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Counter target blue instant spell.
Guttural Response Discussion
2 weeks ago
4 weeks ago
had to stop to think about non-blue counters once you mentioned it. I remembered Avoid Fate , Dawn Charm , Rebuff the Wicked , Dash Hopes , and Mana Tithe . but after that I was stumped on any others.
then I checked the gatherer...
Artifact Blast , Burnout , Red Elemental Blast , Pyroblast , Guttural Response , Lapse of Certainty , Illumination , Mages' Contest , Molten Influence , Not of This World , Warping Wail , and Withering Boon .
2 months ago
Sorry for the text wall...
I've run Infect in these colors since Modern was invented and I can offer some advice based on that experience. I've been quite successful with it, including a PPTQ a few years back, but ymmv.
First, Manamorphose is a trap. I understand the appeal since you aren't running Hierarchs, but you'll find it almost never good enough. Casting it blind to dig for an answer is a bag of bad feels. Of all my advice, however, this is the biggest grain of salt. It's a good card in a vaccuum and you should run it if it feels right. Jut remember, it's not a "free" spell.
Instead, run Simian Spirit Guide . It let's you play Agent and Myr on T1, activate Inkmoth, cast your red spells, and keep up Apostle's Blessing while tapped out. You also get to cut to 19 landspretty safely (Unless I'm wrong. I play Hierarhs,so it's hard to figure. The correct number might be 20-21). If you're going all-in on the combo, I can't recommend SSG enough.
Apostle's Blessing is a main board must if you're running SSG,and also probably if you're not. It pushes through damage, can be cast off Inkmoth, and can get you past giant robots with piles of +1/+1 counters. It's criminally undervalued in the current top lists, in my opinion, but I'm not a pro, so....
Temur Battle Rage isn't necessary. You're only ever using doublstrike to win the game, so instant speed isn't important. Plus, your 3 Strobe and 2 Scale Up are the perfect amount of "I win right now" effects. Cast the Sorcery first and proceed to win.
You run 4 copies of Mutagenic Growth if you're leaning on T2-3 wins. Period. Every saved mana puts the math more in your favor. If you're worried about your life total, this is probably not the right deck anyway.
Rancor is funny, in that it's ONLY ever good to push damage through. I play exactly one, preferring 2-3 copies of Ghor-Clan Rampager along side it. Bloodrush can't usually be countered, and the ability to just cast a 4/4 And beat down in a grindy game is more relevant than you think. It also helps with you Sideboard. More on that later.
So here's what I might do to your main deck:
- -1 Rancor
- -4 Temur Battle Rage
- -2 Manamorphose
-3 lands (probably Island, Mountain, and a Forest)
- +3 Simian Spirit Guide
- +2 Mutagenic Growth
- +3 Apostle's Blessing
- (Or 2 Blessing and keep a Manamorphose )
Now let's talk sideboard:
Force of Vigor is a key upgrade to Infect SBs. Clean up multiple Eidolon of the Great Revel without taking damage. Blow up Chalice of the Void with impunity. Blood Moon / Blood Sun is no longer so bad. This spell was printed for Infect.
You need counterspells to beat counterspells. Your pump spells counter almost everything else. Spell Snare is far too narrow. If you're casting Blue Counters, it should be Spell Pierce , but maybe Guttural Response is your best bet since since keeping up Blue Mana is hard without Hierarchs. It's also casts with SSG and pitches to FoV above, which is convenient.
With your configuration, and assuming some of the MD change suggested above, I would run the following board in an unknown meta:
2 months ago
Damping Sphere : storm, some tron decks, amulet titan, and finally, RU Phoenix
Scavenging Ooze :this is a hit all card for me its used in all burn aggro and mid-range deck match ups
2 months ago
You definitely don't need that much artifact removal in the board. Stick to around 3 artifact hate cards, like 2 Ancient Grudge and 1 Nature's Claim (that's how I'd split it). That is, unless you play against a lot of affinity. You could also use a couple Guttural Response to help against counterspells, though it's pretty bad if you hit one with an Experimental Frenzy out so Defense Grid might be better. Dragon's Claw can give you some leeway against burn and other aggro decks. Probably only play at most 2 of those.
2 months ago
Leozilla, Yes, Mikaeus would be a great addition, but this is still a budget deck. If one day I can put my hands on one Mikaeus, he will go for sure!
4 months ago
Vexing Shusher is your friend.
They wanna play control? Control them right back.
Guttural Response occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.0%