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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1920 on: February 26, 2019, 10:41:19 PM »
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Unranked, but still. I haven't played Standard in a minute and I wanted a paper deck for under $20 to fart around with at FNM.

In all honesty I should be just sleeving up this weapon :lol I have all the cards so why not lol

is 4 guttersnipe and 2 risk factor a concession to not having the rares?
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« Reply #1921 on: February 27, 2019, 10:56:16 AM »
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Unranked, but still. I haven't played Standard in a minute and I wanted a paper deck for under $20 to fart around with at FNM.

In all honesty I should be just sleeving up this weapon :lol I have all the cards so why not lol

is 4 guttersnipe and 2 risk factor a concession to not having the rares?

It is supposed to be a budget deck, but it's uses those cards by design (whether it's a good design is debatable). I just wanted a deck that's built all-in around burning my opponent's face. There are times when you play a T3 Guttersnipe and it immediately gets Cast Down or Shock'd and that's pretty bad, but if you can untap with one on T4, it's possible to close out the game on the spot.
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1922 on: February 27, 2019, 05:05:56 PM »
For sure. Massive if it sticks around. Pretty nice turn 4 or 5 play too w shock or lightning strike up
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1924 on: March 02, 2019, 04:15:08 AM »
went 2-1 at FNM with my Mardu pile, definitely needs tuning and the sideboard needs to be able to handle the bad matchups but the deck is damn fun.

Turns out Aurelia is very very good out of a burn sideboard as peeps aren't expecting an ass of that size. She protec, and she attac
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1925 on: March 02, 2019, 12:19:12 PM »
After I spike a limited pro tour qualifier I'm going to get a custom shirt that says THE P IN MPL SECRETLY STANDS FOR PETIT BOURGEOIS. (I can't quote something verbatim that has inflection disagreement, sorry.) Then I'm going to get into a feature match with Jon "DSA" Finkel and we're going to talk about how social democracy is the left wing of fascism instead of playing. Coverage won't know what to do, the Reserved List will be abandoned shortly thereafter, and Splinter Twin will be unbanned in the interest of competitive diversity.

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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1926 on: March 02, 2019, 12:24:01 PM »
Also, just wanted to say it's wild that monocolored decks have been so successful at Pro Tours of late, starting from Amonkhet I think it's been 4 now?

Suck it, 3 and 4 color piles of good stuff.

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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1927 on: March 06, 2019, 11:20:12 PM »
Okay this deck is awesome - https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/budget-magic-52-7-tix-goblin-calamity-standard-magic-arena

I can build it in paper for like 10 bucks so I'm all over this shit
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« Reply #1928 on: March 07, 2019, 12:27:44 PM »
I'm back on my Modern BS. I've got Izzet Phoenix sleeved up and ready to go. I initially bought into it because it was a good deck that looked fun to play, but now within the past few weeks, annoyingly, it's become the consensus "Best Deck". Annoying because now it's just gonna look like I'm the guy that plays whatever the best deck is. I just wanted to have some semi-janky fun, I'm sorry, I didn't know things were gonna be like this! But I did pay $25/ea for these Phoenixes, so you bet your ass I'm gonna play them. :maf

The agreed upon core deck atm seems to be:

4x Arclight Phoenix
4x Thing in the Ice
2x Crackling Drake
4x Opt
4x Serum Visions
4x Thought Scour
4x Faithless Looting
4x Lightning Bolt
4x Manamorphose
2x Gut Shot
18x Lands

Which gives you 6 flex slots. Everyone runs 2 more creatures, but the split is whether to run 2x Pteramanders or 2x Snapcasters. Snapcasters give you more flexibility, but Pteramander gives you a 5/5 flying beat stick, so that's got some obvious appeal too. Some people run 3x or even the full 4x Gut Shots, I think I'm gonna keep it at 2x. Surgical Extractions in the mainboard are a thing now, either 1x or 2x, I'm thinking of going 2x, to have 4 "free" spells in total. Then in the final slots, people tend to play some extra removal, generally a mixture of 0-2 Lightning Axe, Izzet Charm, and Beacon Bolt. Lightning Axe is powerful removal that synergizes with your plan of getting a phoenix in your graveyard. Beacon Bolt is a 2-for-1 removal that also helps get a card in your card, but at a lot higher cost. Izzet Charm can kill a weenie, be Faithless Looting #5, or counter something annoying.

For now, my final six slots are:

2x Pteramander
2x Surgical Extraction
1x Lightning Axe
1x Izzet Charm

The SB is still undecided. I'd like to have a 3rd Surgical Extraction in the board, but I only own 2 so I've either gotta try to find another (and they're ~$50 :yuck ) or sub in a Ravenous Trap (which is what I'm leaning toward right now). Ravenous Trap seems better against Dredge anyway. Some amount of Abrade and/or Shatterstorm seem like a must. I'd like to have access to a few Young Peezys for when it looks like I might get cut off from my graveyard. A few extra Lightning Axes, maybe a Sweltering Sun or two for creature heavy decks. (Anger of the Gods is kind of a no-go, since you don't want accidentally exile your own Phoenixes). Blood Moon is good against Tron, but I've also heard of people running Molten Rain + Surgical Extraction to hit Tron lands, which also seems pretty dope. Burn is a terrible match-up, so you want 2+ Dragon Claws to try to survive.

Sideboarding for Modern is basically impossible, you just pick a few of your worst or most likely matchups, and hope for the best.
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1929 on: March 07, 2019, 02:00:16 PM »
n/m Surgical Extractions are now ~$70. I can almost get an actual surgical extraction for that price. 😩
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1930 on: March 07, 2019, 03:32:50 PM »
Apparently the new premium set - "Modern Horizons" will contain no cards which are currently in modern, so no extraction reprint anytime soon  :'(

Unless of course Conspiracy 3 comes out this year or something, but thats not the kind of card you'd see in Conspiracy anyway :(
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« Reply #1931 on: March 07, 2019, 03:37:52 PM »
Yeah, Fetch Lands started spiking as soon as they announced no reprints for Modern Horizons. Scalding Tarn is up to $100 and Misty Rainforest is over $60.
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1932 on: March 07, 2019, 04:20:40 PM »
I'd like to play more modern but just don't have the time or money. I have a ponza shell which can be a pretty good deck but I have no idea about sideboarding and stuff. It's so good winning with a T2 Chandra Torch of Defiance on the play though :bow
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1933 on: March 07, 2019, 04:43:34 PM »
I’ve been slowly acquiring Modern staples over the past two years. I only needed Phoenix and and 2 Thing in the Ice for this build, which still cost me $125, but it’s cheap by Modern standards. The full deck is over a grand at this point, more than half of which is in Surgicals and Tarns. Maybe I should just sell it all now before they ban Faithless Looting, lol.
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1934 on: March 09, 2019, 06:08:53 AM »
Believe it or not my midrange browbeat brew has been performing pretty well. Managed to take down Gruul Aggro and Esper Conrol at fnm. Won 3 games off the back of Revival/Revenge alone. One time I domed for 10 gained 8 (saving me from death on the crackback), then triple lightning striked the next turn. Jaya Ballard has been a sick one-of. She can power out those risk factors like a pro and cycle the extra lands pulled from the sword-points. I've got the hang of sideboarding this thing pretty well now also.

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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1935 on: March 10, 2019, 07:42:29 PM »
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/closer-look-stained-glass-planeswalkers-2019-03-08

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What's more, each of these 36 Planeswalkers will have a planeswalker card in War of the Spark. (The card art will be different, though—in fact, these stained-glass versions aren't appearing on cards at all!)

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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1936 on: March 11, 2019, 12:30:42 PM »
Bleh, I had an awful time at Regionals on Saturday. I went 1-2 drop, which is never where you want to be, but the losses weren't as disheartening as the misplays. I let myself get rattled early and was making mistakes all over the board. I had a first round match up against Mono-Red Phoenix where I probably lost at least one game to a misplay. I tried to psyche myself up for round 2 and it seemed to work, as I had a fairly clean match against Grixis Death Shadow that I won 2-1 by making some smart plays. Round 3 I went up against Tron, which is a terrible match up that I wouldn't have felt bad about losing to, except in Game 2 I locked myself under my own Blood Moon with no blue sources, which was not a misplay because it probably kept me alive 3-4 extra turns, but then I kept forgetting about it and had to be reminded twice by my opponent, which made my feel like a jackass.

I've got an IQ this Saturday and I kinda want to just fall back to one of my comfort decks, Burn or Skred, but I'm gonna be a man. :shaking
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1937 on: March 11, 2019, 01:06:48 PM »
I guess they're moving planeswalkers back to rare from mythic at least for one set  :thinking
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« Reply #1938 on: March 11, 2019, 01:27:23 PM »
I guess they're moving planeswalkers back to rare from mythic at least for one set  :thinking

Does it even matter if they call them rare or a mythic if you’re guaranteed to get on in every pack? Unless there’s gonna be “uncommon” garbage walkers and then “rare” good ones, which certainly feels like a possibility. I mean, obviously all 36 of them won’t be playable, but I think for sure we’re going to get some amount of real ones and some that are designed like intro pack walkers.
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1939 on: March 11, 2019, 04:42:21 PM »
TYBALT II: ELECTRIC BUGALOO incoming
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« Reply #1940 on: March 11, 2019, 05:43:10 PM »
I hope they overcompensate and accidentally make New Tibalt the most broken planeswalker ever.
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1941 on: March 12, 2019, 05:27:10 AM »
Having a walker in every booster is gonna make limited interesting for sure. There will be some weird shit going on
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« Reply #1942 on: March 12, 2019, 05:28:19 AM »
I hope they overcompensate and accidentally make New Tibalt the most broken planeswalker ever.

My prediction - 1 mana walker
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1943 on: March 12, 2019, 08:54:50 AM »
I always thought they should make a Memnite planeswalker

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« Reply #1944 on: March 13, 2019, 05:26:07 PM »
i hope it's just a reprint of og tibalt  :heh
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1945 on: March 13, 2019, 06:08:36 PM »
Pretty sure I've read somewhere that none of them are reprints.

Been having fun with the current BO1 Ixalan drafts. Played about 12 rounds, never went below 5 wins :lawd

Love that set. Too bad it's out soon.

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Re: Magic: The Gathering
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1947 on: March 14, 2019, 05:32:17 PM »
That Yugioh video was half-cringe half-24 carat comedy. not bad though
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1948 on: March 14, 2019, 08:23:01 PM »
https://twitter.com/ChannelFireball/status/1105991184206446595

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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1949 on: March 14, 2019, 08:48:11 PM »
i still believe modern can still get to a place where control and midrange are generally better than the more linear strategies without bans. there needs to be a few holes filled, but overall, banning stuff like faithless looting takes more flavour out of the format. starting to taste like cardboard already. i also love the high variance relative to meta deck choice and sb decisions inherent to the format.
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Re: Magic: The Gathering
« Reply #1950 on: March 21, 2019, 03:21:12 AM »
the "Zoo" deck in the top 8 here seems about as midrange as Modern can get atm. Very interactive with some crazy shit in the sideboard. I cant see how Faith's Shield is better than God's Willing: prove me wrong!

edit: I guess if you have multiple attackers to get through a certain blocking scheme?

https://www.channelfireball.com/top-8-decklists-of-grand-prix-bilbao/

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