Thanks for the reply! The deck was fun enough to play to warant tweaking further!
On the topic of Unsubstantiate like effects, the card is very good and i have been considering and Into the Roil and Blink of an Eye to keep on theme. At one time i had Venser, Shaper Savant in the deck as it functions so well with the wizards toolbox side of my deck as repeatable interaction. In the end it got cut for something more straightforward and cheaper.
As to your last comment about shatter effects.
I had my eyes on Molten Frame and Smash as they both serve double purpose in the deck.
I'd still like to know how you feel about the looting effects. Are they really worth it? I've had hands where i wanted the draw, but really didn't want to discard
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Dec 10, 2018It doesn't. Xantcha, Sleeper Agent states in the textbox:Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
As Xantcha, Sleeper Agent enters the battlefield, an opponent of your choice gains control of it.
Xantcha attacks each combat if able and can't attack its owner or planeswalkers its owner controls.
You confuse ownership of a creature with control of a creature.
Dec 9, 2018I don't think it's possible to equip Xantcha when it's under control of an opponent as per rule 502.33a.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Equip is an activated ability of artifact Equipment cards. The phrase "Equip [cost]" means "[cost]: Move this Equipment onto target creature you control. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
Dec 8, 2018I had initially built an UR (non infitie combo) spellslinger deck with Niv Mizzet, Parun as my commander, but After reading this topic i decided to drop in Jori En, Ruin Diver i had laying around as the number one for yesterdays games. In the same effort i dropped the mana curve while maintaining my land count a little high to Ensure my wincon's come online in an ordinary fashion.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
I have to say, thank you for the idea! Jori En, Ruin Diver provides so much value over the course of the game, drawing me tons of cards all while staying under the radar long enough for the table to realize it's too late, slinging multiple spells and a turn and refueling every time.
Besides this, i can still swap my commander for either Niv Mizzet, Parun or The Locust, making this a deck of many faces.
From the 4 games we played (3 and 4 player tables) i won 3 with the following list in a meta of: Marchesa, the black rose, Edgar Markov, Kaalia of the Vast, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Animar, Soul of Elements and Aminatou, the Fateshifter !
I've had a lot of fun with it!
MVP's were Jori En, Ruin Diver herself, both Niv's, any token producer or pinger in general and the win-conditions, especially: Thousand-Year Storm, Primal Amulet, Khorvath's Fury and Expansion // Explosion. The combinations of these only multiplies their strengths. Great cards.
Honorable mention: The Locust God together with Skullclamp is just so nasty!
I really didn't like the looting effects in this deck (or in EDH/Commander in general). What is your oppinion on Faithless Looting and Frantic Search. Discarding feels bad most of the time unless i'm sure i can reuse the spell i ditch.
Nov 30, 2018SmauG posted a message on [Warning] Fake Modern Masters 2017 Scalding Tarn (Europe)Through this post i'd like to tell a story and post a warning for those who live in Europe. Because this week i've had a real eye opener and an awesome case of: "Faith in humanity restored".Posted in: Card Authentication
Last wednesday, i suddenly got a message from a seller from whom i just recieved a Modern Masters 17 Scalding Tarn last weekend.
He asked me to check up on mine because he had been having complaints about fake cards. He told me he bought a collection and some of the more expensive cards turned out to be fakes. Mine was from that same collection.
Later that evening i took out the Scalding Tarn from my binder, where i stored it from saturday. Due to time constraints i didn't give it a second look after recieving it. I must admid, i've gotten pretty trusted with the cardmarket.eu system and never expected modern bordered reprint cards with hologram to be a fake. Which makes the story all the more interesting.
Long story short, My Modern Masters 2017 Scalding Tarn turns out to be a fake. Though it must be said, it's a very very nice one and only upon closer inspection one could see differences between it and an Original.
Things of note:
-The fake card looks and feels like the real deal.
-The printing quality is pretty good, from black blacks to rosette patterns all look extremely good and real. Only thing you'll notice when you compare with an original is that blues seem somewhat purplish and the text "Scalding Tarn" is printed slightly lower in the bar that the Original.
-The card fails the light test, not showing the blue glue between the layers and blocking most of the light. Though the card is made up of two layers like it should.
-The WotC hologram is cut pretty rough and is put on double
After informing the seller of these facts and presenting the proof trough pictures, i've recieved a full refund agreeing to let me keep the card to warn friends in my playgroup.
See my pictures attached to this post for reference. The card on the left is real, the one on the right is fake.
I'm very happy to know there are still people in the community who help others out by being this honest. He is a true example of how the world should work and i hope he can somehow get his money's worth back from the original seller.
Nov 20, 2018It has been some time for me to play the deck, but i've noticed most list havn't really changed much over the last few weeks. Which is good!Posted in: Aggro & Tempo
Also, the top 8 of SCG Las Vegas had Humans at 1st and 3rd place in the modern classic! Awesome job.
I'd like to respond to something said in bold here:
Quote from BartHenryksson »Hey folks!
Finally I finished the deck *SPOILER: NOT REALLY*! Traded some stuff for the missing Cavern of Souls and now I'm on the humans-train (better later than never).
The only thing missing are 2x Horizon Canopy. I'll get my hands on my third copy this week. For now I played 2x Razorverge Thicket which were ok but not great.
My overall record is 11-5. Not much but I'm starting to get a feeling.
Some things I want to point out:
-Reflector Mage is king! In my meta the 4th copy in the main is really strong.
-Militia Bugler is also a good card! I started to playtest with 2x Thalia, Heretic Cathar. She was good but did nothing sometimes. I prefer Bugler in grindy matchup as I tend to be low on gas.
-Meddling Mage is a tough magiccard.
-Sequencing: I often struggle which one drop is the best. For me it's safe to play T1 Aether Vial. The choice between Champion of the Parish and Noble Hierarch is often pro Hierarch. I think it's better to lose the Dork if you have enough mana in your hand then your threat.
-Sideboard: I made a SB-Guide based on Ondrej Straskys tips in his blog. It helps a lot. Sometimes I still overboard. Especially with Whirler Rogue. Not sure in which matchups it's the best card.
-Playing with Aether Vial... I'm a aggro guy. Slam my stuff and win (or die). Things like holding priority, faking a vial activation, ticking the right sweet spot are all the things I have to learn... the important thing for me is to play steady and dont rush my turn.
T1 Vial is usually the right choise. But between Champion and Hierarch there are exceptions.
When facing a non interactive deck with little to no removal, putting down the fastest clock you can is the thing you want to be doing. Given the choise between Champion and Hiararch, If you can start with T1 Hiërarch into T2 Mantis Rider into anything pumpy or disruptive, thats the line you want.
If not: I usually go with T1 Champion into T2 anything that gives an attack for 3 or more. This includes playing Hiërarch and attack with exalted. Obviously there are (More mana efficient) variants on this line, but if there is the slightest chance your Champion lives until T3, you're putting on the preassure.
Immagine topdecking T3 Lieutennant and follow it up with Image for instance.
Only writing down these lines makes me want to play the deck again The sequencing is just so intriguing.
Nov 12, 2018It has been a while since i posted, but we have been playing commander with the group extensively over the past few months and Atraxa is still my go-to battlecruiser deck.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
It has a slight toolboxy feel to it and i'm considering adding a little more tutoring like Eladamri's Call to get specific things at certain times. I will probably drop the infinite life combo at that point.
Spike Weaver has proven to be an all star against most go wide go big strategies like the UR Dragon or Sidisi. But also has great political power.
Key to winning is holding up countermagic for that moment where your boardstate or life gets threatened.
I wanted to swap the power of Merciless Eviction in favor of versatility Austere Command but the exile clause has proven to be too valuable against Marchesa, the Black Rose in my playgroup, so that stays in for now.
Currently, this is what the deck looks like.
By this time, i've had my fair share of wins in the group but the decks tend to get more and more focussed. Commander has proven to be an excellent way to play the game casually. I have put together more decks to get a feel for different strategies and i must say. Most are a blast to play, But Atraxa feels strongest of them all
Nov 5, 2018SmauG posted a message on Ultimate Masters & Box Topper Promos + PSA regarding sealed Box Topper BoostersThis is a pretty packed set!Posted in: The Rumor Mill
After seeing most of it, i must say Through the Breach is an absolute flavor win topper! The art is just spot on. Well done!
Looking forward to the details regarding the distribution of these true modern masterpieces
If the reprints stay within masterpiece limits, i think they won't have an impact on prices all that much. Only if we'll see a new masters set with these included as normal rares and mythics.
Nov 3, 2018After a few months of multiplayer commander, me and a friend sat down for some old fashioned modern quality games. And they were.Posted in: Midrange
Amongst others, I played my slightly updated Abzan Traverse deck and i must say, it still feels pretty solid. Played vs BUG Delver and the latest itteration of dredge. Conflagrate and Creeping Chill together is so busted, but our Rhino's and new Knight do a pretty good job at mittigating the effect.
I still feel white is worth it bcause of this, but next time i'll try straight Rock with 3 FoR and 4 trophies, just to get a feel for how strong the LD package is. The lists look prommissing enough though and i'd love to play my trackers again!
Nov 3, 2018I had the phoenixes lying around from the get go so i decided to sleeve a typical list and try out what the fuzz is about.Posted in: Deck Creation (Standard)
Played against a friend on grixis control (sarkan wincon) and i must say. There was nothing much i could do to beat him apart from stalling.
Never had those very busted starts where multiple phoenixes etb on a given turn.
Goblin Electromancer felt really really bad versus a removal heavy deck like that and it made me doubt it's inclusion.
On the other end of the spectrum, Niv Mizzet from the board was awesome.
It also helped restocking the hand as i felt the deck ran out of gas after the first time you trigger the phoenixes from the board.
For now, i'm thinking of moving both Mizzets to the main, drop the playset of electromancer and add two more lands (23 total).
What are your thoughts about this?
Nov 3, 2018So i played the deck yesterday in paper for the first time and have a very good feeling about it. Played several games vs BUG Delver/control and Dredge in a casual setting. It sometimes has tricky routes to victory, But when you get there, it feels great.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
It had the ability to turn the corner very late and feels very strong when it does.
It'll be my fun brew pet deck for the time to come.
Let's take it to FNM
Nov 1, 2018Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)Quote from SmauG »..... mananbase…....
After some testing, i figured 3 FoR lead to awkward hands. Sequencing colors is pretty tricky and the blue part of the deck is very important. Idealy you want to hit at least UUW on T3 and even beter, UWB without too much pain. So i went down a copy of FoR and upped the landcount back to 25.
This is what i'll be running tomorow
Oct 29, 2018So, it has been a little silent here, but after some time i have managed to put the deck together in paper and am ready to give it some more testing in real life.Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
From this week on i run the following list:
I have some doubts about the inclusion of FoR. It seems pretty usefull agains a plethora of decks but i don't know for sure if i need to up the land count for it or not.
Hope to get some input on the matter.
Oct 29, 2018Have been following the evolution of these Sultai control shells and i love what i see so far. I have all the G and BG pieces to build a deck like this and will surely test it.Posted in: Established (Standard)
I'm wondering what you all think of Green vs Red in these lists, pro's and cons to each?
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