Damping Matrix


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

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Modern Masters 2017 Edition Rare
Mirrodin Rare

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Damping Matrix


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Damping Matrix Discussion

Polupus on Advertise your MODERN deck!

6 days ago

This deck is slowly coming along. I really think counterspells shore up a lot of lantern control's weaknesses. I would like suggestions for dealing with non creature threats/hate cards like Stony Silence or Damping Matrix if they somehow make it to the board. Right now my main contenders are Set Adrift, Echoing Truth, Commit, & Reality Acid. Any thoughts on those or can you think of another spell that could work?

This Little Light of Mine (monoU lantern)

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lagotripha on Budget Mimic Control

6 days ago

Nice idea. I'd consider Sakura-Tribe Elder for ramp and a nice imprint, Damping Matrix, Bottle Gnomes, Cloudstone Curio, Culling Scales, Filigree Familiar and Lifecrafter's Bestiary all deserve a look. I'd feel a lot more confident with some stallier smaller creatures mainboard, but your meta might support this. I'd honestly move Obstinate Baloth maindeck or perhaps run some manadorks. Good luck!

MagicalHacker on Help me punish mean players!

2 weeks ago

How many cards can you think of that are mean to "mean" players? I want to build a deck that forces opponents to win in "fair ways", and I'd love help finding cards for a deck like this!

Using MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Tutor Cards, MagicalHacker - List of All Gold-Hate Cards, MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Infinite Cards, and MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Control Cards, I found these cards (organized by color):

White (5):
Hushwing Gryff
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Aven Mindcensor
Spirit of the Labyrinth

Blue (2):
Mindlock Orb
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir

Black (2):
Ob Nixilis, Unshackled
Chains of Mephistopheles

Red (10):
Harsh Mentor
Blood Moon
Burning Earth
From the Ashes
Possibility Storm
Price of Glory
Stoneshaker Shaman
War's Toll

Green (7):
Titania's Song
Wave of Vitriol
City of Solitude
Dosan the Falling Leaf
Hall of Gemstone
Heartwood Storyteller

Colorless (7):
Cursed Totem
Damping Matrix
Knowledge Pool
Null Rod
Torpor Orb
Omen Machine
Uba Mask

Multicolored (5):
Gaddock Teeg
Kambal, Consul of Allocation
Burning-Tree Shaman
Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
Vexing Shusher

Based on those cards, I think I'm going to build a gruul deck using Ruric Thar, the Unbowed as the commander or a cheap commander that can help ramp me into my cards (Radha, Heir to Keld). Some questions:

  1. Are there any other cards for gruul that you think would fit this theme?
  2. Are there any reasons to choose something other than gruul?
  3. If gruul is the best for this, what gruul commander should I use, and why?


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

1 month 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..

1 month 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 month 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

1 month 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)

1 month 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

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