List of modern playable equipment:
Let’s not even talk about new equipment being printed. The old ‘good’ ones like swords and batterskull aren’t even good enough on their own.
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Apr 30, 2019What was the 'acceptable' percentage for a pre-turn 4 win? I believe Infect's turn 3 kill rate with gitaxian probe could not be higher than 30%. And that's even after having 2 turns to develop resources and interact.Posted in: Modern
That being the case, 20% turn 1 kill rate with no chance at all to interact seems like it should just not be allowed. Heck even 10% is ridiculous. Although it does remain to be seen if the deck can actually put up such a percentage.
Apr 28, 201924-27 points Modern Lists: https://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/2019MC2/24-27-modern-match-point-decklists-2019-04-28Posted in: Modern
Out of 26 decks, Phoenix and Humans leading the pack at 5 and 4 copies respectively.
1 guy repping Jund, what a hero.
Apr 25, 2019The legality of Jitte and Brainstorm make a big difference in the power level of SFM is in Legacy vs Modern.Posted in: Modern
Also, there are quite a few cards legal in BOTH formats that can do a job on a stoneforge package.
Pithing Needle for example is a multi-purpose card that any deck can use to stop both SFM herself or equipment. Phyrexian revoker is another. These cards simply don't see play in Modern because there aren't many strong activated abilities around. They're ready made answers for SFM.
I don't see how anyone can buy the notion that SFM + Skull is some sort of powerhouse inevitability engine when a pithing needle just stops it from happening.
Apr 16, 2019How's anyone supposed to answer that? Every card that got banned in Modern had a different life-span in the format.Posted in: Modern
Pod had something like 2 or 3 years before it got hit, DRS had a year and a half or so, TC had I think 4-ish months. Most of the cards on the list are put there for different reasons anyway so how do you expect anyone to put a time frame to it.
If WOTC thinks it needs to go, it goes. Simple as that.
Mar 31, 2019RiP is actually 2cmc.Posted in: Modern
And you're right, dredge can brute force through 1 or 2 relics without too much trouble with decent dredges. Creeping chills still do their thing. Creatures can still be cast. He talks like its so easy to just hold up relic. Dredge doesn't need to blow their load in one big turn. They can play the slow game just fine and it's not like they don't run nature's claim to force the relic.
Are you gonna crack the relic when it's a bloodghast coming back to trigger an amalgam? If you do, pretty easy to start refilling again next turn, if not here's 5 power on the board, deal with it.
Mar 23, 2019We didn't have any visibility into Day 1 stats before. And there have been some assertions (more reddit than here)because of that unknown that UR Phoenix being an immensely popular deck may have under-performed in conversions from Day 1 to Day 2.Posted in: Modern
Now that we know almost for sure (at least for Tampa) that it over-performed at every stage, that can be put to rest.
Mar 23, 2019New article from Tobi Henke: https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/modern-developments-from-port-to-bay/?_ga=2.73952786.1263373486.1553272605-151980716.1550756939Posted in: Modern
12% is big news, by the way. Izzet Phoenix’s metagame share of 12.2% in Tampa is the highest a deck reached at any Grand Prix in recent memory. I won’t judge whether or not this qualifies as oppressive, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that once upon a time Splinter Twin was banned for threatening the format’s diversity.
Equally astonishing is the win rate Izzet maintained even in the face of growing numbers. Usually, a rise in popularity goes hand in wing with a drop-off in performance. Early adopters typically outperform the average player. I thought we’d seen this effect in action with Grand Prix Los Angeles, but no, that was just temporary turbulence. The win rate went back to 57% and a bit for Tampa Bay. Indeed it is higher now than it ever was before, if only by 0.02%.
As you will see, other archetypes managed to do better than Izzet Phoenix at one or two events, but nothing outperformed the deck with comparable consistency. Also, nothing could match Izzet Phoenix’s massive sample size.
Should be noted that when he says 12.2% metagame share, it is based on a sample of 57.5% of that tournament’s full field.
So IF this 12.2% is accurate, or as accurate as it can be based on the sample, then we now know that UR Phoenix:
Day 1: 12.2% (possibly more)
Day 2: 19.5%
Top 32: 31.25%
Hopefully people can now stop claiming that the deck is overrated and not that good.
Mar 21, 2019Agreed, if happenings outside playing the game affecting attendance is your fundamental point, then yes, there are a lot of factors that are frankly impossible to account for.Posted in: Modern
But using the GGT banning to 'reinforce' your fundamental point is disingenuous at best.
Adding to that, I think 2017/2018 with Modern Masters 3 and fetchland reprints has made Modern far more accessible, which is a great thing, and a huge factor in bringing players in to the format.
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