Gut Shot

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Modern Masters 2015 Edition Common
New Phyrexia Uncommon

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Gut Shot

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( can be paid with either or 2 life.)

Gut Shot deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

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Gut Shot Discussion

itachi45 on Gotta Go Faster

3 days ago

You know what playset of cards you could just really abuse in a deck like this? Gut Shot.

clayperce on Sideboarding Ponza for competitive(ish) meta?

5 days ago

Everyone,
Thanks so much for all the comments! WOW!


Bovine073,
I've played a bunch of matches with Blood Moon #5 in sideboard, but my match-ups vs. the three-color decks are all good enough that I don't think it's the best use of a sideboard slot for this deck.

Gut Shot's is amazing vs. mana dorks on T1-2, but for anything else and for any turn after that, I like Sudden Shock and Lightning Bolt much better. And to get Gut Shot on T1-2 I'd want to run it as at least a 3-of.

Shatterstorm's great too, and I ran it in sideboard until just recently ... when I discovered (the hard way) what a non-bo it is with my Trinispheres! :-D

I really like the idea of Pithing Needle, but I personally haven't done enough studying/gotten enough reps in with it to use it effectively. I suspect you'll see it in my board this time next year though!

Funny you should ask about Trin' vs. Affinity. I hadn't been bringing it in at, since they can usually dump their hand before it comes online. But I was thinking it could be REALLY effective, so I've been trying it out in lately ... which is why I just pulled the Shatterstorm lol!

Thanks again!


abby315,
Ok, I'm totally embarrassed I never thought of Crumble to Dust! That's EXACTLY what I'm trying to do with Surgical Extraction but Crumble does it so much better it's not even funny. Thanks so much!

Chalice of the Void is amazing, but I like the fact I can still easily cast though Trinisphere. Plus you're right on the budget ... it'd be a solid investment, but the cost prevents me from using it anytime in the near future.

Eidolon of the Great Revel though? That's a VERY intriguing option, and one I had never considered. Thanks so much!


Moonbar,
I love Trinisphere too, and I've been amazed at how useful it is vs a wide range of decks. Against Storm though, I like your idea of Trin' + Gravehate.

Surgical Extraction is actually great as a "generic" sideboard card. It gain us a ton of information, stops every Lightning Bolt/Thoughtseize/whatever after the first, blanks Snapcaster Mage's Flashback ability, nerfs Tarmagoyf, and generally messes with Graveyard decks. And though it's an edge case, you can also use it to reduce the chance of late-game mana flood by hitting your own Fetchland. So when I started thinking about how to beat Titan Shift, it was the first card that came to mind. All that said though, I agree that Crumble to Dust and some better Graveyard hate is MUCH better for what this deck wants to do!

Yeah, every single time I face Burn I think about you and Big Robot! I did a TON of testing a while back with Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip in the main, but I'm embarrassed to say I never really thought about him in sideboard. That's really interesting, and I'll give him a hard look.

I've gone back and forth on Anger of the Gods vs. Bonfire #4 in the sideboard, but your point about GW Company is really good. I think Anger will get the slot again, for now.

I love Beast Within but I don't like seeing it in my opening hand, so I'm not inclined to bump it up to 4x in my 75. If I've got the space though, I know there are enough Planeswalkers, and big beaters (in Colorless, Black, and Green) in the match-up list above to justify Beast #3. We'll see ...

And yeah, Shatterstorm vs. Ancient Grudge is probably going to come down to how whether I end up using Trinisphere vs. Affinity ...

As always, thanks so much!


GeminiSpartanX
Yeah, my mainboard is VERY much optimized for the Death's Shadow match-up, and I've absolutely sacrificed some percentage points vs. Burn to do so. I think that's the right meta call ... though I of course won't know for sure until it's too late! :-D

And I totally agree on the goodness of Blood Moon vs. Boros and Naya Burn. I learned that the hard way early on, when I had the opportunity to cast a Blood Moon in First Main, chose not to (so I could use the mana for something else in Second Main), and promptly died to Deflecting Palm. Oops!

I like Beast Within vs. GW as an Instant-speed answer for Vizier of Remedies or a Knight of the Reliquary I accidentally let get out of hand, but I hate using it on little dudes.

That's a really good point on keeping Sweepers post-board vs. Storm for Empty the Warrens. Thanks!

And I'm with you on Ancient Grudge and Surgical Extraction (now that I've seen Crumble to Dust).

I'm not sure who first taught me about mul'ing aggressively, but it's once I've passed on to others as well. There's one big exception though: When facing a bunch of hand disruption. I'd MUCH rather keep a meh 7, than mul' to an amazing 5 ... which turns into a meh 4 on my opponent's T1!

Thanks again!


wylie72,
Thragtusk is a superb card, but I like Obstinate Baloth better for this deck. Mostly because it's lower on curve but also because its Discard-to-Battlefield effect is randomly useful. Plus, Death's Shadow is already an easy match-up.

Yeah, I keep coming back to Scooze as my favorite Graveyard hate too. I think you'll see it when I update!

I love Anger of the Gods vs. Dredge too (I pulled it out of my sideboard a while back, only because Dredge kind of died off locally). But yours and other comments here have me liking it more and more ...

Idk on Eidolon of the Great Revel yet either ... I look forward to figuring out an opinion though!

Thanks again!


GlistenerAgent,
Good point ... there may actually be more variance here than data!

Other points I try to keep in mind are the timing of my wins and losses (I'm still pretty new to the deck, so plenty of the losses were punts and clueless sideboarding) and the casual-ness of my meta (plenty of the wins were against people testing new cards, rather than against the finely tuned decks they'll be bringing to a PPTQ)

Thanks though for the reminder!


Everyone,
Thank you all again! I REALLY appreciate the time y'all invested in making my deck better!

Bovine073 on Sideboarding Ponza for competitive(ish) meta?

6 days ago

I love having the ability to play Moons 5-6 with Magus of the Moon. I think our burn matchup is good enough already, and then with three Trinisphere as, that you should be able to make those cuts for them. They're just so good when you need them.

I've said it time and time again, Gut Shot is just a real great one of in the deck. Bring it in against a lot of tough matchups such as D&T or Affinity, and always against opposing Mana Dorks. I always like having a Shatterstorm, but if you feel like the 3rd Grudge is better then go for it. It's better against Lantern, that is for sure. Pithing Needle is another interesting option.

My cuts would be surgical(s) and Finks from that list.

Also: do you side in Trinisphere against Affinity? I think it's the correct thing to do on the play but not the draw.

All in all I think there's a lot of different ways to sideboard with Ponza and I am by no means 100% on what is correct. If it works for you, it works for you.

Scorpy on Linebreaker Demons

1 week ago

Funkydiscogod: Thanks for the comment! I see what you're saying, but I prefer Gut Shot because I can pay life and because it can also target creatures.

Sargeras on Budget Merfolk

2 weeks ago

I'm a fan of budget deckbuilding, so +1 from me, I do have a few suggestions.

  1. If this for FNMs or if anyone in your playgroup plays a deck like Tron, the card known as Spreading Seas is very good at dealing with those cards while also being a cantrip for you.

  2. Dismember: While it may not seem like an auto include since it's techinalccaly black, removal is essential to playing modern, and paying 4 life for it is sometimes very worth it, I'd suggest playing a couple copies.

  3. As for other budget suggestions, (particular for sideboards) Negate, Relic of Progenitus, Dispel, Gut Shot, Echoing Truth, and Smuggler's Copter are all good options.

Kjartan on Is infect dead?

2 weeks ago

Infect is a dumb, unfair arggo deck that plays like a dumb, unfair combo deck.

Which means is not that great against fair grindy games, like UW control, Death's Shadow, and Goyf Decks. You are bad against Eldrazi Tron because of Chalice of the Void, but with the right sideboard, you can turn the side on that matchup.

You are realy, really good againt Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle decks, though, which are very played right now.

Infect is still good, and the fact that it's unexpected just makes it better. You wont run into the same amount of Sudden Shock and Gut Shot, but you will run into a lot more normal removal. So perhaps either play it slow, and have more interactive pump spells, or keep it as a meta deck, to destroy slower combo'ish decks.

Reverie42 on Melek Commander

2 weeks ago

It would be helpful in evaluating the deck if your description actually went in to more detail about your intended game plan and the interactions that the deck is built around. Without that information, it's hard to evaluate some of your choices.

Also, there's a lot of card choices here that are not great EDH cards. In some ways, this list looks a lot like if what you'd get if you took a reasonable 60-card constructed Izzet spells deck and brought it up to 100 cards by adding similar versions of the stuff that was great in the 60 card deck. Things like Rift Bolt, Vapor Snag, Delver of Secrets  Flip and Monastery Swiftspear tend to be much worse in EDH than in normal games for a couple reasons:

  • As a 40-life format, they're almost trivial when pointed at face. Shock only does the work of Gut Shot.
  • Since the format tends to be slower, mana pools are larger and cheap, efficent spells that are so good in 60-card are massively outclassed by more powerful, more flexible options at higher CMCs. That's not to say that running a handful of cheap removals or counters isn't good, but you run a few of them to deal with very specific must-answer threats. They're not your bread and butter.

I'd also recommend cutting Browbeat. In EDH, nobody is really too sad to take 5. If you want to draw 3 cards, Treasure Cruise is just going to be insanely better. Mana Leak and Censor are probably going to be dead a huge portion of the time as well. Slightly more expensive hard counters are generally going to be better (or something like Arcane Denial, which is really good in EDH.

In terms of mana base, you probably want more mana rocks, too. While your average CMC isn't very high, your payoff cards are all pretty expensive and in a lot of cases, you're going to need to be casting a bunch of spells in a turn to really get things done. At the very least, I'd recommend adding Sol Ring and Izzet Signet. You might also consider something like Mind Stone or maybe even Dreamstone Hedron.

All that out of the way, there's some cards you might consider adding:

  • Aetherflux Reservoir is a really common EDH storm-style deck win con. You don't need to gain much life to kill a player with it.
  • Blasphemous Act is one of the best red board wipes (not sure if it'd be in budget or not)
  • Burnished Hart is an all-around great ramp card
  • Charmbreaker Devils is a huge threat that also gives you more spells to cast
  • Docent of Perfection  Flip fills a similar role to Talrand, which is one of the best cards in the deck already
  • Echo Mage is an option for spell copying if you want to go really deep (probably the worst copier of what I've listed here)
  • Empty the Warrens can flood the board pretty efficiently at the end of a big turn
  • Insidious Will is a great counterspell in EDH
  • Mana Geyser is absurdly broken in multiplayer EDH. It's more broken online where people tap out to F8, but it's still pretty good and can lead to an absurd Comet Storm.
  • Nivix Guildmage is another way to copy spells wherever you need a mana sink
  • Red Sun's Zenith is a repeatable Fireball
  • Reverberate is incredibly flexible and cheap enough to be able to hold up easily
  • Rise from the Tides is frequently a "board wipe or bust" level card in these kinds of decks
  • Rite of Replication may be out of budget, but can win games on its own
  • Seething Song is basically a free spells for triggering any of your payoff cards and can ramp to bigger X spells
  • Spelltwine gives you 3 spell casts on its own
  • Sphinx-Bone Wand gives incidental damage as you cast spells. You can frequently kill an opponent in one big turn with it.
  • Temporal Fissure can utterly blow people out at the end of a big turn
  • Treasure Cruise is legal in EDH and still utterly busted
  • Volcanic Vision can be a one-sided board wipe
  • Wild Ricochet is a super fun card in this sort of deck

Good luck with the deck :)

TheSurgeon on Worldfire Tron

3 weeks ago

Gut Shot allows you to win the game immediately after using Worldfire.

This looks fun!

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