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1 day ago
yeah, you need atleast 4 red mana sources, I'd cut 4 Plains for 4 Mountain
1 day ago
I would take out Street Wraith, Pact of the Titan and Haze of Rage, wraith is only really good for Death's Shadow decks, pacts upkeep cost is rarely worth it, and haze is very slow for modern and dependant on you having creatures to not be a dead card.
I would also take out Simian Spirit Guide that card is more for storm or combo and its usually a dead draw after turn 1
That totals 14 cards out
1 day ago
Seething Song is banned, thank goodness so it doesn't even work anyways. That can be circumvented but not as easily. The power necessary to speed out a T1 hasted Blightsteel Colossus is immense, that restricts the deck build so much that it practically builds itself. Also, Shane is right. You want 4 Pact of the Titan over any of the free artifacts because 1 copy will not guarantee you'll get a copy in your opening hand. Really you need all 8 but we'll have to settle for 4 copies. Simian Spirit Guide, Pyretic Ritual, Desperate Ritual, and Infernal Plunge will make up our mana acceleration suite.
5-6x Flex Slots for interaction
An argument can also be made to include fetches as well. Deck thinning can be really important when you want to dig for Madcap Experiment but it also means you get one card less that isn't a Blightsteel Colossus. I'm unsure of how the math would turn out as to which road is better.
There you have it. This deck does nothing else so you want to win as fast as possible. It'll be fun when it goes off but otherwise expect to do nothing a lot.
2 days ago
More cuts, you say?
I'm not wildly keen on the amount of point-removal you're currently running. It's a little meta-dependent, but you're already running 7 vampires that can deal with opposing creatures, making the 10 instants and sorceries feel a bit extra. I would keep the vampires, and then run only the strongest/most flavorful of the other 10. Keep New Blood, Anguished Unmaking, Utter End, and Urge to Feed; cut Terminate, Swords to Plowshares, Mortify, Feast of Blood, Crackling Doom, and Victim of Night. I'd also advocate adding in Vindicate. Really none of the current instants you run are bad per se (I mean, Swords to Plowshares is the best removal spell printed in Magic), but in the interest of making meaningful space, this is where I'd start. Hell, if you really think you need more spot-shot, you could add Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter, though I don't care for his services. Vein Drinker is a solid option, however.
You could still trim a Sorin, though he is pretty nifty. Solemn Visitor is my least favorite.
Blind Obedience and Stensia Masquerade are somewhat unneeded. The Masquerade does improve some if you add in Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace (actually, I recommend running Rix Maadi regardless). The Dungeon Palace also enables you to trim Call the Bloodline if you wish.
You aren't running Cabal Coffers, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, or Black Market, so you only have Nirkana Revenant and Crypt of Agadeem to power up Exsanguinate. I think I'd cut it for a more impactful card.
On the topic of Nirkana Revenant, run more swamps! Yes, they're expensive, but you're going to have to track down two original duals (Scrubland and Badlands) and black fetches to make 3-color-Revenant functional. On the plus side, this would also enable Cabal Coffers, and the fetches synergize with Nocturnus. Bloodhusk Ritualist and Gatekeeper of Malakir will thank you likewise. Canyon Slough and Smoldering Marsh should at least replace some basic mountains.
Look at your color costs: You have only 10 red symbols, and 13 white. You don't need to run R/W dual lands (Sacred Foundry et al). You can get by with just black/x lands.
Blood Artist/Falkenrath Noble are better in Olivia Voldaren than Edgar. With Olivia, you want more sac-outlets to ditch borrowed creatures in the event of Olivia's downfall, so the drain effects are a little more consistently powerful. With Edgar at the helm, I think you'd want to add in Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos to augment Butcher of Malakir and sacrifice effects such as Viscera Seer and Indulgent Aristocrat. Without all that, they just aren't reliable enough.
I strongly dislike Mathas, Fiend Seeker. Political play and Group Hug be damned- I want my opponents to suffer alongside me, not get free goodies.... bunch of filthy, free-loading, commie-hippies....
Herald’s Horn doesn't excite me unless you're at 50%+ creatures of the chosen tribe, which is a tall order for most tribes.
Teferi's Protection is sick, but Edgar puts out a lot of tokens, which feel bad with phasing. Not that it's a bad inclusion, but Angel's Grace might be more what you want if you really think you need a Ace of Saves (unlikely). Or if you're after the board protection, Boros Charm could be considered, though it won't help with Merciless Eviction and tuck sweeps.
2 days ago
Hey guys, so I recently made my very first Turn 1 Modern Win Hand. You know, those hands where you get the optimal seven cards and win immediately? The only problem is, I have absolutely no idea what sort of a deck to put it into. So... I thought we could have a little bit of fun!
I'll show you guys the hand, and you guys build decks around it.
Turn 1 Win
You'll need: 1x Mountain , 1x Ornithopter, 1x Infernal Plunge, 1x Seething Song, 1x Expedite , and 1x Madcap Experiment. Keep in mind this is only six cards. The 7th card does not matter at all, but ideally you do NOT want Blightsteel Colossus in your opening hand.
Here's what you'll want to do:
- Play your Mountain
- Cast Ornithopter for
- Tap your Mountain and cast Infernal Plunge, targeting Ornithopter so you can add to your mana pool
- Use all three of your red mana to cast Seething Song, adding to your mana pool
- Of this five, you spend four of it to cast Madcap Experiment and reveal cards from the top of your library
- If you reveal Blightsteel Colossus within the top 19 cards (Statistically speaking, you should), you get to bring out an 11/11 with Infect. Shame he doesn't have Haste...
- Use your last to cast Expedite , targeting Blightsteel Colossus and swing for 11 Poison Counters on Turn 1.
Alternate cards are:
Point of Interest:
Nah. Probably not. Anyway, have fun! :D
2 days ago
I would recommend 4 Simian Spirit Guide instead of 4 Mountain for sure. It will help you late game when you don't want to draw more lands and will help you early game as you can get an extra mana and play your cards faster.
I appreciate you taking a look at my deck, feel free to take a look at my other 2 decks while you're at it too! Feedback is much appreciated and so is upvotes if you like the decks :)
3 days ago
I offer you guys a challenge. Below will be a board state set up, and it is your job to beat your opponent this turn. I'll start off with an easy one at first. If you guys like this I'll gladly post more. So, can you figure it out?
Your opponent has 6 life left. On his side of the board he has 5 1/1 Goblin tokens and has a Ghostly Prison in play. He is completely tapped out, and has no cards in his hand.
In your library you have Bloodfire Colossus , Bloodshot Cyclops , Furystoke Giant , Grave Titan, Inferno Titan , Ondu Giant , Primeval Titan, Rakdos Charm, Loamdragger Giant , Heartwood Giant , Forbidden Orchard, Doom Blade, Doomgape , Awaken the Bear , Craterhoof Behemoth, Smoldering Spires, 5 mountains, 3 swamps, and 4 Forests.
It is possible for you to win this turn, but how?
4 days ago
Thanks for your suggestions, AlmightyTentacle!
You've definitely suggested a ton of cards that I either want to test out or already have, so thanks for that! :)
When it comes to card draw, I really haven't experienced many issues. You are correct that I don't have a ton, but keep in mind that I do have tutors/cheaters that essentially are card draws for the specific cards needed.
Herald’s Horn is one that I was pretty excited for when I saw it got spoiled. It'll definitely get tested!
Grenzo, Havoc Raiser was a card that I tested out before, but ended up passing on him. He might be worth testing out again though!
Mikokoro, Center of the Sea will definitely need to be tested. I've honestly overlooked this one, but it can definitely be handy.
I would love to run Imperial Recruiter, but there is no way that I can spend that kinda money...maybe someday though!
Gamble will need to be tested. I hated the idea that I could be forced to pitch what I tutored, but mono-red doesn't really get any better tutors, haha.
The Control & Others category are pretty much all previous inclusions or considerations. I end up not needing the redundancy with some of these cards as much as one would think because most games are won by around turn 8 at the latest.
Quest for Pure Flame may also be re-tested.
As for your recommended cuts, I agree with some of them.
Mardu Scout is another one. I love dashing him for repeatable 2 damage with Purph, and he does synergize with Door of Destinies, but you are right about him being on the chopping board. Grenzo, Havoc Raiser may fill his gap.
Apocalypse is actually really good. I recover exceptionally well after board wipes, and pitching my hand never really hurts me too bad. This deals with heavy enchantment based decks like Bruna, Light of Alabaster, Sigarda, Host of Herons, and Zur the Enchanter.
Again though, thanks so much for your comment! I will be testing out some of these and seeing what works most efficiently! :)