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Magic Market Index for June 8th, 2018
 
Ravnica: The Living Guildpact
 
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  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    I don't like any Lili in the md too. LtLH is good in sb against specific decks but I don't like LoTV that much, at least not right now, because she isn't very good at the moment.

    I agree with Hazoret being good only against a few decks which is the reason I don't like him in the md. I'm not a fan of her in general but if then you should play her in the sb not md. She's mostly good against midrange decks which are already good matchups for us so you don't really need her for these, maybe only for the mirror where she can give you an edge.

    I'm not sure about Fulminator Mage vs Molten Rain. I'll be honest and admit I haven't played Fulminator Mage in this deck but being a creature makes it really appealing. This means you can bring it back with K-Command and have it as a threat when don't need to destroy opposing land right away.n On the other hand Molten Rain works better with Pyromancer and Reveler.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the July 2, 2018 announcement?
    Ban: Ancient Stirrings. It does too much for the deck that play it. Another reason is that Ancient Stirrings beings legal while Preordain is not doesn't make sense so ban both or make them both legal but I don't think unbanning Preordain is a good idea.

    Unban: nothing. I don't think anything needs an unban.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grixis Death's Shadow
    Quote from Jonny_Tempel »
    Quote from Ayiluss »
    I'm very surprised to see GDS at top 8 of a GP but happy about it.

    Congratz to Friedman!


    I'm very happy about GDS's performance too but i feel like this is more due to Friedman's experience with the deck than the strength of GDS itself.


    I agree with this. He is without a doubt very skilled with the deck and (most) other players wouldn't make it so far.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    Quote from idSurge »
    Damping Sphere, as someone who jammed it a lot, has won me a single game, against Amulet.

    Tron and Storm can deal with hate.

    As most of us I tested Damping Sphere and was skeptical about it before I even started to test it. As it turned out it does very little against Tron and other similar decks. It's very overrated card in my opinion.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    I'm not for the Preordain unban and never was but Ancient Stirrings has to go. It's either Ancient Strirrings ban or Preordain ban (but this is not goo and doen't solve anything). I mean Ancient Stirrings being legal while Preordain is on the ban list is a joke.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 16/04/2018)
    Quote from gkourou »
    9-16 decklists are out! Link here
    The meta looks horrendous: 4 more Tron decks(!!), KCI, Hollow one decks, and a Human.
    So, it looks like we have 9 Ancient Stirrings decks in the top 16, including 6 Tron decks, 3 KCI decks!
    This further solidifies my argument against Ancient Stirrings: It should be banned during the next B&R!

    Grixis Shadow and Jeskai control in top 8 are the only bright points, (ok Bant Company and Devoted Druid Company are fine too) the rest looks just like you said horrendous. A top 8 and 9-16 decklists you want to forget as soon as possible.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Grixis Death's Shadow
    I'm very surprised to see GDS at top 8 of a GP but happy about it.

    Congratz to Friedman!
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    I'm not a fan of 2x LoTV in the md either but I like his list in general. I really like that there are zero Manamorphoses in the deck-I don't like the card as I think it just doesn't do enough. It's interesting to see no copies of it since Gerry claimed no long time ago that he wouldn't play Mardu Pyromancer without it and anyway he is big fan of it as far as I know.

    2x Blood Moon is fine in my opinion. I currently play 3x in the md but I think going 2x is still ok but I think we want 3 in 75 (this is either 3x md or 2x md and 1x sb). I could be wrong on this one though.

    I'm still not sure on Nihil Spellbomb/Surgical Extraction vs Leyline. I think Leyline is better against gy focused decks (Hollow One, Dredge) but you need it in the opening hand otherwise it's just too slow. Against decks which don't use gy so heavily I prefer Nihil Spellbomb.

    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Well 4x Collective Brutality is definitely too much. I'm currently on 3 although I'm not sure this is correct and maybe 2 would be better.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Pre-poll thread (heading into July 2, 2018 Magic B&R Announcement)
    I can't believe there are people advocating for Faithless Looting ban. I would seriously suggest those people to visit a psychiatrist.

    There is nothing wrong with the card.
    Posted in: Modern Archives
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Quote from FlyingDelver »
    Just watched Reid on coverage, against the Humans deck he kept a hand with LotV, BM, Bolt, CB, YP and Swamp on the draw after mulliganing. I think this hand is a clear mull and ultimately a huge mistake to keep. We need red, we can't keep one landers without looting unless you are at 5 cards and have a one mana spell to cast. I think that keep in insanely greedy.

    Yes, I'm surprised he kept it. He should mull that hand and could get better 5 card hand that could do something and won him the game. If he didn't keept that hand things might turned out better for him and he would make Day 2.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Just saw Reid Duke is playing Mardu Pyromancer at GP Vegas. Sadly it looks he didn't make day 2.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Jund
    Tireless Tracker is great against any kind of midrange/control deck.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Jund
    I agree with FlyingDelver about Jund and its issues.

    I had similar issues whenever I tried it in the last two years. Basically since the Fatal Push release (not saying that it has anything with Jund) I feel that Jund is fighting an uphill battle and not just against decks which are supposed to be its bad matchups but also at beating decks supposed to be good matchups. Format is filled with linear aggressive decks which punish you very hard for not having the right answer at the right time and this poses a big problem for decks like Jund. You don't have any cards that would filter your draws and help you to find whatever you need but you just have to rely on the mercy of your deck.


    I've been playing Mardu lately and while it can be clunky at times I Faithless looting gives you much better control over your draws than Jund have. I think this is somethign you absolutely need if you want to play a fair deck in Modern right now otherwise you're too dependent on your topdecks which can very quickly lead to a loss even if you have only one bad topdeck.

    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    I don't think 1x basic plains is a standard now and i don't like it. You will come across to the issue of not being able not hardcast Lingering Souls sometimes with Blood moon in the play if you don't play that basic plains but I think that's just a minor issue. Red is the most important color in the deck and not being able co cast bedlam Reveler for example if you draw basic plains instead of Sacred Foundry and thus don't have double red is much more annoying. You want all of your lands to be able to produce red (except for couple of basic swamps).
    Posted in: Midrange
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