The Limited Archetypes of Guilds of Ravnica
 
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  • posted a message on Full Set Gallery Up
    Quote from Rhandall »
    Best card in the Set?

    I´m thinking about this and I´m confused.


    Every person who replies to this question will have a different answer for it. Their answer depends upon how they view cards and what format is their preference.

    For Standard? The shocklands, because we will have access to all 10 checklands. If I have to pick a single card, though, it would probably be Experimental Frenzy. In a mono-red or blue/red wizard build it turns the top of your library into your hand and you can keep casting spells as long as you have mana. If you do find yourself with cards in hand and a land on top which you can't play, well, we do have access to Rummaging Goblin from Ixalan--discard something dead, draw the land, then keep firing.

    We'll just have to see what bubbles to the surface, though.

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    Almost half the creatures from GRN are x/2 or less (49%)--even the smaller burn spells become more useful and Lava Coil becomes even better than I originally thought, killing/exiling 86% of creatures (not counting the hexproof ones).
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  • posted a message on Full Set Gallery Up
    I don't think it will be possible to say something like "I am going to choose Golgari and make an undergrowth deck" in Limited--hoping to pack your deck with low-cost utility creatures as well as hoping to hit an undergrowth payoff of at least 5 may not be possible. I suspect this applies to jump-start, as well--yes, you can probably make a decent Izzet deck but jump-start isn't going to be the main theme. There are more than enough really decent creatures in both Dimir and Boros that trying to capitalize on surveil or mentor probably will work. Although I normally dislike red/white, I am seriously considering going Boros for prerelease, trying to load up on decent low-cost attackers backed up by a little bit of mentor here and there.

    I may change my mind between now and then--I am not even close to taking a more detailed look at the cards, much less adding all the creatures onto my spreadsheet.

    Other than that, now that another spoiler season is has finished the time has come for me to disappear until the next set.
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  • posted a message on Hellkite Whelp and "Bigger Numbers"
    Okay, yes--targeting three heroic creatures would make sense.
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  • posted a message on Hellkite Whelp and "Bigger Numbers"
    You are aware that heroic triggers once per spell for each creature, right?

    Targeting one creature with heroic thrice with the same spell gives you one trigger event; targeting three creatures with heroic each once thrice with the same spell gives you three trigger events.

    I'd move the links to the other side if I were you.


    No--heroic was a thing just before I got back in to Magic back when Khans of Tarkir came out, so I was unclear that it triggered on cast rather than on target. My previous statement is incorrect but I am not going to edit it because it isn't worth the trouble.
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  • posted a message on Hellkite Whelp and "Bigger Numbers"
    Sometimes, maybe you *want* three different creatures to get +3/+3 until end of turn; other times, you want to target the same creature three different times.
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  • posted a message on Chamber Sentry (Eyes on the Mise Twitch Stream)
    I will get 4 of these, but only so that I can have an entire playset of GRN. It goes to the graveyard quickly for undergrowth, so it has that going for it. 3-color and 4-color decks won't be difficult in Standard, with shocklands and checklands, so I suppose that is also in its favor. Without an efficient way to reload it with +1/+1, though, it won't be that useful.
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  • posted a message on Generous Stray (Wizards Tumblr)
    It brought you a dead lizard for dinner.

    This picture should have depicted one of the cats from Affectionate Indrik, but that is the only negative thing I can say about it. Excellent Limited filler.

    Cat owners--the flavor text is 100% true, right?
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  • posted a message on Inspiring Unicorn (MTG Twitter preview)
    Combat in Limited is going to be more complicated than usual with this and all the mentor creatures around. That isn't a bad thing, of course, but be aware that your opponent may accidentally stack triggers incorrectly.
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  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 9-18
    Quote from kysg »
    I didn't forget anything. He dies to Shock on T3 because your tapped out. Unless you plan on trying to ramp into him on T2.

    I don't want to list all the other ways to remove him but there are plenty ways to deal with him at T3.


    No one blindly plays creatures into removal or timidly refuses to play things because of removal they *think* the opponent may have in hand. Magical Christmas Land--I dislike that phrase because it presumes that the person to whom you are saying it is an idiot (not accusing you of saying it, just voicing a general opinion)--works both ways--your cards don't always line up perfectly, but neither do your opponent's.
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  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 9-18
    Tajic prevents Shalai from being burned; Shalai prevents Tajic from being targeted. The opponent would have to target Shalai first with some sort of hard removal, either destroy or exile. Don't forget--I analyze cards for Standard; other people can analyze them in the context of Modern, Legacy, or Commander.
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  • posted a message on Pelt Collector (Gaby Spartz preview)
    Quote from tronix »
    damn i totally read the title as 'pet collector', and was hoping for a pokemon reference or something similar.

    fine card though.


    I suppose a "pelt collector" could be thought of as a *dead* pet collector, but that might be a little morbid. Or he works for Animal Services.
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  • posted a message on Pelt Collector (Gaby Spartz preview)
    Depends upon what your goal is. Ramp or Big Green? Llanowar Elves. Elf Tribal? Turn 1 Pelt Collector then turn 2 either Greenwood Sentinel or Thorn Lieutenant.
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  • posted a message on Mothership Spoilers 9-18
    Turn 3 Tajic turn 4 Shalai? Sounds like a plan.
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  • posted a message on Pelt Collector (Gaby Spartz preview)
    That's pretty good value for only one mana. What a shame it won't make much of an impact in Limited since it is a rare.
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  • posted a message on New cards by @EvangelionEldar playing MTGARENA
    The gargoyle looks pretty good in Limited and can easily be 5/5 or 6/6 when you cast it. I haven't seen too much artifact hate in the set--Knight of Autumn, Sprouting Renewal, the back half of Status // Statue.
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