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  • posted a message on Masters 25 Draft thread
    Drafted Master at FNM last night. First pick was pendelhaven, mostly for monetary value, although it plays well in white token decks. I then picked mutiple pacifism and a few green and black cards. After pack one I was solidly in white. Unfortunately, I passed several good black and red cards in the early picks. (Stuff like edict and murder. I picked pacifism over murder because I was more white and murder has double-black.)

    I ended-up beingh WB. I passed over doomsday in the second pack, got thalia in third pack. Opened no big money card. Pendelhaven and thalia were the only two cards with any value. (Got an ancient stirring and kor firewalker as the next most expensive cards. That says everything. Meanwhile, people were picking foil filter land all around...)

    My deck was something like this:

    My goal was to manage the board early and win with flyers. I liked the urbis protector/ stamina combo to get an additional angel while chump-blocking. I played only 16 lands due to cyclers and land cyclers.

    First match was and RB aggro. Lost 1-2. My first game loss was due to a miscalculation. I played pacifism on the red fire-folk that can give trample instead of using disfigure. I had two genju of the spires in his deck. I managed one with sword to plowshare, but the second I kept trading with 1/1 but he could give it trample. Without the trample, I'd have won in the air. My mistake. The second game I lost I was flooded while he dropped a wide board with the goblin that prevent blocking. I lost while he was still at 20 life...

    Second match was against WB. (It was an 11 man pod, she drafted opposite of me.) I won 2-1. She had a lot of creatures with 1 toughness so my buzzard cleaned them up. At one point, she had played pillory of the sleepless on it and had 3 1-toughness guys out, so I murdered my own buzzard to get a 4-for-2. (Or 3-for-1, as my buzzard was already dead.) The last game she was stuck on three lands and only 1 swamp with multiple 3-mana cards with BB in their cost , buzzard and murder.

    Last match was against UR combo. He had multiple sick combo with freed from the real: the one with the dagger that pings and draw card, the other with spikeshot goblin. Fortunately, I kept playing flyers and disassembling his combo with disfigurem sword and murder. I saved my guys multiple times with stamina and gods willing.

    I got 1 prize pack. Opened crappy laqatus champion. I lost half the money I spent due to the low values of the pack I opened.

    I'm pretty sure I was amongst the unluckiest of the night. Saw multiple jaces and nice foils. (Seems foil brainstorm is worth quite a bit!) The only foil worth mentioning I opened is notion thief, but he was in the same pack as thalia...
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 10/02/18)
    I dunno. Turn-0 leyline of sanctity pretty much turn off most the GDS interaction. No more, seize, inquisition, veil can't make you sac, etc.

    Based solely on this card, saying GDS is such a power-house against infect, boggles, etc is hyperbole.

    Edit: this was a reponse to the post about Ben Friedman's article.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 10/02/18)
    Quote from genini2 »

    In the Jeskai deck (I used the first one that came up on goldfish) cards that are more than $10 for a playset:
    Snapcaster Mage, Spell Queller, Vendillion Clique, Jace, Path to Exile, Cryptic Command, Flooded Strand, Hallowed Fountain, Scalding Tarn, Steam Vents, Engineered Explosives, a bunch of other 1 of SB cards and Celestial Collonade. Literally the only one that hasn't been reprinted or in a set that recently was in standard is collonade.

    Zzzz. Blah.

    Re-read my original post. Let me quote it right here:

    "(It doesn't help that the last two master sets have almost entirely avoided Jeskai cards outside of Jace.)"

    I was talking about Iconic Master and M25. I only talked about the latest two because master sets only have short-term effect on prices. Snapcaster was 60 CAD$ before its MM reprint, went to 50-55, then rapidly climbed back up higher and now sits at 80-85 here. The MM reprint no longer has any effect on its price because the extra supply has been entirely absorbed. Tarn is still at 90 CAD$. Collonade keep climbing. Explosive at 60.

    Of course, if you twist was I explicitly write, you can all the fun you want. Keep it on.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 10/02/18)
    Quote from idSurge »

    Verdict, Path, Bolt, Electrolyze, Cryptic, Helix, the counters are (outside of Spell Snare) a dime a dozen, Sphinx Rev, all have recent reprints.

    You missed island, mountain and plains.

    I meant the expensive ones. The deck is close to 1500$ now, IIRC.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Phyrexian Scriptures .:. The Look of Sagas
    We get used to most things given enough time, but this one is a stretch. (badam, boom, ding!)

    As other have noted, why not reuse the PW layout? Why not use the upkeep like the game intended? I'm not a fan of the vertical art. To me, this design is closer to the Kamigawa flip cards. That is: ugly and cramped.

    Edit: "As this enters"??? Are they revising templating to shorten them?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 10/02/18)
    I'm happy with the results because, you know, they confirm my predictions. BBE was and is really good and has put Jund back into the spotlight, among other RG decks. BBE is a 3/4-of in so many decks now. Free spells are good, who would have known?

    Jace is not extremely present, because he's not a turn-four play, as I always thought. It's the play once Jeskai established some control. It's played post supreme verdict with counter / removal protection. That's what I've claimed all along. I've watched Jim Davis play it like this all week-end. Once it's at that stage of the game, it's just sick. It's a one-card swiss army knife. The main thing holding it back is just how ridiculously expensive the full Jeskai deck is. No wonder storm, burn, eldrazi decks are much more played, plus fringer decks like ponza.

    (It doesn't help that the last two master sets have almost entirely avoided Jeskai cards outside of Jace.)

    I'm currently building four-colors pyromancer myself. Deck looks sweet, well-rounded and consistent. Plus, I had 95% of the cards already.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Dominaria FAQ leak thread
    Oh the stinkers.

    • "Cards have been under estimated in the past, so I'm right."
    • "Look at this Christmas-land hand!"
    • "Let me entirely ignore that multiple copies of a legend is built-in card disadvantage."

    The mox is win-more when it works, because it only works if your opponent can't turn it off. Yes, it can be playued in some very specific decks, like mox opal, but that's it. It's not great, just ok.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dominaria FAQ leak thread
    Good luck finding Leyline of Singularity if you are wanting to combo with Mox Amber. Not sure if the combo is any good for ramping in Modern or not but LoS used to be cents on the dollar. I think its spiking as we speak.

    An otherwise mostly do-nothing 4 CMC spell that is horrible in multiple, yet you'd need multiples to be consistent, to play a mox that's you'd like a 4-of... but additional copies are useless thanks to the leyline.

    I'll let you buy out the leylines.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on No Slivers in Dominaria
    Gooooooooooood riddance!

    I never like them, never like the game-play they create, don't like them in limited where the variance both during drafting (did you get pass enough?) and game play (did you draw and play them in proper order and combo?) made them unsavory for me.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Full list is up
    I counted 21 Modern-relevant cards, counting even the common like arbor elf, but excluding the filter land as they're not really played.

    A lot are commons and uncommons though. 11 rares and mythics.

    Sorry, not quite enticing enough for me to risk the high-value / low-value lottery to compensate.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The final rare card...Plague wind
    Depends, which do you prefer, mana drainor rishadan port + jace, the mind sculptor?

    Edit: for some reason, I thought force of will was in Iconic.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Pernicious Deed LLR spoiler
    I'm extremely glad they used the existing art. It goes to show, but for most card I wished they used the existing art for such a nostalgic set.

    This one is particularly dear to me because I started to play when this was just about to leave standard and was an extended staple. I love the colors in the art. Love the style, so refreshing compared too the extreme realism of new sets.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Erg Raiders, Ghost Ship, Diabolic Edict
    On a positive note, that ghost ship art is awesome!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Notion Thief .:. ShowAndTell Spoiler
    Well, which DM rare is worth anything much? Given the input requirement, the output can only be at this level. Sure, they could have skipped the rare in DM and put Voice of Resurgence instead...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Totally Lost .:. WOTC Twitter Spoiler
    I get it that Fblthp was loved, but this common feels like a punch in the nuts. I guess it's flavorful coming from a groin-level humonculus...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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