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Damping Matrix Discussion
3 weeks ago
@snapdisastermage I get you, every so often I find that creatures can just shit on me because my deck isn't formatted against them. Mystic Remora can also be seen as a stax piece because the more competitive of an environment you are in the more cards you will draw or stop from being played. I guess you can play a Birthing Pod package because you have all of the colors or Yisan, the Wanderer Bard combo.
4 weeks ago
4x Blood Moon
1x Bonfire of the Damned
4x Chalice of the Void
4x Chandra, Torch of Defiance
3x Desperate Ritual
4x Ensnaring Bridge
3x Gemstone Caverns
2x Goblin Charbelcher
4x Goblin Rabblemaster
1x Hazoret the Fervent
2x Magus of the Moon
2x Pyretic Ritual
4x Simian Spirit Guide
2x Walking Ballista
2 months ago
2 months ago
I've been trying for a while to find a way to play a competitive Dragon deck in Modern, but I'd like to know your experience with similar decks since I haven't been able to try it extensively.
Here's what I've come up so far: Hic sunt Dracones
Main wincons are ramping dragons at turn 2 - 3 with Arbor Elf + Utopia Sprawl, then deal damage with Dragon Tempest / Scourge of Valkas or flying combat damage, while deterring attacks with Slumbering Dragon.
I've seen plenty of Dragon Decks and studied/tried them, but I feel this combination is the fastest. I'm also using in my side Damping Matrix (Arbor Elfs out for it) to block quite a lot of decks. I feel it's perfect in a Dragon Deck, since they all have trigger abilities.
What do you guys think?
2 months ago
Hey, looks like you already got some great advice I'll add just a bit. If you are up against competitive combo decks I think MLD and hate cards are the way to go. Depending on the combos cards like Rule of Law, Aura of Silence, Chancellor of the Annex and Angelic Arbiter are all pretty good. You could also add in Leyline of the Void, Stony Silence, Null Rod, Cursed Totem, Thorn of Amethyst, Damping Matrix, etc etc to hate on specific decks. Anyways, hope that helps!
P.s. Sneak Attack as a back up to Kaalia might not hurt either.
4 months ago
Not to worry! There are a lot of ways to speed things up. Looking at your list, here are a few things that I recommend:
This is something I plan to address, but haven't had the time to write up quite yet. Some of the answers you're looking for are in the replies I've made in the comments - I will add a section like this soon enough.
4 months ago
Very much liked your comments on wider hate cards. Added three Ratchet Bomb because of its wider applications. I still think Damping Matrix is a solid include though because it pretty much just wins the game on its own vs Affinity.
4 months ago
Your deck certainly has some good cards. It looks pretty midrange (lots of removal and hand disruption), though, which isn't necessarily where I think Vampires should be in Modern. The Eldrazi deck is on the same curve and will simply run you over. The same will likely occur if you go up against a tuned Jund list. I like the mainboard hand disruption, but I'd still like to see Damping Matrix in your sideboard for Affinity. You need it.
I'd opt for a quicker and more aggressive curve to place opponents on the back foot and end the game rapidly. You aren't likely to beat the midrange decks of the format with the way you're configured (Eldrazi and Jund are not constructed by tribe and thus have better creatures, on a one-for-one basis). Merfolk and Elves need to be outraced, though I think your hand disruption cards will give you a good chance against them if you draw them early.
For your mana base, I like Ghost Quarter (run more!) for Tron and Eldrazi. You should consider playing (if you're not on a budget) three to four Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth alongside Mutavault and Cavern of Souls. If you want to keep it mostly basics because you've got a lot of Blood Moon in your meta, that's your call. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx might be a decent one-of as well since your permanents are all black.
Overall I think it looks okay here, but you can definitely do better if you're not on a budget. You're definitely going to lose more than win against certain top-tier Modern lists.
Have a look at my budget aggro list again; I've updated the (budget) sideboard to represent what I think constitutes a good one in Modern right now. I still think aggro is where Vampires belong, because other deck archetypes simply do better at midrange than Vampires can do, in my experience and opinion.
I guess the question you should be asking yourself is: "If I want to play midrange in Modern, without budgetary restriction, why play Vampires?" From a midrange perspective, what does Vampire tribal bring to the table that other archetypes like Abzan or Jund lack?
The above is why I think if you're building competitive Vampires in Modern, you kind of have to go aggro. If midrange is more your style, you'd be much better served playing the established archetypes of Jund or Abzan (Liliana of the Veil is just so powerful). In my view, Vampires is simply worse at midrange than both of these archetypes.