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As Alpine Moon enters the battlefield, choose a nonbasic land name.
Lands your opponents control with the chosen name lose all land types and abilities, and they gain "symbol:T: Gain one mana of any colour."
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Alpine Moon Discussion
1 week ago
Affinity by its correct term stands for the cards that reduce their cost for how many islands or forests, etc you have. (See Tangle Golem and Spire Golem). What affinity has changed to is simply the use of artifacts. I say this from the perspective of our opponents. I understand this is a different type of deck but when I turn one drop artifacts down my opponent goes oh he's playing Affinity. This is just another spin on the typical deck. Although it's not the standard use of affinity using the typical standard cards, because it still uses artifacts it isn't called anything else by anyone else I have played. Actually playing last Friday night (and getting 1st place) the consensus is that this deck is called: "Affinity?" and honestly that's perfect in my book. (That being said our player using the Jeskai Ascendancy combo deck has been called a Storm deck. I suppose both names are correct.) The game plan is definitely different but I still get low drop artifacts out and empty my hand just as quick but how the creatures get buffed are different; the synergy is just different. Ensoul Artifact and Tezzeret's Touch is still synergistic with the deck like I said it's just a different way to do it. I like this version because I find it's quicker than the standard Affinity deck and I needed speed to beat combo decks before they can go off. I just couldn't see myself playing Master of Etherium over Tezzeret's Touch because you would need 4-5 artifacts out that can swing when you play Master as opposed to Touch. that probably happens fairly frequently but my point just remains there are many ways to skin a cat. It may just be my meta but I haven't needed to deal with removal as much and when I do I can counter it fairly easily.
I have not had a problem with metalcraft except trying to use it turn one which is not the use for it here. Galvanic Blast is pretty much used to either close out the game, which by then should hit for 4, or hit a creature for 2 and kill their turn one Birds of Paradise. Shrapnel Blast is used similarly. My favorite play is hitting for 5 on turn 2, 10 on turn 3 (With either Touch or Shrapnel) and winning the next turn or sooner. Cranial Plating is just used to get another threat out. If for some reason my 5/5 creature does die or I want to swing for more, the equipment can just turn another cheerio into a threat. Also, very important here, you can attach Cranial Plating at instant speed for when they have an Ensnaring Bridge out. That has come in handy a few times.
Your deck including Ensoul Artifact is good but you failed to address the best removal in the format as you have said. Sure your artifacts have indestructible but that only stops one removal spell, Fatal Push but Abrupt Decay still hits the enchantment, Path to Exile still exiles your creature and Dismember still kills your creature. So it's a good deck but counterspells such as Stubborn Denial has worked out for me to counter these threats (not Abrupt Decay, honestly you can't really do anything against it if you play decks like these) as the opponent gets them. I do like the inclusion of the discard in black and that is most likely your way around the removal spells. I haven't touched black very often in this deck and although I want to I haven't found the need at this point but I still have the ability to. I like the sideboard consisting of more artifact targets to enchant or sacrifice. Important: the main card against any Affinity deck is Stony Silence and from the use of either my deck or yours (not including equipment, side them out) Nothing gets hit by silence.
I really like the modern gobots deck. It seems like a fun playstyle and I have not thought about putting together goblins with cherrios. It seems like a fast play, much of what I am trying to accomplish here. I'll stick to mine for now but I very much like the idea.
I was interested in your other deck at first simply because Ensoul Artifact was the featured card. My idea for unprivatizing my deck was to just show you this because I thought we could share ideas. This is not to say you couldn't run Ensoul Artifact in your sideboard or I couldn't run Alpine Moon. I thought its inclusion was very interesting. I also liked your manabase. I have to run different cards because I don't run as many artifacts like Ghirapur AEther Grid isn't as good for me but perhaps you may like adding Phyrexian Revoker. I also just feel in love with the card Torpor Orb and I see you may have already gotten a ton of usefulness out of it.
In conclusion I just liked to share my idea. Sure we run similar cards and the playstyle is definitely different but we could learn a little by getting out of the box and see your cards and you mine. I wish to keep these comments but because this is the deck I run I wish to privatize it again. If you want you can copy it before I do so.
2 weeks ago
An article on mana denial and no mention of Blood Moon, which restricts both the amount and type of mana nonbasics can produce?
My absolute favorite land destruction spell also wasn't mentioned: Mwonvuli Acid-Moss.
Finally it seems odd to talk about mana denial without mentioning the auras that turn your opponent's lands into Islands like Spreading Seas, which restrict color and type and also support an islandwalk game plan.
1 month ago
1 month ago
You'll definitely want to go up to at the very least 24 lands. You could run Stomping Ground or Cinder Glade. You could also splash black for Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire since s/he's really cool. To do this, Blood Crypt or Smoldering Marsh are available.
I would cut the Spit Flame and Banefire for Lightning Bolt and the 4th Draconic Roar, even though it hurts the dragon flavor. This is mostly because Bolt can go to face and as it stands, you don't have the mana to get a big Banefire going. The 3 damage from bolt will let you deal with most planeswalkers and provide any extra reach you need. I would also a 3-1 split of Glorybringer and Stormbreath Dragon since Stormbreath can't get hit with Path to Exile, which is pretty big.
I'd recommend going down to 1 Lathliss, Dragon Queen as she is very expensive, mana wise, and replace those two with Verix Bladewing, since he comes down much faster and can get you two dragons later in the game.
Cards like Adventurous Impulse and Vanquisher's Banner can always be helpful since one lets you sift through your deck to find what you need and the other buffs your team and rewards you for landing more dragons.
1 month ago
agreed its nowhere near as good in all areas... more so just attempting to mimic it as close as possible...at least deck philosophy of skred red.
Shivan Fire caught my attention because of its ability to grow in the late game in the way skred gets stronger as more snow permanents are in play... perhaps Banefire would be more suitable in this aspect... idk still just an idea t this point.
mimicing Blood Moon is by far the toughest thing to do... is this the main thing you were getting at with not having the same factors in standard as modern Boza?... Blood Sun/Alpine Moon seem to be dead in all scenarios i typically come across/can think of in arena....but Damping Sphere might be good in those izzet matchups with Guttersnipe/Electrostatic Field/Niv-Mizzet, Parun... otherwise just might be nice to slow the creatures from being all dumped into play in one turn against the merfolk matchups or similar.
Sarkahn is no koth but i figure he's a better option than Chandra, Bold Pyromancer (i think anyway...) Have his abilities be used to ditch the least useful card in hand to hopefully topdeck something more relevent and his other ability to lay down a threat like Verix Bladewing and still leave mana open for another burn spell of even just pay that kicker cost.... his ultimate of 4 5/5 flyers is kinda cool but yeah its not koths emblem by a long shot.
1 month ago
I have a crazy idea that maybe I can take a proven deck type like skred red and perhaps i can pull it off as a "strictly worse" variant in MTG Arena...like instead of Koth of the Hammer have Sarkhan, Fireblood...instead of Blood Moon have Damping Sphere/Blood Sun/Alpine Moon..... and instead of Skred... have Shivan Fire ext ect ect.
Here is the Deck list idea... anyone have any thoughts on this idea or suggestions?
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1 month ago
Etali Voltron could be unexpected and fun. Grows and protects him while making him a double threat as a creature and a Stealer.
Red also has other Voltron guys you can drop in, and you could potentially work in something like land destruction to set opponents back.
Coupled with the high number of copy-cards red offers, you could hit 2 - 3 lands per turn mid-game. And with Charmbreaker Devils you can just get them back.
Sweep in with literally any Eldrazi with Annihilator for global wincons.
That's the basic design I'm working on for Atarka, World Render, albeit not as focused on land destruction. But you've got less colors, so go more all-in.