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1 week ago
Hi Asder, I found my way here from the advertise-your-modern-deck forum page...
First off, Careful Study isn't modern legal, heck, Ponder and Preordain are banned, though we all hope one of them comes off the list, maybe this month (probably not). So in blue maybe Magus of the Bazaar , which your opponent will likely remove before you get to use it...
Dragonlord Kolaghan, is a solid reanimation target as are Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Void Winnower and Iona, Shield of Emeria These all impact the board in some way the turn they come into play Sphinx of the Steel Wind, is nice, but has no impact that turn. Off the top of my head; Massacre Wurm , Hellkite Overlord , Architects of Will , Torgaar, Famine Incarnate , Flayer of the Hatebound , Tyrant of Discord or Ashen Rider have an impact on the board state the turn they enter play, they are of variable quality, but I'd rather see them than Sphinx of the Steel Wind, which does nothing without Kolaghan.
The other issue I see here is that you are either taking a mulligan or looting to find As Foretold, which is key, but how often will you have to tutor (Tolaria West) for a last ditch As Fortold via a lucky Ancestral Vision? More to the point, what is keeping you alive against fast aggro? The deck you based this on had Hollow One , but your looting spells won't work with it, maybe if you ran 4x Darkness , maybe you could survive and combo off... Lasty point on your deck, I'd up your land count to 18, maybe 2x Darkslick Shores ?
Now for a separate point, as I said, I found my way here from the advertise-your-modern-deck forum page. I recently posted a deck (Power 4 is Ferocious) there, after reviewing Chadnausem Control on the decks page. 2 When you post, you must offer feedback on the deck posted immediately before yours (leave the feedback on that deck's page). This feedback needs to be genuine; "Cool deck" replies don't count. Try to be as helpful as possible. You did not do this, Vannifar&Kiki's devotted PØD has no comment from yourself, so it's a little off to complain about others not following the rules, when actually they have...
I hope this feedback helps, good luck with your brew.
1 week ago
For naming a political deck, you can always base it on history or popular culture, rather than current events.
To your actual question, check out some of the other aura - curse cards - there might be some you find worth using.
Darkness is a pretty decent black political card, since you can save an opponent (or yourself) in exchange for a future favour.
Deadly Designs is a fun little card that allows players to work together to remove threats.
Land's Edge is another card that enables your opponents, and comparatively makes you worth keeping alive.
Cards with Will of the Council and Assist might also be worth looking into.
2 weeks ago
First I'd suggest you edit your deck list and under Format where it says Standard, change this to Modern. EDIT - Ugh, I can't actually suggest the linked cards because your deck is in the wrong format. :-(
I can think of maybe three ways to help fix your mana, that don't involve splashing green (not you Scuttlemutt or Vesper Ghoul), the first is Lotus Bloom. The second is in a similar vein Pentad Prism, slightly less efficient though. The third is a 2 card combo Invisible Stalker + Dowsing Dagger Flip, obviously this would dilute your deck more than the first two options, but maybe?
Fog effects will protect your Planeswalkers Darkness, Holy Day if you are worried about creature damage, Apostle's Blessing will work in most cases (sigh, Eldrazi), both would require you to keep 1 mana open though, then again your a control deck with counter-spells, so that shouldn't be an issue.
Your last issue is the toughest to provide a solution to, maybe Myth Realized, Cryptic Serpent? Left-field Laboratory Maniac, if you Ad Nauseam on your opponents turn or Conflagrate, if you Ad Nauseam on your turn? I'd also suggest a Boseiju, Who Shelters All in your sideboard, to protect the combo kill...
Thats all I've got, hope this at least gives you some ideas, good luck with your brew.
3 weeks ago
Geralf_Cecani, already made the case for adding blue or green, I'm going to make a case for black or staying in mono white.
First off black actually has a straight up fog Darkness, splashing black also lets you use Batwing Brume to its full extent and the obvious Lingering Souls. Plansewalker wise you would have access to Sorin, Lord of Innistrad and Sorin, Grim Nemesis, both are pretty reasonable and more budget friendly than most. Note too that a new BE planeswalker is due for release with the next set.
This idea isn't really mine, I got it from foxinsox's deck Competitive Solemnity in Selesnya. This deck uses Solemnity and Phyrexian Unlife to create a board state where you can't die. This is likely to work simply because enchantments are much harder to remove than other permanents. This is again a great way to stall out the board and frustrate your opponent. In the same vein so might Gideon of the Trials and white is the colour of tax cards like Rule of Law and Ghostly Prison...
Lastly, your card draw choices remind me of Owl-ing Mine, this deck uses Ebony Owl Netsuke to deal it's damage and cards like Boomerang and Remand to stall your opponents board. Again this isn't strictly my idea, as I got it from DaFerra's deck Owl-ing Mine.
Hope this was of help and give you some ideas...
3 weeks ago
Thanks for the suggestions. The lands are especially powerful in my deck, I'm not sure how I missed them. I mainly prepared my deck to face combo and control, with maybe some midrange. I feel that I need more on-point removal, though, as Darkness is only temporary, and Propaganda isn't even legal in modern. I'll try adding in some single target removal like Cast Down or Go for the Throat in the main board.
3 weeks ago
Oh, and your deck seems pretty weak against aggro since you only have the 2 Fatal Push for removal (and Mission Briefing I guess). I suggest you use Darkness (a color-shifted Fog), and Propaganda (a color-shifted Ghostly Prison) to help with the that matchup.
1 month ago
Thank you for your thoughts Darth_Savage.
I always thought of Breaking and Mind Funeral as nearly simular in strenght against the average deck - which has roughtly 21-22 lands in it - and they often fetch not more than 3 times. But at the moment im calculating against which archetypes im favored/unfavored and it seems like the unfavored ones are these with lower a land count. So I probably will follow your advice.
Inquisition of Kozilek seems to be a good idea, Thoughtseize on the other hand I don't like that much, because I often can't afford the lifelost. The version with Inquisition of Kozilek will be tested tomorrow in a lokal tournament.
1 month ago
I'd be wary of playing mill in modern at the moment, since you may end up helping your opponent more than you hinder them due to the rise in graveyard strategies, though you have main-decked Surgical Extraction which will help. That being said, I'd replace Breaking with Mind Funeral, due to the low land count/fetch land usage Mind Funeral can eat a reasonable chunk of a deck. I'd probably drop Thought Scour, probably for discard like Inquisition of Kozilek or Thoughtseize, but extra protection like Darkness might also be an option.
Hope this is of help, good luck with your brew.