Magical Monday 8.25.14

Well i am finally back from Gencon. The trip was a blast like always. With the down sides of both a painful return trip and post travel illness. So a sweet twofor kick in the balls for me. But lets get into so magics.

Found out that my local shop has one invite to Cardmageddon (man i hope i spelled that right). I guess it is a large tournament with a Vegas spin on it, with rebuys in and lots of different formats. Sounds hot. But i am not wasting my time on a trip to Vegas with out much prompting from the wife.

Don’t think i should tell her that we could just pay 42$ to enter…. and go with out having to win an invite locally. No best not.

In addition to the “main” prize The Arena will have its normal real tournament prize pool. They always have the real deal there when it comes to prize support. Well at least in my eyes.

So needless to say i want to do well. Meaning that i have to play something other then draft and i have to have the deck ready by Saturday…

So time to hit the old kitchen table and see whats brewing and what i might need card wise.

I have a green/black dredge style deck that i have been playing for a while now. It has had a lot of changes made to it over the last year but i like where it is at more or less it is strong vs a lot of the field but it can stumble on mana as it has a swell of 3 casting cost cards.

I also have been playing with a that Black/Red control list. Think with some of the new m15 cards there is finally a super good deck there. But i don’t have a lot of the new M15 cards. Well i have lots of sealed packs waiting for family fun drafts….

Then there the Green/Blue deck that i have been fiddling with. It is a lot like what Reed Duke was playing this weekend but not as good. So i think i might steal like 99% of his list. But i need to find more Yisans. But seems like a deck right up my alley.

I was saying the other day that i think i am a grixs mage but i am just as much as Simic mage as a grixs mage. Oh if only Islands weren’t the best land ever maybe i could play something else.

Okay so this could be misdirection or the real deal so any one from the shop take it with a grain of salt this is my dredge list as it stands right now.

3 Deathrite
4 Wayfinders
3 Pack Rat
3 Lotheth Troll
3 Courser of Kruphix
3 Nyx Weaver
1 Herald of Torment
2 Pharika
1 Whip
1 Bow
1 Doomwake
1 Eidolon of Blossoms
1 Jarad

4 Grisly Salvage
2 Underworld Connections
3 Downfall
2 Abrupt Decay

24 lands

Sideboard full of removal and discard spells.

I almost feel like i need to make room for Lillana Vess or one of the other 2 planeswalkers in my colors. I could also see making room for Walls of Mulch… So much g/b goodness right now.

Thoughts?

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Magical Monday 8.11.14

My son is a life gain junky. No really. He would rather gain some amount of life every turn then deal some of damage every turn. So with that i want to give him a way to gain life and maybe win once and a while.

This is what i came up with.

4 Soulmender

4 Nyx-Fleece Ram
4 Ajani’s Pridemate
4 Oreskos Sun Guide
4 Generator Servant

2 of Soul of Theros/Archangel of Thune

4 Soul Bonds
4 Return to the Ranks
4 Raise the Alarm

2 Lightning Volley
2 Purphoros

22 lands

Now i know what you are thinking…. WTF mate? Life gain is just bad, friends don’t let friend’s sons play life gain.

Well he is going to do it anyway, so maybe if i can get him to have “his life gain deck” he can stop drafting life gain so highly and maybe just maybe he will take the Cone of Flame over Congregate pick one pack one….

Everything costs 2 or less other then the 2 of Soul of Theros/Archangel of Thune and the other surprise finishers… Archangel is real nice and other than it is about to rotate out i think he would be very happy with it in this deck. But he is very weird about wanting to build for post rotation which is silly in my eyes as once the rotation hits there just might be a much better deck for him.

Purphoros is great in any deck that has lots of cheep men entering play. Just so happens if all these little dudes croak Return to the Ranks just picks them back up. Casting them from your hand or saving them with a Return to the Ranks triggers Soul Bonds which makes even more guys.

And i just wanted to try something insane like Lightning Volley.

Now we could tweak this a hair and cut the Oreskos Sun Guides which we normally like because we can just go nuts with them if they die we can just rebuy them. But if we do cut them we can add 2 lands and two Heliods…

All the value…

Generator Servants are both cheep men to play and a real kick in the nuts if you go t2 Soul Bond t3 Servant+tokan t4 Soul of Theros/Archangel of Thune.

Okay time to bounce.

Gencon is this week so i might or might not have something while i am out and or the Magic Monday might have to wait until Tuesday again..

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Ps: More my style but along these same lines.

4 Hopeful Eidolon
4 Nyx-Fleece Ram
4 Underworld Coinsmith
4 Baleful Eidolon
2 Hero of Iroas
2 Gnawing Zombie
4 Pack Rat
4 Grim Guardian
2 of Soul of Theros/Archangel of Thune
4 Soul Bonds
4 Return to the Ranks

22 lands

Magical Monday 8.4.14

Do i need to tell you that Modern/multicolor is still rolling around in my brain?  I would hope not as Glittering Wish is just super in my eyes right now.

 

Just look at last weeks list with a few things moved to the sideboard and wishes added.

9
2 Ajani Vengeant
3 Kiora, the Crashing Wave
2 Ral Zarek
1 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
1 Xenagos, the Reveler

20

4 Lighting Helix
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Jund Charm
2 Electrolyze
2 Counterflux
2 Voilslime
1 Mystic Snake
4 Glittering Wish

6

1 Geist of Saint Traft
2 Kitchen Finks
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Olivia Voldaren
1 Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice

22
4 Mana Confluence
4 Pillar of the Paruns
4 Gemstone Mine
4 Reflecting Pool
2 Forbidden Orchard
2 Forest
1 Island/Swamp/Plains
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Side
1 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
1 Venser, the Sojourner
1 Geist of Saint Traft
1 Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius
Just with those changes the deck takes a real twist. If we flush out the rest of our tool box some, trying to be careful not to go toooo tool boxy i have the following short list.

Meddling Mage
Qasali Pridemage
Fleecemane Lion / Doran, the Siege Tower
Dreadbore
Harmonic Sliver
Fulminator Mage
Firespout
Detention Sphere
Treasured Find
Terminate
Supreme Verdict
Rakdos’s Return
And a mix of all the different cards with the word charm in them.
Here is a link if you want to see all the gold + modern charms

The downsides of Wish is it is a sorcery and they get to know what you are bringing in but the pure power level is off the chart right now. But can this deck beat the big decks right now?

I don’t know.

But i have another list in the works in the back of my brain, also using our going gold mana base with wish and charms but this one is much more Control/combo like.

I plan to use things like
Dreadbore
Abrupt Decay
Maelstrom Pulse
Firespout
Supreme Verdict
to keep the board clean

Lighting Helix
Blightning
Electrolyze
to disrupt

Glittering Wish
Treasured Find
Glimpse the Unthinkable
Breaking // Entering
Nyx Weaver

To self mill/tutor for
Flesh // Blood
and
Spellheart Chimera

to kill with.

Is it good? I don’t know. It is fast? not as fast as some of the decks out there. But it could really lock things up until you decide to win.

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Magical Monday 7.28.14

Secrets, we all have them. And odds are you have some in your deck but how guarded are you really? Right now on my kitchen table are 3 decks, both standard and not that i have been playing or working on for a while now. Never played them out side of the house. Never talked with anyone about them other then my family.

But why?

It is not like i can play any thing other then draft locally any more. Last FNM i tried to play in the standard to get to use some of the cards before they rotated out but that pod wasn’t going to fill and if i wanted to play i needed to move to draft. Which i did. And it couldn’t go much better with the boy and i drawing in the finals for a nice pile of packs.

See draft is a good example of secrets, or at least for me. Once the draft is over i start building right in my seat. I will answer questions and whatnot but more or less anyone that has wondering eyes could see how i am start my deck. But once i have it laid out it gets turned over and i wont talk about it.

Weird, right?

But then i tend to make changes both during the tournament and right before round 1  starts. I have always thought of this as more as my conscious brain catching up to something my subconscious mind wants me to change. But how much of that is just me wanting to throw people off my game plan? See, Secrets….

Well i am not going to talk about my Secret decks i am still hoping to hit up a few games before the rotation for some value. However, i want to share some things i think are real in the modern meta and what i am working on to feel good about playing in that format.

  • 4 1/1 fliers for 5 mana over 1 to 2 turns is good
  • Manlands are still good
  • Lighting bolt is a still a real magic card
  • “Twin” is still a bull shit deck
  • Discard is still a thing
  • Other then a few lands that eat other lands and blood moon there is no real LD right now.

 

So i already have my one modern deck, which is kinda one of those Secret decks so i wont get in to it other then saying it could use some cards and it is really a meta game deck. Once people see it and prepare for it, it will not be as good. So i need another better all the time deck.

Also i need to own or be able to trade for those cards fairly easily.

So i am back to my gold deck mana base/deck.

Last week i had this:

4 City of Brass
4 Mana Confluence
4 Pillar of the Paruns
4 Gemstone Mine
4 Reflectiong Pool
2 Forest
1 Miren, the Moaning Well (For decks with lots of mans)
x Vesuva/Forbidden Orchard??

And it is good but i have been thinking more and more about how i like to play and i can cut some things and add some things for my personal mana so i will look at that after i have my deck list.

More i play these gold planeswalkers and the more coverage i watch and more i learn of the modern meta the better i like them.

Kiora, and Ral Zarek are insane cards.  Ashiok and Xenagos are almost as good but just a hair under. Ajani Vengeant has been an allstar in more then 1 or 2 of my older decks.  And i just know that Sorin is a house. I just know it.

14

1 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
2 Ajani Vengeant
3 Kiora, the Crashing Wave
2 Ral Zarek
1 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
1 Xenagos, the Reveler
1 Venser, the Sojourner

16

4 Lighting Helix
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Jund Charm
2 Electrolyze
2 Counterflux
2 Voilslime
1 Mystic Snake

8

2 Geist of Saint Traft
2 Kitchen Finks
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Olivia Voldaren
1 Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice
1 Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius

22
4 Mana Confluence
4 Pillar of the Paruns
4 Gemstone Mine
4 Reflecting Pool
2 Forbidden Orchard
2 Forest
1 Island/Swamp/Plains
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Okay so here is the deal, we use the one Urborg to help with life loss from Mana Confluence when we can help it as well as keeping counters on Gemstone mines. I just feel like we have to run some number of basics the 2 forests are a hedge against Blood Moon decks as i am sure will will have some kind of Dispel effect in the sideboard… Golgari Charm/Qasali Pridemage?

I would like to fit 4 Fleecemane Lion in the build. I really love that card right now. Sure Liliana can still get to it. But hopefully you can deal with her before things get carried away.

Olivia/Trostani/Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius are cards i don’t have any experience with myself. But they feel super good to me. Trostani might be too cute. But i like the idea of landing almost any planeswalker along side her and sooner or later having a nasty life gain engine running.

This is what i would run if i had a modern event today plus picking up like 5 cards. Olivia/Trostani/Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius/Sorin, Lord of Innistrad/2 Geist of Saint Traft

Magical Monday on Tuesday 7.22.14

Sorry for the late post guys, got some junk going on in the real world that needed my attention and just didn’t have the list ready to go. Past of my problem is that it is is modern time again and i don’t really know the modern meta, although i am crunching as fast as i can….

 

Something i think that might be good is something i saw from Kibler, a Pillar of the Paruns build around. And i do really like his list with a few tweaks. But this is not about how i would tweak his list this is how i steal his shell and run.

4 City of Brass
4 Mana Confluence
4 Pillar of the Paruns
4 Gemstone Mine
4 Reflectiong Pool
2 Forest
1 Miren, the Moaning Well (For decks with lots of mans)
x Vesuva/Forbidden Orchard??

But unlike Kibler, i like the idea of a much more control deck and Planeswalkers…

Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
Ajani Vengeant
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Ral Zarek
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Xenagos, the Reveler
Venser, the Sojourner
Vraska the Unseen

I also like removal.
Abrupt Decay
Terminate
Lighting Helix
Firespout

And counter spells
Counterflux
Voilslime

Mens
Fleecemane Lion
Qasali Pridemage
Coiling Oracle
Kitchen Finks
Fulminator Mage
Doran, the Siege Tower
Mystic Snake
Murderous Redcap
Huntmaster of the Fells

Oh and all the 2+ color “Charm” spells

Wow that is a list of powerful spells. Assuming 36 non land spells what can we build?

3 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
2 Ajani Vengeant
2 Vraska the Unseen
4 Venser, the Sojourner

4 Coiling Oracle
4 Kitchen Finks
4 Mystic Snake
2 Murderous Redcap
2 Huntmaster of the Fells

3 Abrupt Decay
4 Counterflux
4 Voilslime

Gold Control? Ie Venser, is the man he is resetting everything, yes including other planeswalkers.

Did you know there are 15 gold planeswalkers and 12 of them are good in a all planeswalkers deck? I don’t think a deck like that is super good but for fun, maybe?

Okay my Gold Agro deck

3 Domri Rade
2 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
2 Venser, the Sojourner

4 Qasali Pridemage
4 Kitchen Finks
2 Murderous Redcap
4 Fanatic of Xenagos
2 Anathemancer
1 Hellhole Rats
4 Spark Trooper

3 Abrupt Decay
2 Terminate
3 Lighting Helix

There are a lot of non-mans in the deck but not so many that Domri Rade wont hit. But still puts Venser to work.

Gold Goldfish
4 Lighting Helix
4 Boros Charm
2 Golgari Charm
4 Selesnya Charm

3 Qasali Pridemage
4 Sedraxis Specter
4 Kitchen Finks
4 Fanatic of Xenagos
4 Spark Trooper
4 Giant Solifuge
– 1 land

 

Now i know i don’t know about 7 years of cards in modern so these are mostly using cards i either remember or have seen being playing in modern by other players. But i think going gold is a real thing here. Also i just happen to have the mana base for going gold vs a normal modern mana base. No fetch lands for me. :(

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Magical Monday 7.14.14

I have been brewing, how about you? M15 is hereish and i managed to hit a pre-release  for a change.

Honestly, i got to knock out a “standard chaos” draft for FNM and do a  sealed pre-release. Went 3-1 on the draft and ended up 3rd, went 2-2 in the sealed. What can i say had a few games when i was in it but was out played aka super fun games and a game each where i was flooded/screwed was no were near being in it and those games were less fun. But over all i think my decks were good maybe needed to mull to 5 against the agro red deck with  land, land, 3 drop wall that makes a 1/1 and 2 six mana spells but i thought hell i have 16 lands left in my deck i could hit a land in the first 4 draw steps right? Nope. Also my opponent curved out in an amazing way and just crushed me completely. My wall and squid would have bought me a few turns but it was a loosing battle at that point.

Alright lets just to the good stuff this weeks deck list: Cord is Back in Town!

3 Elvish Mystic
4 Sylvan Caryatid
4 Courser of Kruphix

2 Kiora, the Crashing Wave
3 Setessan Tactics
4 Chord of Calling

2 Scavenging Ooze
2 Polukranos, World Eater

1 Wasteland Viper
1 Deathrite Shaman

1 Skylasher
1 Fleecemane Lion

1 Daring Thief
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Yisan, the Wanderer Bard
1 Pharika, God of Affliction

1 Reaper of the Wilds
1 Nylea’s Disciple
1 Ephara, God of the Polis

1 Prophet of Kruphix
1 Mnemonic Wall

24
4 U/G shock dual
4 U/G temple
4 W/G shock dual
2 W/G temple
4 forest
4 island
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

 

First of all current green standard package of Elvish Mystic/Caryatid/Courser those 3 cards together are just a powerhouse. Kiora, Polukranos and Tactics are our control/removal package.  Ooze is just a powerhouse on its own right now, it is a beating in any deck that uses creatures to attack.

But then we have my idea of a cord tool box in standard today, this tool box by the way is also tooled some to allow Yisan to hit as often as possible. I really would like something like a Whitemane Lion, to reset a few of the creatures but there just is not any one as good as he was at doing that. I know we have Quickling and it is kinda close but i feel it is overly “fixed” but i think i have to try some in the board.

So lets look at the hits in my tool box.

 

At 1, Wasteland Viper and Deathrite Shaman: both 1/2s which depending on the zerg in your area could be relevant. Viper is a removal spell and then some once and a while. Deathrite is one of the best tool box cards ever printed. He is banded for being too good in modern so play him while you still can.

At 2,  Skylasher and Fleecemane Lion: both of these guys just crush some match ups. Blue decks have issues with the 2/2 pro blue reach power house and almost every deck has issues with a monsterous lion i mean it did when a Pro Tour.

At 3, Daring Thief, Reclamation Sage,  Yisan, Pharika: when theif is good it is amazing, when it doesn’t… i don’t want it. Sage is just a beating like Viridian Shaman was in Mirrodin. Yisan is like birthing pod and cord’s love child with legs. His only down side is he is slow hence cord and one of the five drops. Pharika is just insane. I will play her in ever deck that has men in it as long as she makes sense unlike one of my 4 drops she might get to attack once and a while.

 

4s, Reaper of the Wilds, Nylea’s Disciple,  Ephara, God of the Polis: Reaper is just another insane magic card if there are creatures to kill and/or watch die he is in.  Disciple is one of those real single use cards, when i want to gain 2-6 hits points a 3/3 body is a nice perk. Ephara, is a draw engine. I could use Eidolon of Blossoms but i would have to warp things to make it fit, Ephara already seems to fit assuming i can get her on the board.

5s  Prophet of Kruphix and Mnemonic Wall: The wall is like eternal witness in modern but instead of a 2/1 you get a 0/5. Not the best, but also not the worse.  If i ever get Prophet down and keep it down for a few turns i don’t think i can loose the game.

 

I don’t have a sideboard yet. And i don’t know if i will. I mean Khans of Tarkir hits us when? A month maybe two? If there is a tournament that i might hit up i might add it to the maybe list but for now it is just the first of many Cord decks floating around in my head.

 

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SheSamius and the Springfling

I told people in yesterdays livestream chat that i would finally talk a little bit about SheSamius and how i am looking at things under the springfling rules.

First off for those that don’t know the Springfling is the fancy name we are using for the static group with myself, Lessah, Jerry and more! You can watch the stream from 5 different POVs. My stream, Lessah’s, DDoStream, Grim’s and this 4way multitwitch every Wednesday at noon:30 CST for about 2 hours depending on the POV you are watching. Jerry having already knocking out an hour over his lunch break can only play for another hour. Man his job sucks right? He can only play ddo with us for an hour a week in his office… Anyway most of the rest of the group tends to stick around and hunt loot or generally have fun.

Okay now that is out of the way, lets look at the build or my process anyway. I had a few expectations for my role in the Fling.

  • Cap is probably about level 15 at best
  • Be the guy that gets things done
  • Don’t die, or if i do it better be because the odds were very overwhelming
  • Getting gear is a crap shoot so plan on nothing ever
  • Have a list quest with cherry gear to “farm” for when the cry for momentum happens

With those goals in mind and the lack of jhealz in the email train i decided to be the jhealzer. Keep in mind most of the group planed on secondary heals or being mostly able to heal themselves so by being the healer to me means when the shit hits the fan i swap from dps to spam as much as i can and keep people moving. The rest of the time i am captain of my own ship. Also anyone that has been around the last few CtHs knows that ranged is just where the game is in my opinion. So i wanted a ranged clr that has no idea if any gear/plat will make it into my hands.

Arcane Archer was a easy call, most of the tree is good with or without gear. Warpriest like was was a easy call for the gearless, Resilience of Battle is really really good. And the race was really decided by wanting to use the Tharashk dragon mark to help with chests. The plan is 4 ranger for Paralyzing Arrows and Soul Magic then max out on Clr levels.

Knowing that spell DCs will never matter i did enough Wisdom to cast all my spells with an item or wand/spell boost, ie 14. Then focused on Con and Dex (we do want IPS i think… ). You can kill almost anything if you have the hp to live and the Dex to hit it if you are ranged. The details of the build really don’t matter unless people want to keep this going after the summer, but i am hopping by then my play times will have had to change back to a normal schedule.

So that gear list, quest rewards will be more likely then chest items but some chest items are good enough to hunt. Also he happened to hit the cove so some pieces from there is huge.

  • Silver Longbow – The Church and the Cult – Got it!
  • Stalwart Trinket – Treasure of Crystal Cove – Got it!
  • Cavalry Plate (8) – Treasure of Crystal Cove – Got it!
  • Cove Hat (Wisdom/jump) – Treasure of Crystal Cove – Got it!
  • Splinterskull Acolyte Ring – Splinterskull
  • Serpentbranch – Delera’s Tomb
  • Quicksilver Cassok/Bubble Belt – Cult of the Six
  • Spectacular Optics/Rabbit Gloves – The Abandoned Excavation
  • Ring of Balance – Invasion Tokens
  • Nightforge Gorget/Nightforge Plate/Nightforge Armbands – A Relic of a Sovereign Past (Adamantine Ore collectible) – Soon i will be able to casual farm for these.
  • Giantcraft Plate Armor – Turn in 10 Ancient Giant Relics – Also can farm soon
  • Collapsible Shortbow/Firestorm Greaves – Sands of Menechtarun Explorer

So looking at my list you might notice a few things, first i am looking for good weapons and armor to build my toolbox but other slots are generally good stuff.  Also most of the things on my list have good drop rates or can be solo farmed once cracked by the team. Finally i didn’t list any of the xp boosting items. Not because they are auto includes but because on first live guys where will be farming some items i will end up playing catch up almost by happenstance.

 

Well that is the over all plan, things like this are made to change. In a static group there is a lot of going with the flow and this char is one that is the most easy to shift and role fill. Sure she can’t trap or umd but she can switch things around otherwise simi easily and cover that role fairly well.

 

Okay hope to see you in the chat on Wednesday.

 

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