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  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Yeah I think the Moltens are almost entirely for Tron in conjunction with Surgicals from tbe board, and splash damage against a few archetypes where you have mostly dead removal while keeping your instant/sorcery count up, like Valakut, Amulet, Jeskai, U/W control... I board in Molten Rain against Burn in place of Blood Moon.

    If Push and CB are live they don’t usually come in
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    What match up are you looking to play Blood Moon, Rain, and LtLH?
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/4364_71_or_better_modern_decklists.html
    7-1 or better Modern lists.

    2x G Tron
    Hollow One with Lingering Souls
    2x Mardu Pyromancer
    Infect
    Jund
    2x Jeskai
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Marshall Arthurs said he would have cut his 1x Dreadbore for a Forked Bolt if he could run his tournament win back. Lowering the cost of your removal is really important in a field overrun by Thalia. As much as I respect Gerry, his list is way off the mark. Manamorphose, Terminate, and Dreadbore are all pretty abysmal against Thalia tax, and a nearly a nonbo with Bridge, when dumping your hand every turn is imperative. Going down to 19 lands also seems suspect when you are running 3x of Moon, K Command, Bridge, and Kambal.

    Leyline and Bridge together also seems bad. The list is kind of all over the place.

    I think Arthurs list was so effective because he really focused everything into a powerful control shell. The value you generate with Pyro and Reveler may be your win condition, but you are really just grinding your opponents out with cheap removal and soft locks in Bridge, Kambal, and Blood Moon
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    Both Tron and KCI have better things to do than cast Punishing Fire a handful of times a game

    Edit: I mean to say that if Punishing Fire were unbanned tomorrow it would be mostly binder fodder in this current Modern meta
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    With all the aggro in the meta right now Tron still prefers mono green over G/R with sweepers

    Punishing Fire is a borderline binder card in Modern right now
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    Cavern is definitely not ban worthy. I've noticed a lot of people have a tendency when evaluating decks and power levels, to focus on cards in a vacuum and single out individual cards that are high "value", usually ignoring how things interact synergistically within the deck, and the meta as a whole. The obvious example of this is the big Jace debacle a few months back, with so many pundits saying "OMG brainstorm planeswalker OP OP!!", completely ignoring the greater context of the format.

    I've said this a bunch before, but if you wanted to ban a card from Humans (and I'm not arguing FOR a ban, just to be clear), the best choice is Meddling Mage. It turns off "Fair" interaction people seem to love so much, while further advancing the Humans win condition. Unlike other hate cards it's main deckable and it's strong in multiples (and the deck runs 7-8 copies typically) It single handedly destroys combo decks, which should be the natural predator of aggro. And it has warped the meta around its presence, as seen with decks playing sub optimal removal just to have different named cards.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    Would you feel better if I told you that Thought Knot Seer didn't have trample? Laughing
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    Whatever is happening in Modern that stops it from looking like this Standard PT is just fine with me. If that means Tron keeping down a bunch of fair midrange decks.. Great! Don't ban anything.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [Primer] Amulet Titan
    Lots of 'shift decks are running 2-3x Damping Sphere in the board now actually. I think the match up gets much, much worse games two and three for Amulet.

    It feels like there is a lot of incidental hate hitting Amulet right now and in some cases, like Damping Sphere, it hits us harder. Rough times Frown
    Posted in: Big Mana
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    Quote from genini2 »
    Whether or not the opponent had two chalice in hand or drew one of the top does not change the correct course of action. If the opponent had zero chalice of the void in hand the correct play was still to TS on turn 1. Correct and incorrect plays are never decided based on outcome.


    No one said otherwise. But correct process can often lead to poor results because of variance. Poker players have known this forever, but some Magic players still try and pretend that skill is the only way to win a tournament.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    He had two Chalice in hand, did he not? I don't remember exactly. While thoughtseize on turn one would be the right process, the results would be the same because of variance. I get your point though
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    Quote from Ratrek »
    Quote from javert »
    A minute of silence for Brennan DiCandio not making it to day 2.

    On other topic, it sucked big time for the Human player to face Worship coming from Affinity. However, he let the equipped Vault Skirge hit way too many times.


    Oh, yay. More salty articles about how bad Modern is in 3...2....1....

    That's a brilliant sideboard card from Affinty. I admittedly laughed a great deal at that one.


    He was playing a deck that is clearly not in a great position right now, so I'm sure he'll say "Seeeee! told you so, Modern is all about the match up lottery. No skill blah blah blah"
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    Quote from ktkenshinx »
    Sweet Day 2 breakdown at the SCG:
    http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/4352_day_2_metagame_breakdown.html

    Humans still on top followed by Jeskai, UW, Jund, and Affinity. Surprisingly, there are only 3 pilots on Mardu. Less surprisingly, big mana remains largely absent, with only 3 Tron decks of any kind and 1 Titan Shift. It's also notable that the linear decks are also underrepresented heading into Day 2. As usual, all disclaimers and (mostly reasonable) skepticism about Day 2 #s apply.


    This seems like a breakdown that would make just about everyone happy*, pretty cool stuff.

    *unless you play combo
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [Primer] Amulet Titan
    Go off on turn 3-4? Main deck GQ? Not much going on in the match up besides that
    Posted in: Big Mana
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