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  • posted a message on Arcane Storm: Twiddle me this
    Quote from Thetwiddleguy »
    Quote from JLambe13 »
    well they are pretty inexpensive right now if the card takes off. I can really see this broken in a legacy or vintage format.

    Not gonna lie I think it’s probably gonna be ban worthy in multiple formats

    Graveyard hate is common and vicious in Modern and beyond. I wouldn't be surprised if Underworld Breach is restricted in Vintage but remains unbanned in all other formats. Some of my Breach decks can withstand one one-time graveyard wipe (I'm not sure this is one of them), but Scavenging Ooze has often demanded removal in my Grinding Station-abusing Breach lists. Breach also hasn't provided any speed boosts to my existing decks so far. Legacy has enough Turns 1-2 spell-based combo decks that I'm fairly sure it can withstand some more with Breach's release.
    Posted in: Deck Creation (Modern)
  • posted a message on Is making a deck around Escape a bad idea?
    Quote from seilaoque »
    Escape is simply too expensive of a mechanic.
    you need 4, 5, 6 cards in your grave for every escape... you can't really have that many up to use Escape as a toolbox.

    Escape is a great mechanic, but I guess you'll be running a couple escape cards and that's all really.
    if you want to build your strat around escape, it will probably be to escape the same card over and over, not to escape a ton of different stuff.

    After playing a bunch of Modern decks that aim to Escape cards at least twice per game, I have to agree with this...to a certain extent.

    Pretty much my only Underworld Breach deck that doesn't involve preferentially Escaping one card over all others is my Jeskai Ascendancy deck. All the others eventually involve me spamming one particular free card (Mox Amber so I can feed it to Grinding Station, Ideas Unbound with Psychic Puppetry Spliced onto it so I can untap Lotus Field). Jeskai Ascendancy just turns all my cantrips into free cards with the help of mana dorks.

    I'm also stuck figuring that I can't afford to toolbox my fairer Escape cards. My Bant Midrange-Control and Scapeshift decks can basically support only 1-2 Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath. I'm not sure my Modern 5c Niv-Mizzet Reborn deck can support both Uro and Polukranos, Unchained. From testing with Uro, he (and other Escape cards) is quite resilient (Uro feels like cheaper Wurmcoil Engine that draws cards), but that resiliency depends on me being able to Escape them twice or more per grindy game.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Dredge
    Quote from JLambe13 »
    I was wonder if anyone has tried out the new card Ox of Agonas? I know the exile 8 cards is alot but I feel like it could be power and a big creature.

    I haven't tried Ox of Agonas yet, but my experience with Haunted Dead is that I often used its discard ability because I wasn't hitting 8 cards in my graveyard fast enough. I believe Ox of Agonas will be deceptively bad in Dredge for this reason.
    Posted in: Combo
  • posted a message on Theros: Beyond Death (flavor spoilers)
    I can totally imagine Ashiok as an ignorant Phyrexian fanboy/girl/person. Ashiok will think they're supporting Phyrexian aims, while we know from previous experience that Phyrexia will be fairly prone to screwing Ashiok over.
    Posted in: Magic Storyline
  • posted a message on Is making a deck around Escape a bad idea?
    Quote from Singe »
    In concept, Escape is pretty similar to Delve in graveyard resource use. So the style of deck would be similar to how one plays Delve.

    Underworld Breach abuse decks play significantly closer in style to Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis-Altar of Dementia decks than typical Delve cards (e.g. Gurmag Angler, Logic Knot, even Treasure Cruise)--they aim to spam spells from the graveyard in one devastating turn, so they play cards that enable that plan instead of merely self-mill once or add themselves to the graveyard.

    From my initial testing, regular Escape cards like Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath feel more like typical Delve cards, complete with the amount of support required to use them decently (although sheesh does Uro feel like 4-mana Wurmcoil Engine that draws cards and can do something at 3 mana, and that's in Modern). Escape cards do have the blanket benefit of being castable when self-milled, though, so Dredge decks just might want them.
    Posted in: New Card Discussion
  • posted a message on Theros Beyond Death- Modern Discussion
    Nothing in the last round of spoilers sticks out, but I may as well talk about a few last cards:

    Kunoros, Hound of Athreos is a neato hate bear/creature. Nice Lifelink, some evasion, has Vigilance, hoses Flashback/the Dredge deck/Vengevine decks/etc....of course, being a 3-drop means it could very well come down too late to hose anything in practice.

    Tried Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath in both my old UGr Scapeshift Fast Combo deck and the newfangled Bant Snowko Midrange-Control deck going around. He was predictably quite good in Scapeshift (although, chances are, I can only Escape him once before comboing off), and he was deceptively good in Bant Midrange-Control (enough instants, fetchlands, and fragile planeswalkers and creatures to support his Escape, cost is comparable to Jace TMS or lower). Against Jund, I got to Escape him three times in one game and run them over with CA. Beware of Path to Exile, though (especially since it restricts him to one trigger), and man does opposing Teferi, Time Raveler mess with his head.

    Shame Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger does not compare well to the black Delve creatures, though. I'm doubtful the special discard is good enough, especially at 2 mana.
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on [THB] Tokens — Mothership Article
    Huh, they officially previewed the Reflection token before Aliris.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on {TBD] MTg arena - Triumphant Surge
    Does she actually verbally declare that Shadowspear is the real Khrusor, or does she just swing it and it speaks for itself?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [THB] Eidolon of Obstruction — Lee Shi Tian preview
    I suppose the only thing this guy will really hose is the infinite part of the Saheeli Rai-Felidar Guardian combo.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Theros Beyond Death- Modern Discussion
    We found our next no-library alt win con! It's Thassa's Oracle--its win trigger is on ETB, and as long as you have no library, you still win even if she gets removed in response!
    Posted in: Modern
  • posted a message on Mothership 1/7 - thassa’s oracle
    Time for me to swap alternate win cons in Modern Ad Nauseam Combo and Modern Underworld Breach Combo! As a hilarious bonus in my current Underworld Breach build, I can play this gal early-game to dig for the combo, then kill her with self-milled Dreadbore mid-combo and re-cast her at the end.

    Meanwhile, how good is she at digging for threats in Mono-Blue Devotion, Merfolk, and other blue aggro decks?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Calix, Destiny's Hand(Last PW, TCGplayer Preview)
    Quote from Scarap »
    also was he "created" like a golem or something? Or was he made an agent of fate and he happens to be just regular old born? If it's the former...how does he even get a spark?

    I have a hunch that just before Calix's spark ignited, he was an enchantment creature of some sort. Now, I still don't know how Enchantment Creature - Humans get created in Nyx...I doubt all of them are plucked from the dead like the demigods were....
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [THB] Eidolon of Obstruction — Lee Shi Tian preview
    Quote from AnImAr_ »
    I've never seen that word in my life. Uhhhhh, they are pushing design space up the ass.

    Which one--"obstruction" (in the card name) or "intransigence" (in the flavour text)?

    Yup, I can just imagine this guy going "It's E-N-C-E!" (Bonus points if you got the reference.)

    Again, shame the tax won't slow down removal walkers that much (though it can attack down foolish Teferi, Time Raveler who couldn't bounce it immediately).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on Taranika, Akroan Veteran(IGN UK Preview)
    It would be ironic (if somewhat easily predicted) if the actual situation is that Kytheon/Gideon is currently too distracted hanging out with his Irregulars in Ilysia to pay attention to anything else, including breaking out of the Underworld.

    As for the card, now that's creative wording for a pump spell! Might there be an Infect deck anywhere that wants this?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [TBD] Dryad of life’s gift
    Sounds like they'll never give us Benevolent Bodyguard ever again. Needing 1 mana to activate the protection ability is costlier than protecting enchantments is good (at least in Modern).
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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