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  • posted a message on Pioneer Bannings
    The ban of Oath of Nissa is more in the tradition of no good cantrips in the modern era, nevertheless it is quite inconsistent they don't ban Once Upon a Time too which we could argue is even better.

    As for Veil of summer, as more combo stuff is figured out this card would just be the all start combo protector: from discard, from pieces getting blown and from counterspells. Playing vs Nexus of fate decks which used Veil of summer was even more miserable in a match that is already boring and dull.

    As for the data used, if you go and see the PTQ, challenge and leagues from MTGO you would see Mono green devotion was still dominating after the leyline ban, and one big reason was because you couldn't kill NIssa because Veil of summer was protecting her.

    Nissa, who shakes the world, BTW might go on the watch list if she still runs rampant after Veil of summer ban, or maybe she will become the Planeswalker to beat in Pioneer
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Aaron Forsythe: [A]t this point, Vintage and Legacy are managed ~100% for the people that do play it.
    Quote from FTW1987 »
    "At this point"? Their priorities seemed obvious years ago after Modern became a thing. The writing was really on the wall when SCG and GPs switched their events to Standard/Modern and dropped Legacy to a minimal number of events each year.

    R2R block was the last time they really made an attempt to throw bones to the Legacy community in a new Standard block. As far as WOTC is concerned, Legacy is like another Casual format and "Eternal" means "Commander".


    Looks at Narset, T3feri, Oko, Once upon a Time, Veil of summer, Mystical dispute, Karn the great creator, W6, 2019 has probably been the year new expansions have influenced vintage and legacy the most.
    Posted in: Legacy (Type 1.5)
  • posted a message on Pioneer White Weenie thread
    I also carried my old mono white humans decks, it only lost champion, thalia and path to exile.

    Liking the overall feel of the deck in the format, current list:



    I just pulled together the cards I had around, so far the card that has impressive me the most is Collective effort, a pseudo anthem and a remova in a single card is quite powerful.
    Posted in: Pioneer
  • posted a message on Pioneer Banned List Speculation
    Nissa, who shakes the world and Once uopn a time seem like the biggest problems right now
    Posted in: Pioneer
  • posted a message on BW Tokens
    Jund is still a good macth up, W6 does very little vs tokens, the real good card they got is plague engineer and it can be removed, we also don't totally fold to it since we have various creature types even if spirits is the main one.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on The Pioneer Format


    While I can see where you're coming from in regards to rotating formats, I would counter with two points:

    1. The longest reach that any rotating format has ever had was 4 years with extended. If we reach out to the apparent trouble-zone of ten years, a player might get their first pack of cards as a high school freshman and have those cards still be legal when they leave the game as a college senior. That type of longevity in a rotating format is all but unheard of.


    Nope, when extended was introduced (1999) it was up to 7 years of cards and it rotated every 3 years.The first rotation was in 2002 and ice age, fallen empires, homelands were dropped, next roration was on 2005 and tempest, urza's and masques block went out. At some point they cut extended to 4 years.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Pioneer Format
    Innistrad would have been better start point, i would be able to play tokens and humans (without meddling mage, noble and vials)
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on 'Mystery Booster' product
    My guess it is a Ultimate masters 2 just with a different packaging, it is not standard legal and I doubt they are designing new cards for "mystery". Mostly reprints for modern/legacy and commander.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Theros: Beyond Death Elspeth
    I always thought Ravnica guilds took ques mostly from renaissance europe and a bit into the first years of industrialization (izzet), nevertheless the architecture presented in the Ravnica sets is mostly European from different periods, Orzhov presenting Gothic, Boros can even go into brutalism of post war Europe, Azorious kind of romanasque, Simic resembles totally the stuff by Gaudi.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Theros: Beyond Death Elspeth
    I hope she is BW has a 3 CMC, makes tokens and a passive ability.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on BW Tokens
    Quote from pzbw7z »
    With so many Stoneforge Mystics running amok, I'm tempted to main-deck Ashiok, Dream Render. Smile

    While I haven't actually seen any in play yet, the thought of Giver of Runes makes me want to bring back my pet card Darkblast.


    I am running a couple of Winds of abandon in the main, along 4 paths and 2 Fatal push. It clears the floor with monowhite death and taxes.

    As for the equipment, batterskull we can ignore, we can easily go over 4 dmg a turn. A Sword of Light of shadow is scary nevertheless, so maybe a single anguished unmaking/generous gift in the main could be a good option.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [ELD) mythic Sanctuary
    Card is broken.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on BW Tokens
    Get 2/2 godless shrine and silent clearing, not only you need them they will go up in price as the year ends and clearing probably will rise in the not distant future.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Ban and restricted list 26th august
    Quote from Lectrys »
    My early testing with SFM (mostly in a UW Midrange shell a la Cawblade or Legacy UW Stoneblade) seems to indicate that the card is balanced in Modern, at least against fair decks and more controlling decks. Jund often had enough removal to kill SFM first, Batterskull later, and every single Sword carrier for dessert. Mono-G Tron needed to get disrupted (often at least twice) or it ran over Team SFM's board state regardless of SFM. Whirza often forced through its infinite combo (Thopter-Sword-Urza) through disruption, and it could always lean on trying to force through Ensnaring Bridge as a back-up plan. I'm not optimistic that SFM will perform any better against combo than Goyf already does because the life gain rarely matters and SFM delays itself for a turn trying to reach Goyf size. I built a Saheeli Copycat Snowblade deck in the process, and initial testing of that one is promising, but it has a larger weakness to combo. (One thing that makes me optimistic about Copycat Snowblade is that it mirrors the Twinblade decks of yore, and already Jund felt the pinch between breaking up the combo and nuking Batterskull once in testing.)

    Of course, SFM is likely going to try its best to warp the Burn, Mono-Red Prowess, and UWx Control match-ups in its favour. I should try these match-ups next.

    I'm now more confident that more optimal Modern SFM shells need more creatures (or at least more Lingering Souls) to make any Swords tutored for worth a card. Even the vaunted Sword of Fire and Ice was often worse than Batterskull (though I think SoFaI is the better choice against combo because of the card draw and similar clock speed-up).


    I agree, after playing in MTGO since Monday with and against SFM it doesn't seem to make any current deck better, if anything it will give UW control the batterskull they need to survive vs burn and dredge, but for other mid range decks dealing with it is easy.

    The words seem still very slow:
    Turn 1.- discard or cantrip
    Turn 2.- SFM
    turn 3.- Before your 4th turn put a sword into play
    turn 4.- equip sword, attack, opponent plays path to exile in response to equipping. You invested 6 mana with no payoff to speak for.

    Nevertheless there is an infect deck running sigarda's aid and SFM to tutor for the big hammer and kill you in turn 3, and can pull some tricks.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Ban and restricted list 26th august
    Banning Looting is the final nail in the coffin of Modern. Hitting a wide swath of decks because people want less combo decks is dumb as hell. Modern will become a wasteland like Standard where 3-4 decks take control of the meta and nothing else will stand a chance. Expect a huge Tron revival now.


    That's the plan and then BAN the Tron lands, and everyone will live happy ever after
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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