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  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    Quote from idSurge »
    Bleh, and after a night of not finding the combo, I'm back to normal Thing + Walkers. Grin


    Yea, I'm still rocking the kiki combo. Faced burn 2 rounds in a row at FNM last week, so that was half of a night I got back Smile

    I also bought my playset of twin that I"m going to rub for luck every night....
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    Quote from idSurge »
    Went 4 Thing/3 Breach/3 Emy, working ok so far.


    I've tried that build in the past as well. I really liked it, but I ran into the problem of not being able to flip thing. Still, having the opp bank on killing our Thing just to Breach them feels nice.
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    I've been watching a new-ish streamer on Twitch, JacobCumiskey. He's a Blue Moon player and during November he's trying all sorts of UR builds to find the list that give him the best results. Figured I'd plug him since he's new but has an awesome attitude and solid gameplay. So far I saw him stream TiTi (4-1), my Kiki list (4-1) and he's also played madcap, UR faeries, and right now he's streaming breach.
    Edit* Here's the link https://www.twitch.tv/jacobcumiskey

    /EndPlug.
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    Quote from idSurge »
    Quote from M1sgu1ded1 »

    Anyways, I'm sorry for the long, jumbled post. I lurk a lot of threads on here but rarely post, but after my two successful weeks finishing in the money, plus my absolute enjoyment of the deck, I wanted to share. Now I'm very much strongly considering buying a playset of Twin in the event that it ever gets unbanned. I was so sad coming back to Modern after my 3-4 year break and seeing my favorite enchantment banned Frown


    I dont know how you can play KiKi, and I mean no offense, I just pulled it out to see if its how I remember...literally unplayable to me. I am beyond tilted over how its so poor, and we are expected to play it instead of Twin, as we should be able to.

    Back to Thing Control for me I guess.


    Well, tbf, the last time I played twin was Jeskai twin back when Gatecrash just released. Sold out of magic shortly thereafter. While I know he's bad, I guess I've been so far removed from real twin that this list still scratches my itch lol. I'll keep wishing though!
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    Over the past 6 months (on paper) I have gone from Kiki Moon to Through the Breach to TiTi Moon and have varying success, but usually going 2-2 at FNM's at my LGS, which is pretty Spike-y. It doesn't help that I'm mediocre at best, but tbh I haven't really had much love for the lists; Breach was a blast but I didn't feel like it was very strong meta-wise, and the TiTi plan felt bad when my win con got path'ed/terminated/Liliana'd etc. I just bought back into paper about a year ago, starting with BW eldrazi midrange (basically discard spells and lingering souls instead of Aether vial and thalia in eldrazi and taxes) and then buying into tarns and snaps etc. Having sunk this money into the UR shell, and not having a ton of fun, has put me into a funk. I have a Manatraders subscription for modo, so I was playing a lot of the varying top decks, and recently I've been trying to decide whether to buy into UW control or GDS with the cards I already own. I wasn't able to decide so I've just been, again, in a deck funk.

    Then about a month ago, I saw a Reddit post about an all-in Kiki deck, running a playset of the gobbo and 3/3 of exarch/pester. I said **** it and threw it together, and holy *****, this is the magic that I want to be playing. While I know it's doing it's best Twin (RIP) impersonation and not too close, the "feeling" is still there. I have gone 3-1 two weeks in a row now, and quite a few of my wins have been a T5 untap and windmill slam Kiki. This deck may get less mileage as people around the store get wise to my plan, but I'm not planning on changing decks for a while, it's simply that much fun. For anyone interested, here's my list:

    4 Snapcaster Mage
    4 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
    3 Pestermite
    3 Deceiver Exarch
    1 Vendilion Clique

    4 Lightning Bolt
    4 Remand
    4 Opt
    3 Cryptic Command
    2 Electrolyze
    2 Serum Visions
    1 Spell Snare
    1 Peek

    2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

    2 Scalding Tarn (all I own atm)
    4 Flooded Strand
    2 Polluted Delta
    3 Steam Vents
    2 Cascade Bluffs
    2 Sulfur Falls
    6 Island
    1 Mountain

    SB
    2 Abrade
    2 Anger of the Gods
    2 Dispel
    2 Blood Moon
    1 Negate
    1 Disdainful Stroke
    1 Vendilion Clique
    1 Spellskite
    1 Torrential Gearhulk
    1 Dragon's Claw
    1 Ceremonious Rejection


    The original pilot who made the Reddit post had a different sideboard, such as running EE, however, I don't have any so I made some changes. There has been a big uptick in Dredge lately so I may try a batterskull or something else. The Dragon's Claw I put in the board last minute and I figured it was dumb, but it single-handedly won my match vs burn, so maybe it's not so terrible.

    I'm at work so I don't have my notes, and they're pretty basic anyways, but off the top of my head the matches were:

    2-0 Bant Spirits (unfortunately this was a newer pilot/player, so I'm not sure the actual match up percentage)
    2-1 Humans
    1-2 Humans. Had an awesome 26 minute G1 where opp had 2 meddling mages plus an image all on field naming Kiki. Took game 2 and then game 3 he curved out like humans does.
    2-1 Affinity

    Week 2 was:
    0-2 GDS. Absolute bloodbath, nothing I could do.
    2-0 Skred Red
    2-0 or 2-1 (can't remember) GB
    2-1 Burn. Dragon's Claw was in my opening 7 both postboard games. G3 my opp tried to wear/tear on T1, but wear is 1R so he had to take it back. I then chained Remand/Exarch tap/Snap Remand/Pester tap on his single land until I slam combo.

    Anyways, I'm sorry for the long, jumbled post. I lurk a lot of threads on here but rarely post, but after my two successful weeks finishing in the money, plus my absolute enjoyment of the deck, I wanted to share. Now I'm very much strongly considering buying a playset of Twin in the event that it ever gets unbanned. I was so sad coming back to Modern after my 3-4 year break and seeing my favorite enchantment banned Frown
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    Hoo-Boy, I'm all aboard the Drake train! I have tried two slight variations; one that 5-0'd on the Tuesday lists, which I feel is tempo-ish, running the thought scours, and I also tried the TiTi list switching out the 4 TiTi for 3 Drakes and a harvest pyre and cutting the Jaces for 2 peezy. So far both lists are a ton of fun and has me really excited about the "genre" again. It's hard for me to explain how only 1 creature changes the feel of the list but I really have been impressed. The caveat is that I've only played a handful of matches thus far, so it's entirely possible that I haven't seen any weaknesses pop up yet.
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    Quote from idSurge »
    I dont feel its sub-par. I dont think its a knock em down Tier 1 deck, but it has game against most. AV-Pyro is going to be great if Jund/Junk take off, and every version of our deck beats UW most of the time.

    We have some good, and some bad match ups, thats all.


    Yea, you're probably right, I guess I"m just itching to play a Tier 1 deck, which is funny because I despise mirror matches, which obviously will increase if I were to go for a T1 deck. TiTi just seems to eat removal so much of the time and then I'm stuck trying to find a finisher while I slowly die. I should try pyro, as I only need to pick up a few copies of AV and I'm good. Are you still running your same list?

    Edit* I miss my combo kill Frown
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    I've been on TiTi for awhile now and I'm really getting into a funk with it. I'm not sure what I want to play, my main contenders are UW control or GDS, but I'm not at a point where I want to pull the trigger on either one. I'm planning on playing UR wizards at FNM this week, but beyond that I'm not sure. I haven't given the AV-Pyro version a try yet, maybe I should give that one a shot. I'm just tired of feeling like I'm playing a subpar deck Frown
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on Grixis Death's Shadow
    Thank you, sincerely! These are a lot of great resources that I will be able to check out on my week of vacation next week.

    I do have some overlap, really just need the U/B lands, a few of the black cards, and sideboard cards. I printed off some proxies so I can start goldfishing the deck in the meantime and getting used to play patterns.

    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Grixis Death's Shadow
    Much appreciated to the both of you, thanks.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Grixis Death's Shadow
    So I'm a Blue Moon player, but I'm considering buying into GDS as it seems extremely fun and has game against a lot of the field. I came to ask two questions, if I may:
    1) Are there any recommended articles or videos I could check out to really get into how to play this deck? I have played against GDS maybe 5 times at FNM and on MTGO, so I don't have a ton of exposure to it.
    2) Would GDS be a good second deck to add to my arsenal? Does it have as much game against the field as it seems, or are those results from people who know the deck inside and out?

    I currently have the Through the Breach version of blue moon built, and while I like it a lot and it's fun, it feels just a tad too slow. I have tried all of the versions except madcap, and while the straight blue moon version has a shot in some meta's, the deck just felt very slow.

    Thanks for any insight!
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    I've been toying around with a breach build that I found on Mtggoldfish (https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1174216#paper) and I like the hybridization of TiTi and TTB. While I haven't played it a ton (maybe 10-15 matches) I have really been enjoying it. Flipping thing is a bit tougher since we aren't running as many low-cost spells, but I haven't played enough matches to know what changes I would make. I'm thinking about sleeving this up tonight for FNM.

    You guys have piqued my interest in trying the AV version; I may need to pick some up so that I can give it a fair shake.
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    Man, the standard no-combo blue moon has been putting in serious work in the 5-0's lately. I think it's been hitting that list consistently the past 2-3 weeks. It's really making me want to drop breach for the open tomorrow, but, with no practice games under my belt I know that's suicide. Everytime I've tried the no-combo list my TiTi's get ***** on by removal, so I think I'm happy keeping them in the board, I just wish I had more confidence in my list by seeing some representation. I still haven't settled on my 75 and I'm going to be missing FNM tonight, so I'm kind of going into tomorrow blind. Oh well, I'm working on my mental game and being more process-focused, so just going and having fun is what I'm working to do.
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    So, I have a rookie question regarding cantrips and whether I'm using them effectively. Usually, (depending on my hand, but a majority of the time) if I serum vision and see another SV in the scry 2 (and especially if I'm digging for combo) I will bottom the second cantrip in order to get to the 3rd card more quickly. I'm not sure if this is correct though. Is it better to put the 2nd scry card to the bottom, or would it be better to have another dig 3 for the combo?

    I ask because when I'm grinding some games on MtGO, I find that i bottom quite a few Opts/Visions when I'm looking for the combo. In my mind, I'm always thinking that I need to cut through the 'air' in my deck so I can find the combo pieces/counter for the situation, but I"m not sure if this is actually hurting me more than anything. Man I really miss ponder/preordain Frown
    Posted in: Control
  • posted a message on [Primer] Blue Moon: UR Blood Moon/Shackles Control
    Quote from lwdgg »
    Hello guys ,

    I've been playing blue awhile and felling like Hollow One and Burn are the worst match up we can ever face. Everyone fells like that or I'm just bad ? How can I improve those matches so can be Winnable ... I tried to search on the thread , but couldn't find any tips in this regards...
    I'm running the 4 TiTi stock list + Clique instead of T. Gearhulk.
    Can madcap help on those matches ?


    I have recently started the TiTi sb plan (was on madcap before that) and haven't faced either of those decks yet. However, the madcap plan allowed me to beat both decks if I got the plan online in time.
    Posted in: Control
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