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Simian Spirit Guide
Creature — Ape Spirit
Exile Simian Spirit Guide from your hand: Add (Red) to your mana pool.
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Simian Spirit Guide Discussion
1 day ago
After reading through everything since last time, has gotten everyone riled up for nothing and then when they explain that MNBL would ruin the format, amongst ruining a secondary marketplace, and says that isn't the point.
Also, after playtesting Eldrazi, Storm (UR with Treasure Cruise , Rite of Flame , Dig Through Time , Ponder , Preordain , Gitaxian Probe , Manamorphose , Chrome Mox , Simian Spirit Guide , Seething Song , etc.), Eldrazi (Mono-red I think is best with a powerful aggro-prison plan based around Chalice), and Miracles (Jeskai, splashing red for B-Moon), Miracles edged out Eldrazi slightly because of Terminus for their explosive plays, and dredge actually was pretty good too.
Those were basically the only decks that stood up in the format. Delver decks I attempted to build (Mono-U, UR, Grixis, UB, etc.) all fell short on answers, while consistently flipping delver it just didn't do enough, Non-miracles control were bad w/o Leovold, and the format was just really degenerate.
DnT needed more efficient land destruction to beat Miracles, or faster Thalia, Guardian of Thraben to beat the storm list that often went off turn 1-2, Stoneblade was just way too fair and died too easily, Mother of Runes needs to be in the format for a lot of those fair decks to exist easily.
2 days ago
but the thing is...there really isn't enough tools to keep certain decks in check. or at least, not in any one players deck. i'll use your example of affinity again. sure theres lots of artifact removal, but how much will ever see mainboard play? and how much of your sideboard can you afford to dedicate to artifact removal, knowing there are other decks to interact with as well?
no offense man, it just doesn't seem like you've played a whole lot of modern. if you had, you'd have seen Simian Spirit Guide being used and would have known it wasn't banned. the other piece of evidence is that you just really seem to be underestimating the power of the format and the top decks in it.
2 days ago
looks like I was mistaken about Simian Spirit Guide PlatinumOne... i did a google search and came up empty at least as far as this ban list timeline is concerned. Nevertheless its still a good tool to be used both in and against decks out there.
2 days ago
: Simian Spirit Guide has been legal the entire time i've played modern for the last few years. do you have any source or a timeframe for when it was banned?
2 days ago
PlatinumOne sorry i wasnt too specific in my bullet points earlier. no Simian Spirit Guide isnt currently banned (but it was until recently) and i meant to say that it would be used to help cast Trinisphere .
dies to removal is basically a meme at this point but c'mon its true... Deathrite Shaman only hase 2 toughness doesnt have haste/shroud/hexproof/indestructible...can be named with Pithing Needle ...can be countered can be discarded.
Golgari Grave-Troll is great just like Stinkweed Imp ... just bounce it with Vapor Snag ... insert grayvard removal like Nihil Spellbomb or Rest in Peace or Tormod's Crypt or Relic of Progenitus ...why cant i hold all this graveyard removal?
Eye of Ugin isn't stopped by Damping Sphere but the other typical tron lands like Urza's Mine , Urza's Power Plant and Urza's Tower dont like it... Blood Moon and other options like Tectonic Edge or better exist.
3 days ago
and how do any of the cards you listed stop miracles?
storm decks wouldnt "really" be stopped the same way if there was no banlist. they'd be too fast.
"dies to removal" has always been a weak argument.
"graveyard hate" doesn't change the fact that while you're waiting to draw it, Golgari Grave-Troll just speeds up dredge too much.
3 days ago
From what i see a lot of "Boogiemen" that people talk about...seem to have existing answers in the format already....
Storm decks would be answered in the same way that they are dealt with now. and if not then people will probably run more Chalice of the Void , Mindbreak Trap , Trinisphere and Simian Spirit Guide and others.
Deathrite Shaman is a creature at the end of the day... dies to removal and an be countered.
Golgari Grave-Troll .....there is just tons of graveyard hate in the format
Mental Misstep is a free Counterspell that shuts down turn one plays.... i just think that would be healthy for hypothetically unbanning other spells at the end of the day.
While i do agree that a Ban list is cleaner...I just wanna be an advocate for a restricted list for the cards that cant be dealt with with the Modern card pool.
there are a lot of powerful decks around today that are very very good but not unbeatable... just like unbanning Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Simian Spirit Guide recently it changed the landscape a bit but we didnt lose Modern over it.
6 days ago
Yeah, Gemstone Caverns can be played from opening hand after initial draw and mulligans/scry take place, but before the 1st player actually plays anything ... which can enable the 2nd player to cast Instants as early as the 1st player's Upkeep :-D
If not played for the opener though, it's just a normal land drop.
I'm only aware of a few decks that have figured out how to (ab)use the card:
- Colorless Eldrazi, where it plays nicely with Serum Powder and Eternal Scourge , generally enabling a Turn 1 Chalice of the Void for X=1, or with Simian Spirit Guide and Eldrazi Temple for truly busted stuff.
- Rx Prison decks (usually Mono-R, but also RW and RB), for early Chalice, Ensnaring Bridge or Blood Moon .
- Mono-U Tron, for an early sideboard Chalice and (rarely) for counterspells.
Of note, it's Legendary, so more than one in the opener is kind of a bummer.
Simian Spirit Guide occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.03%
All decks: 0.99%
All decks: 1.2%