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  • posted a message on Alpine Guide
    How has no one mentioned the death trigger being a mechanical representation of an avalanche (RIP red mana dork guy). The flavor of this card is pretty great. I would have liked to see mountainwalk in here somewhere just to go with the mountain guide theme and really drive it home but this is still good. It conveys the story very neatly in one card.

    As for playability, there are very cute things you can do with this like trigger landfall. Playing him, or copying an existing copy, can trigger lotus cobra for extra ramp.

    Pretty sure if you sac with the ETB on the stack with no mountains in play you don't have to sac anything and then you can go pull one of your mountains out of your deck. That's spicy.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Collected Company Elves
    Quote from kysg »
    I just want to see if we can add any new elves from MH

    If the gaggle of llanowar elves meme card is any indication I'm not very hopeful :(. As funny and flavorful as that card is, it's not competitive.

    It is however a:

    *joke about the llanowar elves only showing one elf in the original artwork despite being a plural name
    *a 3/3 for 3 that creates 3 mana (essentially 3 llanowar elves)
    *the art is 3 different arts from various printings of llanowar elves

    Sooo yeah bonus points for at least fixing the real problems in magic (name vs art discrepancies from alpha Rolleyes )... I'm all for cards like this, but the joke runs it's course when it's at the expense of my favorite tribe lol.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Four ninja cards
    Quote from idSurge »
    Quote from Quamobrem »
    Hope these aren't all the ninjas left. I was hoping for a strong one with Ninjutsu at CMC 1.

    Yes, please lord, give me a Ninjutsu at 1.

    Quote from Marl Karx »
    Ugh, not looking forward to seeing these 3 flood Pauper. UB Ninjas/Faeries probably just became a Tier 1 thing. Boo. Frown

    Yeah, some of these commons are making me wince a little

    Ninja, Fairy, Delver! Dreams are made of such things.

    *nightmares* fixed Smile
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Four ninja cards
    UBx spirits could do some nasty work with that 6/3 in modern. One lord puts him out of bolt range and tormented soul is an easy trigger for it. Bloodghast is also a spirit that people don't much like to block. This could push them into haste range for bloodghast very very quickly.

    T1? Eh prob not. This ain't anywhere near as explosive as collected company but esper does give you access to lingering souls which makes triggering ninjutsu incredibly easy through the sheer number of bodies.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Wall of Blossoms
    Art on this is great, always enjoyed this card. I feel like it may eventually pop up but green already had access to elvish visionary if it needed the effect and didn't care about the toughness. White already had wall of omens, which is in color for jeskai saheeli. Not sure it'll make many waves.

    This set is going to ruin me for enjoying any future sets. Frown every card except for maybe like 4-5 are just great.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Soul Herder
    Huh, works very well with settle the wreckage and path to exile. It's a spirit so you have a ton of ways to protect it in tribe if you need to.

    It doesn't have flying, which is a bummer tbh. So I dunno if it's strong enough to replace anything from the bant version.

    This can also get out of hand quickly with something like flickerwisp for eot on opp turn or even better, flicker a felidar guardian for more immediate value.

    This trigger off teferi's protection? Dunno how phasing works really.

    astral drift payoff maybe?


    Also, that art is creep and I love it. Feel bad for the people running away from the flicker monster though.

    I for one absolutely love seb's art, and I will happily be picking these up. I love the dreamy softness of his art. I'm also a huge fan of guay, deTerlizzi, and Nielson too. The guay basics are all I play and I made sure to get as close to 20 copies of each as I could. I still aggressively trade for them.

    Hoping one day I can get them signed in gold. Seb is quickly moving into that category for me and if he ever does something similar it's gg for my wallet.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Rotwidow Pack (Reid Duke preview)
    That actually isn't a terrible finisher and it's great value tbh. The 2/4 by itself is fine and if it stays around you get to get another body and drain for at least 2 for the first activation. After that you're probably only 2-4 turns away from lethal.

    spider spawning or ishkanah, Graf widow can make this very potent very quickly.

    GB is also the color that can answer any permanent type as well as discard any annoying spells your opponent may cast.

    It plays very nicely in an aristocrats shell also.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 20/05/2019)
    I think what makes the game so frustrating is that aside from the baked in issues of drawing random cards - the vast majority of the player base assuming there hasn't been a wild shift in age since I last looked, doesn't have the discretionary income to maneuver a meta shift.

    I love playing modern elves but when my opponents are plopping down haymakers on t3-4 that essentially win the game or ripping through 4+ spells a turn with value on the backend it can't compete.

    What is frustrating about modern to me is that it really is legacy lite. There are very few "affordable" decks and if I were 15 and sweating my butt off for hours a week making minimum wage just for crap like Phoenix to hit the meta and largely invalidate my deck in the local meta I would throw my hands up and give up.

    One of the things I dislike about the game is people specifically hating on particular decks locally. If all I can afford is fetchless storm and I run hot one week, how depressing is it for everyone in the room to pack 2-4 dampening spheres next week...it's the pinnacle of poor sportsmanship in my eyes.

    Locally I've seen a bunch of great players with great attitudes fall out of love with the game before they hit the tournament scene because the price barrier of the format stops them from switching decks/archetypes to be able to play and grow locally. There are a lot of, imho not so small, negative hurdles one has to overcome if you decide to play at the higher end tournaments.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on Reap the Past, Gruul X cost rare
    Random also probably stops something like modern burn from just refueling with already used burn spells. You risk hitting lands/weak creatures again to make it less auto include. Scalable buyback my bolts would be busted :(.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 5/30
    U hideaway nerd seems great. What is so nice is that once you dump the mana into him you can just start turning it sideways because your opponent won't want to deal with you drawing whatever you have under it. It can sneak in for 2-6 points of damage before you just brick wall something fat because it's card parity if they kill it.

    Obviously great with flickers but it's also good with kess, dissident mage, naban, dean of iteration, or panharmonicon.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Modern Prices Discussion
    What are you thinking for the new UW changeling? The effect is potent enough that I wanna try it in a spirits build.

    It seems actually really good, nothing crazy broken but solid. Thinking nabout picking up a playset of that and giver sub $10. Think these will go down?
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Echo of Eons (Andrea Mengucci)
    Remember when when everyone said dig through time was "fine?"

    Sure, now we get this.

    I honestly don't see how this doesn't get banned in modern and legacy. Modern may take a little while but it'll get there soon enough. There are already a few decks that can successfully bin this and reach the mana to do it by t2...that's scary to think about. Rituals and manamorphose t2 can even allow you to draw into a new set of 7 with mana floating.

    Easy to chain and easy to dig for a payoff, all while potentially netting mana on the way up. Easy t3 for storm imho and we could even see this replace pieces of the puzzle out of the side if not some number in the main.

    6 mana on the front end is something that is going to be largely Irrevant.

    Does dredge want this? I don't even know. I'm scared :(.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Jeskai Tempo /Delver/Prowess ("The Jeskai Way" )
    Quote from CurdBros »
    I don't know why they are shutting down. They really didn't give a reason. It was somewhat of an abrupt and shocking announcement. They did mention that they will be opening another site for people to go to, but they didn't given any details. I'm not sure if it will be a forum type atmosphere, something more like tappedout, etc. We don't know yet. My hope is that is another forum type set up similar to this one only a litle less convoluted (so it will be easier to find decks). I don't think they would shut down so abruptly without something somewhat similar for people to go and post.

    As for tectonic reformation it seems to have a number of people thinking it could be bonkers. I don't personally have any clue what it will do, but the affect is super powerful if built around. Any land Some of the cards in this set like this one and Echo of Eons are super hard to evaluate. I am very excited to see where this set takes modern and even more excited to see where it takes our deck.

    I think they mentioned it was due in part to the team not having the time and resources to devote here and other places they're obligated to and something had to go.

    Do you think reckless charge is good enough? With so many threats with evasion this could be an extra 6 damage in one card potentially, and this is one of the decks I thought of when I saw it. If you go with any looting effects you can also pitch it and cash in later when the shields are down and it can help get you over the finish line.

    Swinging in with Geist that has pro color (to stop blocks) from giver is 6 damage, a reckless charge plus flash back on that geist is 12 damage, 8 of which is concentrated in a hexproof potentially hard to block Geist. With him having hexproof you can also use giver proactively (or charge for that matter).
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Reckless Charge reprint
    For 3 mana you can get a dreadhorde arcanist in for no less than 4 + whatever 4 cmc or less spell in the yard off a an empty board, and flashing something back like atarka's command for free could be back breaking if you have some prowess needs out like monastary swiftspear.

    It doesn't seem that great but even in burn if you can get the creature through it represents two bolts on one card.

    It's a potent card and one I'm very glad didn't go through standard.

    I really wanna cast this on lightning skelemental in draft lol.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Dead of Winter
    Quote from protoaddict »
    Quote from Crispen_Smith »
    Quote from clubalien »
    downside is it hits your creatures too so if you just splash snow lands to play it hits your creatures

    Which has always been the case with sweepers. At least with this there's a chance it's not symmetrical if you run snow creatures. Otherwise, just go creaturless.
    Why go creatureless though? It counts all snow permanents you control, so you might as well run snow creatures to increase the snow count. A boreal druid is also a snow permanent.

    Cause right now existing creature-less decks would love this. The full set is not yet out yet so we have yet to see if snow gets a critical mass of stuff worth using or not.

    Boreal druid is a bad card unless you can really use the snow feature.

    GB snow eldrazi? Green lets you run stirrings and boreal druid. You get a sweeper that you can control to some extent. Prismatic vista can fetch a waste or a snow basic.

    4 eldrazi temple
    4 prismatic vista
    4 llanorwar wastes
    4 verdant catacombs
    4 snow covered forest
    1 wastes
    2 snow covered swamp

    You have boreal druid and stirrings T1 to help you fix. T1 druid into t2 temple still gives you a t2 TKS. Then you just fetch basics out if you need a sweeper with any of the 8 fetches.

    So that's what 23 lands, 4 druids, 4 stirrings so that leaves you 29 cards for whatever eldrazi and interaction you want? Eldrazi are a heck of a drug if you back them up with discard and gratuitous amounts of removal.

    Sweep your board, TKS you, reality smasher is a heck of a chain...
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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