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  • posted a message on Death's Shadow Jund
    We also run only 1-2 Liliana Planeswalkers as opposed to 4-5 like BG rock, so it's way less likely you'll get the discard effect. I'll update my claim that, in addition to Grishoalbrand, it would be great against boggles too because they have Leyline. But this is so narrow.

    Looking at all 5 lists that have placed top 8 in the last few weeks, seems like Faithless Looting (albeit as a singleton) is staking its claim as a staple just like in GDS. I've been trying it again in my jund list, but I don't know if I'd run it in 4C just because I hate being pulled in too many directions with color.

    I've been living the new mulligan rule on MTGO. Been toying with a more combo oriented list but not quite all-in like Shadow Zoo.


    Keeping in my Tron, Affinity, and Dredge - since those seem to be the decks on the rise due to the mulligan change. I like how it feels against Tron, haven't played the other two yet. Won two matches against Phoenix also
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Death's Shadow Jund
    I would play Liliana's Defeat before Liliana's Triumph. And I'd still likely not use either.. But at least defeat has applications against BG rock & GDS, both of which can be problematic. There is literally no archetype in the Tier 1-2 range of modern that Triumph is useful against, except maybe Griahoalbrand, and as mentioned we are favored there anyway.

    Arcanist is an interesting card but likely too slow.

    Stephen Snelson back in top 8 (SCG IQ) with a jund list, main deck Surgical Extraction. I really like his Sideboard, including 2 additional Surgical, 3 Anger of the Gods, and even a single Ravenous Trap. Seems to be going all-in for the Dredge match up. list for reference
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on BG Varolz Scavenge

    It seems wild but a deck like this took first in a major tournament about a year ago and I've been toying with the idea ever since
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Exploiting Desecrated Tomb (Help appreciated)
    I feel like maybe Call to the Netherworld and Street Wraith could be good here? And I think Phoenix would warrant more ways to play multiple spells in a turn. Burning Inquiry seems counter intuitive to that plan
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Esper Delve
    The problem with that logic is that by missing out on Street Wraith you're also a lot slower at slamming a delve threat. IMHO what killed this deck was the ban of Gitaxian Probe. The more free draws you have the better. Also missing out on stubborn Denial sounds like you're diluting the deck too much. Delve threat on turn two with stub up is one of the strongest plays this deck can make
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Nissa, Steward of Elements
    In the way of her scry, she could help. But you're never going to use her to zero into Shardless. And casting Shardless means you could cascade into a Nissa with X=0 which would be lame.

    Alternatively, the new Kiora is something I'm considering for my build. CMC 3 Planeswalker that draws a card whenever a 4 power creature ETBs. Also starts with 7 loyalty and has -1: Untap target creature or land. Giving pseudo vigilance or free up mana for counter magic
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grixis Death's Shadow
    What are we using Liliana Triumph against exactly? Boggles is not a prevalent enough deck in an open meta game to warrant this valuable Sideboard space. It's not good in the mirror because they can flash in a Snapcaster to sacrifice for it. Against Jund it's usable but I would rather just have a spot removal spell. The "if you control" clause is virtually irrelevant for us because we only play max 1-2 Liliana in the entire 75. I'd rather play Cast Down or Terminate
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Nissa, Steward of Elements
    Quote from tronix »
    ive always viewed nissa steward as a fringe playable card, but it fails to show up anywhere because very few (to no) good UBx decks exist. sultai has always been the bastard child of GBx (and already has plenty of PW competition w/ liliana(s)) and RUG or bant (non-coco) midrange decks continue to be on the outside looking in.

    perhaps if Shardless Agent gets printed into horizons things might change.


    I really hope it gets printed also, because Sultai is my favorite variation of GBx. Unfortunately Agent is a non-bo with Nissa because you want to be casting Shardless Agent and Nissa is putting it directly onto the battlefield. But still I think Shardless Sultai would be a savage force to be reckoned with in modern. We don't have force of will to pair with it but I think it could still put this archetype on the map.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Nissa, Steward of Elements
    I feel it struggles a bit against Phoenix because they attack on so many different angles. But it's decent against most everything. It's incredibly fun to play. You have so many outs in so many situations. Every match is like a puzzle. Nissa is awesome with 4x Bauble and 4 flayer. They really help set up her zero. One key is that I don't always crack my Bauble right away unless I need to dig for a card next turn, such as too make a land drop or dig for a threat. Keeping the Bauble can help turn in revolt later, be used with Nissa, or even pump Tarmogoyf at instant speed if the graveyard lacks an Artifact.

    I keep the one Creeping Tar Pit in there just because I also have Traverse to fetch it. It hasn't been super relevant for me in recent memory but it could be a nice stalemate break against something like Jund or GDS. I don't really have a lot of extra SB tech against Affinity so that might be something I change in the future
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [Primer] 4C Gifts
    I noticed you mention LOTV in your post but it's not in your list. Do you no longer use her? I haven't played 4c gifts competitively in a couple years now, but I always thought she was critical to the deck. No Eternal Witness also seems odd to me but I again I have no recent experience with the deck.

    I could see myself getting back into this archetype if the mana dork version were more viable. But as it stands, Gut Shot is far too prevalent in the meta game to play Birds or Noble.

    Good luck with your list. I like your spicy inclusions, namely: Doom Whisperer, Champion of Wits, Worship out of thy Sideboard
    Posted in: Combo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Assault Loam
    Has Magmatic Insight been considered here at all as a digging spell alongside Looting? This archetype seems particarly good against GDS and Phoenix since they have few ways to interact with your Enchantments. I'm considering building the deck but worried about what problem match ups I might face.

    What about Commune with the Gods to help find the namesake enchantment, Or Molten Vortex, Tarmogoyf, etc
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Nissa, Steward of Elements
    (accidental double post)
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Nissa, Steward of Elements
    Nihil Spellbomb main deck is awesome. It's great in a meta game with lots of dredge. It also helps to give delirium with Grim Flayer. He is especially important since I'm using Stubborn Denial so that way I have 8 creatures that turn it on.

    I don't know how I feel about kitchen Finks in the main deck. Totally dependant on your meta game though. It's not great against humans, spirits or affinity.

    I would recommend trying a blue splash in your deck, trying out Snapcaster and Nissa, Steward of Elements. The LOTV is not a critical part of the deck
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Nissa, Steward of Elements
    I use her in Sultai Midrange where your threats are low cost so she's likely to get them into the battlefield even at low loyalty. Also where you have Mishra's Bauble and Serum Visions to see if you're good to zero her. In a grindfest match up though, simply having the ability to scry 2 every turn is paramount. He ultimate creature-lands are flying too so its very threatening. My list is something like

    I wish I could run more Nissa in this deck because she really complements everything quite well. Even Grim Flayer can set up a nice Zero for her.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grixis Death's Shadow
    Quote from BourbonFox »
    That looks really good. I didn't know about them. How does priority work with Traps? I mean, you normally wouldn't be passed priority after he pitched a card. So when does priority go back to you to cast this instant? let's say he faithless looting into Gut shot...three cards hit the bin, well 4, but at what point is priority mine?

    You wait to cast the trap in response to one of their triggers. For example, they dredge three cards with Life from the Loam, hitting a Creeping chill. With the chill trigger on the stack you cast ravenous and exile the whole graveyard. Now they can't choose to use the chill trigger.

    Similar for Phoenix. You let them looting and play a bunch of other spells. Then when they attempt to move to combat, they place the Phoenix triggers on the stack, you respond with ravenous trap, exiling the whole graveyard including the Phoenix.

    I will add that Ravenous Trap works great with Jace VP also because his ability allows you to cast it for free from your graveyard although not at instant speed which kinda hurts the trap aspect. Snapcaster however does not allow the trap to be cast for 0 as flashback
    Posted in: Midrange
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