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Insectile Aberration Discussion
1 week ago
Skaab Ruinator fails to be good due two factors:
- the opponent exiling the skaab is a real danger
- building a deck to have enough creatures to exile from the grave is too restrictive. (if it would ask for exiling any card, this card would be a staple of modern)
It would not compete with Insectile Aberration Flip, since the delver can be removed a lot easier and is unable to play defense against fatties like Tasigur, the Golden Fang, the titans, death shadow, and the like.
1 month ago
I think the best budget blue deck you can make in Modern is either Delver or Tron.
Tron is trying to assemble the three tron lands Urza's Power Plant, Urza's Tower, and Urza's Mine (they are about a 1$ a piece). With these three lands on the battlefield you can play big creatures like Kozilek, the Great Distortion and Desolation Twin and Bane of Bala Ged and Cyclonic Rift. In the early game you play counters and tempo cards like Condescend, Repeal, and Expedition Map to find tron lands.
Delver is much more spell centric with Delver of Secrets being the all star which flips into Insectile Aberration Flip. The other creatures are small evasive creatures with Ninja of the Deep Hours, Spellstutter Sprite, Faerie Miscreant, etc... the non creature spells are all tempo related like Vapor Snag, Deprive, Remand, Serum Visions, Opt.
I believe both of these versions can be built for 30$ and be budget competitive with room to grow and acquire more expensive pieces.
1 month ago
I'd just like to report that there isn't a little "flip" thing just above and to the right of Extricator of Sin and Extricator of Flesh such as with Thing in the Ice Flip and Awoken Horror Flip, and I can't find a way to fix it.
1 month ago
Importantly, Heir to the Night Flip is a Delver of Secrets Flip in this scenario, it is not an Insectile Aberration even though it's back face is up and it transformed while being a copy. Interestingly, if you activated Heir of Falkenrath and your opponent responded by casting Cytoshape both targeting and choosing Heir of Falkenrath (so that it became a copy of itself) it would transform (so Heir to the Night Flip was face up) but still be an Heir of Falkenrath.
4 months ago
Talrand, Sky Summoner, Young Pyromancer, Metallurgic Summonings, and Insectile Aberration Flip should help you along quite well, Guttersnipe too. Tezzeret's Gambit and Steady Progress work well to gain experience, Inexorable Tide will give a similar effect.
5 months ago
Don't get me wrong, I love Temporal Spring more than most- but is it worth 4 slots? Might be. I jam Chittering Rats where they don't belong sometimes.
Upping your fetches (Terramorphic Expanse and Ash Barrens) loads up your graveyard faster. More fetches = more Brainstorms = more Insectile Aberration Flip. Commune with the Gods might serve a better purpose than Mental Note, but who knows?
5 months ago
...If you want your opponent to discard cards you will need to force them to do so. 4x cads are just too few to achieve that goal, at bare minimum you need 6x copies that give the effect or some mechanism to dig out the cards (scrying, tutor... etc.) if there are no two cards that provide the effect you are looking for.
Necrogen Mists tends to be a budget alternative of Liliana of the Veil in this role.
But even if you have 6 cards, its likely that people will just beat down with cheap creatures like Goblin Guide or Insectile Aberration Flip, which can be cast for a 1 mana, and i highly doubt that you are able to hold them reliably at zero lands.
This is why similar decks tend to hind behind Ensnaring Bridge
8 months ago
I really like Insectile Aberration.