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Magic Market Index for April 20th, 2018
 
Pauper Review: Dominaria
 
The Limited Archetypes of Dominaria
  • posted a message on Jund
    I would turn that Mountain into a 4th Cliffs, the Brutality into a 4th Lili. Apart from that I like the mainboard, the decision to play only 2 BBEs is the way to go and makes the most sense at the moment.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Quote from Ayiluss »

    One thing that grab my attention is that there are no Molten Rain but Fulminator Mage instead. Most decks play Molten Rain but I don't know which one is better in this deck and why. Could someone explain it to me (I'm new to the deck)? I apologize if this has already been discussed and didn't notice it. Thanks for any help.


    Here is my thinking behind it:
    They decided to play no Blood Moon. We know Molten Rain works better with Blood Moon because you can destroy their basics and cut them off a color completely. That is not always possible with Fulminator Mage. Molten Rain synergizes better with Bedlam Reveler, Fulminator on the other hand with K-Command. It makes sense to me that in matchups where you really need land destruction you prefer getting back a Fulminator Mage rather than playing Reveler one round earlier.
    But I have not played enough with both of them in this deck to claim which one is the better choice. Lately, many lists included Molten Rain, some months ago we saw more Mages, so I don't think there is a correct answer which one is the better option (especially if you don't include Blood Moon in the 75).
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Big fan of that Magma Spray in the board. Very good against Hollow One, Humans and all those value creatures like Voice and Finks.

    Pamplemousse's mainboard looks interesting, and quite a bit different from the usual lists. 21 lands, no Moon, 3 Lilianas are all things I like. Might test their list this coming week.

    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Jund
    LtLH and K-Command were just two examples of flexible and cheaper options compared to BBE. My point is, you can't survive with a midrange deck in this meta if you don't start interacting on turn 1. Look at yesterdays top 8, there was not a single deck where BBE really shines. When Control and Midrange finally come back (I am convinced they will, because Modern is constantly changing), I would also suggest playing 3 or 4 BBE again, but I can't justify it now when looking at the amount of unfair and uninteractive decks.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Jund
    I would even cut another BBE, adding a second K-Command or moving LtLH to the mainboard. Keeps the grindy element of the deck, lowers the curve and makes your openers less awkward.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Well, compared to Jund you are right, yes, Liliana is definitely better against Hollow One in this deck. But I am not yet convinced whether she is actually good enough. I like discard against the deck, I don't like Push though.

    Going forward, many Hollow One players will include Sacred Foundry alongside Souls in their deck, so I would keep that in mind when thinking about Liliana.

    I am actually curious whether somebody ever tried a split of Veil and Last Hope because I actually like Last Hope's abilities on paper in this deck.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    As a rule of thumb, I usually board out LotV against all decks containing Bloodghast. I don't like her against Hollow One because in addition to the Vampire she is also weak to opposing Phoenixes in Hand and Battlefield.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Jund
    Like I already said, matchups like Storm or Humans are not as good as they have once been. Yes, Müller got lucky in R3 but that doesn't change the fact that the deck became clunkier after the unbans. And clunkiness is the last thing you want from your deck in these matchups.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    FNM-Report:
    It has been some months since I last played Mardu Pyromancer, and after having been disappointed with Jund I decided to give it a try again. Here is the list I sleeved up yesterday:



    Round 1 vs Jund:
    Opponent is on the play, I mulliganed to 6 and immediately realized that Mardu plays vastly different from the Rock decks I am habituated playing with. Discard on turn 1 is followed by a Young Pyromancer who gets killed by a Push. He plays Liliana of the Veil, I discard Souls. The following turn I flashback Souls, Inquisition him and see 2 BBE. He then casts BBE, cascades into a Goyf and then overruns me. It all went too fast without me finding enough removal.
    Game 2 is over even faster because I mulliganed to 6 again, dind't find my second land after double Looting and got overrun again by BBE and Goyf.
    0-1

    Round 2 vs GR Midrange:
    My opponent plays a Ponza-ish deck with a typical Ponza opening of Land into Arbor Elf, but also cards like Strangleroot Geist, Goblin Rabblemaster and Kitchen Finks. It was not really a fight because my opponent was very inexperienced (it was his first FNM and it was not his own deck). I decided both games pretty fast in my favour without him doing an awful lot after I killed his Arbor Elf on turn 1 in both matches.
    1-1

    Round 3 vs Esper Control:
    Before the Evening, I was not sure who is the favourite in these kind of matchups, and to be honest, I am still unsure about it. In game one, I stabilized the board with several Spirit and Elemental tokens and had him dead in two turns but he topdecked Supreme Verdict and I had to start again from scratch. A second wipe was followed by a Gideon of the Trials while I was drawing 3 lands in a row which was enough for me to concede. The next two games I experienced the power of Blood Moon in addition to Molten Rain. This combination of cards locked him out of both game 2 and 3 without really putting up a fight.
    2-1

    Round 4 vs 4c-Saheeli:
    I think I am heavily favoured in this matchup: Discard, efficient removal combined with pressure in form of tokens make this matchup very hard for my opponent. His clunky manabase doesn't do him a favour against a Blood Moon deck. I nevertheless had to respect his combo in game 1, as he played Felidar Guardian on turn 3, I bolted Renegade Rallier in response and then let him discard Saheeli Rai with a Thoughtseize the following turn. From here on, Souls and Elemental tokens finished the job because he stumbled on three mana after I killed his Noble Hierarch and his Hand was full of Sun Titans and other expensive cards. Game 2 I again managed to lock an opponent out with Blood Moon without him doing much.
    3-1

    In the end I was quite happy how the tournament evolved, but was very unhappy about my first match against Jund. How do you guys approach sideboarding in that particular matchup, do you take out the discard and Moon or not? I decided to add a second Moon postboard alongside EE, Molten Rain and Hazoret and took out Brutality and some of the discard. But I am not sure whether it was the correct line.
    My second concern regarding sideboarding affects Bedlam Reveler. Is it wise to board 1-2 Revelers out against decks with gy-hate like RIP and Leyline or is he too important to cut? I decided to remove 2 from the mainboard when I expected my opponent to bring in gy-hate, but again, I am unsure whether this is the correct approach.

    However, I had a lot of fun playing the deck, but it is way more difficult to play than I first expected.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Not to forget the synergy with Manamorphose. Wink
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    True, that's my biggest issue with Rabblemaster: Nearly all the opponents will bring in sweepers and Rabblemaster dies to all of them. Coming a turn earlier is one major upside though, but I basically agree with you that Hazoret might be a better choice.

    Edit: I see you play 2 Anger in the sb, and while the exile clause is often relevant, I can not recommend Engineered Explosives enough in this deck. It is way better against Humans, Bogles, Jund and even UW Control that I would advice you playing a mix of 1/1.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    You are basically playing Caleb's list from the last open, but cut 1 Brutality for a second Manamorphose. It is appealing, but I can't make that move because of the Humans and Burn players in my local meta.
    About 2x Liliana mainboard: I think she fits perfectly into the deck. She removes threats we have a hard time dealing with (Smashers etc), helps against combo and the discard is never really a disadvantage in the deck. Like you said, I don't think 2 Terminates are necessary with Liliana in the mainboard.

    I am still unsure about my gy-hate configuration. This is one of the few decks where I don't dislike Leyline because of Looting, but Surgical is an instant and harmonizes better with Reveler alongside the great Spellbomb.

    What about Lavamancer instead of the second Anger? Not good enough because of the nonbo with Reveler?

    Rabblemaster is also an option I am currently considering for my sideboard, but Hazoret fulfills a similar role. Have to test them both extensively.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    From my limited experience, it is not that bad of a matchup. You can deal with their big threats and create a lot of small blockers, which makes it hard for them to get through. Reveler then finishes the game as they don't have removal for him. They can of course have the nutdraw and make pressure from turn 2 onwards, but I think we are slightly favoured.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    For those of you running Hazoret, how easy is it for you to cast her on curve? My biggest issue with the deck currently is hitting the 3rd land (playing 20 lands/ 1 Manamorphose). Looting on turn 1 solves this problem most of the time, but without it I often stumble with my mana.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Jund
    I have been playing this exact list (apart from a single Treetop Village) for the last month or so, and it felt underwhelming to be honest. I don't know which direction the deck needs to take in order to function properly. I disagree with Hellkite and EctoMark when they say that the deck is well positioned in the current meta. It is a solid tier 2 deck, nothing more, nothing less.
    Yes, the unban of Bloodbraid Elf helped the deck. Why? There was a hype around the card, many players were playing the Elf, some had moderate success with the deck (as it will always be when a lot of players are on the same deck).
    Another aspect was the unban of Jace. People were hyping control and man, BBE is an incredible powerhouse against control. I would go as far as claiming that control has become Jund's best matchup since the unbans thanks to the raw power of BBE. But people stopped playing control once they realized Jace is not a superhero, but just a 4cmc PW which who is often not more than a Brainstorm at sorcery speed. That's the nature of modern. Both Jace and BBE are powerful, but they get outclassed.

    Now, what am I seeing at local game stores, at GP's and on the SCG Tour? Aggro, Combo and Big Mana.
    Yes, BBE made the Tron matchup better, but let's not fool ourselves, this is still a very bad matchup.
    How do the new Jund lists fight against aggressive decks like Humans, Affinity or Burn? They feel clunky (even the list with 12 one drops, I can't imagine how the pushless versions feel like), and the main problem is you don't know what you get when casting a 4 mana spell.

    Casting a BBE against control is always fine because it doesn't matter what extra card you get, it is always at least a slight advantage (especially postbaord, when dead cards get boarded out) against a slow and reactive opponent, but against aggro you need specific answers and a 3/2 body for 4 mana with an additional effect against a deck like Humans is not strong enough.

    I don't want BBE against Storm either, nor do I like her against Burn.
    There are still other midrange decks played, but I don't think Jund is outclassing Ponza or Mardu. Yes, Jund is very good against Shadow decks, but they are currently not at the top of the meta.

    What I wanted to say with this post is that I don't like BBE against a lot of the current top decks. Playing four is probably still the way to go in Jund because there are matchups where she is very good, but I don't think she excels in the current meta. Aggressive decks are taking over the Modern format, and Jund always used to be the control deck against these decks. BBE doesn't allow us to take this strategy, and that's why I believe the deck is currently in a bizarre situation: The one card everyone wanted back got unbanned, but it doesn't help beating the best decks in the format.

    Posted in: Midrange
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