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Guttural Response Discussion
1 week ago
I just thought of something you should probably consider Julesreddragon. Nothing in your sideboard does much (or anything) against control. In general Cavern of Souls would help, but until then here are some cards I think you should consider: Guttural Response, Ricochet Trap, and/or Boil. I am partial to Guttural Response over Ricochet Trap because Guttural can counter Gifts Ungiven in storm decks (which is pretty big in the meta right now), as well as the niche decks that use it to put big creatures in the graveyard to reanimate. However, I have known others to have the argument of saying they like Ricochet Trap better because while it can also counter counterspells (you change the target to Ricochet Trap, and when Ricochet rseolves their counterspell fizzles on the stack) it can change the targets of things like Lightning Bolts, Lightning Helixs, Path to Exiles, and the rare Ancestral Vision that would allow YOU to draw three. I haven't seen that card in the meta recently, but still a possibility. I felt that Guttural Response was more relevant, but I can't deny changing the targets of things to save your planeswalkers and creatures is also good.
With miracles now a thing in modern, Boil is also a pretty good card to look into. They may very well counter it, but being an instant if you cast it on their end step and they counter it, it may open up one turn for you to land the one threat you need to beat their face. Also, control never really leaves the meta. It doesn't hurt to have one or two cards that can play against them.
Based on the sideboard you currently have I would recommend taking out two Grafdigger's Cage, and one Batterskull for two Guttural Responses or Ricochet Traps, and the one Boil. Now, if you end up taking the Relic of Progenitus out of your mainboard, I would change that to take out Batterskull, one Pithing Needle, and then a third thing of your choice. Whatever may not be prevalent in your meta. These cards may seem specific to control, but your control matchup is pretty bad. Your cards are big and most likely you'll only be casting one spell a turn which they can easily counter and continue to counter because a lot of their spells replace themselves.
1 week ago
Not attacking with the 6/6 creature is not really an option. Heck, blocking with any of these creatures when they could have attacked will be a rare event. No staying back, only turn sideways! The best thing about this deck is the large creatures - the only other large creatures in modern that are able to go toe to toe with Lupine Prototype are Gurmag Angler and Wurmcoil Engine.
This whole deck's CMC is high for modern, that is not really a consideration. However 5 mana of three colors on 19-20 lands is really pushing it. For this deck, any card above 4 mana should have the text "you win the game when you cast this" or it is not really castable.
Neither the flash nor the uncounterability are important - flash is nice if I have a lot of instants or want a surprise blocker - I have nor desire to block and the deck has 3 bolts basically. Uncounterability is only a thing versus decks with counterspells. These are few and far between, so this is an ability for the sideboard.
For Yeva - as explained earlier, the deck does not benefit at all from flashing in its creatures. Thus, a vanilla 4/4 for 4 is not really important.
For tarmogoyf - there is a consideration, but with few fetches (manabase is by far the most expensive part of the main deck) and few card types overall (4) and 0 cards that fill the graveyard - tarmogoyf will rarely reach 4 power.
2 weeks ago
I played a deck like this for a while last year. The biggest issue I found was trying to find the combo pieces. (I ran 4 Kiki 4 Angel) I ran 4x Secure the Wastes to add a bit more middle game interaction. Mirror Breaker Angel Moon
If counters are your issue, run Guttural Response. There are plenty of SB options for Lilly like Nevermore or Pithing Needle or Sorcerous Spyglass. You could also run the R/W Manland. She can't interact with it and it can pound away at her health. I see you already have Stony Silence & Path to Exile which should help against KCI but so should Rest in Peace, RIP will also help in the Storm match up. I personally feel like you're tech'd fairly good against Infect but a few Spellskite in the 75 would make a lot of sense, protect your combo, Infect can't pump itself. Ethersworn Canonist or Rule of Law are all the Storm hate you need.
I vote no as far as splashing is concerned. You just need to tweak your list some.
1 month ago
Sideboarding dilutes the combo. It is actually not good to sideboard in this deck. Thanks for the suggestions though. Autumn's Veil or Guttural Response are better than Reverberate for countering the counters in these colors and now you know they exist.
1 month ago
Nether Void is just insane.
Carpet of Flowers is a must-have in any stax deck where blue decks are going to be in your play group. Guttural Response, Red Elemental Blast, Pyroblast also things I'd recommend if blue decks are prevalent.
I'm also noticing a distinct lack of discard effects. One of the best ones in stax is Bottomless Pit.
1 month ago
+1! Love the stax build, I'd drop Imp's Mischief for Guttural Response, probably also drop Shattering Spree for By Force, as it works better with your landbase. Decree of Annihilation, Boom // Bust and Ruination deserve a spot, also, I would drop Mox Opal for some dorks or Fellwar Stone or Carpet of Flowers, just because you don't run enough artifacts to consistently get metalcraft.
2 months ago
Yeah, in EDH, you can only have cards that correspond with your commander's color identity. It's okay, my buddy used to put Guttural Response in his Kaalia deck but took it out because it had a green mana symbol in the card.
Black Sun's Zenith is pretty budget I think, it's insane in Hapatra. Grafted Exoskeleton is also really good but it might draw hate to that creature or artifact since infect scares people very quickly.
Some other cool cards that is most likely budget:
Just some thoughts to get you started. Good Luck!