- 1x Acidic Slime
- 4x Arbor Elf
- 1x Birds of Paradise
- 2x Courser of Kruphix
- 3x Inferno Titan
- 1x Obstinate Baloth
- 2x Stormbreath Dragon
- 1x Thragtusk
- 1x Cinder Glade
- 9x Forest
- 1x Kessig Wolf Run
- 1x Mountain
- 2x Stomping Ground
- 4x Windswept Heath
- 4x Wooded Foothills
- 2x Ancient Grudge
- 2x Anger of the Gods
- 1x Chameleon Colossus
- 1x Creeping Corrosion
- 1x Crumble to Dust
- 1x Engineered Explosives
- 1x Feed the Clan
- 1x Grafdigger's Cage
- 1x Guttural Response
- 1x Scavenging Ooze
- 1x Stone Rain
- 2x Trinisphere
Love it. Your opponent can't path a dragon. +1 from me.
May 23, 2016 12:25 p.m.
June 1, 2016 2:03 p.m.
Dual Shot exists for three reasons: Birds of Paradise (the bane of this deck), gobins, and so I can go "Pew! Pew!". I tried Forked Bolt, but I preferred the instant speed too much. Granted, Murphy will now kick my butt with a two toughness creature this weekend.
June 1, 2016 4:16 p.m.
June 13, 2016 10:20 a.m.
Wouldn't Nature's Claim instead of Oxidize be better in the Sideboard? Or is the benefit of also beeing able to target enchantments not worth over the 4 life the opponent gains and the loss of can't be regenerated?
June 13, 2016 10:36 a.m.
yak300, I agree Nature's Claim would be better, it would deal with Spreading Seas and Terra Eternal in my meta, but I have the full art player rewards Oxidize, and I am very shallow when it comes to blinging out my deck.
June 13, 2016 10:52 a.m.
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
April 29, 2017 10:01 p.m.
Hey there. It looks like you've been playing Ponza for a while. Curious about why only to Stone Rains? I really can't endorse this, the name of this decks game is land destruction and Stone Rain is the best in the Modern format. Curious about your thoughts about it.
Also, I see discussion about Dual Shot above. Try Gut Shot as a one of in your sideboard. It has the capacity to kill an opposing dork for free in the early game, and in the late game can basically act as a combat trick, or if you're really lucky, can win games (especially against DS).
Not sure how dated your primer is, but I want you to be aware that G/R Tron (and thus Pyroclasm) really doesn't exist any more, it has been replaced with G/B Tron for the most part, and of course E-Tron.
July 6, 2017 10:41 p.m.
Bovine073 thanks for the inquiry. I have been running 3 Stone Rain instead of 4 for about the last year (with a 4th in the side). Trying to change things up a bit with Courser of Kruphix and planeswalkers and needed the room, it was either my 3rd Stone Rain or my last Birds of Paradise. Most of the time, this is Mana-denial via Blood Moon, with a turn five or six Stone Rain being a dead draw. When I lose games, it is typically because I empty my hand and run out of gas giving them time to catch back up.
Gut Shot is a good suggestion, would let me deal with an bird or heirarch on turn one while still playing my turn one ramp. I'll add some to the side in my next iteration.
Yeah, primer is old. Been playing this deck too long, but it's just too dang fun to switch.
July 7, 2017 10:25 a.m.
Quick question (since I am not much of a modern player), is there any reason you wouldn't play Boil against Merfolk?
July 17, 2017 10:42 a.m.
Popalofiti, good question, if I'm in a meta with merfolk I'll have it as a 2-of in sideboard, but haven't been up against Merfolk for a while, seems out of favor in the new flgs. I also tried it against UW control, but Blood Moon works well enough, especially after you destroy the 1-2 basic islands they have in deck.
When Merfolk and Blue Moon was in my meta, I bounced back and forth between Boil and Choke. Both were crushing to the opponent, but I found if the game went long Choke was harder for them to recover from. But the one time I cast Boil before blockers declared against merfolk, removing their islandwalk, it was worth it to play Boil instead.
July 17, 2017 3:11 p.m.
Bovine073 learned my lesson last week, back to three Stone Rains main, one in board. Had a bad (2-2) FNM, too often looking at an uncastable five drop when I would rather have had a stone rain. Made the adjustment and swept a 22-person event.
August 3, 2017 9:43 a.m.
wylie72 congrats! Glad to hear about the deck preforming well.
August 3, 2017 9:52 a.m.
Upvote for the breakdown of matchups, and extensive testing.
August 15, 2017 8:03 p.m.
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This deck is Modern legal.
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