion
    Quote from idSurge »
    What unban's are going to realistically improve this format, as shown by the PT though?

    Skullclamp /jk

    It purely depends on the respective player. Some would want Jace, Stoneforge and BBE, others would look at DTT, Dark Depths or Preordain.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan Modern Discussion
    Due to time problems, I have not been playing (and also following) Modern that much. However, isn't Death Shadow (in w/e variation) a "50/50" deck?

    Besides this, I really like the metagame, even though those decks that I do enjoy playing suffer under this Grin

    To be honest, if this stays like this, I wouldn't even mind, if no cards would get unbanned ^^

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan Modern Discussion
    The real indicator will be the X-2 Modern decks (or better), aka the best performing decks.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the February 12, 2018 announcement?
    The Summer Bloom deck was pre banning, so of course you would need to make adaptation (Azusa/Explore). Hmm, Emrakuling on Turn 4/5 consistently is no problem...

    I mean, the deck is a full tier stronger than Tron, due to how it overall works, and for many people Tron is an iffy deck.

    Though, I kinda would like to play UW Post again, was a fun deck ^^

    Greetings,
    Kathal

    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the February 12, 2018 announcement?
    You are wrong. RiP AND Stony were already printed (stony for over a Block actually, RiP just came fresh into the format).

    The problem of the deck was time related issues and is the same reason, why Top will stay banned. Furthermore, it was REALLY good. As somebody who played the deck back then, it was so freaking consistent at what it did. Sure, turn 3 kills were the exception than the norm, but turn 4 was around 50-60% combo time.

    So, please no.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan Modern Discussion
    Quote from Torpf »
    Wow what a game to start off with. Who would have thought we'd see an Ancestral Vision targeting the opponent for lethal! PVDDR could have bolted his Solider token in response to the Detention Sphere but I don't think it would have helped.


    He had no R mana available. However, if he had, it would have been lethal.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the February 12, 2018 announcement?
    Oh boy, you have no idea on how good 12 Post was before it got the Axe. While back than there was both the UW "Control" shell and the Gx one which did well (especially at the PT), both pale towards the version popping up post PT, pre banning: The Amulet of Vigor version.

    The deck did basically the same as the (now banned) Summer Bloom deck, heck, it even played Scapeshift to super accelerate. Why should I care about playing a turn 3 Karn if I instead can play a turn 4 old Ulamaog and/or a turn 4 old Emrakul. Both lines did the deck fairly consistent, it is (for the current "Modern standard") just gross.

    Here are some videos about that deck:
    Mono Green:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P6EEB5ofkY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2IpMYRRYX4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ti0Ck2uJPg

    GR Post:
    Deck tech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5LK6jW0T0M
    Game 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1OiNSl86sE& - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtmSICRELBk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdyyzh7sgwg

    I rather get Karned on turn 3 and have a shot at winning that getting Emrakuled on turn 4...

    Greetings,
    Kathal

    PS: Also, it is way easier to interact with Tron lands than it is with Post lands. With Tron you just need to turn of a single one of them that they do not get any big mana of it, with Post you need to turn off all the Cloudposts.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the February 12, 2018 announcement?
    Counterspell - only "combo" decks which would want to play it are: Twin (banned), UR Breach (meh), RUG Shift (garbage) and Ritual Gifts (garbage). So more than fine from this aspect. The question is rather, if the format would want something like this, since it would push stuff like Logic Knot, Remand, Negate and co out of the format. Hence, something like a slightly changed Prohibit would probably be better (Kicker should be only U instead of 2)

    Force of Will - would do nothing. There are "no" combo decks in Modern, which could use the card efficiently. The only one would be UR Breach, since they are primarily a Control deck with a combo finish. However, they would want Counterspell more.

    Cabal Therapy - with the banning of Probe, Dredge will get bonkers. Hence, as long as there is Dredge and the approach of Wizards towards Modern doesn't shift, it shouldn't get printed.

    Mana Drain - basically the same as Counterspell, but would help several decks immensely (ADN, UR Breach, Grixis Goryo's, Shift,...)

    Stifle - Does nothing for combo, is a pure tempo card and Delver would not get even close to Tier 1 with that card legal and nothing else

    Daze - That is more what Delver needs, but Death Shadow is the boogieman here. Daze itself is not a card you want to play in combo, since the Force Spike is mediocre at best.

    Basically, you can reprint everything but Therapy (sadly, I love that card so much).

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the February 12, 2018 announcement?
    Since several people made a "what I wish for" list, I want to add mine too (please note: I'm totally aware, that this will likely never ever happen)

    Unban:
    - Bloodbraid Elf
    - Birthing Pod
    - GSZ
    - Jace TMS
    - Stoneforge
    - Seething Song
    - Preordain
    - DTT
    - Splinter Twin
    - Artefact Lands
    - Dark Depths

    Ban:
    - Nothing

    Only thing where I'm uneasy is Pod, due to how dominant Angle Pod was.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on No Banned List Modern
    That is the reason why you can create "Cascade" chains with Maelstrom Wanderer and other Cascade cards.

    This also explains, why the deck aims to get it done as fast as possible, since the interaction elements available to it are rather limited.

    Edit says: Of course, if you go the As Foretold route, than you can include the full interaction package, since you no longer need to keep your 1-3 slot open.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the February 12, 2018 announcement?
    Pyromancer Ascension combo says hi (aka I loop Bolts till you are dead).

    Sure, the premier combo deck would vanish in its current form, but others would pick up steam, due to the shift of the metagame.

    Greetings,
    Kathal

    PS: Though, I would hate it, if they would ban anything in the format atm.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on No Banned List Modern
    I hope, that you are aware, that Trinisphere also shuts down your own Cascade plan? Or rather, you need to pay 3 more mana, otherwise the Hypergenesis stays in exile (since you cannot cast it).

    Greetings,
    Kathal

    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on No Banned List Modern
    Quote from Lord Seth »
    So, SCG is going to have a No Banned List Modern Open this June (also that weekend: Pauper Classic!). I don't think we'll see much live coverage of it as it's the same weekend as the Invitational, but apparently we'll get to see the Top 8 with live coverage.

    For a moment I was like "how much does the flight from the EU costs?" Checked it, not worth Frown

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the February 12, 2018 announcement?
    Please keep in mind, that Modern is vastly different of Legacy and DTT got banned due to fundamentally different reasons in each formats AND they had also a very different power level in the respective formats, especially due to the different set-up tools (Probe, Brainstorm, Ponder, Preordain,... vs Thought Scour, Probe and Serum Vision (nowadays without Probe ofc)).

    As previously said, if a card is banned in Legacy and in Modern, it is always within the context of the format. There is a reason, why DRS was garbage in Standard but the opposite in Legacy/Modern.

    Greetings,
    Kathal
    Posted in: Modern Archives
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