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  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    Hello everyone! Been playing Infect every now and then, really shakes up the meta in my location when I bring it out, mainly because I am the only one that kept their Infect deck and the loss Gitaxian Probe and the introduction of Fatal Push. How is the decks that everyone is using now? Mine goes as follows:



    The only real spice in my deck that I really surprise pretty much everyone when I play it Postmortem Lunge. I never heard of that card, but when I discovered it, I had to put it into my deck.

    I have made a lot of changes to my sideboard from playing a lot, especially in the meta I am in. I used to have 2 Grafdigger's Cage, ended up cutting 1 for a third Kitchen Finks. I also cut Stonewood Invocation from my sideboard, mainly because I really never used it and then replaced it for 1 Surgical Extraction.

    What do you all think of my deck? Any critiques, changes, etc.?
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    I have majorly improved my sideboard in Affinity now to the point I think it actually works (from my personal opinion of course). Here is my sideboard now:



    I added from my original sideboard the 2 Blood Moons, and the 2 Thoughtseizes. I find it really helpful against some decks.

    I have considered switching Ethersworn Canonist for Rule of Law. Enchantments are a bit harder to deal with than creatures; however, Ethersworn Canonist does add pluses for having an artifact into play to make Cranial Plating stronger. Hard to say. I have thought about adding Surgical Extraction to the Sideboard but I don't know what to take out. It might be the second Wear // Tear, mainly having two in my sideboard because of the local meta I have runs a lot of Stony Silence in sideboards.

    What do does everyone think?
    Posted in: Tier 1 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    Hello all! I've built Affinity about three months ago and I really loving it a lot! The deck is a complex deck to say the least, don't get me wrong, the deck can be picked up and played by most people and play it fine. I have managed to inflict 9 Infect damage by turn 2 once and it was so mean haha.

    Needless to say, Affinity is still strong and a viable deck in just about any meta. The meta I am in around my area, has a lot of players that play white and thus nearly all play Stony Silence in sideboards and to say in a watered down way... it is extremely annoying. I have upped my sideboard hate for it by going to 2 Wear // Tear from before going to 1. My sideboard is looking as follows:



    I am going to eventually change the Inquisition of Kozileks for Thoughtseize since it can better for getting rid of higher mana cost issues. I really like Ethersworn Canonist for matches that cast a lot of spell on top of one another {i.e., Storm, control, etc.). I see people always mention Blood Moon and understand it's usefulness in certain matches but I find it find can hurt with wanting to use Inkmoth Nexus and Blinkmoth Nexus.

    What do you all think about my sideboard for Affinity? Especially if the meta I am in uses a lot of white based decks?

    Here is my deck list for the deck currently as well:



    Any ideas? Additions? Changes? All comments are welcome and appreciated!
    Posted in: Tier 1 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    Been playing Infect a lot lately and have put up good numbers from two numbers I have played with it:

    Modern Monday 11-20-17

    Round 1 - Mono Black Home Brew

    Game 1 - Win
    ===sideboard tech===
    ===taken in: 2 x Kitchen Finks, 2 x Spellskite
    ===taken out: 2 x Distortion Strike, 1 x Twisted Image, 1 x Viridian Corrupter
    Game 2 - Loss
    ===sideboard tech===
    ===taken in:
    ===taken out:
    Game 3 - Loss


    Round 2 - Krark Clan Ironworks Combo

    Game 1 - Win
    ===sideboard tech===
    ===taken in: 1 x Hurkyl’s Recall, 2 x Nature’s Claim, 2 x Spell Pierce
    ===taken out: 1 x Become Immense, 1 x Dismember, 2 x Distortion Strike, 1 x Postmortem Lunge
    Game 2 - Win
    ===sideboard tech===
    ===taken in:
    ===taken out:
    Game 3 - N/A


    Round 3 - Grishoalbrand

    Game 1 - Win
    ===sideboard tech===
    ===taken in: 2 x Grafdigger’s Cage, 2 x Spell Pierce, 2 x Spellskite
    ===taken out: 1 x Become Immense, 1 x Dismember, 2 x Distortion Strike, 1 x Postmortem Lunge, 1 x Viridian Corrupter
    Game 2 - Loss
    ===sideboard tech===
    ===taken in:
    ===taken out:
    Game 3 - Win


    Round 4 - G/W Elves

    Game 1 - Win
    ===sideboard tech===
    ===taken in: 2 x Dismember, 2 x Grafdigger’s Cage, 2 x Spellskite
    ===taken out: 1 x Become Immense, 2 x Distortion Strike, 1 x Postmortem Lunge, 1 x Twisted Image, 1 x Viridian Corrupter
    Game 2 - Win
    ===sideboard tech===
    ===taken in:
    ===taken out:
    Game 3 - N/A


    Round 5 - B/G 8Rack (DRAW)

    Game 1 - Win
    ===sideboard tech===
    ===taken in: N/A
    ===taken out: N/A
    Game 2 - Loss
    ===sideboard tech===
    ===taken in: N/A
    ===taken out: N/A
    Game 3 - Win


    Tournament Standings - 4th out of 27

    It has been good, Infect is a deck that throws people off because it is thought to dead because of ban, that is definitely not the case. My only concern and thought is that if you play it at your meta too much, people will get used to it and know how to adapt to it. Which it is why after the third time, this time not coming in top cut, I'm paying another to switch up the meta.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    Quote from Kingmabs »
    Infect is not a tier deck atm so if your looking strictly for a tier deck infect is prob not the deck for you.

    If your not phased still then sleeve it up and start playing it. There really is nothing else that plays like it in modern.

    As for the event i played on the weekend i ended up running in at 12th position after five rounds.

    I was hoping to play against a bunch of storm/Affinity/scapeshift and even eldrazi tron. Unfortunately i saw storm ounce.

    R1. I played against a brew deck with planeswalkers. I was too fast for it and snatched the win 2/0

    R2. I had to play against a blood moon pack rat deck. I snuck away with the first match but games 2 and 3 land destruction to deal with inkmoth's and kill spells overwhelmed me. 1/2

    R3. Jund. Was hoping to miss this match up but sometimes you hit your worst match up. He got me convincingly 0/2

    R4. Storm. Finally i hit the match i was hoping to face. Needless to say i beat him 2/0 infect is too fast for it.

    R5 (trying to get a win to have any chance of top 8, for and against had to be kind) A gain life deck with serra ascendant. Fortunately i don't care about your life. I managed to get the job done without too much trouble 2/0

    The deck was powerful as always and my losses were to prob my worst matches in the room. Overall the deck performed well and given the chance i would play it again in that meta.


    It does make me a bit sad that Infect is not a tier 1 deck anymore. When I finally finished the deck, only really got to play with the deck for about a month until Gitaxian Probe got banned.

    Nonetheless, Infect is still super fun to play for those want a different way to win, it doesn't manage to throw some people off in tournaments, people seem to think that the deck is dead, thankfully it is still kicking. I do admit Fatal Push is the one removal spell that has hurt us the most...
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    Quote from zemooiscool »
    @Xaricore, I'm wondering the same thing. What is the roll that JvP plays in the deck? Is it just to dig/setup our hand? Is it that plus flashback pumps when he flips?


    Wouldn't be hard to flip Jace, Vryn's Prodigy in Infect. The only thing is that it makes Infect a little bit slower in a way, being more careful with winning with infect damage where Infect is usually a speedy win by going all win, guns blazing. I will definitely look into the more tempo and careful pace of Infect has turned into and see it if worth adapting Infect to that.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    Quote from pzbw7z »
    I tested Shrapnel Blast and I did not like it as a two-of. It's virtually certain I would hate it as a four-of.

    Fling on the other hand, is at least fun. Smile

    I'm aware that Fling and Shrapnel Blast do basically the same thing; I can't explain why Fling is fun and Shrapnel Blast isn't. That's one of those mysteries we may never unravel.


    I love Fling in the deck, reminds me of the synergy in Pauper by flinging an Atog for the win Tongue I've thought about running Shrapnel Blast it seems a bit too slow and dangerous.
    Posted in: Tier 1 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    Lately I have been seeing that Jace, Vryn's Prodigy has been used in Infect decks lately. I'm sure how I feel about this. If anyone here has been using it, how is it been working in the deck with matchups?
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Merfolk
    I do admit that I find it strange that many people are taking out Cursecatcher in some builds lately. I understand that the U/G build of Merfolk has more value for Kumena's Speaker in it's 1 drop place. I've also thinking that one of these days to switch out Cursecatcher for Cosi's Trickster to see has it does.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    How has been Infect doing for everything that has been playing it? I'm really happy to see that Infect has been gaining a bit of tournament winning status at the SCG Modern Open Cincinnati. I personally haven't been playing it, mainly because my local meta has been a lot of Burn and Jund.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    Quote from Pzychout »
    Has anyone ever tried Hall of the Bandit Lord as a way to get atleast one overseer activation before removal? Assuming there was room to swap a land, my thinking is the life loss is too steep. Just wanted to see if someone tested and didn't mention in this thread.


    I like the spice of Hall of the Bandit Lord, I just would find out hard in Affinity's build. The land base is really clutch most of the time with maybe 1-2 flex lands most of time. It doesn't help in that the land comes into play always tapped and you have to bolt oneself in getting a hasty creature.
    Posted in: Tier 1 (Modern)
  • posted a message on Jeskai Copycat (Saheeli + Felidar)
    Quote from ThisBorzi »
    Saheeli can now be tutored with Thalia's Lancers due to the new PW rule change.


    I do like the new rules change to Planewalkers to be Legendary now. It does make things interesting and Thalia's Lancer is a interesting tech in the board, though I bit slow honestly for our deck.
    Posted in: Developing Competitive (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    I've been thinking out putting Serum Visions and/or Sleight of Hand to see how well is in the meta now. I like the idea of Peek as well because it does the thing as two mentioned before; however, doesn't let us choose what card we can potentially get.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    Quote from Atem18 »
    For Tezzeret's gambit, tom ross said the following :

    1. Ticks up an opposing Chalice of the Void to two, freeing up your one-drops.

    2. Potentially messes with Aether Vial.

    3. Works great with Nissa, Voice of Zendikar, both with +1/+1 counters and ticking up Nissa herself.

    4. Ups the -1/-1 counters on creatures dealt damage by Glistener Elf.

    5. Generates card advantage against grindy decks, an aspect that Infect is sorely lacking.

    6. Last, but not least, kills players at nine poison.


    So yeah it seems a strong card even when not in a long grindy matchup.


    Those are some very good points to why it is good for us to play Tezzeret's Gambit. My only problem for playing it in our deck, what would we take out to fit it in our deck? I can't imagine it would not be a lot of them in the mainboard because drawing them instead of pump spells early on isn't that good.
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
  • posted a message on [Primer] Infect
    Quote from dinausorus »
    Tezzeret's gambit also counteracts chalice on one, correct?


    That is amazing, it does indeed add another counter of Chalice of the Void for those that place it with X = 1 plus, it doesn't hurt to Proliferate Poison counters :p
    Posted in: Tier 2 (Modern)
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