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Ravnica: The Living Guildpact
  • 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
  • posted a message on Death's Shadow Jund
    I agree with Stubborn Denial being necessary if you want to beat control. You need it to protect your threats until you can kill them otherwise they will just kill everything you play. I think Stubborn Denial and therefore blue is more important than Lingering Souls if you want to beat them. I don't like Lingering Souls against control with Death's Shadow that much since it will lead you to more grindy style of play and makes game to go longer which I don't think it's good against control. Control has better grindy plan than DS and will win longer game. You won't beat control by grinding it out at least not with DS.

    I prefer to go more all in here and try to kill them as quickly as possible. This is where Stubborn Denial is good because it will protect you threats from their removal until you can kill them or at least help you with that. This kind of play gives DS the best chances of beating control imo but of course it's still an uphill battle.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Grixis Death's Shadow
    I think more all in plan is better and is the way you should take if you want to play GS. The best way to beat Jeskai control and Mardu Pyromancer in my opinion is to kill them as quickly as possible because you won't win long game against them since they grind better. The longer games go the smaller are chances for GS to win the game. Therefore I'm not a fan of Lingering Souls. It force you to play more grindy game which is something you don't want against these decks.

    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Grixis Death's Shadow
    I think that in specific metagame Death's Shadow can still do well but in a metagame full of Humans and Jeskai control I wouldn't play it. These two are the most popular deck at the moment and having a bad matchup against that kind of decks isn't where you want to be. It's not a bad deck generally speaking just not well positioned right now. At least this is my opinion.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on Abzan / The Rock
    I'm not a fan of Path but otherwise I like your list. Lingering Souls also seems to be a good card right now, I'm really happy about it in my Mardu deck.

    Congratz on your finish.
    Posted in: Midrange
  • posted a message on [Primer] Mardu (Dega/BWR) Midrange
    Quote from FlyingDelver »
    Yeah, for sure that has to be Marsh Flats.

    Both lists look quite similar. The only difference is one has a 4/3 spit in favor of TS and the other difference is that one player has LtLH instead of the third KCommand. I think functionally those differences are basically not that big.

    They are not exactly the same but close. One plays LtLH instead of 3rd Kolaghan's Command and basic plains while the other doesn't play planeswalker in the md and 3 copies of Kolaghan's Command. The rest is the same though.

    They both play 3x Blood Moon in the md though which I like. It seems more and more lists are doing so (all lists from Regionals had 3x BM in the md too).
    Posted in: Midrange
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