Whenever Trygon Predator deals combat damage to a player, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment that player controls.
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I don't know why your not using Simic Growth Chamber it grants mana potential in the long game as long as you don't mind taking the tempo hit which your deck doesn't seem to do much early anyways. Also you don't run that many Artifacts or Enchantments so Bane of Progress seems good makes a big guy and disrupts opponents a lot. Also similarly Trygon Predator is a good Simic card. You have lots draw potential you might want to have more ramping effects Search for Tomorrow is a good one and if you want to go big Boundless Realms is another.
I have a couple of suggestions for your dec that I thought would be useful.
First, two of your Win Conditions, Hurricane and Squall Line rely on you having more life than your opponents. I know you as a rule don't like any just straight life gain cards, but I think that Horizon Chimera would be worth a spot, since it turns all of you X draw cards into Sphinx's Revelation .
Another area I think that the deck is lacking in is removal due to Green and Blue's weakness in those colors. Curse of the Swine and Trygon Predator help your removal and are very decent on their own rights.
Another good U/G card I think you may have skipped over is Progenitor Mimic . It naturally generates cards advantage, right from the start if the creature you clone is an ETB creature.
@GlistenerAgent: People still play them...in Legacy, EDH, and Vintage.
Lodestone Golem ? Doesn't have four toughness and dies to Lightning Bolt .Trygon Predator ? Stops Birthing Pod , Affinity, etc. but...dies to Lightning Bolt .Meddling Mage doesn't see play because it would often end up naming Lightning Bolt .
The difference is that older formats have Swords to Plowshares , so it doesn't matter if your dudes have 1 toughness or 4,682. You're more concerned about how much value you can get out of them before they get hit by some kind of removal.
Lightning Bolt is the best removal spell in Modern because it can also just be used to kill your opponent and there's no Swords to Plowshares . Lightning Bolt -> Snapcaster Mage at EoT -> Lightning Bolt can be an 8-point life swing, which can just flat out kill your opponent. So if they have no creatures, you can just start shooting them in the face.
But now I'm rambling. The point is Lightning Bolt is hardly banworthy in Modern, but it's far more metagame defining than Tarmogoyf . I think if Tarmogoyf cost $1.75 people would never call for it to be banned and would just accept it as part of the format, like we do with Mana Leak or Inquisition of Kozilek .
Snapcaster Mage Zameck Guildmage Coiling Oracle Mystic Snake Overbeing of Myth Thassa, God of the Sea Diluvian Primordial Trygon Predator Shipbreaker Kraken Kiora, the Crashing Wave Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur Acidic Slime
Exploration is actually not in there for the first turn play. It's in there because when I go off, being able to drop the nykthos (or Gaea's Cradle , when I get one) for some extra mana for doubling cube, as well as a Reliquary Tower , in case something goes wrong, is extremely useful. That's the only reason it's in here will while burgeoning was cut, because while Burgeoning is only good early game, Exploration is great early and late game.
I've thought about Bane of Progress , I'll test it out for sure
I'm assuming you mean a different card other than Through the Breach XD Harrow is a meta call over cultivate/reach, there is a LOT of land destruction in my meta, so being able to turn that destroyed land into 2 new ones at instant speed is usually enough of a tempo play for me to start creeping ahead (or blow them out next turn.) But normally yeah, cultivates would be better.
there aren't enough good 3drops in my colors :/ Maybe Trygon Predator ? eh, I have bad experience with the card, it gets removed more often than not, I'd rather have an ETB trigger. If a good 3drop comes to mind feel free to link it
Spellskite is a good suggestion, I'll add it to the side. Horay for being tezzeret searchable!
@vampirelazarus: They should support Modern because it's been shown how much people enjoy buying sets with older cards. Vintage and Modern Masters sold like Wildfire . They don't make money off of singles, but they can make a ton from making more reprint sets.
@fluffybunnypants: Vintage has traditionally held 7 to 12 tier one decks. Right now, those decks are Kuldotha Forgemaster MUD, Stax, Grixis Control, Fastbond Gush Combo, ANT, Reel Fish, BUG Fish, Death and Taxes, and Burning Oath. Dredge and Noble Fish come in close behind all of those (they're more meta dependent).
Prior to Lorwyn era Extended, there were multiple tier one decks. I remember when Urza's Saga was still in Extended, there was Goblins, Miracle Grow, Affinity, U/W Control, Elves!, Reanimator, Storm, RDW, Life, Stax, Madness...the list goes on.
But what do these formats have that Modern doesn't? You hit the nail on the head: they've banned so many critical pieces of decks and often times arbitrary reasons. When you let people use powerful cards, they will often counter other powerful cards. Part of why BUG Fish does so well in Vintage is because it can drop a Trygon Predator turn one and start attacking your opponent's mana base. There were so many decks in Extended because they didn't go ban hammer happy. It was only when a large section of the card pool rotated out that Faeries (and later Cawblade) took over and killed the format.
In Modern, they just won't let us have nice things. Aggro could get a huge bump if Swords to Plowshares was in the format. Now, everything above 1 CMC doesn't have to have 3 toughness or do something insane (like Dark Confidant ). But nope. Swords to Plowshares is "too powerful for Standard."
@Gidgetimer: Aaron Forsythe said all Pro Tours would be Standard. Check out the Pro Tour Schedule:
All four Pro Tours are Standard and Draft.
Thank you enpc for your suggestions!
I have a Leyline of Anticipation lying around somewhere, I'll definitely swap it out! You're absolutely right, the possibility of starting with it on the battlefield at the beginning of the game is just better. Dunno why I didn't think of it!
Funny enough, at our weekly mtg game night, my friends looked over my deck and asked my why Dissipate wasn't in it. I didn't really have an answer for them, or for you. I also have this card lying around and will swap it in right away! However, I'll probably take out Undermine over Cancel just because of the 3 solid color casting cost over 2.
This is where I have to disagree with you a little bit. So far, Jarad's Orders has been a HUGE asset to this deck. I use it to grab Genesis for my graveyard and Prophet of Kruphix to my hand if I don't have it already. I'll think about putting Diabolic Tutor in because tutoring for things is always helpful :) but I think I'll pass on Increasing Ambition . Its just a little to high cost for my taste.
Again, friends mentioned that Prime Speaker Zegana isn't that powerful in this deck like you but so far I've been lucky with her, drawing no less than 5 cards each time I've used her. She might have to be pulled but not until I get bad luck with her :P
Yisan, the Wanderer Bard . Done.
Great minds think alike. After last night, I'm pulling Homeward Path from my Marath deck and putting it into here.
Wurmcoil Engine is definitely a good card, no question, I'm just not so sure it has a place here.
So Trygon Predator I think definitely has a place in this deck, I just think I'd rather take out Cold-Eyed Selkie or Lu Xun, Scholar General over Nature's Claim . Or both and put in Bident of Thassa like you said :)
Thank you again for your suggestions, they did indeed help! Now I have to go find some of these cards :D
Looks like a really cool deck to play. A few changes you might consider:
Increasing Ambition / Diabolic Tutor both of these are better than Jarad's Orders for your deck - the only graveyard recursion you have is Praetor's Council, Genesis and Volrath's Stronghold . So fetching 2 creatures seems like a waste. And with the other two you can get anything you want.
I don't think Prime Speaker Zegana is very good in the deck. Don't get me wrong, she's a great card, but I feel like she is a bit "win-more". to get her full benefit you have to have big stuff on the field, which means that you're in a good position. And if you have nothing, she only gets you 2 cards for 6 mana.
You should look at a Yisan, the Wanderer Bard for the deck, he's really good and you have a curve that fits him.
I would highly recommend getting a Homeward Path - you have a lot of good stuff you really don't want stolen.
Bident of Thassa basically replaces Cold-Eyed Selkie 's ability but makes it happen for everyone, not to mention you can force an opponent to attack, iher leaving them open or using it to kill their stuff.
if you felt like spalshing out a bit funds wise, Wurmcoil Engine is just amazing as a combat card. So much Powah.
Hope this helps :D
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