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1 hour ago
Totally disregarding lands, I'd cut: Everything Gus suggested, and Warstorm Surge , Wolf of Devil's Breach , Lord of Extinction , Grave Sifter , Counterspell (depending on how good your mana ends up being), Pull from Tomorrow , Urban Evolution (I think you want your ramp/draw to elemental-based, more efficient, or fix your mana), Titanic Ultimatum (take what I said about Counterspell and bring it up two levels), Conflux .
2 days ago
3 days ago
I think that the few slots that they have reserved for reprints will be used to fill in a few gaps here in there like Counterspell but I think that your right, the majority of the big name cards will be new cards which I'm 100% for! If they continue the trend of printing cards to boost lower tiered decks we could see a beautiful compromise. They could potentially finally give the players what they want while also pushing product so we'll see!
3 days ago
In my opinion, as mentioned before, cards that are "strictly better" or directly replace other cards that actually get played will not be printed because I anticipate a more "horizontal" approach to extending the card pool. And I'm almost positive that's how they're gonna sell the whole "Horizons" aspect of things to us once spoiler season is over. But who knows, they might not do that at all or make an exception with Counterspell .
I also want to point out that, from a monetary standpoint, they're much better off keeping the reprints down and make a great variety of "hommage" cards that fill a power gap between formats. The reason is that with doing so, they actually extend their target audience beyond modern, so they end up selling even more packs. Why reprint counterspell, when you could invent something like "UU-counter target non-enchantment spell" or something less narrow than existing spells, but not quite counterspell, at common. Everyone would eat that up.
All I'm trying to advocate here is for people to not get their hopes up too much, as I think they'll be disappointed.
3 days ago
I would also argue that Counterspell blanks against the current creature decks that we have. UW control exists because of Terminus , having Counterspell in hand while your opponent has a cavern and vial on the field feels awful
It definitely is not a auto include over what we have currently though. If 3 color tempo (death shadow is the closest thing we have now?) Ever wants a 2 mana counter that double UU in the early game can create for some awkward situations. Remand is still essential for tempo decks and 1 mans counters are still important for t1 interaction.
3 days ago
I ran about half dozen play tests with your deck. In most every situation I was mana screwed for the first five turns. In the only situation where the mana came up, I didn't draw any useful spells. that being said, there are a few things that need to be said:
1) FIRST AND FOREMOST decide what you want to do. The best decks do one thing and do it well. You're running 4 Thought Scour but it's not a mill deck. There's absolutely no synergy with that card anywhere else in the deck. You've got two giant planeswalkers but no way to accelerate your mana curve.
2) the mana issue is an issue. If you insist on running four colors, choose a primary. Green is a good choice because green usually has tons of acceleration and color fixing. Blue is also a good choice because you can draw into solutions.
3) my suggestion: take this with a grain of salt because I haven't looked at what new cards/decks/formats are out there in years so if I suggest something that isn't legal in your format, try and understand the idea and adjust accordingly. Run 12 forests with about 8-9 Rampant Growth so that includes Sakura-Tribe Elder , Nature's Lore , Farseek , Harrow , whatever. Up the Brainstorm to 4x because with so many shuffle effects it's the ultimate draw utility. I can't effing believe they brought Brainstorm back I feel like I'm about to cum. Anyway. Here's a fun thought: with enough ramping, you could go full basic. That allows you to mainboard a nonbasic hoser like Back to Basics of Blood Moon . Make all your utility spells no more than one off-color in the mana cost unless they're huge and you plan to take time to build up to them. Counterspell and Jund Charm are powerful, that's true, but only if you can reliably cast them.
3 days ago
You said it yourself, Mana Leak comes with the risk of being a blank in the late game so it comes with an inherent risk from a deckbuilding perspective, because the decks that want to play it usually want to go to the late game. Counterspell has no opportunity cost in that regard. A similar problem arises if you compare CS to Negate ... if it runs into a creature deck, and modern has lots of them, it's another potential blank. These cards aren't autoincludes. Therefore I still think Counterspell is too strong for modern, because it would in fact be a brainless autoinclude and make some other cards actually irrelevant, which I don't believe WotC wants.
3 days ago
I 100% think that we will get Counterspell , it would only replace 2-3 of the current 2 mana counters in UW control? I think that people over value it, it's essentially Mana Leak for UU up until about turn 4/5. I would also liked to see some playable version of FOW but I doubt that we will actually get FOW.
I would really love to see a nerfed Gush / Treasure Cruise . I want to play a traditional tempo deck so bad and I think that something like this (along with some free counter) would make it viable BUT I understand how risky and format warping that can be so I doubt we will actually get it. I honestly have no idea what it would even look like if we did get it.
I really want to see a weaker fetch land printed, maybe something like
tap: create a colorless mana tap: Pay 1 life: search for a mountain (or plains, ect....)
if they aren't going to reprint fetches to make them accessible then there should really be some kind of budget alternative that can be replaced later.
Counterspell occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.68%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.29%
U/B (Dimir): 2.59%
W/U (Azorius): 2.96%
U/R (Izzet): 1.8%
G/U (Simic): 1.65%
W/U/B (Esper): 1.4%
U/B/R (Grixis): 1.34%
GWU (Bant): 1.1%
BUG (Sultai): 1.08%