Damping Matrix


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition Rare
Mirrodin Rare

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Damping Matrix


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Damping Matrix Discussion

Oak_Guy on A +1/+1 Counter A Day Keeps The Weenies Away

2 days ago

I run a Kraj deck, and Willbreaker is SICK in that deck. Use Kraj to put a counter on an opponent's Indestructible creature, and you own it.

Heartstone is a low mana, inexpensive replacement for Training Grounds, either of them are very helpful.

Renegade Krasis is great early drop before you can get Kraj out, especially if someone is playing something like Damping Matrix and you need to beef up your creatures to block or attack.

And the new Partner Commander Thrasios, Triton Hero is perfect for this deck.

Colgate on Type-1 Eldrazi_Tribal..

3 days ago

You asked to be ruthless, so let's be then. You was warried about your BUG and Show and Tell MUs. Crucible of Worlds, Wasteland is nice combo in some decks, but not really fitting on mana hungry deck like Eldrazi Stompy. Crucible of Worlds is often do nothing, when opponent has basics or you don't have wasteland. Even when it does something it might be too slow and you might be better off by just beating with spaghetti. Sometimes it might win the game, if none of these problems occur and opponent doesn't have answer. Still I would rather go with something more synergistic with spaghetti stompy plan.

We can go down to 24 lands. Wasteland seems to provide least amount of utility, so let's go down to 3, now that we don't have Crucible of Worlds and with 24 lands we are less likely to trade Wasteland anyway.

2 slots now open in maindeck, add 2nd Umezawa's Jitte it's really good at killing small utility creatures and is the best way to beat Tarmogoyfs. Also move 1 Endbringer from side to main. I was first skeptical about Endbringer and thougt 6 mana is not worth it, but I've learnt 6 mana is well worth it. It can win against Ensnaring Bridge or Moat, can be put into play from Show and Tell to stop Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, pings annoying creatures away and when everything else fails, it can DRAW CARDS. We don't have too much card drawing luxury going.

For sideboard I would go something like this:
1 All Is Dust
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Pithing Needle
1 Endbringer
2 Ratchet Bomb
1 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
2 Warping Wail
2 Thorn of Amethyst

Leylines as gravehate, because they come down turn 0, are more difficult to answer and can shut down dredge.Damping Matrix hits our own stuf too, cots more and only does more than Pithing Needle against elves.

jparker-sartori21 on Hunted Sisters

1 week ago

@lagotripha-Thanks for the suggestion. I added Damping Matrix.

@Superabletie4-While it is important to get out an Illness in the Ranks ASAP Maelstrom Pulse can work in the meantime and the deck can control the game well while waiting for important cards. The ideal opening hand for casual play would be 1 illness, 3 Forbidden Orchard, 2 Blood Artist, and a Hunted Phantasm but for more competitive play you would want a Thoughtseize and maybe an Abrupt Decay.

lagotripha on The way to justify playing on paper

3 weeks ago

Nice. The deck will collapse to combo and creatureless strategies- I'll reccomend something like Ghirapur Orrery/Bottled Cloister or similar to help search out those avengers while spending all that mana.

Muse Vessel/Thought Prison/Orbs of Warding/Damping Matrix/Pithing Needle/Witchbane Orb might go a long way to improving the matchup. I'd consider Sylvan Caryatid maindeck, the extra point in toughness isn't massively important except when facing Anger of the Gods. Skinshifter has a lot of potential here.

diateone on Tokens-Clearly the Best Deck in Modern (Guide)

4 weeks ago

I think the deck looks great, but I would comment a few things:

-Selfless Spirit in the sb is really important.

-I would personally move Auriok Champion also to the sb.

-I think Zealous Persecution is perfectly mainboard-able.

-While Leyline of Sanctity is a great card, I feel Runed Halo covers a wider variety and is not so dependant on appearing on our initial hand.

-we dont really need to run 4 shocklands anymore. 3 Godless Shrine should suffice.

-I am currently testing Damping Matrix instead of Stony Silence, for tron/bant eldrazi (but actually covers a lot of decks). It is a more expensive combination of stony and Pithing Needle. It may be wrong, but I think is worth trying (and survives Eugene and All Is Dust).

For the rest, it is always nice to see people playying BW tokens. The deck is awesome and is a complete underdog eclipsed by the rise of tron decks these days... :(

Check my take on it! BW Tokens

lagotripha on Hunted Sisters

1 month ago

I'd consider Damping Matrix in place of stony silence if you want to cut white.

lagotripha on Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

1 month ago

I like the idea here, I'm tinkering and think it might work best as a Nahiri's Wrath control setup. Lotus Bloom is a fantastic card, but it does leave you with one less card in hand for 2 turns, so that should be taken into account. Telling Time could be Peer Through Depths as you're gonna be trying to cope with dead cards anyway, so topdeck control is likely less valuable than digging for an answer T2-3.

I feel like a Trophy Mage toolbox setup to search out spellweaver helix and mimic vat will be optimal, as it also gives access to Ensnaring Bridge. Damping Matrix/Imi Statue and Trinisphere, or a Fist of Suns/Inspiring Statuary combo. The only issue is the amount of affinity hate around, which would screw with reliability.

Sin Prodder and Nahiri's Wrath feel functional, but I don't know how well they'll actually fit into things- sorcery speed isn't really what you want for non-discard control. A little bit of me wants to cascade into Wheel of Fate then for ultimate BM, discard and card draw, but it feels cheap and gimicky.

The problem I've always had with the huge-huge spells style is that they spend most of the game as a blank card, so it tends to 'gum up' a deck's draws and hands unless you have a way of running less of them. Running just searing wind and instant search like Mystical Teachings might work, but then its just a different wincon on a mystical teachings deck.

All told, interesting idea- not sure quite how to pull it off, short of the weird mill variant I made. Good luck and happy brewing.

DevoidMage on What prison deck should I ...

1 month ago

Tron is the best prison deck in modern (best referring to the deck, not necessarily setting up the best prison). It keeps the board squeaky clean and just removes all of your opponents threats before killing them with some big dumb thing.

There's also Sun and Moon which is the RW prison deck that plays Blood Moon, Ghostly Prison, Nahiri, the Harbinger and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn to get the job done, it's a lot slower and has a lot more interaction.

Then there's the infamous Lantern control deck which locks your opponent out of drawing cards with Lantern of Insight and Codex Shredder, then stops them from attacking with Ensnaring Bridge and eventually mills them out for the win. This is the grindiest deck in modern.

If you're more on a budget, you can build a mono white prison style deck with like Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety, Magus of the Tabernacle, Suppression Field, and Damping Matrix. there's a ton of ways to build this sort of thing on a budget that can be found with a quick google / youtube search.

Lastly, if you want something a bit less prisony, just with prison elements, there's death and taxes that tries to land lock the opponent with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Leonin Arbiter, and Ghost Quarter then just beats down with white weenies.

Any of these are viable strategies in modern at the moment with Tron and Lantern being the highest tier'd options.

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