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  • posted a message on Reservoir Storm
    Quote from noremac13 »
    Fair enough. I've seen lists online both ways so was just curious on the pros/cons of each.

    As for bouncing AW it didn't really seem that expensive since by that point you are likely going to have a Statuary down so AW and a Glint-Nest both will technically cost 1 island. It seemed worth it to tap 2 extra artifacts to dig 1 deeper this turn and 5 more for free next turn.

    Also what is the main purpose for Baral in the deck? I've seen some lists run it, some don't, and some have it in the sideboard. Other than allowing the Mox Ambers to tap for blue, the mana cost reduction doesn't seem particularly necessary considering how much mana is cheated with Statuary already.


    Crane is a turn two play, War isn't. Moreover, Crane helps us to dig for Statuary for turn two, or possibly a 0-mana artifact so that we can cast Reverse Engineer on t3. These are the most common sequences. Bouncing our own creatures during blocks is the most common plays this deck does, so having Crane as a blocker is a necessity. Even just having chump blockers is quite important.

    Baral isn't absolutely necessary, but it makes the hands without a Statuary a lot better. Baral + Mox make for a strong Outcome even without a Statuary in play. The cost reduction isn't meaningless either, especially when you go for Memory and need to chain more spells after that.
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  • posted a message on Reservoir Storm
    Quote from noremac13 »
    Why not main deck Antiquities War over the Cranes? 2 Cranes costs the same mana but only digs for 8, 1 AW digs for 10 and gives you an alternate wincon. Not to mention you can bounce AW with Paradox when the third trigger is on the stack to get all the 5/5's and be able to recast it again.

    I just started playing again a few weeks ago so I don't know the standard meta that well but is having those early 1/3 fliers for blocking really worth giving up a bonus wincon that doesn't require you to draw Reservoir?

    Crane and Wars are not even comparable. Crane is definitely one the best cards in the whole deck. It makes an immediate impact to the game for two mana. Bouncing Wars is so expensive that it's not a realistic thing to happen in any game you would play.
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  • posted a message on Reservoir Storm


    That's a really cool performance. It'd be nice to hear from the player how they ended up on this list. 4x Zhalfirin Voids seems way too greedy to me.
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  • posted a message on Grixis Control
    Quote from Gods_Shadow »
    @Tiemuu how did your challenge go? lost track of you in between. Ended up 13th... jeskai though this time ^^

    Did we play against each other? I went 4-3 and got 29th place, winning back the entry yet again. I beat ad nauseam and bogles but somehow lost against the ur moon decks. Anything can happen.
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  • posted a message on Reservoir Storm
    current list:



    I've cut some of the most unnecessary SB cards in order to gain % points against GPG decks. As for SBing, I've started to cut down to 1 Baral in most SB games when I know what kind of interaction I want.
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  • posted a message on Reservoir Storm
    Quote from jacobk »
    I tried taking this version through a league. I felt like the midrange matchup is good, the control matchup is ok, but the aggro matchup is godawful. I found myself missing Engulf the Shore every game as I was getting run over again and again.

    I was also not impressed with Mox Amber. The fact that you can only have one out at a time hurts it a lot compared to ye old Bone Saw. It makes hitting turn two Reverse Engineer much harder and badly limits the explosiveness of Paradoxical Outcome. If you can tap it for mana then you can do some neat stuff chaining outcomes together but even then you're only ever drawing one card off of it.

    I don't know. I've liked this deck a lot for a long time but I'm not sure it's viable unless aggro gets hated out of the meta somehow.


    I do agree with all of these points. Engulf was pretty crucial for this deck.

    By the way, I tried out the Admiral's Orders. I got paired against Esper control in this friendly league, hopefully I'll get more data in the future: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/260680933
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  • posted a message on Reservoir Storm
    Quote from jacobk »
    Admiral's Order might be another one for control matchups. You can usually get raid when you need it and there's something to be said for an actual one mana hard counter. Otherwise a good UW pilot will just camp on the statuaries/reservoirs and never ever tap out. Metallic Rebuke will be live for like one turn after they cast Teferi and if you don't combo off in that one turn they will blank it for the rest of the game.

    Didn't this deck used to run 19 or 20 land?


    Admiral's Orders is a viable option. The best thing about Rebuke, though, is that it allows you to develop your board and still have access to counter for Teferi. Teferi is definitely a scary card and usually a must-answer. The games I've had against UW have been very skill intensive thus far.

    I did run 20 lands, but went down in numbers when Traveler's Amulet got reprinted. I've been thinking about going back to 19 lands, but it's really hard to find cuts. I think I'm going to try 2 Barals and 19 lands next, adding probably just an island.
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  • posted a message on Reservoir Storm
    Quote from Room9 »
    What about... wait for it.............. Gleaming Barrier? Would help with aggro MUs.


    This card actually caught my eye when it got spoiled, but I haven't actually gone as far as testing it. It's still so hard to board cards for anything. I could see myself testing 1-2.
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  • posted a message on Karn should not exist in standard.
    Quote from Lumovanis »
    Karn's power is subtle. He can be played early because of his colorless cost, his -2 is basically master of etherium tokens (which was a pretty solid beater in modern), if he pluses into draw he is hard to kill, he can't be hit by abrupt decay which is arguably the most common removal I've seen played. He nickel and dimes people with value, and has potential to run away with a game using those tokens.


    Abrupt Decay isn't standard legal, though.
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  • posted a message on Reservoir Storm
    Quote from Truth Defined »
    I've been playing a variant over the last few days splashing red for Jhoira. If you haven't tried her yet, I'd highly recommend it.


    That's a pretty hard sell, given my only concern with the deck atm is its aggro MUs. I doubt Jhoira would remedy those problems.
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  • posted a message on Karn should not exist in standard.
    I have never actually seen Karn do anything especially powerful in a game, even less so dominate one.
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  • posted a message on Grixis Control
    here's a funny little bit of gameplay: https://clips.twitch.tv/ConfidentTubularOryxCurseLit
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  • posted a message on Reservoir Storm


    0 Glint-Nest Cranes makes me cringe
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  • posted a message on Reservoir Storm
    This is a very cool deck. I would build it and try it at a fnm if the mox ambers werent so expensive Frown


    give it some time, the Mox should come down in price sooner than later
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  • posted a message on Reservoir Storm
    Quote from vortical42 »
    Looks like this deck is making waves. Deck of the Day over on CFB Congrats!


    I'm actually super stoked about this! thanks.
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