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Ceremonious Rejection Discussion
4 days ago
Your sideboard could use some tuning. For example you don't need surgical extraction if it is your main card for Dredge and graveyard decks. Honestly even though you are a Logic Knot snapcaster deck. Rest in Peace against dredge is still lights out and you will sideout knot anyway. I also think the number of Blessed Alliance should go up what with Burn and Death shadow being difficult matchups. No Stony Silence that card is really good against artifact decks obviously. I would try and find some room to make 2 slots for it. Why Celestial Purge? Not a fan of thougtseize. Card:Ceremonious Rejection however would be a fine replacement. Last but not least another threat plan when your opponent sides in izzet staticaster to kill your tokens. Something like Elspeth, Sun's Champion or Baneslayer Angel. Why baneslayer first strike blocks reality smasher. Lifelink for the aggro matchups. Hard to deal with being a 5/5
5 days ago
I ran this out late night, and went 3-2. I'm no pro, having won the "Worst Magic Player" award in 1994 & 2015.
I wasn't ran over by aggro in my losses, but the lack of interaction early did allow my opponents to set up their combo pieces for some frustrating mid-game losses...because I was soooooooo close to a pay off!
Having 9-11 lands on the battlefield by turn 4 wasn't uncommon, but I most of the time I felt like I wasn't ramping into anything because I'd have no real action in hand. I'm thinking that a couple of Pull from Tomorrows would help out with that, or maybe some Censors for early control and/or cycling.
I never had the chance to cast either Coax from the Blind Eternities, Rise from the Tides, nor Sphinx of the Final Word. My wins came from awakening Part the Waterveil, Crush of Tentacles, and some massive 14+ damage Burn from Withins.
Five games is a very small sample size, but hopefully the feedback helps tune this deck up. :)
1 week ago
To start, I played the list with Thought Scour in a few tournaments with only okay results. I found that my opening hand oftentimes had a lot of cards that didn't do anything. Kalitas isn't useful until turn 4, Bloodghast doesn't interact with my opponent, and my cantrips don't interact either. A single piece of removal or a single discard spell plus a few cards that don't interact is a miserable hand in this meta, where pretty much every deck, especially Death's Shadow, requires constant pressure to beat. Basically in this meta I am not a proactive deck, I am the reactive control deck that needs to be interacting with the opponent pretty much constantly. Thought Scour was not useful in accomplishing this goal. So, I cut Thought Scour and the 3rd Tasigur.
After that I tweaked my interaction suite a bit. I'm back up to 2 Thoughtseize and 2 Inquisition of Kozilek instead of just 2 Thoughtseize. Discard I think is really good right now. Next I adjusted the removal to have 1 Fatal Push. Push is really good, but I want to be on 4 Lightning Bolt right now and since there are quite a few Tasigur, the Golden Fang and Gurmag Anglers running around, I don't want more than 2 Push tops, but for now I'm sticking to 1.
The last weird change I made was to add 2 Dispel to the mainboard. Dispel is amazing against every deck except Eldrazitron, which is a lost cause game 1 anyway. It counters Stubborn Denial, Path to Exile, and Collected Company, which is everything I care about. It's only a 1 mana investment and playing it so far, it has been amazing. The little bit of permission it brings is just enough to be super useful.
For the sideboard, it's mostly the same, but talking to people at my LGS, I should be playing Ceremonious Rejection instead of Blood Moon because I have Snapcaster Mage. Also a second Nihil Spellbomb over Rakdos Charm because spellbomb is so much better right now.
1 week ago
clayperce, my friend, I would be audibly cheering you on if I weren't surrounded by people.
Not only is your control-magic game ON POINT (Ceremonious Rejection and all the exile spells are my favorite), but we seem to be having identical thoughts about the inherent "beatability" of Marvel. I'm surprised at the banning, even if there is no sorrow whatsoever in my psyche at the news.
To your HOU point, I think Bolas might have competed for a slot with maybe Razaketh or one of Bolas's forgotten pocket-gods of Amonkhet...they will be printed under the old paradigm of "push the story spotlight cards" and will therefore are more likely to be extremely powerful. Which is the only reason I could fathom the banning.
1 week ago
Which kind of goes to my point: Marvel was certainly beatable ... that was true with Emrakul and it was VERY true with Ulamog. I'm personally surprised they banned it. Unless there's something coming in HOU that would have made the deck even better (or worse, depending on which side of the table you're on) ...
1 week ago
Oh, I know. It's just that countering Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger with Ceremonious Rejection (though leaving the cast trigger) actually seems better than Stifle countering only his attack trigger.
1 week ago
1 week ago
No more needing Ceremonious Rejection such a bad card 90% of the time.