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Destroy all artifacts and enchantments. You gain 2 life for each permanent destroyed this way.
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Fracturing Gust Discussion
1 month ago
Ok, first things first: Melira and Devoted Druid don't work the way you think they do. Since Melira, Sylvok Outcast prevents counters from being put on, you can't pay the cost of the ability, so you can't activate it. The Vizier of Remedies is specifically worded so that it is possible. This doesn't mean either are bad, as they still go off with persist or the vizier, but its something you should keep in mind. You probably knew that, but just in case :P
Ditch Solemnity. You have an eight of main board, its unnecessary.
Oracle of Nectars is far too slow to be any good, it'll be turn four before you can activate him, and against burn you'll be already dead by then. Maybe Auriok Champion or Kor Firewalker, they do the same thing turn 2 (for quite alot of devotion however, if you want a less devotion heavy option, maybe Life Goes On? That's way more than the oracle will get you, for much less mana).
Graveyard hate. As nmiller said, relic is an option. Grafdigger's Cage is another.
Fracturing Gust fucks up affinity, and can also get rid of problem enchantments if you don't mind losing your own (which you don't cos u have none). Use it instead of Kataki, War's Wage, cos it also hits enchantment decks too
Six pieces of removal in the side is a bit much.
Damping Sphere fucks tron and storm.
Leyline of Sanctity fucks burn, 8-rack and anything that targets you. Your playing white so should be hardcastable if you pull it late.
Last point, why no mainboard payoff 4 infinite mana?? You can chord for Emrakul if you go infinite, or just simply hard cast her. Also Walking Ballista can also function as a body, removal, or psuedo-card advantage if your flooded, as well as being a payoff both on the field and in the hand. You can't chord for it, but you can chord for Duskwatch Recruiter Flip and use your still infinite mana to search for it. Recuiter is a mad card btw. Digs like a madman.
2 months ago
The transition to modern, the font of many interesting new decks. I'm gonna talk some ideas, feel free to ignore them all or take whatever is interesting.
In terms of creatures, you have access to a wealth of interesting 'artifacts matter' creatures, from Ardent Recruit and Court Homunculus, Flayer Husk to Galvanic Blast and Dispatch, Salvage Scout and Slag Fiend, Thraben Inspector and Lupine Prototype. There is a lot of options, and its all good for different things. Rummage around and see what looks fun- something like Scourglass vehicles has real potential.
The issue with getting access to all that fun new stuff is that everyone packs artifact hate in their sideboard. Fracturing Gust or Shattering Spree or Ancient Grudge is everywhere. This is largely due to affinity, a very low to the ground (almost all 0 and 1 drop) artifact deck running Cranial Plating, Arcbound Ravager and Steel Overseer, as well as the proliferation of Myr Retriever combo decks.
I'd give some thought to 1 drops and Springleaf Drum, but not get too set on it. (affinity makes use of its big brother, Mox Opal too). You're already looking to tap your creatures and ramp, so it looks strong, but remember that affinity is already doing this thing and doing it well, and everyone is prepared.
Running closer to a midrange strategy with a white disruption package (I'm not sure I can convince you to splash black for Tidehollow Sculler Lingering Souls and Duress variants, but with aether hub and access to all of modern's fixing, its well within reach), you can look at using cards like Nevermore, Path to Exile/Chained to the Rocks, Ghostly Prison and the like to put up barriers to other people's strategy a lot better than in standard. This means that your ability to crew your vehicles should remain more intact. The big thing is making those big artifacts still be useful when your opponent casts a lot of removal.
I expect your deck to survive the regular playsets of Path to Exile or Fatal Push due to its composition, but I'd love to see a little more card advantage and card-blanking woven in there, especially when it can help crew. Who knows, perhaps Vendilion Clique vehicles will be meta soon. I certainly have no idea what will be viable in modern next year.
2 months ago
It may be hard to cast, but Ball Lightning is a good card if you're looking for high power low cmc, as is Spark Elemental. While not as good as Wild Nacatl, it is still a good option for this deck: Loam Lion Mutagenic Growth, because if you have a 3/2 flying attacking on turn 2, you might want to deal as much damage as possible before they get blockers out. Consuming Fervor is good if you want to finish your opponent off quickly. Finally, I suggest sideboarding Fracturing Gust if your playgroup plays artifact/enchantment decks often.
2 months ago
Looks good! Here's some suggestions:
Boros Charm - saves your guys from board wipes or damage/destroy removal, can go to an opponents face for 4 damage for a random kill at instant speed, and is the nuts with Gishath because it makes him even harder to block, triggers his ability twice even through a blocker or two, and makes a commander damage kill easier.
Walking Ballista/Triskelion - amazing with all the enrage creatures, particularly Bellowing Aegisaur, which let's you put 5 ±1/±1 counters on each creature you control each turn (or just put infinite counters on everything if you happen to make Aegisaur indestructible somehow...)
Tooth and Nail - just a great card, can search for whatever two guys you need and can get both parts of a combo right away.
Xenagos, God of Revels - amazing in a deck with this many big creatures. Makes a Gishath commander damage kill easier but also is just great with big dinosaurs. Also it's big and hard to kill if you turn it into a creature.
Fires of Yavimaya - another great card with Gishath and the rest of your deck. Giving a bunch of giant Dino's haste is awesome and the +2/+2 is very relevant, digging 2 cards deeper with Gishath, protecting one of your guys from damage based removal or a close combat situation, or letting you trigger enrage 2 more times. Also works well with double strike and Xenagos's +X/+X.
Earthquake, Magmaquake, Pyromatics, etc. - works great with enrage, let's you wipe the board but not necessarily kill all of your creatures. Not as unconditional as [Blasphemous Act], but more flexible depending on the version.
Relic of Progenitus, Rest in Peace, Scavenging Ooze etc. - graveyard hate is almost necessary in most games and groups, not that fun but can win the game or at least give you time against graveyard decks.
Just some ideas, no clue what to cut though. Hope this helps!
2 months ago
Is Fracturing Gust worth running? The only decks that you'd want to destroy more than one at a time against are Affinity and Bogles, both of which will have already killed you by the time you get to cast it. You could run more rec sages if artifacts and enchantments are that big an issue, or you could consider Heroic Intervention for some protection against sweepers
2 months ago
Scratch that, I tried playtesting Leyline and it was awful. Personally I've really like Blessed Alliance in the main instead of Condemn lately. Its great against Bogles if they don't have a Leyline out, anything hexproof (e.g. Control mirror vs. Geist of Saint Traft after sideboard) or Modern Spirits, which is becoming more of a thing with the release of Supreme Phantom in Core Set M19. The lifegain is also very relevant against Burn or Jeskai Control or really anything running Lightning Bolt.
I haven't been impressed by Mana Leak. Its often dead in the mid to late game, and against Tron it is just straight up awful. If it works for you great, if not I'd suggest trying out an extra copy of Logic Knot and a Spell Snare. I've been super jazzed on my extra copy of Logic Knot. I think its the closest thing we have in Modern to Counterspell.
I've also been stoked on Porphyry Nodes in the sideboard as a way to slow down aggro and pick off mana dorks, and I like a little more artifact hate in my sideboard to deal with stuff that Stony Silence can't hit, like Ensnaring Bridge. You might want to try out Disenchant or Fracturing Gust.
These are just suggestions, but I thought you might find at least one or two helpful. Good luck! :)
3 months ago
Counterspells and creature removal in general are your greatest threat, Muldrotha, the Gravetide needs to be on the field for your deck to thrive. I recommend running a Disallow since it can counter any activated ability.
The Mending of Dominaria shuffles your graveyard into your library when it fully resolves. This hurts your reanimation strategy imo. I would personally remove it.
Since you easily rebuild from board wipes (assumiung that you can protect your commander somehow), you might want to run Oblivion Stone, Bane of Progress, Creeping Corrosion, Fracturing Gust. Do or Die is a good cheap pseudo-boardwipe that is also cheap financially. Decree of Pain is extremely expensive mana-wise but if it goes off it can win you the game single-handedly. Crux of Fate is basically a worse version of Damnation if there are no dragons on the board. If you don't want to use Crux, you can use Extinguish All Hope.
You might want to use some more green mana ramp spells. Respect for using Tempt with Discovery. Here are some of the spells you might want to look into. (Don't add all of these, this is just for your reference if you want to add some) Explosive Vegetation, Kodama's Reach, Harrow, Yavimaya Elder, Farseek, Hunting Wilds, Skyshroud Claim, Mana Reflection,
3 months ago
Hey there. I know you said not to comment on the mana base but honestly it looks pretty alright. The only three changes I would make are to switch the Island for a second Forest. Green is more important and prominent in the deck so having a land that can only be blue kinda sucks. The second and third changes are to take out the Flooded Strand and some other land, probably a Botanical Sanctum. Infect plays all low cmc cards so 19 lands is optimal. I would cut Flooded Strand because you only want to play fetches that can get green. Anyway sorry for the mana base rant I know you said not to. In the rest of the mainboard everything seems good. If you take out 2 lands, I would add 2 Become Immense or a Become Immense and a Spell Pierce. Other than that everything is good. In the sideboard I would replace the Fracturing Gust and Damping Sphere. Fracturing Gust is far to expensive. It can only be played on like turn 4-5 with a Noble Hierarch and that requires tapping out. Its just too much mana. Damping Sphere does more harm than good. You're usually gonna win against Tron so the first ability is useless and Grafdigger's Cage is better against Storm because it doesn't harm you. I would replace these two with a Spell Pierce and a Nissa, Voice of Zendikar. Nissa is great against edict effects like Liliana of the Veil and aggro decks like Humans where you can just get a free blocker every turn. Anyway, other than those the deck seems solid. I currently play a Sultai Infect deck, which I will link below. Best of luck to you and your Phyrexian endeavors!
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