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  • posted a message on Rhizhome Lurcher (maro twitter preview)
    Idk how reliably we're going to be able to have creatures in the graveyard on curve for these undergrowth cards in constructed, much less limited. Seems sort of inconsistent at best unless we get some Grisly Salvages and Satyr Wayfinder type cards spoiled.

    We have Glowspore Shaman, but it's uncommon. Personally I'm looking for a one or two-drop that sacrifices itself.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Etrata, the Silencer - Command Zone preview
    I'm always hyped for some alternate win conditions, but this is a strange one. I suppose this is one legend you don't mind drawing multiple copies of, since you can drop the next as soon as the first shuffles.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Mothership 9/14 - Trostani, and others
    I like how they spoil Trostani Discordant at the came time as Connive.
    Me: "Oh, cool a way to steal small creatures. Anything powerful that can be grabbed? *See's anthem with 1-power* O hey that's- *keeps reading* ...nvm."
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Swiftblade Vindicator
    Quote from LordOrgodemir »
    Honestly, if we can get a 2/1 white or red mentor one drop, then an actual Boros curve can grow out from there. I expect to see a 2/1 soldier of some kind with just mentor as an upside, and that's honestly all we need. If it's monowhite and a knight? Then we can build out some cross block synergy. This has uses but it really depends on how well we can support it


    Well, we got Goblin Banneret as our 1-drop mentor, but using it to mentor a 2-drop t3 screws up the curve. I think a straight up 2/1 mentor for 1 is probably not going to printed with the Goblin already there.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Izoni, Thousand-Eyed Mana Source spoiler
    I don't get all the hate for her in Constructed; I mean, she's probably not great as things stand now, but if the set has some decent mill ala Grisly Salvage or something then she could easily generate 6+ tokens by the time she comes down. I seem to recall Ishkanah, Grafwidow being played a little bit back then, so it's not that much of a stretch to say there could be a deck for this one.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Lich's Mastery
    Quote from tchntm43 »
    Lich's Mastery plus Platinum Emperion equals near hard-lock?

    Yes, but this combo also prevents you from exploiting one of Lich's Mastery's best parts: drawing cards when you gain life.

    Rules question: Can you still "lose life" when you are already at 0 life? If not, wouldn't that imply that getting to 0 life means no more discarding/saccing/exiling from life loss?

    While I don't have the exact rule, I'm certain that you can go below zero. Besides, Wizards does know the rule, and they would not print this card if it were not so.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Lich's Mastery
    Please tell me that's not Josu, or I'll have to get this card.
    And I mean, the drawback is nasty and all, but how does an Enchantment with Hexproof actually leave the battlefield in Standard? Commander has the likes of Merciless Eviction, but...

    Well, Gatherer search says there is Hour of Revelation and River's Rebuke in Standard.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Tag-team Synergies in OGW?
    Preface: I have never actually played 2HG, so all of what I am about to say is based off of what I have heard and my own conjecture. I hope I don't end up sounding foolish.

    To begin, your proposed scenario sounds rather like you don't know partners share pools, so the hypothetical W/B lifegain deck could run the other persons payoff cards while the second does something else with the other powerful cards. 2HG decks tend to be of higher power levels than normal sealed because of this.

    As for specific deck combinations, the most obvious is a U/R Surge deck combined with one to trigger it; I'm thinking either a hyper-aggressive R/W deck perhaps or a more control-y U/B type. Another is a W/G support deck to go with a go-wide deck with Scions etc., though this combo looks lacking in interaction with the opposing side. Basically, an idea in 2HG is that one deck "supports" the other to make is function more like a single deck, rather than two individually powerful decks each doing their own thing. For instance, LSV was with Paul Cheon for the OGW 2HG World Premiere, and his deck apparently had no way to win on it's own, but was rather focused on helping Cheon do the dirty work (I don't know the deck specifics or the results of that event, so I can't say how well that worked).

    One synergy that I think would be especially fun is an Eldrazi-ramp deck combined with a U-based control deck, the idea being that the control player covers for the ramp player until they can start landing the bombs, and then counter the removal that goes towards said bombs.

    Again, I don't play the format, so take my comments with a grain of salt, but I hope you get something from them!
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on OGW Prerelease Format
    As I understand it, the set WAS designed with 2HG specially in mind, but by no means does that make the prerelease a different format from usual. Normal sealed deck is still the "main event", though I imagine that any 2HG events run at the prerelease will have better turnout than usual.
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Drafting colorless
    While I agree that there are not enough common "true-colorless" cards to warrant it being a full second color in a deck, the excellent colorless activated abilities on many of the creatures leads me to believe that a large number of decks will pick up some colorless <> producers (especially the common lands) to get that value. In essence, even if you don't draft true colorless cards, you almost have to make a concerted effort to avoid having any cards that benefit from <>. Given that picking up those sources is of little cost to you, lets you activate your Kozilek's Shrieker, and also leaves you open to pick up a Spatial Contortion in pack 2, I can't help but think those lands, Hedron Crawler, Warden of Geometries, and other <> producers will be much more valuable than the impression I've gotten from people thus far.
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Post your pre-release results here
    3-0-1 picking black and ended up going B/W-kill-everything. Seriosuly, I got Languish as my promo, opened a second one, and also got a bunch more black and white premium removal. Played a pretty low curve with Shambling Ghouls and Topan Freeblades on two and Deadbridge Shamans and a Graveblade Marauder on three notably, and just beat down while spot killing everything that could stop me, or baiting a Languish blowout. Didn't drop a game until the just-for-fun match with my 4th round op whom I drew with. All around, a very good and fun prerelease :).
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Post your pre-release results here
    Today I discovered that B/R sacrifice is completely viable, assuming you have enough cheap removal like Reave Soul to stay safe from agro until you stick a Nantuko Husk. 3-0-1, only dropped one game to a ridiculous Timberpack Wolf start with pump to protect from Reave. Granted, I had TWO Priest of the Blood Rite, 3 Act of Treason and an Enthralling Victor to go with the Husks, on top of some good removal and a Hangarback Walker for additional shenanigans. Split with last op, played it for fun, and crushed him with both the normal deck and my transformational B/G sideboard deck with Gaea's Revenge. Twas a good day, and I'm hoping for just as good tomorrow!
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on Magic Origins Sealed Generator
    Small bug: Stalwart Aven is in as a rare, I believe. Great job otherwise; always love these things!
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Modern Masters 2015 preliminary discussion
    Quote from spairy »
    U/W artifcats looks terrible to me this time. I don't see the suppport for it.

    Beg to differ. I ran it today and did quite well. Faerie Mechanist is as insane as ever, and Rusted Relic plus Myr Enforcer make for a solid ground. Usually I'd win with either those, or steady air pressure from the Mechanist plus Qumulox. Thoughtcast was good, but of course the whole deck gets all of it's explosiveness from Darksteel Citadel. U/W has plenty of removal besides, so I'd say the support is there. The only problem is that, since it's artifacts, some of the lower drops like the Living Weapons and mana artifacts get taken by other decks. But if anything, that just shows how much support for it there is.
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
  • posted a message on [DTK] Your most unexpected Pre-Release MVP?
    My top two were Artful Maneuver and Glaring Aegis; both of those just did so much more work than I ever expected. Maneuver routinely won me a combat and then allowed me to beat face hard the next turn, and on several occasions allowed me to get around mana problems by playing it on their endstep and using the rebound plus another spell to finish people off. Aegis I wasn't sure about at fist, but anything it goes on practically is unkillable, and often let a Dromoka Captain on three swing in and bolster itself without fear the next turn. Both these cards on Ellusive Spellfist also won a game.
    Posted in: Limited (Sealed, Draft)
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