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  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    If just KCI/Trawler takes a hit, we still are in the world where colorless decks (which have leaned towards combo lately) still have a dig-5 1 mana spell, which is so far above what the rest of the format gets in terms of digging power. I think WotC is more preoccupied with the simple fact of KCI's dominance, but I personally believe it would behoove them to try to take a broader picture of the format, which I hope would involve taking a look at not just the broken engine parts, but the enablers which allow decks to be so much more consistent than the "fair" competitors of the format.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Adaptive flying Salamander Drake that likes spells (name unknown)
    Am I crazy or does this have GDS written all over it? Though I guess a good chunk of their free spells are Street Wraith or Bauble.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    Yikes, yeah I guess Phoenix just ended up being much better. Does Spirits have a bad matchup against KCI? I can't really see it being that great for Spirits, they only really get Stony Silence and don't really have as fast of a clock as Phoenix.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    Quote from idSurge »
    Meh, in the end its just another whatever. I would be surprised if ktk has not at least played the match up a few times and is well aware of what was intended, but any chance to take a shot he will take it.

    Regardless, lets discuss the fact Spirits got shellacked. Phoenix too good for them? I get this feeling that that little mana dork (Noble) just isnt resilient enough in the face of main deck Gut Shots...


    That's actually a really fair point, I'm not sure it explains how so few of them advanced throughout Day 2. I'd be interested in seeing where all the Spirits players ended up by the end of the day. I could see some falling to the various Phoenix decks, but there were 29 copies at the start of Day 2, and not a single copy in the Top 8.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    I think the assumed response to that is, we'll stop fear-mongering if you stop bringing it up. Wink

    Isn't Affinity's presence just a result of the fact that the sheer number of Twin decks wasn't ever oppressively high? Like Marshall was saying, even today you don't expect to face KCI more than 2 or 3 times in a tournament like a GP. Affinity decks could easily have made it to the T8 with 2 losses to Twin. I'm not claiming to have any memory of events that long ago, though.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    If it helps your ego, Kassis had beaten two of the other KCI players to get to the finals, so he probably was going to win anyways. (He seemed to have a good grasp on what was needed for that matchup, he played it very well and got pretty lucky with a few T3 kills on the play.)
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    One page ago ktk posted the 2018 (and 2019 GP Oakland) T8 breakdowns.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Ravnica Art Book -Spoilers
    I'm interested in how Izzet is a Bolas-aligned guild with what we now know. If Ral is really a sleeper agent, why would Dovin need to stop the device? If he's a double agent, then Izzet isn't really Bolas aligned, right?
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Heavy.com preview - Mesmerizing Benthid (Blue mythic)
    Quote from SnowBunny »
    Quote from soramaro »
    Powerful Mythic: Wizards just made this Mythic because it's strong! Cashgrab! Mythics should be unique and quirky!
    Weird Mythic with an unique, quirky effect: Why is this Mythic? It should be a rare! Mythics should be strong!

    It's an endless circle...


    Well except it is neither... it is not unique or quirky or powerful.....


    It seems especially egregious when we're on a fan-favorite plane like Ravnica that is literally sopping with flavor and we get a bland could-have-been-Core-Set mythic instead of something that feels Ravnican. Maybe I'm missing the feel of this card, but I honestly think it could have been in a Core Set.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    ^This is what I was talking about, not just copies 5-8 of Terminus. Cards with high mana worth of effect, but with alternate casting costs. Not necessarily those cards exactly, but you get the idea.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Burn Bright
    Quote from void_nothing »
    Quote from soramaro »
    Was there ever a situation in Limited where you wanted to buff your opponent's attackers?
    I dunno, how about ones where you want to buff your blockers?


    I can understand the hesitation on wanting to give Red a defensive combat trick (that isn't just a damage spell).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Tolarian Community College spoiler: Domri, Chaos Bringer
    I find it amusing that the child Planeswalker costs more mana than the fully grown Vedalken and Ghostbuster.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [POLL] What cards do you want banned or unbanned in the January 21, 2019, announcement?
    Voted to unban SFM (this is 2019, if JtMS was ok to unban then this shouldn't even be a question), no bans, though I fully expect to be staring down a KCI/Trawler ban in two weeks. Personally I feel bans won't fix anything systemic within the format, but the vocal members of the community are out for blood, and my ideas on fixing the format take a long time to implement.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Paste Magazine Previews - Savage Smash & Gruul Beastmaster
    Gruul Beastmaster is the kind of design I like to see. Bravo, that's a handsome-reading card.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The State of Modern Thread (B&R 26/11/2018)
    Honestly Terminus-level interaction is what I'm banking on to make interaction more viable. With more 6-Mana interactive effects that you can do on the cheap under certain conditions, interactive decks would be better equipped to fight back.
    Posted in: Modern
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