Nice! You got some good store credit. I've been getting wrecked lately, so I'm pretty jealous. There is a player who is running Eldrazi Aggro who has won 2 of the last 3 events that he's gone to. Pretty insane stuff, considering these tournaments are packed with players who have top 8ed and won events. He's gotten an Underground Sea and a Volcanic Island for his efforts.
I am really a Legacy noob compared with many of these players. Many of these players literally ONLY play Legacy or Legacy/Vintage/Old School. But I think you need Omniscience in the Turbo Depths matchup, for the Karakas (in addition to Sneak Attack) and also the potential 20/20 flier. I sided in 4 Leyline of Sanctity, 2 Blood Moon, and Abrade (for Mox Diamond under Moon or Dark Confidant). Just pray to have Leyline in your opener. I've been lucky to have Leyline, Blood Moon, and a quick hand against them. I could see it being a tough matchup otherwise.
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Apr 20, 2019I tried Elves at a 29 person FNM for the first time in a while.Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Round 1 vs. Amulet. I spammed too many Elves, going off with triple Nettle Sentinel, Heritage Druid, and Coco + Lead the Stampede. He scoops on his turn 3. I had enough blockers to chump block a 10/6 double strike Titan if needed, enough mana to pay 2GG for a Summoner's Pact off Hive Mind, but not enough to survive a potential TWO double Striking 8/6 Titans. In the next game, he had Engineered Explosives on 1, so I got Dwynen's Elite and Elvish Archdruid on turn 2. Then I played the Damping Sphere I had been saving, so he had to Summoner's Pact for Reclamation Sage to bust it. He got double Amulet, but he couldn't find Titan and I ran him over. 2-0.
Round 2 vs. Burn. He put a big clock on me, but missed his 3rd land drop. I Company into Lord and Shaman of the Pack, allowing me to attack with most creatures. He declined blocking with his Eidolon of the Great Revel, so he was locked out from killing me (I had blockers and 2 burn spells with Eidolon in play kill HIM). In the next game, he does Monastery Swiftspear into Searing Blaze on my Essence Warden, but he misses burn for 4 turns, while I find a 3rd land to CoCo with Elf in play. I find double Dwynen's Elite, so I block all 4 of his creatures, with my Shaman of the Pack and Llanowar Elf living. He is at 4, so he dies on the swingback with 1 card in hand. Just poor draws by him near the end. 2-0.
Round 3 vs. Dredge. I am on the play, so I get too much going before he can get off the ground. Ezuri makes my guys big enough to swing for 21 damage. In the next game, I turn 3 do Westvale Abbey, flipping into the Ormendahl, Profane Prince. On his turn 2, I also used Surgical Extraction on his Bloodghast to not allow a Prized Amalgam trigger too. Super good draws vs. this deck! 2-0.
Round 4 vs. Little Kid Abzan Hate Bears. We ID'd 0-0-3, but played for fun. In the first game, I play too many dudes and he scoops, knowing there's no way around this. The next game is similar, but I was mana restricted, so he got me to 9 to 27 before I was able to do 31 damage to him on the same turn for exactly lethal. Good matchup for this deck. 2-0.
I went 3-0-1. Not too upset about IDing the final round since I know the guy.
Apr 19, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from Joban8 »
Yeah, I'm not expecting it to move the prices of regular printings either. However, this is the kind of lineup that would actually make me consider buying one; I'd probably give it a go if I actually needed a Jace, Ugin, or both. Alas, I do not, so I'll continue avoiding these Timmy boxes like they're an engineered plague. I sincerely hope Gavin's comments a few month ago about how, without Masters sets, WotC would be sprinkling Modern reprints throughout miscellaneous other products weren't referring to ******* mythic edition boxes as one of those reprint outlets.
Speaking as someone who has tried to buy the other 2 Mythic Edition boxes the minute they came out online, it is nearly impossible to get them (in my opinion) anyway. I think you need some sort of high tech computer, which I don't have.
I have a fairly new and expensive computer, but if I still am always "too late." If anyone has any insight on what programs I need to NOT be last, I'm all ears and thank you.
Apr 18, 2019Posted in: ComboQuote from Mastodon_SD »How does everyone feel about Finale of Devastation that was just spoiled?
Search your library and/or graveyard for a creature card with converted mana cost X or less and put it onto the battlefield. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
If X is 10 or more, creatures you control get +X/+X and gain haste until end of turn.
It grabs both combo pieces and can be a finisher. I'll be testing it for sure.
At first glance, it makes me sad that Green Sun's Zenith officially has a permanent grave in Modern, but it actually seems fairly sweet. I would love to see testing for this card!
Apr 18, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from BlueTronFTW »Scrying Sheets is seeing a spike. A lot of cards are, though. I think some people who aren't entirely sure of themselves are just getting into buyouts to see what sticks.
Yeah I noticed a lot of spikes recently. Some stuff is spiking because of Spoiler season, but others for "no random reason." I tried to keep up a bit on the spikes, but I've given up.
Apr 15, 2019Got wrecked at a 69 person Staples tournament. Maybe it's time for me to play test some?Posted in: Combo
Round 1 vs. Grixis Delver. This is the same player that I played in Round 1 the last tournament. I did turn 2 Show and Tell Griselbrand. He scooped and jokingly said "at least you don't know my deck." I assumed he's still on UW Stoneblade since he had an unfetched Polluted Delta. In the next game, he Stifled and Wastelanded me early on, which I did not expect. I realized that he's on Grixis Delver by then, but my sluggishness allowed him to land a Young Pyromancer, then Delver, then counter a Show and Tell (although it was lethal anyway since I only had Emrakul) to win it. In the next game, I keep on 1 land, but I have a lot of sculpting cards. I use them to get my 2nd and 3rd land, but he doesn't Stifle OR Wasteland in this game (maybe a super late Wasteland). I end up with 7 lands in play and drawing 3 more Show and Tell during the course of this game. On the final turn before lethal (or lethal if Show and Tell Griselbrand does NOT come up), I go for Show and Tell. He does Force of Will. I do another Show and Tell. He does Force of Will. I had 2 more Show and Tell and a land in hand. This guy ended up winning the whole tournament, beating Storm in the finals. 1-2.
Round 2 vs. Jeskai Stoneblade. In the first game, I set up a Show and Tell that I jam and I don't even have to respond to countermagic. He scoops after I Sneak Attack Emrakul, killing Germ and Batterskull as well. In the next game, he just literally has a hand of countermagic. I probably should have been patient when I missed a few land drops and went to discard, but I forced the action and ended up with only Arcane Artisans and Jace, the Mind Sculptor as outs in the deck. He lands Jace, the Mind Sculptor and it didn't matter much because I didn't draw much after that. In the next game, I don't do much. I draw an extra Griselbrand and an Emrakul, so I had 3 dudes in hand. I prayed that he drew all 3 Surgical Extraction because I literally could not find Show and Tell or Sneak Attack. This is the deck. 1-2.
Round 3 vs. UR Delver. The deck that my friend was playing, but not my friend. In the first game, I resolve Show and Tell and play Omniscience. I cast Ponder and then shuffle. I lose with Show and Tell, 2 Sneak Attack, and Omniscience in my hand. They have a quick clock! In the next game, I have the dude and he extends out to triple Young Pyromancer. I go all in trying to resolve the Show and Tell that I just drew. He ends up having multiple Flusterstorms and Red Elemental Blast, so he wins the counterwar. I only had Emrakul once again, so with all the tokens he generated from the counterwar, he had the game anyway. He also had it if he had Bolt because he could Bolt the creature that I block with Griselbrand IF, yes IF I had it. 0-2.
Round 4 vs. Infect. Guy mulled to 5. He then did Invigorate on a Glistener Elf and I thought I was dead on turn 2 after Brainstorm doesn't find me something. Nope. I kill him 2 turns later with Sneak Attack. He scooped to losing his permanents. In the next game, I kill a Blighted Agent and then I resolve Blood Moon. I had Blood Moon AND Sneak Attack (but no activation that turn), so I figured I'd let Blood Moon get countered and then hopefully wreck him with Sneak Attack. Nope, Blood Moon was it. 2-0.
Round 5 vs. Aluren. In the first game, he double Thoughtseized me, then with 2 cards left did Aluren, Recruiter of the Guard, and then the combo. In the next game, pregame Leyline of Sanctity wrecked him and I eventually got what I needed. In the final game, he just really flooded out and I was able to resolve Griselbrand. I couldn't find what else I needed to beat him, but eventually found Force of Will to stop a Cavern Harpy from blocking and bouncing back on my Griselbrand, thus giving me no extra life. 2-1.
Round 6 vs. Maverick. I got thoroughly wrecked this round. I do turn 1 Show and Tell after he does Mana dude. He puts Knight of the Reliquary and I put Sneak Attack since I know he'll find Knight for Karakas (I watched him play 2 rounds ago. I EoT Sneak Emrakul. I go to combat, he bounces, I replay with the only mana I have and attack him to 2. He sacrifices all permanents except a Knight of the Reliquary and Thalia to swing me for 11 next turn. I had miscounted the damage, so I thought he'd have to keep Karakas and Knight in case I don't draw a 2nd Red source, which I didn't. I lost either way. In the next game, I have a solid turn 2 Show and Tell into Omniscience and Emrakul. I do it and I wait for the Knight of Autumn. I see it and he then plays Knight of the Reliquary and now even Show and Tell Emrakul does nothing. I calculated that if I do Emrakul, 4 Knight of the Reliquary and Karakas beat me. If I do Omniscience, 4 Knight of Autumn beat me. Later he said he had 2 Knight of Autumn. Yep. Best hands of the tournament BY FAR and got completely and thoroughly wrecked. 0-2.
Round 7 vs. Dredge. In the first game, I Force of Will Lion Eye's Diamond, but he has Faithless Looting and enough Cabal Therapy effects to keep me off Show and Tell Griselbrand. In the next game, I Force of Will Lion Eye's Diamond and have turn 2 Griselbrand. I get there. In the final game, he plays Lion Eye's Diamond. No Force of Will in either my 7 card hand or 6 card hand. He does Breakthrough, sacrificing LED and holding priority. The Dredges are not super good, but the flashback of Faithless Looting gets him 2 more Narcomoeba to Dread Return a Golgari Grave Troll. I get Show and Tell Griselbrand, as his hand is empty, but after activating it, I find Brainstorm, Force of Will, and more lands. Sad times, as I have my only out to Brainstorm for Omniscience, Lotus Petal, and Emrakul. I do actually DRAW Emrakul for the turn, but Brainstorm finds none of the other stuff. GGs. 1-2.
I finish 2-5. I got thoroughly wrecked. In Rounds 6 and 7, I drew insane hands. But I knew my opponent either probably had me dead if they played right (which they did) or could stop me in so many ways. Sheesh! I may stay off this deck for a while.
Apr 13, 2019Played in a 56 person 1K today. Got wrecked.Posted in: Big Mana
Round 1 vs. Tron. He wins the die roll. No Map on turn 1; only Star. Next turn, he Sylvan Scrying for the Tower. The next turn he gets Wurmcoil Engine and then another. He swings me to 1 while he's at 38. I EoT Lightning Bolt. I had Scapeshift in my opener and was hoping for a single ramp card to do 36 to him while he's at 35 after the Bolt. Nope, I draw the 5th land that I drew in 5 draw steps. Sad times. In the next game, he misses on Tron and I have a choice of doing Scapeshift to win or Prime Time to (essentially) win. He has 2 mana up and although I think most Tron lists don't run Warping Wail anymore, Prime Time cannot be answered on the stack by Tron 100%. I do that and win the next turn. Because I have ramp and land in hand, even Prime Time being exiled will allow me to do lethal. In the final game, I ramp and he misses on his 4th land (Mine, PP, and Forest in play) after I Reclamation Sage his 2nd Map. He struggled on lands. I had Prime Time and land in hand, so had he hit his 4th land drop, he could have potentially done Thought-Knot Seer. He showed me afterward that he indeed had Thought-Knot Seer. Lucky for me. 2-1.
Round 2 vs. Dredge. He won another one of these tournaments last week with Storm, so I assumed he'd turn 3 me twice and I would not see a card named Lightning Bolt, Flame Slash, or Relic of Progenitus. But I was wrong. In the first game, he gets what he needs except Creeping Chill. On his turn 3, he gets 3 Creeping Chill and I have to tap out for Prime Time next turn to lose to Conflagrate. In game 2, I have Relic of Progenitus. It slows him down a bit, as he only has Bloodghast and Narcomoeba. He does Stain the Mind on me on turn 2, convoking Bloodghast and Narcomoeba, naming Anger of the Gods. I get Prime Time and some triggers and he has 1 turn to kill me. He doesn't while he's at 5 and I have triple fetchland with double Valakut in play. Creeping Chill would get him to 8, so I'd need to draw a ramp/win-con to win next turn had that happened. In the final game, I keep on triple Mountain, Relic of Progenitus, Anger of the Gods, and some Green cards. I play Relic after he Faithless Loots. Then he does turn 2 Ancient Grudge. Him not allowing me to get the draw off it won him the game, as I drew Green mana several turns later after Anger of the Gods on his Ghast and Prized Amalgam. I do Farseek into Courser of Kruphix and he only has 0 land left in the deck. He can't trigger Bloodghasts for lethal after a Loam/Conflagrate. (I'm assuming he has 0 land because he found no land with a fetch, so he only has 1 Blood Crypt in the deck. The problem? He has Dakmor Salvage, which he finds with his 4th Looting effect of the game. Triggers 2 Bloodghasts and swings for 3 past lethal. 1-2.
Round 3 vs. Infect. This was a guy I hadn't seen in years. The last time I'd seen him was during UW Delver in Standard. In the first game, I Flame Slash his turn 1 Glistener Elf. But he untaps and Inkmoth Nexus into Blighted Agent. Then he kills me over the next 2 turns with Rancor and then a pump spell. In game 2, he mulls to 5. I Flame Slash a Glistener Elf right away and 3 turns later untap with Prime Time, Sakura-Tribe Elder, fetchland, and active 2 Valakuts. He has no chance now. In the final game, I Bolt a Glistener Elf, then Anger of the Gods a Blighted Agent. But another Blighted Agent gets Might of Old Krosa and Vines of Vastwood to get me. Didn't matter much as I didn't have a win-con yet. Things were looking blight. 1-2.
I tried to make it to a Legacy tournament elsewhere on time, but missed out, so I left immediately. Since I didn't drop, I lost at least another round. 1-3 overall.
I have now played against Infect (3 times) more than I've played against Phoenix since the Grand Prix Los Angeles. I'm kind of at the point where I want to run a deck that loses to Phoenix, but does well vs. other decks JUST so I can play against Phoenix 10 out of the next 15 rounds.
Apr 13, 2019Played in a 19 person FNM.Posted in: Big Mana
Round 1 vs. Amulet Titan. Best player here. Usually runs Ad Nauseam or UR Phoenix. Mulled to 6 and got him with a lethal Scapeshift + Summoner's Pact for Sakura Tribe-Elder. In the next game, a Prime Time runs me over when it comes out too quickly. I chump block with a Tireless Tracker and die. In the final game, I get Prime Time and have Sakura Tribe-Elder up in case he gets Prime Time too. I end up getting there as I have land and ramp in hand as well. He scoops. 2-1.
Round 2 vs. Breach Titan. This is the guy I gave a ride to today, borrowing my friend's Breach deck. He Breaches me on turn 3 in all 3 games. In the first game, I am at 1 life and I Scapeshift on turn 4 on the play to win before he makes it to his turn 4. Mulled to 6 all 3 games, although he mulled to 6 in game 1 as well. 1-2.
Round 3 vs. Tron. The first round where my opponent mulled more than me, him to 5 and me to 6. I usually give him a ride, but he came early to play DC today. I end up Scapeshifting him to 1, then Scapeshift the next turn after he got Wurmcoil Engine. In the following game, I stumble and he does Ulamog and Karns. In the final game, I have the nuts ramp hand and I find Prime Time to win soon thereafter. A single Karn is not enough. 2-1.
Round 4 vs. Sultai Shadow. Makes me discard my *****, then plays a Tarmogoyf as a 5/6. I have Flame Slash and Anger of the Gods, but don't get much else and lose when I can't fetch for my 6th land to play a Prime Time. In the next game, Khalni Heart Expedition is Stubborn Denialed, then Explore into Farseek (ST Denial). He eventually puts pressure with a Shadow and a Goyf. I Pact for Chameleon Colossus, which eats a Disdainful Stroke. I have 2 ramp cards in hand, he's at 6 life with an active Valakut, he has 1 card in hand. I draw a Thrun. I cast Ramp, putting him to 3 life. I play the other. He Snapcaster Mage/Stubborn Denial for game. I needed to draw a land for lethal. Oh well. 1-2.
I go 2-2. Had a rough time in Modern recently.
Apr 12, 2019Posted in: ModernQuote from cfusionpm »Those are all entirely fair points. I think I just personally hate telling or showing people what I'm on; even at FNM. I very much enjoy mystery and misdirection; especially if a deck has multiple different win conditions and I don't show my opponent more than one of them. I guess it's going to be irrelevant outside of this event, and likely irrelevant outside of Day 2 events (just due to the logistics nightmare of doing this with thousands of players).
You just described me to a tee. I probably do this a bit too much; it's kind of an old school type of thinking and playing in my opinion. (it's a compliment fwiw)
*I think the best answer to "what are you playing?" is 5 Color Merfolk. Everyone who asks me or knows me knows I'll be on "5 Color Merfolk" and that is a very, very broad number of decks.
Apr 11, 2019Posted in: ComboQuote from JPoJohnson »Ah, I was looking for something like Revoke Existence, but couldn't find it, good call.
The only thing that I like about Act of Authority it is has that 2 for 1 potential. They have to answer it to play a second or it pulls a second card out of their hand in order to continue on in their strategy. Revoke Existence is probably the card you're wanting here though.
Am I missing something, or is Act of Authority only printed in Commander 2013, not making it Modern legal? Seems like a sweet card though! (I often do wish some Commander cards were Modern legal; not stuff like True-Name Nemesis though, lol)
Apr 8, 2019Nice job! It's always cool to see Amulet do well, especially a helpful player like yourself. The matches sound pretty insane.Posted in: Big Mana
I also really wanted to try the old list, but after seeing the new list do better locally, I decided to try it. I still am wavering on other decks. I probably will run Titanshift next week at a 1K, but I love Amulet! I'm assuming the play of Ancient Grudge going down a lot in Modern has to do with Coalition Relic being a good answer to Blood Moon, which it is if they don't have or draw Grudge to answer potentially multiple cards. The main board Hornet Queen is really interesting, as I had it myself in my friend's deck. I wouldn't do it myself, at least until I'm convinced. I feel somewhat "naked" without Walking Ballista. That card is just insane - it's a really busted card. It looked like your meta has quite a bit of Hardened Scales. My friend ran Scales for the longest time, including Day 2ing (and cashing twice) 3 times in a row with Hardened Scales at GPs. Still, he's not feeling it nowadays, choosing to run Whir Prison and UR Phoenix instead. Still, players that know the ins and outs of the deck can have amazing results, as GP Los Angeles proved.
BG Rock is a really interesting matchup. I would assume that Amulet does well vs. BGx, but Rock is a somewhat different animal. I am not sure that we are even favored in the matchup?
Apr 8, 2019Posted in: Modern
Turn 2 Summer Bloom makes a turn 3 Primeval Titan. Yes, it's way less powerful with come into play lands that won't untap, but I'm assuming they thought leaving the "Summer Bloom" effect on creatures like Sakura-Tribe Scout and Azusa, Lost but Seeking, with a much worse "Summer Bloom" in Explore all together would make the deck weaker. The deck is definitely weaker overall. Some matchups turned from literally pretty damn close to 90/10 to 60/40. However, 60/40 is still a solid matchup.
I think players nowadays know how to play better against Amulet, along with new tools printed like Damping Sphere (God I hate that card), leads to players not doing as powerful things as they used to.
Apr 8, 2019Played in a 72 person Staples tournament. Lots of good prizes in this one. Cut to 6 rounds, despite the attendance requiring 7.Posted in: Combo
Round 1 vs. Stoneblade. I am able to resolve a 2nd Show and Tell for Griselbrand. He scoops after I counter a Swords to Plowshares with a Force of Will and a Council's Judgment with a Spell Pierce. In the next game, I go for the Show and Tell with 6 cards in his hand after I did Red Elemental Blast on a turn 3 Vendilion Clique. I have enough to play around Spell Pierce after doing Force of Will and Flusterstorm. He doesn't HAVE Spell Pierce though. He does Surgical Extraction on my Red Elemental Blast. It resolves. Then he does Force of Will, exiling Snapcaster Mage, on Show and Tell. I do Force of Will, exiling Ponder. He does Force of Will, exiling Counterspell. I do Flusterstorm with Emrakul and Griselbrand in hand. His last card is Flusterstorm. He counters all of my Flusterstorm copies, leaving him with 0 cards. I have just the 2 fatties. I just hope to not draw air while he draws Stoneforge Mystic. He draws Stoneforge Mystic for B Skull on that empty hand. I end up drawing 3 Scalding Tarn and Misty Rainforest and lose to the B Skull Germ. In the final game, I keep on 1 land, Preordain, Ponder, and some combo pieces. I get stuck on Ancient Tomb and land, allowing him to Spell Pierce my stuff 3 times, despite me trying to be patient. 3 Force of Will, exiling 2 Snapcaster Mage, then drawing Surgical Extraction on Show and Tell, Snap SE on Sneak Attack leaves me with not much. I play Jace the Mind Sculptor, just hoping to keep Fatesealing while Snappy attacks him. He draws for the turn, True-Name Nemesis. I literally did not deserve to win this game. I wonder if there was something different I could have done or maybe just mulligan the 1 land hand. This round left a sour taste in my mouth because I probably could have won had I played perfectly. 1-2.
Round 2 vs. Death and Taxes. He notices my Show and Tell playmat and says that he hopes I don't play that card on him. I assume he's Mono Red Prison. I get Omniscience off Show and Tell and Force of Will enough to allow Emrakul, the Aeon's Torn to get there, beating Karakas. In the next game, I have a lot. I Abrade the Aether Vial, then Pyroclasm to slow him down. I make a mistake of not Force of Willing the Thalia back on the way down after he bounce it with Karakas. It left him with 7 permanents instead of 6, which I Sneak Attack Emrakul the next turn. I figured if I drew Show and Tell, I'd rather have the Omniscience. He kept Aether Vial and then played land, but I drew the Emrakul again the next turn to win. 2-0.
Round 3 vs. Sneak and Show mirror. He let Show and Tell resolve and I got Sneak Attack into Emrakul. he said that was HIS plan next turn. In the next game, I Force of Will Arcane Artisan, but the 2nd one next turn ended up getting me. I had that plan too, but it was a turn late. In the final game, I Sneak Attack Emrakul and wipe his lands. He rebuilds, but I have Spell Pierce and Force of Will (hard cast if I want) in hand. I draw a Lotus Petal, then Ponder and Brainstorm to find the Emrakul and it's over. 2-1.
Round 4 vs. Stoneblade with Back to Basics. Rough game. I do Ponder and Brainstorm early to set up. But I just draw lands. I go for turn 7 Omniscience and he Spell Pierces. My last 4 cards in hand were 3 more lands and an Emrakul. In the next game, I literally just draw lands and Emrakul. I kept on 1 Emrakul and kept drawing more. I made a mistake on turn 7 of playing City of Traitors because my only out as the game went on was drawing the 5th Sol land AND another mana source to hard cast Emrakul. On the turn before lethal with me at 1 life and Containment Priest and Snappy in play, I drew Brainstorm. Sneak Attack, Force of Will. Sneak Attack, Force of Will. I didn't have mana to activate anyway. Brainstormed 2 Emrakul to the top, leaving only 2 in my hand. Felt good to only have 2 Emrakul in hand. 0-2.
Round 5 vs. Storm. He Duresses Omniscience instead of Ponder after I Ponder to the top. Show and Tell Emrakul instead and he Storms off to kill me. In the next game, I have an early Griselbrand and he can't handle that because he had no discard. In the final game, I keep on 1 land, Leyline of Sanctity. He scoops a few turns later, saying he had no answer to Leyline. 2-1.
Round 6 vs. Big Eldrazi. He turn 1s Chalice of the Void on 1. I let it resolve. He Thought-Knot Seer my Show and Tell. I Force of Will the first Thought-Knot Seer. I am about to lose after he casts Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. I'm at 7 life with Ugin and TKS in play for him. I hard cast Omniscience. I cast Emrakul, beating his Karakas. I have to attack Ugin or else he has 7 damage next turn. I get that and he has no answer for Emrakul. In the next game, I go for Blood Moon, but Thought-Knot Seer gets me until I do Show and Tell with 1 card in hand for him. Ensnaring Bridge. Ugh. I have Blood Moon out too. This locks us until he gets Endbringer and pings me for a few turns. In the next game, I do turn 2 Blood Moon, but he turn 2s triple Grim Monolith, Thran Dynamo, Thought-Knot Seer, taking my Sneak Attack. I draw another one, but have to do Abrade on Sorcerous Spyglass first. I do it, but he draws and plays another Thought-Knot Seer. I wish I had draw that Sneak Attack 1 turn later. I draw nothing and lose to those Thought-Knot Seers. 13 Sol lands drawn by me and 5 Thought-Knot Seers drawn by him in 3 games. Not a good recipe. Maybe I should have gone for a more aggressive hand, but I felt that turn 2 Blood Moon was strong because it plays around Trinisphere, which he also played in this match. 1-2.
I finish 3-3. Rough times, as outside of shuffling, I literally see no way to have won Rounds 3 or 6. I may have been able to play better in Game 3 of Round 1, but I couldn't figure it out in the end.
Apr 6, 2019I like your main deck. It is 2 cards, not counting lands, off my current list. Mine is -1 Viscera Seer and -1 Shalai, Voice of Plenty for +1 4th Duskwatch Recruiter and +1 Noble Hierarch. I do play a basic Swamp.Posted in: Combo
The SB is mostly a meta call and since I haven't played much recently, I'll leave that one up to others to comment on. It looks solid to me.
I might bring back Kataki, War's Wage if you expect Whir Prison.Oh damn, you have it!
Apr 6, 2019Posted in: MidrangeQuote from The Fluff »Nice to see you here Foodchain. I think your list is already good. Although personally, I would drop the huntmaster and add another tracker. Tracker is just so good in this deck, and she is a source of card draw.
A simple Flame Slash get's rid of thing in the ice.
Is this your first time playing Ponza?
Yeah, a 3rd Tracker would have been better. Tracker is definitely good in this deck.
A player that grinds some local tournaments ran Ponza to a 1st place finish. I was damn surprised, as I don't think much of the deck. Obviously every deck has its good draws while their opponent draws trash, but outside of that and polarized matchups, I don't think it's where I want to be. He ran Mizzium Mortars, so I decided to try it.
Round 1 vs. Grixis Shadow. This is one of the few players that I can outplay and win against, as Modern doesn't allow much room for that. I think I'm 7-1 vs. him lifetime. In the first game, I keep a 4 land hand. He does double Street Wraith, Thoughtseize me. I draw 5 lands for my 5 draw steps and die. In the next game, I keep a 2 land hand on 6 cards. I have 5 draw steps again and draw 0 lands. I ended up with every card over 3 left in the deck, except 1 more Chandra, Torch of Defiance. Had some 3 drops obviously as well. He did double Street Wraith, EoT Fatal Push my Birds of Paradise. Death's Shadow and Gurmag Angler with TBR again. 7-2 lifetime now. 0-2.
Round 2 vs. Burn. He does Goblin Guide, then suspend Rift Bolt and Monastery Swiftspear. I do Utopia Sprawl into Blood Moon. I have Birds of Paradise and Arbor Elf as well, but don't want them Searing Blazed. I WANT turn 2 Blood Moon. I Mizzium Mortars the Goblin Guide after Tireless Tracker blocks Swiftspear. He doesn't play much and in the end, has me at 1 life with 3 cards in hand. In the next game, he rushes me again with creatures and Burn. I do Blood Moon again, but he doesn't have White cards this game. Gets me with a bunch of burn after Skullcrack on Obstinate Baloth. In the next game, I get Blood Moon on turn 2 for the 3rd game! Tireless Tracker and Baloth (into Skullcrack again), I swing with only Tracker after cracking some clues because next turn is lethal with a swing and an Inferno Titan that I have in hand. I get him. He is stuck on Path to Exile, fetch, and Cindervines in hand. 2-1.
Round 3 vs. Junk Little Kid. He rushes me in the first game, but a Courser of Kruphix and no Path to Exile by him allows me to play Inferno Titan, then Stormbreath Dragon, to swing the tides. I kept on 2 lands and Utopia Sprawl, but he turn 2 Knight of Autumn on a Sprawl, so I was stuck on 3 mana for a while. I drew the lands right in time. In the next game, a Tireless Tracker was Maelstrom Pulsed, which I would have waited for a land drop. But I assumed I'd draw a non land this game. Nope. I lose with 6 mana in play and 3 lands in hand. In the final game, I destroy a lot of lands. I need an Anger of the Gods to wipe some mana dorks, but he plays 7 straight lands this game, keeping 4 of them while I draw Blood Moon #2 and #3 this game instead of gas. He drew cards to kill me, as I prayed for a Mizzium Mortars. He drew cards to kill me and I drew redundant Blood Moons. Ouch! 1-2.
Round 4 vs. Jund. He was 2-1 and I am 1-2, so I was hoping to beat him, then scoop to him so he could prize. In game 1, I destroyed multiple lands and he made 1 mistake fetching, not allowing him to have Black mana. This set him back too much and I had gas. In the next game, I destroyed 3 lands, but he played 8 straight land drops and got Maelstrom Pulse on an Inferno Titan. Then he gets Bloodbraid Elf on a nearly empty board (I had Arbor Elf) into Maelstrom Pulse #2 on Chandra, Torch. That's all the gas I had. In the final game, I made my first obvious mistake of the night. I do Primal Command after luck sacking into a 4th land with Utopia Sprawl in play and Inferno Titan and Primal Command in play. I do Primal Command, getting Obstinate Baloth to hedge against discard, and bounce Treetop Village to the top of the library, leaving 2 Blackcleave Cliffs in play. He played a 3rd Blackcleave Cliffs that he had in hand and Kologhan's Command, making me discard Inferno Titan. I drew a 6th mana source next turn. I should have kept Baloth, but I assumed the Treetop Village was his only 3rd land, so he would have it tapped. He also drew 6 straight lands until he missed for a turn. I got lucky in the late game with overload Mizzium Mortars, but he Bloodbraid Elf into Maelstrom Pulse on my Stormbreath Dragon. I draw a land and 2 more Blood Moon before dying to the Treetop Village and Bloodbraid Elf for 3 turns. He had turn 3 Dark Confidant in all 3 games, but it was Mortared in games 2 and 3. Sad times. 1-2.
I go 1-3. I had that terrible mistake in Round 4. I probably should have not shuffled my library in a way that my Round 1 opponent would shuffle me to all land or no land. Other than that, I saw very polarized draws that were good, but not unbeatable. Not sure if my list was trash. I ended up not using the 2 Raking Canopy from the SB. I thought it'd be fun! Outside of when I played Shamans 2 weeks ago, I've played 0 UR Phoenix in my last 6 tournaments, 3 of which were Comp REL.
*I haven't played Ponza in quite a while. The last time I played it was probably a year ago, with Bloodbraid Elf after he got unbanned. I ran it in 2 tournaments and got to play against Tron. I put it together because there were 3 Amulet Titans last week, so I figured with Ponza and Ancient Grudges in the SB, I should have it favored. When I saw that my opponent was Shadow, I didn't want to play Amulet myself (that my friend gave to me to play in case) because I thought I'd draw trash and Ponza has a better shot.
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