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  • posted a message on What does Midrange need to thrive?
    What midrange needs to thrive: no more Tron and no more dredge
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Top 32 players announced for revamped Pro scene
    No female players? Something needs to be done to fix this inequality. The patriarchy is clearly responsible for this
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    So Growth Spiral seems very strong.

    It's an instant speed Explore. Will definitely see play in Temur Valakut decks, no?
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    Quote from Grim_Flayer »
    Quote from cfusionpm »
    Quote from Ym1r »
    Quote from gkourou »
    So, Spirits would probably play Stoneforge Mystic, right? Opinions on that?
    If the card goes into a Tier 1 deck, that might be a concern for Wizards.
    Absolutely. I see no reason why Spirits wouldn't run SFM.
    It doesn't fly, it doesn't affect the board, it doesn't remove blockers, it doesn't synergize with anything else in the deck, the equipment is mostly dead outside of drawing stoneforge herself, it doesn't speed up the aggro clock, it doesn't meaningfully benefit from phantasmal image or any of the Lord effects, it can't be meaningfully cast off their tribal lands (is not a spirit), and the deck would need to completely rework its manabase to accommodate the W needed to activate her ability. It would only be played if the deck transforms into some random amalgamation mid-range deck, and not Spirits tribal.


    All of this is true, plus the fact that the ~3 slots dedicated to the Equipment will make CoCos that much worse. SFM seems a much better fit in straight UW Spirits; she will probably only see sustained play in Bant Spirits if her power level proves to be significantly higher in the format than most people here are predicting.


    I agree. Once you add 2 pieces of equipment to a deck that already runs Aether Vial and Path to Exile, you begin to make your Collected Company's much worse.

    Stoneforge will not fit into Bant Sprits as it currently stands without some shifting of the deck to accommodate it. I agree UW spirits seems like the more natural fit for her
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    Quote from cfusionpm »
    Quote from Pistallion »

    You're talking about the same people that made Eldrazi Temple when Eye of Ugin was already in the format, on top of printing cards like Thought-Knot Seer at the same time.

    You talk about Eldrazi Temple as if it were printed in BFZ. The two lands coexisted just fine in standard and modern until WoTC broke the 7+ CMC rule that kept them in check. Other than that nitpick, you present a good point. Creeping Chill wasn't the first time a new card turned a fine deck into a monster, and it won't be the last.
    Yeah, the game-breaking problem isn't the lands, but the busted, pushed 2, 3, 4, and 5 drops that all had dumb powerful abilities stapled on.


    Neither the lands by themselves or the pushed Eldrazi from Oath of the Gatewatch by themselves were problems. It's only when you combine the two that you run into issues.

    I think it was correct for Eye of Ugin to take the hit, but Eldrazi Temple would have also been acceptable. Fast mana tends to cause issues.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    Quote from gkourou »
    RE WOTC playtest group: Is it true that Tom Ross is no longer a part of WOTC playtest group?

    Proof: The below image, saying: Boss Naya. Infect. That Theros deck with all the little red creatures. You know? It might be faster to list all the great rogue decks Tom "The Boss" Ross hasn't bolstered to the top of the scene! He's back from WotC, and it looks like he hasn't lost a single step.

    If this is true, do we have someone testing for Modern at the moment?

    Edit: His twitter account reads:
    The guy on the Infect token. Formerly Play Design at Wizards of the Coast.

    So, nobody tests for Modern now?


    I doubt Tom Ross was the only one testing modern in play design. He left for whatever reason, but we shouldn't take that to mean NOBODY is testing for modern anymore.

    RE: Creeping Chill

    This card will not be banned. If anything, they will take out the next best dredger which is Stinkweed Imp. Wizards has said time and time again that dredge is the problem mechanic, not the cards that benefit from it.


    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    What I predict next announcement:

    Ban of KCI - I don't think they will mess around with banning anything else other than the deck's namesake card, because of the type of turns this card produces.

    Unban of Stoneforge and Green Sun's Zenith - both fit into fair / midrange strategies. GSZ doesn't really fit well into Devoted Druid combo because half the combo is white. Is does boost elves, however, and opens up some new strategies: Maverick anyone? Stoneforge unban is obvious, despite what the SCG commentators say.

    I think dredge will get hated out without needing any more bans. The numbers show that this archetype is declining.

    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    9-16 decklists are out:

    https://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/gppor18/9th-16th-decklists-2018-12-09

    2 Izzet Phoenix
    2 Bant Spirits
    2 Tron
    1 KCI
    1 Storm

    That means for the top 16 we have:

    4 Izzet Phoenix
    2 Storm
    2 Tron
    2 Bant Spirits
    1 KCI
    1 Elves
    1 Golgari Midrange
    1 Abzan Evolution
    1 Dimir Control
    1 Grixis Shadow

    Notably absent is Dredge, Hardened Scales, UW control, Humans, Hollow One, and Jeskai control. Modern continues to look as diverse as ever, with the most played deck in the top 16 being UR phoenix - the new breakout sensation

    Do we have any idea what the Day 2 numbers looked like?
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    Lack of coverage is quite disappointing. They could easily have covered the top 8 at the very least, now that the other two major tournaments are over. There really is no excuse for this.

    Edit: Top 8 decks are out

    https://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/gppor18/top-8-decklists-2018-12-09
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    Quote from Mtgthewary »
    Man stop talking about sideboardwars vs grave, this is soooo oldschool, put it now in your main. Welcome in the new century. How many tier 1 grave based decks some of us need? Is it so difficult to see?


    I would actually love to see more main-boardable graveyard hate. Gerard Fabiano was playing Nihil Spellbombs which I thought was great for the meta, although he still lost to KCI in the semis.

    More cards along the line of that would be great. Something like this:

    Ghostly Void
    BW
    Enchantment
    When Ghostly Void enters the battlefield, each opponent discards a card (or even better, a thoughtseize effect).
    If a card would be put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Mardu Pyromancer
    A BW leyline of the void / rest in peace type card that is mainboardable.

    Maybe something like:

    BW
    Enchantment
    When CARDNAME enters the battlefield, each opponent discards a card.
    If a card would be put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Cards that should be reprinted to enter the Modern card pool
    Quote from Kathal »
    Quote from ElectricEye »
    Hymn to Tourach or a functional equivalent of, but without the random aspect.
    Rise/Fall mate.

    Greetings,
    Kathal


    The non-land clause is a huuuuge downside to that card. Just as the non-artifact clause is a huge downside to Wrench Mind, the closest card to Hymn in modern
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    Todd Anderson just said: "there are so many 90/10 matchups in modern"

    I thought this was proven false?
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    Quote from gkourou »
    Midrange and control are format pillars and super-archetypes we need to be having at a healthy format.
    Those going extinct(especially midrange) is super alarming and should easily be a red flag.

    I agree. Even though I HATE Midrange and actually very rarely play Control, I see the importance of them being represented. It is important to the pendulum of decks that are on top and their sway from getting good matchups to getting bad matchups, then back again. I'm not sure if Human (Aggro) is enough.

    I have seen a bit of a resurgence in straight GB Rock played over Jund. Does anyone know why this is the case? I guess a 4 of Scavenging Ooze is needed for this type of meta?


    GB Rock is able to play 4 field of ruin, while Jund cannot, dramatically improving the Tron matchup

    Speaking of which, Ancient Stirrings ban would weaken Tron thus making midrange/control better.

    With a Stirrings ban, would KCI switch over to Fabricate / Whir of Invention instead? Either way, it would be much weaker.
    Posted in: Modern
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