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  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    Quote from sicsmoo »
    Quote from idSurge »
    REALLY hope Eldrazi Tron doesnt come back. I loathe that deck.
    I wouldn't worry much about that. It's been seeing more play recently due to Chalice being pretty good again, but it's still not good enough against the field for it to see widespread play like it used to.

    Bingo! I actually was considering purchasing the Tron lands to rebuild E Tron, mostly because Chalice of the Void main seems solid. (I don't have Tron lands anymore because I sold Tron a year ago.)
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    Quote from tronix »
    yeah when i was doing some research on certain set card quality, mm15 came up as one of the worst - both foils and non-foils. it also looks to be partially what sparked peoples closer scrutiny and harsher criticisms of card quality, whereas it was moreso just grumbling and being mostly overlooked before that.

    The only foils I have from that set came from Limited.

    There's 2 cards that I always seem to get foils of somehow without trying - Deathmark and Cancel, so I've learned to embrace them. I have a pile of 5 foil Deathmark and the MM2015 one is the worst one. I even almost feel like throwing it in the trash because I think it is ruining the others by bending them (since they're all next to each other in a big box).
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on RGx Titanshift
    So I ran the deck at a 26 person FNM. Made some serious mistakes, namely in Round 2. The deck performed well though.

    Round 1 vs. Temur Vannifar. I played essentially this deck last week against Breach and lost in 2 super quick games. This time, I have turn 3 Breach, but Woodfall Primus to bust up 2 lands. So instead of killing him if I had Primeval Titan, I just double Stone Rain and have a 5/5. Frown He replays more lands and all I can do is leave a fetchland open with active Valakut to potentially nab a Kiki-Jiki. But he taps for Spellskite, then gets the Kiki-Jiki combo. Got me! In the next game, I don't have burn for his creatures, but I have him dead on turn 5. He kills me on his turn 4. Frown 0-2.

    Round 2 vs. Value Town. Terrible play including siding out 1 Valakut. Lol. That may turn out to be the biggest meme that I've signed up for in quite a while and that's saying a lot! I win the first game, grinding through a bunch of Path to Exiles. In the next game, I do turn 2 Anger of the Gods to wipe up 3 mana dorks. He gets there in the long game after Pathing my Titan, then finding all the Ghost Quarter action. His creatures are better than mine then. This was a pretty sad game. The next game is similar and I forget to SIDE IN MY 4th VALAKUT. I don't know what I was thinking, other than I was a bit tipsy from some Hennessey Cognac. I end up getting there late game, cracking a million clues, then Anger of the Gods on his board when Elspeth, Sun's Champion was about to ultimate, and having Relic of Progenitus to make sure the Knight either dies or taps to save itself, allowing a lethal attack from an 8/7 Tracker. He scoops because he does NOT have the 4th Path to Exile. 2-1.

    Round 3 vs. RW Norin Sisters. Champion of the Parish into Thalia's Lieutenant, but it slows down. I Breach a Titan and wipe his board, except a single Soul's Attendant. I am at 4 life. He draws and plays Impact Tremors. I'm not sure why he likes this card, but he actually has killed me with it before. I do another Titan next turn to go with a Search for Tomorrow for lethal. In the next game, I Abrade a Ajani's Pridemate after a Soul Sister bumps it to 3/3. He doesn't have much more gas and I am free to land a Tracker, then Reclamation Sage off Summoner's Pact to kill Ghostly Prison. Then I play some Titans. Still had another Titan AND Woodfall Primus in hand. OMG GAS. 2-0.

    Round 4 vs. Zoo. Turn 1 Noble Hierarch. He does turn 2 Gruul Spellbreaker, then another one the following turn; both with Haste. I get Through the Breach to wipe most of his board, then finish him with Prime Time into ramp. In the next game, he does Wild Nacatl. Then he does another one, but doesn't have any more gas. I block one with Sakura-Tribe Elder, then Anger of the Gods. Then he does Huntmaster of the Fells, but I Abrade it. Then I have all of the bigger creatures like Tireless Tracker, then Prime Time. He scoops when his board is decimated. 2-0.

    I finish 3-1, which was nice, despite my terrible efforts in Round 2. Outside of that, I played pretty good, even if my sideboarding could have been better. (it's not my fault; none of the decks were on Becky Adlman's SB guide.) Laugh
    Posted in: Big Mana
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    Quote from socketto »
    i caught it quick and got my playset at $2.50 a piece. Anvils already around 12-15

    I just got here and couldn't find the 1 or 2 that I own. I'm trying to get some with no luck. Frown Was able to get 2 foils for $8.08 from my local store though. Wink
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Gauntlet list
    As someone who has loved the Titanshift strategy and had to sort of shelve it during the KCI era, I think that RG Breach is more viable. I haven't quite had the chance to test it, but a friend who was running Jeskai and UW Control to a 50% win rate the past 3 months has been something like 18-2 with it so far. I'm about to jump on that train, even if I personally prefer Titanshift myself.

    The difference is this. Breach is a deck that is hurt less by Blood Moon, quicker, less resilient, has 4 Through the Breach, 3-4 Simian Spirit Guide, 4 Summoner's Pact, and 0-1 Scapeshift, while Titanshift has 0 Breach, 4 Scapeshift, 2 Summoner's Pact, more reliant on Blood Moon not living, and more resilient. Titanshift runs 27 lands while Breach runs 25.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on RGx Titanshift
    Sorry, it's been a while guys. Is this where we post questions and other info on RG Breach as well? I have started to believe that Breach is actually a better meta call right now and want to start testing it. If it doesn't work out, I can always fall back on Titanshift for the Los Angeles Magic Fest.

    For what it's worth, here's a list I'm looking at.

    Posted in: Big Mana
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    Quote from Ym1r »
    Quote from Jonny_Tempel »
    Ad Nauseam at 3%? Linear as hell meta? Good that there has been no coverage to watch...
    How is this linear as hell with control at 8%, 2 interactive semi-aggro decks (humans and spirits) and Jund at 3%? Granted that there is a small prevalence of some linear combo decks, but even among combo there is diversity. Also, I don't see what is bad with burn at 12% in a field which is still coming back from the KCI ban.

    I'm pretty sure that the sarcasm went over your head on this one.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    Quote from Jonny_Tempel »
    Ad Nauseam at 3%? Linear as hell meta? Good that there has been no coverage to watch...

    12% Burn is pretty trash. I'm pretty sure that when I'm playing to win, I'm gonna be playing some version of beatburn.dec for now.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The People's Pod
    So, I ran AngledLuffa's 5-0 list at a 28 person FNM. Didn't do too well.

    Round 1 vs. BUG Shadow. This guy actually does very well. I know the past 2 FNMs, he was 3-0-1 at both. He sticks with decks that he has built and worked on for years. In the first game, he floods out. I flood out too, but get him low enough to swing with a Birds of Paradise twice with 2 Exalted triggers from 2 Noble Hierarchs while chump blocking with another creature on his Death's Shadow and taking a bit from a Gurmag Angler. He had some discard that got 2 Chord of Callings during this game. In the next game, he floods out again and my hand is just pure gas. He ends up having to play out his last card in hand; a Tarmogoyf. I chump because I have Tracker and E Witness and more. I get Deputy of Detention the next turn after he drew a 2nd Tarmogoyf. He scoops. 2-0.

    Round 2 vs. RG Breach. Not what I wanted to face, but maybe he won't draw the nuts? A friend that car pools to some events together. In the first game, I play a bunch of dorks and try to set up for Chord of Calling for Bounding Krasis into Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. He does turn 3 Breach and since I'm at 19, he kills 2 dorks instead. I know I'm dead, so I just draw to see "what could have been." The next turn I'm dead to a Mountain. In the next game, I play mana dork into 2 more since I draw another one. He does exile Simian Spirit Guide, Anger of the Gods. I assume that if I keep drawing mana dorks, there's really no way to play around Anger of the Gods. I had Shalai next turn. A couple of turns later, Breach a Prime Time again and I'm dead. He said he kept on 2 Red sources, but peeled Wooded Foothills to Farseek turn 3. I literally got wrecked. 0-2.

    Round 3 vs. Value Town. This guy switches between GW versions of Company, but I hadn't seen him play this before. But I did watch his Round 2, so I knew exactly what he was on. In the first game, he double Path to Exiles all my few creatures while I peel lands. Noble Hierarch into Knight of the Reliquary, but I Zealous Conscripts, taking it, swinging, then Eldritch Evolution it for Prime Speaker Vannifar. He Path to Exiled my Vannifar and Tireless Tracker, so all I had was Zealous Conscripts and a Kiki-Jiki in my hand. I draw the 3rd Red source and kill him. Whew! In the next game, Noble Hierarch into Knight of the Reliquary again. He Path to Exiles twice and Dromoka's Command once and after drawing a lot of lands, I have no creatures left. In the final game, I am hoping to draw Eldritch Evolution or Chord of Calling to find Glen Elendra Archmage to prevent the double Path to Exile I've seen from the other games. Then I need to draw Kiki-Jiki. I have Bounding Krasis in play. I keep drawing lands. I draw a Noble Hierarch. I cannot do much. He has 4-5 cards in his hand the whole time. I draw for the turn...Glen Elendra Archmage. I scoop. I was actually really upset to draw a card where he can Path to Exile some creatures while it's on the stack. I wanted to Chord or Evolution because I don't think the Archmage was on his radar since he let me do it earlier to Knight of Autumn a Worship, then E Witness the Knight to get a Courser of Kruphix. It turns out he had 4 Path to Exile this game. I knew 1 for sure since he revealed it with Courser and I assumed a 2nd, but there literally was no way I was winning this game. He could Path to Exile every single creature I drew this game, including value creatures. I personally think with so many Blue sources in the deck, Dispel in the SB is a real option, although I realize that Glen Elendra Archmage does it twice. Grin 1-2.

    Round 4 vs. Humans. He goes Noble Hierarch into Mantis Rider. Then double Image, although I Bounding Krasis one of them. I am nearly dead next turn, but I can eat Image with Scavenging Ooze to stay at 1. He shows me Thalia's Lieutenant. GG. In the next game, I land turn 2 Magus of the Moon off Birds and 2 basics. Eventually I am able to use Chord of Calling and E Witness from hand to get there. I Chord of Calling to protect the Magus from Dismember, hoping to get Spellskite (I Chorded for 4 though). I then decide to look for Glen Elendra Archmage because I had Blue up, but I hadn't sided it in. Then I notice Shalai and he loses soon after that. In the final game, it is grindy, but I am able to land a Thragtusk that I drew. Then I was able to use Eldritch Evolution that I had for a while on a Kitchen Finks that I drew to get Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. I copy Thragtusk a turn, then the Kiki gets Dismembered, but he's down to 4 life now. I draw another Evolution and use it on the 2/1 Kitchen Finks to get another Kiki. He says, "you have another Kiki?" I say, "yep." Grin 2-1.

    I finish 2-2, which was rough. I had 2-2ed or 2-1-1ed 4 FNMs in a row until last week's 3-0-1 with UR Living End, so I wanted to repeat that performance or better. Sucked for me. Tough opponents and tough draws, although I wish that I sideboarded better. I literally didn't know how to side vs. Value Town. I sided out the singleton Tireless Tracker since I figured I can't win "that battle." He has more and he has turn 2 Knight of the Reliquary, so I doubt I'm getting more clues. I felt the combo route, dodging Path to Exile, was my best option. Does somebody know a better way?

    This 75.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Which decks do you think have the most staying power in Modern?
    I think Affinity has HAD the most staying power, being a Tier 1 deck ever since the beginning and falling just a bit along the way, but always remaining playable at worst.

    Now Affinity is still around in Hardened Scales, but since you are asking what will now, that's anybody's guess. It may still be Affinity (Hardened Scales or Experimental Frenzy)

    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    Quote from 13055 »
    Pretty sure Commander is the main factor behind the price. Thing is a truck in almost every go-wide strategy that involves green.

    That's gotta be it. Elves has not been doing that much in Legacy recently and Craterhoof is not played in Modern.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    Quote from whocansay »
    Quote from idSurge »
    Anything interesting coming out of SCG this weekend?


    I would certainly say so!

    https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1631350

    That deck there may just be too spicy for me to resist! Laugh

    I actually played against that player at a side event of a GP with me on Grishoalbrand and him on Grixis Grishoalbrand. Super cool guy and I love to see that he's stuck with it (not a quitter, lol, like me).
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    It was a good call. Burn was already on the come up when it got new toys in the new set. I personally played 3 Dragon's Claw for the first time that I can remember in Modern last Friday (I think I may have had some for a while in Skred or something...)

    Nice to see people stomping on Burn, lol.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on GP attendance
    Its discouraging going to one of these events knowing that many will start the tournament 3-0 from the comfort of their hotel bed.

    It's been like that for years and GP attendance kept increasing. So, I think there's gotta be other factors.

    Besides, without going into it that much, those players earned that right. I used to have 3 Byes all the time until the past 4 years or so, where it has been reduced to 2 Byes since I would have to make Silver to get 3 (I don't try that hard).
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 21/01/2019)
    Quote from idSurge »
    Anything interesting coming out of SCG this weekend?

    I'm not sure. I was mostly watching my own local Invitational tournament instead.

    From what I saw, the meta looks the same; just no KCI.
    Posted in: Modern
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