Quote from xboxgregory »Thank you! Jund can be tough, but IMO it's the easiest of the matchups that you named. They tap out far more often than GDS and Izzet decks (idk about phoenix, but any UR tempo/control deck in general). I used to run a recall but I ended up cutting it when i discovered how good repeal is. It definitely can be handy in the right meta (defensively) as well.
I think it would be awesome to see others play the deck, I feel like I've talked all my friends' ears off about it and I have no person that I know that also plays the deck, so any collaboration would be awesome.
I agree that Jund is def the easiest out of those matchups, for the reasons you mentioned. I'm able to sneak a match from Jund here and there, but the izzet deck (counters + removal + clock) is tough, and GDS (izzet plus discard) is attrocious. I've been thinking about recording a full competitive league on MTGO, and talking through my thought process. If I can find the time this weekend, I'll do it.
Quote from xboxgregory »GDS is just about the worst possible matchup, but it's still winnable. I would just play like they don't have it all the time, and if they ended up having it then you just lose. No hard feelings, move on. If you really want to beat it you can board into more grapeshots and try to cheese them when they make a really big death's shadow.
I think I am 1-9 on MODO vs GDS, it's actually that bad. They so frequently have more discard/removal/counters that I have paladin/silence/claim. I actually wish I could face them more though, so I could learn how to best maximize my chances. Since I'm playing this at GP Portland in a few weeks, I'd like to have a better strategy than "hope I don't get matched up," or "pray for two bonkers hands in a row." I only get two loses to make day 2. I've added 3 Geist of Saint Traft to hopefully improve those removal-heavy matchups. I'll see how it works out. I was trying a really experimental SB of 3 Geist 3 Ka, Khemba Reagent, 3 Monestary Mentor, and 3 Inquisition of Kozilek. Side out all flex spots and 5 cheerios. I actually 5-0'd a league with it yesterday, but didn't face any midrange lol. But I'm starting to think that simple is better, and I might just have to pray to not face GDS.