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  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    Quote from Bearscape »

    March 11th I'd still would like to see Faithless Looting get the hammer,

    I really hope not. I just got my foils signed at GP LA. But then again, I guess that's just tradition!
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on Do you enjoy modern right now?
    Quote from pinkmex »
    that's boring as ****; the game is rotative, just let it be, the seasons change and so do the decks.

    Many people spent thousands of dollars to get into modern specifically to avoid rotation.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grixis Death's Shadow
    Quote from javierillo_am »
    Hi,

    I will go in a few days to the GP Bilbao and I will do it with grixis shadow.
    Seeing how the format is, what do you think about playing 2 thing in the ice in SB to face pairings like dredge, spirits, humans and the grave hate?

    Would you make any major changes to the current lists for this metagame?

    Thanks!

    I don't like Thing in the Ice here. Between counterspells, Bauble, and Wraith, it can actually be fairly difficult to reliably flip, especially if you need it to flip quickly. I personally never gave up Engineered Explosives or Anger of the Gods, and those have done work in those matchups. Also, after getting wrecked by Affinity (both regular old school, and Hardened Scales) I think my artifact hate of choice is going to be Hurkyl's Recall. A lot of times a win comes from a big alpha strike, or sometimes they have redundant pieces where single removal just isn't good enough. I'm going to test that out going forward.

    Side note: I didn't get them in time for GP LA, but my last two Expeditions came in to finish out my manabase. Smile
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Do you enjoy modern right now?
    I am going to just start jamming those decks like crazy. I'll get back to you whether THAT makes me start to enjoy it (if I can replicate the results I've had with Eye of Ugin Eldrazi, GGT Dredge, or Summer Bloom Titan). Yes, I can have fun just slaughtering people too, but it literally needs to be at the same level of those decks. My guess is that it is.

    I can tell you that, for me personally, two big elements are keeping me from playing Phoenix myself. First is it's just not fun to play. It's extremely one-dimensional, and simply goes through the motions. Cantrip, flip, free birds, attack. It's repetitive and bland. But the second makes it more frustrating: our local meta still has tons of people still trying to force interactive BGx and Uxx decks, which is fine, if the other half of the store wasn't playing degenerate nonsense and wacky brews. My best and worst nights are often decided by the pairings board. At least GDS gives me a fighting chance against just about anything, and has dynamic and engaging games when I DO get paired with interactive decks. It was a fairly miserable experience most of the time.

    Phoenix is great on MTGO and at the GP level because few who care about winning are playing BGx and Uxx, so it's a fantastic choice for the competitive scene. It's fast, efficient, and attacks on multiple angles while being strong against most removal.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Do you enjoy modern right now?
    I picked 4th option. I wouldn't say I hate it, but I am FAR from enjoying it. The kinds of games I actually enjoy playing are few and far between. The majority of degenerate nonsense and lopsided games make it nearly as unenjoyable as 2016. However, I also believe that nothing will bring back the format I enjoyed, and no meaningful changes will ever course-correct away from linear degenerate nonsense without vast, sweeping bans.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    Yeah, there are 30+ "competitive decks", but the top 4 or 5 are heads and shoulders above the rest. It's the same as it was back in the day with "5-6 top decks" and "the rest of the 20-30+ decks", but because of the data embargo, we have no concrete way of identifying it. So we tell ourselves somehow this is "better" and "more diverse." Sigh.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    Quote from ElectricEye »
    Considering how much Wizards hates the dredge mechanic, I am surprised they are allowing the archetype to not only be alive and well but to currently be the #2 most played deck according to MTGO Goldfish.

    You wouldn't know it with how they printed Creeping Chill. But they have a habit of breaking decks accidentally all the time.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    It's kind of sad when the best interaction is: cast 4 cantrips for a free one-sided board wipe, then attack for 7-13 damage.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    SCG has said "Out of Stock" for a bunch of the most expensive Modern cards for a few months now.

    Which cards specifically? And of those cards, how many have listings on TCG Player and eBay?

    For example, Scalding Tarn currently has 36 MM17, 29 ZEN, and 30 EXP copies on TCG Player, and about 75 copies of mixed versions on eBay.

    while ChannelFireball lists 0 copies of any printing for Scalding Tarn in stock. StarCity Games lists a single foil MM17 copy, and 0 of anything else. Card Kingdom lists 28 copies between MM17 (9), ZEN (8), and EXP (11).

    The cards are available, and for less than the listings on CFB/SCG. People are just not buying them. Who knows why those places are choosing not to list items in stock.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    Big box retailers almost never release their full inventories. In fact, many will specifically list fewer available than they have, in order to drive up demand and then miraculously get more in. This is not unique to Magic whatsoever, and big box places like CFB, CK, SCG, etc should most certainly *not* be used as a barometer for supply.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Modern Horizons Discussion Thread
    I predict very few good, playable cards will be reprinted into Modern as a result of this set. I assume most will be draft chaff, and a lot of the "good" cards will instead get "fixed" updated, new versions (like Cabal Therapist).
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    Quote from tronix »
    the rumor mill is churning, and it sounds like modern horizons is being sold to distributors for 165/box.

    with no msrp, multiple big online stores, and print-to-demand; it is going to be interesting to see where pack price ends up. if i had to guess, the eventual race to the bottom should get box prices around 220-240; which fits into the 6-7 per pack ballpark.

    pretty ambitious from wotc if you ask me.
    This means any new card that becomes a needed staple is going to be exorbitantly expensive, since this will literally be the only place to get it. This is extremely worrying.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    If we're jumping on the baseless speculation unban train, if there's ever been a time to release Twin, it's when the best deck in the format is a UR deck that not only doesn't want, but cant reasonably even try to play that card or support the shell. Not happening, because WOTC has a personal vendetta against it, but it's something to think about.

    Oh, and blah blah, Stoneforge is a joke, etc etc.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    Quote from idSurge »
    cfusionpm is right, fair decks can beat up hard on Phoenix, but...people dont play them in Modern because outside a narrow metagame, fair decks suck.

    From my experience with way too many fair decks, it seems like the good matchups are only barely, marginally good, but the bad matchups are unbelievably bad.

    We saw this first hand with the masterful deck design and play lines of Yuta Takahashi and UB Fae get roflstomped by land drops and top-decked green cards to get knocked out of the Top 8.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    Quote from idSurge »
    Nah, Phoenix too good.

    Phoenix gets wrecked by fair, interactive, control and midrange decks. It's just that fair, interactive, control and midrange decks are somewhere aggressively mediocre and outright terrible in the grand scheme of Modern.

    However, one of the big reasons I stopped playing it locally, because we have a bunch of stubborn Jund and control players. So it's this weird dichotomy where the deck is "too good" against "the meta," but totally fine against decks that are objectively less powerful, but popular in some areas.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
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