Mistcutter Hydra can't be countered
Haste, Protection from blue
Mistcutter Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
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Have you thought of adding Prophet of Kruphix and maybe some Genesis Hydra as it could be big, and it shuffels what ever cards you didnt want back into your deck. Also maybe Mistcutter Hydra those are always fat hasty things that need to be dealt with?
Example if you figured out how to cast a Mistcutter Hydra with x as 700 that might be the biggest etc
If I see one more deck with nothing but counterspells, removal, and Elspeth, I'm going to lose it.
Or just play this deck. Yay!
+sideboard Aegis of the Gods ?
I will deliberate further.
Hey would you be interested in trading 2 Brimaz, King of Oreskos and 2 Temple of Silence for 4 Sylvan Caryatid and 2 Mistcutter Hydra ? Let me know...I may be able to swing it in your favor a little more if needed
To CookieJedi : Wow, thanks for your help ! I haven't played my deck in the past 2 weeks and most of your propositions, especially for the sideboard, are really useful and justified. Let's take a look : Nylea's Disciple are currently taking 3 slot in my sideboard, which is a lot since the card isnt that great : I'll remove them and add 3 AEtherspouts for complete blowouts against aggro and midrange decks.To be honest with you, I prefer Reclamation Sage over Back to Nature as my local meta isnt heavy on GB constellation and Jeskai Ascendancy combo, but I'll keep that option in mind. Sage gives a body and can save some games against U/R artifact.Its true that Pearl Lake Ancient isnt able to block Mistcutter Hydra , but UB control run 4 Hero's Downfall 4 Thoughtseize and many more removal. Mistcutter Hydra was good against Blue devotion, but I dont really like that card as a sideboard option as its too narrow. What do you think about running Arc Lightning instead of Anger of the Gods ? Anger is great but it destroys my Boon Satyr s and Sylvan Caryatid s. Also Arc Lightning would be easier to splash. For the Mainboard now : I wont include Dig Through Time in my deck, the card is now a bit expensive with the rise of UB control and Jace's Ingenuity does pretty much the same thing most of the time I'll remove 2 Dissipate for 2 Disdainful Stroke ! Midrange, especially Mardu and Abzan, seems to be very popular at my card store and Disdainful Stroke is the perfect card for against these types of deck. You wont change my mind about burn spells ! I'll keep them all. Magma Jet and Lightning Strike are never dead cards in my hand. While Magma Jet is more effective on paper, Lightning Strike will stay a 4x in my deck, it works as a pseudo finisher more then Magma Jet . Having 7 burn spells is way better then having 4 of them, no matter how much you scry. Think about the bane of this format, Goblin Rabblemaster and his buddy Mantis Rider . They're awesome, but they have 2 and 3 toughness respectively and you must deal with them as soon as they resolve, or youre dead ! The odds of having a immediate answer is much better when I run 7 burns spell, and Goblin Rabblemaster is not the kind of threat you can let your opponent stick on the field. And finally, Windstorm is a bad sideboard card. Its so narrow ! The best answer I have for the strong flyers are counterspells. Oh and also, I'll take 1 Jace's Ingenuity to add a single Keranos, God of Storms instead. Thx for everything :-)
Nylea's Disciple and Reclamation Sage are black sheep in this deck. Disciple's life gain is OK, but it's nothing extraordinary. a 4-drop that doesn't proc ferocious and is probably only going to gain you 4 life at most at a time isn't really worth it in the deck. Also, double green in the mana cost is just gross for how little it does. There are plenty of other cards in these colors for the cost that would be much better in that slot, especially side board. A great sideboard card in a RUG deck with the current standard meta is Mistcutter Hydra . It tears through BU control right now, Pearl Lake Ancient can't stop it, it can't be countered, it's great against Sultai, Temur, and Jeskai since a lot of their creatures are multicolored with Blue, and it has HASTE. Drop that bad boy down for 6, smack someone in the face, and then untap their turn with your Prophet of Kruphix . It's something you should really consider.
Reclamation Sage , while a decent card in it's own right, isn't where you want to be with this deck. Sure, it's a body that blows something up, but it costs 3 to only hit one single thing. Odds are you're only going to be hitting Perilous Vault or if you're supremely lucky, Jeskai Ascendancy . Aside that though, there are way more efficient enchantment or artifact removals. Starting right there, I'd replace at least 2 of the Sages with 2 Back to Nature s. It's going to blow up ALL of their enchantments at instant speed, which works phenomenally with your Prophet. End of Turn a Back to Nature when they drop a second Courser of Kruphix or an Ascendancy, or if they're running black constellation, you're going to absolutely kill them, especially since you have no Coursers of your own.
Okay, that being said, I'm not sure how I feel about Dissipate and a full 4-of Lightning Strike . Starting with the Dissipate, you already have 10 counters in the deck WITHOUT it, all of which are much better. You don't get to scry with it, and the exile is more or less irrelevant. Unless you can wipe an entire graveyard, exiling one thing isn't going to stop a delve deck, it's not going to delay a Dig Through Time , and there's very little recursion. Disdainful Stroke is a much better counter, and it costs less. You can stop a turn 3 Siege Rhino if you're on the draw, among other things. Dissipate is just a worse Dissolve and slightly better Cancel , and you don't need it at all. Replace it with a Polymorphist's Jest or AEtherspouts .
Lightning Strike is a very controversial card right now. Yes, it's a 2-mana Bolt, which is absolutely fantastic, but then there's the existence of Magma Jet . You have 3 Jets, which should be 4 no matter what. Jet is just a phenomenal card. Sure, it's one less damage, but it's going to deal with 90% of the same things Lightning Strike is, and you get a Scry TWO out of it, which, I can't stress this enough, is HUGE. Like I said, there isn't much Strike hits that Jet doesn't, and dealing it to their face isn't really what your deck seems to want to do. But even if you DO do the damage to the face, 2 damage and a Scry 2 is so much better than 3 damage. I think you can safely remove all of the Lightning Strike s and replace them with any number of more useful things.
Most importantly, I think you could use a Windstorm sideboard. Your only fliers are a 2-of Prognostic Sphinx . That's not going to save you against a fleet of Stormbreath Dragon s, Wingmate Roc s, or Master of the Feast s etc. just throw it in as a 2 of in your side and you'll be set.
I would argue against Scourge of Skola Vale because 1) there is a lot of removal out there and 2) you don't want to be sacrificing your own guys unless it spells victory that turn.
In this meta, its all about board state. Control decks are few and far between, so over-extending is not as bad as it used to be in standard. Polukranos, World Eater is still a blowout, and if your opponent cannot get rid of him that turn, he is going to do WAY more damage than a Mistcutter Hydra or Scourge of Skola Vale .
Birds usually ends up as a guarantee for the mana (usually red) I need to be there or a chump blocker for flyers. I feel the same about white being in here only for Path to Exile but I'm rather cautious about not having enough spot removal against say Infect or one of the multiple Pod/combo decks. The elves probably won't make it but Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Mistcutter Hydra might after some testing
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|Power / Toughness||0/0|
|Avg. draft pick||2.39|
|Avg. cube pick||4.21|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|