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
1 week 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.
1 week 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 weeks 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.
3 weeks 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.
3 weeks 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
1 month ago
and also a Young Pyromancer (EMA)
1 month ago
I did say it was a ton:
Arbor Elf x5, Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, Misdirection (masques), Dakmor Salvage x3 (2 FUT, 1 DD), Sudden Shock x2, Wild Nacatl x2, Qasali Pridemage, Martyr of Sands x2, Nimble Mongoose, Thought Scour x4 (3 DKA, 1 DD), Skred x4, Kor Firewalker x4, Zealous Persecution x2, Firespout, Magma Jet (DD), Dissipate x2 (M15), Darksteel Citadel x2, Breakthrough (CNS), Sakura-Tribe Elder x4, Duress x4 (M13), Sulfur Elemental x2, Vapor Snag, Ornithopter x4, Wipe Away, Mystical Teachings x2, Boreal Druid x3, Volcanic Fallout (CNS), Ingot Chewer x4, Empty the Warrens x4, Punishing Fire x4, Condemn x4, Dragon's Claw x4, Combust x4, Elvish Visionary x4, Farseek x4, Edge of Autumn x4 (FUT), Repeal x4 (GPT), Think Twice x4 (TSP), Intangible Virtue x4, Raise the Alarm x2, Celestial Purge x4, Ray of Revelation (JUD), Apostle's Blessing x4, Patrician's Scorn x4 (FUT), Wispmare x4, Leonin Relic-Warder x2, Izzet Staticaster, Grapple with the Past x3, Take Inventory x2, Steel Sabotage x4, Zulaport Cutthroat x2, Blessed Alliance, Lightning Storm, Welding Jar, Stubborn Denial, Dispel (2 RTR, 2 BFZ), Faerie Macabre x2, Tuktuk Scrapper, and Energy Flux
That's everything I have that's unlisted from your wants. Everything that's listed as a match I checked to make sure I still have, so request anything. There are a few cards that I've offered to other people for trades, so if you want them I'll wait a day or two on their reply (specifically, the Eldrazi Displacers you mentioned).
Since you mentioned edition, I tried to be accurate on what printing each card is with these. I can't guarantee that everything in my binder is 100% accurate on edition, but I try to do my best to make sure each card is at least showing the correct art and card frame.
Cards of yours I'm specifically interested in are: Diabolic Intent, 2 Stoneforge Mystics, Gate to Phyrexia, Monastery Mentor, 2 Toxic Deluge, Forbidden Orchard, and Quirion Ranger, though of course I'll trade for any other matches as well.
Hope to hear from you.
1 month ago
This deck is in dire need of card draw and mana ramp, because it only has Staff of Nin in the former category and zero in the latter. In EDH, opponents have twice as much life as a normal game of Magic, which means in order to aggro your opponents down, you will need to keep your hand refreshed, and to be able to play your bigger threats earlier.
The amount of spot removal in this list, especially in weak forms like Shock and Tribal Flames, isn't necessary. Typically when you're facing multiple opponents, targeted removal isn't as useful, and when you do need it, you need to make it unconditional, like Doom Blade and Go for the Throat.
Another category that is missing is wraths. Even when playing aggro, in a multiplayer setting, boardwipes are necessary for value, and to save yourself when you are behind.
With these points in mind, I would try to find ways to incorporate the following list of cards:
Rakdos Signet, Nirkana Revenant, Crypt Ghast, Asylum Visitor, Stromkirk Occultist, Solemn Simulacrum, Sign in Blood, Blasphemous Act, Stensia Banquet, Decree of Pain, Black Sun's Zenith, Sol Ring, Urza's Incubator, Caged Sun, Gilded Lotus, Commander's Sphere, Talisman of Indulgence, Chromatic Lantern, Phyrexian Arena, Temple of the False God, and Cabal Coffers.
I know that's a long list of cards, and that some of them are pretty pricy, but a good standard in EDH is to have around 8-10 mana ramp cards, 8-10 card draw spells, 4-5 spot removal, 4-5 boardwipes, and 5-6 tutors.
I would cut from the list cards that are either weak spot removal, or less effective in a multiplayer setting, or not on-theme (in this case, vampires, counters, and proliferate):
For more ideas, I highly recommend using the website edhrec.com since it offers a database of popularly-used cards for your commander to get ideas (I can't hyperlink it for some reason). You can also check out my own Olivia Voldaren Vampire EDH deck for other ideas.