I went 3-1 at a 23 person FNM.
Round 1 vs. Burn. Won the die roll. Comboed out on turn 3 to win after some Goblin Guides and a Swiftspear pecked away at me. In the next game, I draw land after land. Despite getting a Kitchen Finks, he gets there since I didn't draw much else and Searing Blaze got another creature. In the final game, I think I made a punt. I knew he had Skullcrack from an early Tidehollow Sculler. I couldn't go for a Chord for Kitchen Finks because he can Skullcrack in response and I'll have to pay 1 life for Horizon Canopy to Chord. So, I Chord for Scavenging Ooze, planning on untapping and gaining 2 life. He does Lightning Bolt to the Ooze and I can't gain life because Horizon Canopy will be net 0 life. If I had Chorded for Tidehollow Sculler, I would have been able to take the Bolt or Skullcrack, then his drawing Path to Exile couldn't have gotten my Vizier out of the way to swing for lethal with a Skullcrack to kill me. Was kind of hoping he'd draw air, but he found his 3rd Bolt and Path to Exile on consecutive turns. Not completely sure if the Tidehollow Sculler was the right option, but it would have won me the game. 1-2.
Round 2 vs. Jund. In the first game, I have Kitchen Finks and Viscera Seer. I Collected Company, hoping to end it with Vizier of Remedies. Got BoP and another Kitchen Finks instead. I flood out and he gets enough Terminate and Bloodbraid Elves to get me in time. In the next game, it is similar, but I top deck Devoted Druid, play it AND Chord of Calling for 0 since Grafdigger's Cage is in play. It flips my Duskwatch Recruiter back so if I untap next turn, I get to go infinite. He plays Bloodbraid Elf into discard, not getting anything. I survive at 1 life, then get infinite mana into all my Green creatures in play. Even though it's only 1-1 and he can still get 3-1, he scoops to play with his friends. Odd, the way I drew, I feel like the match could easily have gone his way. 2-1.
Round 3 vs. Eldrazi Aggro. He mulls to 4 and I do turns 2-3 Tidehollow Scullers, taking 2 Thought-Knot Seer. He can't recover. He mulls to 6 in the next one and has good pressure while my 2 lander doesn't pan out. He Gut Shot me for lethal. In the final game, he mulls to 4 again. I do Tidehollow Sculler to see SSG and double Thought-Knot Seer when he has 2 Ghost Quarter in play. I take the SSG and he doesn't find Eldrazi Temple, which gives me time to get there. 2-1.
Round 4 vs. Jund. He scoops to me. He didn't want to take a chance that he would get sick. He was the friend of the Round 2 guy. This guy also was the first player on Grixis (Twin) to beat me when I ran Grishoalbrand back int he days in a cash tournament. I told him a Judge could shuffle each time, but he didn't want to go through the trouble. He was a cool guy. He made sure I didn't feel offended, which I didn't. I understand not wanting to get sick if you're a bit susceptible. Interesting win, but I'll take it! 2-0.
3-1, not bad. Been getting some winning streaks going after 2-2ing for the past Feb. and Jan. pretty much.
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Mar 23, 2018Posted in: Aggro & TempoQuote from RHMkun »
What do you guys think? Though our deck is already tight as it is...
It doesn't have Hexproof - it only protects from abilities our opponents control. Also, we often only have 1-2 creatures out, so the bonus wouldn't help much. I personally believe that Gaddock Teeg is 100X better than this card.
Mar 22, 2018FoodChainGoblins posted a message on What are some cool aggro/midrange modern decks that can be had for about $250?Posted in: ModernQuote from BlueTronFTW »a 10/8 lifelinking trampling frog you could have some hilarious games.
It's not a frog. It's a BEAST. BEAST MODE!!! Slippery Bogle.
(I think I found out it's creature type after a year playing the deck.)
Mar 22, 2018Posted in: Modern
Yeah, 2017 was pretty much a success.
I noticed that shops are trying to downsell and get rid of their Iconic Masters and M25 boxes. I know all of you have seen somewhere that has sold the Iconic Box/M25 Box bundle at a hugely discounted price (probably for suckers). It's sad. I tell people that these boxes will continue to go down. There is a point where they are worth picking up, but I personally haven't done the math on it. (too busy buying Stoneforge Mystics, just used $300 of store credit on just that card yesterday at 2 stores)
Mar 22, 2018Usually a net deck WILL beat a home brew, but sometimes the composition of the home brew tends to do well vs. what the net deck is trying to do.Posted in: Magic General
Years ago, I played Boros Landfall in Standard. I played 12 fetchlands. I ran into a Mill deck in Round 3 that I just could not beat. I literally had to fetch a land or never play any spells until I draw a regular non fetchland. It was frustrating playing against the deck because A. It did nothing to beat the best deck at the time (Caw Blade) and B. He had no chance of winning more than a couple more rounds, thus my tiebreakers were *****. It was a frustrating experience, but it happens. Pairings matched me with him, so he got 1 more win than he would have that day. It happens. Variance is a HUGE part of what Magic is and it would not be the same without it.
So, after a start of 1-1-1, I finished 5-2-1, missing the Day 2 cut. (Lost to RUG Cobra later on. Sick draws by the deck. Sometimes you just can't beat what they do.)
Mar 22, 2018FoodChainGoblins posted a message on What are some cool aggro/midrange modern decks that can be had for about $250?Posted in: ModernQuote from Rfury999 »And since damping sphere is coming, i dont feel like tron will last me long. BTW my meta is very control heavy, mostly jeskai, mono blue end, and some mardu and shadow.
What decks will play it against Tron that don't get hurt by it as well?
Anyway, Tron is here to stay. That card probably won't even see much play. Tron is pretty good vs. Jeskai too, Mono Blue End, and Mardu. Shadow is probably slightly unfavored.
Mar 22, 2018It's not a bad thing, but honestly players who are trying to play test for a GP or some other big event won't get any value from playing against your deck. They won't face it in those tournaments, so there is not much of a reason to know how to play against it.Posted in: Magic General
That being said, he does sound a bit like a dick.
Mar 22, 2018Posted in: ModernQuote from caller_of_the_claw »In which state are now grixis Death's Shadow? It's just me or this deck is not so popular right now?
I started buying cards for GDS 2 months ago. And now have almost everything unless 4x Snapcaster Mage and few lands.
I still think it's very good, but otherwise I've been playing a lot of Combo decks, so the consistency is nice to have from time to time. It's nice to make opponents discard their best cards and see if they can recover. I will admit that certain matchups are VERY tough to master. Right now, I cannot for the life of me find out how to beat Humans. I am about to give up, but I feel like I'm nearly there. It's just SO many different cards they can top deck to get there - Reflector Mage, Mantis Rider, Thalia's Lieutenant, blah blah blah.
On another point, Humans, that's a damn good deck and even though I thought so for the longest time, I actually think it may be in a Tier by itself (if ever so slightly). Tons of 50/50 matchups across the board.
Mar 22, 2018Posted in: Modern
It definitely does. After losing to the Goblins deck with Shared Animosity (Goblin Chieftain wasn't printed yet) with my Pod deck at a GPT years back, I bought Legion Loyalist foils for $4 because the difference in non foil and foil was $1. Never in my lifetime did I expect it to go up THIS much. Honestly it is an atrocity that it did and a sign that Wizards has to do something about prices. Chronicles was terrible and anything is better than that, but there needs to be some thought process before printing a Tree in a $10 a pack set.
Mar 22, 2018So, I tried Thien's new Titanshift list with 4 Bloodbraid Elf, which was bad for me tonight. Everything else went pretty well though. 16 players.Posted in: Big Mana
Round 1 vs. GB Elves. I think I Bolted his first Llanowar Elves, but only ramped and Scapeshifted to kill in both games. His hands were just slow enough. 2-0.
Round 2 vs. Mono Green Tron. This it the guy I drove with. I win the roll and ramp up to Scapeshift. In the next game, it is close, but I fail to find any extra ramp outside of my opening hand and he does Ulamog just in time. I had 2 land, Search, Farseek, and 3 non lands. In the last game, he gets stuck on mana and does a Thought-Knot Seer, but sees a redundant hand that can't be stopped. I miss a land drop to kill him, drawing Ancient Grudge, but then find land next turn to win in time. He found Tron, but it took lands to do so, so he only had 5 mana left. 2-1.
Round 3 vs. Humans. He calls Lightning Bolt with Meddling Mage. Damn! I top deck Slagstorm in time ad Prime Time gets it done later. He does Reflector Mage, but he doesn't have much gas and I have some Valakut triggers to get me back to recasting Prime Time. He gets me in the next game with a couple of Mages, a Kitesail Freebooter, Auriok Champion, and Thalia's Lieutentant. I get him in the next game with double Roast, then Anger of the Gods. I get there with a Prime Time, despite it getting Reflector Maged again. He adds a Mantis Rider, but Valakut triggers get them and it's easy from there because when I'm going to cast Prime Time, I draw Scapeshift to win instead. Love this deck! 2-1.
Round 4 vs. Burn. 0-0-3. We play for fun since we're the last undefeated players and he stomps me in 2. I had some pretty poor draws, was on the draw in Game 1, and he had solid hands. BBE cascaded past my 1 Thragtusk for the first card in game 1. Couldn't find life gain in the next game and I had to do 1 for 1 Sweepers until an Eidolon of the Great Revel took enough life to kill me. Maybe I should have declined playing a Search off BBE, but it put me at Titan mana for next turn.
I get 3-0-1, which isn't bad for a slump. The Grishoalbrand player was here, thank God, because I don't think this deck stands a chance vs. him.
Mar 22, 2018Posted in: Aggro & TempoQuote from Joban8 »
Yeah, dude. It was devastating, yet hilarious lol. I was a naive Modern player returning from the game after an 8 year hiatus and I thought I could run Bogles every FNM without anybody wising up and preparing for me. Needless to say, that was when I started dipping into other archetypes and saving my precious Bogles for special occasions haha.
That's good metagaming by them. I ran Bogles for the longest time at my LGS and some players literally never did much to change up their MBs or even their SBs. I literally had nearly a 70% win percentage with the deck at my LGS, but I think that some players thought that they could just dodge it. We used to have 34-60 player FNMs for 5-6 rounds, so I guess there's always that chance of dodging me, but there literally were some players that never beat me on Bogles, mostly because of their deck choices.
I think it's smart to metagame vs. somebody if you have played them quite often and have a poor matchup. I literally chose most of my SB years ago at an LGS where we had 24-32 players because we were the top 2 players and would play each other in the finals quite often. It would be stupid not to.
*P.S. - Something I should have said a LONG time ago is that I love your avatar. Bernie is the man! I wish that he had been given a chance in the last election, but instead we got the Devil as our President. My dad is actually running for Congress in the CA 31st district on the "Bernie Ballot." I hope he gets there this next election, but I fear that big money and payoffs is where it is and until he learns that or gives in to that, it will be TOUGH.
Mar 21, 2018Posted in: ModernQuote from Mortal Coil »
All of this "free win" nonsense is giving me a headache. Are we really debating what constitutes a "free win"? And why are people conflating a combo deck with "free wins"?
Only Combo decks have free wins. If you Thoughtseize your opponent who mulled to 4, that is a hard worked win.
Or better yet, an opponent who did 3 Thoughtseize and 3 Inquisition of Kozilek against me on the play when I mulled to 5. I literally played 0 spells this game. But it certainly wasn't a "free win." He still had to cast those discard spells (to get his 1/1 Elementals off Young Peezy). Lots of thought and smart play in this game. (For what it's worth, he was my only loss in the Swiss that day.)
Mar 20, 2018Posted in: Modern
It also does well vs. Grixis Shadow. I'm sure there are better options for this though, but Death and Taxes, like most Modern decks, is a meta choice.
Mar 20, 2018Posted in: ModernQuote from HellPepito »Hi everyone! I'll be competing in the second big MTG event of my life the 7 April (Face to face North Bay Open). I've returned to the game 6 months ago after a 5 years hiatus. I competed for the first time in Toronto at the last GP there in February. I'm hesitant on the deck to play : I've been a Bogles player since I've returned to the game, I know the little tricks possible with the deck. It's the one that I used in Toronto (1-4 before dropping). It's a good deck, especially in current meta, but there are tough match-up, and I'm still not over that Chalice of the Void on 1 on the first turn of my first game in Toronto hahahah. For the past two months, I've buyed into Gifts Storm and I love it. Very different than my first deck, but its not the easiest deck to run. I've studied it a lot, watching Caleb Sherer stream and reading his blog, plus praticing it a lot. I feel comfortable with it in small tournaments at my LGS but I'm nervous about playing it at a bigger stage with Competitive Rules Enforcement. I'm asking today, to you, people of the Magic World United (lol) : what should I play in North Bay? It will not be a massive tournament like a GP, but I still feel nervous about playing one the hardest deck to pilot in Modern on a bigger stage than a LGS. Thank you all, opinions and advices are welcome!
I think Bogles can do fine. You can run mainboard Leyline of Sanctity if you want to hedge against discard and other targeting effects. I think it's a solid deck, especially right now. It's worst matchups are super quick Combo, Tron sometimes, and it's own variance.
Storm is certainly another option. I think the hate here will be stronger, but Storm is a better deck, so that is to be expected. If you have practiced a bunch with it and run 4 Pieces of the Puzzle, I think you'll be fine.
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Well, thanks but I dont really like eldrazi
Is it too bad to start with abzan build and slowly go the full version? Or is it even better to built Abzan Liege?
Abzan Little Kid is a solid option while you build up to Junk. I actually was talking about it with a few friends yesterday at our LGS. One of our stores has been somewhat soft to it in the past, mostly because people don't run unfair decks there. It loses pretty badly to Tron or Combo decks, so keep that in mind. I usually load up on discard and Stony Silence in the SB for these matchups, even if it only helps a little bit. Good lcuk!
Mar 20, 20181. I haven't really been playing just Bogles enough to say. I have done solidly while playing it at the local level, but each time I tried outside at Comp REL, the deck has floundered for me. A lot of that is just me guessing what my opponent has 4 draws in a row and he gets that, barely eeking out a win for him while I draw 4 blanks in a row (additional Bogles and lands). It has scared me from playing the deck at Comp REL since I am very used to top 8ing with any deck I play at these events. So, even though Bogles brought me 2 PPTQ wins in my first 2 PPTQ seasons, I am somewhat scared of the variance at this level right now. Just my personal experience...Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
2. Against a Blood Moon deck, I feel that getting the Forest and Plains is good enough. Often you can't get these and you WILL lose, but it's part of the game. If there are a LOT of Blood Moons going around, I could see the changes that you referred to. Regarding Field of Ruin, it's too slow. If an opponent has that much time to stabilize and starts doing that, then our deck has failed us and we kind of deserve to lose at this point if it is affecting us. We still try to eek out the win, but if we can't, our deck was just too slow.
3. Dromoka's Command is no doubt good in a super heavy Burn meta. I just don't think we need it in an "average" meta because we have Leyline and lifelink creatures. Sure, sometimes we draw somewhat suboptimally and have to slog through or end up losing, but I don't think our hedging should be done here, of course unless you see the deck a heck of a lot!
4. Cartouche of Solidarity - I am actually somewhat torn here. I don't know if this or Hyena Umbra is better. I ran into a deck with 2 main board Damnation and the Cartouche cost me (since it was 2 in the place of 2 Hyena). I have liked Cartouche from time to time because the extra body is fun, but I think that when I play Comp REL, I'm going back to Hyena Umbra. Regarding Gryff's Boon, I never have liked the card much, so I only play 1. If I need evasion, my 3 Spirit Mantle and the Rancor semi evasion will get me there.
5. UW is tough. They have all the answers. They have the ability to Cryptic Command bounce an Umbra into Supreme Verdict. I just say that you go balls to the wall, try to save a Bogle and something to rebuild, and pray that they draw too many Path to Exile, lol. I don't know what else to do - UW is a deck of answers. It's often that they can't put a clock on any deck, but they usually don't have to.
Keep Bogling guys!
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