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Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't cast spells or activate abilities that aren't mana abilities.)
Sudden Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
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Sudden Shock Discussion
4 weeks ago
M O R E I N S T A N T S P E E D R E M O V A L. Ya, uhhhh Lightning Bolt, Smelt, Sudden Shock, Reverberate or Reiterate, Starstorm, Incinerate, Flame Javelin, and Volcanic Fallout are some options. If some prick coughmecough is playing infinites, you better have a response.
1 month ago
You aren't playing any green. Cut your Steam Vents for a Taiga. Cut mainboarded Mindbreak Trap, Pyroblast, Sudden Shock and about 4 lands. You want a land base of 1 of each basic, 4 Volcs, 4 Wastelands and the rest fetches.
Delver of Secrets Flip. Delver of Secrets Flip, Monastery Swiftspear, Soul-Scar Mage, Stormchaser Mage, 14 creatures total is the standard line up. Eidolon of the Great Revel doesn't see play in Legacy delver because of brainstorm etc.
Cut Preordain for Probe. Playset of Bolt and Chain Lightning. 2 Price of Progress. 4 Daze.
1 month ago
Siding out Beast Within? That's super-interesting! I have to confess I would never have thought of that .... I always think about pulling more in, I don't think I've ever thought about pulling any out! I think you just leveled me up ... yet again! :-)
I like the idea of another Bonfire of the Damned too. Three in the main is great (because I generally hate having one in my opening hand), but they're SO nice for killing mana-dorks ... I'll take a look!
Chameleon Colossus has been amazing. I've had 2-3 in mainboard for 30 matches now, and I'm 23-7 (77%). In the 30 matches before that, I was 17-13 (57%). Some of that is just beciuase I'm more comfortanble with the deck now, but a lot of it's Colossus. Also, this is just casual play (e.g., the Tournament Practice room and Friendly Leagues on MTGO, and pickup games/tournaments at my LGS), so your mileage may vary.
Colossus' protection from Black is of course great, but I think the real value is that it absolutely preys on people who don't RTFC ... I've frankly lost count of all the people who don't really 'get' the card until they declare no blocks and I pump to 8/8 (or twice now, 16/16). All props go to Spijker.
As always, thanks tons for the thoughts and tips. Draw well!
2 months ago
From your thread before:
Yeah, you need to drop that curve. 5 mana spells and burn don't work together.
Not sure about that sideboard. They are consistently meta-dependent, so worry about that when you start playing with the deck.
Just needs to be more streamline, that's my thoughts.
As an aside, Bedlam Reveler is an awesome addition. I suggest that, it's great.
Hope that helps! If you have any questions, ask away.
2 months ago
Yes this works exactly how you explained it. It seems like you understand already how this works but you were hoping it doesn't lol
If you try to answer (removal/damage/whatever) your opponent placing a -1/-1 counter on the Druid, then yes, your opponent can respond to your attempt to disrupt the combo by simply using the ability again. They will get whatever amount of mana they want, and creatures may die once your answer resolves, but they'll still have the mana.
You could try Sudden Death or Sudden Shock to kill the Druid, or you could even disrupt the combo for a turn by using Sudden Spoiling or Wipe Away, so anything with Split Second would help disrupt it, but in the absence of this, they would get the mana yes. If they can't use the mana immediately with a permanent on the battlefield and if they aren't holding an instant that would use it, Glorious End will help.
But yes, it is a very difficult-to-disrupt combo.
2 months ago
I would concur with the others about your sideboard. Soulfire Grand Master really isn't what you want against aggro or in the mirror. Kor Firewalkers backed up by Path to Exile to deal with your opponents' Kor Firewalkers is where you want to go. You also want Path to Exile so you don't just scoop to a Wurmcoil Engine on turn 3 from a Tron player.
I'd probably change your sideboard to look something like:
If you are wanting to build up a Tribal Flames list, you play black for Bump in the Night and blue for Geist of Saint Traft. I play Tribal Zoo myself with Siege Rhino, Noble Hierarch, Tarmogoyf, and Wild Nacatl. I'll post my deck here if you want or you can find it in my profile.
2 months ago
How did your event go with this deck? I know I'm a little late commenting from your post in the Modern forum a few days ago, but the only change I could see you making with this deck is swapping out the 2 Kor Firewalkers and shaving a Sudden Shock for 3x Leyline of Sanctity to protect against both burn and discard instead of just burn. Death's Shadow running all the discard really hurts a deck like this that has only a few ways to draw cards.
2 months ago
Welcome back to Modern!
I'm very new to Ponza (I'm MUCH more of an Infect player), so please take these comments with some healthy skepticism! There are (at least) two Merfolk decks at my second-favorite LGS but I have yet to play either. But I've been reading up/planning for the match-up, so here are some thoughts:
- Keep Beast Within (for killing Lords) and Bonfire of the Damned (for killing everyone) for sure.
- Blood Moon is actually not terrible, since it shuts down Cavern of Souls and Mutavault.
- Keep some mana up when casting Instants and Sorceries if at all possible, to pay the Cursecatcher/Spell Pierce tax.
- Post-board, expect more Tappers (e.g., Tidebinder Mage, Bouncers (e.g., more Vapor Snags or maybe Echoing Truth), and Counters (e.g., Unified Will).
- Some other cards to consider: Firespout, Sudden Shock, and Trinisphere (I run 2x in sideboard and though I don't know yet how it is against Merfolk, it's been great against other fast decks like Elves and Bogles).
Bottom line: If I was boarding your deck against Fish, I'd try ...
- Out: 3x Stone Rain, 1x Blood Moon, 1x Mwonvuli Acid-Moss
- In: 4x Anger of the Gods, 1x Thrun, the Last Troll