Is Sheldon really complaining about a turn 5 Sorin which doesn't even kill a player by turn 7 and did nothing the rest of the game, which went to turn 14 with the guy targeted by Sorin still alive, and equate that to an arms race to knock the player with Sorin out of the game by turn 4?
Quote from JaishivaJai »Is Razaketh, the Foulblooded a better choice? I still like Vilis, Broker of Blood as a budget option substitute (Razaketh is $10-12 while vilis is about $1.) Razaketh has trample, which can't be ignored with 8 power. Vilis can get chump blocked out easily.
Quote from GloriousGoose »Officially got the primer tag.
Unfortunately it looks like the forum is going to be split so I'll look into maintaining a thread on Nexus as well when I'm not working all the time.
Quote from tarotplz »Praetor's Grasp felt a bit underwhelming, turns out stopping only one of many combos that could win the game on the spot was often not enough.
Quote from tarotplz »In my long quest to find ways to deal with Ground Seal & Co I'm considering testing Ugin, the Ineffable. Has anyone done any testing with him?
Also, Blast Zone should probably be in this deck, don't know why I didn't add it sooner.
Quote from GloriousGoose »36 lands is where I landed in my head, so it's nice to see others there, as well. It's not necessarily accurate or relevant for me since I run so many X spells and a commander with an activated ability that costs mana, but what's your curve at? Currently, excluding lands, I'm sitting at 3.21. Obviously Chainer is mana-intensive as well, so I think it's best to lean towards too much mana rather than not enough. I'm sure you recognize the power of a mana sink in the command zone.
Quote from GloriousGoose »As for games being few and far between, I hear you. I've played more Magic in a week than I have in months since I moved to a proper city. It's glorious.
Quote from GloriousGoose »Quote from lyonhaert »Nice. I'm looking forward to Scheming Symmetry, too.Are you (and my other mono-black friends) satisfied with the number of lands you're running? I'm currently sitting at 35 mana producing lands plus 8 rocks and I'm not sure those numbers are right. Most MBC lists from 60 card formats typically ran 25 lands due to how mana hungry they are. 25/60 is roughly 42%, which is much higher than the roughly 35% that I'm currently running. I am running a decent number of rocks, though, and if you factor them in as being equal to half of a land, that comes to roughly 39%, which is still low. However, I'm not sure I agree with that conventional wisdom with regards to mana rocks. Two cost rocks are very important in my deck, but so is hitting land drops every turn until the late game. I would guess that even though you're not running the big dumb X spells our decks are similarly mana hungry due to Chainer's ability in the mid and late game.
For posterity, here is my current mana configuration:
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Lands: 351 Ancient Tomb1 Blast Zone1 Bojuka Bog1 Cabal Coffers1 Cabal Stronghold1 Deserted Temple1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx1 Strip Mine25 Swamp1 Thespian's Stage1 Urborg, Tomb of YawgmothMana Rocks: 81 Charcoal Diamond1 Coldsteel Heart1 Everflowing Chalice1 Fellwar Stone1 Mind Stone1 Sol Ring1 Star Compass1 Thought Vessel
If we consider Sol Ring to be on par with a land by itself and cut the weakest mana rock (Star Compass) for a land, the percentage comes to roughly 40%. That seems closer to being correct due to Erebos drawing all the cards and enabling those precious land drops. On the other hand, more rocks means a higher chance to land Erebos on turn 3 and as we all know, consistency is important. Maybe the difference is marginal but I'm really split on which way to take.
EDIT: Happy second birthday, thread!
Quote from lyonhaert »Nice. I'm looking forward to Scheming Symmetry, too.
Quote from lyonhaert »Seasoned Pyromancer is not worth $27 in EDH. I'll wait until it rotates out of Standard, I guess.
Quote from Tyler 7888 »I just want to know how competitive can Yawgmoth be?
Quote from Tears of Tomorrow (post EU) »He's as competitive as a monocolored deck can be in this format. I call him the best mono-black commander by a mile, but the lack of diverse answers to enemy strategies might hurt. But I really need to reiterate: what I feel holds him back is the color identity, NOT the abilities: those are perfectly viable in even 100% cEDH.
Quote from darrenhabib »I'd give him the perfect score of 5/7.