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Damping Matrix Discussion
1 month ago
1 month ago
I actually already replaced Naked Singularity with Teferi's Realm because that is ho estly one of the craziest game changing cards I've played with and it was perfect at the time. Honestly, cards like Dryad Militant and Damping Matrix are on the chopping block
1 month ago
So as far as sideboard goes I think you immediately want both Fulminator Mage (expensive I know the alternative would be something like Ghost Quarter) and then Surgical Extraction (budget option is Lost Legacy). I would play 2 Gatekeeper of Malakir in the side for some extra removal which also gives you a creature and devotion.
Other cards to consider are Collective Brutality, Relic of Progenitus, Damping Matrix (solely for affinity as you cant use Stony Silence), Pithing Needle, Tormod's Crypt, and a board wipe preferably Damnation but again it is expensive.
Another interesting option is to play a couple Blood Crypt and Bloodstained Mire in the main, and then play Blood Moon in the side. This would hate on non-basic heavy decks like Shadow, Affinity, and Tron. If you did this you would also get access to red artifact removal in the side but the red sources would mainly be for Blood Moon.
Death & Taxes could be tricky as if they are experienced they will know to bring an agro package of Mirran Crusader; this is where the board wipe comes in handy as there are no great colorless removal spells.
If any of the decks you listed particularly worry you let me know and I can help you hate on that matchup in the side a bit more.
1 month ago
Lightning_Blot oh yes. I might actually add straight hate like Stony Silence, Solemnity and Damping Matrix and tweak the deck so i can just main hate and not care. I want combo players to cry and everyone else to just hate me.
2 months ago
I still think the artifact/land balance doesn't make a good manabase. Without mana crypt or sol ring there is no turn 1 acceleration and you have only 30 lands in total. the land count is fine, but only if you have enough cheap other mana sources...preferrably those which produce more mana than they cost. there's still the 3 available moxen, Lotus Petal, Mana Vault, Grim Monolith (and Voltaic Key to untap the rocks that produce more than one mana) and with so many high cmc spells in your deck I would definitely play all of them.
With back to basics you obviously want to have more Basic lands but you can play all fetchlands that include your three colours, not only exactly your colour combinations. I would play the duals and shocklands, which means only 6 lands in the deck would be nonbasics (and other than back to Basics there's nothing global against nonbasics in your own deck anyway), Marsh Flats, Polluted Delta, Flooded Strand (exactly your colours) AND Scalding Tarn, Misty Rainforest, Arid Mesa, Windswept Heath, Verdant Catacombs. Then fill the rest with Basics and you still have a high chance of getting the colours you need.
And I suggest having at least one combo to end the game quickly when needed. Cursed Totem would be the better choice instead of Damping Matrix because you can set up a combo without problems, it's cheaper and creature based combos will still have a hard time. Aetherflux Reservoir fits so well that it's the most reasonable choice for a win option because you can either gain life by waiting or by using the draw ability of Oloro with Words of Worship. then maybe Helm of Obedience and Leyline of the Void/Rest in Peace or Basalt Monolith/Rings of Brighthearth. relying on the angel or faerie tokens is a bit weak, just like the one single eldrazi.
2 months ago
I'm not sure how useful those pinpoint discard spells will be late game. Once the opponent's hand is empty, most of your cards are dead. Some discard cards like Brain Pry can replace themselves once the opponent has an empty hand. Or, something like Call the Bloodline or Pack Rat can make your discard spells do something else once the opponent is empty handed.
Since you're using Liliana's Caress and Abyssal Nocturnus, you might consider Dark Deal to deliver some damage, while still leaving them with cards in hand for a followup Mind Sludge. Don't forget to Dream Salvage or Geth's Grimoire if you do.
Replace your Mind Rot with Stupor, if you can. I'd play Megrim over Liliana's caress, since Megrim can damage opponents' planeswalkers if needed, but that's just personal preference. For removal, I'm a big fan of Devour in Shadow.
Anyway...for your sideboard, Relic of Progenitus or the cheaper Scrabbling Claws to stop those graveyard hijinks. Either Pithing Needle or the cheaper Damping Matrix can stop some activated abilities. I'd put in some Poor Man's Damnation Barter in Blood, Languish or Consume the Meek to stop critter strategies. To break combos, a card like Memoricide or Cranial Extraction.