Argy Pyromancer

Chandra Roaring Flame
I love building decks! Playing them is a secondary joy.
I also enjoy pretty art, interesting and funny flavour text, and foil cards.
This game, and its mythology, fascinates me.

Most of the decks I have created here I own in physical form.

If you need help with one of your Standard decks then feel free to hit me up for some advice.
The Deck Doctor is in!

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Never ask a pyromancer if that's the best she's got.

urahara_roshi says... #1

this is the deck I was telling you about anything thoughts The deadliness of the Feline Ferocity

June 26, 2017 9:19 a.m.

fluffyisgod says... #2

Hey check out my deck i have been running let me know what you think Mardu ReRe

June 23, 2017 8:53 a.m.

Argy says... #3

Foutch16 I'm not sure how long it takes to stop being a deckling. I remember it taking me quite a while.

I think you also need to pay $5 to upgrade your membership, in order to change your title.

I am the top Decklord because I have had about five number 1 decks in the past three weeks.

The top helper probably got a lot of their suggested cards accepted over the past couple of weeks.

June 23, 2017 6:25 a.m.

Zingano says... #4

How long does it usually take to get past deckling? Because you seem to be #1 out of the 100 "decklords" on the site but the #1 "helper" on the site is still a deckling. So I'm still not clear on how the site works

June 23, 2017 1:53 a.m.

Zingano says... #5

Argy you seem like a helpful individual as I see you making suggestions on a lot of decks, I also try to help to the best of my abilities, but alas I need some help understanding this site a little better, I just have a few questions I think you would have an answer for.

First off, how does one move past the rank or title of "deckling"? Also what is a helper rank and why did mine go from 900 to 500? Also what is a T/O rank and how do I raise it? And last but not least, are you an administrator for this website and if not how did you get to the rank of pyromancer? It doesn't seem like a ligit rank but I could be wrong

June 22, 2017 11:57 p.m.

Chris3778 says... #6

you should check out my esper zombie deck I put together

June 22, 2017 7:06 p.m.

clayperce says... #7

Absolutely! The bats are awesome (we've never done the cruise, but have watched them emerge from the park). Depending on timing we could do end of HOU or start or XLN (Pre-release weekend is 9/23-4). I seem to recall y'all have done Austin before, but lmk if you want recommendations on anything!

June 19, 2017 10:22 p.m.

clayperce says... #8

I know. But your conversion (especially the pieces on gender-inclusiveness) made me think y'all might be interested in a place like that too. If not, nvm :-)

June 18, 2017 12:19 a.m.

Argy says... #9

clayperce that is the opposite of what landofMordor and I have been discussing.

We're talking about a place that just looks like a regular coffee shop when you walk in. That place you linked to gives you a heavy fantasy welcome.

Our idea is the create a space where NON-MAGIC players can hang out comfortably, and slowly be introduced to the game by their friends.

June 17, 2017 11:29 p.m.

clayperce says... #10

Argy and landofMordor,
I've been lurking on your discussion about the perfect LGS, and I wanted to go ahead and butt in. You might be interested in reading about Knight Watch Games, a new place we have here in town. Here's an article abou tthe place and here's their website. I just heard about them so haven't actually been yet, but they sound like the kind of place y'all would enjoy too. Seriously, lmk if you're ever anywhere near San Antonio; we should drop by!

June 17, 2017 10:32 p.m.

landofMordor says... #11

That's a good name! Straightforward yet elegant.

Maybe I'm not far enough away from teenager-ness, by my mind immediately went to possible puns. "The Brewery: Steaming Milk and Schemeing Mana since 2017" came to mind, but eh, it's a little clunky. Still not giving up on finding a coffee/MtG pun that doesn't involve Chalice of Death  Flip or Bogbrew Witch, though I think we should roll with Magic Lounge for the time being (:

June 17, 2017 12:10 p.m.

landofMordor says... #12

Collateral for renting decks would be driver's license and your left shoe, haha. You couldn't walk away and forget that way (pun intended).

Yeah! Theme nights could be tribal, certain archetypes or colors, or even "terrible" (read: fun) build-arounds like Midnight Oil, Seance, or Lich's Tomb (you'd have to have a 4-of at least one from the list). And then you could have a yearly build-a-rental tournament where the top 2-8 decks are rotated into the rental selection, and last year's rotate out to go back to their creators (that way, you could keep the power level similar because players know their cards might get abused over the next year, so there will be no foil Affinity decks running around).

I'm still thinking decor and design, too...typical MtG posters and accoutrements would really ruin a clean modern coffeeshop vibe. So, what if you hired a local artist to do a minimalist wall mural of Jace and Chandra sipping coffee (like, silhouettes that any MtG player would recognize, but wouldn't be off-putting to newcomers)? Or maybe offer Black/Blue/Red/etc flavors of lattes with little mana symbols drawn in the foam? "Chalice of the Void" espresso shots? When you order one, roll a D20 and if it lands on 20 your next drink is free? (That way, you could meaningfully integrate coffee with gaming, and neither would appear foreign.) Now we need a catchy name, I guess.

At the rate we're going, we'll probably have a full-fledged business plan by next week and be fully funded in a month...now I'll just have to move to Australia to make it happen...

June 17, 2017 9:03 a.m.

landofMordor says... #13

The idea of renting decks is brilliant. LGSs already do it with store copies of Dominion/Risk/game-of-your-choice, so it's an easy jump to a vanilla build of popular modern/EDH archetypes.

Not only does it allow enfranchised players to see if they like X archetype before sinking money into the manabase, but it also seems like a great way to attract new players. There's no financial barrier to entry, and there are no social barriers to a group of minority MtG players picking up a deck each and learning the rules (as opposed to being forced to approach and borrow decks from unwelcoming smelly men in a worst-case scenario). I'd also add that coffee seems like the perfect stress-reliever for new players trying to figure out the Stack... (: you could also prevent coffee spills by providing end tables that are too small for decks but perfect for snacks and a drink.

And then if you add comfy armchairs, stacks of books, and earnest players/deep thinkers of all backgrounds, you find yourself in my version of paradise.

June 16, 2017 10:04 p.m.

Argy says... #14

June 16, 2017 10:15 a.m.

landofMordor says... #15

Sorry if I'm butting in on a convo here, but I was just perusing the #1 player on T/O for deck reasons, and happened to notice MagicalHacker's and your conversation about gender and MtG. I was fascinated, so I kept reading.

I love all your suggestions, but especially the coffeeshop vibe for a play venue. I've been teaching my partner MtG for the past year or so (she loves control, for some reason, especially my jank Sphinx's Tutelage deck @ Mill 'Em & Kill 'Em ($30 Budget)), and she loves the game in general, but she and I were both extremely disappointed at her first cube draft when she was the only woman in the room. (I was also frustrated that the cube had no removal and had exactly one Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts, but that's another story.) Clearly, the game I love doesn't always include the woman I love. But that doesn't mean it always has to be that way, nor should it.

Anyways, I bring this up to share that she and I have a mutual dream of owning a coffeeshop/bookstore once we can afford the money/time/effort, and I've just appended a corollary dream of including a little LGS, or at least a space that invites all to come and mill an opponent out without feeling alone. Games like MtG are too fun to leave out more than half the world. So I dream of doing my best to spread it and make newcomers feel welcome, especially when I read how important that is to you and MagicalHacker.

All that to thank you for sharing your story. Even though WotC appears supremely cognizant about gender inclusion, I'm often perturbed by the lack of minority acceptance in MtG (and even "nerd culture" in general), so I greatly appreciate you being explicit about ways we can improve the status quo. I certainly do my best to promote equality where I can, but my actions are only sincere guesses until voices like yours and my partner's tell me what the most helpful actions are to include women and others.

Thanks to you and MagicalHacker for caring about the players more than the game. And cheers!

(PS did you notice the last person you corrected about assuming your gender proceeded thereafter to post a deck with the forum title "do you guys think this is fun"? And s/he also misused the word "hearken", so I guess you get to destroy somebody's permanent. Slow learner, I guess.)

June 15, 2017 10:05 p.m.

clayperce says... #16

I don't want to make Crucible Lands (HOU) public yet, because it features a leaked card. But I shared it out to you and michael921, so you should be able to see it. If you get a chance, I'd love your thoughts. It seems to have kind of a slow start, but this a totally new archetype to me, so I'm not sure if it needs more more ramp, or Control, or what. No worries at all if you can't get to it, and thanks tons if you can!

June 15, 2017 9:15 p.m.

clayperce says... #17

No surprise that deck was not you ... I was amazed to see you doing anything in Green! Especially since WB (and maybe UR) Control is much more your jam. And yeah, I know you love brewing from scratch ... I thought about not even sharing it but figured it was worth it in case some card caught your eye and made you go "Oooooh, that's exactly what I was looking for" :-)

I like all the Garruks (though I've only played with Garruk Wildspeaker ... I normally run 2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance in RG Ponza, but I can cast Garruk on T2 pretty consistently, and his +1 then yields another 3 mana), and am hopeful he shows up in a set again relatively soon. Your BG deck makes me want to try Garruk, Apex Predator out sometime though!

Speaking of BG, I've been fiddling with a +1/+1 counters deck in Modern ... trying to find a non-terrible mix of cards like Hardened Scales, Winding Constrictor, Corpsejack Menace, and Primordial Hydra. It's still SUPER-janky, but I think it's got some potential ...

Anyways, take care!

June 14, 2017 3:43 p.m.

clayperce says... #18

Here's the Temur Ramp (Control) deck I mentioned. I've no idea what went wrong with the link earlier.

June 14, 2017 2:01 p.m.

MagicalHacker says... #19

Ah, interesting! In a situation like that, I've always asked how long those two have been together for the same reasons, but now I see why partners is used. It's basically a way to ensure that no one feels that the relationship level is being specified to brag or to put down others with different relationship types or levels. Thank you! Hopefully that ideology can spread to America too!


I agree; I don't see the culture changing significantly any time soon, which is sad. I do want to change things as much as I can, at least locally. As a 24-year old male, my experiences have shown me that one very powerful factor driving women out of the game is that so many single men play. It doesn't seem to be connected, but when most single men are immediate gratification-oriented with regards to relationships, I see women who would be interested being driven away due to many guys treating them obviously differently, such as treating them as subpar/new players only because of their gender.

It might be culturally different, but at least that is my experience in the southeastern US. Do you think this is a minor problem, or am I right to think it really is a major issue?

As a side note, your question about whether or not women can see themselves as part of the community in an LGS makes me realize how the store's decor (something that doesn't usually matter to males) can also be off-putting. I can't think of a single example where lots of women go to a place for any type of social interaction where they don't immediately notice the environment they're in or where they aren't bothered by the decor being bland or ugly.


Also, I think we probably agree that the game has come a long way in providing a game that isn't catering to one group of people more than another. It's not perfect, but I would say that the community, not the game, is the primary reason for the gender discrepancy. What are your thoughts?


Agreed. Any player should be treated as any other player would be. Except if they play vintage. (Just kidding!)

Thank you for helping me learn and think about these types of issues. Everyone should be able to discover what a great game mtg is without being driven away because of the community.

June 13, 2017 1:45 p.m.

MagicalHacker says... #20

Hey Argy! I don't want to come off as rude, because I truly have a question completely out of curiosity.

I remember a few times that other users assumed you were male, and how you corrected them. (Btw, I would also love to hear your opinions on how to make magic more inviting for women and girls!)

Also, you do talk about having a significant other referring to him as a partner. My question is this: why say partner instead of boyfriend/fiance/husband? Is there a reason to use the word partner?

I hope I don't come off as rude, but I was curious and I thought I'd ask you :D Thanks and have a great day!

June 13, 2017 11:26 a.m.

Argy says... #21

I've been well Simon_Williamson. Busy too - building lots of decks.

Also been watching lots of movies.

I was thinking the other day that I haven't seen you around here for a while. How have you been?

June 12, 2017 4:45 p.m.

How have you been?

June 12, 2017 12:44 a.m.

Chris3778 says... #23

can you give me any advice on my deck: Jund Energy Aggro

June 10, 2017 10:50 a.m.

TuckerMTG says... #24

Will you take a look at my Black-Green Pummeler deck please?

June 10, 2017 6:12 a.m.

Brannan says... #25

Hey Argy do you think you could check out my current standard deck? Jund Aggro Energy (Amk)I'd really appreciate any advice you have with mainboard and sideboard!

June 9, 2017 12:03 a.m.

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Said on Beln...

#1

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June 27, 2017 4:13 p.m.

Said on Worthy Minotaurs...

#2

goblinguiderevealpls you have assumed this deck has a "madness subtheme".

It does not. If you'd read my notes you'd know that.

I had Fling in an earlier version of this deck. Supernatural Stamina proved itself more effective, so now takes its place.

You can Fling a Creature at an Opponent, or you can save it to deal more damage.

You don't know my Standard meta and, from your posts, you don't understand Standard at the moment if you think that Shock is an excellent card.

In the days of Saheeli Rai, yes. Not so much now.

You keep making SO many assumptions about this deck.

It's not RDW.

It's not about "aggressive life burning".

This might come as a Shock to you, but there is more than one way to play

PS. I'm so sick and tired of people assuming that you can't play four copies of a Legendary in a deck. That's absolute bunkum. You cast your spares when a copy on the field is destroyed and, lemme tell ya from playing a version of this deck for a season, any form of Neheb is gonna get removed.

With this deck you can easily get rid of extra copies, should it prove you don't need them after all.

Better four copies of an essential card than two copies, and you never see any in your hand.

June 27, 2017 4:04 p.m.

Said on ACDAMAN...

#3

I'm just dropping by to confirm that Frontier is M15 and onwards.

Also, there is currently no ban list.

Which means you can infinite combo with Saheeli Rai + Felidar Guardian, or spin Emrakul, the Promised End out on Turn 4 with Aetherworks Marvel.

You can also use Smuggler's Copter to your heart's content.

June 27, 2017 1:14 p.m.

The custom card you have for Kaalia of the Vast is part of the reason why some women don't take to Magic.

You probably have no idea of the impact it has, and even if you did you might not give two shits about it, but that kind of image sends a VERY clear message that women's bodies are the only thing that matters about them, and only if they are outrageously sexualised.

The original art is much cooler than this customised version.

June 27, 2017 12:26 p.m.

Said on Servos for the ......

#5

No problem.

Mention me in these Comments when you have made your changes, and I will take a look.

Never apologise for your English. If you had not mentioned it, I would have thought it was your first language.

June 27, 2017 12:18 p.m.

LittleBlueHero don't feel too bad about playing with 75 cards for Games 2 and 3 vs Mill.

It was my friend who thought of it, not me.

It has given me the win against Mill on more then one occasion.

With all the Mill helpers around when HOU drops, you might get a chance to try it out.

June 27, 2017 12:16 p.m.

(Game 2, shuffles entire Sideboard into deck)

June 27, 2017 10:31 a.m.

Said on Servos for the ......

#8

There are a lot of good and cards you could be using in your Sideboard like Fatal Push, Grasp of Darkness, Declaration in Stone, Cast Out, etc.

Do you have any funds to buy any of them, or are you restricting yourself to cards you already own?

June 27, 2017 1:48 a.m.

Said on Exert1...

#9

Unfortunately Battlefield Forge isn't Standard legal. I used to run it all the time when it was.

I would do this to inprove your deck a little:

OUT

1x Bloodlust Inciter
1x Honored Crop-Captain
1x Thraben Inspector

IN

3x Ahn-Crop Crasher

June 27, 2017 1:40 a.m.

Said on Naya Breach...

#10

You have this listed as a Standard deck.

Change it to Modern or people like me, who only post on Standard decks, are going to get annoyed.

June 27, 2017 1:31 a.m.

Said on Hijack...

#11

You'd run 20 lands in a super aggressive deck, which this isn't, or in a deck that has stuff like Attune with Aether.

Given your curve, I would change your land count to 23-24.

I will give this a proper test later today and give you some in depth feedback, once I have.

June 27, 2017 1:15 a.m.

Said on Worthy Minotaurs...

#12

Tio_Infernape I did muck around with both of those Madness cards but there are so many decks they are weaker against, compared with other removal options I currently have.

Neither of them takes care of Heart of Kiran, whereas Fatal Push and Grasp of Darkness both do.

Neither of them Exile Scrapheap Scrounger and Dread Wanderer. Magma Spray does.

They don't allow 3 extra damage like Unlicensed Disintegration, they don't board wipe like Chandra, Flamecaller, and they don't Exile Gods like Oblivion Strike.

June 26, 2017 11:33 p.m.

Said on Worthy Minotaurs...

#13

Zac_Coatney then you were told incorrect information.

Did you bother to Google it for yourself?

Google it

June 26, 2017 11:22 p.m.

Glad to hear this played well for you.

It will probably take me a couple of days before I can take a good look at the other deck.

June 26, 2017 11:15 p.m.

You can use cards in Standard tourneys that have the same English names as Standard legal cards.

Tourneys are any Wizard sanctioned events, such as FNM or PPTQs.

So you can use ANY copy of Negate in a Standard deck, even if it is a Chinese copy.

June 26, 2017 10:09 a.m.

You know what I'd LOVE to see?

A video series about different characters/people who play Magic.

  • Someone in their 80s who's still killing it at FNM

  • A six year old ace who beats people twice their age with ease.

  • Someone with a mental illness who uses Magic as a way to get out of the house/connect with others.

  • A Seller who makes a living out of trading in cards.

  • Someone with a huge collection of hard to get cards.

  • A Pro who has played on the international circuit for many years.

  • A couple who met through Magic and got married.

  • Someone who has taught their children how to play Magic and now runs their own tournaments at home.

etc.

June 26, 2017 2:35 a.m.

+1 for name.

Love me a bit of Portal.

You can tell your Opponent, "Now I only want you gone."

June 26, 2017 2:25 a.m.

Said on ThrillingThriller...

#19

These are some of the top Standard decks at the moment.

#1 Mardu Vehicles

#1 Black Zombies
(there are variants you can search for on this site)

UR Control by OAFMCNAMARA

Ken Yukuhiro's BG Energy (Top 4 PT AKH)

If you were looking for a relatively cheap deck that can win quite a few matches you could try my Worthy Minotaurs.

A lot of the cards won't rotate out in the upcoming rotation. Those that do, like Grasp of Darkness, Wizards will likely print something else for that spot like Ultimate Price.

June 26, 2017 2:21 a.m.

I agree with the first poster - do NOT buy a box or a Bundle (formerly a Fat Pack).

It is poor value for money as you will have to shell out so much more money for a decent deck.

If you want to be competitive at FNM it can be quite expensive.

If you want to build your own deck it takes a LOT of time to get to know the meta, staples, etc. it could take you a couple of seasons before you start to build something decent.

You could start searching the top Standard decks on this site and see if any of them appeal to you. Read the match reports for them to see how effective they are, and if they will suit your play style.

June 26, 2017 2:13 a.m.

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Cubes

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Eternal Magic

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Let's Start at the Very Beginning

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Tarkir Skies

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Finished Decks 71
Prototype Decks 3
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Playing since Journey into Nyx
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Avg. deck rating 29.31
T/O Rank 1
Helper Rank 15
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