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7 hours ago
Disallow for your counterspell package
19 hours ago
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Leovold, Emissary of Trest has less raw power than Protean Hulk, who is often a 1-card combo, but the issue here is consistency. Notion Thief is more powerful than Leovold, Emissary of Trest (stealing instead of preventing draws) yet nobody's calling for him to be banned.
The problem with Leovold is that he's in the command zone so he's always available to be cast, and he'll come back if you exile him. At least Rest in Peace and Leyline of the Void and Stifle and Disallow and Grafdigger's Cage et cetera can deal with Protean Hulk.
The other difference between the two cards is statistical. A typical Leovold decks plays, what, ten wheels that strip hands as well as two lock pieces? A deck around Protean Hulk can only play one copy of him, so it can't always rely on him to win. There's less redundancy with Protean Hulk.
Overall, I think Protean Hulk is sort of like Boonweaver Giant in Karador: if he hits field with an unprepared opponent the game is over, but there is only one copy in the deck, and good GY hate or counterspells can crush the combo.
20 hours ago
You have a super high curve, you need more turn 1 and 2 plays to support your deck early game. Things like removal or cheap creatures would help fill the gap. I would suggest removing Cataclysmic Gearhulk, the card itself isnt too strong, and I dont see a big reason to keep it in your deck, besides getting down Brisela then gearhulk, but at that point you should just be able to beat down with Brisela. I also think more removal and counterspells to protect your "combo". Things like Negate and Disallow to make sure brisela stays alive. Also Prey Upon for when Brisela is out, if the opponent had a strong creature you need to get rid of. This would help fill the gap for the removal that Cataclysmic Gearhulk brought, but at a much cheaper cost. I also agree that at least one more Bruna, the Fading Light is essential. I hope this helps!
20 hours ago
Thanks a lot Jace_the_Mind_Rapist and pauginxz! Ill now run for sure the Approach/Failure "combo". I rather prefer Disallow for two reasons: it works well against the Copycat combo and the Fumarole/Crackdown Construct/Nahiri Combo, although i gonna try the Shatter. And youre right Jace_the_Mind_Rapist, i forgot about that 2 cards!, gonna try the Descend just to counter that!
1 day ago
Good deck, but really hard to play with.You need to lot mana.. And Censor is good in Early for control, Stasis to but cost a lot to much. And yes you already use your mana when you use your finisher, but you should be use control like: Blessed Alliance, Disallow, Negate or Skywhaler's Shot. And instead of using Anticipate use maybe an another control spell.
1 day ago
It's personal preference on Snapcaster Mage, being able to flash back any spell in my grave for 2 mana is rather nice, being able to copy/abuse his etb makes my care package more reliable (a single counterspell can shift the balance of the game, Cyclonic Rift game winning, and a second Arachnogenesis is rage inducing and hilarious), and he has been used to chump giant damage without trample very often.
Low cmc useful goodstuffs shine in this deck and he is always a welcome topdeck when I start digging deep past turn 5.
Hope that clears some stuff up :)
2 days ago
Awesome deck +1 for playing Approach of the Second Sun. At a passing glance, I can say you're probably better off playing Void Shatter over Disallow since there are very few activated abilities to be scared of in standard right now. Also Failure / Comply should be in as at least a 3-of, since it lets you win with Approach strictly faster, as well as being a pseudo Reflector Mage. Also, I'd run Descend upon the Sinful to deal with B/R Madness doing Prized Amalgam/Scrapheap Scrounger shenanigans after you board wipe.