Counter target spell unless its controller pays (2) plus an additional (2) for each card named Rune Snag in each graveyard.
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Rune Snag Discussion
1 week ago
I appreciate you taking the time to answer, and in such depth. Its helping me better understand the nature of the deck.
Regarding Rune Snag - I understand that most Modern games last 5 rounds, but surely, in your experience, most Modern games with a deck like this usually last longer, don't they? Much longer in some cases. I don't think Rune Snag would be an ideal replacement for Mana Leak generically, but isn't it a different case with this particular deck? Ditto to a lesser degree with Ancestral Vision - it would really only in there for the purpose of making it into your opening hand, right?
1 week ago
I very much appreciate your comments and am already considering some of your suggestions. Since you've played this style of deck before, can I get your thoughts on the inclusion of Unsubstantiate and Rune Snag over Mana Leak, the use of Phantasmal Image, my sideboard and my relative mix of creatures as a whole?
2 weeks ago
Want to make sure your opponent can't pay up? Limited Resources does wonders. All of your artifact mana will ensure it doesn't hurt you too bad, either.
You might also like a touch of soft countering, like Mana Leak or Rune Snag. Just when someone thinks they've saved up for an out, you can knock 'em on their ass. Disrupt is even more insulting, if you're feeling brave! Aura of Silence would probably make a good sideboard option.
3 weeks ago
I don't see how you could mill yourself?
Also, I love Izzet Charm's versatility so much that I would run the playset of it. Really helps you find what you need AND ditch what you wanna reanimate + kill early threats + sometimes is relevant as a counterspell.
I also love, when building Ux with looting effects, to run Rune Snag over Mana Leak. I think it's an underrated cards. Early game, is more than enough most of the time. After that, it gets completely ridiculous to pay. Since you can throw them away it works very well should you happen to have several copies in hand ;)
3 weeks ago
Good day, all. I have a core concept that I'd really like to turn into a competitive Modern deck if its possible.
(EDIT: if you wish, you can view my updated deck here - Simic Counter-Combo)
These are the primary cards:
- Leech Bonder + Paradise Mantle = move counters as often as necessary
- Leech Bonder + Paradise Mantle + Devoted Druid = -1/-1 counters as necessary to keep the board clear
- Leech Bonder + Paradise Mantle + Hardened Scales = Infinite +1/+1 counters
- Leech Bonder + Paradise Mantle + Hardened Scales + Gyre Sage = Infinite green mana
- Leech Bonder + Paradise Mantle + Hardened Scales + Devoted Druid = Infinite -1/-1 counters and green mana
- Leech Bonder + Paradise Mantle + Hardened Scales + Sage of Hours = Infinite turns
(Leech Bonder + Paradise Mantle + Hardened Scales + Fathom Mage will allow infinite draws as well, but I'm not automatically including it due to its higher casting cost and the fact that it would be a bit redundant with the Sage of Hours combo.)
So here's my quandary - how to turn that core of 20 cards into an effective and competitive deck strategy. I started off with the following:
Let's say I go with those - that leaves 12 slots. At the moment, some of the options I'm eyeing hardest are:
For card draw/counter creation (3):
For protection/disruption (8):
- Cyclonic Rift
- Rune Snag
- Mana Leak
- Spell Pierce
- Turn Aside
- Swan Song
- Pact of Negation
And then there are the 'X-Factor' cards, cards which could accelerate the combo like Summoner's Pact or give me alternate win conditions, like Helix Pinnacle or Sphinx's Tutelage. At this point I'm mentally dealing with a bit of 'option paralysis', so any and all help in sifting through the possibilities would be more appreciated.
1 month ago
1 month ago
I love UW control decks and I love Ravnica, therefor detain decks are super fun and interesting to me.
I'm not too into Modern, but I have done a little bit here and there. Unfortunately Counterspell is illegal in Modern, so I would recommend swapping it to either Remand or Render Silent if you want to stay on theme, but still have nice counter magic. You could also/instead choose to use Arcane Denial, Mana Leak, or Rune Snag (if you ran 4x Rune Snag).
I would say to get rid of the Planeswalkers personally, for more blink and flicker. I think Venser, Shaper Savant should possibly go back in. You could accompany him with Ghostway or Flickerform to add enough redundancy to your game plan.
Long story short, I like the deck and these builds because they are really controlling and can be quite cheap. If you have any questions, you could look into my UW detain EDH deck for inspiration (majority of the cards are Modern legal):
Commander / EDH
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