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Counter target spell unless its controller pays plus an additional for each card named Rune Snag in each graveyard.
Rune Snag Discussion
2 months ago
The biggest flaw I see in this deck is the lack of consistency. For the most part, you want to focus on running many 4 copies of most cards (perhaps 2-3 if they have a higher mana cost).
Starting with cards that can win you the game:
Thing in the Ice Flip, which you have one copy of, is a rather potent card that has strong synergy with the remainder of your deck. It comes down early, where it is a good blocker, and then clears way to attack for a large amount of damage fairly quickly. I'd consider running four copies of it.
Frankly, that's about all you need in the way of creatures, unless you want to spring for the powerful, yet pricey Snapcaster Mage . The rest of your deck should be filled with cheap, easy-to-cast spells, so you can stall out the game and transform your Thing in the Ice.
To that end: 4x Opt is a must, as well as 4x Serum Visions for even further card draw. Rune Snag , Mana Leak , and Remand are all solid options for counters in Modern. Archmage's Charm and Cryptic Command are both good for having 2-3 copies of, though you don't want to run a full 4, since you would rather not draw them on turns 1 and 2. Vapor Snag and Unsummon are decent tempo cards, though they're a bit more effective in a deck with more creatures.
For cuts, I would get rid of any conditional counterspell or counterspell with a CMC of 3 or more, other than those outlined above, and any tempo card that does not cost 1. Then I would cut the creatures down to those outlined above.
Alternatively, you could go for a more midrange Blue deck with a greater reliance on creatures. I can provide some suggestions for that strategy, if that is the path you wish to go down.
2 months ago
If you are already using Thought Scour in your deck, consider running 4 copies of Rune Snag . I use it in my mono blue delver deck. I prefer it over Mana Leak since it can be less of a dead card in late game.
Also, for a delver deck, you need to run less creatures in order to make the flipping reliable. I have found 12 creatures to work for me.
Check out my take on JP's Izzet Delver (which I tore apart in favor for mono blue) for other suggestions, and a sample sideboard.
5 months ago
Don’t bother with Curious Obsession . Definitely put Delver of Secrets Flip in, maybe taking the place of siren stormtamer or tempest djinn. I have played mono blue control before and I don’t think tempest djinn is worth it. Rune Snag would be a good cheap counterspell. If you have a god eternal kefnet, he should probably take the place of the djinn. It would maybe be better to play Opt than favorable winds.
5 months ago
Well, here's what I would do:
-all 15 creatures
+4 Fatal Push
+4 Rune Snag
+1 Mana Leak
5 months ago
Bolas in modern, huh. The only way you're gonna be getting to 7 mana in this format is by going all-in on the control plan, so a Spirit subtheme probably won't work out too well as they're more for tempo/aggro decks. Instead, I'd go for a good ol' grixis control shell, like this: Grixis Control. Lots of removal, usually 4-6 hand disruption spells, and some counterspells.
Your most important cards are Fatal Push and Lightning Bolt , which are two of the best removal spells in the format. If you're willing to buy I suggest that you make getting playsets of them a top priority since they're used in pretty much every deck with their colors. Next, I should ask how you want to play: do you want to focus more on killing creatures, countering spells, or be proactive and make your opponents discard cards? I only ask this because I assume you don't want to shell out your entire fortune on buying cards like Snapcaster or Liliana, which let grixis decks do all of those things equally well. Your answer will help with card choices and also with mana base building, which is kind of tricky in budget 3-color control decks. I suggest going more counterspell/removal heavy since there are good, cheap counterspells like Mana Leak that make it easier to build a decent deck for less money and it'll stack up better against what you face locally (except maybe the UR control deck) if you focus on those.
Basic advice is this: focus more on removal and counterspells, less on spirits and you're pretty much good to go. If you're willing to spend money on this deck, all the cards you need to know of are in the deck I linked above. Recommended budget spells for the main: Mana Leak / Rune Snag , Terminate , Mission Briefing , Cry of the Carnarium / Anger of the Gods , Inquisition of Kozilek (not budget but if you're buying them anyway you should put them in), Opt .
6 months ago
the deck i use doesn't really have the same theme as what you're going for, but i don't mind explaining my deck. my spirit build has a lot of counterspells like Mana Leak and Rune Snag , with Mausoleum Wanderer and Spell Queller as my "counterspells on wings". it also has lots of power/toughness boosts in Supreme Phantom , Favorable Winds , and Drogskol Captain .
i'm not saying Soulherder doesn't work for bouncing creatures with etb effects. thats exactly what it was intended for. i'm saying it doesn't work in the usual spirit tribal build, because most spirits don't have meaningful ETB's.
7 months ago
So you know, Counterspell isn't legal in modern atm. Mana Leak or Rune Snag would be your next best options (both of those are also better than Cancel ). If you want to keep it closer to Standard you can play Quench there as well.
8 months ago
How do you feel about a green splash?
R/B are arguably the worst 2 colors for sideboards (with white then green being the best).
As for Tron, pick your flavor of land destruction. Crumble to Dust is my pick. They can win through almost any form of hate, even Blood Moon and Pithing Needle effects so you just need to be quicker than they are. Keeping them off Tron will makes things easier.
Your actually decently tech'd against burn with Izzet Charm , Rune Snag , Lightning Bolt and Remand . If you need something more Kraken's Eye or Dragon's Claw can work wonders. I'm a personal fan of Amulet of Safekeeping as it's useful for against many decks and great against Storm. I also like Fountain of Renewal since it can be played turn 1 and involves no additional investment, plus can be cashed in if it gets to a point its not needed.
As far as the graveyard decks, you could run Relic of Progenitus or Surgical Extraction without splashing. You could run Leyline of the Void but if you side it in you would have to commit to mulling for it. Sentinel Totem and Tormod's Crypt are decent as well.
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