It can take out a 1/3 flier. Roc Charger is going to be a frequent card in this limited environment. This kills it and lives.
Otherwise - it’s not a ‘bad plummet’, it’s ‘your choice of a bad plummet or a very reasonable stats to cost creature’. Plummet is a bad card to put in a deck because if your opponent doesn’t have a flyer it’s a dead card. The WORST case on this is that it’s a bear on steroids. That it’s also occasionally a plummet and also occasionally both, is gravy.
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Sep 17, 2018I think the hope is that you attacking with the likes of an 8/8 trampler assures there isn't a 'long run' to worry about.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
It's absolutely a limited bomb. Whether it has any legs for standard at all ... well I wouldn't rule it out.
Sep 17, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from genini2 »
Too low impact for tokens since you'd be making two 2/2's which don't help you go wider or get through blockers most of the time. Good for mentor cards though to increase their power.
Yeah, I see this as too low impact too. May have been usable in a world with Heroic, where the act of targeting one of your own creatures was inherently good so getting two targetings out of one spell was great...
But as a sorcery? Just too low impact to be worth a card. Sorcery means no combat surprise fun like with Arbor Armament or Burst of Strength or Hunger of the Howlpack or Nature's Panoply. Two counters for one mana is a pretty good rate if that's exactly what you're looking for, with no further upside. One mana with no additional utility? Feels weaker than two mana and a major upside like Travel Preparations.
If Cartouche of Solidarity didn't create a soldier but allowed you to place a +1/+1 counter on a different creature instead as its ETB... and didn't have first strike... it would have effectively been this. Would people have used such a card?
Sep 17, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from clan_iraq »And if its shooting down a 1/1 spirit token, it survives that combat. Or you can use it with whatever combat trick I guess. But all it takes is 2 creatures in your graveyard and this is already big enough to shoot down a 5/5 angel, and its 2 toughness means it generally won't survive shooting down any relevant creatures without dying
In limited at least, I'd say taking down Roc Charger and Healing Hawk and not dying will be relevant.
Sep 17, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Illinest »This isn't even close to being comparable to Assassin's Trophy.
No, it isn't. And nobody reasonable would expect a standard/draft uncommon to be comparable to a set's chase modern/eternal rare. "Draconic Roar!? This isn't even close to being comparable to Kolaghan's Command!" ... well, no duh.
Sep 17, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from The Fluff »Discovery looks like a 2 mana preordain. And a 2 mana preordain is still good.
And possibly more crucially, it's a 2-mana preordain that a mono-black deck could run (and fill its graveyard all the while, something mono black decks tend to like).
I kinda expected there would be a mono-blue 2-mana instant that did 3 (Telling Time / Anticipate)... I wonder how much the added versatility of the split caused the cheap side to be weakened relative to how strong they could have gone on a non-split.
Sep 17, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from Wildfire393 »Quote from pierrebai »Cast this at pre-release naming island. Watch your opponent be unable to cast his niv-mizzet.
Playing, name a basic land type could mana screw your opponent. Could also do mostly nothing.
Remember it's capped at 4 copies. Naming a basic land type doesn't do as much as you think.
At a prerelease with 40 card decks, 4 instances of a basic land will often be the majority of the lands in a deck's secondary color. A 10/7 or 11/6 split wouldn't be unusual, and poaching 4 of the 6 or 7 islands in a Ru deck could leave them a few dead cards.
Sep 15, 2018In this deck I hardly see the benefit of castability, when for us it wouldn’t really help our plan at all to have this on field. It’s not like we run Become Immense or any sort of surprises that would make a tiny double striker relevant.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
I don’t think it’s ahead of Samut nor Zetalpa as far as keywords go. Heck I’d probably play Oketra sooner than this.
Sep 15, 2018Amicdeep is the main pusher of whitespash stompy here and his most recent deck still had 3 aspects. Most white splashes are for access to instants and sideboard answers - the whitesplash decks are still running as heavy green devotion on their permanents as they always have.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Sep 14, 2018It is a 3 drop that only provides one green devotion.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
It enters the battlefield at 2/1 then gets more counters as a trigger, meaning even if it becomes a 4/3 creature it doesn’t evolve a 2/2 experiment one.
Basically all the problems that Reverent Hunter had.
Sep 14, 2018Posted in: The Rumor Mill
This has Menace too. I mean not that you'd run it without surveil anyway, but it's a tangible difference from just Bog Imp.
Sep 14, 2018thatmarkguy posted a message on Twitch spoilers - Ledev Guardian, Puston-Fist Cyclops, Parhelion PatrolPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from boombox_smk »Quote from Fenrir Rex »We're another reanimation spell away from a solid sultain reanimator deck, and that big ol' giant seems like a great way to chew chunks out of life totals when reanimated.
I assume you're looking for a 4 cmc card? I've been playing Sultai Reanimator for months, using Liliana, Death's Majesty, Yawgmoth's Vile Offering, Journey to Eternity, and have replace Liliana with Rise from the Grave since she's rotating.
I think you'll want Connive // Concoct in that slot. Sure it can only pull from your own grave, but the triple surveil first gives you nicer selection and undergrowth support, better controls your next draw, it's not dead against Silent Gravestone (doesn't target a card in graveyard), and in a pinch it can be a tiny Control Magic instead.
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Oct 2, 2017Thanks for posting this. I've had this, uh, 'discussion' with a number of shops that had proposed to launch Pauper nights and I try to ask them "MTGO rules or actual-paper printed rarity", they go "Whatever, if it was ever a common it's good unless it's on the banlist, if it was bad it'd be on the banned list", I explain "Hymn and Sinkhole aren't on the MTGO banned list because they're not MTGO commons..." "Whatever, man. We'll see how it plays out." Yeah, I already know how this plays out.Posted in: Articles
I don't want to bring a deck with Hymns and get in arguments with the faction that thinks they're illegal in paper pauper (not on the MTGO pauper valids list). I don't want to bring a deck with Chainer's Edicts and get in arguments with the faction that thinks they're illegal in paper pauper (never printed as paper commons). I don't want to bring a deck that resists using either flavor of corner case and then face decks all evening that didn't hold themselves to the same deckbuilding restrictions. I want a show-runner who gives a damn enough to make it clear to all players what the cardpool is; ideally, I want the organization that handles all the other formats (including the online version of Pauper) to actually give a damn enough to codify a ruleset for paper pauper. But for some reason they never do.
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