I'm sorry man. That sounds rough. Hopefully the boxes made up for it a little bit?
It's one of the main reasons that I haven't bought a box (outside of MM boxes that I sold) since Tempest. That was the last box I opened, other than friends' boxes to practice Limited for GPs. I even have gotten to the point of hating Limited because of realizing that the pack I opened was worth more Sealed. When that happens 95% of the time, it can be mentally draining.
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Dec 13, 2018This really sucks Colt. I really hope they can find the thieves. Be on the lookout on craigslist, etc. etc. Sadly enough, I know exactly what it feels like to lose the best LGS I've ever gone to (played since 1994).Posted in: Magic General
My store closed down a few years ago. They had free FNMs, good prices, cool people, a more competitive than average scene, and HUGE FNMs. They ended up shutting down due to poor business decisions. Nobody knows how good they have it until they've lost it.
Dec 13, 2018Is it all right if I ask why the box got refunded (can reply by private message if you like)?Posted in: Modern
I have a friend in our play group that got 11 identical rares in 2 of his boxes (I mean, he did buy a lot!). Only 1 of those such rares was worth anything worth more than the pack, so if it is possible to get a refund, I'd like to let him know. I mean he's smarter than me, so he probably figured it out anyway...
Dec 12, 2018Posted in: Modern
Without having to go too much into depth, one thing I notice is when players that normally wouldn't play a deck like this DO start playing it. That's a big clue. Sure, there are players that have been waiting to play a deck like this or are willing to make sacrifices for archetypes or colors that they like, but a huge portion of players have flocked to the deck, including Ross Merriam, who won the SCG Open recently with it.
Also my own anecdotal evidence is a local player who ran Atlanta Regionals with the deck at 10 wins in a row, including the finals.
Dec 12, 2018Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)Quote from The Fluff »Foodchain, your deck looks good. I very much like the inclusion of the magus as a surprise to gimp some people.
Only thing I don't understand is Surrak. Besides being another beater, what is the main purpose of surrak in this deck.. to make hasty champions?
Surrak, the Hunt Caller could easily be a card that gets cut in the finality of this deck. But it leaves the option of an explosive play in doing Eldritch Evolution on a Strangleroot Geist to do 8 damage out of nowhere against decks that don't block or don't block much. Part of casting Eldritch Evolution is putting the Strangleroot Geist in the yard, Undying to a 3/2, now you got a 3/2 and a 5/4, smashy smashy time. This pretty much puts a 2 turn clock of "16 damage" and the threat to die to Bolt if you don't block once is a real threat (or another creature the following turn if you are playing against decks that start at 20 life).
This also brings up something else I've noticed. This deck does seem to have a rough matchup against decks that don't put themselves below 20 life.
Dec 12, 2018Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)Quote from Soot »@FoodChainGoblins
I think you're missing a little something in your list... a 16/16 wurm creature maybe?
Yeah, still editing. Down to 59 cards main board. It should be easy, considering I'm play testing it at home with myself right now vs. Dredge, lol.
Got it! Kessig Wolf Run, big time card. Pretty much a Howl from Beyond for a turn before it usually gets destroyed. If it doesn't, you win all creature battles.
Dec 12, 2018Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)Quote from The Fluff »@Foodchain
Can you post your latest iteration of the deck? The one you posted on the previous page does not have Ghalta.
I don't have a Craggenwick deck, but have played Trackers extensively in Ponza. My opinion is that she is a very good card, a little slow sometimes but she has saved many a game with her card draw ability. I always keep the habit of keeping a land or two in hand, so a top decked tracker can at least get one clue.
I'm somewhat embarrassed to show my latest iteration of the deck. I should have done more with the deck, but I don't have all that much time right now. Next week, I will be playing around 4-6 times per week again, as I have Christmas Break for 3 weeks. I also plan on going to the Grand Prix Oakland, which is Modern. I am also testing Dredge because it seems just too good in Game 1. Here's what I got!
Hope that's it. Tried to do it off memory in 3 minutes...
Dec 10, 2018I agree completely with your thoughts. I actually sided in Wall of Reverence vs. Death's Shadow. I figured the fellow could block a Gurmag Angler. I haven't played against Humans yet (luckily, lol) and Spirits only once (can honestly not remember if I sided it or not, but most likely did all my fliers).Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
Yeah I don't like the minor use of Blood Moon either. I actually don't think Blood Moon is the best meta call in my opinion. I also don't prefer Goyf here. I think other creatures do just as good and the cut of Steel-Leaf Champion is sad to me, even if it is not a super powerful Modern creature in a bubble (it's cannot block clause comes up quite often!).
Double Anger of the Gods seems right. Double Scooze makes sense, but I think you have to go in at 3 at least if you are trying to slow down graveyard strategies. Scavenging Ooze is one of those cards that is SO good in a certain matchup and then a 2/2 in another matchup. Huntmaster of the Fells is cool, but I still prefer Tireless Tracker. I'm sorry I'm being stubborn!
Dec 10, 2018Posted in: ModernQuote from tronix »just opened my UMA box. pretty much the first box of anything ive purchased. here are the highlights:
box topper: snapcaster
mythics: karn, cavern or souls, bitterblossom, temporal manipulation
rares: noble hierarch, celestial colonnade, engineered explosives, life from the loam, (foil) reanimate, (foil) maelstrom pulse
bought the box for 275 + shipping; so like 280.
Soooo lucky. That's a really nice box!
As much as I saw many of my staples go down in value, I am super happy that at least some prices in Modern are not super exorbitant anymore. I wonder what cards are spiking because of "not being printed?"
Dec 10, 2018Posted in: ModernQuote from sicsmoo »Yeah, the pre-Oath of the Gatewatch Eldrazi deck with the Eye/Temple/Urborg manabase was strong, but still fair when you were powering out Oblivion Sower and Blight Herder as opposed to Thought-Knot and Reality Smasher. Man I miss that deck.
Oh, I loved that deck. I used to Smash on Jund and Grixis with that deck. I was actually pretty sad when the Pro Tour results basically showed Eldrazi Aggro (as opposed to BW Eldrazi Midrange) to be just straight up better by a LOT. Had to move on...
Dec 9, 2018Posted in: ModernQuote from gkourou »Well, 2 KCI players(Matthew nass & Eli Kassis) are at 11-3, potentially going up to 12-3 if they win. I think that's not enough to win them the top 8 position, but they will probably top 32 the event.
Truth be told, either of those players would have similar records with Hardened Scales or Dredge as well. They're just 2 really strong, tight players and they happen to play one of the best decks in the format. I don't think everything should be judged based on them. Yes, it's an indicator, but it's not a tell-all. Heck, my friend at his 2nd GP running Hardened Scales was 8-2 before falling to 9-5 today. He could have gotten 13-2. That would have been insane, especially considering that Scales is not the easiest deck to play (but he has extensive Affinity reps).
Two local players and close acquaintances are up there as well; one on Burn I'm presuming and the other on Storm. The Burn player has been running that forever, but he did the SCG Team Event on Tron. I know because he faced our team.
Dec 9, 2018Posted in: Big ManaQuote from TomCourtenay »What do you guys bring in against Tron ? Alpine or Crumble to Dust ? And against Storm, 2 Relic of Progenitus and 2 Damping Sphere ?
I used to bring in Crumble to Dust. It's tougher for them to respond with Warping Wail for Crumble than to Nature's Claim an Alpine Moon. I don't even think they run Warping Wail anymore. Storm? Yep, Relic and Sphere.
But...I wouldn't run Crumble to Dust in Titanshift anymore. I personally would still run the 1 of Beast Within, but it's probably not the best option.
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