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  • posted a message on Death And Taxes
    @eebaf Yes, this is one of the thing that makes me question wether the red splash is worth it over something like Mono White. Nevertheless, thank you for your advice, it is much appreciated!
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Death And Taxes
    Won’t have time to play for the forseeable future due to a cramped schedule, but I might as well test and begin gradually building my deck up in the mean time. Hopefully once the new year comes around I can indulge in my cardboard hobby more frequently. I believe it is a viable strategy to employ, albeit different than my normal aggro go-tos. The Kiki Resto plan is in my theoretical list, plus the one of Pia+Kira. Aside from usual bears, flyers, and flickers, I have a slot for Shalai, Voice of Plenty mainboard. Daredevil is in the list as a 3 of, because as mentioned he is very interactive & at worst is a first strike beater. Sideboarding presents me with lots of options so I’m narrowing down some key card choices.

    @Morcrux: Mono White DnT is a very consistent route with this deck choice, but a red splash with different win cons and more edge stands out to me. In regards to the black splash, I personally don’t find that play style appealing. If I buy into WR DnT and find it abysmal then I’ll shift to mono white I’m sure.

    @eebaf: How did the deck perform in your metagame & what cards really stood out? Is 3 Magus in the board a bit overkill?
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on Death And Taxes
    Hi folks, is WR Taxes a doable thing nowadays or is the black just too good not too include? Wanted to run a spicy yet more consistent Death and Taxes build and a Red splash seems to be up my alley.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    I appreciate the in-depth insight! I'll approach the matchup in an accordingly way here on, especially in terms of the board. In general, I would like to try Karn out as a 1 of as well. Think I can shave my Memnite count down to 2 especially in the current environment.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    @Zyrnak

    Your advice is far from horrible! It is one of the main factors that I keep in mind for this deck, in turn it helps me drastically improve my piloting skills. Now, I recall you not being a fan of RIP against Shadow and also advocating for adding Thoughtseize G2. I felt that this was wrong in my games here, where discard is relatively useless against their mass draw. Also had a discussion with the Shadow players present; they were all of the consensus that RIP is very powerful against and hinders them. Hard to tell, but I'd like to think that the match would've gone a bit more in my favor should I have had the right board figured out. Different play-styles are a factor here I'm aware, but can I get your full opinion on playing/boarding for the matchup? I've been struggling against Grixis DS and find it to be a battle more uphill than expected. Thank you for your commitment to the deck.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    3-1 tonight at TNM. Boarded quite horribly in Round 2 based off Zyrnak's advice and was punished. Mull to five hurt as well, but I'll leave my GDS board plan here for reference (mostly for myself)

    +2 Spell Pierce
    +2 Rest in Peace
    +1 Blood Moon
    +1 Bitterblossom
    +1 Dispatch
    -2 Steel Overseer
    -2 Signal Pest
    -2 Memnite
    -1 Arcbound Ravager

    Round 1: RG Eldrazi 2-0
    Round 2: Grixis Death's Shadow 0-2
    Round 3: Mono-Green Aggro 2-0
    Round 4: Burn 2-1
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    @ThatDirtyGinger:

    -Thanks for your report. I'd like to test Bomat out in place of a couple (2-3) Galvanic Blast, however I need to evaluate the benefits vs downsides of shaving solid removal/burn-to-the-face. Local metagame is varied with Jund, Affinty, Eldrazi variants, and Misc.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    @Brgz87: Although I have 2 Shaper's Sanctuary in my sideboard, I wholeheartedly agree with you. Would be fine with cutting it at this point. Aside from that, you're not into a more enchantment heavy board?
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    Finally have a day to relax on Wednesday so I'm going to Franks to pick up the last Mopal and a Hazoret it would seem. Smile How are everyone's sideboards looking at the moment? I'd definitely like to trim the fat off mine yet need ideas for good replacements.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    @ccc1522

    My current sideboard makes me think that I'd rather have him as a 1-2 of in the main (if any), where I forsee myself boarding him out in matchups where he is sub-optimal. I don't run Hope, so would likely shave Memnites down to 2, from 3, if I decided on including new Karn. As for a few common matchups we should take him out against:

    -Affinity (4 mana gives us many lines against the mirror, would rather not waste it on a walker who does nothing against an army of fliers)
    -Humans (too many fliers to be relevant and survive long enough, for his cmc)
    -Tron (too low impact, inclined to keep in against E-Tron)
    -Burn (too slow, doubt they'd care too much)
    -Storm (or any kind of T3/4 combo deck)

    He seems fine against the BGx decks becoming more prevalent and of course, the Uxx control shells. I'm sure he would test well against a few other grindy matchups. As for a general consensus, I'm not certain at this point. We see pilots discussing Agent of Bolas and for the most part deciding that he just isn't worth it; the colorless on Karn helps but at this point I'm wary to say he is better than Tezzeret.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    Could an experienced pilot let me know about keeping these hands? As I delve more and more into the deck I'd like to heighten my skill and test every possible scenario. Robots is intricate enough to keep me interested and I doubt my fickle self will switch decks any time soon.

    A. T1 Overseer and not much else, no castable creatures, 1 man land if any.

    B. Mana heavy hand with accelerators, at least 1 man land, and a cranial plating, no castable creatures.

    C. Mana heavy, 2-3 small creatures, no payoff card.

    -I could make my guesses about mulligans (depends on if I'm on draw or play) but a discussion on these would be nice.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    @BRgz87
    -Jund is fairly even imo, with the slight edge being in our favor all around. I play conservatively enough to grind them out, and start forcing them to waste resources on low impact threats. Basically, keep a hand that can curve out quickly (but be mindful of mulliganing due to their discard), and play the long game. In the small openings you get you are able to go for large counter placements on creatures of value, mostly Etched Champion or Inkmoth for the quick win. In G3 of my matchup, with my Jund opponent on 5 infect already, I waited a couple turns to swing with my 5/5 infector; it was later revealed that he had nothing when I animated and killed him. Here my hesitance gained him card value off Bob and more of an open time window. Here I was able to snag the match in the end, but was also too conservative and being more aggressive would've played out better. Therefore, every situation is different, so play to your outs. My board plan goes like this:

    -4 Signal Pest
    -2 Memnite
    -1 Master of Etherium
    +2 Shaper's Sanctuary
    +1 Blood Moon
    +1 Bitterblossom
    +1 Stubborn Denial
    +1 Dispatch
    +1 Thoughtseize

    I am not an advocate of bringing in RIP against Jund variants. While I think it's effective at locking down Goyf+Scooze along with scarce Lili triggers, I don't believe we want to be wasting a turn and 2 mana on it. While I make myself susceptible to Goyf midrange beats, I would rather only board RIP in against decks like Dredge, Storm, Hollow One, etc.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    3-1 tonight at TNM.

    Round 1: Jund 2-1
    Round 2: Burn 2-1
    Round 3: Eldrazi Tron 1-2
    Round 4: RG Eldrazi 2-0

    Hm, no blue decks these couple times around. Eldrazi Tron should've been a breeze other than the fact that I was forced to mull to five once and to six another game. I did witness a lot of hate, however, so perhaps some pointers could do for this matchup. Everything worked out splendid, yet the only new card I was excited to test out was Bitterblossom, which was unfortunately discarded out of my hand in the Jund matchup.
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
  • posted a message on [Primer] Affinity
    W/B Tokens is a surprisingly miserable matchup from my pairings, Burn, UR Aggro, and Infect are toss ups. Through your round 4 match did you find the UR to be on a more burn route? I advocate for bringing them in against most midrange/combo matchups, yet perhaps Thoughtseize is too aggressive here. Would also like to hear more about the Hollow One matchup as I've been told it's heavily in our favor. Bad records happen to all of us as variance can be a bitch...
    Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
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