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
2 days ago
Ah, thank you. I really like trying to make budget decks work, and I agree with you wholeheartedly.
I'll think about Meddling Mage in the sb, that does seem very good against combo. I think Supreme Verdict and Rune Snag would be better in a control-oriented deck, which isn't where this deck is really trying to go. The extra mana tax on Mana Leak makes it better than Rune Snag in this deck, as it's just a hedge to keep opponents from interrupting our game plan in the mid game right before or during our big swing. Rune Snag is best as a four-of in decks that look to go long. Boros Charm is definitely an upgrade to Temur Battle Rage, though. The only reason I didn't include it along with Path to Exile in the main is because of the budget.
I don't really like Isochron Scepter in this deck. As you said, it screws up the tempo a bit, but it also doesn't have any great targets to imprint. Most of the deck is centered around playing a Myth Realized or Thing in the Ice Flip on turns 1 or 2, then turboing out 1 mana cantrips or removal spells, and then finishing the game with a big swing. Another thing is that I'd have to play it early on in the game before I run out of spells to imprint, which is when I'd much rather develop a win-con like Thing in the Ice Flip.
Thanks for your suggestions, I'll definitely think about adding a copy or two of Meddling Mage in the sb.
3 days ago
Super cool deck, i love that people are making budget modern decks, buying it for a reasonable price and upgrading decks is one of the joys of magic.
There are some cards that might fit well in this deck, and they are semi budget, im thinking Meddling Mage,Supreme Verdict, Rune Snag and Boros Charm. Meddling mage slows your opponents and i know from experience how annoying this card can be. But it does get bounced by Thing in the ice and it removes some of the spells from the deck but it is super great against combo decks, so maybe sideboard. Supreme Verdict is probably the best sweeper card in the format, but it is pretty expensive in both mana and money. Borus charm should be in this deck, it is super strong. 4 dmg to an opponent, give something double strike or protect all of your creatures. Rune snag is just a very underrated counter spell in my opinion.
Isochron Scepter might work in this deck but it slows down the tempo in a weird way, but i have played it in a similar deck, and against mid range decks it is so incredibly strong. Hope this helps.
1 week ago
Cool deck! A couple suggestions based on observations:
Also, a 1-of Cyclonic Rift would fit well in here, I think. Seems good against convoluted board states, or just random permanents when you need it.
1 week ago
Cool deck. I like illusions too, I have been trying to get it to work for a while. I think that you might want to take out the Chronozoas and Anticipates for Jace's Phantasm and Krovikan Mist, as they are evasive beaters, and they fill oit the curve, and then a playset of Adaptive Automaton, because it is another lord, and tribal decks generally want as many lords as possible. Also, I think that you want Mana Leak over Rune Snag, because you probably won't actually get any others in your graveyard, so I think that it is just better, but not majorly so. Anyway, aside from that, sweet deck, definitely +1 from me :)
3 weeks ago
take out all Revolutionary Rebuffs and another card.
add a playset of Rune Snag
3 weeks ago
You might want to drop Baral's Expertise as you rarely want to cast a card with it at sorcery speed and without that benefit, it isn't very good.
Going down a couple Rise from the Tides wouldn't hurt as you don't really need to cast it multiple times and drawing it early is just a dead card.
Scourge of Fleets is similar, so you might want to drop it entirely or go down to one.
You want to drop down to 24 or so islands.
This should get you to around 60 cards.
1 month ago
Mind Sculpt is pretty good, if you're not in black.
Hedron Crab is a blocker while milling your opponent.
AEtherize is a good mass board bounce card.
Tranquil Cove is a good budget duel land.
2 months 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?