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  • posted a message on Modern Spirits
    Quote from redtwister »
    Deputy of Detention has been great in testing so far. Perfect colors, answers lots of things we previously could not deal with and it opens sideboard space because we have 2 copies of a creature D-Sphere. I am on Bant, so I am running 2 Path/2 Reflector/2 Deputy.

    note: Tocatli Honor Guard is increasingly popular and that card does hose us and Humans pretty hard.


    There's at least three Merfolk players, BW Eldrazi Taxes, and some other Bant Spirits players at my LGS. Is it alright to cut Reflector Mage in this situation? I'd rather not give extra ETB triggers to creature-based decks.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Death And Taxes
    What do people think of Tithe Taker?
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Pyro Prison || Goblinized Mono-Red Control : The Sideboard Deck
    Here's my new list; I removed the Eidolons in favor of filter draws, replaced my single Magus with a Koth, and replaced Alpine Moon and Damping Sphere with two Cratermakers for Eldrazi and Tron. I'm wondering what people think, thanks prison peeps~

    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on Pyro Prison || Goblinized Mono-Red Control : The Sideboard Deck
    Went 2-2 last night, won against UR Phoenix and Esper Mill, lost against Eldrazi Taxes and Dredge. Used the list below:



    Match 1 - UR Phoenix - 2-0
    Went 2-0, game 1 I assembled a Bridge, Chalice on 1 and 2, and Chandra; he folded on turn 5 as soon as I played the second Chalice. Game 2, I got an early Warboss and Mutavault.

    Match 2 - Esper Mill 2-1
    Interesting match to say the least. Game 1 I got Gemstone out since I was on the draw and then I got a turn 2 Blood Moon. He folded after I found a Rabble. Game 2 he used Bridge and Mesmeric Orb to lock me down while he milled me to death. Game 3, I locked him down with Witchbane Orb and killed him with an ult'd Chandra. And to think I was going to remove Witchbane Orb from my board with a different card... :p

    Match 3 - BW Eldrazi Taxes 0-2
    Lost 0-2, removal wasn't strong enough against multiple Thought-Knots and I never drew into a Blood Moon. I had Bridge Game 1 but he kept flickerwisp-ing it away and beat me down. Is this a terrible matchup for us without a Moon out?

    Match 4 - Dredge 1-2
    Game 1 he did Dredge things. Game 2, I got him with a Bridge lockdown + Rabbles. Game 3 was close but Chandra whiffed and exiled my Bridge while I was tapped out, so I died to his Bloodghasts. My Anger wiped out almost all of his board beforehand but I didn't draw into another one quickly enough. I probably should have added more Cages instead of Relics in my board.

    Overall I'm okay with how I did, although I do wish I could do better than 2-2 with P-Prison at some point. I definitely got punished for keeping a greedy hand Game 3 of Dredge, but I think I made good decisions overall with keeping and mulligan-ing hands. Eldrazi and Taxes hurt a lot and initially he thought I was on Skred; ironically Skred would've have saved me, since my old Skred list ran Roast and the titular Skred which would have smashed his Seers. I have a Trinisphere and Ravenous Traps in the mail, might continue to adjust my ramp since I did lose a game to Dredge by drawing nothing but lands, rituals, and Guides. Bridge was a godsend so definitely curious to see if I can find ways to cheat my own creatures through it more/find more win cons that are non-creature. Maybe add in a Koth? Also Eidolon did nothing for me tonight, but I have a 4th in the mail and will see if it has more impact the next time I play Prison.
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on Stompy
    Quote from binmaa10 »
    Pelt Collector and Experiment One work perfectly fine next to each other. But I usually end up boarding at least one Pelt Collector out. I personally prefer Experiment One. But opponents usually tend to remove the Pelt Collector first if thet have the choice between both, even before the regeneration clause gets relevant. So in my own opinion the experiment is the stronger one for sure, but opponents seem to judge it different.

    The difference between Feed the Clan and Life Goes on is something I cannot judge at the moment. The reason I plaz them both as one of is because I want to find out which one feels better. But for a final decission I need more games.

    Grafdiggers is there as a singleton as it can work next to relic, while also occasionally annoying coco decks.

    The only other thing I can add is that I would for sure replace the Hashep Oasis with Horizon Canopy if I had the budget. And that I'll probably cut a Pelt Collector for a Wasteland Viper to have an additional pseudo removal spell.


    For the decision between Feed the Clan and Life Goes On, I've had more success with Life Goes On because it's just easier to find situations where creatures die. The extra 2 life isn't much of a difference in most scenarios, and being one mana cheaper is relevant in Stompy due to the low land count and desire to keep our CMCs and curve low.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Modern Spirits
    Quote from Hotweelz »
    I’ve been playing UW Spirits for a few months now. I understand adding a green splash would make the deck more powerful, but because of financial reasons, being pigheaded, and wanting to do something different I want to splash black for Orzhov Enforcer, Lingering Souls, and Fatal Push. Should I forget the whole idea and just splash green to be more competitive?


    If you wanna go rogue you might want to consider Jeskai Spirits. I've heard of some people running builds with Eidolon of the Great Revel and other stuff, although life is an issue with Great Revel out.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Modern Spirits
    Quote from ketoglutarato »
    Elves and merfolk are light on interaction, spirits suffer from the clock slowing down.. Maybe you could consider deputy of detention?


    Ooooo that's a good idea. I could exile multiple Masters and kill their tokens, multiple lords, etc. I like this.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Modern Spirits
    Well Reflector Mage doesn't seem that good considering a lot of the decks I played/saw have creatures with ETB triggers; is it worth giving my opponent more benefits?
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Modern Spirits
    Went 2-2 at my new LGS with the below list:



    I won 2 matches against Merfolk, both of which were 2-1, and I lost against Storm and Affinity, 0-2. I think my performance reflects the fact that this was my first time playing the Bant version of the deck more than any other reason.

    Storm combo'd off too quickly both times, although second game I got too aggressive and tapped out on turn 2 to play Geist, which let them combo off. Affinity outraced me first game, and second game the dude pulled out an Ensnaring Bridge and slowly chipped me down with his Etched Champions; I didn't draw into removal for the bridge fast enough.

    My first match with Merfolk was against a new pilot of the deck, I lost the first game due to mana drought. The second and third games I won, partially because of being able to play with no Islands via Hierarch and Botanical Sanctum, but also thanks to Geist hitting the dude with a three turn clock.

    The second Merfolk match was much tougher, and I got mana screwed the first two games. First game I mulled to 5, second game I also had to mull to 5. Second game, I gave up and kept a hand with no lands and a Hierarch, but turn 2 I finally drew into a fetch which helped me stabilize. I won that game because my opponent got too greedy and kept tapping out for Master of Waves (got two out and Image'd one) but I hit for 22 in the air the turn before I would have died, after top decking Drogskol Captain. Third game, he forgot to counter Geist, which cost him the game.

    Overall I love the deck, and will definitely keep playing it. I'm going to replace the Reflector Mages mainboard, as they did virtually nothing for me, and I'm thinking of adding another land, as I had a huge amount of trouble hitting land drops on curve. Wish I had money for some Misty Rainforests though. I'm also revamping my SB a bit, to the below. Thoughts? My new LGS is a very creature heavy meta, lots of Merfolk and Spirits players, along with Affinity, Storm, Red Prison, and Tron.

    1 Disdainful Stroke
    2 Knight of Autumn
    2 Natural State
    3 Rest in Peace
    2 Settle the Wreckage or Lavinia, Azorius Renegade
    2 Stony Silence
    2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
    1 Unified Will
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    Been a bit out of the loop since I was visiting family out of country; any noteworthy new Merfolk from Allegiance worth considering?
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Modern Spirits
    I'm happy to report that thanks to some lucky UMA packs, I finally have a full set of Noble Hierarchs! Excited to practice with the full power version of the deck now. Grin
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Stompy
    I use all 4 Gardens because of the 10 fetches, and also because all my interaction is white. I like having more than just two white mana available if I need it that won't ping me for using it. Life hasn't been too much of an issue for me. I only have 3 Militants and I'm too lazy to get another, plus from my experience I've haven't been put up against decks that often that're casting a ton of spells from the grave beyond Dredge and they're mainly creatures. Heroic prolly should go in side, but Vines of Vastwood has done nothing for me so far and I'd prefer to have something for two mana that does more than just pumping and hexproofing. I really do want more card draw because I find myself running out of things to play.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Stompy
    Went 2-1 last Friday with the below list. Won against UR Phoenix and Dredge, lost against Jund. My match against Jund did end in a 1-2, managed to steal a game using Aspect of Hydra on my Treetop Village. As for wins, I overwhelmed Dredge game one with a tidal wave of stompies, game 2, he overwhelmed me with dredges, game 3, I shut him down with one Rest in Peace. I got a lot of Bridgevine pieces from my UMA box but this is the main reason why I'm not going to build it. Not a fan of decks that get halted by one card until they find an answer.



    Thoughts on future deck changes:

    I'm currently visiting family so I don't have most of my cards on me, but I'm definitely changing out the sideboard a bit. I never find myself in matchups where I desperately need Teeg in my main, so I'm probably going to swap him for some extra graveyard hate, prolly some Tormod's Crypt or Grafdigger's Cage. I might also swap out the Commands for some Knight of Autumn. In addition, one of the big issues I had was running out of things to play; I'm mulling over the idea of adding Ripjaw Raptor in main or Shapers' Sanctuary in the side. Also thinking of replacing Vines in main with Heroic Intervention because of board wipes.

    Overall had a great time with Stompy and was easy enough to play even while jet lagged. Here's to my next FNM this week~
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Pyro Prison || Goblinized Mono-Red Control : The Sideboard Deck
    Went 1-3 but I enjoyed playing the deck. I got a turn 1 ensnaring bridge and a turn 2 blood moon against dredge which was hilarious, and I beat Vizier Company which is supposed to be a bad matchup. Lost against Bant Spirits, GW Emeria, and Dredge.

    Some of the issues I had were mainly drawing too many lands or not being able keep up pace, or just being up against a horrible matchup (Emeria). I did land a turn 2 Rabblemaster with Mutavault one game which was hilarious.

    Had an okay time, just wished I didn't lose so much. I can post my list for feedback later, but I think I already posted my list a few posts before.
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on Pyro Prison || Goblinized Mono-Red Control : The Sideboard Deck
    On a random note, can someone offer some advice on when I should mull with this deck? My experience with Skred has taught me to keep a hand with some form of interaction in it, but Pyro Prison seems more concerned with amassing lockdown pieces.
    Posted in: Control
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