: Put a charge counter on Ratchet Bomb.
, Sacrifice Ratchet Bomb: Destroy each nonland permanent with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Ratchet Bomb.
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Ratchet Bomb Discussion
1 month ago
Next I suggest swapping out expensive utility cards like Drift of Phantasms, Perplex, Muddle the Mixture, etc. for 1 drops to reduce your mana curve and allow turn 1 plays. Good candidates include Mishra's Bauble, Serum Visions, and Opt, which do not tutor for a card, but the additional card draw accomplishes the same objective without setting you back a whole turn.
You need to protect your combo proactively instead of reactively, so I suggest running Thoughtseize and/or Inquisition of Kozilek to remove threats before they are played. Force Spike and Spell Pierce are the best 1-drop counterspells, you may consider incorporating some into the main deck or sideboard. Removal like Fatal Push (in conjunction with fetchlands to trigger revolt) and Dismember are critical for dealing with creature-based decks and you should run at least 2 mainboard or on the side.
As far as the sideboard goes, great Karn targets are Wurmcoil Engine and/or Batterskull to gain life, which is critical against aggro and especially burn. Damping Sphere shuts down storm and ramp/Tron simultaneously. Ratchet Bomb wipes tokens or low cost permanents...
2 months ago
That’s a good point about the Shores, and the risk/reward calculation between fastlands like Shores and checklands is something I’ve struggled with in my builds as well. I think it depends on a particular build’s mana curve, and whether a tapped fastland on Turn 4 will result in a loss. I run 2-4 fastlands in my builds that max out at 3-4 lands in play, and I only have problems 1% of the time. For some reason I always have had bad luck with checklands, so I try to avoid them, especially with builds with several non basic lands.
For this build, I think having access to an untapped U/B for no life cost during turns 1-3 is critical against burn or super fast aggro, so I would recommend Shores over Catacombs, especially since you are running Ghost Quarters. This will also matter when bringing in sideboarded cards. But ultimately it is a matter of personal taste.
Regardless if you choose the Shores or the Catacombs, I do think you need at least a couple U/B lands that don’t hurt when entering play to balance with the Watery Graves.
Also, here are some other suggestions for the sideboard: Spell Pierce (cheap protection against lots of threats), Force of Negation (amazing counterspell), Dismember (amazing creature removal), Echoing Truth (for tokens/creatures/artifacts/enchantments), Nihil Spellbomb (graveyard hate), Ratchet Bomb (for tokens/enchantments/artifacts), Spellskite (for burn), and Damping Sphere (for ramp/tron/storm)). Plus the new Feed the Swarm is interesting, you may consider that as well.
2 months ago
Thanks so much for the +1 and suggestion, elariand!
Buried Ruin is included for not only The Ozolith, but also Ratchet Bomb and Pithing Needle, which are in the sideboard. Since I'm not running more than 1-2 copies of each of those spells, having a way to get them back can be pretty useful.
I've chosen Glacial Fortress over Hallowed Fountain for a few reasons, the first and foremost being cost - this is a "budget" deck. I'm actually pretty impressed that while I've tweaked it here there, for years now it's stayed very near $100. Additionally, this deck doesn't have much in the way of lifegain, so I'm not a big fan of losing 2 life, especially when I can already opt to lose 2 life to cast the only spell that has a U mana cost. There are a lot of plains in the deck, so it's pretty uncommon to draw only Glacial Fortress. Of course, those are just my reasons. Anyone building a similar deck could opt for other lands of course. :)
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2 months ago
2 months ago
Soul Shatter is 100% getting added when it's released... mainly because it has fantastic art... but also, it's impossible for it to brick on a token, compared to Liliana's Triumph. Check out Feed the Swarm from Zendikar Rising, some targeted Enchantment/Creature removal in Mono-Black, it's a Sorcery, but hey, you take what you can get!
Blast Zone looks really good! I don't know how I missed it, maybe I thought it was a Ratchet Bomb effect, taking too long to get online, but with the ability to charge and detonate it in a couple of turns is great.
Oubliette Is really cool, but my meta has loads of Artifact/Enchantment removal, so i'd rather kill a commander to increase its tax.
Nevinyrral's Disk Looks like a good board wipe that doubles as Artifact/Enchantment removal. It's a bit expensive for me, but it does enough that I can probably justify it. I might swap Deathbringer Regent for it as they fit a similar slot in my deck.
Mind Twist and Syphon Mind look cool, but when i'm up against decks that want their graveyard filled, it might be too much of a risk. Along those lines, Tymaret, Chosen from Death has really over performed in my meta. The lifegain is incidental, but being able to clear graveyards of problematic cards repeatably is fantastic, especially on a cheap creature that often has 6+ toughness, so is a good blocker
I do really like Read the Bones, and extra cheap card draw might help compensate for my low land count. It's a shame it's not an Instant, but I might try swapping it out for Ashling, the Extinguisher for a while!
I'll keep an eye on Agent of the Fates and Memorial to Folly, they have seemed ok in the games i've run them, especially Agent of the Fates, which won me a game by itself last night but ill see how they would compare to an Edict spell or basic Swamp when I draw them from now on!
3 months ago
The deck has potential, but I think it's lacking in answers and the average CMC is a bit high for Modern. If you only focus on Milling you're gonna have a bad time handling the board and you might die before you can do your thing
4 months ago
there's a lot of cards out there that destroy all enchantments in one swoop. Since this looks to me like a slow board build, you might as well be playing lots of counterspells and creature removal to hold off opposing plays while you steadily drop shrines. Also I would remove the White and Green shrines from your Mainboard and focus on Red, Blue and Black ones. Red damages your enemy so you can win, Black does that and disrupts his hand by making him discard, Blue keeps your hand fresh and searches for answers. Also, Mirror Gallery can compensate your legendary handicap.
You need a stronger and more consistent mana base. Removing 2 colors will help you a lot. Dual lands, check lands, fetch lands and shock lands will do you wonders. Chromatic Sphere or Chromatic Star will help fill the gaps while refunding themselves instead of Pentad Prism.
I understand this isn't a deck that's meant to be a tournament winner, but mostly to play on multiplayer with friends, but still, there's improvements to be made here that would make your build more frightning to others and fun for you. Hope I helped :)
5 months ago
As far as when to play Hangarback or Ballista, it will really depend on the matchup. If you're against something like infect, or devoted-druid, you'll want Ballista down asap so you can mess with your opponents plans and stop them getting an early win. Other games, it's better to hold onto Ballista for the late game. Generally the timing to play Ballista will depend on what you're up against, and will be something to learn over time. For Hangarback, you generally want to play it T2 if you're planning to have 3 lands but only casting a cmc2 creature on T3 (because this means that you can also tap Hangarback for an extra counter). Generally it's not worth waiting to play Hangarback, as it's better just to get it down early and slowly make it bigger to put pressure on your opponent to deal with it.
As far as sideboard cards for Karn, you'll want to scope out what your meta is like and bring hate cards for what people are running. I would say including 1-2 Liquimetal Coating is a must, as it lets Karn start sniping lands (turn them to artifacts with 0 toughness using Karns plus ability, so they die). Other than that, these are probably some good options to consider:
Wurmcoil Engine (seeing as you already have one, and might help in grindy games)
Voltaic Key (useful if you have a Steel Overseer out that isn't being dealt with)
Lodestone Golem (slows down storm)
What cards you include will depend on what kinds of decks you typically find yourself up against, but also your budget. So far my advise has all been assuming that you're wanting to keep this relatively cheap - but this might not be the case? If you intend to be spending big-bucks on cards, there are more options available, but this might also mean you would want to build a completely different deck to what i've suggested so far (for example, this deck is my current artifact deck, which is a very competitive near-top-tier artifact deck. I've assumed so far that you're playing slightly more casually, and I might be wrong here?)