Sudden Shock

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters (MMA) Uncommon
Time Spiral (TSP) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Sudden Shock

Instant

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

clayperce on Serious Ponza

4 days ago

GeminiSpartanX,
3x Courser of Kruphix is partly for my Burn match-up and partly for the synergy with Tireless Tracker and Chandra, Torch of Defiance. I struggle with Burn a little, and was surprised to find Courser outperform Kitchen Finks in the match-up ... I think it's partly because Courser is a better blocker, but mostly because nobody is going to waste a Skullcrack or Kolaghan's Command on a Courser. Then I was surprised to find how good Courser was with Chandra and Tracker. Turns out that knowing exactly when to draw (via Clue), Exile (via Chandra), or just let the top card sit there is GREAT. That made me go up to 3x Chandras, which has been great as well, in all kinds of match-ups. Shaving a 5-drop threat though is definitely a bummer, so I could frankly argue it either way.

I went with a Crumble to Dust over a fourth Acid-Moss because I don't need as much Ramp now (partly because of the extra Chandra, and partly because my curve is a little lower). I went Crumble over a Tracker or 4-drop threat because of Tron and Titan Shift. I know that some people argue there's no need for us to make our good match-ups better, but I disagree ... I want maximum win percentage vs. the expected field, and they're a big part of my meta so I think it makes sense. Or maybe I'm just a bad person who loves how demoralizing Crumble can be to Tron and Valakut pilots! :-)

I've always loved Bolt, and sometimes even "pre-board" 1-2x into the main. It's superb vs. Storm and almost any deck with small Creatures (e.g., Hatebears, Abzan Vizier, Affinity, Humans). Any efficient Instant-speed removal will do though ... I like Sudden Shock for example much better against Infect, and it's also solid vs. Abzan Vizier and Affinity (since they can't combo off or Modular in response).

Affinity is my worst Top Tier match-up, so please take my thoughts on it with healthy skepticism. But for them I leave the Moons, pull every bit of LD and maybe some non-flying Creature, and add as many Bolts, Grudges, Abrades, Shatterstorms, and Angers as I can. I've been on 7x pieces of Affinity "forever", which has resulted in a 38% win percentage. Since Affinity has gone up in the meta lately though, I've recently shifted to 9x.

I normally bring in both Grudges vs. E-Tron (especially if I think they have frazzin' Wurmcoil), in favor of a Courser and a Tracker.

Good luck (and good skill)!

sylvannos on Is there a better card ...

1 week ago

Have you thought about Atarka's Command? I know it doesn't hit creatures, but the green splash gives you more options for your deck. You can also use your Isochron Scepters to get extra lands into play. Probably the best thing, however, is that you get to play Destructive Revelry in your sideboard.

For strictly Boros colors, other options are Angel's Grace, Dawn Charm, Burst Lightning (you can pay the kicker even when it's imprinted), Deflecting Palm, Galvanic Blast (although you'd need more artifacts in your deck), Intervention Pact, Sudden Shock, Surging Flame, and Pact of the Titan.

Skullcrack is going to likely be the best option, however.

clayperce on RG Ponza 10/8/17

1 month ago

xlaleclx,
Welcome to Ponza!

Frankly, this list looks extremely solid ... a really good "default" list, which you can then tune to satisfy your local meta or personal playstyle. For example, I go anywhere from 0-4x Bonfire in the 75 and 0-2x Thrun in the 75, depending on meta. I also go anywhere from 0-4x Stone Rain in the main, swapping in cards like Kitchen Finks, Courser of Kruphix, and Tireless Tracker.

Some thoughts on the sideboard: I love Sudden Shock vs. Infect, but I like Lightning Bolt in all other cases. I'm also a huge fan of Trinisphere for lots of tough match-ups. And I've moved to Tormod's Crypt lately because it's the only think fast enough to stop Vengevine. I also always consider Crumble to Dust and Magus of the Moon too, to make good match-ups even easier.

Bottom line though: I would not necessarily recommend any of these changes at this point ... this is really just stuff to think about, as you tune the deck over time.

One final thought though, in case you're not already aware: There are active Ponza communities on Reddit and Facebook. Please drop by!

Draw well!

Fryed_Mustard on Counter-Burn

1 month ago

Take out: Gut Shot, Mutagenic Growth, Mystical Tutor, Merchant Scroll, Enigma Drake, Spellheart Chimera, Vivid Crag.
Add: Delver of Secrets  Flip, Remand, Electrolyze, Grim Lavamancer, and maybe Condescend and Shard Volley or Rift Bolt or Searing Blaze which ever one you prefer. If you got the money Goblin Guide, Cryptic Command, and more Snapcaster Mage's. Sideboard could use some of these Spell Snare, Breaking Point, Flames of the Blood Hand, Sudden Shock and maybe Vendilion Clique and/or a Bribery to steal Emrakul, the Aeons Torn or Progenitus from an opponents deck. Guile Is a cool card as well.

Mandalorian on Burning Delver

1 month ago

I typically try and stay away from SB recommendation because every local meta is different and I don't want to steer you wrong in any way. Since you specifically ask I'll try and just give very general suggestions.

It looks like you are lacking artifact hate for Affinity, Lantern, and KCI Combo

Hurkyl's Recall

Vandalblast

Shatterstorm

Shattering Spree

Smash to Smithereens

Abrade

Enchantments can be very difficult for U/R to deal with so you will need bounce spells for cards like Worship, Phyrexian Unlife, and sometimes big planewalkers like Gideon Jura.

Wipe Away

Echoing Truth

Perilous Voyage

You will want some countermagic for control matchups

Negate

Dispel

Spell Pierce

Here are some very matchup specific hate depending on what you are expecting

Storm-Counterflux, Mindbreak Trap

Valakut, Tron-Molten Rain, Blood Moon

Affinity, Infect-Sudden Shock

Hope this helps some!

clayperce on Sideboarding Ponza for competitive(ish) meta?

3 months ago

Everyone,
Thanks so much for all the comments! WOW!


Bovine073,
I've played a bunch of matches with Blood Moon #5 in sideboard, but my match-ups vs. the three-color decks are all good enough that I don't think it's the best use of a sideboard slot for this deck.

Gut Shot's is amazing vs. mana dorks on T1-2, but for anything else and for any turn after that, I like Sudden Shock and Lightning Bolt much better. And to get Gut Shot on T1-2 I'd want to run it as at least a 3-of.

Shatterstorm's great too, and I ran it in sideboard until just recently ... when I discovered (the hard way) what a non-bo it is with my Trinispheres! :-D

I really like the idea of Pithing Needle, but I personally haven't done enough studying/gotten enough reps in with it to use it effectively. I suspect you'll see it in my board this time next year though!

Funny you should ask about Trin' vs. Affinity. I hadn't been bringing it in at, since they can usually dump their hand before it comes online. But I was thinking it could be REALLY effective, so I've been trying it out in lately ... which is why I just pulled the Shatterstorm lol!

Thanks again!


abby315,
Ok, I'm totally embarrassed I never thought of Crumble to Dust! That's EXACTLY what I'm trying to do with Surgical Extraction but Crumble does it so much better it's not even funny. Thanks so much!

Chalice of the Void is amazing, but I like the fact I can still easily cast though Trinisphere. Plus you're right on the budget ... it'd be a solid investment, but the cost prevents me from using it anytime in the near future.

Eidolon of the Great Revel though? That's a VERY intriguing option, and one I had never considered. Thanks so much!


Moonbar,
I love Trinisphere too, and I've been amazed at how useful it is vs a wide range of decks. Against Storm though, I like your idea of Trin' + Gravehate.

Surgical Extraction is actually great as a "generic" sideboard card. It gain us a ton of information, stops every Lightning Bolt/Thoughtseize/whatever after the first, blanks Snapcaster Mage's Flashback ability, nerfs Tarmagoyf, and generally messes with Graveyard decks. And though it's an edge case, you can also use it to reduce the chance of late-game mana flood by hitting your own Fetchland. So when I started thinking about how to beat Titan Shift, it was the first card that came to mind. All that said though, I agree that Crumble to Dust and some better Graveyard hate is MUCH better for what this deck wants to do!

Yeah, every single time I face Burn I think about you and Big Robot! I did a TON of testing a while back with Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip in the main, but I'm embarrassed to say I never really thought about him in sideboard. That's really interesting, and I'll give him a hard look.

I've gone back and forth on Anger of the Gods vs. Bonfire #4 in the sideboard, but your point about GW Company is really good. I think Anger will get the slot again, for now.

I love Beast Within but I don't like seeing it in my opening hand, so I'm not inclined to bump it up to 4x in my 75. If I've got the space though, I know there are enough Planeswalkers, and big beaters (in Colorless, Black, and Green) in the match-up list above to justify Beast #3. We'll see ...

And yeah, Shatterstorm vs. Ancient Grudge is probably going to come down to how whether I end up using Trinisphere vs. Affinity ...

As always, thanks so much!


GeminiSpartanX
Yeah, my mainboard is VERY much optimized for the Death's Shadow match-up, and I've absolutely sacrificed some percentage points vs. Burn to do so. I think that's the right meta call ... though I of course won't know for sure until it's too late! :-D

And I totally agree on the goodness of Blood Moon vs. Boros and Naya Burn. I learned that the hard way early on, when I had the opportunity to cast a Blood Moon in First Main, chose not to (so I could use the mana for something else in Second Main), and promptly died to Deflecting Palm. Oops!

I like Beast Within vs. GW as an Instant-speed answer for Vizier of Remedies or a Knight of the Reliquary I accidentally let get out of hand, but I hate using it on little dudes.

That's a really good point on keeping Sweepers post-board vs. Storm for Empty the Warrens. Thanks!

And I'm with you on Ancient Grudge and Surgical Extraction (now that I've seen Crumble to Dust).

I'm not sure who first taught me about mul'ing aggressively, but it's once I've passed on to others as well. There's one big exception though: When facing a bunch of hand disruption. I'd MUCH rather keep a meh 7, than mul' to an amazing 5 ... which turns into a meh 4 on my opponent's T1!

Thanks again!


wylie72,
Thragtusk is a superb card, but I like Obstinate Baloth better for this deck. Mostly because it's lower on curve but also because its Discard-to-Battlefield effect is randomly useful. Plus, Death's Shadow is already an easy match-up.

Yeah, I keep coming back to Scooze as my favorite Graveyard hate too. I think you'll see it when I update!

I love Anger of the Gods vs. Dredge too (I pulled it out of my sideboard a while back, only because Dredge kind of died off locally). But yours and other comments here have me liking it more and more ...

Idk on Eidolon of the Great Revel yet either ... I look forward to figuring out an opinion though!

Thanks again!


GlistenerAgent,
Good point ... there may actually be more variance here than data!

Other points I try to keep in mind are the timing of my wins and losses (I'm still pretty new to the deck, so plenty of the losses were punts and clueless sideboarding) and the casual-ness of my meta (plenty of the wins were against people testing new cards, rather than against the finely tuned decks they'll be bringing to a PPTQ)

Thanks though for the reminder!


Everyone,
Thank you all again! I REALLY appreciate the time y'all invested in making my deck better!

Kjartan on Is infect dead?

3 months ago

Infect is a dumb, unfair arggo deck that plays like a dumb, unfair combo deck.

Which means is not that great against fair grindy games, like UW control, Death's Shadow, and Goyf Decks. You are bad against Eldrazi Tron because of Chalice of the Void, but with the right sideboard, you can turn the side on that matchup.

You are realy, really good againt Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle decks, though, which are very played right now.

Infect is still good, and the fact that it's unexpected just makes it better. You wont run into the same amount of Sudden Shock and Gut Shot, but you will run into a lot more normal removal. So perhaps either play it slow, and have more interactive pump spells, or keep it as a meta deck, to destroy slower combo'ish decks.

sylvannos on Vintage Vampires

3 months ago

The others are right...this is just a Modern deck with Necropotence and Strip Mine, both of which are restricted in Vintage (yet you're playing multiple copies of both). This deck isn't even using any of the powerful R/B cards for Vintage or Null Rod.

Demonic Consultation, Demonic Tutor, Wasteland, Sol Ring, Dark Ritual, etc. aren't in here, but they should be. How else are you going to deal with the format's established archetypes, like Mentor, Dredge, or MUD? There isn't enough artifact hate (like Ingot Chewer) or ways to deal with your opponent casting a bunch of spells. Sudden Shock is missing in your sideboard to deal with Monastery Mentor.

Like, where are your Skullclamps with Blood Artist to go with Bloodghast? Or Thorn of Amethyst? Blood Moon? Even Chrome Mox wouldn't hurt.

I'm not sure why you decided to make a Vintage deck instead of a Legacy or Modern deck when the most broken thing this deck does is Sinkhole. Even then, Gush players will just laugh in your face.

I guess you can stroke your ego by beating up on some Standard decks?

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