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Damping Matrix Discussion
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month ago
Welcome back! Glad to hear you've been having some success with it!! :)
Re: Sorcerous Spyglass vs. Pithing Needle - Full disclosure, I have no experience yet with the Spyglass yet, so I can only offer some theorycrafting on how to choose between the two... hopefully it is helpful!
In my mind, it all comes down to how much information you have vs. how much information you need. If you have the information you need, Needle is better; if you don't, Spyglass is better.
2 months ago
So you're running the The Locust God for your R/U deck. Whose in charge of the G/W deck?
Because currently your main ways of dealing with her with the R/U are probably going to be things like Swiftfoot Boots, Lightning Greaves, Null Rod, Damping Matrix, Cursed Totem, Pithing Needle, Encrust and also save all the counterspells in the world for Breya. Just keep her off the field. Yes I know the Totem and Matrix mess with you too but you really just want his trigger. Not his ability per se. Once I know what you're wanting to do with the G/W deck then I give you some more options. Because I don't want to recommend a card recklessly without seeing what the deck is supposed to be doing.
3 months ago
3 months 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
3 months 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.