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If an opponent cast a blue spell this turn, you may pay R rather than pay Ricochet Trap's mana cost.
Change the target of target spell with a single target.
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Ricochet Trap Discussion
2 weeks ago
Hey mmcgeach! I like your list too! Obviously it has had a lot of influence on mine :P
Prepare for an essay... :)
Tainted Pact has been nuts. The card is excellent had has been instant speed Demonic Tutor on multiple occasions. I have never done the Laboratory Maniac thing with it cause it has just never really lined up that way. I tend to play Breya a little more conservatively too so if my hand is lab man + tutor I am never gonna go for T. Pact in that spot.
Pull from Eternity is also nuts. Ironically when I first looked into playing Breya it was one of the first things I wanted to cut but I wanted to give it a legit show before cutting it and am eternally grateful I did. The card is just soooo much better than it looks on paper.
So Timetwister is an interesting one. I noticed your lack of inclusion of the card and tried the deck without it at first but quickly realized the card is waaaay to busted to not play. Even the times where you have been setting up your graveyard for a few turns and you are hit with twister it doesn't really matter cause you are getting 7 cards out of it. And I have cast it more than once as a way to disrupt the rest of the tables' graveyard shenanigans because our combo isn't that hard to set up at our leisure once the noise of the first few turns has played out. Once again, we are more of the "control" deck of the table than a true all in combo, so the time it stalls the table from comboing generally favors us. Obviously the times with a bunch of mana rocks into Twister on turn 1 or 2 is just over the top powerful but I have honestly found it to be as good as Wheel of Fortune despite apparent disynergy. Note: The card isn't anywhere near as good as it is in Competitive Yidris Storm which is the other deck I play a lot of (I like my 4 color monstrosities) so we are honestly one of the decks where twister is at its worst, but ultimately I think it is still too good not to be an include. I have been happy with it.
Completely agree with your points on Dark Petition. I considered both when making the swap and ended on Grim Tutor because it was a card I didn't really mind taking my entire turn to cast, but the card has been incredibly mediocre so I began considering Dark Petition again. I have honestly considered switching back to like Thirst for Knowledge or Night's Whisper over it or something. I haven't HATED it but its not exciting. I mean ffs, its only one mana off of Diabolic Tutor and that card is completely unplayable.
Yea... I cut Pyroblast. There is a lot more Hermit Druid decks, Food Chain decks, Elf decks and random creature decks like Captain Sisay in my local meta so the card just wasn't really doing much for me. I would probably consider it for a more open meta but locally the card is pretty dead. (To be honest, I think I would still consider like Ricochet Trap or something I feel is slightly more flexible in a more open meta game). I have considered Fatal Push or Forked Bolt as potential adds for my local game. The ol' "kill two mana idiots on my turn 1" is really tempting to try.
Izzet Charm is GREAT. It kinda does a little of everything we want to do. I use all three of the modes on that card pretty consistently and its flexibility is intoxicating. I don't see myself ever cutting that card to be honest. And as mentioned above, the fact it let me splice in another creature removal spell was really important for my creature heave meta. I haven't actually found very many times where the creatures I want to kill have had more than 2 toughness though to be honest.
The thing about Thought Scour is that the card feels free. Like even if you don't want to USE the graveyard for your Doomsday piles, it still lets you churn through the cards faster. If you draw it, it doesn't really cost that much to just cycle it, it makes your Brainstorm into "perfect Brainstorms" acting as another shuffle effect, and it kinda has synergy with Vampiric Tutor making the aforementioned tutor into an Entomb. All around the card feels so free to include, and tbh, I am kind of awful at Doomsday piles. I think I have only one once casting DD and in general find any other way to win. So the more options I have with DD after casting it the better off I would like to think I am. I would be open to cutting it but haven't had any really negative situations with it. Plus you can shut off other people's Enlightened Tutor, Mystical Tutor, and Vampiric Tutors which is pretty sick.
Angel's Grace is really interesting. There aren't very many games I lose casting Ad Naus, albeit, like Timetwister, we don't make Ad Naus look nearly as busted as Yidris Storm does and that is moderately frustrating. I have definitely had some underwhelming flips but it is still so rare that I lose with it that I think trying to include a. grace just for that is probably not good enough to justify a spot. But I am pretty enchanted with the idea of a. gracing as another copy of Silence to disrupt other people's combos. Probably worth trying but I don't see it being a major player. Like I said, I am eyeing cards like Ricochet Trap, Forked Bolt, and/or Fatal Push as pretty reasonable adds. Though it still bugs me to no end that I can't fit a Preordain in this deck but have room for a Thought Scour.
1 month ago
You're running all these richochet effects, but Ricochet Trap isn't on the list. It doesn't copy the spell, but it does have the trap ability. If your meta runs a lot of blue, this could be a good alternative.
2 months ago
If you want to stop a counter you can also use Ricochet Trap and you wouldn't even need to splash blue
4 months ago
Scorprix wouldn't Ash Zealot Vexing Devil or for a good haste enabler Mass Hysteria or Expedite and for pump spells Balduvian Rage or Assault Strobe Ghitu Firebreathing or Rush of Blood and for instant speed protection Apostle's Blessing or Ricochet Trap of course side board Ricochet Trap tho
4 months ago
5 months ago
To be honest in a mono blue deck that has 24 instants, i don't worry that much about living end.
they can have only so many Living Ends and Ricochet Traps in deck...
However hosing Nahiri, the Harbinger, or Collected Company would be a major boost.
And apparently Grafdigger's Cage does that.
It would be very nice if there was some permanent way to screw with Aether Vial, but one can only ask or so much in modern i guess...
5 months ago
Chain Reaction is a really good board wipe: it's inexpensive, has a low CMC, and almost always kills everything.Staff of Nin is recurring card draw and it's cheap. Mind's Eye is more expensive but probably better at drawing cards. Magus of the Wheel and Dragon Mage are more wheel effects you could try. You might also want to try Mana Flare, Treasonous Ogre, or Caged Sun for even more mana to sink into Ashling.
You might want to try damage doublers: Furnace of Rath, Insult / Injury, Quest for Pure Flame, Dictate of the Twin Gods, Curse of Bloodletting, Gratuitous Violence, or Overblaze. All of these are pretty inexpensive.
Copying spells is a neat way to increase the value of your burns. You could try any of these: Reverberate, Wild Ricochet, Fork, Chandra, the Firebrand, Dual Casting, Dualcaster Mage, Increasing Vengeance, Howl of the Horde. You can also use most of these to copy pesky counterspells or copy draw or ramp spells. Price of Glory is great since you're mostly playing at sorcery speed. Pyroblast, Red Elemental Blast, Ricochet Trap, and Burnout are good for hating on blue players. Overmaster, Reroute, or Shunt might be okay too.
6 months ago
The boots are usually the best choice.
Against Imprisoned in the Moon you can also play cards that redirect like Shunt and Ricochet Trap to throw it somewhere else. Also, protection from blue will prevent the creature to be targeted (Sword of Fire and Ice, Sword of Body and Mind). Unstable Obelisk and Scour from Existence can remove it. Even Pyroblast if you're frequently playing against blue.